Saturday, December 31, 2011

new years eve

Oh my! This month has gotten away from me! I've been dying to blog, but I've been quiet mostly because I've been trying to accomplish the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the month. That and the holidays have been a whirlwind! I have all these grand ideas in my head and so much to share, but at the moment my hair is up in a towel and I'm rushing to get ready, run errands and pick up my bestie, Jenny, at the airport! I'm so excited to be spending New Years Eve with her and Ashlee! It will be lovely!

I'm going to leave you to enjoy this sickingly adorable video that has been flying around the interwebs this week. I mean really?! If this doesn't make you swoon, I'm not sure you have a heart. ;)



P.S. I may or may not have been surprised with a piano for Christmas! I'll share the whole story soon.

Until next year my loves. xoxo


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday

One of the blogs that I love reading is Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky. She is so creative and has such great style. Plus, her hair! I LOVE her hair! I was inspired after reading her post about fall color and winterizing a summer dress. The colors of her post reminded me of a hand-me-down dress from Jenny. I knew I wanted to recreate it, so that's what I did on Sunday. I also used Promise's Messy Bun Video Tutorial to do my hair. It is so EASY! I love it! I think it's my new favorite way to do my hair. I love finding people who share new perspectives. I never would have put this outfit together on own or done my hair like this, but I love how it came together.


Dress: From Jenny
Cardigan: Forever 21
Scarf: Forever 21
Tights: Target
Shoes: Seychelles
Bracelets: Premier Jewlery
Starlette Sparkler: Giant Dwarf Etsy



Monday, December 19, 2011

Music Monday: The Head and the Heart

My love for The Head and the Heart rivals my love for The Civil Wars. That's saying something.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

love was born

Oh my! I cannot believe how busy this time of year gets! It seems like there is always an event, a party, a dinner, a church service, another gift to buy.... This month is so FULL! That is part of why my blog has been more quiet than usual.

One reason in particular that I've been so busy, that I haven't mentioned on here before, is that my family and I participated in a combined church Christmas Cantata. A few of us Lutherans joined with the Methodists and spent weeks practicing "There is a Rose." When my parents first asked if my sister and I would like to join we both said no, but then I was asked again by our organist and was compelled to accept. Ashlee wanted to know what I signed her up for when we attended the first practice last month and were given over 70 pages of music and a cd with 30 minutes of music. I was wondering the same thing myself. I was a little nervous.

It's one of those weird things about me. I love to sing, but I don't call myself a singer. Most of the time I feel like I don't know what I'm doing. I think God has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zones when it comes to music. In August my family was asked/called to lead the worship team for our church's new second service. Um. Hello. God. Me? Not. A. Singer. So I've just been obeying. God asked me to help lead/start the worship team. So I have. God asked me to join the Christmas Cantata. So I did. Not only have a learned so much from doing both, but I've met some amazing people and have been so blessed through these opportunities.

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Everytime I would go to Cantata practice nervous or dragging my feet and everytime I would leave filled up and joyful. Last night was the Cantata. It. Was. Awesome. I was anxious, even after all the practices to walk into a packed church and stand on the risers in front of everyone because sharing my voice is such an intimate and vulnerable experience for me. As I stood there I said a prayer, threw away my doubts and sang out. It felt incredible. There is nothing like singing for Jesus. I know I wasn't perfect, but I'm so proud of myself for facing my fears and doing it anyway.

Participating in our churches worship team has been good for that too. We are still learning. There are Sundays where we mess up, but we move forward because we have to. Sometimes it's embarassing, but I keep going because God has asked me to. And there is always another Sunday coming up to prepare for. This has been a challenging lesson in obedience, but I know that I am growing because of it.

Speaking of growing musically, do those of you readers who are musically inclined or worship leaders have advice for someone like me, who loves music, but doesn't necessarily have much knowledge or experience?

I'm trying to convince my family that I need (and that we have room for) a piano that our church is going to get rid of. Hello! Free. Piano. I think they are getting tired of me "casually" bringing it up in conversation. For example, "Oh look! We just cleaned out that bedroom. A piano would fit perfectly." Wink. Wink.

Friday, December 16, 2011

christmas cheer

There are no words for this video. Just watch.

Monday, December 12, 2011

joy. pray. thank.

