Friday, August 29, 2014

Deadline Days


Dear Husband, I've missed you this week. Between my late nights at work and your sickness we've been apart a lot and I am so very looking forward to tomorrow. Thank you for taking tomorrow off. It may have originally been just for the OU football game but I'm so excited about our 5K and rest of the day plans before game time. It's a sweet thing to have you with me on Saturday. I love you more with every day. I can't even imagine a man that would be a better fit. The Lord truly has worked in us, making us the best fit for one another. I love you! 

Dear Paisley, I'm glad your obsession with your new ball has slightly decreased. I love watching you play with it, I mean it's adorable, but that squeaky noise gets annoying. You are precious to your dad and I. Would you please drink from your water bowl when you're outside? It kind of worries me that the bowl is still pretty full when we come home at the end of the day. It's hot girl! Drink up! Or as your daddy says everyday to you, hydrate or die (except that's rather morbid...). Love you puppy girl!

Dear Deadline Days, You're not all that different from the final days before a project is due in school. It's kind of weird for me being at a firm where deadlines are actually real. At my previous job deadlines were more or less set by ourselves with no real consequences when they were not met. You've brought on late nights this week and that's not real "fun." I have to say though, you're far more enjoyable than school deadlines. It's fun having a crew of people who have good attitudes and enjoy working together. 

Dear Home, You are precious to me. I mean to say that I enjoy you, I'm blessed by you. The Lord gave me you and I am so thankful for you. I know sometimes I get caught up in the comparison game and wish you were bigger or more upgraded or that we owned you... but really I like you a lot, in fact I love you, you know in a safe way. You are slowly looking more and more like us and I'm enjoying the little projects you enable us. Thanks for having a garage, yard and lots of storage. Now, if you'd just fix your wiring issues, and get us a new owner who wants to change out your flooring I'd be thrilled to pieces.

Dear Blogging, I put you on hold for a long while. It wasn't cause I didn't like you, I mostly just decided to put my time into other things. I'm back or at least sorta back. I'll be here more often but probably not the same pace as before. You understand, right? It's not you, it's me.

Dear Sooners, Tomorrow is a big day. Tomorrow you are touching the field again for a new year of playing football. I'm excited! You know something, I'm mostly excited for your new crew. The freshmen that have joined your team and will stand on the bleachers hollaring for ya. They're starting a big, new, exciting part of their life. Get ready for tomorrow guys because we're expecting a WIN! BOOMER SOONER!

Dear Lifestream, I can't describe what you mean to Kevin and I. It's funny really, because before we graduated and got married I didn't really participate in you too much. I wasn't the student who had  to be at Lifestream every week and I definitely didn't serve there, I served in the Kid's Ministry. You've changed my life and my heart forever these last two years. I'm so pumped to get to pour into you for a third year. Let's go make fishers of men! Let's change this city for Christ's Name! Bring on the revival!

Dear Football Season Decorations, you make me happy. That is all.

Dear Half Day Friday, I'm hoping you are actually a half day! 

Dear Sunrises, You've been stunning lately. I mean take-my-breath-away beautiful. I can't help but stare at you and just say, wow, every morning. It's pretty much a miracle I've not run off the road. I took the picture above of you last week. Couldn't help it, I had the camera and I had to try. I have to say, I did a pretty darn good job but no camera ever really captures you.


Dear Readers, check out what I've found this week:
Barre Classes coming to Norman
I've got to know, have any of you done this before? I'm so excited to see if this is anything like ballet!
This link-up announcement, I love re-living the past so I'm excited to jump in!
This lady's free printables that are beautiful! Think my printer can handle printing them all?
This kissing challenge for married couples. 
These breakfast muffins look delicious and they're healthy! win!
Tone It Up's Labor Day recipes...get in my tummy!
This Texas shape chalkboard, in love! (couldn't find the original source)
This awesome hairdryer organizer
This beautiful Pride and Prejudice copy. Dear husband, I think this would fit in my stocking. :)
What are you up to this weekend?
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

It's FOOTBALL Time in OKLAHOMA: Easy Football Decorations for the Home

Football season is here yall! Everyone is talking about it, tickets are being sold, it's here. Everyone in Oklahoma is ready to cheer on the Sooners for another exciting season.

