Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A giveaway from Arroway Designs!

Guys, I am oh so excited about today! I am having my first ever giveaway and couldn't be more thrilled! 

Megan at Arroway Designs has an amazing print shop that she just opened! I already have a wish list of what I want from her shop! I love all her watercolor prints. I don't know what it is about watercolors, but I just love them. 

I love this one. Always been a fan of this from Tolkien. This watermelon print is adorable and wish I bought it to spruce up my room for summertime. And this hand lettering is to die for. I love it and reminds me of how to live my daily life. 

Now for the giveaway!

i've partnered with some awesome bloggers to bring you this exciting giveaway from arroway designs!  go check these ladies out!

one lucky winner will be able to choose a free print from megan's shop.  all entries will be verified, so play fair!  good luck!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A little Fourth of July catch up

It's the long awaited Fourth of July recap! You've all been dying to see it, right? haha

We had a great Fourth of July! Except for the fact that my sister had to work.

I had a few friends over and we had a fun, simple day.

On the island we live on, everyone decorates their golf carts and does a parade and I just knew we needed to do it this year! We had a great time decorating the golf cart and being in the parade!

We crashed someone's party on a dock after the parade and headed home for some soccer. We watched the World Cup game and helped my mom make some more food.

After some beach time, we headed home for an amazing dinner cooked by my parents and ate while listing to Jeopardy. It's not a party unless Jeopardy is on.

My friends and I went for a "joy ride" in the golf cart and played at the local playground for a little while.

When everyone went home, my parents and I went to the beach to watch some fireworks and then headed home for some sparklers. They're my favorite.

After some sparklers and some pictures, it was time to cross out another wonderful Fourth of July. What a great holiday to spend with family and friends!

How was your Fourth of July?

On a side note: Would anyone be interested in a blog post on writing with sparklers? Let me know!

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's in the little things weekly link up

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone has had a great week and weekend. It's weekly link up time!

If you're new here, we get together every Monday to give thanks for the little things in life that will make our Monday a little less like a normal Monday. 

I got to dog sit for family friends and spend a ton of time cuddling this little baby. 

My sister, Mom, and I headed out to James Island for a little exploring at ate lunch at a precious little restaurant. I love happy little adventures!

A perfect kick off to last weekend was heading out to dinner with some of my favorite people. I love my friends and going to Yamato for dinner makes friend time all the more delicious. 

What is making your Monday a little better? Link up below!

Monday, July 7, 2014

It's the Little Things

Mondays are hard. Plain and simple. Sometime's (okay, all the time) it's so easy to just roll over and grab some more sleep after a long weekend. So, instead of dwelling on the fact that it's Monday, I'm gonna start looking at the positives and give thanks for the little things.

I'm starting a new weekly link up every Monday. We're gonna give thanks for the little things. Those little God winks that let us know that He hasn't forgotten about us Those little things that make your heart pitter patter on a bum day. Those little things that bring light into a dull day.

Or any big things, for that matter. It's just a way to look at the positive when our minds normally wants to look at the negative.

I was nannying all week long from 8-5. I was exhausted, but then a friend came over to play with the kids. God provided a moment of rest where I could drink my coffee, read my book, and listen to music. I was so thankful for this.

I get excited over little things. So when I found this headband that was perfect for 4th of July, I was pretty excited. My headband made the heat a little more bearable. 

I finally got the star picture I wanted. Thanks to my mom who was very good at taking directions. It's the little things like this that make me go to bed with a full heart. 

So, what little things are you thankful for today? Link up below! And happy Monday!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Good Friends

I've been meaning to write about this for a long time, but you know how life is.

When I went away to school last fall I was so nervous. It was so bad that I couldn't eat for awhile because I was so anxiety ridden. The main part of all this anxiety was about making friends. I was so blessed in high school with good friends that I could talk to about anything and I was scared about having to start over in this new season.

But, God. Isn't that how all good things start? But, God knew me better than I knew myself and provided amazing friends for me.

My roommate was random. I was so scared. What if she was crazy or liked to party? Or what if she was super quiet and didn't talk at all?

I prayed and prayed for this person and God knew who I needed. He provided me with one of the most joyous people I know, Rachael. During the darkest times, she was there to brighten my day.

Through my roommate, I met another wonderful person, Taylor. In addition to Rachael, she was so lively. So when I was sad, they forced me to get out of my room. I even remember a time where I was so anxiety ridden that I couldn't eat, but they sat with me and forced me to eat.

I have some of the best memories with these girls. We found a lot of things to do in our tiny little town. Never a dull moment.

A then, I found my church. I could write a whole post about what a blessing my church has been to me.

Haley is someone who I went to high school with, but was never really friends with. Then we started going to church together and God blossomed this friendship through rides from school to church every week.

Tori is a blessing. We met through a leadership group at church and I've never been the same. She's always there and always life breathing. She gives the best hugs, too, which is important.

And then Carlee. Once we all took a personality test, and Carlee is the exact opposite of me. But don't we all need that person? She reminds me of my mom in all of the best ways and loves to have fun.

This is only a glimpse of the friendships that I've made while I was away for 9ish months. I have so many more friends that I thank God for everyday. (Here's to looking at you my Biology people).

All of my friends breathe life into me and fill me up when I am low. They pray with me, talk to me, and give me advice. They laugh with me and cry with me. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The map

The other day I was visiting my friend and looking at the big world map hanging in her room. She has pins in it of all the places she's been and all the places she wants to go.

As I was looking at America, I stood back and noticed how small we are in relation to the rest of the world.

And then it hit me. There is so much more than this material life I'm living in my comfortable America.

I could see all the nations and I could see all the people in the map that need Jesus. All the people that are missing out on His great love.

So why do I fret over what I wear when these people's lives are at stake? Why am I worrying about all the wrong things?

I always say, heaven come quickly, Lord. But then I say I'm not ready because I don't want these people spending eternity in hell. I love them too much.

These are my friends. My brothers and sisters in Christ. And I love them dearly.

They're living their life without the one true King and I'm living mine on the couch. Something's missing.

So, this summer I'm going to start saving to spend next summer elsewhere. Not on the couch, but in the world telling my friends about my King.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dear Dad,

Dear Dad,

Thank you for loving me unconditionally.

For always being there, even when I didn't think you would be.

For sacrificing so much for me to be blessed beyond measure.

For giving me everything I could have ever asked for and more.

 I love you, Dad.