July 31, 2014

Feeling.

 
Making : Warm, sweet coffee to start off this wonderful morning.
Cooking : baked beans. Celebrating my mother in law's birthday tonight with family and food.
Drinking : That warm, sweet coffee.
Reading: Ruth 1-14.
Wanting: School to be here. What is wrong with me?
Looking: Out the window and staring at this fresh, new morning.
Playing: With my perfect little cat, Boots. He's an old man with a kitten soul.
Trusting: In Him and His perfect timing in all things.
Sewing: Well, cross stitching. More to come on that soon!
Enjoying: Nature Valley oats n' honey bars.
Waiting: Patiently
Loving: Chacos! Obsessed is an understatement.
Hoping: That running will start to come more natural to me
Marveling: The morning sun breaking through the clouds. swoon.
Needing: A lifetime supply of cheesecake...horrible?
Anticipating: Our anniversary trip in five weeks.
Smelling: Clean linens
Wearing: Sean's t-shirt and some soffe shorts, the usual
Following: Some incredible bloggers that I cherish so much
Noticing: How annoying Gilbert, our guinea  pig, is
Thinking: About too much to jot down
Praying: For the people in my prayer journal.
Opening: Youtube to look at a book review.
Giggling: At my husband and his goofy personality. I love him for keeping a smile on my face.
Feeling: peaceful

July 30, 2014

Photo Update // Vol. 3

Last Thursday, I picked up my camera for the first time in a couple of months. What I love about picking it back up...its like I never put it down. Last October, I purchased my first DSLR camera which was a Canon T3i. It was an incredible camera but after about two months, I was ready to pass it along to someone else who wanted their first DSLR. I know that sounds crazy but I had learned all that I needed to with this camera and I just felt ready to move on.
Sean used to have a photography business and he used a big bad Canon 5D Mark II which scared the mess out of me. It was way more complex than my first camera but after selling my T3i, Sean decided to stop shooting for a while and he gave me his 5D.
Perfect husband and perfect timing because I sure didn't have over $1K to go drop on a camera.
 But it was definitely a learning curve. This camera has more manual settings which is frustrating at first but after you learn all the settings and the style that you like to shoot, its an amazing camera!
Anywho, I didn't get much on Thursday because we went out pretty late and the lighting was starting to get droopy.
Oh and it was free sweet tea day at McAlister's which always calls for a photo.
On Saturday, I went with my family to our local Farmer's Market. I just love this atmosphere. There is bluegrass playing, wind blowing in from the river plus more fresh flowers and veggies around than you can dream of.
After the Farmer's Market, we went to the local Jerry's Sno Cones. This place is famous in our hometown yet I have always disliked it. But on Saturday, I finally had a sno cone that was delicious.
Try the mango yall
On the back of their building they have this area where everyone writes down a bucket list wish. Pretty neat if you ask me :)
I cant wait to get out and shoot more this weekend. If you have any tips, send them my way!
I am becoming friends with Photoshop this weekend....so don't hate me if I am cranky on Monday ;)



July 28, 2014

Love Works.

Sometimes I really wonder how things would be if Jesus still physically walked the earth. Would there be as much crime, hate, racism, riots, or would it be a more peaceful place full of never-ending love?
Yesterday Sean and I went to church and I left feeling like I was ten feet deep in my chair. As I have mentioned many times, my church is HUGE on loving others. We have a huge "Love Works" statue as you enter our church just reminding us what we are here to do. The biggest goal they want to accomplish is to make others feel welcome with an over-pouring ocean of love.
 
Jesus had this. He showed people more love and acceptance than we could ever imagine. In Luke 15:1-7, Jesus fellowshipped and showed compassion for the sinners. Yet. He was ridiculed for being a friend with the sinners.  One point that stuck out to me like a sword yesterday....the church isn't representing what Jesus wants to represent. When those words came out of my preachers' mouth, I just stopped and thought about what he said over and over and over.
The church isn't representing what Jesus wants to represent.
 
"Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."
 
