Saturday, February 18, 2017

jcrew stripes

It is feeling more like spring rather than winter here in the Carolinas. I am not complaining though. All of the stores already have their spring clothes out and I am enjoying seeing them. Stripes are my favorite and I am eyeing these three pieces from J.CREW. I still am a little unsure about the bodysuit, although it makes perfect sense. I know I get so tired of trying to keep shirts tucked in so this would be a perfect solution! It might make going to the restroom a little tricky:)  

Stripes forever! Happy Weekend Friends! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

meet roddy

In case you are wondering where the pheasant landed, well here he is! He landed right in our entryway. I must say, what a beautiful bird it is! Roddy has been a great addition to the family. He doesn't talk or make messes so I love him already:). And the kids tell him goodnight each night. 

With the right mix of decor, I do think taxidermy (in small doses) can add a nice touch! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

10 ways to pray for someone

Our Pastor challenged us in January to do something in 2017 that will matter for eternity. Setting house goals, health and fitness goals and other goals are all good, but eventually all those things will fade away.  My most important goal for 2017 is to pray for one specific person. Obviously, I will be praying for so many people throughout the year, but this one person is someone that I am not sure where they stand with their salvation.  I think we all go through seasons of life where, if we love Jesus, we feel led to reach out and pray for someone specifically. I have talked to my sister and my husband about this for the past few months, that I truly feel that the Holy Spirit has placed one specific person in mind for me to be a light to. To be honest, I've sort of tried to forget about it, but the name will not leave my head and I would be completely disobeying if I do not at least begin planting seeds. And I do not think it was a coincidence that our Pastor spoke directly on this subject. I encourage you to do the same. Pick someone to pray for this year. Do not beat them over the head with the Bible. Let's start by praying and building a relationship and let God work. What a different world we would be living in if we all would pray for and support one another.  Below is what our Pastor emailed to our church and I thought it was such a great resource and starting point for me. 

Below are 10 ways to pray for your friend(s) as developed by Neil Cole and included in his book Cultivating a Life for God: Multiplying Disciples Through Life Transformation Groups.

1.   I pray, Lord, that you draw _____ to Yourself (John 6:44).

2.   I pray that _____ seeks to know You (Acts 17:27).

3.   I pray that _____ hears and believes the Word of God (1 Thess. 2:13).

4.   I ask You to prevent Satan from blinding _____ to the truth (2 Cor. 4:4, 2 Tim. 2:25-26).

5.   Holy Spirit, I ask You to convict ______ of his/her sin and reveal his/her need for Christ's redemption.

6.   I ask You to send someone who will share the Gospel with _____ (Matt. 9:37-38).

7.   I also ask that You give me (and/or my fellow disciple) the opportunity, the courage, and the right words to share the truth with _____ (Col. 4:3-6; Eph. 6:19-20).

8.   Lord, I pray that _____ turns from his/her sin (Acts 17:30-31; 1 Thess. 1:9-10).

9.   Lord, I pray that _____ would put all of his/her trust in Christ (John 1:125:24).

10. Lord, I pray that _____ will confess Christ as Lord of his/her life, take root and grow in his/her faith, and bear much fruit for Your glory (Rom. 10:9-10; Col. 2:6-7; Luke 8:15).

Monday, February 6, 2017

why i've been pinning pheasant taxidermy

A little over a month ago, my husband informed me that he was having a pheasant stuffed that he shot on a hunting trip with his brother. At first, I was not very excited about this. Taxidermy has always seemed very masculine and something you only see in a man cave or mountain lodge. The more I looked on Pinterest though, I have opened up (just ever so slightly:) to it! Pheasant taxidermy still adds a masculine touch, but I like the use of them in the images below. I do like for homes to be a reflection of the people living in them and this is something Paul enjoys so I agreed to having just one inside our home. If any more birds come our way, they will have to stay in the garage:)

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

chris tomlin's home

Chris Tomlin is a phenomenal worship leader, singer and songwriter. His home was featured in Nashville Lifestyles this month and it is so lovely. I always go back and forth (in my dream world of course :) if I would want to live in a rustic home surrounded by acres of land like his home or in a nantucket style home with gray cedar shakes surrounded by water.  His home looks so peaceful, cozy and filled with character! Read the article about his home here

Monday, January 23, 2017

green and bright

Always around this time of year I start to long for spring and I find that I treat myself to flowers more frequently in January and February. A little green goes a long way though. It brightens my home which in turn brightens my mood! Treat yourself or someone else to something green and bright this week! 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

rooms to tackle in 2017

I made a list last year of rooms to tackle in 2016 and in many ways, I do feel like I did at least make progress in each of those rooms.  I am a list person. It keeps me focused,  so once again, I am creating a 'house goals' list this year. 

I plan to spend some time creating a sitting area in our playroom. Currently, the walls are lined with toys:) That is what a playroom is for though, right? I go back and forth on whether or not it makes sense to spend lots of effort on this room right now mainly because I would like to create a homework area in this room for when both kids are doing homework. Although I'm sure they will always end up doing their homework in the kitchen:). So for now, I am going to concentrate on making it look slightly more adult friendly. There is a great nook in the room just like the one pictured below and one day I would love for it to have a window seat!

Our playroom is not too big so whatever seating I decide on, it has to be small and functional. I like the idea of a daybed so it can double as a sleeping area for guests. That's exactly where all our guests want to stay....our playroom:). It does have it's own bathroom though. 

This project is already in the works. We are adding some functional storage to our closet. Currently, our master closet has just your regular builder-grade wire racks and we are running out of space. Paul mainly pushed for this project and I happily obliged! It will be installed in just a few weeks so I will keep you posted on whether or not it actually helps keep our closet clean! 

We did add new bedding to our master bedroom last year, but I am still on the hunt for some artwork, new lamps, and a dresser for Paul. I keep swooning over these curtains and I cannot get them out of my head for our room along with a pillow or two in this same Sarah Richardson fabric! 

Lastly, my main mission this year is to find and commit to two chairs in our living room. Our olive green/tan 8yr old chair has seen better days and it is time to let it go. I want something fairly neutral, but with a tad bit of color too. I just cannot pull the trigger on a solid chair or a neutral chair with a subtle pattern. The debate continues. I am up for suggestions/advice/thoughts here! Chairs are a big commitment and I want to make a purchase that we will like and enjoy for many years. 

Oh, my garage is always on the list.  One day it will actually see improvement:)

all pictures via Pinterest