Someday Kids

I’m at that stage of life where it seems everyone I know is having babies. My ultimate career goal is  to be a mother; I can hardly wait to have kids! I’m so full of joy for all of my expecting friends and so very ready to have my own. The plan is to wait until we are back in Oregon and Jeff is close or done with law school. It’s hard to wait but until then I can dream and plan! Here are some of my ideas and my “baby style.”

1. Wood Oregon Baby Rattle. I want more wood toys and fewer “entertainment” toys. I want my kids to play and imagine and not just watch and be entertained. 2. Bapron  These are the best! My nanny kids used them and it was awesome because they couldn’t wiggle or pull them off so their clothes stayed cleaner. 3. Simple and classic photography    like this.  4. Love TOMS shoes for the whole family.  5. This little boy is stylin’  6. Love her style.  7.The perfect girl’s nursery. 8. Love this for a woodsy boys nursery.  9. Wooden Camera just like mommy. 10. This diaper bag please.

I <3 Naps

Can you believe October is almost over? I haven’t been perfect in my 31 Day blogging challenge this year but it certainly has stretched me!

Here’s a random fact about me for today:

I LOVE naps. Actually, I just love sleep. I need 9 hours to feel 100% but I’ll survive on 7, but anything less I get really grumpy and I just don’t function. My hubby can attest to this.

My ideal day would be getting up at 7am so I can workout, eat a good breakfast and read my Bible before the day’s activities. Then I’d be in bed by 10pm. I work late on the weekends  and thankfully I can sleep in on Mondays .

I don’t know what I’ll do when I have kids. God will have to bless me with more energy to get me through the night feedings. :p

 

My Favorite Books

Top 13 Favorite booksLast book themed post this month, I promise!

Earlier I shared the books I’ve read so far this year, but today I’d thought I’d share some of my favorite books!

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: This is my all time favorite book. I’ve read it about a million times
  • Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan 
  • Stepping Heavenward by E. Prentiss
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Lord of the Rings series by J.R. Tolkien 
  • Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
  • Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • O Pioneers by Willa Cather
  • The Egg and I by Betty McDonald
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Black Beauty  by Anna Sewell
  • Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I have more favorites, but that would take too long to type out right now. :)

I hope you all had a nice Monday!

My Ultimate Fear

'These true or false questions...do you want the real truth or the truth according to social media.'It’s easy to hide behind the mold-able veneer of social media, putting out only what is good and happy, only snap shots of what life is really like. It’s easy to hide our weaknesses and fears from a world who can only see what we give them.

So today I’m opening up about some fears of mine because there is more to life than the Instagram pictures of my cat or the Facebook posts about nanny kids.

I have “silly fears,” like I really really don’t like needles. I gave blood once to try to get over it…that was three years ago and, even though I have a rarer blood type and want to help, I haven’t gone back because of the big needle they have to use. I also don’t like big spiders and being alone at night.

But those fears pale in comparison to this one,

I fear being separated from my family.

I live in Texas, 2,000+ miles away from my loved ones, but that isn’t what I’m talking about. Thanks to Skype and airplanes I still get to see them. For the most part I’m not even talking about death. Death is only a temporary separation, if you are a believer.

I’m talking about the members of my family who do not believe, who when they die won’t be in heaven because they rejected Jesus Christ in life.

See, whether you accept it or not, the truth is there is only one God and He is perfectly good, loving and just. His perfect Justice means we sinful humans cannot be in His Holy presence. But because of His perfect Love and Grace He made a way for us to be forgiven.

“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

“..dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power…” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)

“Surely, God will not act wickedly, And the Almighty will not pervert justice.” (Job 34:12)

“Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

” But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” (Romans 5:8-9)

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

*emphasis added

I pray everyday for my unbelieving family. My heart aches for them to know this truth and freedom and hope I have found in Christ! But until my prayer is answered I will have to continue to love them, share the truth with them through words and actions, and trust that God does want them to be saved- He loves them even more than me!

 

If you have questions about Jesus and the verse above, please feel free to comment or personal message me via my Facebook page.

 

 

Stylin’

If you were to just knock on my door, you would usually find me in my “wife grunge.” I dubbed my at home wardrobe this after being a nanny for a year and pretty much living in running shorts or yoga pants with big comfy sweatshirts. My poor hubby only saw me in “nice” clothes on Sundays for the few hours we were at church. My new jobs at the library and office require a different “uniform” and my hubby teasingly commented on how he liked my new job for the new look.

I like it too. It’s fun to put together outfits with the clothes I have been neglecting and buying some new work staples (like new shoes and slacks).My most recent purchase was this fantastic yellow cardigan from Target. I’ve been searching for just the right one for a long time! Yay! (Here’s the exact cardi on Target.com) Also, I love that my new jobs are business casual. I can wear jeans and blouses most days! I have yet to find a perfectly comfortable pair of slacks, maybe they don’t exist, so I’m glad I can wear my dressy jeans when I’m not wearing a skirt.

