Saturday, August 31, 2013

Five for Friday on Saturday!

Today I'm joining one of my favorite linkups to talk about my five favorite things from the week!  Thanks to NatashaDarciApril, and Christina for hosting the fun. :)  I love reading their blogs!

Okay now for the fun!

{1}  Fun with Friends and Fam

This week, I got to share meals with some pretty fun folks.  There is just something about sharing a meal and sharing life with friends and family.  I love getting to sit and hear about what is going on in our lives and if delicious food is involved, so much the better!  From meeting a new friend for lunch at one of my favorite places to meeting a friend I have journeyed through life with for a while for a delicious dinner, I am so thankful for the way God constantly is at work bringing community into my life as we seek to serve him together.  I also got to eat dinner with my in-laws this week and that was another fun treat.  I'm so thankful they are in my life!

{2}  Vanilla Bean Bake Shoppe

I have wanted to stop by this local food truck for a long time and finally I got to go this week!
All the flavors look so delicious!  I'll have to go back and try one of their Monster ice cream sandwiches. :)

For my first trip, I chose the salted caramel chocolate chip and it did not disappoint!!

{3} Book Club

My book club met this week to discuss A Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  

It is such a powerful book and it looks like a movie might be in the works.  I highly recommend it!!  I love meeting with the gals in my book club and catching up on life.  I also love book club because it challenges me to read books outside my comfort zone. :)

{4} Fall on the Horizon

I love fall and with Labor Day this weekend, heralding the end of summer, I'm thrilled that fall is on it's way.  Certainly in Texas it does not signal the end of oppressive heat, but at least we can enjoy Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the air conditioning.
I've loved lighting this candle to get a little smell of the season to come!  Bring it!! :)

{5} Hubby is Home!!

Last night my favorite thing of the week happened -- my hubby returned from a work trip to Chicago!  It was so great to see him.  I know he was only gone for four days, but I missed him so much!!  

He even brought me a fun treat of Garrett's Chicago Blend popcorn!

Hope you enjoy your weekend!  We're so happy about the start of football season!!  Go Bears! :)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Five for Friday!!

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I just love this linkup!  It is such a great way to wrap up the week and discover some new blogs to read. :)  Natasha, Darci, April, and Christina are so sweet to host this link up!!  Thanks, girls!

{1} Album
We met with our AMAZING wedding photographer this week and got a beautiful box filled with all of our proofs and discussed our wedding album. :) Our photographer has been so amazing through the entire process and I could not recommend her more.  I had narrowed down photos for our album to 150, so this weekend I will be whittling that number down to between 60 and 70.  I think getting to look through the prints will make it easier for me. :)  It is so fun to reminisce about that so so special day!!

{2} Wreath
I saw the cutest wreath on one of my favorite blogs, Blue-Eyed Bride, and thought with her wonderful instructions (see tutorial post here), I would like to create one of my very own.  I cannot tell you how long I have had all of these materials sitting in storage, but they did miraculously make the move this Spring, so last weekend, I gathered my gumption and got to work!

It was a lot of fun to make and now I feel completely prepared to cheer on the Baylor Bears this season!!  My next project is a fall wreath for our front door.  I've seen some cute ones on Pinterest and am leaning toward a deco mesh one.  Let me know if you have any ideas!! :)

{3} Dinners
This week, the Mr. and I have had some yummy dinners with recipes from our favorite -- Pinterest!  We made a delicious crockpot chicken taco bowl early in the week and it was wonderful!  My favorite crockpot meals are those that don't require any prep before putting it into the slowcooker and this recipe fit the bill.  I love Chipotle's burrito bowls and thought this was a great substitute at home.  You can make it even more to your liking by adding other toppings.  I bought some of those precooked packs of rice that you heat up in the microwave and dinner was basically done right when we walked in the door!  Get the link to the pin here. 

Later in the week, we put together a skillet sensation that Mr. G remembers having as a child. :)  It was so easy to whip up and made enough servings for us to enjoy it several times last week.