We live in a city that is not only known for its blues, but it is largely known for its crime. From out of the millions of people who live in our town, less than 300K were in some type of church yesterday. I jotted down reasons why I thought there were less than half of our city in churches.
1. people put other priorities above going to church
2. people think they do not need church
3. there are those who do not know Christ
But then again, after I jotted these notes down, I did a little reflection. What if others are not in church, because of the way Christians act? We see and hear stories of churches who literally shut the doors on others. The doors are shut on the cheaters, liars, homosexuals, prostitutes, drunkards...the list could go on and on. Now do I agree with these lifestyles? No, I do not. But would I ever turn a person away for their lifestyle? Definitely not. I feel like I could never stress it enough...Jesus FELLOWSHIPPED and LOVED the cheaters, liars, homosexuals, prostitutes, drunkards...and so on. He would never turn anyone away for what they have done. Instead, He invites them to put away their lifestyle and follow Him. Just as we are to do as Christians, love the sinner, hate the sin. Never turn anyone away but instead, let them in. Be their support so they can learn about Christ and turn over a new life to following Him.
You can never influence people that you reject.
There are people who are interested in loving God, but not loving the church. For one, some churches just have bad reps. They are known for being people who will judge you for what you have done down to the small things of how you didn't wear the fanciest dress to church. For two, People think perfect people go to church. Most think you have to be perfect before you walk in the door, a clean slate with no sins associated with your life. Truth is, we are all sinners. The only difference in those who attend church and those who do not...we know Christ. We know there is  a God who will forgive us of all sins and who will show us love that is deeper than the ocean. Reach out and show the same thing to those who are scared to enter the church.
 
2 Corinthians 5:14-20
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
 
For Christ's love compels us. Its guides us and focuses us. It moves us to love others. God is making his appeal through us. As stated in Luke, if there are ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent, yet one sinner who wonders afar...go after that one sinner.
Because in all seriousness, there is no greater joy that the lost being found.
 
Honestly, this is not the post I had planned for today. But yesterday really put things in perspective for me. Help others reach Christ. Stop rejecting people who do not agree with what you believe. Stop rejecting those who do not know Christ, because they are the ones who need love the most. We learned from the Great Commission, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything Christ has commanded us.
Show others Christ.
Be the light that this earth is so desperate for.
Show others that love truly does work.

July 23, 2014

Tips for Surviving College.

Yall, it just hit me. School starts back in exactly one month and two days.
A bit of anxiety built up during this realization.
I need to look at my book list! I need to PAY for all my books! I need to read over my schedule again! I need to enjoy these last few moments of summer!
YUCK.
But as I started to calm down a tad, I started to get excited. I am almost done with my management degree and I will never have to read another book on how to manage anyone everrrrrrr again. That in itself deserves a HUGE praise.

