A Little Summer Treat

Wedding season is in full swing! Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the amount of work I have before me each week, but then somehow I fall in love with my work again, this must be God’s doing. How kind is he?! With the kind of job I have that tends to creep into every area of my life and consume me, I’ve found it is important to take breaks. (especially from the computer!)  I got take a trip down to pullman for an extended weekend to see my family and go to my friend Hannah’s wedding. And sneak in two photo sessions, naturally…

I can’t even tell you how refreshing it was!!!

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To see more photos of Hannah’s Wedding check out the Urban Rose Blog HERE

 

I ALSO got to see my Friend Evie who was in town for a week, My friend Bekah, my Family, and do some maternity photos for my other friend KC, and family photos for some of my favorite clients!

My life is truly rich, and this was one of the highlights of my summer, I can just tell!

I seriously can’t get over how pretty the Palouse is this time of year! Of course there were games and yummy food!There is the sweetest U-pick flower farm in Pullman area! LOVE it. $7 for a giant bucket of flowers, what a deal! Embossing my CD mailers for Urban Rose turned out so great.It was ALSO my Mom’s birthday on Sunday. I did write the wrong number on accident, but it made her day! 🙂

Scouting Location for my Family session at the U of I arboretum KC is due in less than a month! Thanks Bekah for helping with the session.

Ahh Life is good. I am thankful.

RIght now most thankful that my hubby comes home in 20 minutes, and it’s been 4 days! 

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Apothecary Jar Terrarium

Here is an update on my latest DIY project. And actually NO I didn’t find this on pinterest! Although I am sure there are lots of great tutorials on there for terrariums. I got the inspiration from one of my daily blog reads Thrifty Decor Chic. Her blog is a great resource for home decor and design.

Apothecary Jar Terrarium HOW TO:

Supplies needed: Apothecary Jar (or mason jar would be cute too) small rocks, potting soil, and succulents of your choice (these are hen and chicks because that is all I could find)

Step 1: Layer the bottom the the jar with small rocks (this allows a little drainage for the soil)  I wish I would have put in more rocks so you could see them on the sides, the dirt pretty much filled in around mine.

Step 2: Fill the jar about 3/4 full of potting soil.  I ended up mostly using the soil that came with the plant, as it was already moist. 

Step 3: Take apart the pot of succulents, separating the roots of all separate plants, and arrange in the soil of the prepared jar.

Step 4: Press soil in around the succulents and spritz with water to get the dirt of edges and moisten plants.

And your DONE! These don’t need much water, once a week spritz should do it.  I keep the lid off about half the time so it can breath.

I was lucky enough to find this jar at a thrift store for $3.99, and already had rocks and potting soil. So I only spent about $9.00 total once I bought the succulents. I want to try some in bigger and smaller jars too. I think this is just the cutest way to add a little decor and get some green growing!

Someone else try it and let me know how yours turns out!

Valentine.

Valentines Day. Such a small silly little holiday, but I am glad we have it. Similar to new year’s resolutions, just because the day has a name we feel the need to participate. But I find it a sweet little holiday. A moment to pause and appreciate all the things people do for me out of love. To slow down for a moment and purposefully show love to someone else. Just a few days over a year ago Pete proposed to me! Wow, that went by fast. All the planning, and preparing, and excitement. I am so thankful for my husband, and even more so for our God who gave us the ultimate love gift on the cross. He sacrificed his life so we could live. Happy Valentines day all! I hope you all find something to love about this day.

A New Year

Fresh. That is the way the start of a new year always feels to me, even if it is just a continuation of the months and seasons. I have never been one to make “new year’s resolutions.” Well, more like I can’t seem to keep new year’s resolutions going all year. Either way, this year I’m asking the Lord to make me more like him.

This of course is something we should always be asking, but recently I’ve felt called to check this against all areas of my life. Growing up in a Christian home, I have always know that we are being sanctified as we walk out our life here on earth, that becoming more like Christ is an ever evolving process. But I also know that if we aren’t striving to be more like Christ, we won’t notice when we slowly drift the other direction, becoming more like the world. This what happens in my heart if I am focusing more on what I want to do, than what God might have me do.

Sparing you all the details, I have realized there have been several areas in my life that have started to drift into the worldly. There has to be a purposeful push back the in the right direction. Feeding my spirit with MORE of him and LESS of me. That is going to be my focus this year.

A Promise

I feel the pull to depression and defeat, the temptation to give up, the desire to stop pushing most when I am really starting to have breakthroughs in my life. I know this seems backward but it seems to be that way. BUT I am choosing to keep my eyes on the Lord and let him fight these battles with me. This song by Hillsong United, Never Let Me Go was my encouragement today. Oh God you are so mighty, the way you comfort me! Your promise to never let me go.  BE ENCOURAGED!

In the shadows; My spirit weak
Love broke through the darkness and lifted me
And I know you’ll never let me go

In the storm in the raging sea
Love conquered the fear and delivered me
And I know you’ll never let me go

Oh love in the shadows
Be the light who leads me on
You’re love I will follow
Be my guide, You’re will be done
Oh Lord

In the arms of the One unseen
Love carried the cross that was meant for me
And I know you’ll never let me go

Oh love in the shadows
Be the light who leads me on
You’re love I will follow
Be my guide, You’re will be done

Oh Lord I surrender, now forever I’ll be loved
In the love of the Father, You are faithful You are strong
So hold me now, hold me now, hold me now

Nothing in this life has walked these streets
Love opened my eyes show me what You see
And I know I’ll never let You go.

I remember Psalm 23, it is one of those verses that I have hidden away in my heart, chosen to say it and trust it always.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul. 
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

 5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
 forever.

Amen…

 


Puppy Dawgs

Some of you may know that my Mother and Father in-law are in Africa for a month, doing mission work. So proud of them doing this hard work. They are such great in-laws, and incredible examples to all us kids. Susan has a beautiful Bulldog that could not go to Africa, so we are Punkin’s new family for the month. Lola was not quite so sure about Sharing Peter and I at first but she’s taking a liking to Punkin.The Doggies were very good today. Even started to snooze together for once.

Gotta love that pair of squished nose Pups!

YUM.

Okay hold the phone! This drink is soooo YUMMY! When I was in Pullman last weekend I went to the Farmer’s Market with my family. One of the food stands had this yumminess for sale. I of course have been dying to recreate it ever since! And I have to say I think I like my version even better. I bet you are dying to know what’s in it aren’t you?! I hereby dub it Watermelon-Strawberry-Mint-Lemonade. The mint is the BEST part, such the perfect secret ingredient!  Last night I had everything I needed and decided to give it a go. Here is the recipe best I can remember, I didn’t really measure anything of course.

1.5 quarts Lemonade (or so..)

24 oz. frozen sweetened sliced strawberries (fresh would be good too with a little agave nectar)

1/4-1/2 of a BIG watermelon crushed up with a fork

10-15 finely chopped mint leaves

First I blended the stawberries and crushed watermelon in a blender ( I left about a 1/4 of the strawberries out to add at the end.)

I then poured the blended mixture into two 2 quart juice containers (filled about a third of the way up for each)

Next I topped off the containters with the lemonaid and added the chopped mint.

Final step was to mix it all up and then add the rest of the remaining sliced strawberries and several whole mint leaves.

 AND Let me just say again YUM!  Pete was a very big fan. You all have to make this. It is just the perfect summer refreshment!