I LOVE magazines!!  It is been my treat at the grocery check out for years to pick up the latest issue of whatever magazine appeals to me at the time.  Unfortunately, sometimes I would not have enough time to read all the magazines I treated myself to and they eventually began to pile up -- NO LONGER!   I recently discovered the Next Issue App for my iPad and it has completely changed my magazine reading life.  You pay a monthly fee (around $15) and are given access to tons of great titles.  Oh, and I forgot, but there is a free month trial!  Here is a link to the website if you are interested.  I honestly cannot think of a single magazine I love that is not listed.  You can download issues as they become available and also have access to previous issues.  Enjoy!  What are your fave magazines?

I've seen a similar recipes on pinterest for some delicious bar cookies and I still want to make the layered cookies with brownie, chocolate chip cookie and Reese's peanut butter cups, but when i saw a 2 ingredient version, I decided to give it a whirl.  Be warned, these are just as delicious as they look and oh so easy!
We had guests over last night for dinner and this dessert treat was a hit!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Gifts Red, Read and Written

(1) Red
I love my red "Keep Calm" mug.  Not only for its timely reminder, which I'm afraid is always something I need to remember, but also because it reminds me of the precious friend who gave it to me.  She loves all things British and so it is the perfect way to remember her.

(2) Read
I have been reading Jesus Calling each morning lately and I love it.  I think I have mentioned it on here before, but each morning the words speak to my soul and convict my heart.  I have also enjoyed reading so many blogs lately!  The linkups I have joined have been a fun way to find new blogs to read, too. :)

(3) Written

Yesterday, Mr. G and I went to Target and I bought a new planner.  My old one was about to run out and I have enjoyed some time this evening filling in the new events I know so far for the upcoming months.  There is something about writing by hand that just thrills my soul!  I think I would love to take a hand lettering or calligraphy class.

Hope you all have had wonderful weekends!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Morning GIfts

I would have never believed this several years ago, but I am a morning person, especially when I awake to a day that is free from a schedule and filled with possibility.  These mornings are rare I will admit, but I find getting up early is not a chore on days like these because my mind begins brimming with all the fun things I would like to do with the day and I can't wait to begin!  Here are three gifts I have found this morning:

(1) Truth

Spending time in God's Word, nourishing my relationship with Him is so important and I can tell a huge difference in my day if I do not begin with intentional time spent with Him.  I've been using the Jesus Calling daily devotional lately and have found it be an immense source of encouragement, conviction and renewal.

(2) Watching the sun as it begins to peek over the trees.
I love the opportunity to savor the way God renews the world each morning with His gift of light.

(3) Coffee with my husband
I love when a morning allows for savoring that first cup of coffee in a large happy mug.  It's especially nice when I get to share that time with my favorite friend. :)

Happy Weekend!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Three Gifts of Family

Today's Joy Dare is difficult to limit to 3!  I am so thankful for that.  I recognize the incredible, unimaginable blessing my family is and this year I've gotten to add a whole new part!

1. My husband
photo courtesy Kelly Hosch Photography
I could never imagine the man that God had in store for me and I will never be able to to express my thanks to Him for bringing such a kind and loving man into my life.  He's beyond my wildest dreams and I'm loving each day with him!

2. My in-laws
Nothing makes me "happy happy happy" like time with my in-laws.  And yes, we did get to watch the season premiere of "Duck Dynasty" with them this week!  It was so much fun.  I'm so thankful for the generous love they have shown me since the first day I met them.

3.  My nuclear family
The ones who have been with me from the beginning and continue to walk with me and support me each and every day.  We've added to our merry band over the years and with each addition comes more and more joy.  I'm so grateful for their love and support.

Five for Friday!

We made it -- it's Friday!!  This week was full of activities.  I think I'm getting a taste of what the fall will be like.  In the summer so many of our activities and groups take breaks from meeting that it was a bit of a surprise to see my calendar start to fill with after work meetings.  :)  Today, I'm linking up again with these fabulous ladies to talk about 5 fun things that happened over the week.

(1) Lunch Prep
I've seen so many great Pinterest links talking about having snack drawers or lunch drawers all ready to go for the week with fresh fruits and veggies washed and prepacked in ziploc bags.  Stephanie at The Vintage Modern Wife has a great post about this very thing!  Mr. G did a great job of getting us all ready for the week ahead by prepping grapes and baby carrots plus crackers and pretzels in the pantry.  It definitely made getting our lunches together in the morning much easier!  

