Thursday, June 26, 2014

Being Still in the Midst of Transition

Hey there, Sweet Friends!  Is it really Thursday already?  I can't believe how the days just sneak on by.  I hope y'all have had a fabulous week so far.  Jon gets home in less than two weeks now, which makes me absolutely ecstatic.  It doesn't even seem real.  While I am undoubtedly over the moon to be reunited with my husband in just a few short days, I feel like I have 861919 things to do in this narrowing (thankfully) window of time.  You know what I mean? 
I started a "to-do" list for work and for home, as well as "to buy" and "to pack" lists.  As soon as I'm scratching something off I feel like I'm adding two additional things back on.  I guess that's the story with life though, right?  I'm scheduling dinners with friends and trying to savor the time I have left with my parents.  I'm finalizing projects at work and preparing a guide for my replacement hire.  It's such a bittersweet-exciting time, this period of transition.  It's a time I've literally counted down for the past six months.  I am so so thankful it's here, but at the same time I'm leaving family, a church and a career I that love.  In the midst of this transition, I am sad to leave people and things behind, but  I am so excited for whatever God has for us in the coming months in our new home.

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Dad and I did some figuring the other day and realized that this next move with Jon will be my 14th move in the last seven years.  I'm averaging about twice a year, y'all.  Crazy.  If you have moved, you know how stressful it can be.  I somehow fall for the deception each time that if I just make a list to mark off from, and if I just do a good enough job of taping and labeling the boxes, and if I successfully manage to contact all of the proper offices and stalk out the floor plan enough, and bubble wrap our breakables enough, then I will be completely in control of the situation, on top of it all.  It seems that these transitions are when I need time with God the most, and also when it's most difficult to find that time to just be still with Him.

“Be still, and know that I am God" --Psalm 46:10

How vital that time is, friends.  I'm sure y'all can relate.  How do you find time to be still with our Father in the midst of transition?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Blog Bible Study

So, if y'all don't already follow Rachel and Nicole, you definitely should.  They are two of the sweetest lovers of Jesus that I have met through this blogging community.  Oh my goodness, how I can't believe the fellowship that this little blog has provided.  You ladies are such an encouragement.  On Monday, Rachel and Nicole posted here and here about doing a bible study together.  They selected Lord, I Want to Know You by Kay Arthur and invited everyone to join them in the six week study kicking off on June 30th.  I am so excited! This was a hands down yes for me, especially since I just wrapped up  Arthur's Lord, Teach Me How to Study the Bible in 28 Days with a small group of ladies from my church.  I never thought the books of Jonah and Jude could be so packed with lessons.  We learned so much, and I loved it!  And get this:  Rachel and Nicole did a giveaway for the study, and I won!  I seriously never win anything.  I was totally shocked!  This gift totally blessed me. Thank you ladies so much.  I simply can't wait to get to know the Lord more fully alongside you sweet sisters.

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Y'all should totally join in, and encourage those around you to study as well! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Weekend Recap: A Wedding and More Fun Projects!

Happy Monday, Y'all!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Mine consisted of unpacking/packing for our next move, going to a sweet friend's wedding and spending time working on some projects with my dad.  Saturday night, my friend Megan tied the knot and my sister-in-law, Holly, was her Matron of Honor.  Everything about the wedding was perfect; the colors, the venue, the decor, everything.  Congrats, Megan and Philip! 

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On Sunday, I went to church with Dad and spent the afternoon working on some projects with him for furniture for our new place.  I feel like he gave me some real handyman lessons; washing, sanding, painting, staining, sawing, measuring, you name it...super appropriate time spent on Father's Day. :)


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How about y'all?  How was your weekend spent?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Our First Home

As I'm getting excited to move into what Jon and I will call home for the next 10 months, I realize that I never really shared any photos from our first home.  Although we were only there for about three months, our "first home" will forever hold a special place in my heart.  Here are some photos I snapped for memory right before we began packing things up.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekend Recap: A Graduate and some Adorable DIY

Happy Monday, Y'all!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I'm sad to see it over, but excited to get another week knocked off of the deployment countdown. :)

I spent the weekend at my aunt's house with family and friends celebrating my little cousin's high school graduation.  We are so proud of  Blake, such a grown young man.

Saturday I realized that my aunt has the most awesome neighbor ever.  Aunt Wendy had told us that her neighbor was into home decor, thrifting, etc., but oh my goodness, words can't describe how talented this sweet lady is, or how much of a heart she has for the Lord.  I'm so thankful for the friendship that has bloomed between them.  Here are a few photos from her work.

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bathroom diy


I hope y'all have a great week!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Friday, Y'all!  We made it through another week!  I hope everyone is looking forward to what looks like a beautiful weekend.  As usual, I'm linking up with ChristinaDarciApril  and Natasha for Five on Friday.

-one- It's graduation weekend for my little cousin, Blake!  I am so excited to celebrate with him, and of course two of my other cousins/best friends/bridemaids for the whole weekend.


-two- As I said before, I've started picking up little pieces for our next home, and last weekend I found these two additions.  I love the iron coffee mug.  I'm so excited to find the perfect place for it whether it be a planter, k-cup catcher, or candle holder.


-three- I also got these pillows for our new place in sailor blue.  I'm usually a fan of lighter, more neutral colors, but I'm looking forward to incorporating some navy.

-four- We found out we got the townhome we wanted!  3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms just for the two of us! Come visit y'all!

-five-  A sweet friend gifted me with Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts last weekend, and I am so excited to start reading!

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Happy Weekend!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Home Decor Inspiraton: Living Room

Happy Monday, Y'all!  Jon officially comes home NEXT month!  With all of the excitement for his return also comes the excitement of moving into our new place.  One of the perks to moving regularly with the Army is being able to keep things new as we are frequently moving/changing things up.  I am already beginning to pick up little touches here and there to help make our new space our new home.  Below are some of my favorite pin-spirations thus far.  Do you ladies have any go-to pins or pictures of your favorite spaces?