I'm considering putting swapping our wedding pic for a pic of us at a football game...

Since last year I was up to my eyeballs studying and didn't decorate for anything except Christmas, I thought this year I could have a little more fun with FOOTBALL SEASON decorations. I'm not ready for Fall but we can decorate for football without decorating for fall.

Here are my three easy football decorations all made from things I had in my home or yard. 


1. T-Shirt/Fabric Banner
This is so easy! If you have a sewing machine, some ribbon, t-shirts and/or some fabric then you're ready to go. This is a great way to use up old school t-shirts and still get to see them!

1. Choose a shape and start cutting: Mine was mostly determined around using an old OU t-shirt for my middle piece. Cut that first piece out and use it as a template to cut through the rest of fabric/t-shirt. The number you cut out is determined by how long you want your banner.

2. Grab ribbon and lay it out: I pulled out some ribbon from my ribbon stash and just chose the longest one. Then I put the OU flag in the middle and built off from there. I wanted to a random look but you could easily go for a pattern. I chose to pin the end flags and stack the rest up in the order. You could pin the whole thing if you'd like. I'm just lazy. You can either sew the ribbon to the front or back, or you can fold the fabric over the banner. I chose to sew the ribbon onto the front. Whichever you decide make sure you've pinned it that way.

3. Get to sewing: At this point you're ready to sew. Hit that pedal and pull in each flag as it comes their turn. When you're done, hang it up and enjoy!


2. Football Jars
This one was a little tougher. I made this a couple years ago so I don't really remember everything about it. There's already tutorials out there so go check out pinterest for some others' tips & tricks. These jars made great utensil jars, which was their first use, flower vases, flag holders...really anything.

1. Choose some jars and paint: Choose jars that are similar in size and shape. Get some brown paint and paint it on. Mine kept bubbling up and peeling off. My only solution was to let dry and paint again and again. You might see if someone had another tip for this.

2. Paint the white: This is pretty self-explanatory but then you'll paint on those white "string" lines.

3. Finish it off: Like I mentioned, I made these a couple years ago and they still look just like they did when I finished them. My trick is to spray them in a clear spray paint when you're finished.


3. Fabric Flowers
I've made these once before but never did make a tutorial on them. Once again these were made with t-shirt fabric that I already had lying around. The sticks were from the neighborhood.

1. Make the cuts: Cut circles or flower shapes out of our t shirt fabric. I would stack 3 or four layers and cut through them all at once. You want about a 2-3" diameter. I just eye-balled it. Make a TON of these.

2. Gather the sticks and turn on the glue gun: Yep that's the next step. You want thinner sticks so you can really fill your jar up with them. The get that glue gun ready.

3. Form the flowers: Fold a circle/flower shape in half and again in half and cut a tiny hole out of the middle. Slide it over a stick, dab some glue around and then squish the fabric tightly to the glue around the stick. A "flowery" shape will naturally form. Do this for each stick and place in your jar. If you want fuller flowers, add more petals to each by just gathering each piece towards the center of itself and glueing it to the stick.


4. Chalkboard Art
You do need a chalkboard for this one. I made mine a while back with a board that used to have samples on it. Just get creative. Keep your eye out for a good shape at secondhand shops and garage sales, eventually you'll find something you love.

1. Find inspiration: I'm not a graphic artist so I usually copy something off the internet straight up. This time I sort of put a few things I saw together.

2. Chalk: I used regular chalk for this but I've heard great success with the chalk pens. If you're using regular chalk you're going to want a wet cloth and a dry cloth. The wet will help you clean up mess-ups but you need that dry to smooth the board out, otherwise you'll see the wet remains at the end.