(2) Breakfast Muffins
Another way to make mornings easier at our house is to have a delicious grab and go breakfast option.  I found this recipe for the Pioneer Woman's  "My Mom's Muffins" and they are fantastic!!!  I made up a batch Sunday night and we enjoyed them all week long.  They are the perfect accompaniment with your morning cup of java!

(3) Special Wedding Gift

When I was trying to decide on a wedding present to give my groom, I wanted to find just the right thing.  Several years before we met, he had bought this adorable cottage built in the 1920's.  Since he had just sold it, I thought asking my grandmother's best friend to paint a watercolor of his house would be the perfect remembrance.  We were overwhelmed at the beauty of her work and her perfect rendering of this special place.  She was so precious to give it to us as a wedding gift.  Not only are we so thankful for this beautiful art, but for the precious friend who painted it.

(4) Friday Morning Treat
This morning a hot glazed donut was the perfect way to start the day!

(5) Our Wedding Photos
photo courtesy Kelly Hosch Photography
I know I've mentioned our wedding photos before on this link up, but we received the flash drive this week!!  We get to meet with our amazing photographer next week to put together our wedding album!  I can't wait. :)

Enjoy your weekend!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Today's gifts are three green ones and I have to admit for awhile I was in a bit of a quandary, but then I remembered:

(1) the perfectly ripe avocados purchased at HEB and our latest obsession with making homemade guacamole to accompany almost any dinner creation whether it really makes sense or not.  Mr. G is in charge of mix the guacamole to his perfect consistency and I dart in and out of stirs with a little lime juice, garlic, garlic salt and regular salt.  (I kinda like my guacamole salty) :)

(2) the green grass that encircles our home due to the more than typically abundant rainfall we have enjoyed this summer.  Savoring the green hue of the grass rather than its usual August brown is an extra special treat.

(3) my grandmother's favorite color was green and her birthday was in August.  Mr. G asked me the other day what a peridot was and he told me it was the birthstone for August.  I felt like it was a little nod to Muvie who we will still remember and celebrate on her birthday, but for the first time without her present with us.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Three Gifts Half-Hidden

Happy Monday!  We made it.  :)

Today's gifts were a little more cryptic for me to think about, but here's what I've got:

1.  Sunrises and Sunsets
One of the things I love most about driving early in the morning and later in the afternoon, especially along great open spaces, is getting to take in the beautiful sky and the sun half-peeking over the horizon either as it's rising or setting.

2.  Mysterious Plotlines
I love to read a book and gather hints of clues that add to the mystery of the plot, but are only partially revealed along the way until all the pieces of the puzzle come together at the perfect time.

3.  And finally, a most welcome half-hidden gift...
This yummy gift was hiding in the oven when I got home, so maybe it wasn't half-hidden, but I certainly was thrilled when I called my sweet hubby after a Junior League committee meeting and he let me know that he had already prepared dinner and put it in the oven!  It was so delicious, but how can you go wrong with ingredients like Fritos, Velveeta, and Rotel. :)  See the pin here.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Getting Behind

Does anyone else struggle with this?  Sometimes I start something with the most wonderful intentions and then life happens and then I'm three days behind and then and then...

Ok, so I realized today that I was two days behind on my Joy Dare.  Oops!  So thankful for grace.  I had hoped that putting these posts on my blog would help me stay accountable, but anyway, here we are.  And I found these three days to be kind of difficult to think about, too...

Day 9: a gift hole, whole, and half

Is it bad that the first thing I thought of was a donut hole?!  We did receive a donut hole/cake ball maker for our wedding anniversary and I'm kind of excited to use that, but then I thought a little more and perhaps the holes in my life that are difficult to cope with and the losses that I don't enjoy experiencing may be the very thing that God is using to bring me more and more closely to wholeness in Him.  I reread chapter 1 of One Thousand Gifts this morning and that is what Ann Voskamp speaks to about how the holes that pierce through our soul, the difficulties we experience, so often are things God can use to help us see Him more and more.  I thought about my week and challenges I have faced, things I have been convicted of and the unloveliness I have found grafted too close to my heart and though the pain is great as God is cleansing and removing these pieces from my life, I know that it is only in their removal that true wholeness in Him can begin.

For a gift half, I am very thankful that my husband and I were able to divide the cleaning chores in half. The work was done quickly and efficiently and we have both been able to enjoy the afternoon.  I'm very thankful for the helper he is in my life.

