christmas pinning

the closer and closer that christmas gets,
the more excited i am!
i love christmas!
the lights,
the trees,
christmas colors,
christmas movies,
i could go on and on :)
i have been super bundled up going out the last couple weeks.
but this ain't nothin yet!
im praying that michigan goes easy on winter this year,
this girl has got to get adjusted!

happy hump day,
we're halfway through the week!
and of course,

stay warm.


[all images via pinterest, links within.]

catching up

last week i only made an entry on thanksgiving...which was wonderful!
not only did i eat plenty of yummy food, i was really blessed to be with my new family.
i was truly feeling very thankful for how warm and welcomed i felt sitting at the table surrounded by my new family on thanksgiving.

a little more than a week ago, november 17th, was my birthday.
it was a weekend celebration!
on friday night we went to dinner with friends and then back to the house for cake,
saturday kenny and i went to the michigan vs. iowa game. 
that. was. awesome.
and then on sunday night kenny's family threw a birthday party for me!

although these pictures are just from my phone, i wanted/needed to share picture of the game with you!

i just know that 25 is going to be a great year!


thankful thursday

gobble gobble ya'll :)
time is seriously flying right out the window these past few months!
i cannot believe that it is already thanksgiving!
while some of you celebrate with this: at 8pm thanksgiving day.
the rest of us are vegged out on the couch after eating what feels like a whole turkey
not only once, but twice.

so this is the first year that i will be celebrating thanksgiving away from home.
away from the family that i have celebrated every holiday with for the past 25 years.
thats okay though because this brings me to what im thankful for this year...

im thankful for new family that constantly shows me that they love me,
for my family understanding that now there will be holidays that we might not share in person,
for new friends who have taken me in and taken care of me,
for a source of income almost immediately after moving to a new state,
and for another year behind me and a life ahead of me that will be shared with the love of my life.

sometimes it is hard to be thankful.
especially when things are not going the way WE want them to.
but think more simply.
what are you surrounded by everyday that you are thankful for?

well, im going to head out and start feasting,
 and also soak up some family time with some "new" family.
i hope everyone has a wonderful thanksgiving, 
and dont forget the whipped cream on top of your pumpkin pie!


when life gives you apples...

although there was a shortage of apples in michigan this year,
apple crisp became the staple desert this fall.

when life gives you apples, make apple crisp!
lets just say that i got really good at peeling apples this year.
so here is what to do:

- 9x13 inch pan
- 10 cups off apples (mcintosh works best because it is a softer apple)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tbs all-purpose flour
- 1 tbs ground cinnamon

- 1/2 cup of water

- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter, melted

1. oven should be preheated to 350 degrees.

2. place the peeled and sliced apples in the pan. mix the white sugar, 1 tbs of flour, and ground cinnamon together separately, and sprinkle over apples. pour 1/2 cup of water evenly over apples.

3. combine the oats, 1 cup flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 cup of melted butter together. mix well.

4. Bake for about 45 minutes.

enjoy the finished product :)

and after you have shared it with others, your pan should look a little bit like this:

hope your monday is a good one!


Just do something...

if you follow me on instagram, you may have seen this picture last saturday morning.
i could have taken the same exact picture this morning!
so yes, i recycled a picture.
the point of this post is not about old pictures, i promise.
the point of this post is to share the above book with you: Just Do Something, by Kevin DeYoung.
this book has come at great timing n my life because i am goign through some major life changes:
moving far away, trying to find a job, making all new friends..etc.
we're reading this book in church class, and last week i was really challenged to live more simply.
the auther asks his gramdpa how he thought about fulfilling God's will in his life.
and the response is: "i never thought about fulfillment. i had a job. i ate. i lived. i raised my family. i went to church. i was thankful." 
grandpa didn't have as many choices for job, school...really anything, that we do today.
but here was the challenge to me: can i change my focus from trying to decipher and fulfill God's will in my life to more of a focus on spending more time with the Lord , and just doing things, rather than spending a ton of time trying to figure out if i like what i'm going to do?
we do have too many choices, which for me causes a struggle with indecision.
i ask that everything would be fine, and to know that everything would be fine.
i begin expecting too much, and being disappointed when every experience isn't rewarding.
this book states the obvious: "showing the future is not God's way...we should have confidence in God's will of decree so  that we can radically commit ourselves to His will of desire without fretting over a hidden wall of direction...God doesn't takes risks, so we can"

something to think about.

i could probably write a book on this book, but i'm not going.
but i do suggest reading it!
it has been challenging to me so far, especially since i have been making a lot of decisions lately.


Ecclesiastes 7:14
"when times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
therefore, no one can discover
anything about their future."

the holiday season

as fall comes and goes we enter: the holiday season.
i love love love this time of year!
dressing cozy and warm
my birthday
new years
all times where i am able to get together with friends and family!
i want to get crafty and make decorations
i like to send cards in the mail
i love the holidays!

november brings thanksgiving and this year i am especially thankful for:
a great living situation,
good health,
new beginnings,
and the health and safety of my family!


Happy Birthday!!

today is november 1st.
today marks the first day of my birthday month! woop woop!!
this year is a huge year...
im getting married,
experiencing my first michigan winter,
living the furthest I ever have from my family,
learning to live by a new budget,
and preparing to spend the rest of my life with my best friend-and continually growing in our relationship.

this november 17th i turn 25.
i guess im getting old :)

...older and wiser though!

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