Hey y’all! Today I’d
like to just keep it simple and tell you of a couple sweet little blessings in
my days these past few weeks. After all,
we’re supposed to count our blessings! But
while I’m at it, why don’t I share a few photos, too? :) Thankful for these little blessings God has
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about making every moment in
our lives count for Christ. After
identifying some of those “worth-it” things, I realized that every day I waste so much time on things that are rather
pointless. We all do, really. Honestly, do we have to spend as much time as we do on certain things? While it seems like the world “simplicity” is
virtually unknown in our culture, we need to embrace and pursue it and use the
extra time we gain through that to serve the Lord.
Starting… a “smash book.”I’ve seen inspiration for these types of journals all over Pinterest, so
I finally decided to begin my own.Basically the idea is to take a journal and put random little things in
it such as letters, Bible verse cards, short notes, stickers, and things like
that.Since I’ve started completely
hand-lettering my cards, I have this collection of washi-tape that’s just been
sitting in a basket unused.Washi-tape
is perfect for securing things in a smash book!Not to mention that it adds color and cuteness all around.
I’ve been wanting for some time to write a post or two on
hand-lettering, but as you can tell, that hasn’t happened. I didn’t want to go much longer without writing
about lettering since I already took photos and all for a few lettering
posts. So seeing it’s about time I get
another blog post out for y’all anyway, I figured that today I’d pull something
together that I could include some of those photos in. So here is a super quick, 4-point overview in
please play ‘Go Fish’ with me!” It was the umpteenth time I had heard the request, except
this time I couldn’t resist. My adorable
little brother, clasping the cards in his hands, glanced up at me with his
pretty, innocent blue eyes. Reluctantly,
I said “Yes.”
Singing… O Sifuni Mungu.
This song, people… so fun! Trusting… that God’s will is best, 100% of the time; even
when trials come or things happen that I don’t understand. Last week I found out that I have to have
oral surgery… again. This was definitely
NOT my plan! I’m not sure why God placed
this mini-trial in my life, but He has a reason and I have to trust Him with it.
I’ve been collecting and penning through journals ever since
I can remember. At eight or nine years
old, you could find me taking notes at church, journaling about everyday life, filling
a huge pink binder with handwritten stories, and more. As I’ve gotten older I’ve discarded a few of
those old journal themes, but my love for journaling has not diminished. Now I keep spiritual growth journals, prayer
journals, a blogging journal, and others similar to those.
Reading… Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. I just started reading it so I can’t say yet
if I would recommend it. However, it is
very good so far! Smelling… Pumpkin
bread and waffles. For some reason,
there’s been this trend of our house smelling like either pumpkin bread or
waffles at all times. Today it was
pumpkin bread. But I’ve also lost track
of how many waffles I’ve eaten in the past two weeks...
Wow. It’s been quite a
while since I’ve done one of these posts, hasn’t it?! My goal-making motivation just hasn’t been
there these past few months. I was
enjoying the break, actually, until I realized how bored I’ve been getting lately. This past weekend I had two specific times
where I just did not know what to do with myself (which is funny because this
weekend was also quite hectic). That
being said, I figured it’s time I return to goal-setting ;)
Hey y’all! I’ve been
tagged! :) This is the first time I’ve ever
been tagged by a blogger, so I’m super excited!
Thank you, Mykaela, for tagging me! :)
Mykaela created this fun tag to give bloggers something fun to do this
summer on their blogs. Ready to jump in?
y’all! Today I have compiled for you 10
ideas for things you can do during your Bible time. Bible reading and prayer should be the basis of our time with the Lord,
but there’s no reason we have to stop there.
There are many more ways you can spend time with the Lord – singing,
memorization, and even personalizing the Bible through artwork!
Hey y’all! Today I’d
like to just share with you 30 ideas for random acts of kindness. It’s pretty much summertime now, and summer
is a great time to go the extra mile and make the most of every day! Some people like to just lay around during
the summer, but I challenge you to be the odd one out. Go make a difference! You can start by seeing how many of these
random acts of kindness you can do this summer!
Hey y’all! These last
few months have been so exciting in the creativity part of my life! Why? I
think I found my card-making crafty niche!
I’ve always admired calligraphy and lettering, and ever since I began
typing I have loved experimenting with different fonts on Microsoft Word. Quite a while ago, I began to letter the
words/sayings on my cards, instead of stamping or printing them. I really enjoyed this, and began doing it
more and more. More recently, I have
started creating cards that are completely
hand-drawn. And I absolutely love it!
y’all! My friend Beth has agreed to join
me today for a fun Q+A! This has been in
the works for a few weeks now, and I’m excited to be able to share it with you
all today. The Q+A consists mostly of random, fun
questions that I asked Beth, but there are a few questions at the end that are more serious. We hope you enjoy! :)
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day: the day when we celebrate all of
the awesome moms out there, and show our appreciation for all that they have
done. We give gifts and we give hugs. We may even bring our mom breakfast in
bed. But really, we cannot even begin to
show our appreciation for all that she has done for us! She gave birth to us, comforted us when we
had nightmares, made us all of our meals, and so much more. I don’t think any of us will ever really understand
how much our mothers’ have done until we are in her shoes.
Hey y’all! So, I said
a little while ago that I was looking forward to returning to my “card
inspiration” posts. And here, about 6
months later, I’m finally keeping my word :)
These cards have been waiting for about a year in my pictures folder, waiting
for graduation season to finally arrive.
