Wednesday, March 27, 2013

guy style// girl style// sometimes I wear my mother's dress and then we take bad pictures

myself and my brother in law, Kory:
Guy: shirt: j.crew/ jeans: levis / shoes: target / Girl: dress: my mother's closet /shoes: target / tights: target

Sometimes it is really windy and cold in this Michigan state. 
And sometimes I wear my mother's dress on these days. 
And as a result, sometimes it is really hard to stand still because of frost bite. 
But, take heart, it is Spring (in theory) after all. 

And as a result of all the fore mentioned things you get to look at the best we could do in the "pose like you mean it" department. 
My squinty eyes and all.  
But, Kory and I got a kick out of looking at some of our outtakes.
 We are summing them up accordingly: nervous, depressed, and angry. All because of that freezing breeze. 

I will leave you to determine what state is currently captured in the above pictures.
happy wednesday all!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ya, we juice

Simply put, this post is all about juice.
 And it should not come as any surprise that our desire to try juicing came about after I watched the documentary: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
And then I made my husband watch it.
 I have read more stories and posts in the last month about people watching this documentary and being inspired to try juicing. 
So, take a note from me, my carb addicted husband, and anyone else that has blogged about this topic in the last few months: this documentary will get you.

It got us. 
We promptly went out and purchased a Breville juicer and went for it.
Mind you, there has not been much juice fasting over here. 
More like supplementary juicing. 
(Even though we are open to trying a longer fast together in the future).

Being that I have Type 1 Diabetes I have always wondered how juicing would effect my blood sugar. 
And I can say that the longest I have went drinking predominantly juice for all my meals is about two days.

I do treat lows if I have them.
 And I don't restrict myself if I want a handful of almonds or a cheese stick in between my glasses of juice. Which may defeat the purpose for some. 
But, my goal in juicing is to primarily get all those nutrients. 
Seeing as my body is deficient in so many of them. 
And ironically my blood sugar stayed very level during the period of time that I have done this. 
 Definitely closer to the lower end.
I do try to juice predominantly vegetables with less fruit (because of my blood sugar). 
But, I have had a lot of fun getting more creative with Erick's drinks. 
And I do have an extrememly picky husband. And he drinks this stuff. 
That is testimony enough!

Have you tried juicing? What has been your experience? What is your favorite recipe? 
I would love to hear them!

Here is my favorite juicing concoction:
( I use all organic produce to ensure I am getting as many nutrients as possible)

6-7 stalks of Kale
 1 small/medium green apple
 1/2 of a lemon
 1/2 of a cucumber (peeled)
 1/2 pear 
1 carrot

Erick's favorite concoction: 

6 stalks of Kale
2 carrots
1/2 cucumber (peeled)
1 small/medium green apple
1/2 a grapefruit
1/2 a lemon
1 small orange

Monday, March 18, 2013

guy style// girl style// is it spring yet?

Guy: button up: J.Crew / crew neck sweatshirt: J.Crew / jeans: American Eagle / shoes: Sperry / sunglasses: Urban Outfitters / beanie: Target / Girl: jean vest: Maurices / shirt: H&M / jeans: H&M / boots: Target / ring: Forever 21 / sunglasses: Kate Spade

I keep reading that Spring has officially sprung in various states. 
But, I am here to announce that it is still remaining slightly elusive in Michigan. There are signs. 
We have had more sunshine in the last couple weeks than I dare to remember. And I have been greeted by the sounds of birds chirping away at my window. I have even put out a bird feeder. 
But, in the midst of all the signs, yesterday was a perfect reminder that winter in this state does not leave easily...or quietly. 
It was cold enough yesterday that we could see our breathe while trying to get these shots. 
Real mature, winter. 

In the midst of the cold shoulder we are getting from this never-ending season, we are slowly incorporating some Spring favorites into our wardrobe. 
That's what you do here. You fake it until spring catches the memo.

What are some items that you are especially excited about this season?
Anything that you are wearing right now even in the midst of winter's last stand? 
(p.s. I am sure you have heard by now the demise of google reader and all the ruckus it has caused. 
Well, in case you like all your ducks in a row (or all in one place for that matter) you can find me on bloglovin' right here. Or you can click on my button on the right sidebar.That felt too much like a public service announcement.)

(p.p.s rest in peace google reader.)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Waiting with joy

This morning as I walked out my front door, with the presence of snow still visibly on the ground, I was greeted by the sun and the briskness that is still in this air.
As my eyes scanned my surroundings, I witnessed a group of deer all running together through the snow. They were moving quickly. They were not stopping. They were all clustered together. They were on a mission to somewhere. And as they rounded the corner with all the speed they could muster, I noticed how one deer stopped and waited for all the rest to make it. And as soon they did, he followed right behind. 

I have been reminded in my daily and personal life what it means to have faith to walk with God through periods of waiting. I suppose this lesson, as of late, has really been twofold. 
One: I am more aware of the fact that waiting on God should be full of joy because of who I am waiting on. And Two: I am more sensitive to the idea that we are all a part of a body but we are all living a unique story at the same time.

Let me expound on the first. 
In this season of waiting that I am in. Right now. Currently. God has just so clearly convicted me that I need to be joyful. Because I am waiting on HIM. I am not waiting on my situation to change.
 I am not waiting for a change in status. I am waiting on Jesus Christ. 
Who is my provider and sustainer. Who makes all things new in its time. Who never leaves a good work unfinished. That should leave me with joy not despair. I should be walking this part of my story with confidence. I should be looking ahead, in faith, at what God is going to do. 
I need to be following after Him, my eyes set on His feet.

