Traveling…

Hey guys! I am excited to share with y’all my trip to Colorado! I will be posting throughout this entire week with the details and highlights of my trip.

So we drove into Pueblo, CO on Thursday and stayed the night. That bext morning, we ate at a super cool coffee shop called Good Karma Coffee (this isn’t the original location).  I ordered their egg fritata and house tea, it was so good!

   
We soon ventured out to the Garden of the Gods, in CO Springs. It was absolutely breath taking.  The pictures below don’t do it justice.
  
  
After our little excursion, we visited Manitou Springs, which happens to be super cute and have natural springs around town. We grabbed a bite to eat at their local brewery and buger place and headed back to Denver.

Statue at one of many natural springs

As we returned to Denver, we got stuck in a hail storm, #survior. So instead of forging through the now bad traffic, we went down to the Pearl District and got coffee at Stella’s. 

  

So Colorado Day one was pretty great! I will fill y’all in on days 2 & 3 tomorrow and days 4-7 throughout the week. Also, stay tuned for a Favorites sometime this week.

The Way He Speaks

Ever since I was little, I have been trying to find God and listen to him. But, I try to hard. I don’t actually live in the moment and abide in him, I chase after any evidence that I think comes from him. These past few glorious summer weeks, I have heard him whisper to me or nudge me to do something out of my comfort zone, and it’s not an audible whisper, but one I hear in my heart. It shook me. I have been trying so hard to actually audibly hear him instead of letting him move me, he has perfect timing.

I was at a church camp around two weeks ago, and I was upset because I felt that my relationship with Jesus solely relied on our communication. I would pray to him and speak to him and I felt that all I heard were crickets. This was because I chasing God; sometimes we get so caught up in running after God when he is actually right beside us, we think to hard about the way things should be done instead of just letting them happen in his timing. I chased him just looking for a mumble from him, only to realize that he had been talking to me the entire time.

You know that feeling like when you feel really compelled to do something even though you absolutely don’t want to because you are afraid or because you think it would be weird or awkward? Sometimes that’s God’s way of speaking to you, pushing you to talk to someone new, serve in a way that’s foreign to you, or even obey authority figures. God definitely speaks to me in that “heart nudging conviction” way. I just was to busy trying to listen instead of listening to it.

And sometimes the things he asks you to do may seem kinda terrible in the moment, but just be patient, God is good. For example, recently (and by recently I mean yesterday) I was baking cupcakes and they were going to be delicious. Yet, somewhere in my recipe, I completely screwed up, and I am normally pretty good at baking. I had no idea what i did wrong; I continued to bake my cupcakes, despite their flaws. When I pulled them out of the oven, they were extremely dense and tasted awful; I was so irritated, I even made an entire bowl on berry frosting for these cupcakes I threw away. Frustrated with my situation, I pulled out my frosting and realized that it was a base for meringue cookies, so I piped out my “frosting” onto a cookie sheet and let them bake for and hour and 30 minutes. And they turned out perfect, my disaster cupcakes made something extraordinary. And that’s what God does with situations. Even though, inviting “Susy Q “to sit with you at lunch may be awkward, you just planted a seed in her, a seed of hope. All because you listened to God when he nudged you to do something. Because you weren’t so busying chasing him, like me, you sat and listened.

God speaks to us in mysterious ways, he doesn’t speak to eveyone the same, but all of his directions are good and for his glory.

 

Fri(yay!!!) Favorites

(I meant to post this yesterday, oops)

Happy weekend y’all! How are y’all? I can’t believe that we are already two weeks into summer! Anyways, I am going to start posting my “fri-yay” favorites every other week. This being said, I am also going to talk about the current book I am reading, tv series I am watching, etc.. Let’s get started!

Favorite book: right now has to be Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. This book was absolutely amazing and so was the movie, honestly what’s not to love about this sweet story?

Favorite piece of clothing: since it’s summer and it’s always hot in Texas, I really have been enjoying wearing tank  tops.  This tank top in particular is my absolute favorite! I live for stripes, so this was right up my alley.

Target: Women’s High Neck Cami – Mossimo Supply Co.™ (Juniors’)

Favorite Movie: since my favorite book was made into a movie, you can probably guess what my favorite movie. Ha!

