Meet My Family!

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I may not always be with you

But when we’re far apart

Remember you will be with me

Right inside my heart”
Marc Wambolt, Poems from the Heart

It is hard living so far away from my family! . We aren’t perfect by any means, but we are close-knit. I know that I am loved, supported and missed.

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This is my husband, Jeff. Obviously we lived together so I don’t miss him (except when our work schedules don’t line up). We decided to move from Oregon to Texas so he could pursue a law degree and so we could see a bit more of the world. When you first meet him he will come off as quiet and serious. (But he is really does have a goofy side, he has to because he married ME!)  We dated all through high school and tied the knot three years ago. (Read our love story HERE.) Jeff is currently attending Law School at Baylor University and works as a waiter at a nice hotel.

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This is my dad. He is amazing, what can I say? He taught me how to drive, not to eat yellow snow, and how to respect others. My daddy has always made me feel safe, loved and valued. He has always been there to cheer me on, from soccer games, to graduation, to moving out and living life. He works hard to provide for us but he always has time for his girls.

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 This is my mom. We don’t don’t look alike at all ;) She is an incredible artist in everything she does. She always taught us to make life more beautiful, a day more fun, each moment more happy. “Make someone smile today!” was her mantra each morning as we walked out the door. It was a blessing to have her be a stay-at-home mom.

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These are my younger sisters, Rachel and Cherry. Aren’t they cute? My little Boo

Rachel is currently finishing up her business degree and being awesome at her job and internship. I’ve known this crazy silly girl her whole life. She is bright, talented, and giving to a fault. She plays piano, loves making costumes, and is super active in our church college group. I can’t believe how old we are getting. She is only two years younger than me, but I still picture her as the bouncy, curly haired toddler chasing me around with her thumb in her mouth. I’m so proud to be her big sister!

Cherry came into our lives almost eight years ago.  She is a talented young lady taking dance lessons and rocking it on the guitar. She is currently a Sophomore in high school and not sure what she wants to do when she grows up. I probably miss Cherry a little more than anyone else because I haven’t lived in the same house as her for very long (because of college and getting married) and I want so badly to be a bigger part of her growing up years. I’m so blessed to have her as my youngest sister!

Old Photographs

I have two collections. Old photographs and vintage skeleton keys. My key collection isn’t very exciting. I only have one really awesome key, but have about a dozen old photographs.

I try to be careful when I go into antique stores because I could easily leave with 50+ old photos, but then each one wouldn’t be special. I had to give myself some guidelines for collecting photos: 1. It has to be black and white or sepia. 2. It can’t cost more than a dollar (unless it’s really awesome, but still) 3. It has to tell me a story/I have to really love it.

I love the mystery behind these photos. Who were these people? What was their life like? What was so special about that moment in time that they had to have it photographed? Who was taking the picture? Why were these photos “abandoned” in some dusty corner of a antiques store?

These photos are forgotten people, forgotten memories that I will never know.

I hang my collection over my desk where their mystery inspires me. Someday I’d like to write a book of short stories with these pictures, or at least a blog series, so that these forgotten people can have a new life.

 

 

Rainbow Pony: A Childhood Memory

As a child I loved books, horses, and visits to grandma’s house (which often included trips to the bookstore and visiting the horses across the street). One thing I did not love was the three hour car ride to get to grandma’s house. Of course you can imagine the kind of pain in the butt me and my younger sister were at age 8 and 6 in the car for that long.

Grandma usually met us halfway, we’d have lunch with mom and dad and then hop in her car for our “grandma camp” week. Now, my grandma use to be a librarian and she has always been full of stories. She doesn’t think she is very creative (and maybe she isn’t so good with a glue stick and scissors ;) )but she knows how to keep two little horse crazy rascals quiet in the car for an hour and a half.

Rainbow Pony and friends (completely different from My Little Ponys) lived in a secret and magical valley where they had many fun adventures that always ended with a good lesson. I can’t remember any of the specific stories anymore, except there was one with a river and Rainbow pony rescuing a friend… and Rainbow Pony was a white pony with a colorful mane and each of his friends were only one color.

Anyway, those car rides could have been the worst but they were the best! We were always super excited and begged for a story. I even dressed up as Rainbow Pony for Halloween one year (MOM, do you have that picture?)

I love you Grandma! Feel free to write down any stories you remember! :)

Bucket List

I missed writing for the 31 Day Challenge yesterday, so I will just have to make up for it today! This morning I’m sharing some of the things on my “bucket list” and later this afternoon look out for a post on a favorite childhood memory!

I think it is important to have goals. I always set goals/resolutions each year (whether or not I actually follow through on all of them is another thing…) and I have a running list of things I’d like to do in my life time. Here is a sample of the list, I have a whole Pinterest Board dedicated to this if you want to see more!

