music for your monday

as promised… music for your monday : )

“my dreams have found their purpose, my future in your hands, this life would have no meaning if it weren’t for you!”

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beccaboyddesign is on etsy!

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my esty.com site is officially live and ready for sales!

this little shop has been prayed over and rejoiced over all week. my, (well david and i’s), prayer for this shop is that the Lord would grow it, and use it for His kingdom in ways our minds can’t even think of right now. from serving sweet friends who might need a little side job helping me, to eventually living overseas and beginning shops for women in really poor countries that will provide for their families.

i know the Lord put creativity in my heart to bring glory to His name. taking ordinary, or even ugly things, and making them beautiful is a reflection of what He did in my heart. i look forward to sharing the joy of creativity and beauty with so many others!

follow @beccaboyddesign and repost with hashtag #BBDinstacoupon instagram. follow me to find discounts all day!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/beccaboyddesign

happy shopping and happy sunday folks!

summer and change

i just changed my summer work hours from part-time to full-time this past week. i am feeling it. less laundry got done, less meals were home cooked, my carpet is begging to be vacuumed, and no blog posts were written. (yikes!)
i did however spend extra time with many friends. saw my husband off for our first nights away from each other. and topped off the weekend by leading worship at The Summit Church with a killer team of musicians who love Jesus a lot.
i have a lot to get used to for this season, but i’m truly looking more forward to it all everyday.
i promise to blog more, and not forgot wonderful things like “music for your monday!”
check with me tomorrow to hear about life as a nanny and loving these kids with the gospel they don’t know yet.

wedding refinery

david and i have been to two weddings in the last three weekends. that season is upon us. it has been wonderful to enjoy these weddings without any wedding planning stress. don’t get me wrong, our wedding was completely wonderful, but it was an incredibly stressful time in our lives.

there are some things that i have been meddling over since these weddings. i’d like to share them:

1. at the first wedding, everyone spoke, with delight, about how the bride was a huge dreamer. [in the past, i don’t think i would hesitate to call myself a dreamer. always making big plans to see big things happen. i never felt confined by anything. instead, i was free to dream big for Jesus and all he might have for me. in more recent years, i believed a lie- that to dream big is to be irrational, unrealistic, and irresponsible. reality has taken a tole on me, and i’ve let life squish me a little. since that wedding three weeks ago, i have been reflecting a lot on what it means to dream big for the kingdom, and dream big for my marriage. God created me to dream, and gave me a precious husband to speak reality and truth into my big dreams. God did that on purpose so that together, we can accomplish more than we could apart! thank you God for marriage and for still refining my heart.]

2. also the first wedding, so many people spoke of the bride and groom as incredibly passionate people. mostly passionate for Jesus and people. [passion. that word can mean so many things and be used in many different ways. i think as reality has hit, my passions have taken a hit too. the problem is, i’m letting my tainted view of reality change my view of what God has given me to love, and created me to be passionate for. it’s all selfishness and pride at the end of the day. what if i dive into something passionately and fail? what if i have to be uncomfortable to be passionate for the lost and broken in the world? what if it’s less predictable to make decisions based on these crazy passions? in the bible, we see a lot of passionate people. the word zealous is used to describe them. we are even told to be zealous.

1 peter 3:13 says, “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?”

revelation 3:19 says, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.”

passion and zeal for Christ is a calling from God, to cause big love, big faith, big repentance, and big grace.]

3. finally, in the second wedding, our friend/pastor, daniel, spoke one of the clearest presentations of the gospel that i’ve ever heard at a wedding. [it was a beautiful reminder of the meaning of marriage. God created marriage to give us a foretaste of the beautiful marriage to come. we get glimpses of what God truly created us for. we understand in an altogether new way what it was for Jesus to take our sin, and our guilt, and our shame then bear it, and forgive it. marriage without forgiveness (the kind of forgiveness that knows no limits) is nothing like what God intended. love never ends, so forgiveness never ends. needless to say, i left that wedding with a deeper desire to love and forgive my husband like never before.]

weddings are a precious time of celebration and ceremony. in this case, refinery.

