Thorns and Roses


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The weather here has been sooooo beautiful! It’s been gradually getting warmer each week and the grass is growing faster than we can mow it. And I am loving it! I’ve been noticing a lot lately about how picture perfect we can make our lives look. With all the social media at our finger tips it becomes quite easy to fool our friends and family into believing our life has no hiccups. But if we are honest with ourselves, our lives are no where near picture perfect. Often times after a photo shoot I  drop the images into photoshop and touch up the imperfections. We try to photoshop our lives to look picture perfect via social media. But I ask myself, why? Why do we feel the need to hide our flaws, and imperfections. Imagine a world where we are encouraged by others imperfections. instead of tearing them down, and creating insecurities. My husband is the best, when I came home from a business trip the other week he had a fresh bouquet of roses in a vase on the table. As I trimmed the beautiful roses I pricked my finger, which often happens when I deal with thorns. Roses always have thorns, it’s part of what makes them beautiful. Would we stop buying roses just because they have thorns? On Valentine’s Day an average of 250 million roses are sold, and all those beautiful roses come with their own thorns. Our imperfections are what makes us beautiful. We shouldn’t feel the need to photoshop our lives. So I encourage you today let your thorns show, no one likes to be around someone who thinks they are perfect. Don’t be that someone. Everyone has a different story, and different thorns. Embrace your life today thorns and all because it’s beautiful.

xoxo stephanie


Happy Mother’s Day Mom!


 Happy Mother’s Day to the best Mom a girl could possibly ask for! 

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Dear Mom,

Even though we live 577.1 miles away from each other which is an 8 hour and 25 minute drive you are still my best friend. No distance will ever stop that! Heck even cancer couldn’t tear us apart, because you taught me to build relationship strong and I think our relationship is the strongest of them all. Thank you for being the best Mom a girl could every ask for. I know every girl thinks her Mom is the best, but that simply cannot be true… Thank you for teaching me some important lessons like the following:

How to brush my hair out so it doesn’t look stringy.

How do clean and do laundry.

How to love.

 How to listen.

To treat others how I would want to be treated.

To take care of myself and buy good makeup.

How to laugh.

 To be respectful.

 How to take photos, and capture memories.

Obviously these are not all the amazing lessons you taught me, but if I listed them all I think my fingers would cramp up…

Thank you for your unconditional love and advice. One of these days I pray I can become a Mom half as good as you are. You are impacting more people than you will ever realize, and I know God has some amazing things planned for you. Thank you for always being YOU! Words will never be able to express how much I love and miss. Whenever you’re feeling down, or alone remember how much you mean to me and how much I love you!

So happy Mother’s Day to the greatest Mom a girl could ask for! Love,

Forever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever YOUR FAVORITE DAUGHTER

xoxo stephanie


 

A Lesson in God’s Timing


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Life is a compilation of seasons. And in this season of my life God is teaching me the power in HIS timing. So often in our microwave lifestyles we want things to happen in the snap of a finger. But God’s timing isn’t like that. In fact if I had to choose a household appliance to relate to God’s timing I would have to choose the crockpot. Anyone who has cooked with a crockpot knows it’s a beautiful appliance. You can simply throw a bunch of yummy ingredients together put it on “high” or “low” and come back in 9 hours and a delicious fulfilling meal is awaiting you. A meal that would taste awful if you tried to cook it in the microwave and rush that long cooking process. As humans we often try to rush God’s cooking process. And unfortunately when we rush into things without waiting on his timing the situation tends to taste awful. In this season of my life I find that God is teaching me every day to trust in His timing, without questioning. This can be extremely frustrating. Because like I mentioned before we live in a world that wants everything NOW. It takes constant prayer (1st Thessalonians 5:17) and stillness (Psalm 46:10) throughout my day. But I know this, NOTHING is better than God’s timing. He has already created a time and a place and a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). This means I don’t have to let stress, entertain anxiety, and let perfection rule my day. I don’t need to know what the future holds because I know the one who holds my future! Isn’t that such a relief!?

xoxo stephanie


Spring Blooms


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This Easter my sweet Easter Bunny (aka the cowboy) brought home this beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers! As most of you know fresh flowers is one of my favorite things. Flowers are simple, beautiful, and colorful! Resurrection Sunday was gloomy and cold this year, but that didn’t stop us from remembering the true reason for Easter. I can’t help but feel like God created spring and the resurrection of Christ to co-inside on purpose. Everything comes to life in the spring time, the grass turns green, the trees grow leaves, and flowers begin to show their color and bloom. Life begins again, just like Christ rising from the dead. Too deep? Maybe so, but it’s a sweet reminder for me. The cowboy and I have been crazy busy lately with work, church, and family. But I have found time to redo a piece of furniture to add to our homestead. Sneak peeks can be found on Instagram and snapchat (@thecowboyandi). I can’t wait to show you before and after photos once it’s done!

xoxo stephanie


Galentine’s Day


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Absolutely had a blast  celebrating Galentine’s Day with these amazing gals! I love the idea of Galentine’s Day, celebrating sisterhood and loving on each other. In our world today girls are almost pitted against each other. I’m fully against tearing each other down, we should bring each other up and encourage one another! That’s why I decided to throw a Galentine’s Day party this year, to encourage growth in our sisterhood. We celebrated with a Mary Kay spa night, lots of chocolate, and some wonderful conversation. It was simply perfect! Not only did our skin receive a deep cleaning, our hearts did too. I’m blessed by each sister God brings into my life, even if it’s only for a short season. But throughout this weekend it was brought to my attention that like Valentine’s Day I shouldn’t wait for a holiday to show people how much I love them. So I encourage you to love on your sisterhood and show them how much you care! Also another fun fact I learned that deep pink roses symbolize appreciation and gratitude! So pick up some deep pink roses and show your sisterhood how grateful you are for them!

xoxo stephanie


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