Saturday, December 18, 2010
I just felt like commenting on how nice it is to get things accomplished and relax a little on Saturdays. I had a small to-do list this morning and was able to get everything accomplished (which is always a great feeling). Then I thought I would sit down and do some emailing and blogging along with a cup of my new Cinnamon Apple Spice tea! Now let me first say that I am not a huge tea drinker...give me coffee over tea any day! However, last night I got some new tea and decided to try it out today. It was remarkable! Typically I have to put some type of sweetner in my tea, but not this one! It was so tastey and sweet all on its own! Just sipping my tea while catching up on emails and such really made this morning feel cozy!
Hope you are able to relax this weekend! Its getting so busy with Christmas just a week away, but hopefully you can take some time out of your busy-ness and just enjoy this season!
Now, I'm off to help Mom get things ready at her house! Family will be arriving in just 6 short days and there is still much cleaning, decorating, baking, and gift wrapping to be done!
Enjoy your Saturday!
Blessings and Peace to you during this Christmas season!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Not sure what's going on with the city of Charleston, but who would have thought
living downtown would be as dangerous as living out in the middle of nowhere!
They haven't cleared our street (as you can see)
or any of the streets downtown for that matter! Just driving to the mall (3 blocks away) was treacherous! I basically slid there! Just crazy!
I'm not really a fan of being stuck in my little apartment all day, all alone while Mike is at work! But I guess I'm going to try to make the most of it!
I have gotten some cleaning done...which is why my phone is now ruined! Guess the house will be super sparkly clean by the time this day is over!
And be careful on those awful roads if you live in Charleston!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Oh! Another interesting thing is that the lady who owns the business is a Christian! The cupcake was delicious, but I also know that it was a providential blessing from my Jesus! He used that sweet lady to brighten up my evening as I sat there staring at the computer screen for hours!
Thank you, Lord, for little surprises that help make writing papers more enjoyable :)
Sunday, December 12, 2010
They are made of felt and attached to a small metal hair clip.
I really wanted some rhine stones for the center of the flower, but didn't have any on hand, so I just used a bead in the middle. The rhine stone would make it more sparkley and fun, but this will do for now!
And, as with all the little crafties you see on here, these cute little things are in my shop!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The Mc's are heading back to Uganda at the end of this month and last night was our last chance to see them. It was strange and hard to say good-bye, but we are hoping to make a trip to Uganda in August.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Cinnamon-Sugared Mixed Nuts
I've never made this recipe before, but I had been wanting to! And boy are they tastey...not to mention EASY! You can find the recipe here.
And they look so cute all wrapped up for giving! :)
On to Cappucino Biscotti-another new (and easy) recipe!
This is the first time I've made biscotti, so I'm hoping it tastes as good as it looks!
This is obviously the pre-chocolate stage :)
Zoe thinks it a nice day for napping by the fire!
Monday, December 6, 2010
It is still kind of in the works, but feel free to check it out!
My Little Store
Friday, December 3, 2010
This isn't a picture of our cookies, I just found this one online because we haven't had our baking day yet! :)
As Mike and I begin new traditions for our growing family, I want to keep the Christmas baking alive with the traditional things we make, but also add some new things in there too!
I would love to hear what some of YOUR family's Christmas baking traditions and recipes are!
Sorry the picture is a bit dark, but I feel like it helps capture the coziness of our little apartment! I love it!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
--Just a side note--
any of the handmade crafts on my blog are available for you to purchase, so feel free to send me an email if anything strikes your fancy :)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Hope you all enjoy this day that the Lord has made!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Use that link to sign up for the Christmas contest (which just requires giving your name and email address) then invited 15 friends to sign up too. You could be the next person to win a free amazon giftcard!
Thanks to moneysavingmoms.com for this tip!
Also, as it seems to be becoming a habbit these days, Zoe (for those of you who don't know Zoe she is our little Yorki-Poo) has been waking me up almost immediately after Mike goes to work...which by the way is EARLY!
