Monday, February 27, 2017

5 Reasons to Read Your Bible (Every Day)

{ESV Journaling Bible and Give Me Jesus Journal}

Friends, Ash Wednesday is upon us, which means that the Lenten season will soon begin. Last week, I shared about the importance of observing the liturgical calendar and what that can mean for our walks with Christ. This week, I want to challenge you to think about what could happen if you resolved to read your Bible every day for this season. 40 days. (Ok so it's 40 days and 7 Sundays if you want to get technical about it.) Every day. That's it. But why, you say? I'm so glad you asked.

1. The Bible is the very word of God. 

So often we walk through life wishing God would speak to us, pointing our finger to the sky and wondering why He's silent. But we neglect to spend time in His word, which is who He is. John tells us that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was with God. We cannot complain about "God's silence" if we aren't spending time trying to get to know Him.

2. The Bible helps us to know God more. 

Oftentimes it is easy to complain and wonder just who God is. He seems mysterious and unapproachable, lofty and unattainable. But He gave us the gift of His word to help us know Him. All sixty-six books point to His character and help us to know Him by giving us a glimpse into His heart.

3. The Bible can direct our steps and show us how to live.

When we are confused and don't understand where to turn next, the Bible gives us the wisdom we need to make decisions that honor God. It may not give us specifics about which job to choose or where to live, but when we spend time in His word, we are made more like Him, and in turn, we are able to discern His will from other plans that may look good but are not beneficial to us.

4. The Bible helps us when we are tempted.

We oftentimes forget that if we have decided to live for Christ and walk with Him, we have power to resist the temptation to live in a dishonorable way. The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, and able to help us resist the temptation to walk away from Christ instead of toward Him.

5. The Bible reminds us of our need for God.

We may be tempted to think that we can walk through our days without God, but the truth is that we are dependent on Him for everything-even our next breath. When we have life characterized by time in His word, we remember that we are His and that we can do nothing apart from Him.

So what do you think, friends? Is it worth it? Today began the She Reads Truth and He Reads Truth Lent Bible reading plans. There is a two-day introduction to the practice of Lent, and on Ash Wednesday, we will begin our journey through Isaiah. I am so excited to study one of my favorite books in-depth and see the perfect plan of God for our salvation through the death of His Son, Jesus. If you're with me, let me know! Today is our very first giveaway! If you're making a commitment to read your Bible every day this Lenten season, I hope you'll enter the giveaway and in turn be encouraged to press on, even when it's hard. I love you, friends.

Today's giveaway is a beautiful print by the wonderful Lindsay Gilmore! She's a friend of mine from college who I featured a few months, and her work is just gorgeous. Today you can enter to win a 5x7 print of her "Waves" painting, which would be beautiful in any space. :)


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Friday, February 24, 2017

Fashion Friday: #funflirtyFebruary Week 3

Well friends, the weather has still been giving us some fun little surprises this week, with the highs in the seventies and no need for heat in the evenings. I've been driving home with the windows down and the music up high; is it summertime? This week, I was super excited to add a new pair of shoes to my wardrobe, thanks to the generosity of my mama for Valentine's Day. Does anyone else have a pair of Minnetonka moccasins? I've wanted them for years and am so glad to finally have a pair!

Here's what I've been wearing in this crazy February weather.









Thursday, February 23, 2017

#weread2017: My Heart Book Review



It's really rare to read a book that captures you and truly makes you stop and think. My Heart: Every Beat Surrendered to Our Unchanging God did just that for me. Julie Manning was a young and capable mom, a marathon runner, nurse, and an otherwise normal thirty-something when she found out that her heart was in failure. The news was a complete shock, and like any news of its kind, it completely rocked her world.