Day 10: 3 hard eucharisteo
I looked up "eucharisteo" and it means "to be grateful; to give thanks".  So day 10 is about the difficult things to be thankful for.  I think some of that difficult thankfulness I spoke to in my day 9 hole and wholeness, but I suppose another area I struggle with is disappointment, which is always difficult for me to be thankful for.  Disappointment from unmet expectations has been a hallmark challenge of my entire life, but I am thankful for the way it reminds me to always seek God first.  When I put all my trust in Him and seek His guidance, I am aware that though life may not follow my prescribed idea, God is guiding me and I can always trust God's plan.  So many times I will not understand why my plan didn't work, but I have learned also to be thankful for God's protection, though at the time perhaps it was difficult to be thankful for it because I didn't understand why, but when He reveals a glimpse of His plan and even if He doesn't, God's protection and plan is always the best.

Day 11: 3 gifts of metal (now for something a little lighter!) I hope :)

1.  Curtain rod
Since we moved into our home, we have had these lace window coverings kindly left by the previous owner, covering our front door.  And though these lace curtains are certainly lovely, the mister and I thought of a different design idea through the wonderful world of Pinterest that we put into place last night.
Here is the before:

And here is the after!

Sometimes just a little switch up can make such a difference. :)

2.  Fork

This morning as I ate scrambled eggs for breakfast, I took a moment to look at the fork that carried the eggs from the plate to my mouth and my eyes misted over with tears.  The forks and knives and spoons in the set we use for our meals belonged to my beautiful grandmother who passed away last year.  I thought of the countless number of eggs she had prepared and enjoyed using these same forks and was filled with gratitude that they help me remember her again and again each time we use them.  I'm so thankful for the memories and the sometimes tangible things we can carry with us to remind us of loved ones who have gone before.

3.  Ring
It's three months old today, my wedding ring that is perched on my finger.  I'm thankful for the commitment to love that it represents and especially for the one who gave it to me and placed it on my finger the very first time.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!! :)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Five for Friday!!

So thankful it's the weekend and I am so excited to link up again with these fun girls (Darci, Natasha, Christina, and April) to celebrate five fun things from this week!

1.  Guestroom

The bedding I absolutely fell in love with when we did our wedding registry came in the mail this week.  I couldn't wait to make the bed in the guestroom to see the full effect!

2.  Baked Tacos

This was a fantastic pinterest recipe that Mr. G and I made last night and it is such a winner!!  It wins the triple crown of recipe adjectives: fast, easy, and delicious!  We will definitley be adding this to our list of tried and true recipe winners.

3.  Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit

I have had the amazing opportunity to listen to some of the most wonderful speakers over the last two days.  The above screen shot is from my phone's Willow Creek Summit app, which you can download to see a list of all of the dynamic speakers.  I've definitely followed several new people on Twitter because God used their words to impact my life.  I had also heard of this book called Bread and Wine for a while and really wanted to read it.  Well, one of the hosts was Shauna Niequist (her dad is Bill Hybell, the pastor of Willow Creek) and I found her introductions to be so heartfelt that I decided I needed to add her to my Twitter feed.  I looked at her Twitter bio and she WROTE the book Bread and Wine!!  Now, I definitely want to read it!  The (in)courage book club has been reading it this summer and their website will have oodles more info.

4.  Celebrate

Tonight we got to celebrate the birthday of a precious friend!  We had the best time complete with made from scratch Italian cream cupcakes with the most amazing cream cheese frosting.

I have a feeling I will be remembering the cupcake for days as well as the fun we were able to share around the table as we celebrated our friend!
Happy Birthday, Erin!! :)

5.  Shutterfly Book

We received in the mail today a beautiful book of our honeymoon photos from Shutterfly!  I spent several evenings putting together our photos using the website and submitted the finished product for print.  Much to my amazement, I saw the email confirming that my book was being shipped when I realized that I had overlooked the change of address section and the book was being sent to my old address.  I immediately called Shutterfly and they took care of everything.  They said not to worry and printed and mailed another book to our house.  I'm so thankful for the great care they take of their customers and now we have a beautiful book to house our Hawaiian memories!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Three Gifts of Summer

1.  Calm
Summer seems to move at a slower pace.  Certain activities pause in the summer and there seems to be a little extra breathing room.
2.  Fresh fruit.
I love the fruits of summer: peaches, watermelon, strawberries -- so delicious!
3.  Vacations
My husband and I have been so fortunate to go on two trips this summer.  One was our honeymoon and the other was for business.  It is amazing how a little time out of your routine can provide fresh perspective.

