Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Can you save the world?

 So, this morning I was reading my devotion in Jesus Calling and was reading the verses at the bottom of the page. I continued reading Luke 6:37 and it led me to **WATCH OUT ** Luke 6:38. "Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back."

This part stood out:  
The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
It made me stop and pause because I had just texted my friend Sara over at Mixon Mania. We have been throwing around our need to go on a mission trip. I referred to this back in my 30 Before 30 list and again on this post! I just can't shake it. I know God wants to open my eyes to the world that is all around us. We, as Americans, are so rich, and it's time I share what God has blessed me with. We look around and we are sitting on nice furniture, watching tv on flat screens, and having good food in our bellies. I know that this is not everyone in America, but I am speaking for a lot of us. 

Here's something to make us think: 

1. If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than seventy five percent of the people in the world.
2. If you can attend a church or synagogue meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
3. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are more blessed than five hundred million people in the world.
4. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish, you are among the top eight percent of the world's wealthy.
5. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
- found HERE! 

Hmm. This brings me around to praying about giving to Cross International and supporting children. With a donation they will be taken care of by Christian parents, have food, clothes, and shelter everyday. I really wanted to sponsor one child, but I felt led to support 2. I pray these children will be blessed by this donation and they will have their needs met. 

Thanks for letting me share. God bless you this evening. 


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens . . . LINKUP!

These are a few of my favorite things!

My bff, Danielle, is hosting a fabulous linkup! I love the idea, and I will be sharing my favorite things in her linkup!   

When I think about my favorite things, this is what comes to my mind!

I really feel great in my Nike Phantom shorts. Mine are hotpink with a pink band and white words! Talk about POP! They have an awesome liner along with the coolest band! I love seeing the Just Do It . . . the motivation that little phrase brings is unbelievable!

Peanut Butter...what a fatty I am! It seriously makes me so happy! Bad isn't it? I have a spoonful in my smoothie every morning. Am I alone in this love affair with Jif?

Lotion...not just any lotion but Bath & Body Works True Blue Shea Butter. It's amazing. I wash my hands a ton . . . life of a teacher. When it gets down to it, I don't want to be a lizard handed gal. I use the lotion a lot, but it lasts even after a good number of washes. I have to put it on in the am and before I go to bed, or I freak out and can't fall asleep or start my day on the best note . . . is that O.C.D?

My iPhone is one of my favorite things! I love that everything is at my fingertips, cool apps are downloaded in seconds, and Siri helps keep up with my appointments. Thank God for technology!

Thirty-One bags are definitely some of my favorite. I have a bit more than I need of these cute bags! Every one that I have gotten has been quality! I really love that they can go everywhere and look super fresh. My sister started selling them after we had been to a couple parties and gotten hooked. They are worth the investment!

Every morning I start my day off with this tiny book of goodness! A year and a half ago at the cottage we found  it laying in a drawer. After that I was in love with it. Sarah Young does a great job of making God's love come off of the page and speak to every person in any situation. It's beautiful! This is my second year reading it, but I love how they are still fresh and can work in your current life.

Be sure you stop by over at Butler, Party of 2 and share a few of your favorite things! Thanks for hosting, girl!

It's almost Friday! Happy Weekend Eve!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's Wednesday! My favorite day of the week...besides the others!

Happy Wednesday lovelies!

Here are some things that I am loving this week as I link up with Michelle and Jamie! Aren't they fabulous for hosting?

I am loving that one week of tax season down, is one more closer to the end! No, I am not an accountant, but I happen to know a great one...Ryno!! Y'all, accountants work HARD, and their brain NEVER STOPS!

I am absolutely excited about this weekend because I have ZERO crazy commitments except for church and maybe a dinner date! :)

Thankful doesn't even describe my feelings of the great friendships I have in my life! They keep me focused!

Go check out my amazing mother's awesome blossom BLOG! You may learn a thing or two or three! I have!

I am pumped about Malorie and Peter having a sweet baby BOY!

These pins are also making my heart happy! When is spring going to be here? 

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Happy Wednesday! 
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


In many aspects of life I need motivation! I always have had internal motivation for things like my job, appearance, and maintaining relationships, but it can never hurt to have a little push! Do you have someone that gives you that little push and let you know that you can do it? I hope I am that person to others. I do know that my life is filled with positive people that let me know I am worth it, I can do it, and they will be there to help me! I thank God for these friends and family members. They sure do make the bad days good! 

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Vow. Who saw it? Who read it?

