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We’ve Moved!!

I know what you’re saying… again??? Really?? We just figured out your silly new URL…

Well this time it’s for real. I moved over to Blogspot because, at least at the amateur bloggy level, there is a lot more ability to customize and make your blog your own. I think once you hop on over there you will understand;)

So make sure if you’ve linked to this blog anywhere (AKA on your blog roll) that you update that link!

My new address is http://thealbrechtsblog.blogspot.com

See you there!!


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Returning to my First Love

First Love
I wrote a few weeks ago about John’s call to the church of Ephesus to return to their first love, Jesus. God used that Scripture (Revelation 2) to convict and move my heart back to him. Since then, I’ve been BLESSED to spend a lot of GREAT time in the Word over this Christmas break.

However, I don’t want to lose sight of that imagery once I throw myself back into the busyness of school. I want to continue treating Jesus as my first love, my deepest love, and my most desperate Love. So, I made this simple background for my phone. I want a constant reminder to meet with Jesus throughout my day, and what better way than to attach it to the very thing I use for communicating, social media, and even as a watch! Since my iPhone gets so much traffic throughout the day, I’m hoping this reminder will help me to better keep Christ at the front of my mind.

Feel free to save this for yourself and use it as your own personal reminder to meet with Jesus today!

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Today I’m overwhelmed

…with blessings.

I really should feel overwhelmed by the blessings surrounding me every day, but today I feel especially surrounded, and especially grateful.

I am married to a wonderful man, and after a weekend without him, I’m so glad to have him back!


Christmas break has been a fantastic opportunity for us to spend a lot more time together and it has been so refreshing! Cooking breakfast, laughing, making plans for the upcoming season in our lives, and watching hilarious videos (of cats) on youtube. Needless to say, it has been a much-needed opportunity for quality time.

Over the  past few weeks I’ve felt especially encouraged by Jacob. He’s been quick to spur me on and has been so supportive in the ways I feel the Lord is stretching me. Eek! Not to mention, he’s been incredibly patient and gracious to me, even though he’s been working crazy hours (and HE has the right to be the tired one!!). The Lord uses Jacob frequently as a model of his grace and faithfulness. I’m a blessed woman.

I’m so thankful for this refreshing, encouraging break and for my great husband!! So here’s to the last two days of break and welcoming in another semester of school. My LAST one, I might add. :)


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Faithfulness Abounds

God is so good. SO GOOD.

Do you forget that sometimes? I do. I really don’t understand why I do… but I do.

But over the past few weeks, God has been tugging at my heart, reminding me what it was like when I first fell in love with him. He’s also been planting seeds. Exciting seeds! Seeds bursting, eager to bloom.

I’m not sure what those seeds are, exactly, but I’m praying about them. Praying and letting my excitement grow.

Our God is big, and I’m ready to be used. I’m ready for those seeds to grow!!

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Home Sweet

Jacob and I traveled to Ohio to visit my family for Christmas last weekend. It was a weekend packed with visiting grandmas, aunts, uncles, family friends, and some of my very best friends from high school… and it was much needed.

Although we were exhausted upon arriving back home, I left feeling so refreshed from that time with family and friends.

Good Friends.

Monday was our designated “catch up with friends day,” so we packed in a lot. :) So thankful for these women (and Abbie, who we got to see later in the day and isn’t pictured above!), who carved out some time during their busy lives to spend with us!! We even got to see Sarah’s sweet little sister, Brooke, who hung out with us so patiently for two hours! What a star two-year-old! ;)

Thank you ladies for staying consistent in my life even though we’re states apart. Praising God for you today… those few hours on Monday mean so much to me!

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:22-25).

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Post-Christmas Present Reveal Pt. 4

I think this one has got to be my FAVORITE of all the Christmas posts… and it was so simple!!

Homemade Chai in a Mason Jar!

Homemade Chai in a JarI found this recipe here and I made it for myself about a month ago. Since then I have tea just about every morning and I thought this would be a perfect addition to both my mother’s and mother-in-law’s gifts this year!


I started out with these ingredients…

Mix one

Stuck them all in a bowl…

Mix Two

And mixed!


As you can probably see, the mixture is not very fine at this point, hence the blender.


The blender turns it into a beautiful, fine powder that mixes perfectly into your steaming water.


I filled a jar for both moms and, as you can tell by process of elimination, that’s our gigantic jar in the middle. Clearly, I planned to make a LOT of tea for myself/I have judgment problems with everything related to size, weight, etc. I accidentally bought a HUGE jar. Oops!

Back/FrontHere is the finished product! Chai tea, complete with directions.


*You can adjust the flavor of your tea with the amount of mix you add to the hot water. I prefer 3tbsp, or about 3 spoonfuls, but you can adjust accordingly!
Also, the ingredients listed above made about 2 1/2 batches of this stuff! So great!

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Post-Christmas Reveal Pt. 3

This post is so delayed because we didn’t do Christmas with my parents until just yesterday!! I put together little “gift basket” type gifts for both of them. Last year I made my dad a “mustache mug” and it turned out to be quite a hit! So I made them BOTH some fancy mugs this year.

Mugs & Pen

I got the mugs from Target, just like the one from last year. It’s the perfect size for them to get maximum coffee from their Keurig.


**Please note the paint pen I used was NOT a regular sharpie… I tried that dumb idea that’s been all over Pinterest, but the Sharpie just wiped off every time. Very frustrating. So, I re-did the mugs with this pen, let them sit for 24 hours, and then baked them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I left them in the oven to cool for another hour or two and then they were ready to go!

Dad's 2

I thought Dad might get a kick out of this one. :)


And Mom’s fancy mug. There isn’t a mustache for her… but since there are now 2 mustache mugs at the house, I thought hers should be a little different. And it’s like a “good morning” from me every morning!



Hope y’all had a WONDERFUL Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR!:)