Monthly Archives: November 2011

Hunting!

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I never thought I would say this, but this week I went hunting with my husband.  I wasn’t armed, so I hung out in a hunting blind by myself…

Hunting is a big part of my family.  It is seeped with tradition and memories of family members before us.  This is something the men in my family could elaborate on further, but every family member can speak to the tradition involved.  Prior to last year, Matt had never hunted but he was instantly hooked (more of a fishing term, I suppose).  However, this year was his first experience with the Opening Day festivities!

It’s no secret that I am not an outdoorsy person.  My version of camping is a hotel room complete with a soaking tub.  So needless to say, I was not anticipating this experience to be a positive one.  In fact, the only reason I volunteered to go with Matt was because the rest of the men were busy that morning and he was planning to go hunting by himself.  Visions of Matt tripping on a branch, accidentally shooting himself, being unable to reach his phone to call for help, dying alone, and being eaten by forest creatures without a trace of his bones left on this earth instantly swirled through my mind.  Did I mention I can be over-dramatic at times?

Soooo… I agreed to brave the early morning wake-up call and brisk fall weather to make sure my husband survived the day.

Matt got me settled in my blind, complete with a propane heater and office chair.  Compared to other hunting stories I’ve heard, these guys live a pretty luxe hunting life.  We also had walkie-talkies that were fun to play with (cut to me making fun noises and generally amusing myself, while annoying Matt).  The morning started slowly, with the sun gradually lighting up the woods.

I saw a total of 5 deer throughout the morning.  There were two groups: one group of 3 deer, and another group of 2.  I also saw a herd (correct term??) of turkeys.  While I was more than hesitant to join my husband on this hunting adventure, after sitting in my blind for less than an hour I understood why people enjoy hunting.  The peace of God’s presence came over me in a way I have never experienced.  Witnessing the deer, birds, and turkeys was only an added bonus to breathing in the nature around me.  And of course, as if on cue, it started to snow just as the sun was rising through the trees.  The snow was so gentle it reminded me of lace, and I would be lying if I told you an icy cold tear didn’t slide down my cheek in awe of His creation.

His natural beauty reminds me of these verses: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give  to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be  troubled, neither let them be afraid ~John 14:27

I have said these things to you, that in  me you may have peace. In the world you will tribulation. But take heart; I  have overcome the world ~ John 16:33

While I was sitting in my blind, I took a series of pictures that I would love to share with you.  The falling snow was so delicate it’s unnoticeable in these pictures, but I hope you get a sense of my surroundings.  I wish I would have taken pictures of the deer feeding by my blind, but I was too busy observing them through my binoculars to snap a picture!

This is the first picture I took in the morning

You can barely see the trees through the darkness

In the light of the morning

God bless!

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Guest Bedroom (part 2)

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Hello all!  Since we’ve talked last, I’ve finished my painting project.  I hope you enjoy it!  As you can see, the paint is the only thing completed, but I will be sure to keep you updated (again) when the room is complete!

one wall done!

all done!

 

So now that you’ve seen the painted bedroom, I want to show you a new decorative piece I’m playing with.  My inspiration is to bring some natural elements to the interior of our home.  So… here it is!

 I shouldn’t even call it a decorative piece, seeing as how I literally cut it off one of our trees in the backyard, then spray painted it silver.  The wall the branch is hung on is still white, so it may be difficult to visualize the finished product.  I’m thinking I would like to paint this accent wall a burnt orange, like this:

Can you picture it? 

Coming up soon- our funky staircase! I can’t wait for you to see it!

What house projects are you working on?

Guest Bedroom (part 1)

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I hope you are having a great start to your week.  Things have been very busy for me lately, and work continues at the house!  My most recent project is working on one of our guest bedrooms.  This is the bedroom where my mother-in-law, as well as other guests stay when they are in town.  With the holidays fast approaching, I have been working to make this room feel more cozy and warm for our guests.  It’s not complete yet, but here are some pictures of my progress so far!
This is the paint color I purchased for the walls.  Matt is not a fan, but I am in love with grey!

I love this color of grey- classic and chic!

Here you can see the walls of the bedroom BEFORE (I also use this bedroom as my reading area, as you can see)…

painting….

more painting….

I know those aren’t many pictures, but there will be more to come shortly!  I am having so much fun seeing this room become a more welcoming space.  It’s nice to see our house transform into a home.  We are hosting our first annual Christmas party in December so we have some motivation to keep working!

I will keep you posted as the bedroom continues to take shape.

God bless!

Blogs I follow…

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I am constantly inspired by other followers of Christ, specifically other women of the word.  These blogs are fabulous, so I thought I would share them with you!  I hope you find what you need in these blogs, just as I have.

Here you go… Enjoy!

Beth Moore is by far my favorite Christian lady I haven’t met!  I have participated in a couple of her bible studies, and they have changed my life.  I can’t say enough about her ministry.  She has a way of speaking to my soul in a way few others can- what an amazing storyteller!  She is able to get to the heart of REAL issues, and is also able to admit her realness.  Please check out her blog here.

Baby Bangs is written by Amanda, Beth Moore’s daughter.  She is married, and has two children.  Her husband and she are also building a church in the Houston area.  She is truly inspirational, and it’s fabulous to stay updated on her journey.  Her honesty is truly refreshing!  Her blog can be found here.

This blog is written by my girl friend’s sister.  She has a passion for Christ, cooking, her family, and sharing her story.  As you know, I’m not a cook, but her blog is just SO FUN!  Here’s Eat2Gather!

Patricia Shirer is an amazing inspiration to those of us looking to grow our faith.  I have participated in one of her bible studies, and it was fabulous!  She will challenge you and push you to fall to your knees seeking His grace.  I love her.

Them Chandlers is also one of my faves.  Lauren Chandler is the author.  She shares her story as a pastor’s wife, and mother of two children.  She hasn’t posted in quite a while, but stay tuned- I’m sure she’ll be back soon!  You can read her posts here.

These blogs are a few of my “go to’s” when I need that extra support.  If you haven’t read any of these previously, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  What blogs do you follow?

God bless!

I heart Him

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This may be a bit random, but it’s a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while.  This afternoon, I felt I could no longer NOT publish it.  So, here it is.

Lately, I have had an immense appetite for His word.  It’s insatiable, really.  I am reading blogs, books, watching videos.  You name it, I’m diving into it.  To tell you the truth, I can’t even explain how it all started, and frankly I don’t care.  All I care about is that I feel more secure in my relationship with Christ than I think I ever have before.  I find myself more comfortable talking to others about my walk with Him, my relationship with Him, what He means to me, and how He feels about others.  And that is love and forgiveness.

There are times over the last few weeks when I’ve been so overwhelmed by His love I’ve started crying, other moments when I feel like shouting His words from the rooftops.  There have been other times when I seriously wonder if He is calling me to something, preparing me for something.  I shouldn’t wonder, because I know in my heart He is.  I don’t know what it is now, but it will be revealed to me in His time.  As these questions remain deep in my soul, I also pray to Him for the strength and faithfulness to follow Him in my journey ahead.

One of my biggest fears is not having faith in Him, not having faith all He can do.  Many times I know I limit His power.  I see my future with amazing things, but I don’t give Him enough credit for things in my future that are beyond my wildest imagination.  It is not only possible, but with faith in Him it is reality!

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need,
you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more
than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to
him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for
ever and ever!       Ephesians 3:20