3. Display: Find a place in your home to display it! I took a picture immediately because I have a black dog with a swiffer for a tail, but really, and ours is on the floor. Our board is big so it has to be there.



So those are it! Do you have any easy football crafts? I'd love to see them!!

Oh and of course, no post is complete without my lover lab in it. We missed "dog day" so here are some pictures I would have posted from recently.

 

Clearly she loves when I craft.



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Timehopping, footballing, and blogging

a sweet phone pic from recently

So I caved and finally got onto the whole timehop bandwagon. I have to say the little dinosaur guy on the app is basically adorable. I can't believe it's taken me this long to do this. I'm getting sappy already. Today, two years ago I was uploading wedding pictures, and one year ago I was starting to study for the NCIDQ...which I've passed and I'm giving all the praise, honor and bragging rights to God!

I went on a run last night, and it was HOT. I'm serious, the high was 101 so you can imagine that at 6:30pm it wasn't that much "cooler."

Our small group friends got Paisley a new ball to play with. I give them props because it has proved to be indestructible by our destructing-dog but she's been completely obsessed with it. And it has a squeaker. It may be adorable but it's also annoying to hear her just constantly sqeeking that thing. This is the most obsessed she's ever been with a toy.

Kevin began fantasy football this past weekend. Which basically means he sees a "need" to watch every football game ever. So in other words, see ya next summer babe! He's in two leagues this year. I thought that was a lot until our cousin promptly informed me that her husband is in five. FIVE yall! 

Our home has been Soonerfied and it's awesome. I'll share some of that later this week. The first football game of the season is THIS SATURDAY! I can't believe it! All those little freshmen babies have been on campus for two weeks and hopefully most of them will be attending their first game this weekend, oh my first game...

This is the first semester beginning that I've not been on campus for and yet it's the first time that I've really felt the excitement of freshmen coming on campus. The Lord is stirring yall. I am so excited for what He's doing here in little-town Norman, Oklahoma in college students! 

Yes, it's true Kevin and I have been watching Bachelor in Paradise. Yes, it's ridiculous. Yes, that's all I have to say about that.

I miss Karla being in blogging world something awful but at least Samantha and Holly have been back at blogging again! Go check those pretties out! 

You can now watch youtube videos on pinterest without leaving pinterest! This means I can flip through all the work-out videos I want, faster! Here's my work-out board.

I found out I have an under-active thyroid. Something I wasn't sure I was going to share but well there it is. This means there's finally a reason for my insane weight gain and inability to fight any of it off. I'm praying that now that I'm getting that back in order that my body will get back in order and function correctly.

and basically those are some random thoughts for the day... what are some random things going on in your life?



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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Love Story: The First Kiss Picture

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The spring semester brought on a fairly consistent schedule of classes during the week, church, phi lamb events, and date night. The beginning of the semester included celebrating Kevin's birthday, ice skating, playing in the snow, an interview, our first valentine's day, bowling and of course lots of studio projects compounded with creating my portfolio for portfolio review. 

Kevin's birthday was on a Thursday so we celebrated just the two of us the day but planned to have a lot more fun celebrating at our, now regular, spring semester ice skate with friends. I wanted to secretly surprise Kevin with his favorite cupcakes so I had a couple friends come over to my apartment to help with the decorating process and drive over to the rink with. In between slathering sugary goodness over the cupcakes Kevin and I were having our first fight. otherwise known as a basic miss-communication. He was upset with me for hanging out with friends and not allowing him over or ride with me to the rink. I smiled at the expense of his frustration while doing my best to keep from erupting with frustration myself. I knew it wouldn't last and it would all be over once his face saw the cupcakes. 



