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!

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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…

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!

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he’s clearly awesome at selfies…

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

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day one

blogging world… it’s about time.

i have been in love with blogs for quite some time now. i have several that i follow and enjoy reading. in being a subtle part of this blogging world, God has given me incredible perspective into parts of his kingdom that i was completely unaware. he has given me the joy of relating to sisters all over the united states. he has revealed ugly sin that i’m working so hard to cover up, just by my reading about someone else’s transparency.

blogging is not just about putting your life out there for all to see. its about using the life that God has given you, to be a part of changing others lives. this blog is about sharing my joys, griefs, dreams, failures, heartwarming days, and the not-so-heartwarming. it is my desire that you, dear readers, and future readers, would see the amazing work of grace that God has done and is constantly doing in my life. when i’m faithful, and when i’m unfaithful. when i’m joyful and when i’m throwing a pity party. when life seems easy, and when it is devastatingly hard.

the point is, God is good. without him i have nothing. with him, i have everything. no need to hide the good, bad or the ugly. so blogging world, without further ado…

becca boyd

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because posts are always better with pictures…