Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Home.




I am giddy with excitement and thankfulness to share what I've really been up to these past two weeks. I announced a few weeks ago that Kevin and I received word that he would be working in Copenhagen, Denmark for a month, and then I received amazing news that my company was going to allow me to join him for the middle two weeks. So amazing, so thankful...to God be all the praise! The sweet words of encouragement, the prayers, the generosity...I can't say thank you enough to all of you who were involved in this adventure with us. We thought of each of you during our trip.

So yes, if you're catching onto it, I was actually in Denmark, and Paris and Sweden, the last two weeks. In the interest of safety we shared only with family and close friends that we would be gone and I tried to stay as non-specific on the blog as possible. Perhaps you're sharp and noticed some of the blog links I shared said .dk on the end of them instead of .com or perhaps you noticed the couple of instas I shared about our 24 hour trip to Paris, simply just had to share about how excited we were to get some time in with Katie for some shots of us by the Eiffel...oh I can't wait to see them! Well, I'm home now and I've just got oodles of blog posts started and plenty of pictures to pilfer through to add to them. I plan on sharing quite a bit about our trip.

I had the privilege of being a housewife for two weeks, and let me just tell you, boy did I learn some things in that. I did as much exploring as I possibly could, took advantage of nearly everything free to do, and definitely tasted some of the fine pastries made by the delightful Danes. I learned that I'm not nearly as good at riding a bike as I thought, both of my legs are covered in bruises to prove it. I also learned that deciphering cheeses at a grocery store is incredibly difficult when everything is in Danish, lucked out the first time and the second time, eh. I learned to deal with cold weather and I rode a bike in the rain not once, not twice but three times! I realized that I should have brought only two shirts and like five coats... because really the pictures only show my one coat that I brought and not the cute outfits that I planned and are hidden beneath. I've got pictures of the inside of the apartment we stayed in and nearly everything my eye balls saw. I learned how to use the camera better, well a little, and I got some reading and relaxing time in.

Needless to say, the two weeks were jam packed but simply incredible. A part of my life I will never ever forget. I definitely left a piece of my heart in Copenhagen. Who knows what the future can hold but for now I'm thankful that my two days of traveling are over (a story for another time) and I'm back in my own bed, with a tub in my bathroom, with my puppy girl at my side and Mexican food at my fingertips.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Flashback Friday Five


Goodness friends, time is something I cannot grasp. It blows my mind that it's already Friday. I thought I'd copy Karla and do a little friday five combined with my flashback friday.

ONE: ONE year ago I was recapping a sweet wedding shower for some of our friends. It was the first big party we had at our little duplex and it was such a blast! I had so much fun with the decorations, vintage rustic chic themed, and the invitations + games. It was a blast and I still gaze at the photos with fond memories.

TWO: I shared a collaboration post between myself and Campus Book Rentals, two, in which I shared some of my favorite college memories and study spots. I'd love to hear what some of yours were.

THREE: Over Christmas I watched my two sisters and one husband, three, become good friends. A dream come true for me that just made my heart bust. I still can't stop smiling about it. Those pictures are some of my very favorite.



FOUR: Last year my girlfriends and I, all four of us, got together for one of our last big girl weekends for a while. Then, one was preparing to move away to California to begin her new life as a lighting designer. Another was preparing to move up back to Oklahoma for grad school and another was going into her last year of med school. Then of course, I was studying for the NCIDQ. Now, one is still in Cali, one is enjoying her grad school program, and the other is preparing for a move to North Carolina for residency. The four of us will be spread across three states. I think a savings account for travel funds just to visit these women needs to begin.

I'm pumped for the adventure this weekend brings! I'll be sharing about it all soon. What is on your weekend agenda??

Thursday, March 26, 2015

This Makes No Sense


Sometimes God asks us to do something that makes no sense to us.

I was reading Jeremiah 13, verses 1 through 11 the other day. God tells Jeremiah to go and buy a belt, wear it and don't allow it to touch water. Later He tells him to take the belt and hide it in the rocks of Perath. Still later, God tells him to go and fetch it from it's hiding place, of course by now it was ruined. In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem, God says in verse nine. All of that was simply an illustration to explain and teach Jeremiah about God's  upcoming course of action. It was a lesson.

I can imagine Jeremiah thinking, what God? This makes no sense, you want me to buy a belt, wear it and then hide it? And now, now it's ruined. So now that's wasted money. Or at least, I know that's what I'd be thinking.

Have you ever found God asking you to do something that seems ridiculous and yet later you see why? Sometimes there's days or even months to years between following His instruction and later seeing the result. Yet, there's always something God will reveal to your heart at some point in time.

I know this has been true in my own life. He's asked me to give things away, go somewhere, do something specific...and oh the number of times I've thought,  this is ridiculous, or ugh, I'm really not in the mood right now. In fact, I know there's been a number of times where I've just flat out ignored God and moved on with "my plans," which of course take me no where. God always finds a way to bring you back to His intentions.