Sure enough, I walked in the door with this enormous box, waddled it over to the bleachers, popped off the cover and the birthday boy gleamed. Cupcakes were shared with smiles and then we slid onto the ice, each of us wobbling around till we balanced out and got the feel for it. Ice skating was infinitely better with a boy who liked to ice skate and was good at it too. We flew around the rink, holding hands, taking pictures, laughing with friends. I soaked in each minute 


As the evening closed, Kevin gave his camera to Trey, his best friend, to take a picture of us that didn't include one of our arms in the corner. He did what we asked of him and then he held the camera at ransom, promising to throw it across the ice unless we stood kissing for a picture. I argued pointlessly with him until we both gave in, resulting in our first kissing picture, the first of many more to come.




Freshmen year brought so much snow, classes were cancelled for days. This year brought less snow but still a couple days off. Kevin plowed his way to my apartment and picked me up for some fun in the snow with friends on campus. I wore jeans, trying to be a little cute, an outfit choice I regretted fully later on. We hung out with friends, took more pictures-of course, and got so incredibly cold. After wandering campus and getting cold to our bones we opted for a movie in a warm dorm room. 

Kevin and I spent most of the time chatting to each rather than watching the movie. 







We were a few months into dating now and I wasn't getting tired of him even in the slightest. It was alarming but so sweet. I was falling for this tall, thin boy and I didn't want to stop it. It scared me but it thrilled me. 


Back in the fall, Kevin had convinced me to apply to work for StudentLife camps. I hesitantly filled out the paperwork, otherwise read as Kevin filling out half of it for me. As fate would have it I qualified for an interview, and the time had come. The interviews were being held in Dallas. Kevin planned out the whole day for us including a dinner with some of his previous summer team members. He talked excitedly about the opportunity our whole way there, while I sat in the passenger seat fretting. We arrived at the interview site and made our way to the room. We sat as I walked through things in my mind to remember. Then they called my name.





The interview went far from well, at least in my opinion, but it was the end that stuck in my mind. I held onto it. At the end of the interview, one of the men prayed for me. He prayed that if Kevin and I dating was something in His plans, and something the Lord was working for the benefit of his children that he would continue to strengthen us. But if that we were not to continue to date that He would give us clarity and begin to break us apart now before it went on too long and hurt even more.

It was a prayer that I would continue to pray through the entirety of our dating relationship.



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer Date: Night at the Ballpark

Play Ball!

Ah baseball, a classic American summertime favorite. When Cassie emailed me about this link-up idea I was all in because I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. At the beginning of the summer Holly invited Kevin and I to attend a Red Hawks game with her and her sweet man. I love going  to baseball games! Love the atmosphere, the game, the people, the music. It's all so fun. A great summer time date night!

SO in July, Holly and I and our husbands went downtown OKC for a baseball game.

Our double date night was made even better because it was Holly's BIRTHDAY! 
Happy belated Birthday to the prettiest, kindest and most thoughtful lady! I love being your friend and I'm SO honored you allowed me to spend your birthday with you! 

Ballpark Date Night
1. Attend the Game
2. Pick up some game time food from concessions
3. Enjoy the Game
4. Laugh at the in-between sillyness
5. Take pictures
6. Talk, laugh, and enjoy each others' company.















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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Small Group 101: What to do during group time

Helping one of the couples move into their new home

I can't believe the last time I posted for this series was back in March. whoops!

I decided to start this series because the Lord has done amazing things in our small group and I can't keep it back. It's ridiculous, now, that before I was so afraid to lead a small group and so uninterested in being a leader for one. I want these posts to be encouragement for you to have the ability to step out and lead a group yourself, should that be what God has requested of you.

So for today I thought I'd discuss about what our group time looks like. What actually happens when you meet?


Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11


First, I have to do a little rewind. Our group, the way it has been organized, and the way it functions is/was greatly inspired by the groups we, Kevin and I, had been apart of prior to leading our own. 

