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Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Roundup.

It is Friday. And the first day of spring. Bless. We have made it. Let the hallelujah chorus commence. 

•What am I wearing the first day of spring? Overalls and flower crowns of course. Y'all. Overalls. Are. So. Comfy. 

•I have been chosen to help launch Jen Hatmaker's new book, "For The Love: fighting for grace in a world of impossible standards". This means I get to read the book months before it is actually released, I can write an endorsement that will *hopefully* be picked to be published in the book, I get to share about the book in my sphere of influence, and I get to be apart of an incredible group of women who are also on the launch team. Seriously. I have felt so encouraged and loved by these women. It is so good. You can preorder the book here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0718031822/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1426856537&sr=8-1&pi=V192198896_AA75&keywords=for+the+love+jen+hatmaker

•I have been trying to walk/slow run 10 miles/week. I did great last week. This week has been a lil rough. My allergies are driving me nuts, and I prefer to walk outside. I have got to kick it up today and tomorrow to reach my goal. But I really am liking setting small, obtainable goals for myself. When I'm on the treadmill at the gym, and I'm watching a show, I walk the whole time the show is on, and I try to run during all of the commercials. I'm getting better. But I despise when an extra commercial sneaks in. 

•I rearranged my living room this week. I think in this season of chaos and change, I just wanted a fresh start at home. So I decided to play up my whimsical nature, and now I have a canopied reading nook, right in the corner of my living room. I'm also repurposing my hope chest as more seating, and moved the couches in a way that they have never been configured before. I may change it all back next month. But for now, I love it. It feels so young and carefree. 

•This song. We sang it at church a few weeks ago, and the words were so powerful, I looked it up as soon as I got home, and now have been listening to it a few times a day. "Here at Your feet, I lay my future down. All of my dreams, I give to You now. I find peace." 

•The last two weeks have been hard. Really hard. (http://adventureintheunknown.blogspot.com/2015/03/peace.html?m=1) But I have been so encouraged by such incredible friends. One friend in particular texted or called me five or six times in a day, just to share a scripture, let me know she was praying for me, point me back to Jesus, tell me she was listening to a song and thought of me, and that she just supported me. It really is the best to have people in your corner. 

•shamrock shakes. Heaven help me. Why are these SO GOOD?! I normally will find any excuse to grab one. But this season, I only had 2. One the day they came out, and one on St. Patrick's Day. I wonder if they taste so good, because they are only available for such a small window. I don't know y'all. But I just want them all the time. Why can't they be good for you? My protien shakes do not taste like that. �� 

Happy first day of spring. Love, M. 
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Peace.

The last couple of months have been the craziest of emotional roller coaster rides. I don't particularly enjoy roller coasters in general, and I certainly detest the emotional kind. And despite my best wishes, I think I'm still on the ride. 

Long story long. 

I have been nannying for the same family for five years now, and it has come to the point that I have been dreading since day one, it's time to move on. Those babies feel like my own. I have learned to love in ways I didn't know we're possible. It has been an incredible ride, and honestly, I believe the best thing I have ever done. 

Because that job is ending soon (down to single digits), I must get a new job. I have searched a little via word of mouth, and via the internet. But I kept hearing God's voice tell me to "rest and wait on Him".

People thought I was nuts for waiting. Somedays, I thought I was nuts for waiting. 

One day I got an email to meet with a lady for a job interview. I knew her organization, because she had shared with me her dreams and passions over coffee, a few months before. 

Immediately I was tickled pink. It was my dream job! Be in South America, love girls, have sewing circles, be home for part of the year, do something about human trafficking, be a voice for those who do not have one. Ah. It was everything. And more. 

Two days before I received the official job offer, I started feeling unrest, and the Holy Spirit quietly whispered to me "this isn't for you". I was a mess. I received the official offer, and instantly, I heard His voice loud and clear, "Girl, this isn't for you.". I was sick to my stomach. I have never been so conflicted over a decision before. It was everything I wanted. It was in the right timing. I emailed her asking for additional days to pray over the situation. I had friends come over, and we got on our knees, just begging for clarity and peace. I was so distraught. 

