Monday, February 18, 2013

Winter In Michigan

This morning the sun was shining through the windows so I thought I'd head out for a walk by the pond and take some long, overdue pictures. My camera hasn't been used much lately, except for taking it to class on Fridays. I've missed it, the click of the camera as it captures a moment and seeing a story unfold through pictures.

Sunshine is rare during the winter months in Michigan. When it comes, it's a must to go out and enjoy. Our winter has been filled with many snowy, gray days and I'm longing for the first sign of spring. During my walk with my mom, we saw a muskrat dipping his little mouth in the pond.

As I walk by the pond, I'm reminded of warmer days when I enjoyed watching the ducks in the rippling water, flowers and trees in bloom, and green grass to have a picnic on. The pond may be frozen now, but I'm thankful that spring will soon be here. Once again, the ducks will return and everything will be in bloom. I love living in a four-season state. It makes me appreciate each new season's arrival.

For now while the temperature is still frigid, I'm thankful for a warm, cozy house to come home to. Blankets, tea, and a good book or magazine are always waiting to enjoy.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Anthem Lights

A year and a half ago two of my friends introduced me to a band called Anthem Lights. They've been a favorite of mine ever since. They have such a heart for the Lord and are such great guys. A few nights ago they released their new song "Hide Your Love Away" and I haven't been able to stop listening to it. ;)

 They made a video to talk about the meaning of the song. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, Friends!
I hope your day is filled with many blessings. So thankful for all of you sweeties. :)

1 John 4:10

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
                                        Sweet teddy and yummy treats from my parents. :)

                                              My London and Rome mugs! Love these!

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, February 8, 2013

flowers are the sunshine on a cloudy day

i like to think  a flower opens itself to outgrow it's plantedness. that it yearns to be carried away ~author unknown

flowers whisper "beauty" to the world, even as they fade, wilt, fall. ~ dr. sunwolf

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A New Discovery Of Wrenhouse

A lovely package arrived from a new found Etsy shop, Wrenhouse. Sweet mail goodness!

 Jenny from Wrenhouse sent the sweetest thank you card and extra goodies.

Thank you Jenny! :)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Little Something For A Sweet Friend

A few weeks ago I sent off a package to my dear friend Emily. I just love sending friends "little happies" to brighten their day. She sent me the sweetest package filled with lovely handmade goodies. I really appreciate the time she put in to it. I was really touched. Here's a little peek at what I sent out. :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

In The Midst Of The Storm

The blogging world has been quite a bit quiet for me the last few months (or should I say year?). I've loved writing since I was a little. Dreaming of being a princess, writing about a girl living in the woods and finding a journal that belonged to someone years before. Writing has always been a big part of me.. countless journal entries about what I'm truly going through. Many friends I met through blogging have become treasured friends through writing emails and letters. I've always loved the fact that you can just share.

My journal became a best friend this past fall. Yes, I've had many journals written going back to when I was 8, but it was only this past year that I learned to let go and just write. Sometimes I felt like I couldn't share all that was on my heart and I'd just store it all up inside me which then led to being overwhelmed. I had countless nights that I'd spend crying because I felt alone yet I always knew I wasn't. I went through a season of learning to trust God with all that I am. I believe that true faith isn't when everything is going right, it's when you are falling apart, afraid, hurt and crying that you find a sense of peace knowing that through Jesus, it'll be alright. He never gives anything more than we can handle.

I know I'm late with this, but I want this blog to change. I want it to be a weekly part of my life. A place that I can share what's going on in my heart and all that I'm learning. I hope in some way I can be an encouragement to just a single person. If that happens, this blog is all worth it. My goal in life is to share Christ's love with those I meet and be an encouragement in their lives. My heart's desire is to know God more each and every day.

I know I'm clearly not the best blogger, but hopefully even if I write once a month, it's meaningful and you're able to learn who I really am. I only ever want to be authentic. Sharing the good, but also the bad. I want to let people in, and be there for them. I don't want to look like life is perfect for me, because it isn't.  I wouldn't want it any other way though because I learn most when I am going through something. Trials are blessings in disguise. There's a song that I love called Blessings and I'd like to share it with you today.

I pray that even if you're going through something, know that you aren't alone. Jesus is always there and ready to hear from you.

From my heart,