  • Be a Mom. I can’t wait to have kids! Also, I’d like to adopt at least one child. Adoption “runs” in my family. My uncle, dad, and youngest sister are all adopted. Every child needs a loving home and someday I want to provide that for a least one.
  • Read one biography on each American President. It’s important to know our  history! And it’s embarrassing how little I know of it. I have a friend who did this and she loved how much she learned and the new perspective she had on government. She also said that every new President should be required to read all the other president’s biographies so they didn’t repeat history.
  • Run a half marathon. I ran the 100m dash, 100m hurdles and the 4×4 relay in college, and begrudgingly ran 5K races to stay in shape. Running over three miles is scary but I want to try…someday.

  • Visit every continent. How cool would that be? Really, I just want to travel all over. First Europe, like Ireland and Scotland, and then Korea, Russia, and New Zealand. 
  • Learn to play the guitar. I’ve been practicing on and off for a few years whenever I could borrow a guitar from someone. Really, I just need my own so I can practice regularly. 
  • I was that horse crazy little girl. If I got into trouble, mom would take away my horse book as punishment (spankings and timeouts didn’t work half as well). I not nearly so crazy now, but I still want to ride free on the beach! 

Visit my Before I Die board for more! Many of them have to do with traveling :)

 

<—Read yesterday’s 31 Day’s Post:The Story of my Life.

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The Story of my Life

rebeccaforrest:

2014_10_ 1_12_ 1I don’t have a lot of time to write this morning for my 31 Days Challenge, but I still wanted to leave you with something meaningful. Last year I wrote about my “life verse.” Psalm 37:5 is my favorite and least favorite verse because God is always having to reteach me to trust Him! It’s not a long post so I hope you will take the time to read it! Love you all!

 

Originally posted on Making Life Beautiful:

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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanks giving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6,7

The Lord really knew what I needed to hear this morning, and really every waking second of my life.

If I were to pick a theme for my life it would be Trust God, because He is always having to reteach me that He is faithful, all-powerful, all-knowing, and He already has it taken care of- so would you just chill Becca!

In my senior year of high school I found my life verse. Some people get confused by this term, it’s definitely one of those “Christian phrases” that is kind of weird. A life verse to me isn’t just a near-cliche-inspirational-verse, but the verse that…

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I have this lovely song playing through my head right now as I try to make myself feel better. It’s my last day with my Nanny babies :(  It’s a good day but a sad one.

If the dog bit you today, or your feeling bad, maybe a few of my favorite things can cheer you up too!

  1. Peach Ginger Tea or Pumpkin Spice Tea.  I’m not a big tea drinker but on sick days Peach Ginger Tea with a little honey is lovely. Also, I love this packaging. I don’t know why it makes me so happy, but I love having all my teas lined up on my shelf in their handy little boxes.

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    this is the top shelf of my spice rack.

  2. Starbucks Skinny lattes or mochas. If you’ve been around Making Life Beautiful for a while you’ll know that I LOVE coffee and that I’m on a get-healthy journey. I can still get my happy little caffeine boost  and not feel like I’ve cheated on my carrot sticks.
  3. Sherlock and Elementary. I love both shows for different reasons; one of the reasons being I like to compare different artists take on books. I just finished Volume I of The Complete Sherlock Holmes and its so fun to see where each episode get inspiration from the original text! Besides, who doesn’t love Bennedict Cumberbach and I love Lucy Lui.
  4. Jon Foreman. I love his laid back music. It’s acoustic, soulful, and full of truth. Jeff likes it too. In fact, we used his song “In My Arms” as my entrance song at our wedding two and a half years ago. My favorite band also happens to be Switchfoot (he’s their lead singer.) 
  5. Nike and GoWalks. As a nanny and runner my feet, legs, and back are very important. I’m either chasing down a two year old, pounding the pavement, or standing for-ev-er rocking grumpy babies. Healthy back and joints depend on good shoes! For running I love Nike LunarGlides, my new pair came in the mail yesterday!!! Whooo!!! . Nike creates well built, cute shoes, and, well, if I’m gonna be sweaty and gross at least my feet can be cute! I never thought I’d love a pair of Scetchers, but their GoWalks are incredibly comfortable and the sneaker style is really cute! My sister wears them everyday to work at the hardware store and I wear them everyday to nanny. My feet and knees are still happy at the end of the day!
  6. Singing praise in the car. I was in choir in high school but I’ve lost my voice since then. Vocal chords are a muscle, and I don’t have the natural knack for singing, so being out of practice for five years makes me pretty much keep my voice to myself (or to my nanny babies- they like singing and dancing). I love turning the music up loud in the car on a bad day and praising Jesus! Taking the focus off of myself and putting it on my Savior always seems to lift my mood. One of my favorites is How He Loves.
  7. My Cat, Watson. I wrote about her already, so if you like reading about other people’s pets, you can click here to read The Cat Post.IMG_5514
  8. Rain and Thunderstorms. I especially love them when I can curl up next to an open window and the wood-stove at home with a good book and a cup of coffee. But I also like running in the rain, occasionally anyway.