What are your gifts of summer?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Water and Word

For the past few days, I have been participating in Ann Voskamp's Joy Dare for August and have loved thinking of the different gifts as prompted each day.  Yesterday, the hubs and I had a fun dinner out with friends, so I didn't get to blogging, so here are my thoughts for yesterday and today.

Day 6:  3 Gifts in Water
1.  On our one month anniversary, I came home to find these beauties, my very favorite flower, in a vase on our kitchen table.  It was such a treat!

2.  On our honeymoon, my new husband loved wading out into the waves and I loved being able to watch him from my chair on the beach, feeling so thankful that God had placed him in my life.

3.  A few years ago when I was in Israel, one of the most powerful experiences I had was being baptized in the Jordan River.  It was an amazing reaffirmation of my call to follow Christ.

The symbolism water holds for us each day of life and renewal is in and of itself a beautiful gift.

Day 7: 3 Gifts in His Word

Today, my reading centered around Mary of Bethany and I found in her character three traits in her relationship with Christ that stood out to me and that I would like to emulate in my own walk with Him.

1. Attention
In the Message translation of Luke 10:39, Mary is described as "hanging on every word he said" as she sat and listened to Jesus.
2.  Eagerness
When Jesus visited Mary and Martha in Bethany after the death of their brother Lazarus, John 11:29 describes Mary as jumping up and running out to meet him immediately when she was told that he was on his way.
3.  Awareness
The fact that Scripture describes Mary's special anointing of Jesus just days before his crucifixion seems to point to the awareness Mary had of who Jesus is.  I don't know how much Mary knew of what was about to happen, but I can only imagine that her attention to his words earlier may have helped her in this awareness.

These three are all traits that I will actively seek to grow and develop in my own relationship with Christ.  May I be attentive and focus on each word I read and listen rather than just speaking during prayer time.  May I strive to stop rushing through my quiet time with Christ, but allow time for His words to fall over me.  May I embrace the eagerness in my time with him, so that in every situation whether good or bad, Christ is my first thought and the first place I think to turn.  And may my time with Jesus guide and develop a deeper awareness, so that I may be aware of where God is at work in and around my life, so that I may join Him there and spread His love to all around me.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Joy Dare

A Gift Outside
Well, with summers in Texas, I can tell you that it is a struggle to sometimes find a gift in the midst of the oppressive heat, but there is something beautiful about taking in the sunlight shimmering on the trees as it begins to set.  I would say twilight is an especially sweet time to me, especially when you can hear the crickets chirping.  Those sounds are summer to me.

A Gift Inside
Saturday, I got the most wonderful surprise!  It is something for our guest room, so I guess it counts as a gift inside.  Now, this gift is not super deep, but when we did our wedding registry, we selected a beautiful comforter set for our guest bedroom.  It was one of those moments where I saw this bedding and just fell in love!  Well, as our wedding day came and went, the bedding was put on clearance.  I looked at our Dillard's, the one in Northpark, and looked online.  The comforter set in our size was nowhere to be found.  I had resigned myself to finding something else for our guest room, but still couldn't find anything else that I liked as well.  Enter our Saturday trip to Dillard's.  The hubs and I decided we would go and look again.  I saw pieces to the set we loved on clearance and in that moment I decided to ask a clerk something I hadn't though of before.  COuld she look and see if another store in our area had the comforter set we wanted?  She was so sweet and said that wouldn't be a problem!  Lo and behold, she found several and I was able to buy it over the phone and htey are mailing it to us!!!  The best part is it was half price!  Anyway, that is major gift that will be inside and that I will enjoy looking at every time I pass the guest room. :)

A Gift Upside Down
I have been pondering over this gift all day and am having a difficult time with it, but maybe rather than a tangible gift, I will used an abstract idea.  Sometimes the gift for me is when my day is upside down, when I feel all out of sorts and the only place for me to go is to Jesus.  The gift of His presence is never upside down, but sometimes he uses my upside down days to lead me to him.