Here are a couple more of my work outfits. Ignore the messy rooms and imperfect pictures, I usually snap a picture before running out the door. I save these pics in a “outfit” folder in my phone (for those days when I have  I feel like I have nothing to wear) so I have a quick reference of outfits I’ve liked in the past.

Most of my clothes come from secondhand shops, like Platos Closet and the Goodwill. For example, the black polka dot Ann Taylor blouse I got for $6 at Platos Closet and the Old Navy Pointy toe flats (in green shirt pic) I found for $5 at the Goodwill.  I really try to find an item I want (like the yellow cardi) at a second hand store or on clearance before I spend retail price on it. The yellow cardigan was the last clothing item I’ve bought at full price, but I even waited for my new running shoes to go on clearance on the Nike website (I didn’t get my first choice in color, but I LOVE turquoise so saving money won all around!)

So, if I’m not shopping secondhand, where do I shop for clothes? Old Navy is my go-to for basic staples, like jeans and tanks (and I’ve got my eye out for their black pointy toe flats), But I still (usually) wait for one of their major sales.

Maurices is a family favorite. Christmas always means an outfit  and maybe a gift card there. Sometimes their style is too bohemian for me but I can usually find cute work clothes that fit well.

And of course I shop at Target. I can always find something I want, clothes and otherwise. :)

As I mentioned before, I like to use Polyvore to create outfit idea boards. I find something I have, a gray maxi skirt for example, and try to make outfits for it  using their phone app.

Creating outfits on Polyvore with what I already own, and somethings I want, helps me make better use of my closet and find the “holes” in my wardrobe I’d like to eventually fill. I also use Pinterest to store fashion ideas.

 

Baylor Bears, Game Day Casual Work Wear

 

Texas is all about their football teams, and since I work every Saturday at the Baylor Library I have to get into the spirit!

Here is my Wardrobe Wishlist:

 

Ruby Red Fall

 

If you’d like seeing what I’m wearing I occasionally post wardrobe pics on my Instagram and you can follow me on Polyvore and Pinterest too!

Decorating Style

I’ve written about books a lot this month, and I think I have one more book post in me, but before you get the wrong idea- I DO have OTHER hobbies. I love to craft and crochet (especially while watching my favorite TV show. Right now it’s NCIS), I love hiking and being outside, photography, and I love to decorate.

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Last year I themed my 31 Days Challenge Decorating Dilemmas where I addressed some of the problems that come with renting and living in a small space. Today I’m going share my decorating style with you again because it has slowly evolved and looks a little different now.

One of the first places I like to tell people to start when they decorate their homes is to write down what you want that room/home to be. Not just colors or themes, but purpose and feeling too. I organize my list in to yes and no guide words. Last year this is what my list looked like:

My “yes” words:

Comfortable, welcoming, bright (not necessarily colorfully bright), restful, organized, natural, safe, clean, purposeful, beautiful, put together, something sparkly in (almost) every room, a touch of industrial

My “no” words:

animal print, neon colors, sharp corners/pointy objects (i like more rounded shapes, they look more comfortable), black, formal, modern, cluttered

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I think I’d fit myself into the “cottage” style, (Better Homes and Gardens has a nifty little quiz you can take to narrow it down) but I do like to throw a little industrial and glam here and there. Here are my decorating guide words now:

“Yes” words:

blues, whites, some gold and black here and there, comfortable, welcoming, bright (light), restful, organized, safe clean, purposeful, put together, some sparkle (how I’d live a crystal chandelier!), touch of industrial, cozy, Cottage, baskets, neutral base colors, lots of handcrafted and vintage things to bring some more meaning, pictures

“No” Words:

animal print, neon, formal, cluttered, too many “sharp” objects, modern (sharp lines and bright colors)

One of the more recent pictures of our living room.

One of the more recent pictures of our living room. We really need an area rug to make this space feel finished.

This weekend I have some reorganizing to do and some decorating to finish up. I’m hoping to do some fall/Thanksgiving themed posts next month where I will finally give you a Fall Home Tour.

Last Year's Thanksgiving table Decor

Last Year’s Thanksgiving table Decor

Then and Now: I still love books

1999 and 2014

Can you tell I like to read? This is my third post in my 31 Day Challenge about books. (My new Job and What I’ve read this year)

One of my favorite summer activities when I was little was going to the library. Our tiny country school opened the library once a week for a few hours during the summers. I knew that little room and all its books by heart. I could almost find and shelve books faster than the teacher. I read as many horse books as possible, and even branched out in to the fiction side of the library to read about Seabiscuit and the California Gold Rush. Nowadays I work at the library and it’s perfect!

There are books in almost every room of our home: cookbooks on top of the fridge, shelves full in the living room and office, and stacks next to the bed. There is always something to entertain and learn in a room full of books.

Books even determine my favorite Disney Princess: Belle,of course, because the Beast gifted her that amazing library.

Also this makes me happy in so many ways…

I hope you all had a lovely start to your week!