Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday Thoughts

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"God can turn any tragedy into a triumph, if only you will wait and watch." Max Lucado

Saturday, April 24, 2010

up up update

So many things have been happening that it is so difficult to keep up. Today Ashlee, Mom and I lead a Spring Tune Up Fitness Day for the women at our church. We did self assessments to see where we were physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. From there Ashlee and I lead a 20 minute workout. She had a brilliant idea to have everyone bring 2 cans of food to use as weights and then we donated them to the Boise Rescue Misson! After the workout we had a delicious salad bar for lunch. Then I lead a 40 minute Bible study about making changes and facing challenges. To end the day, some of the women joined us at our house to watch Facing the Giants and do a relaxing foot spa. Overall, it was a wonderful day!

On April 12th, Ashlee flew back home from a week in Seattle with Jenny and Jenny's mom. That day Ashlee and I got a package in the mail. It was from my darling twitter friend, Amanda. It is truly amazing because we have never met in real life, but thanks to social networking we have connected. I consider Amanda to be one of my dearest friends, she has such a sweet spirit and is the greatest encourager. I adore her so much. In the package from Amanda was this beautiful friendship bracelet and a sweet card. Now Amanda, Ashlee, Jenny and I have these matching bracelets. It totally made my day! I wear it, and another bracelet from her, all the time. I love that God has connected us. I can't wait for the day when we can meet in person!

You can get your own bracelets HERE and a portion of the proceeds with go to American Cancer Society!

Friendship Bracelet

With the other bracelet she made me.

Then, if that wasn't cool enough, on April 15th I won Miss James' Bleubird Vintage twitter giveaway! I got a $25 gift certificate to use in her AMAZING shop!

It was so difficult to decide what to get because everything was adorable. Finally I settled on the Cardinal Retro Dress, circa 1970. I am in LOVE with this dress!

Isn't it adorable?!?

Did you notice my shoes in the pictures? I have to give credit to Miss James for those as well! I saw her DIY for these saddle shoes back in October, but I finally decided it was time to make some! I love how they turned out!

So I think that is just about everything new in my life. Oh, did you notice my hair? I got some highlights so I can slowly work my way back to my natural color without having to do a horrible bleach wash. Fill me in on what is new in your life!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Get Motivated 4.20.10

On Tuesday my mom, Ashlee and I went to a Get Motivated Seminar. My mom got free tickets for us from our cousin. We were able to meet up with one of my mom’s best friends, Dawn, who Ashlee and I fondly call, Aunt Dawn. There were probably 10,000 people in attendance. No joke. It was huge. I wasn’t sure what I was in for, but I hoped there wouldn’t be freaky chanting, like from Love Happens and Yes Man. Haha! Some people called the whole thing a scam to sell unnecessary products, but I thought there was a lot of good information shared.

The speakers were Dr. Robert Schueller, Boise State Bronco’s Head Football Coach Chris Petersen, Krish Dhanam, Bob Kittell, Tamera Lowe, Zig Ziglar, James Smith, Rudy Giuliani, Terry Bradshaw and Stephen Pierce. It was rad to have so many inspiring people share their stories. It was powerful to hear Rudy Giuliani talk about September 11th and hysterical to hear Terry Bradshaw talk about touching guys butts and all his animals. The day was filled with inspiration and laughter, as well as sore butts from sitting all day. Was that too much information? Anyway, I want to share key points from some of the speakers that I really liked. Here goes.

Dr. Robert Schueller
Cut the word impossible out of your life. Nothing is impossible; especially with God.
Never look at what you have lost, look at what you have left.

Coach Chris Petersen
The keys to success are nothing in particular, but EVERYTHING in general.
We have to be abnormal if we’re going to do great things; you must separate yourself.
Integrity and character are everything. You must be a person of confidentiality. Integrity is a behavior and behavior is a choice and it always trumps loyalty.
You are who you roll with.

Tamera Lowe
Your past doesn’t determine your future. You have a million chances to succeed.
You have destiny all over your life. You are here on purpose with a purpose.
Challenge: What is the problem I’m here to solve? Make a difference. Leave a legacy.

