Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Finish This...

Teacher style pics snapped on my iPhone...

This game is called "Finish This," and all you have to do is finish the following prompts and link up your post below! You can also visit the other hosts of this party on their fun blogs: Nicole {Three 31} Lisa {Coastlined}, and Becky {The Java Mama}.

I like wearing... my new found favorite tank, the "TAMI" from Old Navy. This is the perfect tank for wearing around the house with running shorts, but it's also a great long, thin tank for layering under clothes. It's called the tami because it fits like a tank but the straps are a little thinner, so it's a cross between a tank and a camisole. How did I not know about this sooner? You can buy a three pack of neutral colors for a discount, and sometimes you can find them on sale for $4 in stores!

My most memorable style was... okay, here we go. When I was in middle school skater style was totally in. There were actually fights at my school between "skaters" and "preps." Being a blond haired, middle class, Christian girl in honors classes I was totally a prep, but I wanted to be a skater. The number one status symbol of being a true skater was if you wore the right jeans. I'm talking about the baggy JNCOs where the back pockets were extended down to the backs of the knees. If you are about 30 years old you probably know what I am talking about it and if you are too young or a bit older this probably sounds ridiculous to you, and believe me, it was {here is a Wikipedia article and a Buzzfeed to enlighten you}. Well, there was no way my mom would ever let me buy JNCOs or any baggy jeans for that matter, so I had to improvise. My best friend and I began wearing our dad's jeans to school. I kid you not. We would slip our tiny little barely-pubescent bodies into our dads' 32x32 Levis. But it gets better. Because they would drag on the ground and we didn't want to ruin our fathers' clothes, we would staple the hems around the ankles and walk around school. The result? Some weird preppy girls looking all sorts of awkward.




I dress to impress when... I teach. I hate how casual the teaching profession has gotten, especially at the high school and college level. I don't want to see your jeans, cargo shorts, or workout clothes at the front of the classroom. I always dress in a way that shows I respect my job, my students, and myself.

The best style tip I ever received... My mom always taught me that the secret to wearing make-up is to make it look like you aren't wearing any at all. To this day, my beauty routine is super low maintenance and my look is very natural.

Three wardrobe staples in my closet... good skinny jeans / cotton dresses / a versatile tank

Three words that describe my style... there are only two words. Granny chic.



Prompts for next week:
If I went back to school, I would study...
My favorite subject in school...
I wish I had paid more attention...
The dumbest thing I did in high school was...
In high school, I thought I knew...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Snippets

redstar ink production photo


This dress. I love it...

I'm always trying to find good new sneakers for Micah...

A good word on chasing achievement...

And on a related note, do you leave space in your schedule to love people?

A great post about adopting as older parents...

A lesson on how to read the Bible from a dear friend...

A great packing list for a summer trip abroad...

Gorgeous photos of motherhood...

I'm loving this modern paper goods shop...

Salted caramel AND chocolate AND shortbread in bar form...

This would make the perfect gender neutral baby shower...

Friday, July 25, 2014

Flowers Fade Friday: Jesus IS Calling

I've seen it happen so many times before... women desperate to meet with God daily. Women whose Bibles sit dusty on the nightstand while they slosh through the daily busyness that makes up all of life... college classes, a full-time job, dinners to make, diapers to change, financial burdens, home repairs. And yet a voice at the back of their minds says, "You need me. Meet with me. Find me first, before you face the challenges of this day."

And these women are not unfaithful. They hear the voice of the Spirit and they try to figure out a solution to their lack of intimacy with the Lord. This often comes out in the form of a question. A question I've been asked many times before, "What should I read? Do you have a good devotional you would recommend?"

And the answer is... no, I don't. I don't think there is any devotional or theological book in the world that I would recommend to you.

And here's why. If you haven't made room in your life to read the Bible every single day, then you are wasting your time with books and devotionals. Devotionals are good, but they are not the best. And I sincerely, desperately want you to have the best.