Our group meets every other Fridays at 8pm. So at 8pm the couples start arriving at our host's home, one of the couples in our group hosts group while Kevin and I  lead. We talk for a bit as we wait everyone's arrival and then we open with a game. Yes, a game. Starting with a game has allowed newcomers to slowly get a feel for us in a fun way. Plus, it's a great way for us as a group to re-connect after a week apart and share some laughter together. The Lord loves when we laugh, it's a fact. 

The games we play range from quick board games to card games and even hangman. Currently our favorite is Ellen's game HeadsUp which is played on the ipad/smart phone. Based on feedback from our group, they love the game part. We've had some rather serious games of spoons and one of the ladies has been remembered for rolling on the floor in laughter after her husband took his turn at HeadsUp. We love the time to casually walk into our evening together.

After our game we transition into Bible study time. We'll talk about what we learned last week and anything people particularly remember, briefly. At this point we jump into our study. This has looked different depending upon the study we've chosen to do. Currrently, we are doing a video study with  Matt Chandler (he pastors The Village Church in Dallas, if you live there check it out!). So at this point we pop in the video and press play.


Post video, is time for discussion. The series we are currently doing comes with a wonderful guide of questions to follow but we always start off asking the group is anything stuck out to them or made them curious, etc. The biggest key in discussion time is allowing there to be silence. That was hard for me and still is. That "awkward" silence is okay. Let it be. People are thinking and considering what they've learned and what they want to share, and it's okay to have some quiet time to allow that. With each question, be mindful of this. Over time you figure out when a silent time is due to thinking or the result of the discussion being irrelevant or the topic is done. 

Another key in discussion time, be patient with yourself, you don't have to answer all the questions because you're the "leader."  Allow your group to converse naturally. Yes, this will take time, especially if your group is new and no one really knows each other. People take time warming up to one another.

Another key for discussion, don't be afraid to sway away from the list of questions you have. Sometimes your group will discuss a single question for a long time and it might lead into another topic, that's okay. Allow the discussion time to flow naturally. For you type A people, yes this is hard. Sometimes you'll go through all the questions, sometimes you'll only get through one of the questions, and sometimes you'll decide to skip specific questions. You have to gauge how the discussion is flowing and sometimes that means taking a back seat. 

And my final key for discussion, allow the Lord to work. All of what I said above is basically centered around be mindful of the Lord working through hearts. Be attentive to His presence. This time is for Him to teach you, to teach your members, it's HIS time not yours. It's HIS agenda, not yours. 


As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17


"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them."
Matthew 18:20


After walking through the questions, we take prayer request and praises. We've lately been making an effort to remind everyone to share praises as much as requests, that's just something we've been working on. I like to write it all down in a notebook. Kevin likes to type it out on the ipad. However you like to do it, keep record of the prayer requests/praises. It's a sweet thing to get to go back and see where the Lord has worked, plus it allows you to remember how to pray for people specifically during the week. 

Then, simply enough, we pray through the requests/praises. Sometimes I pray, sometimes Kevin prays. It usually depends who has asked the questions during the discussion time. Just lately, since we've begun to feel our group has grown much more comfortable with each other over the past year, we've asked if anyone else wants to lead the prayer.

After prayer time, our group tends to talk for a while and slowly end our time together. Thankfully our hosts don't mind us stalling in their home until we finally decide it's time to leave. And yes, you read this group starts at 8pm, we usually finish around 10 or so and people have hung around until 10:30 or so before.

And that's it! You, as the "leader," do lead the evening but mostly it's run by your group members. 

Chat
Game
Study
Discuss
Pray
Chat

That's our group time routine, simple and fun and easy.


Kevin and I have only been doing this for a year and a half, we are certainly not experts. We have a ton to learn and find we are constantly adjusting ourselves to be better leaders! 

What do your group times look like, whether you lead or just participate? I always enjoy hearing how other groups are organized.



Past posts on leading a small group:
How to balance leading a small group with everything else going on in life.
Being intentional with prayer in your small group.
The basics of leading a small group.
How we became leaders of a small group.
Our small group serving each other.