Julie thus began a long journey toward healing- not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually, as the Lord began to show her that in all things Jesus truly is better and enough. In every season and at all times, Jesus is good and kind to us. Julie shares with you every part of her story- the diagnosis, her response to it and how that affected her marriage and family, and how God has sustained her since and what He has taught her in the midst of the deepest and darkest valleys. Her writing style is honest and kind, as she speaks to you as though she is your friend and you are someone that she greatly wants to encourage and lift up, wherever you find yourself.

She leaves no stone unturned, helping the reader to examine her own life while considering what she would do if faced with the news Julie received. Her heart for her Jesus, her husband, and her children shine through each page. Each chapter ends with a beautiful journal entry/letter to her boys, as she prays over them and encourages them to grab ahold of Jesus right now and to allow Him to be their everything, their source of strength. Julie writes,

We have a choice. We have a decision to make. Remain or hope. Remain in discouragement. Remain in our sorrows. Remain in the sting of the pain. Remain in a state of belief that the lies the enemy feeds us are somehow true. OR hope in our Savior. Yes, I am imploring each one of us not merely to spend time contemplating hope or dialoging about what it might look like to actually hope. Rather, just do it. Just HOPE in Jesus. Hope in His saving grace. Hope in the blood of the Lamb. Hope in the One who has a place for us where the enemy may no longer dwell around us. Hope in the One whose Spirit can cover your body in goose bumps when the Holy Spirit shows up in your life. Hope in the One who does not need our perfect performance but whose performance on the cross was the perfect, finishing work. Hope in the Word of God that is sharper than a double-edged sword and does not go out and return void. Make the mental decision to hope until your emotions can catch up with your mind.

As I read this book, I found myself deeply moved and questioning my own motives and lifestyle- what am I living for? What do I allow to steal my attention each day that won't matter ten years from now or even ten days from now? Am I sharing the story of what God has done in my life? Am I giving Him glory with my words and my actions? Am I placing my hope in the possibility that my less than favorable circumstances might change or in the unchanging character of my almighty God? These are the things we need to grab ahold of, and we need to allow them to shake us so that we are encouraged to live with purpose and love for that which is true, noble, excellent, and praiseworthy. Only then can we allow ourselves to live with surrendered hearts as we rest in the grace of our unchanging God.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Why Observe Lent?

{via Gracelaced}

Growing up in the Southern Baptist church, I didn't really know much about Lent. I knew that some of my Catholic friends would go to mass on Ash Wednesday. But other than that, I really didn't know about the purpose of Lent or why someone might observe it. It wasn't until I went away to college that I realized that there was beauty in reflection and solitude before Easter. So during my freshman year, I decided to observe Lent by fasting from red meat. (lol) It was definitely a challenge, but something I am so glad I did. Each year, the Lord would lay something on my heart that I needed to give up in order to be closer to Him. And each year, the season of Lent would be a slow one of reflection and repentance as He drew me to Him.

As I've gotten older, I've realized the beauty of observing the liturgical calendar. There is so much joy when we step into Advent and anticipate the birth of Christ, and there is even more joy when we come to the end of Lent and celebrate the resurrection of our Savior King who went to the cross for us. When we take a step back and intentionally think through the meaning of these seasons, we appreciate and long for Christ all the more.

Lent is a period of forty days leading up to Easter. It is a time when we fast or abstain from something in order to draw nearer to our Heavenly Father. Traditional fasting calls for abstinence from food, but this isn't completely necessary. Obviously there is not a lot of wisdom in participating in a complete fast for 40 days unless God Himself tells you to. So think about other areas in your life where you know that there is an unnecessary excess. Maybe you spend too much time on social media and are constantly refreshing your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for the latest news or stats. Maybe your binge watching is getting out of control. Maybe you're spending too much money on frivolous things and should be saving more. You know where you need help and boundaries, and Lent can be a perfect time to get real about some changes that need to be made in your life.