So needless to say, I'm up much earlier this morning than I had planned on being! As I was sitting here eating breakfast and browsing the web, I finally found a blog that I had been looking for! Mom had shown it to me a few days ago and it had these great reuseable snack bags on it and I really wanted to try my hand at making one! I found the tutorial here and I think I am going to try it out today! I'll let you know how it goes!
Happy Saturday everyone!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
"Letters of Love"
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
One of my very favorite things about this time of year is when Starbucks begins serving coffee in the red holiday cups! I'm not exactly sure why, but for some reason it just gives me warm fuzzies! :)
While we were at the mall we stopped in for coffee and went into the Yankee Candle store (because I had a coupon). It just seemed to festive to be in there with all the Fall and Christmas scents wafting through the air. Needless to say, I have begun to get super excited for Christmas and it is only the beginning of November. Oh well! Going to enjoy every second of this Holiday Season!
For the past few days I have been wanting to try out a little sewing project. I am really not that much of a seamstress, so this task was something that I was both nervous and excited about!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Mike and I are expecting a baby in mid-March!
Hooray! We are so excited about this blessing that God has given us!
We have created a little website for Baby Ervin that you can check out if you want. I hope to keep up with it and add pictures along the way...the key word there is HOPE! :)
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
From the recommendation of a friend I obtained a copy of Kelly Minter's book No Other Gods: Confronting our Modern-day Idols.
For those of you who are regular readers, you will probably get bits and pieces of the book as I continue on this journey, but after reading just the introduction and completing the first session, I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a new study.
I find that it is difficult for me to be in the Word daily when I do not have some type of a plan. With this book, She gives Scripture and it is in a 5-day 8-week study format which helps to keep me in the Word on a more consistent basis.
It is set up that you can complete the study on your own or in a small group. She actually says that she and 4 other ladies began this study together before she had even written the book and they got together for dinner one night a week, then sat in her living room and talked, prayed, etc. Hints the name "THE LIVINGROOM SERIES". It is very interesting that she points out that she did not want a stuffy study where everyone spoke Christian-eese, but she wanted a study that got right to the heart of dissatisfaction and the things that are plaguing our lives as women in the church.
I'm dying to share some of the things she said in the session that I just completed, BUT I really don't want to because I think it would be more powerful for you to dig into it yourself! The title gives away the subject of the book-idolatry.
The main question is-what do our idols look like?
I guess I will leave to you answer that one for yourself...how would you define a modern-day idol?
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This week has been just the beginning of several different things in my life!
1. It was the beginning of the FALL SEMESTER of classes! Woohoo!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
I absolutely love it! I love to give gifts that are a little out of the ordinary...plus the site totally inspires me and gets my creative juices flowing :)
So is it just me or are there others out there that were unaware of this site?
As I was standing under the hot water of my shower this morning I was reminded of the times in the past year that I would have died to have a hot shower rather than one that was freezing cold! I recalled how absolutely amazing it was to finally have a hot shower after months of icey ones!
Its funny...its only been 2 months since those cold showers were part of my daily life, but for the past 2 months I have taken a hot shower every day and not once really truly been thankful for the hot water coming out of the shower head!
That said...I'm challenging myself to truly be thankful for what God has blessed us with each day! I challenge you too! :)
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Its a Friday night...no real plans...and not much money to spend on fun. So what did we get into? TIE DYING!
Friday, July 9, 2010
We left our little apartment around 7:45 am and made our way to Fayetteville, WV (about an hour from home). There we drove to a predeteremined hiking spot and took a 2 hour (roughly 6 mile) hike! It was amazing to just enjoy God's creation and have some time to ourselves just to talk.
After our hike we ate lunch at a picnic area and then made our way to "downtown" Fayetteville to the Cathedral Cafe where Mike enjoyed an AlmondyJoy Latte.
From there we headed home.
It was a short little trip, but an extremely fun day!
There aren't enough of these in our lives...I think we are going to start making more of them!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Mike's coffee jars
50 cents for the jars at a yard sale and $4.00 for paint, brush, and chalk!
Someone from church gave us these chairs (they originally came from Subway)...needless to say they needed a little sprucing!
So they got painted! I plan on covering the seats soon too! Not sure exactly how it will turn out, but at least I've enjoyed it!