Oh, and this isn't inside, outside, or upside down, but Ann Voskamp's post today is AMAZING!!  Please read it here.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Joy Dare: 3 Gifts Sitting

1.  Meals with my mom, hubby, and in-laws
This weekend has been the best time, enjoying special meals with some very special people in my life. As I thought about gifts when I was sitting, food seemed to be a frequent theme.  I guess it's a good thing our bodies are made to be nourished over the course of the day, so it gives us a chance to pause.

2.  Worship
Today, I breathed in the treasure that is sitting with a group of believers, worshipping God.  The message today was definitely one I needed to hear and being able to sing, praise and listen to God helped to fill the empty spaces in my life.

3.  Nail time :)
After a good cleaning session, I took a little time to sit and paint my nails with my new nail polish (Essie Ballet Slippers).  There is something about painting your nails that forces you to be still or as I have learned from experience, they will mess up! :)

Hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Joy Dare: A Gift at 10 am, 1 pm, and 10 pm

10 am
Lingering over coffee, enjoying a relaxing conversation with my mom and mother-in-law. 

1 pm
Riding in the car with my mom, chatting up a storm.  I love our car ride convos.

10 pm
Savoring a bubble bath.  It's amazing how any stress seems to melt away.

Loving the sweet treasures of the day. :)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Joy Dare: 3 Gifts Eaten

I knew today would be such a fun day of thanks because I LOVE food!!  The whole dining experience is such a gift to me.  Here are my three faves of the moment:

1.  Coffee

My mornings start with steaming cup of java and oh does it taste good!  Especially, if I add a little flavored creamer to my mug. :)  I tried one of the 

2.  Cannoli
Oh. My. Goodness.
Florentine Cannoli from Mike's Pastry in Boston.
No. Other. Words.

3.  My favorite tex-mex chip and dips

Queso and guacamole are two of my favorite foods in the world!
Add in the Julio's salsa the hubs and I just discovered at our local HEB and you have the perfect trifecta of yummy.

What tastes are gifts to you?

Five for Friday

This linkup is one I love to follow, but have yet to participate.  Well today is the day!  I've been following Natasha's blog for a while and love her sweet southern style and keeping up with her darling family!  Three other girls join her in hosting the blog hop, too.

Here are my FIVE for the week!

1.  My mama is visiting this weekend!!

Yay!  I haven't gotten to spend a ton of time with my mama since I became a Mrs., so I think some girlified fun is in store for us!!

2.  We got the link to our wedding pictures this week!!

I have been waiting to review all of the special moments from that special day that our fantastic photographer captured and it has been so fun to look over them again and again.  I think narrowing down our list will be in the cards for this weekend!

3.  Fun lunch date on Monday with the hubs.

We had such a fun time lunching at one of our favorite local restaurants.  The food is always so delicious!  I crave their homemade french bread. :)  We love this place so much that we had our rehearsal dinner there!  It's always a treat to get to see my other half in the middle of a work day. :)
at our rehearsal dinner
(fb photo snagged from my sis-in-law) 

4.  My husband's love language is Doritos!

I saw a recipe on Pinterest for a cheesy Dorito chicken casserole and when I told him about it, he though the main ingredient sounded perfect!  This casserole was a hit and it made so much that we were able to eat on it for much of the week -- WIN!!  Here's the Pinterest pin from Plain Chicken.

5.  She Reads Truth

Finally, I'm loving the She Reads Truth devotional series about Women of the Bible.  God has revealed so much to me through the lives of these women.  If you are looking for a good series, I highly recommend #SheReadsTruth.  They offer their devotionals through the YouVersion Bible app for your phone, too. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August Joy Dare: Day 1

One of my favorite writers is Ann Voskamp.  Her blog, A Holy Experience, as well as her book, 1000 Gifts, are amazing treasures that God uses to convict my heart and assure me of His love.  Her focus on living lives of thankfulness is evident throughout her writing and each month she posts a Joy Dare with special things to be thankful for each day of the month.  I thought I would try to do this for the month of August and see how it goes. :)

August 1st: 3 gifts white

1. A blank journal page waiting to be filled with the thoughts and processing of an extravert.

2.  A piece of pottery gifted to us as we celebrated our nuptials, filled with the memory of meals eaten and the hope for meals yet to be.

3.  A gown and veil worn as I pledged forever to my love.

Happy Thursday!