Last week, I received a new design book in the mail from one of my all time favorite designers, Moll Anderson. The new book is a continuation of her "Change Your Home, Change Your Life" series, and this time the theme of the book is COLOR!!
One of the key things I like about the book are the inspirational quotes throughout the book. These quotes motivate, make you think, and ultimately brings a smile to your face. Because doesn't make everyone smile. I also loved the fill in the blank pages that help guide the reader to what color or colors he/she are moved by in design.
If you are looking for a great amazing design book, one that will inspire you to get out of your comfort zone of neutrals and add a little color in your home, then this is the book for you.
These last few weeks have flown by me with hardly a moment to catch my breath. Before too much time passes, I wanted to share some fun moments that have taken place lately. Mostly because I don't want to miss capturing these fun filled days.
Last weekend, my good friends Nikki, Ryana, and I spent a day together just catching up and laughing. We kicked off the day eating at our favorite Japanese restaurant, followed by two rounds of bowling, a little online Facebook shopping (which resulted into buying new furniture), and a trip to the best bakery in Virginia (Black Bird). It was an incredible day, and truly cherished our day together.
The friendships I have with these two go back 20+ years and they are two of the friends that I cherish the most. So thankful the Lord has blessed me with incredible friends that truly accept and love me for me.
"A Sweet Friendship Refreshes the Soul" Proverbs 27:9b (Message)
This week has been a little crazy. Work projects are really picking up, as well as several community service projects that I help with are swinging into full gear, so there hasn't been much downtime lately. To help capture some of the fun moments from the week, I thought I would share my favorite pictures from the past 5 days. Enjoy!
On Tuesday night, our Junior League Provisional Class headed over to the School Board office to assist with setting up the "Hidden Closet," which is a project that assists with the needs of children in our community. We had a great time, and I simply loved spending some time with these awesome girls.
This update has me doing a happy dance. The Devil Wears Prada is becoming a Broadway show! Woohoo!! This will be a must see in the future.
At work, we are getting ready to kick off a Groundhog promotion.
Our team has been sending groundhog memes and pictures to each other all week, and its been so fun!
A couple of weeks ago, I found out whose team I was on for our Leadership Kingsport Community Impact Project. I couldn't be more thrilled to be teamed up with these fantastic leaders, and I know we will accomplish great things over the next 4 months.
Is it just me, or did
this weekend just fly by at warp speed? After a few short work weeks, due to the holidays, and then work travel last week, I rolled into the weekend ready for some rest.
And, this weekend didn't disappoint. Friday night, I got home from
an out-of-town work trip and we decided to have a nice quiet night in.I cooked a little dinner and caught up with
my DVR and catching all the inauguration coverage.
Saturday morning, I
woke up after nearly 9 hours of sleep, and spent the morning relaxing, watching
a little more TV, and then cleaning the house.I even squeezed in an afternoon nap, before we got ready and headed out
to a late dinner with my brother and sis-in-law.
Sunday morning was spent at
church and then Sunday afternoon lunch at my in-laws.I always love that time with my family, and it’s
nice to catch up on life together.We
then headed to the grocery store and then home for another relaxing
afternoon.I took another nap, and then
did a little work-prep for the week, and then relaxed the rest of the night.All and all it was a
VERY relaxing weekend.
So now it's Monday, and we're back in the swing
of things. However, after
looking at this week’s schedule, I am excited to only have a few work meetings and
only one night out with to volunteer with Junior League.
A couple of weekends ago, my dad and I had the opportunity to host a birthday party for my mom! She is celebrating a milestone year, 70, and I really wanted to surround her with lots of love from her close friends and family. After months of planning and working with my dear friend, Ryana, and my dad, we were able to pull off a great party. Here are a few photos from the day! Special thanks to my amazing Aunt Jackie for taking these photos.
My Mom and Aunt Jackie!!
Visiting with family and friends before the party gets started!
One of my mom's best friend from college!!
Yummy Food by my sweet friend Ryana!
This cake has a story, and it just makes me laugh.
Loved celebrating with so many incredible friends and family!
Its Here! Its Here! Today is one of my FAVORITE DAYS that only comes around every 4 years! Its Inauguration Day, and I get so excited to see all of my favorite American traditions come to life once again.
For me, today is not about a person. Today is about my country. The country that I am very proud to be a citizen, and the country that I will respect with everything I do.
For me, as a Christian, its very important for me to respect and honor the authority that the Lord has put over my life. And in doing so, like I have for the past 18 years since I've been able to vote, I will not publicly or privately speak against the President of our country.
Why? Because I believe God appoints all existing leaders. I truly believe that no one can get into a place of legitimate authority without God's knowledge. So, if I was to speak against the President, it is more than just stating my small opinion, its actually rebelling against the ordinance of the Lord, and it will only bring judgement on me.
I know this is getting into some really spiritual stuff, but every four years around election time, my belief on this subject grows a new resolve in my heart. This principle is also one that I take into other areas in my life including my marriage (honoring my husband) and my work life (honoring my boss). Because honoring the authority in my life, that the Lord has put before me, always brings blessings and peace. However, when I resist the authority of God, whether directly or indirectly to His delegated authority, I find myself frustrated and stressed because I have come out of the Will of God. I have learned this lesson the hard way, and I will always chose to stay in God's will than do anything that dishonors it.