Yesterday's sermon really struck a cord with me. Especially after what last week was like. I took some notes and wanted to share them with you. The sermon was based on the scriptures from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24. I'll just share the first couple verses with you, but please read the rest for yourself. "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Pastor shared that having joy and being joyful doesn't equate with being happy. Joy comes from God and NOT from our circumstances. Our circumstances and the unknowns of our future can cause anxiety and worry. Joy is not easy because we do have trials in our lives and our futures are uncertain, but we KNOW that we are children of God.

That leads into praying without ceasing. We are to pray when life is hard, but we are also to pray when life is easy. Prayer is about relationship with God. The more we pray for EVERYTHING the closer we feel to God; we build a trust in Him and learn that we can turn to God for anything. Trust eases those unknowns in life.

Next the scripture says to give thanks in all circumstances. No matter what. This develops an attitude of gratitude and it shows where we place our trust. We are called to be grateful despite the unknowns in life. God has already prepared tomorrow for us! I love that! God even cares for us before we need providing.

God is there with us, even in the midst of our weaknesses. God doesn't always work in the ways we expect, but rather in the ways we NEED. It might be very simple rather than spectacular, but God is working. God simply provides even though He may not tell you HOW He will and He doesn't do a half-way job.

This is one of those lessons that I have heard many times previously, but I needed the reminder.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

alright

Oh man. This has been one of those weeks. If it could go wrong. It did. I'm not even sure how I've made it this far. Earlier today I was sitting at my desk telling myself that I could not cry at work. I'm blaming most of this week on my hormones. (Ladies, you know what I mean.) I'm also blaming technology for freaking out on me, causing me to get behind on work. It's just been a ridiculous week. I hope that your week has been a million times better than mine.

I'm praying that tomorrow is better. Sometimes in the midst of the craziness it's difficult to get perspective. I will feel better. I will get caught up at work. The world won't end. Everything will be alright.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

on the tv

It’s no secret that I love watching movies and TV shows. I’m a bit of a junkie. I know that it rots my brain and my eyes will forever be crossed and all that, but I just can’t help it. The same thing happens with books, I just get sucked into the story lines. I love the drama, the comedy, the action. Lately I’ve seen many good shows and movies and I wanted to share.


Drop Dead Diva- When I first saw previews for this show I thought it must be the dumbest show ever. Seriously, a pretty girl who dies and comes back as a lawyer? Luckily, one day I was bored and turned this one. I fell in love. Deb/Jane is so sassy and fun; and strangely enough I can relate to the dead girl who comes back to life. Plus, Fred, the guardian angel melts my heart. My sister and I even got our parents watching it.


Cyberbully- One Sunday I was sick in bed and decided to distract myself so I turned this on. Emily Osment and Kay Panabaker are in it, plus it's an ABC family movie. So duh, of course I'm going to like it. The title of the movie sort of gives away what it's about, but it's such an important topic. I've been the target of bullying before, but never cyberbullying. It was eye opening to see what teens these days are facing. And just a suggestion to any teens reading this: The internet is not your best friend or your diary. You do not need to put EVERYTHING you think, feel, breathe, like out there for the whole world to see.


Wild Target- Emily Blunt. Rupert Grint. Magic. I. LOVED. THIS. MOVIE. That's all I'm going to say. You must see it.


You Again- I don't know how I waited so long to see this movie! Marni's brother is about to marry the mean girl who made her life hell in high school. It's a fun movie about changing your ways and second chances.


Revenge of the Bridesmaids- So I like ABC family movies. So sue me. Hey maybe Deb would represent you. I digress. I just realized there is another mean girl in this movie too! I'm sensing a theme. I'm also getting off topic again. So what is this movie about? Undercover bridesmaids played by Joanna Garcia and Raven-Symoné trying to sabotage a wedding. It's pretty silly, but very entertaining.


Karate Kid- I was pleasantly surprised with the new Karate Kid movie. Jayden Smith and Jackie Chan were great! Good life lessons.


Miranda- Jenny introduced me to this British show and it has quickly become one of my favorites. It's about a single woman who is 34 (read in her mid-twenties), she is a bit awkward in social situations and especially around men, she owns her own shop and has a crush on the chef at the restaurant next door. It's surprising how much I relate to her. I absolutely adore her!


Felicity- Oh, dear Felicity. What can I say about you? You are young and naive and are always embarrassing me with your angst and awkwardness, with your massively curly hair, your crush on Ben and friendship with Noel. I don't know what to do with you. I just can't seem to stop watching.

I'd love to hear what you've been watching lately. Anything I must see?