  9. Brownies. Pretty much chocolate anything, but brownies are my favorite dessert. I shared my favorite brownie recipe here, and it’s so good my mouth is watering just thinking about it! 
  10. Pride and Prejudice. I’ve read the book so many times I can’t even remember now. My best friend/sister in law and I use to watch the newest version in the dorm everyday as we did homework and crafts. I often put in the BBC version as I do housework or crafts nowadays; I’ve seen it so many times I just need to hear it to be able to see what’s going on in my head. :) Watching or reading Pride and Prejudice always cheers me up.
  11. I blogged about more things that make me happy HERE.

 

<–Read Yesterday’s 31 Day’s Post: 20 in 2014: The Books I’ve Read so Far This Year

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20 in 2014

I set a goal/resolution to read at least 20 books in 2014 and I’m doing pretty well, only 4 to go.

I haven’t stuck to one genre, or author, I just go to my shelves and grab whatever looks good at that moment. When we moved to Texas I marked all the books that I hadn’t read yet before I put them in to moving boxes. It makes it  super easy, just look for the green sticky note. Oh, and we have a lot of books. It’s dangerous to set me loose in a bookstore or even a thrift store because I’ll leave with an armful even though I still have 40 left at home I haven’t read yet.

Anyway, here are the 16 books I’ve read so far this year! Hopefully you see one that you haven’t read and find interesting!

  1. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1. -Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. I love everything Sherlock so of course I had to go read the books! It is really fun seeing where the TV series got their inspiration from in the stories. Oh, and the stories themselves are worth the read apart from any movies or shows.
  2. Their Eyes were Watching God. -Zora Neale Hurston
    1. This is a new favorite. The story is told from the lips of a middle aged black women retelling her life of trying to find herself and all the love and loss along the way.
  3. A Thousand Splendid Suns. -Khaled Hosseini

    1. Another favorite. I loved The Kite Runner, but this story follows the life of a Afghan girl as she grows up in modern day Afghanistan and, being a woman, it’s neat to read about middle eastern life from the view point of a woman (even though it’s written by a male author.)
  4. The Red Badge of Courage. -Stephen Crane
    1. American classic. Worth reading at least once.
  5. Water for Elephants. -Sara Gruen
    1. Fun and intense easy read set in the circus during the Depression. 
  6. The Egg and I. -Bettey MacDonald
    1. Comical and interesting autobiography of her time building a Chicken farm with her husband and small children. LOVE this book!
  7. Eat, Pray, Love. -Elizabeth Gilbert
    1. My bestie’s favorite book. I enjoyed her honesty and food descriptions, but it is sad to me that she was searching for spiritual truth and never found Jesus.
  8. Tender at the Bone. -Ruth Reichl
    1. Delicious autobiography about her life growing up. Ruth Reichl was the New York Times Restaurant Reviewer and her autobiography for that time period, Garlic and Sapphires, is also one of my favorites. 
  9. The Help. Kathryn Stockett
    1. Seriously, if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book you need to do both. These are GREAT. 
  10. My Antonia. -Willa Cather
    1. Good. 
  11. O Pioneers! -Willa Cather
    1. Great! Definitely a new favorite. In both of these last two books she captures life on the American prairie beautifully! 
  12. Life among the Savages, Raising Demons. -Shirley Jackson
    1. This is a autobiography about raising her four children in a small town. 
  13. Mary Poppins. -P.L. Travers
    1. Fun easy read! 
  14. Charlotte Collins: a Continuation of Pride and Prejudice. -Jennifer Becton
    1. I love all things Pride and Prejudice so it was a fun pick for me. If you also can’t get enough of Jane Austen themed stuff, this is a well written continuation! 
  15. The Handmaid’s Tale. -Margaret Atwood
    1. guh, this one was a thinker. I mean, the theme in this one gets you thinking. Set in the future, society has reverted to Puritanical ideals, and due to the quickly dropping populations, high ranking families with no children get a government issued handmaid to try to up the population. Well written and it gets you thinking. 
  16. Pride and Prejudice. -Jane Austen
    1. My favorite book of all time. I’ve read it a million times but still had to read it again. 

 

Not really sure what I’m going to read next. I’ve been a little two busy training at my new jobs to read much. But now that things are falling into routine at the library I’m going to start reading there more. So maybe I can beat my 20 book goal!

 

<– read yesterday’s 31 Day’s Post: Lovely Rainy Day at the Library

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