Rudy Giuliani
Don’t be afraid of the information revolution. Learn it. Adapt. Plug in.
There is a danger with all the instant information in that we can lose our individuality.
5 things to help maintain uniqueness
1. Read books-analyze, imagine
2. Listen-ask questions, have role models
3. Debate- test your opinions, grow
4. Write- ideas, goals
5. Think- what’s important
If you anticipate everything else, you’ll be ready for the unanticipated.

Terry Bradshaw
You have to have a purpose. Don’t waste God’s talent.
Find where life excites you and take that path. Listen to your heart and don’t be afraid to take on challenges.
Keep it simple.
It’s all about people.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


My first experience with Nutella was earlier this month when my parents put a jar in my Easter basket. To say I have become obsessed with it would be an understatement. I cannot get enough Nutella. That being said, of all the things I am, song writer is no where on the list. However, after dinner tonight we were talking about Nutella and an idea popped into my head. So I "wrote" this song about Nutella to the tune is Rihanna's Umbrella. I am quite embarrassed to share it because it is so silly and stupid, but I decided why not? I hope it makes you laugh.

You have my heart
And we'll never be far apart
Maybe in pantries
But you'll still be my spread

Baby cause roasted hazelnuts
Skim milk and cocoa
No colors or preservatives
With you I’ll always share

When the spoon shines, we’ll eat together
I’ll pick you over any other
Said you’re always gluten free
Ferrero’s spread will stick around till the end

Now that we’re hungry more than ever
Know that we’ll share the jar together
You can eat some of my Nutella
You can eat some of my Nutella
(Ella ella, eh eh eh)

Eatin’ my Nutella
(Ella ella, eh eh eh)
Eatin’ my Nutella
(Ella ella, eh eh eh)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

kindness. compassion. forgiveness.

I’m sure this has happened to you. Some event, thing, situation in your life is consuming you. It is overwhelming. Then when you least expect it…BAM! God hits you with the perfect message, meant specifically for you. It is exactly what you needed to hear for whatever event, thing or situation you are dealing with. That totally happened to me today.

Our women’s Bible study at church is studying the book, Becoming a Woman of Freedom, by Cynthia Heald. I finished up chapter four and turned the page to chapter five. BAM! The title is Laying Aside Bitterness: Running with Forgiveness. The title alone convicted me. I was in for a treat. Through different events, things, situations, in my life God has been dumping the cold water messages of gossip, forgiveness, reconciliation over my head. No fun, right?

Brace yourself for this: Ephesians 4:25-32 says, “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

I cannot read this without thinking of situations in my own life and around me that could have been dealt with differently to prevent bitterness from taking hold. Brothers and sisters in Christ, if we cannot learn how to address conflict with each other, what does that say to unbelievers? We are not called to simmer in our anger and share it with everyone we know. Neither are we called to avoid it and just leave. Scripture tells us clearly that we need to DEAL WITH IT! Do something useful and beneficial. If someone has hurt you, go to THAT person and speak with them. Chances are the issue can be dealt with, the problem can be solved, feelings will be spared and the relationship will be strengthened.

I am seeing and I hate to say it, participating in unnecessary gossip. So often as Christians we gossip, but hide it behind “sharing” and “prayer requests.” Before we speak, let’s start asking each other if we really are seeking wise counsel or if what we are about to say is gossiping. The above scripture from Ephesians says that we must use our words to build each other up and not tear each other down. Let’s be an example to unbelievers. Let us be kind, compassionate and forgiving. When we are we don’t give the devil a chance to get a foothold and bitterness cannot take root.

I am so excited for the discussion we will have Sunday during Bible study. I pray that God will be preparing our hearts this week and that He will work powerfully in us. As a handful of women in the congregation we have the opportunity to make a huge impact on our church.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

loved. cherished. chosen.

On Friday Ashlee and I led a purity night for the 8th-12th grade girls at our church. We led a retreat 4 years ago when we were juniors in college home on spring break and were asked to do another event. Relationships and purity is something Ashlee and I are passionate about so we were excited to lead it. Ten young ladies came and we had a wonderful evening sharing our own stories and hearing their thoughts about purity and the women they want to become.

I strongly believe in purity and remaining abstinent until marriage. Through my own experiences and my friends’ experiences I am confident that sex is worth the wait. Most people think the only consequences are physical, like STDs or pregnancy, which are serious, but I’ve learned that there are also emotional and spiritual consequences that may not be as obvious and leave lasting scars on the heart.