What is the significance of the 40 days, you might ask? In the Bible, the number 40 is quite significant and appears in key texts and stories that encourage us to know the heart of the Father and realign our affections to Him. Where does the number 40 show up? Let's take a look:

God caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights while Noah, his family, and the animals were in the ark.
The Hebrew people wandered in the desert for 40 years after escaping from the Egyptians.
Moses spent three different periods of 40 days and 40 nights on Mount Sinai.
Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights before He was tempted by Satan.
Jesus was on earth for 40 days after His resurrection before He ascended to heaven.

There is something significant about the number 40, so we would be wise to allow it to guide us in our spiritual lives! My challenge to you this year is two-fold:

1) Think and pray about what the Lord wants you to fast from during this time. If you ask Him, He will show you!

2) Make a commitment right now to be in the Word of God every single day for these 40 days. Lent begins on March 1 this year. I'll be reading through Isaiah with the ladies of She Reads Truth. My hubs will be joining the gents of He Reads Truth, and we will get to talk about it together! They have beautifully written devotionals and a reading plan all FOR FREE on their site, plus you can download the app and follow along there. I'll also be using my 40-day Give Me Jesus journal to guide my time in the Word. This resource will help me slow down and glean all the goodness I can from His word.

So are you with me? If so, let me know in the comments below. I'll be back each Friday of Lent with a short post about what the Lord is showing me through the Lenten study on Isaiah, and I will also have some amazing giveaways! There will be a lucky winner each week that will be chosen from the comments. All you have to do is tell us what you're learning in your Lenten journey. :)

Let's hold each other accountable by making the commitment now. This Lent, we want more of Jesus, and we're going to run after Him together. I'm so excited to be on this journey with you, friends!

Monday, February 20, 2017

My First Podcast Interview!



Friends, I am so excited to share this bit of news with you today. A few weeks back, someone I didn't know tagged me on Instagram to show that she was reading my devotional. She had found it on Instagram and was enjoying it, so she decided to take a picture of the page she was on that day. Laura Gesin, of Knit Read Pray has a blog and podcast that focus on bringing women together who love to do just that: knit, read, and pray. She's a teacher and a lover of books, so when we connected on Instagram, I knew we would get along.




She graciously reviewed my devotional on her podcast a few weeks ago, and she then asked if I would be willing to come on her show for an interview. Of course I said yes, and friends, it was so much fun. We chatted on the phone and just had a great time getting to know one another. You can listen to it today by searching for Knit, Read, Pray on your podcast app on any phone or tablet. I'm so grateful for the connection we made and glad for the opportunity. It was strange to listen to myself on the interview, but we had a blast. If you just want to tune in for my interview, be sure to skip to 30:54 and fast forward through the knitting information which may or may not pertain to you. :)

You can also listen at this link: Knit Read Pray podcast season 2, episode 2: Girl Power!

Happy Monday, friends, and happy listening!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fashion Friday: #funflirtyFebruary Week 2

This week the weather has been something else, y'all. I just cannot even with all of this back and forth. But it's been fun to mix and match and get creative with my wardrobe as I try to dress for winter, spring, and fall each day! ;) Welcome to Georgia "winters" my friends. Here's what I've been wearing:








Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February Goals


Friends, if I'm being totally honest, I have to tell you that I have been kind of embarrassed and avoiding writing this post. I didn't make as much progress toward my January goals as I would like, so I had a self-defeating attitude and didn't even want to look at my Powersheets to see all that I had not accomplished. But then I remembered that I am called to choose grace and progress over perfection. I've gotten a lot done in the last month or so, and I've also enjoyed a lot in the last couple months. So I'm not going to hate on myself because God has given me the time I need to get done exactly what I need to get done, and I can write in pencil and know that He's got it!