You may think something is ridiculous, annoying, or a disruption even to your plans or your agenda but God's way always, always, has plans outside what you can even imagine or understand. Follow His leading. Then share what He's taught you. Not in a way that boasts of yourself and your "great" faith, but boasting of the Sovereign King who STILL reigns on high.

This is what the Lord says, 
let not the WISE man boast of his WISDOM,
or the STRONG man boast of his STRENGTH,
or the RICH man boast of his RICHES,
BUT let him who boasts boast about this,
that he UNDERSTANDS, and KNOWS me,
that I am the LORD, who exercises 
KINDNESS, JUSTICE, RIGHTEOUSNESS
on earth, for in these I delight, 
declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 9: 23-24

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ah College Days...

It's hard to believe that Kevin and I are approaching our third anniversary, and yet at the same time college seems so far away. But graduating just three weeks before our wedding date makes it easy to remember both. Sometimes I still have to remind myself that I made it through college, the books and classes and long nights, and I am now a professional doing the work I always imagined I would do. I loved college but I was ready to be done with it come the end. side note: I love how much timehop reminds me of all the fun times of college though!

It's been sweet as I write our story to remember the college days. As much school work as I would have, it sure was a blast to be surrounded by best friends so much of the time. Some of my favorite memories are simply being with my girlfriends in our apartment living area, school projects, papers, books strewn about and laughter filling the room.


I did most of my studying here at this desk. Sometimes I'd just pile up all my binders and books here and leave it for days. Procrastination at it's finest... And at the end of the semesters it's definitely where you would have found all the books that I was done with and now had to decide whether to sell back to the library, keep or donate to a friend...oh the money lost one could just see looking at the pile.



Most of the time I was drawing though...either by hand or on the computer. Sometimes this required the big book of answers, or the silver bible as we sometimes referred to it. A giant textbook filled with all kinds of typicals in space planning and furniture design. As a freshman and sophomore I would stealborrow the upperclassmen's copy that they left in their classrooms but later on I had to get one myself. That book was not only a beast to carry around but it sure wasn't cheap either!

I wished renting textbooks has been an option then, or perhaps it was and I didn't know it! I've since learned that I could have saved 40-90% off bookstore prices, had free shipping, would be able to highlight (umm huge deal), and be giving back to children by renting books. What a concept!? Thank you Campus Book Rentals for creating such a novel idea. I'm betting the silver bible would have been a heck of a lot cheaper through you!

In the back of this picture below, you can find the drafting table. One of my roommates parents had scored this for us. Oh the number of times we sat there with the silver bible and a temporary computer set-up.


Our living room in the early days...one day they called us and told us they were taking away our living room furniture and replacing it...a hectic day for us designer types. Not to mention, we had to completely empty our bookshelf of textbooks (that had piled up because we couldn't decide whether to sell them or keep them, because both options didn't put much cash in our hands) in order to move everything for the apartment people...not fun.

Renting text books from Campus Book Rentals would have been pretty hassle free and left us with less books to have to move that day! They make it so easy to rent the textbooks that it could almost be fun, well ya know at least it would have saved from the nightmare of finding a parking spot on campus and hauling heavy books, or ordering from somewhere online and hoping it was a legit seller that would send the book in time.




Yes, we painted our college apartment. With two interior designers in the group, there was bound to be some love added to our typical cheap housing. We won't get into how we spilled red paint on the floor...


We took breaks from textbooks every now and then altogether and would go out on the town, which really meant just seeing a movie together or renting one and getting ice cream...either way textbooks were avoided and ice cream was included-always.



The end of a typical night, ice cream in our cups, talking on our sofa and most of us in comfy clothes...I loved being in this room with these girls. Someone bring back college for like a week, please! Especially with the ability to rent textbooks as opposed to buying them...imagine the number of ice cream visits I could have actually afforded...but really.


College was a blast, but I know I spent a good part of it counting pennies. Paying for housing and food, nights out and just school supplies can get expensive, let alone the costs of buying books, most of which you get maybe half of back when you "sell it back" to the bookstore. It sure would have been nice to have some extra cash in my wallet and less books to toss or try to give away.

My favorite part of Campus Book Rentals though is the way they partner with Operation Smile, an international children's medical charity ( you can learn more about them here). With every book that is rented they donate back to Operation Smile. A company that is giving back is always one that's going to have my business.

So what were some of your favorite parts of college? Least favorite parts? Did you rent textbooks? Or would you have if you had known? What was the most you spent on a textbook? Clearly, I'm really curious today!



*I was provided compensation for this post from Campus Book Rentals however all thoughts and opinions are my own. I write honestly about companies I work with and only choose companies I see value in. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesdaying

There are dishes to be done, and a bed to be made, some laundry to be ironed...life. Today, I'm taking it a little easy and getting things checked off slowly. I'm trying to get past making myself feel guilty for not accomplishing certain things. I'm choosing to be joyful and embrace the day.

I can't believe I missed National Puppy day yesterday...that should be remedied...so pictures:













Happy Tuesday Friends!
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