When I start thinking about college, I think about how far I have come. I wish I would have written a letter to myself a few years back just telling myself the basics of college. What to do, not to do, etc. Any type of tips that could have help me since day one. Then I thought, umm, blog post! I would love to have this post for a mom to show her child or a high school student to take note of. It definitely would have helped me in the past and I want it to help anyone who may need it right now :)
College Tips for the College Life
1. You DO NOT have to have your major picked as soon as you go to college.
Seriously, I changed my major five times. What started out as a radiology tech lead to a doctor's assistant which lead to a nurse which lead to a teacher which then lead to a management degree and now I am a dual major in nursing and management. Seriously, don't stress yourself out if you don't know exactly what you want just yet. Grab a list of all the prerequisites and focus on those first.
2. Never buy brand new books.
This is a lifesaver. It seems like schools just love to change book editions like every.single.semester. Don't cave into this. If your professor asks for a third edition book, it is totally okay to get a second edition book. I have done and will continue to do this with all of my classes and it saves SO MUCH money. The only differences I see? Page numbers. Yeah, save that $ 100 rather than flipping one extra page.
3. Continue to apply for scholarships in school.
This may be obvious to some but I have learned that many people do not know this. Most people think you apply for scholarships before you hit college. Yes, do that but after your first semester, apply for the scholarships within your college again. New ones may have been created that you missed before. This happened to me after my first year of college and I received a full ride for four semesters. Seriously, check into that!
4. RELAX
I cant state that enough. College is tough but you have to remember to breathe. Take some time to drop your books and go running or do some yoga. Do something to relax your brain. So many nights I have studied too hard. Yes, its possible. I felt like a zombie. Do not let yourself become bombarded with so much work that you forget to take care of yourself.
5. Online classes.
Many students have told me they had no idea about online classes. When you register for classes, most colleges have an option to take online classes. If you are like me, you don't want to spend your whole week in classes. When I first started college (before my full time job) I spent all week in class and at first I loved it but then I slowly started to hate it. Luckily I was told about online classes not too long after I started college. When you are in your major, it is a bit harder to find online classes but for your prerequisites, it is mega easy! One semester I had a full week of classes but I wanted to take a psychology class that I could not get to work around my schedule. Luckily, since I was told about the online deal, it worked out perfectly! I would highly advise you to check those out, especially if you like to take more than a full time schedule :)
6. Wait until class to purchase your books.
This one is huge. When registering for classes, you will normally be given a site where you need to purchase your books. Well, do not purchase any books until you go to class. Most classes will tell you that you need the book. Yet, when you get in the class, the teacher will never use the book. This has happened to me many times and it frustrated the mess out of me. So now, I wait. Many of my professors use power points and pass out their own guides. Some never reference the books at all. So yes, wait. Now if you are a nursing or some type of medical major, this may be a bit different for you. I purchase all my nursing and medical books just to have as guides. But any type of English, math, literature or basic class, just wait on those books!
7. Rate my professor
Another HUGE lifesaver. Yall, this site is the best. You can visit the site right here and find your school. Then you will want to find the professor of your class and read the reviews. For me, the teaching style of the professor is huge. I want a teacher with great or okay reviews. I have been saved by this site so many times and I will say that it is definitely legit. Before I knew the site, I was stuck with some horrible professors. After I finished the class, I read their reviews and it was so on point. Use this site!
8. Roman noodles.
They say every college student eats them, don't eat that mess. It goes hand in hand with the taking care of yourself. Be sure to drink plenty of juices, water and snack on healthy things. In your bag, pack a bag of carrots and celery or some healthy granola bars. I started horrible eating habits in school and it definitely will take an impact on your performance. Eat healthy!
9. Get organized.
Get a calendar. Figure out the days you want classes on and the days you want to be for yourself or studying. I normally take five to six classes a semester so I will fill up my calendar with all of my classes, due dates, etc. Sometimes classes can be overwhelming. I would feel like I have this classwork to do when I should really be doing other types of classwork. So I came up with this tool that helps me tremendously. I pick a day for a class. I chose one day to work on nothing but that class and the following day to work on nothing but another class. This normally helps me get ahead of my game because rather than finishing work on one class and jumping to another, I can work ahead of schedule which reduces much stress (example of this coming up semester)
Monday- Anatomy
Tuesday- Anatomy lab
Wednesday- Communication (yes, I waited until my last semesters of college to take this)
Thursday- Calculus II
Friday- Organizational Behavior in Business
Saturday- Nutrition
Sunday- Relax
Try it out and see if it works for you! If not, just figure out your own plan to make life easier.
10. Don't overstock on school supplies
This may be a dumb tool, but surely someone needs it. A while back, I would purchase all this school supplies I never used and now I literally have a bucket full of binders, notebooks, pens, highlighters...the list could go on and on. Again, wait until you go to class and figure out how demanding your work will be. You should be able to determine through the look of your Syllabus. Then purchase your supplies.
11. Find your quiet place
When you study, find a place where you wont get distracted. For myself, the school library and the park work the best for me. When I study at home, I CAN NOT concentrate as well. I worry about cleaning, laundry and TV rather than school and that is a big no no. Never let yourself get distracted. Grab some snacks, a drink and just escape to a quiet place with your books.
12. Looks? Don't try to hard.
Literally. You can tell when students are freshmen at college. They have on the nicest clothes and they will spend hours in front of the mirror. Don't get me wrong, I definitely wont roll up to school in pajamas and I think its important to always look presentable, but don't stress yourself by planning outfits and having your hair just right.

13. On campus jobs
I worked at the dean's office and the school library in between and after classes. I met a lot of people who helped me learn about the school and I also gained experience that was included on my resume. If you have long hours between classes, see if there is a spot in your school to help! I would highly recommend the library because normally after you shelve your books, the library officials will let you study until your next class :)
There you have it. These tips would have helped me so hopefully they will help one of you lovely readers. College is a great time. A time for you to grow and gain experiences that you would have never imagined. Relax, eat healthy, study hard and have fun :)
xoxo
Lauren

July 22, 2014

A Time for Growth.

