Monday Morning Mug

Welcome back to the week friends. I hope this Monday morning finds you well. There’s not really anything to update you all on, which is nice since the beginning of 2015 was crazy, stressful and sad. Life has settled into something of a normalcy again. Jeff is going to his classes and applying for summer internships and I am working full time. We are still looking for a place to live. We’ve applied a couple places and we are on the a few waiting lists but we’re still waiting…

Also- HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY! I Love YOU!1604779_10201616397160632_1626578817_n

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Here are some fun finds from this week:

So I made this faux thin mint cookies this weekend and they are Ah-MAZ-ING! 

Okay, so I’ve been on a chocolate kick… I finally tried making brownie in a mug and it was also wonderful. The nice thing about this one is that you only make one serving – which is good because I LOVE brownies and would eat WAY too many with a normal batch.

I enjoyed this article. I wonder if I would be able to make it through a week of my hubby dressing me? I think so, he’s pretty observant and gives me good opinion, I just might need to go through my closet first…

Monday Morning Mug: Baby Themed

Good morning friends! I’m settling in to my new job and enjoying having a 9-to-5-with-weekends schedule. Even though I am struggling to force myself to work out after work (see my goals in my last post) everyone in the office eats pretty healthy which is helpful.

Here are some baby themed finds from this last week  (I have some killer baby fever and I miss my nanny-babies something terrible.)

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 Indiana looks to be first state with “Save Haven” boxes to save babies from abandonment. I’ve seen articles of similar boxes saving babies in Asia– it’s brilliant! 

In the last year a few of my dearest friends have suffered a miscarriage. I wish I had been there for them more. This blog post also delves into the issue of abortion and how it has hurt those mothers who want their babies but have miscarried. Please read. 

A Christian perspective on having children: Having Babies in Opposite World. Love this. 

Now, just to clarify, I am NOT pregnant. I want to be, I’m excited to be, but right now the timing isn’t quite right. We have been praying and waiting to know when the right time is. Until God tells us differently, or surprises us, our plan is to wait to have our first child after Jeff graduates from law school so that (hopefully) I can be a stay at home mom.

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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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