Saturday, March 30, 2013

Why Easter?

Why is Easter a holiday? I mean, it cannot be based solely on a life-size bunny hopping around delivering gifts and hiding eggs, who are we kidding. So, what is the true reason Easter is celebrated and observed?

[A clip from the movie The Passion of the Christ"]

Throughout the Bible, Jesus' birth, life, death, resurrection, and divinity is prophesied and then, recorded. 

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard. Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold,he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” - Matthew 27:62-66, 28:1-10

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened." - Luke 24:5-12

"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time..." - 1 Corinthians 15:3-6

Easter is celebrated because of the resurrection of Jesus! Through His death and sacrifice, we find forgiveness. In his resurrection (which was recorded to have been witnessed by over 500 people!) we find eternal life, because through His power, He defeated death! What a joyous occasion... forgiveness, love, and life. 

Will you join me in celebrating this Easter for what it really stands for?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Playlist

Christmas is a time when radio stations play the multitude of songs specific to the holiday for a month before the day of celebration. Easter, not so much... it doesn't have the music hype.

But, I thought it'd be fun to share a sample of songs that portray, encompass, or touch on the Easter story. While many Christian songs are obviously about Jesus, these I felt like touched on, specifically, His death and resurrection. I am certain there are many more, but here are some I plan to enjoy and play this week as we approach Easter! I hope you are encouraged and reminded of the sacrifice paid on your behalf--by Jesus--in order that you may be united into a right relationship with God.

Shout Unto God
How Deep The Father's Love For Us
Jesus Messiah
Mighty to Save
Jesus Paid It All
God's Not Dead (Like a Lion)
Lamb of God
Amazing Love
At the Cross
By His Wounds
Up From The Grave He Arose
Jesus, Friend of Sinners
Your Great Name

[All songs available for purchase on iTunes]

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Shattered by Betrayal

We have likely all faced betrayal in our lives. Even Jesus experienced betrayal. As I was recently going through a lesson in Beth Moore's Breaking Free Bible study titled "Hearts Broken by Betrayal" I loved some of her thoughts. She began with reading Psalm 55, where King David pours out his heart after the betrayal of a close friend. 

"For it is not an enemy who taunts me—then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God's house we walked in the throng." - Psalm 55:12-13

Beth then writes, "Only a person who has had intimate access to your heart can betray you to the point David described." Have you ever had a close friend turn their back on you and/or betray your trust? I'm sure we all, or at least the majority of us have. I know I have experienced that pain and it is something I would never wish upon anyone... when someone who knows the depth of your heart digs in deep, knowing full well that they will cause you pain. And this brings me to my next point.

Beth goes on to share that the betrayal Jesus faced when Judas brought a crowd to arrest him was different than the betrayal Jesus faced when his disciples fell away in fear. Evil and fear often cause one to betray another, but oh how different those motives are! The difference is premeditation. Judas knew exactly what he was doing and followed through, knowing the ramifications. The disciples responded quickly and in the moment. I would venture to say that intentional, premeditated, betrayal is the worst kind. Not only does the betrayal itself royally hurt, but the thought that someone so close to you sought out to cause you pain is almost unbearable.

Ok so, pretty somber realizations and truth here. But the good news in all of this is that because Jesus has gone through what we all go through, he can sympathize with us! "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin." - Hebrews 4:15 We can find comfort when we face the pain of the turning of a friend. Beth, with more wisdom, shares, "To best know how to bind up the heart broken by betrayal, He chose to experience it. Christ ministers to the betrayed through His example." Not only does He offer comfort, He offers The Way. We can find the "higher road," if you will, by following the footsteps of Jesus. When someone close to you hurts you, are you tempted to fire back? I know I am. But by seeking to follow Jesus, I can (and you can!) find solutions that do not involve retaliating or responding in anyway that is unChristlike. He navigated through betrayal and pain without sinning. By following His ways, we can too (although, we will probably still be tempted!).

When the reality and pain of betrayal come your way, seek the comforting embrace of Jesus. And remember, He knows exactly how you feel.

"He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted." - Isaiah 61:1

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Break [After]

Spring break has officially come to an end. It was a much needed refreshing week, for sure! Although I dearly missed my husband (especially at night as I am such a scaredy cat!), my week was productive and enjoyable. 

Before the week began, I jotted down a list of things I wanted to set out to achieve, aware I wouldn't get them all done -- but I needed to have something to aim for!

