Today is one of my favorite days of the year. Today is a bonus day where I get to brag about my amazing Dad and say thank you…
Thank you for teaching me to love and how to be loved. Thank you for teaching me winning isn’t everything but I should always give my all. Thank you for treating me like a princess and letting me wear my tiara everywhere with you. Thank you for letting me join you on your Saturday Home Depot runs. Thank you for teaching me you don’t need a doctor unless there’s bone or unstoppable blood. I truly can’t even thank you enough for all the amazing things you’ve taught me throughout the year. Thank you for showing me through your actions how a relationship with Christ is so very important. And thank you for loving me no matter what. Growing up I never realized that each little girl didn’t receive Butterfly Kisses after bed time prayer, and I realize how blessed I am to call you my Dad.
I know every girl probably thinks she has the best Dad, but I know they’re wrong. Those other girls don’t have you as their Father! Living 10 hours away from you has been hard, but you are always in my heart, prayers, and on my mind. I love you so much Dad, happy Father’s Day!
My heart is broken with all the tragedy that has hit Orlando Florida within the past week. In fact my heart breaks for our country as a whole. There’s so much hurt, and pain in our world today. And everyone has their own opinion on how to “fix” our world and nation. How do we fix something this big? In my opinion…
Prayer is the first thing that always comes to my mind and my heart. I can’t change the way our world is, but I know someone who can. I know someone who’s heart is broken more than we could even imagine from the loss of lives this week. The massacre that took place this week was and is a great tragedy. The singer whose life long dream was cut short was devastating. And the parents who lost their child too soon was a horrific incident. I, Stephanie, cannot do much in these situations but what I can do is drop to my knees and pray. To some it may not be much but to others it means everything.
I love this shirt from Banner Apparel. I loved it the moment I saw it and I wear it all the time. It’s a daily reminder to me to live on the power of prayer. When tragedy hits our world, pray. When our day isn’t going the way we wanted it to, pray. When our family is tearing apart, pray.
Matthew 5:3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” MSG
I’m in the middle of an amazing study by Pricilla Shirer called Armor of God. It’s rocking my world! The purpose of this study is to identify the enemy in our lives and how to utilize the armor of God. It teaches you how to locate the devil in your life, in your thoughts, in your heart, and then how to remove him. I’m learning how to better target my prayer life to fight the enemy and hit him where it hurts. You see I don’t think we should make the devil’s job any easier by folding our hands neatly at not doing anything. Yes our world is hurting, but what are you going to do about it? I call you sisters, and friends to action. Pick your armor and let’s go to battle. Let’s pray for Orlando and those hurting, let’s pray for our nations leaders, and our own family members. We must be on alert for the attack of our enemy, and live in a constant state of prayer.
Ephesians 6:18-19 “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray…”
Yes this shirt is adorable, and so comfy that I never want to take it off, but the statement this shirt makes is why I love it. I may be weak but HE is strong. I may not always know what to do but there is power in livin’ on prayer.
Last week in between the scattered rain storm the cowboy and I were able to stop by one of my favorite local green house. It’s very clear to you by now how much I love flowers. Although I don’t always have the best green thumb. I’m much better at house plants! Still how can you pass up some of these gorgeous blooms. I drive past this little green house weekly. It sits on the side of the main road that runs through our small town. It’s like a burst of color and joy right there on your way to work. Plus sometime they have kittens searching for their forever home. Cue the “awwwwwww”. Everyone needs a green house on their way to work!
Speaking of what everyone needs… everyone needs one of these off the shoulder tops for summer! This top is cool and loose perfect for those HOT summer days. I’m in love with this one from the Lauren Conrad collection at Kohl’s. I snagged it on sale and just found out they make the same top and pattern but in dress form! I was pretty excited when I saw it online. (see it here) It’s the perfect top to go from day to night seamlessly. Here I’ve paired it with a loose boyfriend cut jean and wedges. This top would also go great with skinnies and flats! With the fun pattern your color combinations for accessories is endless which is a blast!
