Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Here Comes the Fan(g) Girl

Is it alright if I let my fan girl come out for just a little bit? I'll take that as a yes. Okay...so I know there's some Twilight fans out there....am I right? I think so. I always get really excited when the movies get close the getting released 1) because it means it's that much closer to a much needed girls (mid)night out with my best friend and sister and 2) because the soundtracks are always great! So without further ado here is the first single being released for the Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack.

P.S. Yes...I know....I'm one of the those people.

What brings out the fan girl in you?

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ode to My Man

Have I told you just how much I love my man?

Me and my man celebrated six years of mostly blissful marriage this past weekend. I say mostly because there are always those hard parts of life that you have deal with at times. Sometimes they made me ugly. I'm ashamed of those moments. My man, still loved me through those moments and didn't think me ugly. Everyday I feel blessed that he showed me grace I didn't deserve. Does that sound familiar? Yeah, I think so...he showed me grace just like our Lord shows us grace when we don't deserve it. My man...he's one godly man.

So this post isn't about me...it's about showing you a glimpse of this man that I share my life with. The man who I share every little piece of me with. The man who rocks my world!

 This man showed me how a gentleman should act. That chivalry wasn't dead. This is a picture of our first official date....junior prom. Talk about expectations. I've stuck with this man since that day. 

He stuck with me through my mess of haircuts, and always told me I was beautiful.

This man planned our honeymoon, and wouldn't even tell me till the week of.

He continues to show me the adventure that life can be. 

My man behind the mask.

Hick Couple- Me pregnant and using the pregnancy as a beer belly. Him unshaven..nuff said.

He lets me talk him into ridiculous costumes, even when I dress him as woman.

This man gave me this beautiful little boy and became a Daddy. He showed me what a true father is.

This man made a family. This man knows how to show genuine love and affection. This man. rocks my world!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Falling Into Pace

I feel like I'm finally settling into the pace of my life right now. Once the end of August hit our household, I felt like I was running a full sprint. I couldn't catch my breath. I was overwhelmed. Questioning myself about commitments I'd made. How was I going to be able to enjoy life when I was so "busy"? Between preschool, mom's group and church (let alone family), I was going, going, going.

What am I doing right now?

Enjoying life. I'm sitting in the sun. Swatting bees (okay not so enjoyable).

Watching my son play in the dirt and flowers.

Savoring the little bits of fall smells beginning to show up.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fresh-Brewed Life By Nicole Johson {Book Review}

In Nicole Johnson's book Fresh-Brewed Life: A Stirring Invitation to Wake Up Your Soul, she describes how are lives improve, just like coffee beans to a cup of coffee. When we surrender to God, we are still a whole bean. But to become richer and fuller, we have to be ground little bit. "Our souls become stronger, deeper and more robust. As different from instant coffee is from fresh-brewed, we are transformed."

Johnson shares how much God loves us and accepts us. We are free to be ourselves with him. He doesn't judge us by the clothes we wear, or even if we've even been able to comb our hair today. He wants us to feel free to give him all our needs; looking to him for answers and not the world.

One thing about this devotional, that I had to make a commitment to was a journal. Johnson encourages journaling  as part of working through our struggles, hopes, wishes, longings and prayers to God. If we don't have an outlet, we'll hold it in. At some point, it's going to overflow and we'll be crying over mismatched socks. 

"The beauty of a good journal is it reminds us to live a life worth recording."

I'll admit, I've bought many a journal over the years and after about a week I'm done. It has just never been my way of working things out. But, I made a commitment  that I would do it for at least the whole month of September. I may not write everyday, but to make a conscious effort to do it. Can I tell you something, I LOVE IT!

Johnson goes on working through the many struggles and strongholds that women have in their lives. Address topics like: Longings, Embracing Your Beauty, Anger, Sexuality, Friendships and more. You won't be disappointed...I promise. Some of the topics made me squirm a little, but really changed the way I think about things and apply things. One of the biggest things I'm taking away from this devotional are these quotes.

"It is our job to make sure the majority of our schedule reflects the majority of our heart to the best of our abilities."
"If you will offer the whole-bean essence of who you are (even if you aren't fully sure yet), surrender to the inevitable roasting and grinding of this world, and trust that the love of God will pour over all the broken pieces (fragments, shards, and hunks), your very life will be transformed into something more beautiful and remarkable than you could ever imagine."

If you're interested in purchasing this book, check out www.freshbrewedlife.com

All this talk of coffee has me thinking....How do you like your coffee? I like mine with lots of cream and sugar. I'm kind of a creamer connoisseur!

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising