2015 goals

Most blogger write about their New Years resolutions or word of the year in the first week of January. Then there’s me… Un-motivated, stressed out, and indecisive.
I have made goals for this year and maybe it’s a good thing I’ve waited this long to share them with you – maybe it will inspire you to continue working on your own resolutions.
Here’s a page out of my journal:

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1.) Read 20 books. Last year I read 18! Right now I’m not reading anything… But I have lots of choices on the shelf!
2.) Lose 15-20 pounds. I really struggle with eating healthy and correct portions and I’ve been “retired” from competitive track for long enough that I’ve lost all disabling of regular exercise. I’ve been fighting this get-healthy battle for a few years. I wrote a heart-revealing post last year called My Unhealthy Idolization of a Necessity.
3.) Find a job I love. God has blessed me with a job! I’m not sure I love it as much as I loved being a nanny or working at the library, but this job is paving the way for us to have the jobs we desire- Jeff: a lawyer. Me: a stay at home mom.
4.) Spend time with God everyday. I’ll be honest, this wouldn’t be a goal of I was good at it. I need God’s grace everyday. This week I’ve rarely sat down with the Word or prayed beyond “lord help me through this day.”
5.)One photoshoot a month. Photography is a creative outlet for me and a fun way for me to serve and get to know others. I had a Photoshoot yesterday with a sweet little group.

What are some things you are working on this year?

Monday Morning Mug

Good Morning Friends!

Its been a blessed week. I interviewed and was hired as an office administrator for a local home care company — I start tomorrow!  We are still on the hunt for a home but things will start settling into a more normal routine now with Jeff in school and me working full time.

Here are some pretty things to inspire you as you start your week.

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If you need a quick craft project to add a little fun to your week this is a easy simple one! Washi Tape Bookmarks

My sister and I signed up to run a 5k in May! It’s been a loooong time since I ran cross country but it will be good to have this race to look forward to and train for to get back into shape- plus it is going to be so fun!!! Color Me Rad! 

Can I please have this cabinet in my kitchen? Such a pretty blue <3 

I have so many girlfriends getting married this year! I love hearing all about their wedding plans and how excited they are! I also love hearing that they are planning more than a wedding – they are planning a marriage! Being a wife is amazing, hard and a God-given role. I love this little blog post about a being a Godly wife

I hope you have a blessed week and that you take the time to thank God for all He has given. Happy Monday!

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Fifty Shades of Life Long Love

Our wedding, July 23, 2011.

Our wedding, July 23, 2011.

I never read the book and I never plan to or to see the movie. Fifty Shades of Grey promotes unhealthy relationships and I don’t understand how so many women just feed into this lie- the lie that domination is sexy, the lie that just reading this book only affects you.  I love how Elizabeth puts it:

From what I’ve read, this book has sold more copies than the mega-selling Harry Potter series.
I wonder how many of the women who would say they are against human sex trafficking,
are actually contributing to the horrendous lie that feeds the whole industry,
the lie that women actually like being used and abused,
by buying this book or paying to watch this movie.
Ladies, we need to wake up and stand up!
Real love dignifies; it doesn’t degrade.
Real love makes you feel special, not shameful.
Will you join me as Valentine’s day approaches and speak up for real love,
and speak up against women being used and abused in the name of love?
Speak up in your home.
Speak up with your friends.
Speak up in your church.
Speak up on Facebook, IG, and your blog.
Just say NO to Fifty Shades of Grey and say yes to real love,
love that builds up and doesn’t bully.
I also love this article from Meg Meeker MD: A Psychiatrist’s Letter to Young People about 50 Shades of Grey. Please don’t buy into the lie that reading and watching this story is no big deal- there are real psychological issues here- real people have these problems and it isn’t healthy and it sure isn’t sexy.
Join us this Valentines Day and stand for real love.
Wedding Pictures!

