Monday, April 28, 2014

They left me!

The only child in me is screaming. 

My parents are literally across the globe in Israel. ISRAEL!! You know that place consistently on the news for bombings, hostages, and holy water! The distance is killing their almost 35 year old daughter. They are in my thoughts and prayers constantly, and I sit with anxiety waiting for email updates. Poor Ryan, he is doing a stellar job at appeasing his cranky worried wife.

As I ponder their trip, I find myself much more aware of the news, the history, and the passion of Israel. They are in the Promised Land. The land of the Israelite, the land of the chosen people, they are where my Jesus was. I long to be with them. 

Deuteronomy 26:15
15 Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place, and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you promised on oath to our ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey.”

9 more day until they return to us. My heart is excited to hear their stories, to hear what touched their hearts. I know they will be forever changed. How can they not be, after walking where He walked! 

(And yes, I tracked their flights all the way across the globe. I highly suggest the app Flight View, if you are as neurotic as I am)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday Stories

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1995 – Junior Year of High school – Friendship

I believe this was our Junior Year of High school. I was finally on the other side of “My Awkward” stage (we are just not going to talk about that…ok?). Look at that Long Hair; I can barely remember having hair that long.

This is Devon, and this picture makes me smile. She lived down the street from us and we were great friends, and I have wonderful memories with her. I am so very blessed by the sweetness that comes from having girlfriends. Smiles, Linked Arms, and Boy Crazy wonderment, these were some good days gone by! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday Stories

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1998 - Freshman Year of College – Spring Break

I was home from the University of Wyoming with my boyfriend at the time.  We were doing a bit of sightseeing.

This day we were whale watching with my Mom and Dad.

I can’t help but smile at my Letterman jacket. I am such a dork, wearing it after high school and all. I was proud of it, of the musical accomplishments it represented. Yeah, I lettered in Band, what are you going to do about it.  I was one of the Ultimate Band Geeks, Drum Major and all!

The Ocean, its creatures, the give and take of the waves, calls to my soul.  There are moments where I feel the connection so deeply that I know it’s divinely inspired. Who else but the God of creation, the God who loves me would know how to take my breath away and alter the very rhythm of my heart

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Simple Woman's Day Book 4/7/14

Welcome if you are joining in from April's Addition of the Simple Woman's Daybook. I’m so glad you’re here!

FOR TODAY – April 7, 2014

Outside my window...A glorious 79 degrees! I love being a California Girl

I am thinking... about planning a Sabbath Sunday for Ryan and I. I really don’t know what this will look like, or how it’s going to turn out, but the idea is really weighing on my heart. I want to take time to stop and rest in my Lord, to celebrate his creation, and the relationship I have with him.

In the kitchen...we are really working on saving money and calories by packing our lunches and eating dinner at home. This bento box rage continues to capture me. I am looking for little cookie cutters and decorations to help my addiction.

I am creating...Deco mesh wreaths, it’s becoming a bit of an obsession for me. My Mom and I are working on spring/Easter one’s tonight while Ryan has Bible Study.

I am going... to focus on creating housekeeping routines that will help me keep the house maintained, and allow me to still live life. I am so good about doing a mass cleaning before we have some kind of event, and then picking up after said event. However, I get so exhausted that I take a week or so off, and then have a disaster to deal with again. I would really like to have a clean house and picked up house everyday so I just have to do deep cleanings once a month. 

I am reading... Echoes of Eden and Orphan Justice. I have just started both of these books and I can tell they are both going to push the envelope on my comfort zone.

I am hoping...that we can get a couple of our financial tasks completed this week. This would be helpful to some stress levels.

I am looking forward to...getting our Bedroom painting done.

Around the house...we have Easter decorations up and Angel’s baseball on TV. There is a pretty enthusiastic vibe filling the air.

A favorite quote for today...

A few plans for the rest of the week: Dinner and Crafting tonight with my Mom, Work Celebration Tuesday night, Housework/Laundry/Taxes/Bills on Wednesday and Thursday, and an Angel’s Game on Friday night. This is the first home game we are attending this season!

A peek into my day...These roses are blooming in my front yard. They take my breath away, Love Love Love this pink!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March CY365 and OLW Rest

March 2014 was full of sweet and fun times. For my Capture Your 365 and my One Little Word Workshop I captured lots daily moments this month that provided me Rest. This is my OLW for 2014.

March 1 - Peeps - I just love them! T
March 2 - We watched Macy my parents sweet dog.
March 3 - Butterfly Canvas, this was a shot from our trip to Northern California over Thanksgiving last year.
March 4 - Me Sick at Work
March 5 - Chickens, the obsession continues. Someday I will have them!
March 6 - Guitar Class
March 7 - Deco Mesh Wreath I made for St. Patricks Day
March 8 - Lunch with our Great Niece and Nephew! I just love having them around!
March 9 - Drinking Buddies, Their smiles an laughter warm my heart!
March 10 - Oh Opie
March 11 - Diesel looking so very cute!
March 12 - Lucky Banner in our living room. I made this too!
March 13 - My Final Guitar Class
March 14 - Date Night Goodies
March 15 - Painting our Bedroom ceiling
March 16 - A cuddle bug Opie
March 17 - A tired Diesel
March 18 - Celebrating 3 years no beers for my best friend
March 19 - A wet clean Puppy
March 20 - Traveling to Arizona
March 21 - Scenes from our Hotel Room
March 22 - Ice Bucket Sillyness
March 23 - She got married today!
March 24 - Get us to the airport on time!
March 25 - Trophy Husband Party Preparations
March 26 - Bento Box Fun
March 27 - San Francisco Pics
March 28 - Baking Goodness
March 29 - My Trophy Husband
March 30 - Bring on the Boat
March 31 - Making Deco Mesh Wreaths with my Mom