What I did end up getting done... =)

- And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers - a GREAT read with plenty of surprises for me!
- Completely His by Shannon Ethridge (this I have read before but I think I could use a refresher!)
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (this I have also read before but if I get to it, would love to again!)

- I ended up (almost finishing) The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers. I thought about the other 2 books and chose to read a book I hadn't yet read that had been on my "to-read-list" for quite some time.

- Wreaths (one for the front door, one for the kitchen) - here's my very first wreath! It'll soon be finding it's home on our front door. One was enough for now. The kitchen wreath will come soon enough.

- Replace St. Patrick's Day mantel decor with Easter decor - here's what I threw together to spruce up our home for Easter!
- Distress dining room table - I realized getting the table outside to do this, by myself, was more challenging than it was worth.

- Tyler's birthday - no such luck... poor guy. Hopefully I get SOMETHING by Friday....
- Easter basket fillers - SUCCESS! Sweet sweet success and so excited to give these fun treats to Tyler!
- Still on the hunt for tunics! (and I get to do this with a sweet friend) - My friend and I decided to wait until we were in a better financial position to go shopping... haha.

- Lunch with friends - loved Chick-fil-A with Missy, Bible study on Tuesday over coffee, tea, and snacks, and lunch with a friend at a Mediterranean place downtown!
- Zumba - no Zumba... but I did make it to the gym!
- Blog

- Skype (family)
- Call (friends, family) - I did this but would've liked to have caught up with some more people, for sure.

- Front door - now a clean home for the new wreath!
- Shower (it needs a nice deep clean) - whelp, still no clean shower. Shame.
- Floors (they need a good mop and shine) - what a workout to Swifter and mop wood floors throughout.... man!

And in addition to what I planned, I was able to spend some great time with the Lord in prayer, reading His Word and continuing to go through Beth Moore's Breaking Free Bible study; enjoy some chick flicks; spend a fun night with some gymnastics girls who were all unable to go home for break; get a huge dent in laundry; and sip tea from my new tea set!

Now that it's over, I am beyond thankful to have Tyler home safely, and am looking forward to finishing out the semester with a bang and look ahead to all that summer will hold!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Redeemed & Called By Name

This morning, as Natalie Grant's voice filled the air, I sat down with my coffee and Bible and opened to Isaiah. Only recently have I began to really cherish all the truths and promises found in the book of Isaiah. Each time I read through Isaiah 43, specifically, I end up underlining or circling something new, so eventually, I'm sure the whole passage will be marked up! But, it's only because God continues to use this specific chapter in Isaiah to speak tenderly to my heart. And there is no doubt in my mind that He can and will speak to you through these words as well. Without further adieu, Isaiah 43 my friends (emphasis mine).

Israel's Only Savior

43 But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

I give Egypt as your ransom,
    Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my eyes,
    and honored, and I love you,

I give men in return for you,
    peoples in exchange for your life.
Fear not, for I am with you;
    I will bring your offspring from the east,
    and from the west I will gather you.
I will say to the north, Give up,
    and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
    and my daughters from the end of the earth,
everyone who is called by my name,
    whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made.”
Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes,
    who are deaf, yet have ears!

All the nations gather together,
    and the peoples assemble.
Who among them can declare this,
    and show us the former things?
Let them bring their witnesses to prove them right,
    and let them hear and say, It is true.
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant whom I have chosen,
that you may know and believe me
    and understand that I am he.

Before me no god was formed,
    nor shall there be any after me.
11 I, I am the Lord,
    and besides me there is no savior.

12 I declared and saved and proclaimed,
    when there was no strange god among you;
    and you are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and I am God.
13 Also henceforth I am he;
    there is none who can deliver from my hand;
    I work, and who can turn it back?”
14 Thus says the Lord,
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I send to Babylon
    and bring them all down as fugitives,
    even the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice.
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
    the Creator of Israel, your King.”
16 Thus says the Lord,
    who makes a way in the sea,
    a path in the mighty waters,
17 who brings forth chariot and horse,
    army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
    they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
18 “Remember not the former things,
    nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;

    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.
20 The wild beasts will honor me,
    the jackals and the ostriches,
for I give water in the wilderness,
    rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
21     the people whom I formed for myself
that they might declare my praise.
22 “Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob;
    but you have been weary of me, O Israel!
23 You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings,
    or honored me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with offerings,
    or wearied you with frankincense.
24 You have not bought me sweet cane with money,
    or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins;
    you have wearied me with your iniquities.
25 “I, I am he
    who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
    and I will not remember your sins.