Our Wedding, July 23, 2011

My Fifty Shades of Life Long Love:
  1. Flowers on the table, bought just because.
  2. Cooking his favorite meal- steak and potatoes- but over doing the meat and he eats it anyway.
  3. Him washing and rubbing my feet after a long stressful day month.
  4. How he knows exactly how many marshmallows I like in my hot coca (LOTS)
  5. How we saved our first kiss for our wedding day. No it wasn’t easy, but it was a blessing.
  6. Him letting me warm my frigid feet on his calves at night.
  7. How we can laugh together during intimacy.
  8. Serving each other in bed- sex is selfless, it’s not always about you.
  9.  Building a fort in the living room and watching old shows together.
  10. Watching LOL (a computer game- more like an e-sport) with him even though I know NOTHING about it.
  11. Waking up next to him every morning.
  12. Commitment- we take “til death do us part” seriously. There is such peace in that security.
  13. Building a fort and watching old shows all night, just because.
  14. Still going on dates– because I enjoy him and always want to know him better.
  15. Dropping everything to hold each other when crisis hits.
  16. Holding his hand at church, in the store, on the couch, etc.
  17. Dreaming about our future, and praying about it too.
  18. Slipping a love note in his text book.
  19. Forgiving and forgetting- love does not keep a record of wrongs.
  20. He is so patient with me.
  21. Supporting each other’s passions while still urging on money-making careers. For me it’s photography but I work in an office to help pay the bills.
  22. Spooning every night (unless it’s 100* out, Texas summers weren’t fun)
  23. How he takes care of the car because he is good at it and want to keep me safe.
  24. Picking out names for our future kids and pets.
  25. I love that I know him better than anyone else, and in ways no one else does.
  26. He brings me flowers and Starbucks on special occasions.
  27. Wearing his favorite outfit for no other reason than to see his eyes light up.
  28. Getting up early to make him breakfast before classes.
  29. He lets me decorate however I want.
  30. I ask for his input on decorating (sometimes) and really listen.
  31. Knowing that we have the best in mind for each other- so commenting that “that shirt doesn’t look good on you” is loving and not hurtful.
  32. Asking “What can I do for you today?” on a regular basis but especially when life gets stressful.
  33. Him letting me cry on his shoulder- even when he has no idea why I’m crying.
  34. Him trusting me enough to see his tears.
  35. Knowing he would do anything for me, and knowing I’d do anything for him.
  36. He knows me better than I do- but I still manage to surprise him now and again.
  37. Going for walks together
  38. or just sitting still and listening to his new favorite song – his eyes are closed, absorbed in the music, mine are open, soaking in his face.
  39. Forehead kisses, and cheek kisses, and all the kisses.
  40. Cleaning the litter box (me)  and taking out the trash (him)
  41. Making things nice for when he comes home,
  42. Singing and whistling
  43. Buying an extra bag of chocolate chips (so i can still make cookies after he we eat a bag)
  44. Trying new things with him because i know he wants to share it with me- like brussel sprouts and backpacking
  45. Walking through good and bad times together – sick, sad, poor – as well as the happy, care-free times.
  46. Pillow talk
  47. Him building me a fire and making me hot cocoa
  48. Buying him new wool socks
  49. Cooking together
  50. Knowing we will stay together through thick and thin because Jesus will fix our broken parts.

Want to hear more of our love story? Click here!

What are some of your shades of life long love? Comment below!

Just married! July 23, 2011.

Just married! July 23, 2011.

Furry Logic

My newest book from bloggingforbooks.org is Furry Logic: A Guide to Life’s Little Challenges (10th edition) by Jane Seabrook.

I choose this little book because it looked fun and happy – I wasn’t wrong.

The images are so sweet and, combined with the sayings, so funny! This small hardback book contains 44 witty sayings paired with water color illustrations. The animals’ expressions bring a whole new meaning and humor to these sayings. Furry Logic is a perfect coffee table book or hostess gift.

I wish I could say more but I won’t. I love this little book and you will too.

I received this book from Blogging For Books in return for a review. All opinions are my own – I really do like this little book!

Monday Morning Mug

Hi guys. What a week. Or really, what a start for 2015! It’s been rough over here with the sudden move, mom’s surgery and two family funerals. I’m still on the job hunt (and I may have some leads on the housing front…) but man, is it good to be home in Oregon!  I love being so near to our families again and I’m even loving the rain- oh and don’t forget the coffee shops on every corner (Waco only had a scattered handful)!