I realized that earlier this year, I shared my 2017 goals with you, but I didn't share my January goals! Oops! It's a little too late for that, but let me just tell you that my February goals are pretty much the same. Ha. I have not made progress as quickly as I would like to, but I've been able to do some things that weren't even on my list, including writing the very first, very rough draft of my next book. :)

The Nitty Gritty

In January I was able to start working out again in the mornings, and I greatly enjoyed that. I stayed away from dairy as much as I could and felt so much better. A few weeks ago I took a risk and wrote about some health problems I've been struggling with and found great comfort and encouragement from you, my reader friends. :) One Saturday I pounded out the very rough beginnings of what will be my second book

What I Was Grateful for in January

My best friends and I were able to reunite in Seattle for a trip I'll always remember. I blogged regularly and found that this community of readers is oh so loving and kind, always. Rory and I decided to do another round of the Whole 30 and I planned out all of our meals and got pretty pumped about it. :) I also started an incredible new Bible study called Covenant, which was a huge answer to prayer, and some friends and I are meeting on Monday nights to pray for one another and keep each other accountable.

February Goals

Monthly

meal plan March
blog plan March
Young Living March plans
work on blog pages
Blog Life
write About Me for blog
no social media on Sundays

Weekly

work out 5x (definitely haven't done this yet lol)
call a family member
call a friend
write someone a note

Daily

be in the Word
pray
encourage Ror
encourage someone else
no social media from 7p-10a

What are you working on lately, friends?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

That Time I Ruined Valentine's Day



Alright, friends. Today I'm gonna get real. I have Rory's permission to share this story with you, as I always do. It's not the cutest and sweetest of stories, but I hope that the Lord can use my unfortunate decisions to help you know what not to do. :)

If you've been around this blog for long, you know that I waited a long time for my husband. Twenty-six years to be exact. And these years were not full of other boyfriends and relationships. Nope, that was not the case my friends. Because Rory? He was boyfriend number one. We aren't counting middle school relationships, so he got the top spot and will now hold it forever. 

As a child, my dreams of marriage and love and relationships were tied up in what I thought was the perfect picture of romance- flowers (every week at least), long walks, romantic dinners, exquisite trips, big diamonds, the whole enchilada. And while I can now say that I've been on the receiving end of pretty much all those things, sometimes my flesh can rear its ugly head in the form of unspoken and unmet expectations that fester into anger and bitterness.

Our first Valentine's Day was the sweetest. Rory knew I had never had a valentine, so he wanted to be sure he made it special for me. He bought me roses, planned a day trip, and made reservations at a beautiful restaurant. It was bomb, and I was super impressed and touched with his thoughtfulness. So our first married Valentine's Day rolls around, and I'm thinking that it is only going to be exponentially greater because now we're married. Duh!

Since Valentine's Day crowds can be obnoxious, we decided to do most of our celebrating on the Friday before. We went to a lovely dinner, and Rory presented me with tickets to the Fox Theatre to see The Sound of Music. (I DIED.) Poor thing forgot the card at work, though. It's the thought that counts. I was super excited to see The Sound of Music with him, and so touched that he would sacrifice to get us tickets to the show when we were trying to be good with our budget. That Saturday, we got to go to a beautiful pageant and banquet for a local organization called Extra Special People, so we got to get all dressed up, which was so fun. It was a beautiful event, and we enjoyed the "free" fancy date as a perk from Rory's job at St. Mary's Hospital. 

You're probably reading this and thinking, "Jessica, that sounds like such a lovely weekend. You are such a blessed woman to have such a kind and thoughtful husband." Well. Birth-control popping hormonal first year of marriage Jessica didn't think that was quite enough. Where were the flowers? Where were the big gestures? Where was the surprise? The romance?

Valentine's Day fell on a Sunday last year, and I woke up feeling disappointed with the lack of pizzazz. I mean, I deserved this. I had waited so long to finally have a husband and now he wasn't doing what I wanted him to do. So I sulked and pouted until he finally asked me what was wrong. And when I told him, I crushed his spirits. My ungrateful attitude put a huge damper on the day that was hard to recover from. And when I forced the expectations to become requirements, I sucked all the fun out of the holiday. 