Right now I am at a fun but somewhat frustrating point in blogging. My little blog spot is quickly coming upon it's one year anniversary and I am amazed at what one year has held. I have met so many sweet friends to the point that we are going on a retreat together in October. I have been encouraged yet so challenged with my relationship with Christ. I have gained more marriage advice than anyone has ever told me. Blogging is wonderful. It has opened so many doors and created so many relationships that I would have never had without my little inter web spot. 

With that said, I'm starting to ask myself...what is next? Where do I want my blog to go? What do I want my blog to accomplish for this next year?
I feel like it is time to really step up to the plate. I want to grow my blog in ways I would have never imagined it could grow. I'm still a young blogger and every single day I learn new thing but so far, Christ has turned this blog into a journey and I know there is so much more to be done. 

When I was thinking about how I wanted to grow my blog, I jotted down little bullet points of the most important things (I believe) that will help grow my blog. 

1. Get organized
I recently made a blogging binder and jsut planning my posts for the month makes a world of a difference. I write down ideas that I have and I just run off those ideas. By far, it has been the best choice I could have done for my blog. 

2. Blog for five days, everyday for a month. 
Yall, I'm not going to lie, this is going to be a big challenge for me. I had planned to post only three days a week, but I thought to myself, why not five? With growing a blog, I think there is a lot of areas where you will have to push yourself and this will be one of them. My biggest worry is that I will have nothing to post about. But I think posting more throughout the week will want readers to come. It will build stronger relationships and readers will look forward to well...reading. 

3. Grow more with my photography. 
I think photography plays a huge part in a successful blog. The first thing you see when you click on a blog post are the photos, not the words. I'm not saying words are not important because obviously they are MEGA important with a successful blog, but words will not draw your attention like a photo will. I hope that makes sense. 

4. Continue to learn Photoshop. 
Obviously this goes hand in hand with photography so this is pretty essential. I think its self explanatory ...I highly need Photoshop yall. 

5. Plan a new page design
I love the design Sincerely, Lo is currently wearing but I think it is time for something new. I have talked to the lovely Rachel from Oh, Simple Thoughts about planning a new design and now I am ready to start throwing things together and collaborating on a new look. I think a blog design needs to be fresh, easily accessible and a reflection of you. 

6. Figure out my domain name
SO confusing to me. Like I said, I am a new blogger. I am literally learning new things all the time and a domain name is one of them. I have a domain, I am just trying to figure out how to connect it to my blog. Help is appreciated because it is beating me up. Goal of the weekend = figure out this domain! 

7. Reach out and proclaim Jesus. 
My largest goal. I want others to see Christ in me. I want this spot to just scream the love of Christ with the hope that readers will learn about Him. I want it to be a relaxed place. This blog was created with the hope to inspire others as I have been inspired by other bloggers. I want this blog to challenge others in seeing how perfect He is and how incredible it is to live a life full of Christ. 

So here it is. Here is to stepping up and taking this spot to a whole new level. I am excited, scared, nervous but ready. I am so thankful for all of you readers and I hope you will follow along with me as I take on this new journey with Sincerely, Lo

xoxo
Lauren 

July 21, 2014

Guest Post: 7 ways to keep your vacation on a budget.

Today is going to be one exciting post. Not only is it my very first guest post, it is a guest post from no other than the lovely Stasia from Our Life on a Budget! This morning she is sharing a post on how to keep your vacation on a budget, which is so ideal for this sweet summertime :)
Yall be sure to check out her blog and follow along!


Hello!  I am Stasia, from Our Life on a Budget :)
I am a Christ follower, wife to Andrew, mama to Bailey Drew, teacher… and I am pretty frugal.
Lauren has been so gracious to let me stop by and share a little of my heart!
So… as the name of my blog infers, I figure I should write about something budget related!  

7 Ways to Keep Your Vacation on Budget

1.  This may seem to go with out saying, but you need to have a budget for your vacation.  Whether it is a day, weekend or week long trip, a budget is a must.  When you don't have a budget you are going to look at your bank statement and say, "What! How did we spend that much?" Put in writing, or on envelopes, we will spend no more than X on food, X on shopping and so on, will keep your spending in check.

2.  Take time to prepare ahead of time.  How many days will you be gone?  How much will you spend on gas?  How many meals will you eat out?  What things should you bring?  A penny worth of planning can save big bucks in the long run.  For example, when you go almost anywhere during the summer sunscreen is a must, but buying sunscreen at the beach or near your destination will probably be way expensive. Start looking for deals on sunscreen a few weeks out, or at least grab some before you go!