It's crazy to need a job, be offered your dream job, and turn it down, only to still be jobless. I know. I get that. 

It took me four days to fully come to the answer I had known for a week. For whatever reason, this wasn't for me. And above anything, I just wanted to walk in peace. Once I made my decision, I had peace. I declined the offer, and it was not my favorite thing I've ever done. But I had peace.  

This week is a new week, and things haven't been easy. The enemy has been taunting me over my decision. People I love dearly have been reminding me that "I need a job, and soon." I have doubted my decision, and then struggled with the fact that I was doubting. I'm over emotional. It's been a rough few days.

Today I was putting books away, and I happened to open one, and start glancing through the intro. It is written by Kari Jobe. 

She was sharing about how she dating a great guy, and everything seemed perfect, but she didn't have peace from the Holy Spirit. She went on to share how important that peace was. I know she is referring to marriage, but I believe it works in all areas. I want that peace from the Holy Spirit in all things I do. 

I am so thankful I stumbled across that this morning. It was like water to my tired soul. I just sat on the floor, crying. I know I made the right decision. 


Please pray for me in the uncomfortable season of transition. I really do need a job, and selfishly, I would prefer it to be doing something that makes my heart beat with purpose. 

Thanks for letting me share the unglamorous parts of me. I'm kinda just a hot mess. And I just want to follow Jesus. 

Love ya. M. 









Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Favorites

•Yes! This is my daily struggle! 

•When people believe in what you're doing, and donate awesome things. ❤️ I'm helping put on and decorate for a Valentine's Day luncheon for some women in Pontiac, and have been overwhelmed by people's generosity! Seriously, I was given money back at an estate sale, and ended up with glass jars for free! I also was given the most beautiful "log slices" (seriously, there must be a prettier way to say that!). I can't wait to use them for centerpieces. 

•This Album. I'm obsessed. It's been on repeat for the last seven days. Do yourself a favor and listen to it! (My current favorites are Psalm 130 & Only In You.) 

•Winter sunrises. God just outdoes Himself day after day. 

• Dove Chocolates. These are one of my favorite things ever. I have had them in a bag in almost every airport and country I have ever traveled to. I love the cute sayings on the inside of wrappers, and they taste amazing. 
 

•This shirt. It's so soft and cozy, perfect for sleeping, lounging around, or running errands around town. I love Old Navy. 
http://m.oldnavy.gap.com/product.html?dn=op9787110120004&cid=1021772&pid=9787110120004&locale=en_US 

•Brunch dates with best friends. Coffee. Muffins. Laughs. Love. 

Happy weekend. Michelle. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Friday Favorites.

•Gilmore Girls is my favorite tv show ever. I'm obsessed. I have seen every episode more times than I should probably admit. I recently discovered a fan fiction website that gives us three more whole seasons! I'm surprised at how much I am enjoying reading it, and how well it holds to the intregrity of the show and the characters. 
http://virtualgilmore.squarepins.org/index.php

•I love when the numbers on the odometer are the same. 

• I have been really into over sized, cozy sweaters with leggings or skinny jeans. Winter clothing can be both cute and effortless. My latest find is from the Salvation Army. (The best place for unique treasures!) I love this black sweater with gold flecks. Also. I'm really digging my short hair lately. 

• Gold Spray Paint. 
I. Just. Can't. Stop. (did y'all know you can paint Xmas lights?!)

•My house was feeling a little sad after I took down my Christmas tree, so I put up "just because" decorations. 

• This is my life. I love to twirl around in circles, daydream, drink milk straight out of the carton, and I say the word "murder" multiple times on first dates. It is what it is. 

• I love that my Auntie is halfway done with chemo, and her white and red blood cell counts are the best they've been this whole journey. Praying to hear that sweet word, "remission". 