And now that it has, I figured that I’d better put them to use! So, here’s some inspiration for you crafty
girls who want to make some cards for your graduating friends.
Hey y’all! It’s finally time to release my answers for my
blog-versary Q+A! I want to thank each
of you girls that sent in questions; you gave me some great ones and I had tons
of fun answering them! I was also
nervous about not getting very many questions, but y’all took care of that
nicely :) Thank you so, so much! And without further ado, here are my answers!
:) Have you decided on a new blog name? :) Do you like to listen to classical music at all? I like listening to classical music when I
have some sort of connection to it (like I’ve heard it before, played it
myself, etc.). That’s when I really
appreciate and understand the music. But
honestly, even though I like the idea of listening to classical music, I don’t
do much of it. That is something I hope
to fix in the future though! Do you all have any pets? We have 2 dogs, 4 cats, and a bunny. We also have lots of chickens, but we don’t
exactly consider them pets ;) Do you like tea, coffee, or hot cocoa best? Definitely hot coc…
Once upon a time…
a baby boy was born. But he was no
ordinary infant. This baby boy was a
prince! It was true that he had no
official title as a prince; he did not possess riches or a crown. His birth was that of a pauper. He was not born in a palace, surrounded by
doting and attentive maid servants; rather, he was born in a stable, surrounded
by animals. It was hardly an adequate
birth for a prince, but yet it was as it had been planned from the very
beginning. How many nights to come a humble
pillow of hay must have seemed a great comfort to his weary head!
Hey y’all! Are you familiar
with the wordless book? It’s a tool to
use to present the gospel, particularly to young children. It has five pages, each with a different
color, and each color represents a different aspect of salvation. Last year I was asked to make a bunch of
wordless book bracelets for a VBS, and recently I was asked to make more for a
children’s ministry. They are extremely
simple and easy to make, so today I would like to show you how!
Hey everyone! In case
you haven’t noticed… the blog has changed a little bit! :) I’ve officially renamed the blog Grace Notes
and designed it around that theme. I
have not yet been able to make a new web address, so keep using the old one for
now, please. I will keep you all posted
on when the web address change actually occurs (aka, “part two” of this post). Also, the blog is still undergoing construction, so bear with
me on that ;)You may notice a few
changes here and there for the next little while.The about page is the next on my list to
update.The photo page, however, just got
a bit longer, so go check that out!
Hey y’all! In the
comment section of the My Goals // March 2017 + Possible Blog Changes post I
did recently, a few of you suggested that I do a Q+A post sometime! I’ve seen several other bloggers do this, but
I’ve not really thought about it much.
Well, I’ve decided that I am finally going to do one to celebrate my 2nd
blog-versary in a month! I think it’s
going to be a lot of fun, and I’m excited about it :) But I can’t do it without YOUR help!
Hey y’all! It’s the
beginning of a new month, so you guys know what that means! ;) This time, however, I’m going to do something
slightly different. Instead of only
reviewing last month’s goals and sharing my new goals for March, I’m going to
also talk about some changes and things that might take place on this blog
sometime in the near future. Please
remember to give your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!
Hey y’all! So, most of
you already know that my favorite book is Kisses
from Katie by Katie Davis ;) This
was the book that I believe God used to burden my heart for Africa; so
naturally, it is very special to me. It changed
my life! And not only has Katie changed
lives through her book, but she has also changed the lives of countless others
through Amazima Ministries, a non-profit organization she began.
Hey y’all! Today I
wanted to hop on and share with you about a story contest that’s going on over
at my friend Isabella’s blog, Worth it All!
You may remember the 2-part interview I had with Bella (see my “interview”
page), and how she shared about her published books. Isabella has been writing for many years now. And this month she is hosting a story writing
contest! I would like to share some of
the details with you, so you can find out how you can enter, too!
Hey y’all! Here I am
again with another monthly goals post :)
With January being the start of a New Year, that meant that a lot of
goal-making naturally came with it, so I decided to break from monthly goals
for the first month. However, I’m ready
to jump back in with February 2017 goals!
Hey y’all! When I
decided to begin another blog post this week, I had no clue what I was going to
write about. Lately I’ve been attempting
to write an actual whole book, so I’ve chosen to do that instead of blogging. But at this point, I’m desperate to write
another blog post. I want to give my
readers something to chew on.
Hey y’all! Lately I’ve been seeing a certain blog post
topic going around on the blogs I follow: the year’s review with a short
summary of each month in 2016. Bloggers
call this type of post different things, but the title I have come up with is
simply, “My Year in a Nutshell.” So
without further ado, here is my 2016 in a nutshell!
Hey y’all! As I
promised, here is my December Photo Challenge recap from this past month! It was really fun finally challenging myself
to take a picture once a day throughout the month, and even though I missed a
lot of days and never made up from them, I did take some at least! :) And for y’all with the iPhones: most of these
are terrible quality from my iPhone 4 ;)
You’re not alone!
Happy New Year, y’all!!
It’s officially 2017 now! :) I
want to take a moment to thank you all for the many comments I received on the
blog this past week for New Year Blog Week.
I really enjoyed posting each day this week, and I plan on making New
Year Blog Week a tradition now! So if I
forget at the end of this year, please remind me ;) And if you have any ideas at all for my next
blog week, I would love to hear them in the comments below!!