Coffee dates are my favorite, well in this case I’m not drinking coffee but if you want to order yourself a cup of joe I welcome you to. There’s something calming about catching up with your best friend in your favorite local coffee shop. Granted I only drink coffee on occasion, but the whole idea of it I love. For instance if we were to have a coffee date today I would order my new drink obsession, a strawberry acia refresher with coconut milk instead of water. Or more commonly known has “The Pink Drink”. You order your normal and we snag the two comfy chairs in the corner by the window because of the best lighting for pictures. We sip on our drinks and snap a few shots of each other holding our cups. Showing off our summer fresh manicure for the camera.
Then we begin. We share about the latest family news, the good and the bad. You listen as I talk and I listen as you pour out your thoughts. I love meeting up for a coffee date with you because it’s our time to be real, and to reconnect. We talk about our jobs and our dream jobs. You ask how the blog is going and I laugh and say “it’s a work in progress but I still love it”. We don’t even bother looking at our phone for the time or see who texted because with every passing hour our conversation is taken another step deeper.
We talk about God, and the plans He has for each of our lives. Although we both understand His plan is greater than we could ever come up with on our own you express your frustration with waiting on His timing and just wanting to know what to do. “Sometimes it’s frustrating” you say as your slouch down in your chair. It is frustrating, I think to myself, but I can’t imagine what would happen if I decided not to follow His plan for my life. Would I still be living up north? Would the cowboy and I have ever met? Every little part of my life God sewed together perfectly to create who I am, and where I am. I quickly realize I had stopped listening and refocused my attention back on you. I can see the worry in your eyes, and the hint of fear. I know you just want to be in God’s will, and you’re afraid you’re not doing the right thing. I can see this because I’ve been where you are. As you finish your sentence I reach out my hand and place it on your knee. “You are an amazing person, and God DOES have some amazing plans for your life and you don’t need to live in a state of worry that you’re doing the right thing. He will lead you.” We continued to chat about the new path you are embarking on and turned to the positive side of things. You sit back up, and smile again. Sometimes it’s good just to be encouraged. Near the end the two of us are laughing out loud at pictures and video of the four puppies in my kitchen, and the cowboy and I’s failed attempt at a detox diet. By the end of our coffee date we both hugged each other as we walked to our cars. I could tell you felt better, and I did too. Refreshed, energized, and ready for the second half of my day. It always brightens my day when we get the chance to catch up. I look forward to my next coffee date with you.
Some exciting things are happening here on the homestead! Four exciting things to be exact… and they are puppies! Daisy had her babies this month and they are all sooooooooo cute!!. I woke up one morning to let Daisy out of her kennel like normal and there they were all curled up in little balls. You simply cannot have a bad day when you get to come home and hold adorable puppies. It’s just not possible. Each puppy is so soft, chubby, and perfect. They are over a two weeks old now and it’s amazing how fast they are growing! All the puppies have opened their eyes and have started to walk in spurts. I’ve never dealt with puppies this young before so it’s been a complete adventure. Just this week the cowboy and I came home from a date day and all four puppies had escaped the kiddie pool we keep them in. It was so funny to see them stumbling and crawling around the kitchen! Needless to say we had to rearrange their living space. Poor Daisy every time we come home from work she just looks at us with these sad eyes and her ears laid back on her head like “help me…thank goodness your home!”. I think these pups are running her out of energy. Which isn’t a bad thing for the cowboy and I. The puppies are now learning to play with each other and bark which is fun but also annoying at the same time. The part I’m most excited about though is finding these puppies their forever homes.
Do you have any helpful puppy advice? If you do leave them in a comment bellow! I would love any help I can get!
ps. I know these photos aren’t the best quality, it’s hard to snap a good shot when you’re squealing with excitement. For more blurry photos and videos of adorable puppies check out my snapchat @thecowboyandi