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iPhone dump & a few Highlights

We have monthly “team meetings” at work and each month they award the “Team Player” award. You get a really nice plaque to bring home, a gift card, and the “pig pass.” The pig pass, first of all, is adorable, but also it means you can turn it in anytime 48 hours before your shift to get a day off! Pretty fun, right! I have to say that I left that meeting feeling so loved and thankful for my job and my coworkers. Not only did I receive a really encouraging gift, but also a coworker asked me about something I told her about several months ago and took the time to sit down and pray with me before I left. How incredible to be looked after and encouraged so well even at work!! So, so thankful and so, so blessed by those people. Thank you!!!
My sweet friend Becky turned 22 last week! I made her a cute card (that an elementary school student could probably have done better… sorry Beck!!) and since it was too big, I made an envelope out of magazine pages! Took a few tries, but turned out okay:)

Speaking of Becky… she also asked me to be one of her bridesmaids! She made each of us these adorable painted boxes and filled them with a CD, scraps of inspiration for the wedding, and all the details we could ever need to know!! Looks like Jake and I are headed to Texas in late May to celebrate the soon-to-be-Littles getting married!!!

My celebration of messy hair… it’s time to just embrace it, people.

And of course… I voted this week in my first election! And as a Tennessee voter, at that! And that’s all I’m going to say about the election.


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Happy Birthday, Husband!

Happy birthday, Jacob! I’m so excited to celebrate with you today!! Thank you for loving me so well throughout our first 5 weeks of marriage:). I love you and am so proud of you. I’ve been blessed with a hard-working, generous, and supportive husband!!

Happy 22nd!!



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21 for my 21st

Well, it’s another year! I had a WONDERFUL birthday yesterday, thanks to Jacob!:) Thanks for making me feel so loved and cared about… you are so so special to me. :)

I started making yearly lists for my birthday last year and it turned out to be a really fun thing. I went camping, started sewing, played disc golf, built a kite, and read lots of great books! Hopefully this year will be just as exciting and filled with new things. I’ve already got a jump start on learning to play chess (carried over from last year’s list), since Jacob got me a chess set for my birthday!

Anyway, here is this year’s list:

1. Go without chocolate. (Yes, for the entire year. Developing self control/discipline/also just enjoying a serious challenge)

2. Get married!! (Date set: June 16!)

3. Pray for my marriage with Jacob every day.

4. Finish the Bible-in-a-year plan that I started in December 2011.

5. Finish the quilt I started last August. I’m about halfway finished at this point… it’s only taken me about a year to get this far ;).

6. Read 11 (hopefully) good books.

7. Learn to crochet.

8. Play guitar more often.

9. Exercise at least 4 days a week, every week.

10. Work on memorizing Scripture. 

11. Set aside and protect my Sabbath day every week.

12. Grow in looking into MYSELF to see my own sin rather than pointing my finger elsewhere.  Grow in repentance.

13. Learn something about gardens and flowers.

14. Stop complaining. Be quick to encourage, much slower to be negative.

15. Pursue ministry intentionally.

16. Get into a regular sleep/awake schedule in order to make rest a priority and give my body a routine. (Bed 11:30, 8am wake up.. or something along that line)

17. Write more.

18.  Take my new bike out and ride ride ride!!!

Goals that have carried over from last year’s list:

19. Learn to play chess

20. Learn to change a tire.

21. Shoot a real gun.




It’s been a while, oops. I’m blaming it on the end of the year craziness. Here’s my latest craft project:

Jacob’s sister Olivia turned 17 yesterday, so I bought these letters at Michael’s and painted them to match her room!

There will be more posts to come about what’s actually going on in my heart, but until then, may this prayer be true in our hearts as well as Paul’s:

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,  for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. -ephesians 6:18-20

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happy birthday

This Saturday, March 23, 2011 is the 22nd birthday of one of my best friends. Her name is Meg. She lives in OH and I live in TN, so I decided to put together a little crafty birthday package to send her, since I won’t be there to celebrate with her:). Here are some pictures of my crafting fun over the past week.

Meg, in case you hadn’t figured it out yet… these projects are the result of all the mysterious errands I’ve been running:)

Decorative Moleskin Journals!!

I also added some white, dark, and milk chocolate-covered espresso beans… who wouldn’t like those?! yum. :)

So, Meg, I hope you were surprised and enjoyed your crafty birthday package!! You are so important to me and I am abundantly thankful for your friendship and presence in my life:).

Our Father in Heaven, thank you for Megan. Thank you for knowing her before you formed her and for loving her before she even heard your name. Thank you for blessing my life with her presence, counsel, friendship, and laughter. Use this year to form her more into the image of your Son and renew her mind in the knowledge of you. Give her a disdain for conformity to the world and magnify her desire to renounce her flesh and seek your Spirit. May you use her so that your word may speed ahead and others’ eyes, minds, and hearts may be turned toward you through your work in Megan. All this for your glory and in Jesus’ name, Father. Amen.

Meg, for this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have the strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Eph 3:14-21)