Why in the world would I share this with you, friends? I believe that God has something to show us when we are confronted with our ugliness and our true selves. When I threw a temper tantrum on Valentine's Day last year, who was I reflecting? It certainly wasn't Christ. Was I giving any glory to the Father in those moments? My guess would be a big no. 

When I try to control everything by planning out each part of how I will receive and enjoy each holiday, it takes the joy out of it. When my expectations get in the way, I no longer am present or just enjoying the gift that I have in my husband himself. Because he's a pretty amazing gift just as he is. Yesterday I shared about what love is, and I meant every word. Love is flowers and surprises and diamonds. But it's so much more than that. It's shared memories, heartaches, dreams, struggles, victories, and trials.

Whether you're single or married, your calling is to set your mind on things that are above. The things of this earth are not to be where we find our fulfillment. And marriage? It's a thing of this earth. For we who call ourselves followers of Christ are His bride! There is so much joy, satisfaction, and beauty in that alone when we grasp just how amazing He is and begin to long for Him with everything that we are. 

So when we put our hopes and dreams on one person and expect them to fulfill our happiness, we play a very dangerous game. Jesus is our ultimate source of satisfaction, hope, and joy. And when we decide to place our everything in Him and live in gratitude for the amazingly generous gifts that come from our good Father, our lives are so much more enjoyable. Life is to be enjoyed, after all. 

Happy Valentine's Day, friends. I pray God gives you so many glimpses of His love for you today that you are overwhelmed and overcome by His greatness. And today, why not see how much you can give instead of thinking about what you want to receive? That's my goal for today. Let's spread kindness and love to each person God puts in our paths today, pointing them to our God who is Love. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

What Love Is


When I dreamed about being married as a little girl, I often envisioned flowers, romantic dinners, and a perfect little home. We're only a year (and a half) into this, and already my perspective on what love is has changed so much.

The love we had for each other in the beginning was so bright-eyed and fun, and now I feel that our love is so much deeper. I can't wait for how I will feel when we are twenty years in with kids and so much more history between us and a family that we call our own. This little space was a place where I was able to process, and y'all were so gracious to me as we found our way. I still stand by my thoughts that I wrote just a few months into our first year- marriage isn't hard. Life is hard. But marriage is good. And life is good.

Love is when you take out the trash when you really would rather sit on the couch.
Love is being a shoulder to cry on and a hand to hold onto.
Love is when Ror makes dinner because I'm an emotional mess and just can't even.
Love is watching a movie you'd rather sleep through- and staying awake. (Right, babe? ;))
Love is driving during a road trip when you're tired, too.
Love is being excited when your best friend comes home from work.
Love is loading and unloading the dishwasher.
Love is making brownies just because.
Love is a card on your dashboard to wish you a good day.
Love is choosing to let it go instead of fighting to have the last word and be heard.
Love is getting dressed up for a date night and getting the appetizers and drinks, too.
Love is silly nick names that are super lame and mushy because they're just more fun that way.
Love is early morning cuddle sessions.
Love is late night prayers after a bad dream.
Love is tolerating hangry diatribes.
Love is breakfast in bed.
Love is Netflix and chill (in a fort, of course) for date night.
Love is a look across the room that needs no words.
Love is laughing until you cry and can't breathe because your stomach hurts so bad.
Love is way too much fun.
Love is being known in all the best and worst ways.
Love is hard.
Love is good.
Love is worth it.


*edited and reposted from the archives
Original post here

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fashion Friday: #funflirtyFebruary Week 1

This fashion challenge has been so fun, friends! The weather is just so crazy that I am pretty much wearing things for all season but summer since the temperature has been fluctuating so much. Layers are a girl's best friend on days like these. :) Here's what I've been wearing:











Tuesday, February 7, 2017

For When You're *Still* Single


Friends, let's be honest. Sometimes being single sucks. Especially around this time of year, when the commercials and ads are rampant with big diamond rings, ginormous teddy bears, gorgeous flowers, and all kinds of romance. It's enough to make even the sappiest of us want to throw up, or maybe just cry in the shower (I know I'm not the only one who does that).