26 Put me in remembrance; let us argue together;
    set forth your case, that you may be proved right.
27 Your first father sinned,
    and your mediators transgressed against me.
28 Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary,
    and deliver Jacob to utter destruction
    and Israel to reviling.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lessons from Fiction: And the Shofar Blew

As I've shared with you, reading has not always been a favorite pastime of mine. But, as I have grown in Christ, I believe He has increased my desire and love for gaining knowledge - through reading!

This Spring Break, I hoped to do some "fun" reading (a novel or book for pure enjoyment, as opposed to something I have to read for work). And I did! My mom had loaned me a novel by Francine Rivers over a year ago and I hadn't had the chance to pick it up, until now. Well, ok, I probably did have time to read it before now, but I also see God's perfect timing in having me read it now. So, I began Francine Rivers' And the Shofar Blew Saturday and was engrossed in it until midday Wednesday. Before I began the book, I never would have guessed God would have lessons hidden in this fun read, just for me. But, He did! And how grateful I am, that He speaks to my heart. I would like to share with you some of the wisdom I was reminded of and the unexpected lessons I gained.

  • When convicted of pride, listen and heed the Holy Spirit's warning!
  • Don't confuse the building of God's kingdom (spreading the gospel message of life in Jesus Christ) with growing a church or ministry. (Don't get caught up in the numbers.)
  • Just because something is growing (for instance, attendance in a church or ministry) does not mean it is good.
  • You can't start something and expect the Lord to show up and finish it for you. Start with seeking and obeying God's will.
  • Open doors do not always reveal God's plan.
  • What is done in ministry should never be based on how much money comes in (by donations, tithes, gifts, etc.) The gospel and people are worth so much more than any dollar amount.
  • [Two of the main characters discuss the meaning of love] - Character one: "Love means loyalty." Character two: "Love also means telling you when you're wrong."
  • Do not give advice unless someone asks for it! Best you can do is pray and wait on the Lord.
  • "Satan does his best work in a church. If Satan can get to the shepherd, he can prey on the flock."
  • "When would men learn they couldn't go against the Lord without facing consequences? They thought they could go about their lives and go whatever they thought right in their own eyes, and then have the unmitigated audacity to call it "serving the Lord.""
  • "But love doesn't ignore what's wrong. Love doesn't sweep sin under the carpet and pretend it isn't there."
  • "Pastors need good men around them, men who can see trouble brewing and confront it before it gets a foothold." And I believe this to be true of those serving in full-time ministry, in any capacity, not just pastors. And for this to be effective, the pastor/worker must be willing to listen!
  • No one but God can turn one's life around.
  • Only God can truly heal our wounds. 
  • Forgiveness is a decision. Trust takes time.
  • No man can take credit for any man's salvation! It is God ALONE who saves by HIS grace!
  • All too often, people (even Christian workers, pastors, missionaries, etc.) use the Lord's name to get their way.
  • There's a great difference between shepherding a flock and a cattleman driving a herd into market. There are those (pastors, Christian workers, etc.) who try to mold you and make you into what they are, when they should be focused on teaching who Christ is and leading others to become more like Him!
  • Be wary of those who claim to speak for God, but whose words are hollow and lives are in the shadow of judgement and death.
  • Learn from the mistakes of others.
  • Have a good mentor in your life - a few even! And proceed with caution when under the authority of a man who does not have a mentor.
  • All in all, seek the Lord above all else.

Good stuff, huh? I didn't want the book to end! I hope I have left you feeling encouraged, and not feeling like it would be a waste for you to read And the Shofar Blew. I would highly recommend it, to anyone, but especially those serving in full-time ministry.

Now, onto The Atonement Child. =)

"Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain." - Psalm 127:1

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Amidst Spring Break

Ahh..... well, this week has already been so many things, and it's not over yet! I'm realizing that I will not be getting done everything I set out to accomplish. And that's disappointing but I'm grateful to still be getting some of it done!

So, the week thus far....Tyler left early Saturday morning. After I dropped him off, I returned home and went back to sleep! Later that day, I Skyped with my family. I loved every second of it. I miss them dearly. As evening drew near, I began reading and the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers. This kept me entertained into the wee hours!

