Give Thanks To The Lord For He Is Good

Nov 23, 2011

What are you thankful for? It's a crazy thing to really think about the things that Lord blesses us with isn't it? I mean, there are times when I just get so stressed and anxious, that I forget how good I truly have it.

Let's make a list:
1. Happy Marriage (Thanks Lord!)
2. Making Music that makes money
3. Having a family that loves eachother
4. Having Sweet little pets to love
5. Having Friends that are more like Family
6. Living in a country that allows women to go to school
7. Living in a place that allows us to proclaim our faith (whatever it is!)
8. Having a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in
9. Having food to eat
10. A Savior that took ALL my burdens when I didn't deserve it.

Well everyone, that it for today! As you go to your families for thanksgiving, remember that every Good and Perfect Gift comes from Him.  God is so good to us. See you soon!

Birthdays Are Great Days For An Over-abundance Of Free Caffein

Nov 22, 2011

Hello Everyone!!! Welcome to my birthday post. Today is not my actual birthday, it was Sunday, but today is the day I celebrated it with my friends Erin and Sharon.

Birthdays are so weird right? They're really special to us, but they're not like an official holiday or anything. You can't get the day off really, but the day circles I dont know, that seems really weird to me. A day that is totally about you, just because you were born, not really becasue you did anything super great. I don't know if I really like that. However, I love when other people have birthdays, because I love to shower them with love, and tell them how great they are, I guess we should all just recieve eachother's blessings... I dont know... too many thoughts going on in my mind to make much sense of this.

ANYWAYS, here is what we all decided to wear today. What cute friends we are right?! I've featured Erin on here before, so we all know what a babe she is, but check out Sharon! How cute is she, right?! She works at Shady, and Erin and I just adore her. She's the sweetest. I always look forward to chatting with her when I go in.

 Have you ever seen a more beautiful coffee? I'll bet you haven't.
 HAHA! I forced the girls into being a part of this blog. There's a huge lot surrounded with beautiful fall trees, I dragged them over to be a part of my photo-session. Haha.
 Please feast your eyes on cute Erin, and the GLORIOUS trees! Downtown Roseville is so quite and calm and pretty,especially when the trees are all in Fall mode. Ugh... So great.

 Sharon and I have a southwestern thing going to day. Those are my new moccasin boots from Freestyle. I'm still trying to figure out how to wear them. I feel like today I kind of look like a ballerina/indian princess... I think the next time I wear this dress, I'll be wearing it with jeans. It's a little too short for comfort, and the tule on the underside gets caught on everything... this dress gets real short real fast...whoospie daisy!
 they weren't even posing!! they should be models.
 OH, speaking of birthday fun, I just couldn't leave out this little peice. I babysit the greatest kids ever on Wednesday afternoon between classes, and their mom, Brandy, made me this SUPER great hat!! This is their little girl, JJ, and we're pretty much best friends. Here we are wearing our twin hats. You can't not melt when this precious little princess says "weil Twins! mine's pulpul, and youlls is Gween!" She's just way too much for me.

So there you have it. Happy birthday to me, I'm now a 26-year-old woman. It is amazing what the Lord does in your life over the course of just one year. It's crazy how much we learn, how much we go through... It makes me realize one thing: The Lord is Good; He is never surprised. Never.

So thats about it for me today. I hope you've had a great week thus far. I know I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving (hasn't it come so quickly?!!!!) and being with my family!! Have a great Tuesday! See you soon.

Weekend Update

Nov 15, 2011

Hi Everyone! Happy Tuesday! I hope your week thus far is going great, mine's been pretty nice. I regret not taking any pictures, but yesterday my husband surprised me yesterday with a trip to the bay area! It was so fun. He drove me all the way to Berkeley for Shopping and eating and walking and wonderment. It was so great. I was so distracted by my fun date that I forgot to whip out my camera. Darn. ANYWAYS!! Thats not what this post is about at all!

I wanted to tell you about my weekend! Friday and Saturday of last week my husband  and spent our time at the AG Youth Conference for Northern California and Nevada where his band Kingdom played! Yep, this blog post is definitely a bragging post because I'm so in love with my husband. ANYWAYS, here's a few pictures and a video of what my husband and his friends are all about. They just recorded their full-length CD and I'm really looking forward to it. Maybe you're not into big anthemic music, that's okay. Maybe you're not into worship music, that's also okay. But this is what Nathan and I are into, and we are also into Jesus, so this is perfect for him, and I'm happy to cheer him on.
thats him on the big screen!

Here's the you tube video that I took with my little point and shoot. I'm actually impressed with the quality of video and sound, considering it's not a super great camera. ANYWAYS, my husband is the guy on the right with long hair... I've told you before that he's a pretty metal guy. if you didn't believe me before, maybe this will convince you.

Well everyone thats about it for me today. I've got soooo much homework to do... ugh. 'Tis the season for homework I suppose. I hope you enjoyed the pictures from our weekend. I got lots of fun new clothes this weekend, so new outfit posts shall be coming soon. Hooray! I'll see you soon!

I'm a bit of lunatic with shoes and jackets and jeans

Nov 11, 2011

Hi everyone! Happy Friday everyone! It's finally that day of the week that means no school tomorrow. I know you're thinking, "but didn't you ditch school yesterday?". The answer is yes, but there's a small sense (very small sense) of guilt associated with with ditching school. There's not one ounce of guilt on Saturday, it's just a free day. Well, not totally free, I have homework, but I can do it at starbucks, not at school, which I love!