• I am loving shoveling my sidewalk lately. That's probably weird, right? I think I shoveled and salted 4x this week, and every time with a smile and a song. I'm just thankful the snow has been minimal over all this winter. I don't mind a few inches once in a while. It kinda looks pretty and clean. I have discovered though, that I completely despise clearing the snow off my car. 

Love, M



Thankful Thursday.

Today I need to make the choice to rejoice. I'm kinda grumpy. So I will be choose to be thankful. 

I am thankful that when I got to work there was a brand new, large canister of coffee waiting for me. I am so tired. (Why is it okay to snow blow at 3 am, directly outside of this girl's bedroom window?!) 

I am thankful for new days, full of second chances to love. “Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” - L.M. Montgomery 

I am thankful that snow boogers are not frozen solid to my car. I can kick them off without any trouble. Also. I love kicking them off my car. Is that weird? 

I am thankful for a best friend that always keeps me laughing. I love my Bill...er...Boo. 

I am thankful that despite my crankiness, God is still so faithful, with mercies new every morning, and love that never ceases. 

What are you thankful for this morning? 

Have a great day! 


Thankful Thursday.

Today I need to make the choice to rejoice. I'm kinda grumpy. So I will be choose to be thankful. 

I am thankful that when I got to work there was a brand new, large canister of coffee waiting for me. I am so tired. (Why is it okay to snow blow at 3 am, directly outside of this girl's bedroom window?!) 

I am thankful for new days, full of second chances to love. “Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” - L.M. Montgomery 

I am thankful that snow boogers are not frozen solid to my car. I can kick them off without any trouble. Also. I love kicking them off my car. Is that weird? 

I am thankful for a best friend that always keeps me laughing. I love my Bill...er...Boo. 

I am thankful that despite my crankiness, God is still so faithful, with mercies new every morning, and love that never ceases. 

What are you thankful for this morning? 

Have a great day! 


Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Christmas tree is down.

I took my Christmas tree down today. 

I know that it's mid January, and everyone else has had their trees down for weeks. 

I know that my tiny living room will suddenly feel a little bit bigger and a lot more cleaner once that tree is in the closet. 

I know that Christmas decorations can't stay up year round.

I know that so many of those ornaments bring up so many mixed emotions, it will be nice to have them tucked away in tissue paper and boxes. 

I know all of this to be true. 

But. 

I couldn't stop crying tonight. 

I don't know where I will be next Christmas. The next time I open these boxes, I could be in another apartment, town, state, country, or even continent. 

I don't know who will be next to me next Christmas. The last five Christmases I have been alone. I have put up the tree and decorated by myself. I want to have someone by my side to tell the stories of every single ornanment. 

I don't know the circumstances of what life will look like when I open these boxes next. 

But. 

I do know this year is going to be the year full of changes. 

I really struggle with change. I wish I was always the girl ready for adventure, excited for new things ahead, and willing to just move on without holding on. But honestly, that's just not me right now. 

In a short few weeks, I will be done with my job. I have had the amazing honor of helping raise two of the most incredible children I have ever known. I have spent the last five years loving these babes, as if they were my own. My heart is not ready to let go, but it's almost time. 

Please be praying for me as I need peace, and a job for the next season. I currently have no prospects, and am feeling very overwhelmed. 

I told one of my dear friends that even though I was feeling a train wreck of emotions, that I was so excited. I know God is going to do something big this year. There isn't another option. There is currently nothing I can see as a solution to my problems. But I will trust and believe that He is working on the unseen. I will trust His perfect timing, even though I would prefer to have already known the plan. I will trust in His perfect provision, knowing He is my Father, and wants to take good care of me. 

As I was just writing this, I got a song stuck in my head. I haven't heard it in years, but it's quite applicable. 

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me


But, seriously, please be praying. I'm totally freaking out. 

Love you all. 

M