If you've been around her for a while or know me personally, you know that prior to Rory, I was always the bridesmaid. You know that I dated one person and then married that person. And you also know that as I shared with you along the way, it wasn't always an easy journey.

Here's the thing about singleness that I think the church (and we) aren't exactly doing right. We don't know what to do with single people. There are Sunday school classes, small groups, and events that are completely planned around married folks with or without kids. But there just isn't always a lot going on for the YoPros (young professionals; y'all know I love my abbreviations). And us married people? We just want to marry off the singles because we love marriage so much! But friends. There's  a better way.

Singleness is not a curse. Singleness isn't something to get rid of or to treat like it's a disease. It's a gift. It doesn't always feel like it, but it is. The other day, I listened to an episode of a podcast called The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey (it's my fave). In this podcast, Jamie interviews women who are walking with Christ in many different ways, callings, and seasons. Her guest for this show, Tara Leigh Cobble was incredible, and she spoke so much truth that has been rattling around in my head ever since.

She spoke of how when we have a misconception of who God is, we are not living the way He wants to and not allowing His character to influence how we respond to what He chooses to give us. There are many single people, she says, who are angry with God because He has not yet given them a spouse. I was one of them for a while. But God, she says, is always kind. If what God does is always kind, then whatever situation He has put us in is His ultimate kindness to us.



Y'all. This was mind-blowing to me. I only wish I had grasped this when I was single. Heck, I wish I could grasp it now. We always want what we don't yet have. And yet God. is. kind. Always. Everything He does is an extension of His love for us. We have to keep our wits about us when we are tempted to despair and believe that He has forgotten about us. The opposite of that thought is truth; He could never forget about us. We are His beloved. He could never, ever forget about us, even when we are in the midst of a desert season or still in the waiting. He has engraved our names on the palm of His hand. His thoughts for us outnumber the grains of sand. This God isn't someone who's withholding from us or delighting in our misery.

So can we bring Him our questions, our fears, and our longings? The answer is a resounding yes. But we can also hope and pray that in whatever season we find ourselves, we ask that He be most glorified and that our lives and thoughts be consumed with Him and His goodness. Is your hope in finding your perfect mate, or is your hope in Christ alone? Our world is fleeting, friends. Marriage itself is for life here on earth, but heaven is waiting, and we must place our hopes there, where our Christ will forever be all we want and need.

So what now, you ask? Speak truth over your circumstances, life, and feelings, and know that the author of your soul loves you with a fierce and unrelenting love. Your life is good right now! So go live it and enjoy it, dear one. I love you friends, and I'm praying for you.


The Enemy Says
God Says
God’s Word Says
You are less than because you are single.
You are whole and made with purpose.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works; which God has prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
-Ephesians 2:10
Marriage is a reward and something you can earn.
All gifts come from Him. A gift cannot be earned.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
-James 1:16-17
He will not be faithful to His word.
He is always faithful. Always.
He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.
-1 Thessalonians 5:24
You’re the only one who knows how you feel.
He knows your every thought.
O Lord, You have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discrern my thoughts from afar. -Psalm 139:1
You are without hope.
Your hope is in Christ.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. -Hebrews 6:19
Your life will get better with marriage.
The heart is deceitful. There are trials in all seasons.
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.
-John 16:33
Jesus is not enough.
Jesus more than enough.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. -John 10:10
It’s ok to settle.
Never settle. God wants the best for you.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations.
-Ephesians 3:20-21
Satisfy your desires with lust.
Value genuine love more than the fleeting passions of lust.
Put to death, therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
-Colossians 3:5
Feel sorry for yourself and jealous of your friends.
Be content and grateful for what you have been given.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.
-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Your life will really begin with marriage.
Your life has already begun. (!!!)
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
-Psalm 90:12

