Wednesday, February 29, 2012

the one organizing the bathroom

I've been brainstorming ways to clear up my bathroom counter for a while now. It just bothered me how cluttered it was - I wanted to make it easier to keep clean and prettier.

See below - too much everywhere.

Since I took this picture (above), I've taken down my wedding bouquet and put it in a vase to keep it preserved. So I had wall space open and just staring at me.

I've thought about making a makeup magnet organization board for awhile...

Like this one

I really like how it makes everything condensed and off the counter. Buuut I hate the amount of magnets you would have to buy for temporary containers. And it also doesn't look pretty to me :)

So instead, I decided to get creative with what I had and just buy one little pretty thing to help out. I had this awesome towel rack/shelf thing hanging over the sink in the kitchen. I wasn't really using it very well in there - it just had a few little things on it and I didn't really ever use anything on there. So, Rob moved it from over the sink in the kitchen, to over the counter in the bathroom! 

I'm still figuring out what I want to keep in there, 
but basically all my bottles, & anything besides makeup.
Look at all that room underneath it on the counter!

I also bought this pretty little bowl ($4) from Home Goods. I loooove the blue color (kinda see it here in this picture) and I love that it's girlie. Perfect for my makeup!

I need to simplify and slim down my makeup choices but I love how condensed it all is! 

Ta da! All this organizing this past weekend really is helping me relax and take it easy when I get home at night. I love to simplify and declutter our home.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

the one rearranged

Welp y'all - I did it again. We rearranged our apartment living room for the third time in just over a year. If this is a sign of things to come, I think Rob wants out. :)

I've been rearranging furniture for as long as I can remember. I have distinct memories as a little girl of talking Kiersten or Anna (whichever one I was sharing a room with at the time) into moving our beds together, or pulling them apart, or switching our dressers with our nightstands. In fact, I remember one time Dad came storming into our room after our bedtime to find us pushing our beds across the room. (I've never been sneaky). I think I just like change. I like for a room to feel new even if it's not :)

I used to talk my unsuspecting sisters into my adventures and now my poor sweet innocent well-meaning husband is my victim. He really doesn't mind all that much unless I am asking him to move the armoire - that thing is dang heavy. But I'm getting ahead of myself...

This is how the living room used to look:

I really liked it but I wanted a more open living room. You can't tell from the picture but the armoire just made the living room seem so crowded and cramped. I also never liked the recliner in that awkward space - you can't really lean back in it since it was up against the wall and that big lamp on that little table always made me laugh.

So I had to find a new place for the armoire. This would be the third time Rob had to move it - and that thing is NOT fun to move. So he said in no uncertain terms that I better be sure :) I wasn't but I didn't tell him that (obvi).

Here is our kitchen:

 I loved it just the way it was but I knew it was the only place for the armoire so I decided to give it a try. 

We moved the little table on the other side of the couch....

And swapped the bookcase with the armoire! Moved the recliner to the corner (YAY so much more space for reclining)

Cozy little corner. We love books and want to have them in every room.
(Need to organize this bookcase now)

I call this my pretty things shelf. :)

Moved these three frames from the kitchen (over the bookcase) to the living room wall. These are three of our favorite pictures.

Hung a frame over Rob's chess set, which is sitting on top of Grammy's sewing machine desk (Thanks Aunt Cathy!) 

Three of our favorite wedding weekend photos.

I really love the living room now! It's so spacious. I still want to rearrange some frames, etc to make sure it's not too busy in there on the walls. And the lamps are all mis-matching but I'm going to embrace the lamp-chaos since we are moving in 3-4 months and I can change them then :)

Now our kitchen looks like this:

Voila! We really like how the armoire hides the trashcan and fridge
We also pushed the table against the wall since there's only two of us eating most days :)

Welcome to your third resting place, armoire :)

We moved the Ikea spice racks over the sink with two pretty thangs on either side.

Rob moved the chalkboard since it was being hidden by the armoire :) 
It won't stay here but he's a pretty sweet guy forreal.

We also bought this pretty little missy from Target for our kitchen sink! 
Rob actually found it and I love it!!
It's a blue glass soap dispenser :)

That's it! I'm really happy with how everything feels and just for the change-up! I think I should be able to make it until our next home before I make Rob move things again :)

Monday, February 27, 2012

the one featuring today's thanksgiving

Oh and also this little site here (refer to the second to last on the list) makes me laugh SO HARD::

Friday, February 24, 2012

the one with friday lovin'

I dont usually really love it when people put songs on their blogs but I'm making an exception for myself because I'm obsessed with a couple songs that will make your Friday better!

The first song is the perfect Friday/happy/dance-around song :) (I know it's everywhere but good golly it's so fun!)

Add that with some Taylor Swift + Civil Wars...

And this David Crowder song that I can't get out of my head. your Friday is good to go! :) Happy weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

the one looking for a house

Rob and I are in the process of looking for a house to buy! It's a really exciting (and slightly overwhelming)  endeavor :) We've been planning this for some time and have been saving our pennies for months and months. 