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How About


How about instead of me writing another post today, we all go read the bloggers who wrote about Jen Hatmaker's book? 

Oh and hey, if you're feeling up for it, read about a moment in my day from last week.


And on a serious note, have yall been watching Jen's show on HGTV??? I mean, I can't even. They're a crazy fun family! I've also really come to love Fixer Upper about this adorably Christ living couple in Waco. YAY for sweet families representing Christ well on television! And what do you think? Do you like these shows? 

Have a TERRIFIC TUESDAY yall!
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Interrupted

My heart is still racing as I write this at my work computer, I just have to get this out. If you've been reading the blog, or following my instagram lately, you know how wrecked I've been feeling lately, and totally interrupted. Wrecked as in, everything I've been doing, and planning and thinking of has collided with new things, scary things, things I can't wrap my brain around. I used to wonder what people meant when they said things like, God is really wrecking my life right now,  or, God has just torn me apart,  or, my heart is a disaster and God's at work...those were statements I heard often, church speak if you will, but never fully understood. That is until, now.

Jen Hatmaker, I'm blaming you. Well you, and you're littleenormously popular friend, Beth- yes you ,Beth Moore. And Journey Church? Yeah, you're to blame too. 

Is it normal to feel like I should just bust into tears right now? That's what I want to do, cry and cry and let the tears just fall. But are they happy tears? Are they tears of joy? Or are they tears because I've missed so many opportunities like this one and it really wasn't that hard, I mean yes it was hard but all it took was obedience

I can still see her, she walked up to the walk-up Starbucks window with her husband. I peered over the pages of my book at her,yes the book was Interrupted. Her husband walked around the corner, and when I looked up again she was looking in my direction. I quickly assembled that polite sort of smile and went back to reading, my heart pounding. I felt Him say it the moment they walked up, here's your opportunity Veronica, you asked and here it is, I'm giving it to youAre you ready to obey? 

No, no Lord, see You don't understand...You see this is just an idea that popped into my head, like the idea I had a few weeks ago when I thought about asking the cash register lady how I could pray for her...I get these silly ideas all the time Lord, and they're just me inventing things...you know, just me...not you. Oh Veronica, you think that's you?, God thinks He's the only creative one...

In reality, I really did think that all those times before, including this one, were just me being silly and creating  imaginary moments...daydreams. As I sit here now, I realize that's so far from the truth. It's always been God. He's been giving me opportunities to make His kingdom known for longer than I can even rememberAnd I? I've been too scared, and talked myself out it. The way you do when you're looking at that dress,you know the one, and you're telling yourself all the great events you'd wear it to, and then other economical side of you comes out, probably the one that has your husband's thoughts, and tells you, no you don't need that dress, you won't wear it that often. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about...that, that is what happens in my mind when God presents an opportunity that makes me want to pee my pants right then and there rather than take His gift, because, you realize, it is a gift., the opportunity, it's a gift because He's trusting you with his treasure, one of His children.

I finished the chapter in a hurry, it was time to get back to work after all, ( sorry Jen but I'm not sure what that last page and half said), and packed up my things as I stared at her shoes and listened to her order. Grande please, and that sandwich, yeah that one...hun what coffee did you want? I heard her talking to the barista,see that sisterI'm using correct terminology- you get hounded for things like this when your sister works at a Starbucks, and calling back to her husband for his order. Well if she can order a large coffee and a sandwich she doesn't need my gift card. No no, I think I'll just keep it, I thought. I mean I've never hard a Starbucks gift card with that much on it before! And gosh darn it, it was a gift! I can't give away my gift! OH! Maybe I'll just pay for her order...hhmm that could work. The thoughts ran wild through my head like they were in a marathon, only the route was in circles and intertwined itself.

What time is it? My coworker, and friend, shook my thoughts, I peeled my eyes from her worn out Reebok shoes to look at my friend and tell her the time after glancing at my phone. It was time to leave. We shuffled our things together. I swept the table and watched every crumb fall to the garden below, my mind still wrestling with itself. My friend stood up and so did I, I stole another glance at the lady and turned toward the car.

