June 30, 2014

Weekend Recap.

Good morning sweet friends!
Sweet summertime is officially here. Fireworks have started sparking over the skies. The warm air makes for some long nights outside. But if you live in west TN, you are probably still drying off from this weekend. Seriously, we had more rain this weekend than I have seen in a while.
I was basically looking out the window and waiting for Noah to float by.
BUT other than the tons of rain, it was a wonderful weekend!
On Friday, Sean and I had a date night and went to eat at our traditional go to spot, Colton's. If you are ever trying to decide on a place to go, go to Colton's. It is yummy southern food with a wonderful southern charm to it.
Which is probably the main reason I really love it so much.
After Colton's, we went to Target to pick up some things for the house and then headed home to just relax and watch Grey's Anatomy.
Yall, I am HOOKED on that show and now I even have Sean asking if I want to watch it
On Saturday, Sean went off to work while I planned to do nothing but sleep in. After I woke up, that was when I noticed the great flood starting outside. Normally on Saturday mornings, my mom, sister and I will either lay out in the pool, go to yard sales, or just go around to stores or whatever we feel like doing that day. With all the raining, the pool definitely wasn't happening and no yard sales would be worth going to. But this weekend we had already planned to go to the local farmer's market.
and who would let a little rain ruin that :)
-please excuse the no makeup day. only my perfect sister can pull that off-
 - are these crosses just perfect or what?? after about ten minutes of trying to make up my mind between that one on the top right and just a regular red chevron one with a burlap flower, the chevron one was the winner and now makes my front door just precious-
-seriously, this stuff is SO GOOD-
-fresh, fresh peaches-
After the market, I went home to store my fresh corn, fresh peaches and organic beef. The market also had a little craft area where I purchased my cross from. Needless to say when I got home, I was feeling super crafty. So I turned on Grey's again (intervention coming my way?) and started painting a bookshelf and finishing a sofa table.
It felt wonderful just relaxing and painting all day. After Sean was off work, we ate dinner and continued having a relaxing night. We hardly ever sit at home so on the nights where we can just relax in our pajamas and watch movies or shows together, they are ultra special!
On Sunday, the great flood seemed to be even worse. We woke up for church and it sounded like the rain was going to cave through our roof. But we got up and headed off to church. Service was wonderful as usual and our preacher did a sermon on being content. Its seriously so crazy but beautiful to me how God literally takes things and throws them at you when you need it the most. I cant explain how much I needed to hear that sermon and yes, I intend to do a post on it soon :) After the sermon, I did this thing we have in our church called a test drive. It is when you test out the many areas we have in the church of where you want to serve (such as kids ministry, guest services, administration, etc) So this weekend I was signed up to shadow a baptism coordinator. Basically what a baptism coordinator does is takes the ones who want to be baptized and we show them the tank and let them feel the water to make sure they are comfortable. We show them the dressing room and we have dry towels for them after they are submerged and come out of the tank. So, these two precious little girls had decided that they wanted to be baptized that day and it turns out, my lady I was supposed to be shadowing wasn't able to make it to church. So I basically had a super quick walkthrough of what to do and I was left on my own. Now, showing them the tank and such was the easy part. But, sitting with the families and waiting for the baptism calling was the difficult part. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to show them scripture or talk with them about any certain thing. So yes, I felt just a tad uncomfortable and I apologized to the parents because I literally had no idea what the baptism coordinator ever talks about. But, the important thing is, I led the girls to the tank and after they were baptized and coming out of the tank, this girl was there with their fresh towels.
But luckily, the guy who gave me the quick walkthrough said I did everything just right and there is no script that I have to say to the families. So that helped a little. Next week I am trying out middle school ministry which I am SO SO excited about. I have so many places I want to serve and its definitely going to be hard choosing just one.
After church, we went to our traditional McAlister's lunch full of cheddar cheese soup, sweet tea and yummy sandwiches. Afterwards, we went home and just relaxed a bit more. With it being so yucky outside, we really didn't have a choice but to stay inside most of the weekend. I was getting pretty bummed because each year, we go to a huge fireworks show at a local church.
Actually, I am pretty sure our whole hometown goes.
But with all the rain, I was definitely expecting it to be canceled or down right disgusting to go. But luckily the rain had stopped and the fireworks were still on.
We met up with some of our fabulous friends and we had such a fun night.
I always feel like these church fireworks are the official start of summer ahh :)
We arrived home around 11 last night and needles to say, I am pretty sleep exhausted this morning.
But, it is always worth the fun :) 
How was your weekend??

June 25, 2014

Wardrobe Capsule.

