Thursday, 31 May 2012

beyond thankful

I am so blessed. I know this all the time, but some days I just get overwhelmed with it and am in awe. Yesterday was one of those days. It began when I received the most amazing care package from my parents. It was filled with so many amazing things, many of which I can't even purchase here in Moose Factory. Lipstick that I wanted. Essie nail polish. Food items that we can't buy here. Some of my favorite movies I left behind. Tons of shirts from the loft. Toiletries. And a bunch of other stuff. And though I am so thankful for the things inside the box, I just began to become overwhelmed with how blessed I am to have the parents I have, to have the husband I have, to have the privilege to be serving in Moose Factory, to have health, to have a relationship with my Heavenly Father, to have amazing friends who go out of their way to keep in touch with me, to have trials that humble me, to have a beautiful home, and the list goes on and on. Sometimes I get so caught up with life that I forget to stop and be thankful. So of course I'm thankful for the box filled with tons of goodies, but I'm more thankful for the realization of how blessed I am that came out of it! Have a wonderful day and go out of your way to remember all your blessings!
The awesome Lipstick that I was telling y'all about! Woo!


Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Summer breeze makes me feel fine

{this headband is my attempt at making this place feel a little more summery}    

So I've been seeing countless posts about the Summer. Summer Rules. Summer Have-to's. That sort of thing. I am currently sitting in my home with the heat high, my Loft slipper booties cozied on my feet, and a sweatshirt on. I'm probably making half the world sweat just reading that, but with Summer a mere 22 days away Moose Factory is still sitting at about 34 degrees Fahrenheit. 
 I am such a Summer girl. I love heat. I love laying out in the sun. I love everything about Summer. So naturally, this cold weather has been a bit shocking for these chilly bones. So though I can't make a list of things I will be doing (at least not yet), here are some things I look forward to doing when the heat meets the tundra:

1. Riding our bikes more. We still have been riding, but I can't wait to get home from a trip without having to thaw out my hands.

2. Wear summer clothes. I never knew what a luxury this was. I love everything about Summer attire and though I've been trying to throw in some Summer pieces (seen above), there is nothing like throwing on shorts and a tank top to welcome the heat.

3. Be outside. I've never liked the cold, but I truly feel like the Lord has quickly helped my body adapt to the cold weather. With that said, I still love the heat and have certainly been inside more than I'm used to. I can't wait to be able to go outside at anytime and feel warmth hit my skin rather than a chill. 

4. Go to yard sales. Moose Factory has tons of Yard Sales, and even has had a few in the cold weather, I of course was not present at those ones. I can't wait to hunt for treasure once the cold moves out.

5. Pull weeds and plant flowers. Because half the year Moose Factory is under about 3-4 feet of snow, its quite the ugly surprise wants the snow melts away. Trash everywhere. And any effort done to your yard the year before is far down the drain. I'm looking forward to cleaning up our yard and making it pretty.

There is my short list of things I look forward to doing. Sounds kinda lame. I know if I were somewhere warm my list would look far different, but I'm grateful that I'm learning to be more grateful for warmth. I've also seen life from a new perspective up here and I am beyond thankful for that as well. Hope you all have a wonderful day and for those of you who are in Summer (most of you) enjoy!!!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

"I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee" -Joe DiMaggio

Today would have been my Grandfather’s 85th birthday. He has been gone over a year now but I still can’t dwell on him long without crying. I love that man. He taught me at the early age of 6 to pop my knuckles, a habit I don’t know if I’ll ever break. At the age of 20 I would still sit on his lap and hold his hand. I remember I called him on my birthday in 2011 at the hospital, knowing he would want to wish me a happy birthday, also knowing the sweet man wouldn’t remember. We talked and I started crying on the phone as he said, “Kris, I have to get better, I have a wedding to get to in August!” Though my grandfather wasn’t present at my wedding, it’s comforting to know that he is with our Savior, pain free. I have Norman Oakley to thank for my love for the New York Yankees. He raised my dad right, to be a Yankee; and so on my daddy raised me right. Living just 25 minutes away from Yankee Stadium he loved baseball and would sit in his big comfy chair and watch the Yankees faithfully. Was my grandpa ever a Yankee! A little grumpy at times, typical Yankee ;) but sweet and sensitive down to the core. He drove like a Yankee too. Two of my close friends flew up to NJ with me to spend time there and in NYC one summer and my grandpa picked us up from the airport. On the drive home he honked at least 20 times. Once he honked at the most random place and I asked him why he honked just then. He said that he needed to let the cars know up ahead that he was coming. A mile ahead? My friends and I still laugh about that. I grew used to seeing my grandparents only once or twice a year but thankfully that all changed from 2009 on. Once my boyfriend turned fiancĂ© turned husband and I started dating, and I would go visit him in Philly, we always took the trip to see my grandparents. I will never forget or take for granted the extra time I was able to spend with them those 2 years. So so thankful. I am beyond blessed to have been his granddaughter and to have learned from his strength and dedication to the Lord.

Friday, 25 May 2012

chocolate chip cinnamon banana bread

I’ve mentioned before that I adore chocolate and prefer simpler desserts with NO fruit. Well when Joshua and I had 3 brown banana’s I decided to make something I never made before, Banana Bread. Obviously I wouldn’t make banana bread without added chocolate chips to it, and I actually found this recipe that not only had the chocolate factor, but cinnamon as well. Double plus. I must say, for someone who isn’t extremely fond of fruity dessert food, it was pretty tasty! And since I’m trying to get this whole homemaking thing down I went ahead and made two, and froze one of them for a later time. Enjoy! 