Anyways, this is what I decided to wear today. I might be late to the party on this, but I've found my new favorite jeans, and they are the J.Crew Matchstick jean. They're not skin tight like a skinny jean (thought skin-tight jeans have their place in this world), but they aren't like an awkward boot cut, they're just perfect. I want another pair soon. AND they dont stretch and get weird by the end of the day. Perfection.

 In case you even care, there are no christmas ornaments in that box. Only Nathan's paintings. I've been gettign afew comments on them as I begin to take pictures indoors. It's just too cold to go out without a big coat, He does sell his paintings, but beware, they are always paintings that make some sort of social point, they're not always just feel-good cutesy stuff. In fact, they almost never are. But thats something about Nathan I have always admired, his conviction to stand up for what's right. What a man.
 Despite the fact that my face looks totally weird here, doesn't it kind of look like a crown of Dandilions around my head? How fun!

Here's the painting that crowing my head earlier. Isn't it neat? It was the first Christmas present Nathan ever gave. I think we had only been dating for about a month. It has a really sweet little letter written on the back of the canvas. Sometimes when I'm feeling blue, I take the painting off the wall and read it, then I feel better.
This was my valentines day present. It's a love pig! I know, it seems really strange a two-headed yellow pig, but let me explain. In Mexico, you can buy these little cerdito souvenirs. They're little piggy-banks that are painted with all sorts of beautiful colors. I have about... 1000 of them, I just love them. That's what this pictures is. Its a little bank, only it has two heads. The head with the mustache is Nathan, and I'm the one with rosy cheeks. It also has a cute little message. Gosh, I love my little paintings.
Well everyone, thats about it for me today. Since I didn't do anything school related yesterday, I should probably do some school related things today. Maybe not. Who knows. There are always so many fun things to do. Anyways, I hope you all have a great rest of your Friday, and an even better Saturday! See you soon!

All Trees Must Be Pruned Before They Can Grow

Nov 7, 2011

Hello everyone!!  It’s Monday, and I’ve just come out of my orientation for Kohl’s. I’ve been hired there for Holiday Work. Things have been really tight lately, people just aren’t getting tattoos, I don’t know why. I know it’s not because he’s not good… just click on this link and you’ll see that he’s an excellent tattoo artist. Just the life and times of young married artists I guess… The Lord always provides, We’ve never been hungry or cold, and He always comes on His own time.

Anyways, today is really special for us: it’s our 2nd anniversary! It is amazing to think about how far we’ve come since our wedding day. God is so good at interrupting our plans isn’t he? At the time Nathan and I got married, Nathan was in a band called Worth Dying For and I was working in youth ministry in Stockton, and our plans were to do that and live in Modesto. We were gonna live with my parents until we found a house, and we would live happily ever after doing who knows what. Well… that plan never even came close to fruition. On the same day our millionth house offer was accepted, Nathan’s income ceased. We were married for 3 months. 3 months after that I also found myself unemployed. I don’t know what God’s audible voice sounds like, but it was clearly the Lord who “told” me to go back to William Jessup University. I didn’t know how that was going to happen, but slowly and surely God was cutting ties in Stockton and in Modesto without burning bridges. Financial Aid came in, and eventually we moved up to the Sacramento area. The rest is history my friends. Nathan is now a Tattoo Artist, works at Freestyle and is in a band called Kingdom, while I’m a full-time music-major at WJU, where I lead worship for chapel, and have the privilege of being the Chaplain of the Music Department. Here are a few pictures from our wedding day. What a fun and beautiful day. It just went by so fast. But I remember it like was yesterday.

One thing I’ve come to realize these past two years is this: Im not in control. It’s a lesson I learn over and over and over. Ive also learned that I’m not the boss. It’s sounds like the same lesson, but it’s not. AND, that success has a different definition when serving the Lord, Nathan and I have both been learning that in different ways, and it’s been wonderful being his support and having him be mine. Being Married is awesome and excited when you’re walking with the Lord together. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us in the future.

that’s about it for me today, I didn’t really plan on sharing my recent testimony, but there it is! I hope you enjoyed my wedding pictures as much as I do! See you soon!

This is the sleeping bag we took to the museum, isn't it?

Nov 5, 2011

Hi Everyone!! Happy Saturday! Who knows that from this point on, life gets wayyy too crazy? While Christmas will be approaching sooner that we realize, I really am concentrating on slowing down and really enjoying this fall winter? It’s Cold, but it’s sunny…perfect. The trees still have their leaves, they’re just yellow, and red. I love love love fall. Our winters here in Northern California aren’t really much of a winter wonderland, they’re actually more like a rainy winter drudgery. Once Christmas is over, I’m ready for it to start getting warm.

Anyways! This isn’t what I decided to wear today. This is actually what I decided to wear to school yesterday. I was channeling Margot Tennenbaum pretty hardcore yesterday in this coat. I don’t think anyone at school made that connection, but with my hair pinned to the side, its dead on. I found this little baby at my favorite Thrift store in Stockton, It felt like a risk to me, but my mom said I needed it, so I went with it. Everyone needs a camel colored coat, especially one with a fur collar. It feels so fancy!

Well everyone, that’s about it for me today. Enjoy this Saturday, take a little time to enjoy this fall weather, Everyone should go to Starbucks and get a Salted-Carmel Mocha and just sit outside in the chill, after Im done typing this, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Ill see you soon!
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