Favorite food: I have really been enjoying smoothie bowls lately! I don’t know what makes smoothies that are in a bowl more appealing to me than actaul smoothies, but I love them.


Lastly,

Favorite song: currently, my favorite is Eponine by Penny & Sparrow. Words can’t really describe this song, just believe me, this song is beautifully written and worth listening to.

Currently…

I am currently reading The Pearl That  Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi, this book is about a family full of girls during the Taliban rule  in Afghanistan circa 2007. This book is definitely worth reading. I am currently watching Downton Abbey, and it’s nothing short of amazing. What can I say, I love period dramas!

That’s all the favorites I have for y’all this week! Thanks for reading and comment any suggestions y’all think I need to try! Have a great weekend!

Louisiana: Days 4 & 5

Saturday is my favorite day of the week, so a saturday in a place I love makes it 100x better. Since this is an annual trip, we usually have like a routine we follow, even though we don’t mean to. So saturday is our relax day; yesterday all I did was swim, lay out, chat, eat a snow cone (which is one of the best parts), and hang out. It’s always nice to have a weekend of rest before going back to my busy life. Today, we went fishing, and I mean serious fishing. There are trophies involved. Each year we hold a fishing tournament, and I have won one trophy (like 4 yrs ago) and I lost it. Needless to say, I haven’t won anything since. But it isn’t really about winning, because I do not like fishing very much, its more about creating memories with family that will last forever, and I am lucky to say that that has been accomplished. After the tournament and an afternoon full of swimming, pizza, and relaxing, it’s finally time for the annual crawfish boil. My family chows down on the crawfish while I eat some fried fish or a hamburger, which in my eyes is equally as good. After a dinner full of cajun food, we have some dessert and say our good byes to our relatives. I love coming down here and enjoying my family and myself for the weekend. Until next year Louisiana…

Louisiana: Day 2

Today we walked around New Orleans, through the French Market, Bourbon Street, and around the residential areas. For breakfast, we obviously had to get beignets and coffee at Café Du Monde, they were delicious as usual. Then we walked through Jackson Square, the French Market, and an old U.S. mint.

  
It was interesting to see all the history hidden in NOLA. We walked down torwards the more residential parts of the city. The houses are so beautiful and two are never alike, it’s dreamy.


We ate lunch at the Parkway Tavern & Bakery, which had amazing Po’ Boys. Then we visited the Katrina Memorial  where the have all the unidentified or unknown victims.


After lunch, we headed back to Alexandria where we will be staying. New Orleans was such a cool place with rich history and gorgeous architecture, I hope to go back soon. Stay tuned for more posts in the future! Goodnight y’all.

Louisiana: Day 1

Hey friends, these next few days I will be blogging about my time in New Orleans and Alexandria! I live Louisiana and I am excited to share my adventures with y’all! Today we drove into New Orleans, but first we stopped in Baton Rouge and toured LSU. While there, we ate at this cool place called Fat Cow, an organic burger and salad place. I ordered the petite Baja burger (Pepper Jack cheese, fresh tomato salsa, avocado, banana peppers, green leaf lettuce and smoked pablano sour cream) with fries.

  
After lunch and a little touring of LSU, we headed to New Orleans. We checked into our hotel and shortly left to go eat dinner at Pêche. We ate hushpuppies, crab, brussel sprouts, “smashed” potatoes, and much more!

  
Today has been pretty eventful, keep up with my blog this week for more stories. Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Sunday…

Let it be Sunday! Sunday is the day where I tend to find myself doing homework instead of enjoying the beautiful weather or spending time with the Lord. So today, I went to my church’s picnic and played kickball (with a sprained ankle). I soon realized that I really wasn’t a fan of kickball, nor was I super great at it, yet I continued to play. Then I worked on my math project, in which I had to construct a kite that flew and stayed in the air for more than 20 seconds. Once again, I soon realized that my kite wasn’t big enough to fly and fell within the second it got up. So today has had a few fails, but the Lord is bigger than my failures. He comforts me and loves me unconditionally, and thats all that really matters. In the bigger scheme of things, my attempt at kickball and my failed project really are pointless. So maybe I should get out more on the weekends and try to focus on the good things and laugh at my failures instead of dwelling in the bad things. Happy Sunday!