Deciding to live a life of purity is a decision that no one can make for you. This choice does not just affect your dating life and relationships, but purity resonates in all aspects of your life. It is a process and we may stumble and fall, but we can pick ourselves up and do the next right thing.

For now I am a single young woman, who is waiting with “anticipatience” (both expectantly and patiently) for God’s timing for a husband. Until then I am learning what it means to be complete in Christ Jesus, because let’s face it, no one, no man, no woman, can complete us. As Marian Jordan said, “Marriage doesn’t make you happy, it just makes you married.” My heart is whole in Jesus. I hope everyone can find that joy and approval in God rather than people.

If you want to know more about the consequences of sex before marriage or what it means to live a life of purity, feel free to ask. I have nothing to hide and lots of resources to share.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Art That Helps Collaboration Project

The day has finally arrived! Art That Helps is available in my etsy shop! I am honored to be a part of this collaboration with Promise and so many talented artists.

I have 2 beautiful 8.5x11" prints in my shop, as well as a fun set of 8 notecards.

These items were created in partnership with A Beautiful Idea, with 100% of the sale going to support World Vision’s Haiti relief fund.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Music Monday: John Edwards-Sunshine

Sunshine go away today,
I don't feel much like dancing
Some man's come he's trying to run my life,
Don't know what he's asking
When he tells me I better get in line,
Can't hear what he's saying
When I grow up I'm gonna make him mine,
These ain't dues I been paying

How much does it cost? I'll buy it!
The time is all we've lost. I'll try it!
He can't even run his own life,
I'll be damned if he'll run mine--sunshine...

Sunshine go away today,
I don't feel much like dancing
Some man's come he's trying to run my life,
Don't know what he's asking
Working starts to make me wonder where
fruits of what I do are going
When he says in love and war all is fair,
He's got cards he ain't showing

Sunshine, come on back another day,
I promise you I'll be singing
This old world, she's gonna turn around,
Brand new bells will be ringing

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

sunday kisses

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Kate McRae

I learned of sweet Kate's story on twitter and have been following it from the beginning. Last June the McRae family learned that Kate had a massive, malignant and aggressive tumor on her brain. Kate's story is a heartbreaking one, but it is beautiful to see the faith and trust of the McRae family during their journey. God is holding them all in His hands.

I ask you to pray with me and others around the world for the healing of precious Kate.

Read her story at and join them on their journey.

Olivia, Aaron, Will, Holly, Kate

Friday, April 9, 2010

servant's prayer

We sang this song at the Winter Crafting Retreat that I went to back in January. I found the words so powerful and true to my life.

It is You who has brought me to this day,
Who has carried and kept me in Your care.
I look back and I see You in all my years,
And so forward I go, knowing You are there.

May each word from my lips
be a song of good news,
Every touch of my hand be a gift of good grace,
Every beat of my heart be a prayer to You,
And the sum of my days be a life of praise.

May my feet never stumble and never stray
Nor grow weary upon this rocky road
For the path I am on is a narrow way
But I know You are with me so on I go.

May my eyes ever fixed on your kingdom be
As my heart ever longs for joy to come
For my trust is in things that I cannot see
But because of your promise I press on.

Christ before me to guide me on my way
Christ beside me so I am not alone
Christ within me to give me the words to say
Christ behind me to bring the harvest home!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Hello darlings!

Take a look at my dear friend, Jenny's etsy shop. I just adore her cute hair accessories that are sure to make a statement and spice up any outfit!

Check out my favorites!

Black Zipper Flower Headband

Spring Wedding Comb (This was made with some rad vintage earrings! I absolutely love it!)

The Little Edie Hair Clip

Paint The Town Red

Night On The Town Head Band

Saturday, April 3, 2010


fruit grows in the valleys. not on the mountain tops.

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Friday, April 2, 2010


Hello darlings. This week I have gotten progressively more sick. :(

Luckily there was a brief break in feeling sick during Ashlee's photoshoot yesterday. She took Jenn, Kyla and I to a dairy farm. I'm so excited for her final project. We dressed up country/americana/retro/anthropologie-like/indie style. I think we'll need to do one more shoot for Ashlee to get all her pictures, but it was so much fun! I'll be sure to post pictures once the project is complete.

I'm hoping that after a good night's rest tonight, I'll be feeling better for the rest of the weekend and next week. I hope you all have a blessed Easter weekend.

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