Saturday, July 13, 2013

lost (and found!)

It has been way too long and I can't even begin to explain all that has been going on lately, I thought the best way would be through some photos.

Today I'm thankful for:
the perfect day that still brings tears to my eyes anytime I think about it
and parents that made our day so special and with so much love
the husband that I have been praying for since I was little, that encourages me, challenges me, and leads me
a honeymoon that was filled with fresh air, blue skies,
and lots of mountains
our very first home that is simple and tucked away in the hill country of Texas
our backyard facing a farm
and the hilarious goats we spoil with apples
green green (green!) smoothies
fun cook books, experimenting in the kitchen
and a sweet taste tester
families that go above and beyond to love their neighbors and for their sweet children that brings so much joy to my life
living in a small town that has long horns in their 4th of July parade
wrap around porches that have a swing facing the sunset
new friends and phone calls with precious old friends
skype, I am so thankful for you, and getting to talk with family that I already miss a whole lot.
a sweet sister who is serving and loving some babies in Haiti. Check out her blog *here*

Friends, I hope you seek freedom in this: though we may feel so completely lost and overwhelmed, we are called *His BELOVED*. And we certainly are found, wherever it is that we are. Waiting on tables, studying for summer school, serving in the mission field, or taking care of your children. You are found! You are His beloved. Rest in that truth today. 

Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

39 days!

A big thanks to Jared Tseng for blessing us with the God given talent he has to take beautiful pictures! We had to much fun taking them and Knox and I love them so much. We will be looking at these for a long time!

Check Jared Tseng Photography out!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

the unknown

I started this blog after my freshman year of college in hopes to put into words my trip to Ethiopia. I didn't know it would turn into months of processing the time I had there and the heartbreak that I felt, as well as all of the clashing emotions of the relief I felt returning home and heartache of leaving. I had no idea that I would keep up with this blog through my sophomore year, where I used it to post different things I coveted and clothes I would love to have. Imagine my surprise when I kept this blog during my junior year to write down sweet moments with the Lord and with my friends in college. Beginning of my junior year, God called me back to Africa. He called me to Kenya for a month. I didn't know what to expect. So I answered that calling, raised money, packed up my things and went. I had no idea what I would be doing during my time there. But He did. 

He called me to learn and grow. To love more. To sacrifice more. To cry more. To have my heart broken more for what breaks His. To use the gifts He has blessed me with more. To glorify His name in all that I can do and in anyway that I possibly could, more. To give more. To laugh more. To trust Him more. To hand over things to Him I hadn't given up yet. And to have greater faith.

And then I came back from Kenya with my heart swelling more than I've ever felt and my mind running a mile a minute. I couldn't imagine what He had in store for my life, but I knew that He had lit something in my heart. Something that I know for certain can never be distinguished. So I used this place to type out my thoughts and process and grow.

So senior year (fall) happened, and I still managed to keep up with the blog. To write about the hearts I missed in Kenya and mine that I left there. And more ramblings about how I don't know the next step in my life and that I'm a senior so I'm supposed have figured this out already sophomore year.  I didn't know that senior year would be full of precious time with friends, taking in the last semester of Auburn, a chapter in my life that was just the greatest in a town that I grew up in. I had no idea that I would be engaged to my best friend and the man that I love and will soon call my husband. But how sweet it was to be able to share such a special time for us two on this space. 

So here I am, finishing my senior year of college, writing in this same blog that I started when I had no idea the journey I was about to embark on. Did I mention I'm going to marry the greatest guy ever? And that we no longer have to do 14 hour long distance?! Now I'm in Austin, 14 hours away from home, taking part in at a great nonprofit with some great new roommates. My prayer is to take each day and soak in as much love and beauty and life that God has granted me to see and enjoy. To laugh a lot, to worry less, and to love more. 

So here goes to another semester, full of unknowns and adventures. I have a peace and a joy for what God has granted me and I have a trust that He will continue to be faithful to my journey this semester. God has been so good and I know He will continue to reveal Himself to me this semester as I intern and prepare for marriage. So as He continues to reveal Himself, I will continue to write. As long as I can continue to find the words and have sweet friends faithfully praying over my adventure.

Sending love out to everyone today!