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Biffles Take Seattle



You know what's pretty amazing? Having friends that are lifelong friends. They don't come along any old day, and they must be cherished when you find them. I've had both of my best friends, Cortney Norris and Teresa Robison on the blog before, but I don't know if I've told you how we all met. Cortney, Teresa and I have been friends since we were all about fifteen/sixteen. We met in the youth group at Piedmont Church and just hit it off. I wouldn't say we were best friends when we were teenagers, but we always came back to one another. In college we all kind of did our own thing, but we would see each other on breaks. Then in 2013, Teresa got married. All of the wedding festivities definitely brought us all back together, and we began texting all the time and seeing each other more often. There's been mountains and valleys, just like in any relationship, but y'all, these are my ride or dies. I love these ladies. They are THE BEST.

When Cortney moved out to Seattle in August to begin an internship at Overtake Christian Church and to learn more about anti-trafficking ministry, Teresa and I knew we had to go out there! Cortney turned 30 back in January, and we knew we had to go out there to 1) celebrate and 2) see Seattle. It was pretty much a no-brainer. We had planned on going on her actual birthday weekend, but ticket prices were about $100 more than if we waited until the end of the month. So last weekend, we were able to reunite, tour Seattle, and laugh way too much. I got to check off an item for my thirty before thirty bucket list, too! :) I love these ladies. Here's a little recap of our trip!

ON THE WAY


Beautiful mountains of Montana. We couldn't stop staring. 

DAY ONE

Dee-lish-us fried chicken biscuit at The Wandering Goose

Sights, sounds, and smells abound at the Pike Place Market

The Seattle ferris wheel and the "beautiful" (?) gum wall :)

Gas Works Park


DAY TWO

Lovely chai tea latte and scone at Five Stones Coffee 

Amazing turkey burger and fries at The Tipsy Cow 

Beautiful views from the Seattle Space Needle

DAY THREE 

View from our Seattle ferry ride to Bainbridge Island


Saying goodbye to our Airbnb on Puget Sound and hanging out in Bainbridge Island

Amazing fish and chips...pinch me


OUR AIRBNB



Our AirBnB was amazingly beautiful. We were tucked away on the side of a mountain and woke up to amazing views of the Puget Sound and the mountains across the water every morning. It was like a  dream! 

Everything we experienced in Seattle was oh so lovely. Have you ever been to Seattle? What did you do there and what did you love? I can't wait to take Rory there, and I am so grateful for my best friends. :) 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Currently: February

{Alki Beach, Seattle}

Today is the first day of February, and I am genuinely excited about what's ahead! I just got back from an incredible trip with my best friends to Seattle, so there's not much to be bummed about, even though February is generally not a super exciting month. When teaching I was excited about February because it's Black History Month, and we always had so much fun learning about all of the people who made sacrifices and continue to pave the way for justice and equality. What are you looking forward to this month, friends?

Packing... I need to continue packing away clothes I don't wear. As I plan outfits for #funflirtyFebruary, I'm hoping that will help.
Jonesing... Ok y'all, I  had to look up what this word meant because I genuinely had no idea. :) But I guess right now you could say I'm jonesing a nice piece of chocolate cheesecake.
Texting...Well, I just got back from a wonderful trip, so I've been texting my best friends since we were just together all day every day and I'm having withdrawals.
Reading... I have loved reading My Heart by Julie Manning. Her story is incredible! She found out she had heart failure in her early thirties and it (obviously) changed her life. I've had tears in my eyes through most chapters.
Hearting... This month I am hearting all the oils. :) It's been fun learning about all they can do, and I am seriously grateful for them! On my trip I used them for sleep support and to give me a little pep in my step when we were going going going throughout each day.


Linking up with Anne and Erin today!

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