The title page in our little House o' Dreams notebook :)
ps #imsodramatic

One of the first things we did when starting to plan for buying a house was to make a list of all the things that we were looking for in our little House o' Dreams (my affectionate name for it - props to Anne of Green Gables). 

But before I dive into that and share our lists, I want to preface it by saying that the MOST important thing we are looking for in a house is for it to be in a strategic location for our ministry. We really want to minister to the poor and underserved so that's what we are most excited about in our new home. We want to use it to serve our neighborhood and community first and foremost.

But practically, there are some things we know we "need" and "would like" for our home. So we made a list of things that are non-negotiable, and then some things that we strongly prefer. Check it out:

Obviously some of those are more manageable than others :) For the potential/potentially - we just mean that we could make a kitchen more open with some renovations and that if it doesn't have backyard area, we can make one.

These are all pretty self-explanatory. Some are just dreams we've always wanted in our house (bay window, vaulted ceilings, stone walkway, pretty tree) and some are more functional/important - basement, big front porch, decent schools, garage. We'll see what the ole' House o' Dreams brings us!

So does anybody have any suggestions? I'd love to hear what you found to be most important in your first home - maybe some things that weren't on our list that you think we should add. I'd love your advice!

We are so excited to see where the Lord takes us!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

the one featuring fca college retreat

This past weekend, I got to go with Rob on the FCA College Retreat at Camp Dixie! It was an amazing weekend, and one that we both will not forget anytime soon. 

100 college students from schools all over North Carolina came together for a weekend of teaching, worship, discussion, fellowship, and competition. It was such an incredible group of people - from all different life situations, backgrounds, and walks with the Lord.

One of my favorite parts of going on the retreat was getting to better understand and experience what FCA is so good at. They bring people of all different races and backgrounds together and unite them in their love of Christ and love of sports. It truly is an incredible ministry! It is definitely the only ministry I've been apart of that brings in more guys than girls - praise God that He is reaching young men and raising them up to be godly men and fathers through this ministry!

This retreat was really special for Rob because so many of his friends and guys he's met this year were able to come. Included in that group were 6 students from St. Augustine's college in Raleigh (5 of which were football players). Shonquez, one of the football players from St Aug's, even shared his testimony one night.

Quez bring the Word!

Rob and Quinn (both are the FCA staff for the Triangle) led the talks during the weekend. They were both amazing and really reached people where they were in their walks.

Quinn talking about how to experience the Lord in pain & trials: 
wait, worship, watch, and witness.

On Saturday afternoon, there were some organized competitions and everyone had a blast! I loved seeing so many different people from different schools coming together for something they are all passionate about.

The place we were staying was really beautiful!

By far the best night was Saturday night. After a panel discussion (of all things!), Will led the group in an invitation - giving people the opportunity to trust Christ for the first time. 9 students trusted Christ that night! Praise God!!!

 Rob huddling up with some guys who trusted Christ and their friends who brought them and will be walking with them as they grow in their faith

There was also a hilarious talent show that night :) Lots of funny song parodies and dance groups. And some serious talent!

Shonquez and the St Aug's guys dancing to the Jackson Five

It was an incredible weekend and we are so thankful for how God moved and brought people to Himself!

Oops just one more thing... here's a video of Rob telling his favorite "Would you rather" while they were getting the camera ready for the group picture :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

the one celebrating sweet baby boy

On Thursday night, we got to celebrate a sweet baby boy coming home soon!! As you may remember, sweet baby boy was born at 26 weeks in November. (See original posts on him here and here) We've been praying for this precious little boy and his family all these weeks since then. And it looks like he is finally coming home!!! He's expected to head home in the next 2 weeks sometime!

This sweet boy's momma and I work together and it's been such a blessing to walk alongside her and her husband as they care for and love their little baby, even through a very difficult situation. The greatest blessing has been to watch them believe God's goodness and faithfulness and worship Him in the midst of trials and pain. It's beautiful to encounter.

Some awesome ladies from our office put together a beautiful shower for the family. It was so special and exciting!

Yep those are baby elephants. The cutest thing I've ever seen.

Awesome idea to all sign a picture frame with notes for the baby!

The momma wrote some notes of special milestones in the baby's life so far, as well as so many sweet and beautiful pictures from the NICU with his parents! The coolest thing was to hold up his footprints from when he was firstborn to now - he is so much bigger! He is over 4 lbs now!

There were so many sweet friends at the shower, including this sweet little girl! Thanks Ethan & Ashley for letting me hold your sweet little Nora!

Opening little teensy baby clothes! :)

Some of the crowd! Another little cutie - Calliah Grace :)

My sweet co-workers that are MOMMAs now!!! :) 

All the office ladies! So blessed!

We are so excited for you, sweet family! Thank you for showing us how to walk in faith through pain and trials. We are rejoicing with you! God is so good!

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, forever and ever. Amen.
{ Ephesians 3:20-21 }