I want you to have the living words of the Living God.


I see these devotionals all the time on Instagram and Facebook. Jesus Calling has been the trendy devotional for women for a few years now. And I have nothing against Jesus Calling. I know it's theologically sound and very encouraging. But here's the thing... it's not the Bible. There is truth in it, but it's not infallible. It's encouraging, but it's not guaranteed to change your life. It might convict you, but it doesn't directly command you how to live a godly life. It might remind you of God's goodness, but it doesn't show you His exact promises etched in ink waiting to be fulfilled.

Only the Bible is infallible. It was written by God. The Bible is alive, and it's active like yeast in dough when it gets into our hearts. God promises that when we read His Word, He will change us from the inside out. We don't have to wonder and stress about discerning God's commands, because when we open Scripture they are spelled out on the page. We don't have to battle hopelessness and doubt, because when we open the Word we can see God's character and read the promises He makes for us... promises that He is working for the good of those who love Him always and forever.


Maybe your devotional book begins with a verse each day. And that verse is precious. If I were given the choice between a verse and nothing, I'd choose the verse every day of my life. But why settle for a drop of water, when there is a whole well of Living Water to quench your thirsty mouth?

My friend, Jesus IS calling you. Every day He is beckoning you to come to His Word, to open the pages, and drink deeply the waters of hope, encouragement, grace, and truth found there. Why should a verse satisfy when you can read a whole chapter? Why should a devotional suffice when you have thousands of pages written for you by a God who loves you so very much?

Don't throw away your devotionals by any means; they too are a gift. They are God's grace to you. God has likely called the authors of your favorite books to write hopeful and truthful words to glorify His name. But don't go there first. Don't put your trust in words written by mere men and women. And certainly don't build your life or start your day on a devotional. Turn first to the Bible... cherish it, love it, study it, memorize it, and obey it. Jesus is calling you... and on His pages He will show you His infinite love, grace, and wisdom, and change you and mold you in the process. Can you hear Him?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Four Years

In past years, when Micah and I celebrated our anniversary, I would write these thoughtful posts on marriage. Those days were good. But these days are better. These days I have no time for thoughtful posts. I just have a smiley, chubby baby, a home to manage, and a husband to love. I have diapers to change, meals to plan, and a full load of schoolwork that I juggle each day. And Micah is there through it all. He provides for our family, plays with our daughter, and tries to lighten my load as often as he can. We laugh, we fight, we sneak in date nights when we can. The days aren't glamorous, but they are glorious. This marriage is the best evidence we have to show the world God's glory - to show a love the persists in the mundane, in the messy, in the silly, in the serene. A love that fights, forgives, perseveres, and serves. I'm thankful for four years in the books and eager to see God's goodness and glory in the years to come.







My blue top: LOFT Striped Henley Shell {sold out online, but on sale in stores}
My red dress: Old Navy
Hotel recommendation: Hotel Valley Ho

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Worth It: Summer Dresses




Back in May temperatures were rising quickly in Phoenix and I found myself in a bit of a fashion fix. Since I was hugely pregnant last summer, I didn't refresh my summer wardrobe at all, unless you count picking up a few more Old Navy maternity tanks. {If you are expecting, these are a must.} And truth be told, I haven't really bought new summer staples since our first summer here FOUR years ago! Needless to say I was in desperate need of new summer dresses and tanks. Keep in mind that "summer" lasts a solid six months here, so everything I had in my closet was boring me to death, completely worn out, or both. It was time for an upgrade, so I went on a major online shopping kick one night. I stayed up until midnight perusing all my favorite stores online and using discount codes left and right. I bought way too much, returned half of it, and now I can happily say my wardrobe got the update it needed. I can now make it through the next few months looking fashionable as I sweat. Here are the dresses that made the cut when all the packages arrived at my door...

 {P.S. Those LOFT dresses are actually 40% off! Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.}
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