Wednesday Braindump


Hey there, welcome to Wednesday Braindump!

Can I just say the first half of 2017 has been insane! So many things have changed, and happened. We moved into town, started new jobs, had surgery, dug deeper into our own ministry and more. It’s crazy to look back and realize half the year is already gone! Does anyone else feel this way or is it just me? I’m also that person who has all these fun plans for summer but never seem to do any of them. Can anyone relate?

The good news is even if I don’t check off my summer fun list Chris and I will be returning to Disney in less than 100 days! I’ve been tossing around the idea of using Chatbooks to document our trip this year. Have you tried Chatbooks? Do  you like it? Leave me a comment or reach out on social media I would love to hear your thoughts.

Because of our love for Disney I’ve also been thinking of blogging more about Disney! I know lots of people ask us how we travel, where we stay, what do we eat and so on. If you are interested in Disney themed posts let me know! I’m always wanting to know what you enjoy reading, don’t hesitate to ask for reviews, or posts on anything!

Although I look distant here on the blog I still take hundreds of photos a month of my dog, coffee, Chris (he never lets me post them) and flowers. For your viewing pleasure… a picture dump of the past few months!

My bosses spoiled me for Administrative Assistants Day!

Since we moved into town Daisy won’t let me be in a room by myself and has to me touching me 🙂

Mercy is our friend’s little girl and she is the funniest kid I’ve met!

Our little town had a festival and it was fun to walk around town and try new things! 

I got the most delicious drink in one of these pineapples and it was amazing!

Chris and I spent a short weekend enjoying this view!

Our flowers are blooming at our new home and it brings a smile to my face every day!

Because this is Wednesday Braindump I have discovered the world of BitMojis and OH. MY. GOSH. How fun are they. After discovering how fun it is to use BitMojis I obviously made both my parents and Chris make ones. And for your enjoyment here are a few of my favorites. Not going to lie… these might become a norm around here…

Thanks for joining me for Wednesday Braindump, I really don’t have a meaning to this post other than I miss blogging so much and all of you!

Sprinkle Some Joy


(you can tell she’s like “are you serious right now?”) 

It’s crazy how much love a person can have for their dog. I remember when we got Daisy. It was before our one year anniversary. I was really struggling with homesickness and slight depression but as soon as I hugged that tiny ball of fluff joy swept over. I find it funny how a tiny changes in our lives can alter the way we experience our joy?

Ultimately God is our true source of joy. I love stepping back from life and seeing how He sprinkles joy all over. Sometimes the happiness we are searching for comes in the form of a fluffy puppy to take care of, a good doctor report, and sometimes God provides joy through bonding with friends. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. I often have to remind myself to take that step back from life and breath. We overcomplicate so many things: love, confidence, salvation. In the end all of these things are gifts from God we just simply need to unwrap and accept.

Think about it like opening a gift. We can leave an unopened gift in the closet and never know or experience the happiness the gift might bring. We might even forget it was ever given to us. But if we tear the wrapping paper off the right away we can experience the joy that gift brings. If you knew something amazing waited inside a gift your friend gave you wouldn’t you want to open?

Today my prayer for you is to choose joy. While your whole world may be in the mists of craziness (which seems to be my current norm) take a step back, breath, and focus on the gifts God has given you.

The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with JOY

Psalm 126:3 (NIV)


Hello Spring 2017


 

Happy first week of spring everyone!

Here’s to fresh blooms, freshly cleaned homes, and pulling out our colorful wardrobes! I’m tired of wearing my bulky sweaters, let’s bust out those flouncy sundresses and rejoice! I guess that means I should probably go shave my legs huh? Just kidding!

What are some of your favorite parts of spring?

I always get excited to see the grass start changing colors first, to see those new blades popping up brings anticipation and excitement for the change of season. And it might seem crazy but I always get this wild hair to deep clean my house and throw away/thrift all the things I don’t need. My mother was right when she said a clean home is a clear mind. She’s so wise.

Spring also reminds me there is beauty in starting over. Sometimes I think we forget the beauty of grace and the ability to start fresh and move forward. This year I’m trying hard to learn how to accept and practice grace in my life. Reminding myself to let go and live in grace instead of that awful state of perfection. Can I get an amen? As Spring slowly crosses over each of our states and you watch new flowers push their way through the dirt, I hope you are reminded that God’s grace is sufficient. In moments when we are weak He is strong. When we feel dead inside with nothing left to give that is when He picks us up and brushes us off.

Without God’s grace we can easily allow weeds of bitterness and doubt to cover us, but the moment we let His grace cover us our blooms start to show.

My hope for you today is that you are able to find a moment to sit still with your favorite cup of coffee or tea and let God’s grace flow over you like the change of a new season.

 


Valentine’s Day Guide For Your Pup


Who said Valentine’s Day isn’t for your furry friends too! C and I were in Petco the past weekend and I had to refrain myself from buying all the Valentine’s Day dog treats and toys. Since starting my 9 to 5 job (hello adulting you stink) I’ve had separation anxiety from my sweet puppy, Daisy. I didn’t realize how much I enjoy seeing her overwhelming love and joy for me and C, but mostly me. Dogs truly do love you unconditionally.

I did pick up a few goodies for Daisy to give to her on Valentine’s Day. Yes I realize that might make me sound crazy but everyone has a little crazy in them. I decided to round up some adorable gift guide for your furry friend on Valentine’s Day!

These are some cute things I’ve rounded up from Etsy, Petco and Amazon.

Custom Valentine’s Day Dog Collar from SLWdesignsCo, Love My Pup Little Plush Bone from Petco, Gourmet Valentine’s Dog Treats from TahoeGems, Love My Pup Assorted Dog Bone Cookies from Petco, Valentine’s Day Dog Collar Bandana from WhatSherrySews, Love My Pup XO Rope Knot from Petco, Gold Valentine Hearts Dog Collar from DogDroolDesigns, Valentine’s Day Dog Treats Grain Free from Amazon, Red Valentines Heart Bow Tie Collar from PoppyParkerMarket, Love My Pup Love Rope Dog Toy from Petco, Love My Pup Yogurt Dipped Dog Cookies from Petco, Cabana Stripe Bed Cover from BowWowBeds 

I hope you find some adorable goodies for your four pawed friend


 

My One Word


For the past few years now a group of my friends and I have participated in the My One Word study and challenge. I have enjoyed seeing God stretch me and teach me through the power of one small word. For those of you interested in learning more about this concept and process check out this book!

My One Word for 2017 is… Grace.

After reflecting on the past year and praying for 2017 I really felt like God is wanting me to focus on Grace. Learning how to extend Grace to others but also learning how to have Grace for myself. 2 Corinthian 12:19 says

“‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

To say I’m excited about my one word for this year is to say the least. It’s amazing how God has already woven my word into my everyday life. Before I even selected Grace as my one word I stopped by LifeWay Bookstore on my way back from Christmas up north. Sitting there on the shelf was this hot pink book with gold lettering and a pineapple. If you know me you know I love the color pink, so obviously I picked it up. After skimming a few pages I decided to buy it. Can you guess what the name of the book was? Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley.

Up until here recently I wouldn’t have described myself as a perfectionist. I use to think I was pretty easy going and chill. My eyes have been open to see I really do need to have more Grace with the things I do and the people around me. I encourage you to choose a word this year and watch as God uses it to blow your mind.

Bellow are a few words my sweet and precious friends choose for 2017

 

 

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