DIY Blackboard Pantry

I love moving. Some people hate it, but I like it because it provides a new space to decorate and new challenges to fix. One of those challenges in our new apartment was these ugly faux wood pantry doors.

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I needed a cheap and easy solution which I found at the Target dollar bins- black board paper. IMG_0681

A little tape and wha-la!

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Jeff and I each picked a favorite poem to write on the doors.

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It only took about an hour and cost a total of $12. I love how it turned out!

A precious mouldering pleasure ‘t is
To meet an antique book,
In just the dress his century wore;
A privilege, I think,

His venerable hand to take,
And warming in our own,
A passage back, or two, to make
To times when he was young.

His quaint opinions to inspect,
His knowledge to unfold
On what concerns our mutual mind.
The literature of old;

What interested scholars most,
What competitions ran
When Plato was a certainty,
And Sophocles a man;

When Sappho was a living girl,
And Beatrice wore
The gown that Dante deified.
Facts, centuries before,

He traverses familiar,
As one should come to town
And tell you all your dreams were true:
He lived where dreams were born.

His presence is enchantment,
You beg him not to go;
Old volumes shake their vellum heads
And tantalize just so.

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Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

Dreaming about our Little House

We close on the little house next week! I’ve been having so much fun dreaming, sketching floor plans and pinning inspiration pictures. The Little House needs so much work, but we got it for a great deal so it is a great investment!

It needs new paint, the bathroom needs to be completely ripped out, kitchen reconfigured, move a wall or two, refinish the wood floor, landscaping, and lots of sweat and love. I’m so excited!

Here are some of my current favorite inspiration photos! Find them, their links and more on my Little House Pinterest Board.

Exciting Blessings

It’s been a hard but blessed year. It’s amazing to see how God leads us through the valleys. I hate having to go through the valleys,  the hard times, but they are necessary to get us from one good pasture to another. I’m so glad I have the Good Shepard to follow.

Blessing: moving back to Oregon

Valley: leaving a dream job

Blessing: seeing family everyday

Valley: the search for an apartment

Blessing: finding a job

Valley: the job was the most stressful and unhappy job I’ve had

Blessing: the amazing people I met and lessons I learned at that job

More blessings:

God’s timing is perfect! I interviewed for a nanny job last week and was offered the position with the same hours and pay that I am making now! I get to start caring for them in a couple of weeks!

More good news, we are buying a house! A tiny little place that needs a lot of love. I’m so excited to share the renovation with you after we close in a couple weeks!

Our Little House

Capture the Moment

I’ve been interested in photography for a long time and ever since high school I’ve been the one people hand the camera to at parties. I don’t have the best memory but I love life and photography offers the ability to capture the moments I won’t easily remember 10 years from now.

I ordered this book Capture the Moment by Sarah Wilkerson and it has re-inspired my love for photography. This hard back book is beautifully laid out and simply organized. Every page is graced with gorgeous pictures from female photographers from around the globe. At the end of each chapter are “Creativity Exercises” that call you to put into practice what you learned in the last chapter. The chapters are simple, more about the pictures than the words, which I like because most photographers are visual and don’t want to read long wordy how-to’s, we want to go out and do! This book is perfect.

Beginners and alike professionals will enjoy and benefit from this book!

I received a copy of Capture the Moment in exchange for this review from bloggingforbooks.com.

All ideas and opinions are my own.

Inside the Criminal Mind

Not everyone will enjoy this read but I found it fascinating. Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton E Samenow attempts to explain the thinking patterns of criminals and why they are that way and he does an excellent job.

My love for the TV show Criminal Minds prompted me to request this book from bloggingforbooks.com. Maybe I should have gone to school to to be a psychologist because I love learning about how people think and how that influences their life decisions. As I said before, not everyone will find this book enjoyable but anyone could pick it up and understand it. Inside the Criminal Mind is well organized, informative, and easy to read. While I would put the reading level at about 12 grade, it isn’t for the paranoid personality or the weekend fantasy reader. For those intrigued by how the mind works and have been curious of what makes criminals tick I highly recommend this book.

I was given this book by bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.

Learning to Sing

You are my hiding place. You protect me from my troubles and fill me with songs of salvation.” Psalm 32:7

I feel like I’m coming out of the valley of the shadow of death. That sounds dramatic, I know. It’s been a rough but very blessed year. Family deaths, illness, surgeries, and runaways. Learning to trust God all over again when He moves us across country again to live at our parents for three months. Learning to find contentment in Christ when He calls me away from my dream library job into another that always leaves me stressed. Learning that I have to stop focusing on the valley and start looking at my Shepard.

And as I start looking at my Shepard I see how these things have shaped me, grown me, and blessed me. I start to realize that His blessings are not always packaged in sunshine and glitter but that He always provides. How beautiful is the hand of the Lord.

My friends, God is good.

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…