Thursday, 24 May 2012

a woman who fears the Lord

I so desperately long to be a Proverbs 31 woman and make that a prayer daily. A verse that I hold on tight to is, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30). The Lord has made me one girly girl. I LOVE make up. Having my nails painted makes me feel so happy. Putting outfits together and fashion in general is a true joy for me. Doing my own hair and others hair is something I thoroughly love. So in the midst of all of these things that I LOVE, I must come back to Proverbs 31:30. I can love these things, but I must first love God. I must first seek Him. I must first fear Him. I have certainly in my lifetime gotten too caught up in ME and what I look like that I take my eyes off of Him. This is something I have to work at. I have so much more confidence when I look nice, as I’m sure most do. Even here in Moose Factory, I have more confidence to approach a couple high school girls when my makeup and hair are done and I have a cute outfit on. But if I approach those girls with only fashion and beauty, and don’t bring to them a Godly woman, I am hindering both them and me. So I just want to encourage you today to be beautiful, but worry about being beautiful inside and it will overflow on the outside. If it is a struggle for you to balance beauty and putting God first then tell God, because He will surely walk with you through it! Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

chicken parm burgers

My husband’s favorite meal in the whole wide world is chicken Parmesan and unfortunately it just isn’t one of my favorite meals to make. I haven’t perfected it yet, nor have I been anywhere near satisfied with the outcome of my attempts. So when I saw this recipe for a Chicken Parm Burger using ground chicken my interest was sparked. When I say it was one of the easiest most delicious things ever, I do not exaggerate. My husband can testify that I rarely *LOVE* the things that I make, but this was truly that good. When something is that easy and tasty, you keep it around! My husband could barely speak he was so in love with it, which of course makes me one happy wife! Enjoy!

{His "oh my gosh this is so good" face! Thanks Husband!}

{I made homemade buns that added to the deliciousness so hopefully I'll have a recipe up for that soon! }

Y'all have a wonderful day!!!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

these are a few of my favorite things

{Though I know the whole world is in love with coffee, for me, it’s more than just a hot yummy drink. It’s a special part of my day, every day. It’s usually after my quiet time, when I’m just sitting down, being still, and cozying up with the comfort of coffee. Nearly every time it brings me back to a familiar, and homey place}
{If you know me at all, you know my intense and passionate love for NYC (and I love the classic b&w pictures of it). I fell head over heels at the ripe age of 6, and it’s been game over ever since. It’s a deeper love than just the bright lights of Times Square, the amazing pizza, Frozen Hot Chocolate, Times Square Church, or my favorite jewelry store between 29th and 30th off Broadway. Though I do love the fast pace and all there is to do in NY, I also have a heart for the people. I can’t help but think that there are millions of people in such a small space that though it may appear they have “the life”, so desperately need Jesus.  I think of how many years ago, David Wilkerson just went to NYC for a business trip, but witnessed a drug deal that broke him to his core. Right then and there he wept and wept. The Lord used that very situation to move David Wilkerson to NYC and his entire life and ministry was dedicated to gangs and other teens in NYC. He started a church (Times Square Church) and affected so many lives all over the world through his anguish over such a broken city. So though I do enjoy a nice bike ride through central park and shopping on Fifth Avenue, my heart lays in the midst of millions of New Yorkers hailing cabs and in a hurry}

{I haven’t actually read this Bible Study, but it is one I plan on getting in the future. This woman, Tammie Head was actually mentored by Beth Moore. I’ve had the blessing of hearing Beth Moore speak multiple times and have been truly challenged and encouraged by the words the Lord has given her. She speaks very highly of Tammie and this very study so I’m looking forward to doing it and being challenged to see my walk with the Lord more as a Delight and less as a duty!}

{This is a picture of some of my best friends and bridesmaids at one of my wedding showers! All their sweet momma's threw me the most beautiful shower! One of our dear friends Kristen was in Spain studying abroad so we skyped her into the shower :) The Lord has truly blessed me with some phenomenal friends and I could not be more thankful!}

 Just a few of my favorite things!!! Hope y'all are having a phenomenal day!!!

Monday, 21 May 2012

now and later

I’ve only been married 9 months, but now that my best friend is engaged and I’ve been helping her find inspiration for her big day I’ve realized my taste has changed entirely in as little as 9 months.  Since I was still in college when I got married I had to fit wedding planning into cramming for big tests or going to a sorority function. I obviously didn’t have time to do a lot of DIY projects that I have fallen so in love with since. Here are a few things that I think would be beautiful to incorporate on the big day and some you can even keep around the house after, nothing like killing 2 birds with 1 stone!

{It amazes me that adding something as small as a little rope can have such an effect on the entire look}
{This, found on Pinterest, is such an incredible idea for a wedding favor! Something that can actually be enjoyed at the very second they receive it!}

{I LOVE the idea of incorporating fruit. It’s such an awesome way to incorporate color without the great expense of flowers, and in this case you can have lemonade for days after the fact}
{ I so LOVE this look. Not only does it look so pretty and eclectic, but the vases are all nearly free! Such a great and inexpensive way to do center pieces or decorations for the gift table}
{Adding vintage books to a centerpiece gives it such a cool feel, plus would look really awesome layered on a book shelf after the wedding is all said and done!}
{I am a huge fan of bird cages, and think it would make a really big impact as a centerpiece or accent to a reception}

{All these things were found on except the one I labeled Pinterest. Wedding Gawker is an amazing site to get awesome creative ideas not only for weddings but for any party or function you may throw!}