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I’ve been busy loving on family, writing and trying to promote my photography now that I’m in a new city. If you follow my Facebook page Rebecca Forrest Photography you’ll see that I have an AWESOME Welcome Home Special price right now! Go check it out! Check out my portfolio on my photography blog HERE!

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Last week I wrote out some of my feelings and confusion over the death of our young cousin. He was an amazing young man and I wish I had known him better but I was blessed to be a part of his celebration of life.

Okay, here are some pretty things I found and LOVED this week! (links below gallery)

  1. Rock: Sweet Etsy shop. I love this rock, I may have to make one.
  2. I love this desk area. Crates, chair and maybe I could use my doily collection for the message board.
  3. Grace, oh how I need it.
  4. I’ve been looking for something small and cute to use my scrap yarn for… face scrubbies!
  5. I’m in love with this flower arrangement, and this site has such pretty decor!

Have a happy Monday my dears!

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When Oceans Rise

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One of my favorite places to go is the ocean. It is so calming to my soul. This morning I joined some of my family for a walk along the Florida shore and I saw the sunrise over the ocean for the first time.

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Our family gathered here in Florida to mourn our cousin Garth Sangree. A week ago he went on an ocean kayaking outing and never returned. The Coast Guard, Navy and local authorities searched for days but nothing was found. A memorial was held at his college last weekend and 500+ kids attended and at least 3 accepted the Lord as their savior. Tomorrow there is a memorial celebration at their church, if you would like to join us it will be live streamed here.

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My heart and mind have been heavy with sadness. How and why does a 22 year old man have to die? It’s confusing and it hurts to watch those I love deal with this loss. I don’t have those answers. But I do see the testimony of this family. Not one has blamed God. All have run to God for love, for comfort and for answers, answers they know they may never get in this life.

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Garth was a light. One of those people who was just vibrant with life and love and joy. He was this way because of his relationship with his savior, Jesus Christ. His hope was in Him and that brings us, his family and friends, so much comfort- we will be reunited.

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2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:2-4

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Come, don’t wait! Put your trust in the Lord Jesus and receive His grace, peace, and assurance of heaven. He is waiting, come.

This is my favorite praise song and has been playing in my head and has brought me comfort during this stormy time- Oceans by Hillsong United

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Storybook Baby Shower

I love helping plan parties for my loved ones and this baby shower provided a fun challenge!

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The family decided to throw a baby shower while on our yearly family getaway (meaning 16+ people renting a big house together in a beautiful location so we can be together for a weekend.) Here were the challenges: two moms, one having a boy, the other a girl; limited packing space; and incorporating the men.

It is so exciting and fun to have two aunts pregnant at the same time! To honor them both and the different genders of their babies we went with a fun Storybook theme. We used books from around the rental house and paper decorations I made to save packing space. We also chose to only decorate the buffet area so we didn’t need to bring many decorations. To keep the men happy we planned the party around lunch time (FOOD) and had some man-friendly competitive games.

I LOVE how the food tags turned out! I simply Googled, copied, pasted, and printed story book covers to go with the different foods and glued them to toothpicks. Easy peasy.

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Last week I showed you how I made those sweet Storybook Banners.

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We played three main games: Guess the Flavor, Playdough Babies, and Diaper Races. We also had some fun paper puzzles to keep hands and minds from getting bored.

Guess the Flavor: Rip labels off of baby food jars and have each guest taste and guess what the flavor is. There are some really weird looking baby foods out there!

Playdough Babies: We set various colors of Playdough out while the moms’ were opening presents. We asked everyone to make a baby out of Playdough and we’d give out a prize for the best boy and best girl baby.

Diaper Races: This one was just for the men. We blindfolded them and gave them each a diapered stuff toy a rag/wipe and a fresh diaper. Then they raced to see who could change the diaper the fastest. It was pretty funny to see since some of the techniques would have sent poop flying everywhere had it been a really diaper!

It was such a fun party! It will be even more fun to meet my new cousins!