3. But don't get too prepared… I struggle with this one for sure!  You can go a little crazy with the "preparations" and all of a sudden you have spent $300 at Walmart on things that you don't actually need for the trip. Case and point, last year at this time we took our two month old daughter to the beach.  I got her reusable swim diapers, swim shirts, tents, sunglasses and the list goes on and on.  When it came down to it, I didn't use half of it. There is not that much a two month old baby actually needs. 

4. Only shop if your plan to shop. Just browsing shops, window shopping or stopping by the outlets can kill your vacation budget.  There is *almost* no such thing as window shopping; you almost always buy something.  We love to outlet shop (though my husband wouldn't admit to it).  We either plan for it… like I said it is something we enjoy… or skip it entirely!

5.  Don't eat out for every meal.  First let me say that I think good food is an important part of any trip, I love to eat.  But eating out every meal costs a small fortune, and you start to feel gross after a while.  Even if you are staying in a place with no kitchen and no continental breakfast you can make this work.  We plan which meals we are going to eat out before we go.  If there is not kitchen we usually eat out one meal a day, if there is a kitchen we will just eat out a few times over the trip.  We bring a cooler with fruits and veggies, stuff for sandwiches and granola bars.  Also, as far as restaurants go, we try to steer clear of the super touristy places, and go for lower middle of the road places/prices.  These are generally just as good if not better.

6. I recommend using a cash budget.  It is harder to go over budget when you use cash and have a when it is gone, it is gone mentality. When you have thought about all the expenses on the trip, get out that money, and ONLY use that money.

7.  Come with a tentative plan, but be flexible.  
You have planned your food, what you are going to do, where you are going to stay and how much you are going to shop.  But remember it is vacation, if plans change a little that is okay! :)

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July 18, 2014

DIY // China door chalkboard

For this wonderful, yet rainy Friday morning, I wanted to share one of my favorite pieces I have done. This was a DIY where I just thought of an idea and went with it.
 When we first moved into our home, there was a China Cabinet that the owners of the house, previous to my grandparents, had left. Since this China Cabinet had no sentimental value, I decided to redo it. As you know, most China Cabinets have the door on the front. My goal with this was to completely take out the glass and make it like a hutch. Well, I couldn't figure out how to get the glass out without tearing up the whole front end so I just took off the door.
I am repainting it this weekend and I'm going to take another stab at getting that glass out!
After I took off the door, I was about to throw it away until this little idea popped in my head to just paint it. I did a bit of a distressed/ cloudy look on it. Originally it was a dark brown color and I love doing distressed looks when a dark color is underneath.
I had some dry erase markers and used it as a thing to write notes, verses or supper plans for the week :)
Recently I have been wanting a chalkboard and instead of getting ready to spend $ 50 on one that I loved, I decided to grab my chalkboard paint and just try it out myself.
 If you have never used chalkboard paint, just know it can be a bit of a pain. It is sort of chunky and it can be hard to get an even spread. I would highly recommend getting small rolling brush to use. I used a paintbrush and its probably why I had so much trouble.
Also, let it dry overnight. It will take about four coats of this stuff until it is thick enough for chalk and if you put on another coat too fast, it will just add to the chunky-ness.
I just loved the way it turned out. I went to Target and purchased a huge box full of chalk and came straight home to draw on my chalkboard.
Its the small things :)
I hope you all have a marvelous weekend! 

July 16, 2014

Coffee Date // Vol. 4

Good morning sweet ladies!
 I am so excited that it is time for another Community Brew with my dear friends Madison from Wetherills Say I do and Rachel from Oh, Simple Thoughts Does a month fly by fast or what??
Today, the topic is on marriage. Single ladies, don't tune out. This is a wonderful time to reflect the single or engaged moments happening in your life right now.