Here comes the second part. 
As we wait on God. As we are building that faith in Him alone. We are all waiting together. 
We may not be waiting on the same things. But, the fact that we are trusting in God to add the next line to our story is a common ground, no?
Let's encourage each other. Let's run this race together. Let's look out for one another. 
 Even though we may not be in the same area of life we are ultimately running the same race.

I suppose what I am trying to say is this: instead of us being critical of the different seasons we walk through. Instead of us questioning why one person is still in this position of life and not in another. Instead of even condemning ourselves because we thought we would be here or there or doing something completely different (by now).
Choose encouragement. Choose joy. Choose to have faith that goes outside these circumstances (that we see right now).
We can be so critical of others and what they are doing or not doing. 
And we can be so critical of ourselves in that same vein. 

And now we are entering the conclusion. 
I want to wait on God with faith. I want to finish well as this season comes to a close in my life. 
I want to be filled with expectant joy because of who I am waiting on. 
And I want to encourage my fellow friends who are also waiting. 
I want to build them up not belittle the season they are in. 
I want to spur them on and tell them to keep running the race. 

Are you waiting on God for that next step right now? Do you know someone that is?

"And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint."
Galatians 6:9 (AMP)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

meeting influential women

I am so excited to be linking up today with some of the lovely women that I have met through the Influence Network. 
I have been so blessed and encouraged by you all! And I am excited to get to know you better!
Alright, let's get down to business. 

3(somewhat disoriented)things about myself:

1. I have a degree in Creative Writing and have never found a "formal" job in my field. 
Hence how this blog was born.
 I really love to write and journal and basically go on and on about things I am passionate about. 
Which in case those things seem illusive: Jesus, my husband, and all those little things in life that really are not so little.

2. Some "little things" I am addicted to (in no particular order):  Iced coffee. It may not be healthy. But, I am awake most of the time as a result.
 And I really love music: listening, singing, and playing the guitar. While I'm at it I'll just throw in that I have somewhat of an emotional bond with my guitar. She pulls at my heartstrings.
The movie "You've Got Mail". I saw it in theaters with my mother when I was a entering my teen years (yes, I just dated myself). I get warm fuzzies every time I watch it. 
My husband has been subjected to watching it with me many times and can now quote most of the movie.

3. I really desire to live a life that is full of purpose. I'm sure we all do. But, sometimes I feel like I am still trying to find my footing. Does that make sense? I have things I am passionate about. I have dreams. And I want to honor and bring glory to God with those things. It just takes me longer than most to take a leap or to figure out my niche. I am learning to trust God more in this area and believe that all my purpose can be wrapped up in Him alone.

1 thing I have learned through this network:

Probably the thing that has spoken to my heart the most throughout my time in the network is that I have a story to share.
And not only that, but it is a story for God's glory. Going back to that purpose thing.
That what I do here in this space has the ability to point to Jesus. I just love that. 
And I have loved reading all of your stories! I can not tell you how many times I have been challenged, convicted, and encouraged by your words.
It's pushed me in so many good ways.

Monday, March 4, 2013

guy style // girl style // those pants with color

 Girl: blazer: Lauren Conrad for Kohls / t shirt: Forever 21 / pants: J. Crew factory / shoes: Target / necklace: The Giving Keys / glasses: Bonlook / Guy: t shirt: H&M / cardigan: H&M / pants: H&M / shoes: Clarks

How do you guys feel about color on your pants?
 It seems to be a trend that is holding on throughout this season. 
Along with pants that contain a whole lot of print. 
You know the types: floral, polka dots, stripes, you name it. 
I will be the first one to admit (I'm admitting it right here and now) that I am usually not a huge fan of color. 
I tend to be a black and white and grey kinda' girl with a sprinkle of stripes to add some "crazy" to my wardrobe. 
So, the whole bright colors on my pants thing is definitely a stretch for this (usually) straight laced lady.
But, I digress.
The point of the matter is I've been trying to slowly embrace more color into my wardrobe and sometimes you just got to take a leap. 
Besides, I do my best to anchor that color with some old faithfuls. Like, black. 

What are some of your favorite colors (even on pants) and what things do you like to pair them with?

Friday, March 1, 2013

We have made it to the weekend!

The weekend is finally here. We can all breathe a sigh of relief now.
This week has definitely been the week where a lot of things have decided to break on us.
And so we have been busy calling repair guys and having things towed and you know the drill.
Even in the midst of the frustration that come along with interrupted schedules or unexpected events, it is a good reminder for me to keep things in perspective.
And sometimes I fail at that. But there are so many things that God has blessed me with that I can be grateful for. 
So very many things. 
And it's silly when I allow little bumps in the road to take my eyes off of that and onto other things. 
Temporary things. 
This week has definitely stretched my patience in regards to being more flexible.

Alright, I do have something exciting (and a little more lighthearted) to share as well! 

My lovely friend over at Dreaming En Francais is hosting a group giveaway as a celebration for making it to 500 followers (congratulations girl!). 
There are over 75 dollars worth of prizes up for grabs! 
 You can find all the fun and check it out here

Hope you all are having a good start to your Friday!

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