About 9 years ago I girlishly wrote “Rebecca Lynn Forrest” in my journal as I giggled over my new boyfriend with friends.
About 8 years ago we went on our first real date, to sophomore homecoming all by ourselves.
About 5 years ago we entered the same college.
About 4 years ago he proposed on a hike.
3 years ago today I married him and officially became Mrs. Rebecca Lynn Forrest.
I love you Jefferson.
Jeff and I share the second bedroom of our apartment as an office and craft room. This is my creative corner.
My bulletin boards hold a continually changing collection of things that inspire me: family pictures, verses, magazine articles and pictures, cards, letters, vintage photographs, etc.
Today I made this little sign by printing out the saying (inspired by this great Etsy shop) on gift wrap. It certainly captures what I love to do!
I’m currently creating quite a few things. I’m working on multiple crochet projects, still trying to finish my living room curtains, along with editing photographs from a few recent shoots. I’m excited to share these projects with you, I just have to finish them first!
When are we finally all grown up?
When we survive puberty and all its hairy stinky awkwardness?
When we can drive?
When we graduate high school?
When we can vote?
When we can drink?
When we graduate college?
When we get a steady job?
When we get married?
When we have kids?
When our kids move out?
When we retire?
When are we really all grown up?
Growing up is a process starting in the womb and ending at the grave. There is always something new to learn, another thing to improve in ourselves, another life milestone to pass by. So what’s the point?
Are you focused solely on milestones or are you focused on life? Are you making your life count for eternity or just waiting to be “all grown up” first?
Christ wants to use you and me now! Don’t fool yourself into thinking you need to be able to drive, have a job, be married or have more time before He can use you. God likes to use the weak, the unlikely, the underdog to do great things because it shines His glory that much more.
This is my new living room set up complete with new curtains (the pretty blue curtains have moved to the office).
I wanted to hang the curtains as high and wide as possible to make the window feel bigger. Drop cloths and IKEA curtain rod and accesories were the cheapest option I could find. I bought two 6′x9′ drop clothes for a total of $16 at Big Lots and bought the curtain rod and rings at IKEA for about $12.
Unfortunately the drop cloths smelled funny, so I washed them and they shrunk BIG TIME. They should pool about a foot of fabric on the ground and now one is shorter than the other. This is what my artist mother calls a “happy accident” because it encourages creativity. So now I am going to add 3 large white ruffles at the bottom of each curtain, this picture will give you an idea of what I’m thinking:
But I have another problem I haven’t decided how to fix yet: the white space above the window is driving me crazy!
Idea #1, add a sunburst mirror sort of like this picture but with a mirror:
Idea #2, make some sort of cornice. Here are the two fabric options I have right now, tan ticking or gray chevron:
So what do you think I should do? Please chime in!
Jeff and I have lived here for nearly a year and just signed another lease. To celebrate I completely rearranged the living room.
BEFORE PIC (a few months after we moved in. It stayed basically like this the whole year, then…)
I could have cleaned things up more, but I like small glimpses into the lives of the bloggers I follow so here’s some of my mess: Coffee Table Tray helps corral the everyday clutter and the Chicken Wire Key Hooks by the door act as our drop zone with a vintage dynamite crate below for shoes.
Many of my projects aren’t finished yet but things are really starting to feel more like I wanted.
Things to do:
- find a rug (i really want a cowhide rug…someday)
- finish curtains: a whole blog post (or two) of it’s own and COMING SOON!
- upholster coffee table
- gray slipcover for couch (IKEA)
- white(?) slipcover for wingback chair
- finish bookpage wall (started back in October…embarrassing)
- paint or fabric to spruce up TV bookshelves
In other news, I also switched things around in the kitchen. I am loving the new curtains I hung between the living and dinning rooms-it really helps to define the spaces.
I love hosting be it parties, Bible studies, overnight guests, or a friend for coffee. Living in a small two bedroom apartment can make hosting difficult but not impossible.
In the last year we have hosted both sets of our parents and a few siblings on different occasions. When our elders visit, Jeff and I gladly give up our big bed and camp out in the office. Little Siblings are different; they get the air mattress. I obviously still want our siblings to feel welcome, comfortable and like they have their own space while they visit. Here’s how I made up the office recently when my little sister paid us a visit from Oregon.
I made up her bed with nice sheets, a cozy comforter, and made sure there were plenty of extra blankets around if she wanted them.
The bed needed a “headboard” to help it look like it wasn’t just thrown there- a ribbon pinned to the wall and draped with vintage doilies did the trick. And of course I had to use my Beauty and the Beast guest pillow!
A side table was also needed. I pulled a vintage crate from another room and topped it with some polka dotted wrapping paper. I set out reading light, granny square for a coaster, frames, magazines and a Bible all within easy reach.
Then I cleared off my desk and put away the chair so that she would have somewhere to put all her things. I left out a fan in case it was too hot for her (Texas ya know) and put out a cute tray with some nice things: flowers, mints, a candle and matches, tissues, the wifi password and a souvenir Texas soap.
Rachel loved her cute little room (that still functioned as Jeff’s office during the day time when Rach wasn’t needing it) and we had such a blast together! I can’t wait to host my sister Abby in a few days and eventually my bestie- of course I’ll switch up the temporary guestroom decor for each of them! To stay in the loop with those updates (because we all know I’m awful at regularly posting here) follow my Instagram at beccalforrest!
At some point in every kid’s life they find out Dad can’t change the stoplight by snapping his fingers and he isn’t bigger than all the other dads. Having the strength to carry a toddler innumerable paces through the store or being able to leap the tallest Lego towers aren’t the only things that make dad a Superhero- it’s the example he sets, it’s the love he gives, it’s the daily sacrifice to provide for his family monetarily and by being present.
I’m all grown up and married now, but my dad is still my superhero.
I was blessed with a dad who…
- always wanted to spoil me, but knew the importance of not giving me everything.
- taught me the importance of hard work through example and making me help stack wood.
- daily seeks after The Lord and prays for his children.
- apologized to his kids when he was wrong.
- loves my mamma and sets a good example for married life.
- is always there for me. I know that he’ll be here if I need him, even though I’m 2,000 miles away.
- taught me the humor in a good poop joke and that pulling fingers is dangerous.
- showed me meekness is not weakness.
- loved me unconditionally (even though I’m pretty sure I gave him some gray hairs during my teenage years.)
Everyone says it, but seriously, I have the best dad ever. Seriously serious. ;)
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