Sunday morning I woke up and enjoyed Idlewild's Live Worshipcast. It was such a joy and blessing to see familiar faces, hear familiar hymns, and listen to Pastor Ken preach from God's Word. My outing for the day Sunday was to the grocery store, which was weird to shop for just me this week, I must say. So I splurged and bought myself some fresh flowers to enjoy! I also stumbled upon a fun Easter basket filler for Tyler at the store.

Monday, Missy and I headed to the mall for lunch and shopping (well, browsing really). We enjoyed a classic Chick-fil-A lunch - my first in New Jersey and man, I am so grateful to have the comfort of Chick-fil-A here, even if it is a little bit of a trip and in a food court.

Later that day, I had planned to run some errands and pick up what I needed for my crafting plans before hitting the gym. Well, success in my craft supply shopping (not so much success in coming up with a plan or gift idea for Tyler's birthday...) but as soon as I got home it was snowing pretty heavily, so I decided I was not going to the gym... haha. Don't judge me. Instead, I curled up with a cup of tea and my novel.

Tuesday, Missy hosted our weekly women's Rutgers coaches Bible study at her home. This was a nice change of scenery from the student center on campus, where we normally meet. We enjoyed snacks, coffee, and continuing our study and discussion of Genesis. This truly has been a fun and enlightening semester with these women! We're all gleaning so much wisdom from God's Word, together. Later that evening, Missy hosted some of the gymnastics girls (who are unable to go home for Spring Break due to practice and traveling for meets) for dinner. I know they enjoyed getting off campus and enjoying a home cooked meal. After dinner, one of the gals stayed and the 3 of us watched "Return to Me" and enjoyed every second of it!

Wednesday, I headed to New Brunswick for lunch with a friend. She took me to this (new for me) quaint little Mediterranean restaurant, Efes. We had a great time getting to know each other a little better over a delicious lunch! And what a gorgeous day it was...The first day of Spring! After lunch, I walked around a bit to soak up some sunshine =) I ran a couple errands on my way home, hit the gym, and ended up finishing and the Shofar Blew

Today, I have already caught up on some emails, enjoyed hazlenut coffee out of a Cozumel mug Tyler and I picked up on our honeymoon, and gotten laundry started! I began reading Francine Rivers' The Atonement Child last night and hope to finish that before Saturday evening. And today, I plan to begin wreath making, make a few phone calls to friends, and redo the St. Patrick's Day mantel/shelf with Easter decor. All in all, it's been a pretty productive and rejuvenating Spring Break thus far!

"She works with willing hands."
 - Proverbs 30:13

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day


As we celebrate today, sporting our green garb, do we know just what we're celebrating? I grew up in a family that held dear to our Irish heritage. Every year, we would get together to enjoy a traditional Irish meal, corned beef and cabbage (something I will greatly miss this year, being in New Jersey!). And as a young child, I had festive teachers who played "Leprechaun" and would secretly stir up mischief in the classroom. Needless to day, St. Patrick's Day was always a day that I celebrated!

I stumbled upon this video which gives a great and quick history of the holiday. I love holidays with depth, meaning, and purpose. And I am somehow not surprised that we, as a culture, have taken a God-centered holiday and turned it into something completely secular, green beer and all. For me, this changes things. Not only will I continue to celebrate the life of Saint Patrick and my Irish heritage, but I will holdfast to the message Saint Patrick brought to Ireland - the message of Jesus Christ! From here on out for me, that part will not be overlooked or shoved under the rug, but it will take prominence as we look to Saint Patrick and his life as a missionary, taking the Gospel message to the world, as inspiration.

Today, I am proud not only to have some Irish blood in my veins, but also for the blood of Jesus as payment for my sins. Through Christ, I have salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life. And that is enough reason to celebrate today and everyday!

How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spring Break [Before]

Spring Break as I know it has changed forever. It is currently snowing outside as I sit in my apartment, with the heat on. Prior to this, I have spent every one of my Spring Breaks in the warm air and sunshine. I will be trading my beach towel in for a blanket this year.

As a sophomore in college, I traveled to Jamaica for Spring Break with Campus Crusade for Christ on a mission trip. Pictured above is me with my college discipler, mentor, and friend Brittany (formerly Campus Crusade staff) on a college campus during our time in Jamaica. It was an amazing experience! Not only were we exposed to the culture and people, but I also made friendships with other students on the trip, that I still have today!
Spring Break 2009 I was able to be a part of Campus Crusade for Christ's Big Break. Big Break is an outreach in Panama City Beach, Florida where much of the country's population of college students go to party throughout the week. It was an eye opening week... I for the first time was on the other side of the party scene and saw the emptiness in it, and came bearing Good News on the sandy beaches of Florida! Pictured above I am with the two other girls who attended Big Break from USF that year.