First off, I want to thank the lovely Rachel from Oh, Simple Thoughts for this post. I was reading her recent post on her latest Stitch Fix and her ideas on creating a capsule wardrobe. This girl inspired me. 
Like MEGA inspired me.

In my closet, I have a lot of those "oh, I better keep this because I know I will wear it one day" items.
Yes, you know what I am talking about.
Most of these items were by no means my style and they literally would sit and sit in my closet. For my style, I like modest clothes with some glam and nothing but class. I'm not a girl you will catch in a low cut top, dresses much higher than my knees or shorts where my cheeks are hanging out. 
As a daughter of Christ and a wife to my sweet husband, I have to be sure to represent myself in a respectful way...and I also believe it shows I have nothing but respect for myself.

1 Peter 3: 1-6
 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.  Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.  For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands,  like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

So after reading Rachel's ideas on creating a capsule wardrobe, I knew it was something I wanted to do as well. I went home after work and headed straight to my closet. I ended up throwing out seven pairs of pants, six dresses, endless tops and three pairs of shoes (still working on letting shoes go. Not easy yall) Plus I transitioned my closet into all my summer clothes while I packed my winter clothes in a box.
That part felt SO GOOD.
I listed some to sell online and the others I plan to have in my yard sale that I will be having this month.
I HOPE (because who wants to wake up at 6am on Saturday?)
So now that I have tossed the style that is just not me, I went to my Pinterest for specific outfit pieces I want to add in my closet.

More floral skirts. A-dorable. 
 Casual dresses. 
Belts. More skirts with patterns. 
Because you can never have enough striped shirts. 
Long summer dresses with the length just right
Casual dresses again. 
Stylish yet comfortable clothes for work. 
Pleated skirts. LOVE
High waist patterned skirts. 
More summer scarves and a really good lipstick. 
Statement necklaces. 
Just because I am literally obsessed with these pants. I have to find them. 
Summer scarves again. No, you can never have enough. 
Can you tell I am obsessed with summer scarves yet?
More denim blouses. 
Oh, obsessed with summer hats as well. 
 and I am ready to take a stab at those adorable high waist shorts.
 and WHO can forget some adorable Southern Ts? Seriously, I am too obsessed with TN signs and mason jars.
I have finally decided to sign up for Stitch Fix as well. I am very anxious to see what pieces they will send me according to my style and I will definitely post each box I receive. 
I cant wait to share them with you!

Oh, and I tried something new this week. NEW hair. 
I have been talking and thinking about the straight bangs for SO long and I finally just did it 
-with much coaching from my incredible hair dresser-
I love them and it definitely helped towards getting rid of the old styles and bringing in the new :)
What is your summer style? Would you like to join along with Rachel and I on this wardrobe capsule?

June 23, 2014

DIY Project // Distressed Chair

Happy Monday sweet friends!
Is it just me or is this a wonderful Monday?? Normally Mondays are seriously my worse enemy. Early mornings, back to work and four days until another weekend.
But today, I'm feeling fresh, renewed and ready for the week.
- I blame it on sleeping in until 10 both Saturday and Sunday -
Not a normal for me but sometimes I truly believe our bodies just need rest :)

I am pretty stinkin excited about today's post because nothing gets me more excited than redoing some furniture!
Something about sitting on the porch in the summertime with some sweet tea, my favorite tunes, tons of furniture to paint and my husband's company just makes my heart full :)
So with this piece, I did just that! On Facebook, I am a member of many different pages where people sell various items like clothes, furniture, baby items, etc, etc. One day a lady posted that she was Spring cleaning and had a ton of items that she wanted to give away for free. I talked with her about the items and picked them all up after work. To my luck, she had this chair. I love the style of the chair and I immediately wanted to get home so I could get my hands on it.

If you do furniture remodeling, ALWAYS...I repeat....ALWAYS check at Lowe's for your paint! Here is a little secret that I will share with you.
- Well, most of you probably already know about it. But when I found out, I thought I was the coolest person in the world -
If you go to the paint section, there is normally a shelf to the side of the register where they throw allllll these cans of different paints and stains. They are all misprints and seriously, it is where I rack up! They mark these misprints down to only $ 2.50! ONLY $ 2.50! Compared to a normal price at $ 13.00 a can (quart size), this is a major happy day for me. So yes, the color I chose for this chair was a misprint that I had purchased at Lowe's. Oh, and yes, get the quart sizes for furniture. Even when I do large pieces, I have plenty left over. Much cheaper than a gallon size, much easier to store, and just better.
So, without further ado.....

P.S. I am horrible at before pictures so by the time I remembered, some paint was already on.
Yall, I just get too excited

I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. This was my first time doing a distressed piece and according to my husband and parents, it was perfect!
- But they are supposed to say that right? :) -

I posted this on one of my resale groups and it immediately found a new home with a sweet lady. 
Bless her for taking it so my house can stop looking like a place of extreme furniture hoarding. 