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Who saw it? I may have TWICE! The first time I couldn't breathe. It is a gorgeous love story! The last 30 seconds of the movie get me. When I say get me, I mean make me have the ugly cry. I walked out of the theater the first time holding back sobs! Mom and I made it to Target and bought the book, so we would know what Hollywood changed.

We couldn't read the book before the movie was out. Unfortunately, on Amazon it was $45 due to a small print amount back in the 90's. Now, it's out and cheap at Target! :)

I started reading it on Friday and COULD NOT believe the change they had made. The real Kim and Krickett love story is based around God! Every bit of it! I had read about half of the book when I watched the movie a 2nd time. It was so different that it didn't make me angry. Basically the only thing that is the same is the fact that she loses her memory and they end up together (hope I didn't give it away)! :) I have about 50 pages left and am amazed by how Godly they are. It's amazing what Hollywood takes out for ratings! SAD!! Get the book and READ it. It's a quick, meaningful read.

One thing that I really liked in the movie were the actual vows during their wedding:

And this just makes me laugh! 

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So Ready For Spring

I am so ready for spring (or some grey boots), so I can wear this little baby! Is this skirt not screaming sunshine!

Mom had another sewing class on Saturday, and I got to make this sweet piece to add to my wardrobe. There is something so satisfying with making your own clothes with your own hands! This was the first time many of us had put in zippers. Another added bonus was the cute pockets! I love pockets...how about you?

I also loved that I got to see one of my favorite Phi Mu sisters from college! Juliette signed up for the class! I loved catching up and sharing more laughs. College was even more fun than it should have been because she was a part of my memories!!

I also got to sew again with Miss Krista! She is awesome and it looks like we had the same love for stripes in our pic below! Glad she shared the class with Jules!

If you haven't already, check out Mom's sewing biz @ Just Sew! Studio on Facebook!



We celebrated Valentine's Day this past weekend. We stayed at Chateau Elan and had a relaxing evening and a great big breakfast. 

We met friends for dinner at Versailles in Chateau and had tons of laughs. I often wonder after the dinner if people are highly annoyed with us! We laugh the entire time! It's hard not to with our comedians that we married! 

I was glad that Ryan enjoyed himself! He has been working so HARD this tax season. I know he gets discouraged, but I am so proud of him! 

 On the actual day of Valentine's I surprised Ryan with a homemade HEART pizza (his favorite food), a sweet card, and a sweet book! He certainly surprised me with some gorgeous roses and a nice toast! It was a nice, peaceful evening! 

I am so grateful for love in my life. I am also happy that is not ONLY shown on Valentine's. I thank God for Ryan daily and am blessed to call him my husband. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Who does that?

Seriously! I don't know how I have made it this far! Sometimes I do the dumbest things WITHOUT thinking! I am sure that never happens to anyone else!

Today I was in a hurry to get ready for Mom's sewing class - we made the cutest skirt - and was ironing a shirt to wear. When I put it on, I noticed it still had a couple of wrinkles in it. Instead of laying the shirt back on the ironing board, I decided it would be quicker to iron it while I was wearing it. Now, I do this pretty often, so it's not a big deal. The part that was a big deal was my thumb pressing the steam button while I was smoothing out the bottom of my shirt. SERIOUSLY!!! Who does that?? The button of my jeans allowed my stomach to have an extra bit of added pain. Holy cow! I have four nice round burns to show for it!

After the sewing class, I ran by the convenient CVS and purchased some first aid ointment and big bandages so my pants don't rub my bothersome burn!

Please tell me I am not the only one who does things without thinking! Maybe this is a sign to SLOW down!

Even though this annoying event happened, I had a wonderful Saturday! I hope you did as well!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Why do we worry? In my case it is the fear of the unknown or the memories of bad things that have happened before.

Tonight, Ryan was talking on the phone and it cut off after only talking for a total of 53 seconds. I call him back, and back, and again, and one more time, and again . . . it's seriously ridiculous. This fear and worry crept in so fast, and all of the most senseless reasons as to why he didn't answer were swirling around in my head. I mean, CRAZY thoughts!

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I called Mom just to make sure my phone was working. It was. Mom reminded me that his phone could have died. I wanted to believe her, so I took that as the case. I focused on something else.

In the meantime, my very favorite verse was running through my head: Philippians 4:6 - Do not worry about anything, but pray about EVERYTHING! So, I prayed.

Thank God that it was just the cell battery running out of juice. He knew I was worried . . . it's not the first time!
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Does anyone else do this?
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