 

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i may already have this one on the blog, but i love it ; )

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loved spending time with this sweet bridesmaid!

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old acquaintances become new friends! love it!

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don’t know why that weird line is there. also my hairstyle (which you might not be able to see) came from this blog (http://www.thewiegands.com/2014/06/messy-side-bun.html) that i like to read!

project simple life-GIVEAWAY

it’s been a few days, but there has been a lot going on at the boyd house. we are beginning “project simple life.”

“project simple life” is really a just a name that i gave to an idea so that it would be a more tangible goal for me. we have SO MUCH STUFF. mind you, we have had a massive yard sale that brought in over $300, given away several boxes and bags to goodwill, and let some friends go through our stuff. its so easy to feel the need to hold on to stuff. honestly, it has just begun to make me feel cluttery and stressed.

i began with under the bathroom sink- forgot “before” pics

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now i do realize that it still looks like a lot, but it’s a work in progress. at least there are bins for everything, and the stuff that we use the most is the most accessible!

 

now on to my craft stuff! again, i forgot “before” pictures, but let me just tell you, it looks a lot better, yet i’m still working in there too…

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i believe that mason jars belong in every room : )

 

now my biggest project… getting rid of clothing. i have this problem where i keep everything. i think to myself, maybe it will fit again. maybe i’ll find an outfit for that jewelry. i kind of like those shoes. the fact is, more than half my cloths had no business being in my closet. AND all my winter and spring and fall and summer was all mixed together which makes picking an outfit a nightmare… so without further ado…

BEFORE

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AFTER

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it feels good people. i have two massive piles of cloths, a bag of cloths, a bag of shoes and a bag of jewelry that i am saying goodbye to. project simple life is off to a good start.

to celebrate, i thought i would encourage you all to organize and get simpler with a $10 TARGET GIFTCARD giveaway!! have fun finding a cute trashcan, or organizer bin… shoe rack, or tie hanger!! you have till sunday to enter on the side bar of my blog… it’s fast and easy, just follow the link! happy entering!

p.s. mobile readers, you will find the raffle when you scroll all the way to the bottom of my home page!

music for your monday

mondays are when you can find out what i’m listening to. who doesn’t look forward to music?

i love this song. the first time i heard it, i was in the car with david. he turned to me and sang the words straight to me. forgive my mushy heart, but really… i love that man.

 

who else loves this? what are you listening to? let me know with a comment!

summertime aspirations

since it’s the first day of june today, i thought it would be appropriate to share some aspirations for this summertime season. i suppose we’ll say that summer goes through august. so beginning today, i have three months!

1. take several weekends away with the hubs

2. visit lots of our family

3. hang out with our neighbors- they are really fun and we love them

4. finish wedding thank you’s (yes, i know we’ve been married almost 7 months)

5. finish home projects

5a. repaint and finish end table

5b. paint dining table

5c. custom door headboard finished and up

5d. EVERYTHING on the walls that isn’t

6. pay off lots of debt with extra summer hours

7. simplify… everything…

7a. get closet to bare minimum (more on this later)

7b. clean out all craft materials

7c. just get rid of STUFF

7d. re-organize our storage closet to give our corn hole boards a home

8. teach the kiddies about a different country each week (i’m a nanny)

9. read a good book with my hubby (and finish the harry potter movies with him)

10. and finally, get my etsy shop up and running

*see my page https://beccadboyd.wordpress.com/becca-boyd-design/ for sneaks peaks of my designs and a launch date. it will be awesome and there will be GIVEAWAYS.

summer is here folks, go be productive and enjoy these longs days!

 

and just because i can’t resist how cute she is…

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sweet little C and i at the pool… i just love that girl…