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June 18, 2014

Coffee Date // Vol. 3

"a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common."

"a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals."

As we link together and join on another coffee date (thanks to the wonderful ladies from Oh Simple Thoughts and Wetherills Say I Do) we are challenged to think about community and what exactly community means to us. 
The verse to focus on is Ecclesiastes 4:9-12:

Two are better than one
because they have a good return for their labor
If either of them falls down, 
one can help the other up. 
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up. 
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. 
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, 
two can defend themselves. 
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. 
I was actually reading and reflecting on this verse not too long ago and I literally highlighted and made all sorts of notes in my Bible just to remember how important these verses are. I absolutely love it. It is so powerful to me and it really tells the love and compassion that I need to always remember to have for my neighbors. 
Two are better than one. Period. 

Some of the questions to reflect on for the Community Brew link up:
What does community mean to you?
Why is it hard to pursue community or open up to others?
What does it look like to "live in community" with other believers and non believers?
Why is community important to you?
What does it look like to love your neighbor?

What does community mean to you?
To me, community is all about bonding. It is about coming to one another to literally put down our thoughts. It is to be with one another through the hard times, the easy times, the worst of times and the best of times. God designed community and it is to be enjoyed between one another. To build a community, you literally have to invest. You have to invest time and you have to invest deeply into one another's lives. 

Why is it hard to pursue community or open up to others? 
I believe there are two hard parts to finding community. One, you have to understand that community is not always pretty. Two, you have to open up to the true you. Sometimes it is so easy to show the "perfect" you. The wonderful marriage, the perfect job, etc, etc. Ladies, nothing is perfect. Days with your husband or significant other are going to be tough. Days at work are going to be so hard to the point of just giving up. If we have no community with others, then it can be so easy to carry all these painful feelings alone...and that is not good for anyone. Invest deep and open up to one another. Invite one another in your homes just to have a night for ice cream and venting. A community will be built and feelings will be relaxed. 

What does it look like to "live in community" with other believers and non believers?
To me I think that "living in community" should be done with other believers. This way, you can grow stronger with others who are on fire for Christ. But, never turn away an unbeliever. Come together as believers, build stronger faith, compassion, love for others and love for Christ, then pull in non believers so they too may see what Christ is all about. Since we joined our church last Sunday, I am signing up for many serve areas throughout our church but one area I am particularly excited about is a women's community group I am going to join on Sunday. We will just meet at each others homes, dive deep into a particular topic, enjoy snacks and just build a community with one another. Some days we will just go serve and be the light throughout our city. I think if you are a member of a church or not, it is so important to find a community of women to spend time with, to open up to and to serve with. I was reading what the sweet Holly posted on this topic and she literally nailed it. "When those that do not know the Lord step into a community that loves each other in the messes of life, they become curious because this kind of community is not common. So praise JESUS, community gives us a chance to make his name known!" 
Can we get an Amen?!?

Why is community important to you? 
Since Sean and I were married last year, I immediately started learning all about community within the home. Opening the doors to friends and family whenever they would like to stop in to say hello, stay for dinner or stay the night. Well, to me, this meant the house had to be 110% perfect. Talk about a huge struggle. One night I was painting and the house was literally a wreck. Furniture was moved all over the place, dishes were piled up and laundry was overflowing my laundry room. Well, we had family members stop by and I literally thought I was going to have a meltdown. I am not sure if it is a Southern hospitality thing or just a girl thing, but I DO NOT want my house anything but perfect when people come by. So yes, that is a struggle. I absolutely love having others in out home but rather than this perfect home and just "hosting" others,  I need to let them see the real me. If someone needs to come to our home to vent and just talk about a horrible day, I need to focus my attention on helping others, on building that community. Not on how horrible the house may be. 

What does it look like to love your neighbor? 
Honestly, I am still really growing in this area of my life. Our church is allllll about loving others. Their moto is "love works" and they mean it. They mean it so much that they have a huge statue with the quote right when you walk up. This is such a growing part of me because as Christ, we are literally to love everyone. We are to turn the other cheek, to love our neighbor as ourselves, to put others above ourselves. Is it just me or can this sometimes be pretty tough?? Loving my neighbor is so, so important. We are to love them no matter what circumstance, to build a strong community with them. I think of Matthew 22: 37-40 when Christ was talking to the Pharisees about the two most important commandments 
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

How do you feel about community? What are ways you think community can be built?
And as always, thank you to the lovely Rachel and Madison for hosting yet another fabulous coffee date! 

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