Thanks for…

Lord, thanks for sacrificing your Son so that I may be with you and for loving me unconditionally and always accepting me into your family.

Jesus, thanks for renewing my soul through your death, providing for me, and comforting me in times of joy and doubt.

Mom, thanks for carrying me for 9 mo., constantly putting up with my bad singing, loving me, and showing me how to be a God-fearing woman.

Dad, thanks for staying calm when I drive, always taking me out to go somewhere special, jamming with me, and always giving me good advice.

Sister, thanks for putting up with my sassy attitudes, bad jokes, and non-stop singing of Hamilton .

Friends, thanks for always making me laugh, cheering me up, spending time with me, singing with me, and allowing me to be myself.

DG leader, thanks for pouring into us, loving on us, and always being there for us.

Teachers, thank you for choosing to help me learn and for giving me and education, which is a privilege that many girls do not get.

I am thankful that I get to live in a free country.

I am thankful that my family & I are healthy.

I am thankful for a family that loves me.

I am thankful for an education.

I am thankful for friends that would do anything for me.

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I am thankful for a God who loves me more than I will ever know. A God who took his perfect Son’s life so he could have mine. A God who defeated Satan’s wrath and has saved me. A God who created me and knew me before I was even conceived. A God who is real, yet in my time of doubt still pursues me. A God who is merciful, loving, and indescribable. A God who loves me for me.

 

 

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And the adventure continues…

And just like that, summer is officially over. Let the new school year begin!

As this school year begins, I was reminded with a few words of wisdom, coming from Ephesians 6:10-18. Paul is reminding us to put on the armor of God so we may stand up against evil. This is such crucial advice, if we don’t wear the armor of God we can easily be pulled into the lies of Satan, we will become so vulnerable to evil and the dark of this world. God provides this armor so we may protect our selves against Satan and so we may stand firm with Jesus, even after the battle.

So, as we go into this school year, we must remember to put on the armor of God and equip ourselves with the Word to stand firm in our faith.

“…be strong in the Lord and his mighty power.” – Ephesians 6:10


Also, I recently discovered this amazing organization called Tiny Hands (I was told about them from the Hope Engaged blog, which is by far one of my favorite blogs!!!). Tiny Hands really focuses on preventing human trafficking and trafficking because of poverty. I have really felt a calling to go to India and Nepal, which is where Tiny Hands is located. Through programs, they have prevented thousands girls from being trafficked and have helped many children, who were abandoned, find loving homes. Their work is absolutely amazing and I ask that you go check out their website and keep these staff members and girls in your prayers.

 

Colorado// Summer 2016

Hi friends! I lied, I am going to make one post about Colorado instead of several small ones. OK, so the next day we visited Breckenridge, which was a little touristy but totally cute! I love quaint little towns, and Breckenridge fit right into that category. My family and I walked around venturing inside all of the unique little shops. Later that night, we went to Boondocks  in Denver and played Mini Golf!

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Home of the Buffalos!

The next morning, we woke up early and headed into Boulder to tour Colorado University. Colorado University was a beautiful campus, they had these little gardens everywhere that were just stunning! There was this one garden, called the Shakespeare Garden, and all of his plays had their own little garden space with the plants mentioned in his plays in the gardens. I was so neat! After touring, we walked around downtown Boulder and ate at Pasta Jays, let me just say, it was some mean pasta! Shortly after, we left to go to our rented condo in Winter Park.

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Home of the Buffalos!

Monday & Tuesday kinda consisted of similar things, we mostly stayed in Winter Park and my extended family met us there. Monday we hiked up Winter Park’s main ski mountain, so to speak. Tuesday, we did all the fun outdoor activities Winter park offers in the summer, i.e. alpine slides, bungee trampolines, mini golf, rock climbing and much more, these activites were lots of fun and I recommend them to anyone who goes to Winter Park in the summer. Finally, on Wednesday, we went down to Grand Lake, Colorado. There we hiked to Adam’s Falls which was a natural waterfall and stream due to snow melt, we hung around in the stream for a while dipping our feet into the freezing water. We the went to Grand Lake’s beach front and went kayaking and paddle boarding one the lake, it was so much fun!

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All this to say that this short vacay was worth it! It was so nice to be with family and get to relax, Colorado, you are one for the books.

 

 

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…