My heart was beating so hard then that I couldn't talk, my body was shaking, literally, I was shaky when I reached the car, opening the back door to put my purse and lunch bag inside. I nearly shut the door when I realized my hands had found my purse and were on a search out for the gift card. Before I thought about it another moment, I mumbled, sorry but I have to do this real quick, to my friend and ran back up to the Starbucks, looking just ridiculous I'm sure.

Hi, uh, umm have you already paid? I blurted out. No, she said. She looked confused. What is this work lady in her heels doing standing in front of me? I'm sure she thought I was insane. Well uh, I just felt the Lord tell me to give you this gift card. I shoved it into her hands so fast you'd thought I was passing off something dangerous. She took it and smiled.

You are a blessing, she said.

I smiled. I told her I just had to give it to her, and it had $40 on it. I gave her that Christian side hug, and told her to have a good day, and trotted back to my car, jumped in the driver's seat and spatted out, awkwardly I'm sure, what I did and why to my friend. It's a beautiful thing to have coworkers that are friends and more than that are believers. I pray you, reader, have that same joy and privilege.


That morning, after my quiet time with Beth and Jesus from earlier sat in my mind, on my way to work I prayed for God to give me an opportunity to be obedient to Him and that the Holy Spirit would give me the courage to follow through. I tweeted when I got back to the office after my lunch hour, If you pray for an opportunity to trust & obey God in the morning...you better believe He will give it to you that same day. 

On the way back to work my friend and I shared stories of similar situations and the ways we convince ourselves not to obey.  I wonder if it ever gets easier, the more you do it... I wondered aloud to her. Her answer? I've asked a pastor that once, he said in a way it does but it's always hard because in those moments you're fighting the devil. Oh friends, the clarity in the answer.

And maybe that's why I want to cry. Cry with joy because I've overcome the devil in a very real way. I defeated him, I proved him insignificant and unimportant because I chose to stand with my Jesus and be strong in Him. Victory is mine because I chose the ultimate winner! 

You know what's funny about it all? What I remember most are her shoes. Not her smile, her sweet embrace or her husband, no. I remember her shoes. White, and worn, her ankles red and somewhat swollen. I pray those shoes never leave my memory.


And that's my review of Interrupted. I'm still a couple chapters of finishing the book but I'm sharing today because I can't wait any longer. You see reading that book isn't going to change your life, but reading it, thinking about it, considering Jen's words as you read Jesus's words, the Bible, and being intentional about watching for God to work in you, and intentional about listening to His voice...that will change your life (you English majors our there, just ignore that awful run on sentence). Read this book my friends! Go buy it, read it, change and then give it away so there's one more of us on the streets changing in big ways so God's kingdom is expanded!

I know I'll be passing mine along to a friend the minute I'm done with it.

So, what about you? Are you ready for your life to be interrupted?


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Veronica the Lumberjack

Back in college I had the privilege of taking a furniture design class, in which I actually was able to create my own furniture piece. We got to use the College of Architecture model shop and make anything we wanted, of course with permission and direction from our professor. Now, we paid for all the materials, I think I probably spent around $400 on supplies,  we won't be bitter about the fact that the next class had their material paid for my the college. It was definitely one of my favorite semesters. Growing up in a creative home has always lent me to wanting to do things with my hands.

My project was huge, and crazy and complicated, in typical Veronica fashion. So I had to go outside the shop to get some help, which turned out for the better. I got to use a C&C Machine and create exactly the design I'd created. It was so cool! Since not many students before had used this machine, and the school was looking for some reasons to purchase one, I took video of the process and Kevin made a little video for me. He entitled it, Veronica the Lumberjack. 



Today, we enjoy my project everyday. I made our headboard.

In our first home, our town home
presenting it Junior Year of College
I made that pink little lamp too


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