This year, here at Rutgers, Spring Break has been long awaited. As I step into this week, I step into days without meeting with girls on campus, no staff meetings, and no lunch in any of the Rutgers student centers (this one I'm excited about!). For some time, I had debated on whether to travel over Spring Break, host company, or simply continue to live out the adventure of living in New Jersey. Well, I would have loved to have had company... but nobody took me up on my offer via Facebook status (maybe not convincing enough?). So, here I am, husbandless for a week, with a small number of friends in the area, and a lot of time.

Last week, I took some time to think through some things I wanted to get done. I split up my desires/goals based on categories. Here's what I came up with:

- And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers
- Completely His by Shannon Ethridge (this I have read before but I think I could use a refresher!)
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (this I have also read before but if I get to it, would love to again!)

- Wreaths (one for the front door, one for the kitchen)
- Replace St. Patrick's Day mantel decor with Easter decor
- Distress dining room table

- Tyler's birthday
- Easter basket fillers
- Still on the hunt for tunics! (and I get to do this with a sweet friend)

- Lunch with friends (so far, I have 3 lunch dates, all of which I'm looking forward to!)
- Zumba
- Blog

- Skype (family)
- Call (friends, family)

- Front door (it's FILTHY! and I refuse to hang a wreath on a dirty door)
- Shower (it needs a nice deep clean)
- Floors (they need a good mop and shine)

Whew! Long list, right? Yes! But I think I can do [most] of it!! Without a plan, I'd sit on my couch, browse Pinterest and get sucked into a TV series on Netflix for the next week. This will give me something to shoot for and even sharing with you adds some accountability. I look forward to sharing with you my successes throughout the week!

When you have extended down time, do you make plans or just go with the flow? Do you like to be productive with your free time, or do you like to just veg?

"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." - Proverbs 16:3

Sunday, March 10, 2013

New Jersey, New Home - Part 1

We have now lived in New Jersey for over 3 months. Wow, time sure does fly! We're settled into our place and I thought it'd be fun to share it with you! In Part 1, is the main living area of our new home. 

But first, a look at the exterior.... [These first two shots were taken a few weeks ago, after Winter Storm Nemo.]

A view from the parking lot at our building

Up the stairs to our apartment....

A look back at the front door

The living room

Living room

We have dubbed this our "reading nook"

The focal point... I've enjoyed decorating the shelf (my makeshift mantel if you will) and currently themed for St. Patrick's Day!

We love candles. They help make our apartment feel like a home. And this one smells especially heavenly (available at your local Target!).

Our balcony/porch with a pretty look into the trees. We can't wait to furnish the porch and enjoy dinners out here later this year!

A look into the dining room from the porch (and I had to capture Tyler's grill in the shot. We're awaiting warmer weather to enjoy some grilled deliciousness!)

Dining room {Updated: 8/2015}

Dining room extras (a display place for antique tea cups, serving pieces, cookbooks, and decorations).

My favorite dining room "decoration"... my grandmother's antique flour sifter.

A look into the kitchen from the living room. 
The kitchen is my favorite room in our home (despite my initial disappointment when it wasn't the beautiful cabinets and granite counter tops I was expecting...). I have baked new delights, prepared new dinner recipes, and warmed up simple frozen finger foods to serve student athletes when hosting game nights! In only 3 months, this kitchen has served me well and I cannot wait to continue to develop my culinary and baking skills, as well as serve others here.

My "baking corner" - I love this! Tyler gifted me the cupcake decor for Christmas. Cute, huh?!

More kitchen - "coffee corner"

Love this fun sugar and creamer set that was a gift from a dear friend as a wedding shower gift. Whenever I use it I not only think of her, but I am reminded of Truth.

Our gas range and a look at part of the kitchen where I feel alive!

Thanks for stopping by, taking a little tour of the main living area of our new home, and joining me on this journey...

 "She looks well to the ways of her household..." - Proverbs 31:27

Look for Part 2 soon as I complete the tour with a peak at our guest room and master bedroom!

And.... PART 2!