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 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…


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


wait. that’s me!

exodus 22:21 “you shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of egypt.”

i’ve been reading through the old testament for about a month now. i recently came to terms with the fact that while i’ve been a follower of Jesus for almost twenty years, i’m not as awesome as i think. i don’t think i’ve read the whole bible. so, i started from the beginning.

i loved the narrative through genesis. in the beginning of exodus, the israelites were totally captivating as they came out of captivity… (see what i did there)? but here i am in the middle of exodus where God is teaching the israelites how to live. let’s be honest: i’m far less interested in ancient people’s slave laws, than the family drama in genesis.

but as i arrived at exodus 22:21, i came to a giant halt.

“you shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of egypt.”

i read it, and re-read it. and i thought: wait. he’s talking to me! I WAS THE SOJOURNER. and by his infinite grace, now i am one of god’s chosen people.

how many sojourners, aka people without Christ, do i know? how many “sojourners” do i wrong and oppress because they aren’t like me? and how often in our culture do we flee from, ostracize, and judge people because they are without Christ?

i’ll do you one even better: how many “people of god” do i wrong and oppress because they aren’t like me? how many brothers and sisters do i flee from, ostracize, and judge because they wear different cloths or sing different songs, or they don’t seem to have it all together like perfect little me… (hear my sarcasm..)

the thing is, i was utterly lost and alone without Jesus. and instead of being cast out, he brought me in by His incredible and astounding grace.

it’s time for me to celebrate when others are brought in. and celebrate those who already know him. not focusing on them looking like me, but like Jesus.

also, since i mentioned egypt, i have to share some fun pictures of the hubs and i IN EGYPT!

arab hat guy

he’s clearly awesome at selfies…

arab hat girl

these are the hats of the camel men. (because i don’t know what they’re really called).