Easter Weekend

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Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s a weekend celebrating the Risen King! But it’s also a weekend to spend with family. and lately I have been treasuring the time with them even more. the Lord blessed me with an incredible earthly family, and my time with them is never long enough.

Jake and I traveled to my house late Thursday night. a long trip was rewarded with sweet hugs from the people I love the most!

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{my mom is so creative}

Friday was the good Friday service at our church and we attended as a family.

Saturday was a girls day full of shopping, we can’t help ourselves. and the night ended with a little competitive backgammon with my dad. I can proudly say I finally kicked his butt.

Easter Sunday was quite the day. We celebrated Jesus all morning, while wearing our matching outfits (the boys get embarrassed). we have this tradition. every year my mom chooses a color and that is our theme for our Easter outfits. clearly, this year was pink. an Easter egg hunt is always apart of out traditions, it is just a little different now that we are all grown. there was hip-checking, stealing, and tackling. that’s what happens when the eggs are no longer filled with candy, but now money.

Easter dinner was delicious and reminded me just how much I missed my moms cooking. we gathered around the table and enjoyed a spread of ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, asparagus, bruschetta, cauliflower. it was delicious.

the afternoon ended on the front porch, enjoying the mini cheesecakes my mom made. it was the perfect ending to a wonderful weekend.

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Wake up Sleeper

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waking up is the worst. absolute worst. like, ultimate worst. I have never been an early riser, and sleep is a good friend of mine.

but Jesus calls us to quiet time with him. he calls us to admire his creation. and he wants each and every morning to start with him.

I haven’t been doing this. and I should be doing this.

a friend of mine has made it a point to wake up early, get a cup of coffee, and spend her morning with Jesus. that sounded just about perfect to me, minus the waking up early. but sacrificing my sleep for Jesus is the least I could do, and I was inspired by my friends morning routine. I love the idea of starting my morning in his presence and I truly believe that starting your day off on the right foot can really make a difference. it can make me a better friend, better student, better Christian. it has the power to change the outlook of my days. and I like the sound of that.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love for I have put my trust in you. Psalm 143:8

the Lord may not have put this on your heart, but if he has I encourage you to listen to his voice. if you are struggling to find quiet time with him, then wake up with him. allow Him to start your day and allow him to pour into your heart.

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

get a group of girlfriends together and do devotions as the sun rises. or make yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy your alone time with God. either way, just try it. see if it has the power to transform your day as It has mine.

anyone who needs a little encouragement to wakey wakey a little earlier, here ya go!

Jesus will be there too!

you will have more energy.

you will be more positive.

you can love better.

you feel accomplished.

and the lords creation is breathtaking in the wee hours of the morning.

so, please join me. let me know how it goes. I want to know how God worked through you that day.

a season for everything

I have been MIA. like seriously, missing in action. I have been absent from this blog, but more importantly I have been missing from my life. I feel like life is passing me by and I am just watching it all happen. for a girl who likes to have control, this is not ok. but yet I don’t know what to do.

I am feeling stuck. like stuck in the mud and I can’t get out. or for my case, stuck in a season and I desperately want out. unproductive and not motivated would be the words to describe me right now. and who wants to be that?

you’ve heard it said. there is a season for everything. but heck, what do you do if you hate the season your in?

I am in the process of doing some things to get this girl out of the mud.  and maybe this will help if your in a similar place.

1. spend time with jesus. lately I haven’t been doing devotions, and there has been a serious shortage in my quiet time with God. well hello? I should already know. the times when I am farthest from God are the times I feel like things are farthest from being ok. so get back on that saddle and start praying, even if you don’t know what to say (yes, I’m speaking to myself as well.) also try mixing things up. if you usually spend quiet time with God by reading his word instead try praising him through music. if you need some suggestions for worship music- Kari Jobe is a favorite. that girl always speaks to my heart.

2. give yourself grace. it’s totally and completely ok to be in a season of laziness. know yourself, and give yourself much needed rest and forgiveness.

3. write out a schedule. I am a list girl. I write notes to myself and to-do-lists constantly and truthfully couldn’t make it through most days without them. write out a schedule and try to stick to it, include productive activities but also time of rest.  make sure to give your self time for a few hours of Netflix binging so you don’t spend the whole day indulging. guilty!

here’s a list I made to help me get through tomorrow. this is a small list, but gives room for fun, productivity, and rejuvenation. all things I am in desperate need of. so go on and make yourself a list, and start checking things off!

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these are just a few things that are currently helping me get back on my feet. there truly is a season for everything. lets embrace these seasons, as hard as they may be. lets work through these seasons, together. and lets always be leaning on God for the support he so freely gives.

Casual Weekends

I have to be honest. this weekend was unproductive. Do you ever have those weekends? you have so much to do, plan out all that your going to do and then do absolutely nothing. well that was me. it’s a serious, serious miracle I even got showered and dressed on Saturday.

besides making you feel seriously unproductive, lazy days are the best. they rejuvenate you, lift up your spirits, and put you in a better mood. people, give yourself time for a lazy Saturday. it’s well worth it.

I did some shopping with girlfriends this weekend, and found the cutest maxi dress, that hallelujah doesn’t have to be hemmed for this 5’1’’ girl. we also visited with some friends and met there brand new 6 week old baby twin girls. they were full of cuteness and my roommate and I couldn’t get enough of holding them.

Sunday was a treat. Jake came home after a couple of days in Ohio and it was so so good to see him. we spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon laying in a hammock talking about our weekends, I am blessed to be dating an adventurous man, and had a dinner date at Panera and movie date to see Captain America.

it was a good weekend. full of sweet little things.

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this is weekend style at its finest. there’s nothing like ripped jeans and tenny’s.

jeans: forever 21

shirt: forever21