Soooo.......... back to today. Just as I did in 2000 after I voted for the first time, and again in 2004, 2008 and 2012, I will watch today's events with excitement and hope. Hope that my President is successful, because if he is successful then we will be a successful country.
This year, instead of New Year's Resolutions, I thought I would add a few posts every month or so to give updates on projects I am working on or goals that I have set for the year. Today's post is focusing on projects around the house that I am planning to work on this year.
The projects include:
Add 2 pieces of Wall Art in our Guest Bedroom
Get 2 New Euro Sham Forms for Guest Bedroom
Paint our home office
Add 2 Decor Items to our Guest Bathroom
Add 2 Photos in our Entry Way Table
Add Coffee Table Decor to our Sun room
Stain our back deck and table/chairs
Add two flower pots to our back deck
Add a new flower bed next to our back deck
Add a Coffee Station Area to our Kitchen
Add Wall Art above our bed in the Master Bedroom
Add 2 pieces of wall art to Master Bath
Change Decor in downstairs Bathroom
Finish Gym Area in House (Painting, Trim, and Flooring)
Plant 2 Bushes and Annual Flowers to Front Landscape
This is an ambitious goal to complete all 15 of these this year, but I with a little planning and a lot of hard work we can do it!
I prayed this same prayer in 2008, and I am praying it again this morning.
join me in praying for our President-elect Donald Trump, his wife Melania, and his precious children and their families.
Go with me before
the Throne of our sovereign God and ask Him to grant wisdom from above
to President-elect Trump and the indwelling presence and power of Jesus
In the words of the Apostle Paul, "I urge, then, first of all,
that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for
everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live
peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good,
and pleases God our Savior..."
Please also join me in the active
and deliberate pursuit of unity and purity in the Body of Christ at this time in our country. I implore you in Jesus' Name to have
zero tolerance for prejudice whether it is regarding party-affiliation,
color (whether you are Black, White, or Brown), economics or the like.
Disagreement is not sin. Prejudice is. Satan has plotted events and planted attitudes
that, should he be successful, will result in havoc. We must not stand
for his schemes or cooperate in a single way. We would severely
displease God and invite untold chastisement upon Christ's Church in our
nation. Speak clearly to your children and graciously but emphatically
draw a line in your work places and social circles regarding your stand
against prejudice of any kind.
"Jesus knew their thoughts and
said to them, 'Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and
every city or household divided against itself will not stand.'"
(Matthew 12:25) A united house stands. A divided house falls. The devil
has much to gain. But he also has much to lose.
We are the Body
of Jesus Christ and we have an opportunity to show His character. This
is our watch. We stand for what is right not from our feet but from our
I humble myself before you and make these pleas under such
bold direction of God that I could not resist it nor disobey it. He
made it a fire in my bones.
I love and esteem you so much. Shoulder to shoulder. Let's leave not one inch for the enemy to come between us.
will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the
name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder." Zephaniah 3:9"
We are half way through the first month of 2017, and I am still amazed how fast time ticks away. The last two weeks have been filled with a lot of work, a lot of rest, and a lot of fun.
Here are a few moments from the last few days:
Last weekend, we planned to throw my mom a 70th Birthday Party; however, when we woke up Saturday morning we had 4" of snow and the roads were slick. So, we cancelled the "BIG" party, and threw a small family party at our house. This is the top tier of her cake, and it was sooo delicious.
I couldn't help but laugh on Monday morning, when I realized that I had white roses, a floral desk calendar, and a floral planner all on my desk. I must be getting into floral patterns as I get older.
On Thursday, my Kingsport Leadership Class spent the day at Eastman.
It was an incredible day learning about Economic Development aspects of the city.
Finally on Saturday, we were able to celebrate mom's 70th officially with a fun party with our family and a few close friends. It was an amazing day, and so honored that I was able to celebrate mom in this way! (Photos of the party coming soon.)
I love Sundays. Its always been my favorite day of the week, and as I get older I seem to cherish this day more than any other. Its usually the one day of the week that I am in control of how my day goes. I don't have to be up and out the door early. I don't have commitments that are too demanding. Its just a day I can relax and recharge.
In our family, Sundays are spent one of two ways:
Quiet Day Resting and Relaxing
Church & Family Lunch & Resting
Today, it was the first one. The last couple of weeks have been non-stop, and I really wanted a quiet day at home to rest, relax, and reflect before preparing for the week ahead.
So what is on my agenda today:
Quiet time in the Word with Bible Study and Prayer
Cooking a nice dinner for my hubby
Prepping for the work week ahead
Sunday Nap (Hopefully)
So, here is to a day of lots of rest. And, since its the 15th of the month, its time for another Scripture Memory Verse. This year, I am memorizing the entire chapter of Psalm 25.
"I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me."
Its been awhile since I've posted outfit inspiration; however, I have been following Alexa Webb's blog for several months and I cannot help but be inspired with this incredible work looks. These outfits are helping me make a list of a few more basic I would like to add to my winter wardrobe.