The two verses we are focusing on with this community brew are Ephesians 5: 22-33
and 1 Corinthians 7: 32-35

Ephesians 5:22-33
For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body.  As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

1 Corinthians 7:32-35
I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him. But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband. I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.
Marriage. Something I know so much yet so little about. Being married to my best friend is one incredible blessing and each day is such a fun, new experience. Yet some days, it is hard and yes, I am still learning how to be married and how to take on this role of being a wife. Now, when we were engaged, people always told us how hard the first year would be. How getting used to each others habits would just create these brawls and how most days would be tough than easy (cheerful right?) Well, we will both stand here and tell you that 99% of the time, marriage is just so easy. I really am not sure what people mean when they talk about how tough marriage is. Don't get me wrong, some days are tough. Some days I want to cry in bed because things wont go the way I want them to go or because I have to stop being selfish and realize I am a part of a whole other person. But for most days, it is a wonderful life.
I think marriage is something that will work when you have three in the relationship.
Christ first.
Husband second.
Wife third.
Society has a different view on marriage and in my opinion, I think it is why divorce rates are so high. If we didn't have a relationship with Jesus, I honestly don't know how we could make our marriage work.
Marriage works when you know and have the love of Christ.
Marriage works when you know and have the grace that Christ shows us.
Marriage works when you know and have the forgiveness that Christ gives to us.
I cant stress how important it is to have a relationship with Christ before your husband.

Since being married, I have learned to let go of my pride. To say" I'm sorry" than to hold my ground as long as I can. Some days it is so easy for me to snap at Sean and tell him how he should do this, do that, or be this way. Ladies, never do that to your husbands. Proverbs 31 instructs wives to open our mouths with wisdom and kindness. I am so deeply grateful and in love with my husband and I always want him to know this through both my words and my actions.
Marriage is a learning experience but it is the most wonderful experience when you have everlasting love with Christ as your center.

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July 15, 2014

Meet Gracelaced.

One day while scrolling through Instagram, I saw a breathtaking piece of art.
Like gorgeous yall.
Have you ever heard of Gracelaced?
It is a creation by a lady named Ruth who is an extremely talented mother of six boys (bless her) who shares the love of Christ through her everyday life.
When I saw her painting on Instagram, I immediately went to her site and ordered this gem.
Just gorgeous! She makes custom prints, verse prints, flower prints. She just makes it all!  
 
Good news....right now she is having a Christmas in July sale through Thursday (17th). All of her pieces are 25% off which is an incredible deal because her prices are already so budget friendly.
Oh, and for the ladies attending, she is also speaking at the Hope Spoken conference next year so be sure to stop by and say hello!
Happy shopping ladies!

July 8, 2014

A Perfect Home.

When I think of home, I think of love. I think of a place to grow a marriage so strong that nothing can break it. I think of a place to raise a family with faith, manners and morals. I think of place full of endless laughter and I think of a place to always welcome others in with a glass of tea and snacks.
I am literally obsessed with houses and the idea of owning my forever home. I could spend hours riding around countless neighborhoods and just admiring what people do with their homes.
 Does that sound weird?
I am a deep thinker when it comes to what I want for my home. As you may know, I just flat out adore the country and I love the south. For our home, I want to mix them together and have a beautiful home in the south surrounded by country and southern charm.
 
When I think of home, I immediately think of land. I think of a place where I can hear no cars passing by, where my future babies can run and run without any limits and where we can have huge family and friend gatherings on warm, summer afternoons.
When I think of home, I think of a huge front porch. A place to sit and listen to the rain falling, a place to read a book on a swing while enjoying a glass of pink lemonade and a place to sit and marvel at God's nature.
When I think of  home, I think of horses roaming. I have been around horses since I can remember and having them at my home would be something that I would absolutely treasure. I want to show my future little Flowers how to ride and gain responsibility of taking care of a horse, I want to enjoy riding on those cool late evenings and I want to watch them graze peacefully through the land.
Oh, and when I think of home, I think of ducks. Because who in the world does not want ducks??
When I think of home, I think of a gorgeous yet simple white kitchen. A place to cook for my husband as he is coming home from work, a place to start off the morning with a devotion while sipping coffee and a place to share community with others
When I think of home, I think of a comfortable den. A place to have late night game nights, a place to watch endless amounts of Grey's Anatomy and a place to continually welcome others into our home.
When I think of home, I think of relaxing bedrooms. A place with calm colors, a place to wind down at the end of the day and a place to get countless amounts of rest
Finally, when I think of home, I think of a beautiful home. I am a simple person. I don't want a huge house with gazillions of acres. My perfect look to a house is mainly one story, two or three windows on top, white pillars, American flag hanging and of course the large porch.
 
 
 
Now I am in the mood to go take a country drive and look for homes
When will this happen for us? Who knows. I would rather take a while, save more and purchase when we are 110% ready.
Until then, looking will never hurt. A girl can dream right?? But when that time comes, I can't begin to explain how excited I will be :)