Friday, January 27, 2012

Cupcake-ology ((Fav thing Friday))









(photo credit: abeautifulmess.typepad.com)
 I have been LOVING cupcakes recently for some reason...they are so cute and you can dress them up anyway you want! I will be making red velvet ones with cream cheese frosting for a Valentine's day party this year. YUM.

My favorite cupcake place in Rochester by far is http://www.sugarmountainbakeshoppe.com/
they have a ton of unique flavors, including bacon which is pretty good for all you doubters out there ;)


Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Metamorphosis of Me.


Note: If you don’t want to read anything raw or real then I would suggest you stop reading now. ;)


If there is anything I have learned these past few years it is that it is more than okay to break the status quo! 3 or 4 years ago I’m not sure I would have said that. Not because I didn't believe it but because I never really wanted to or had to do it. These past few years, just in my everyday life, opportunities have presented themselves to me in which I just couldn’t do what everyone else was doing. Not physically couldn’t do it but something just felt off on the inside. Trust me, I have tried to just “go with the flow” and “jump on the bandwagon” so to speak, but every time afterward my conscious would be kicking me and my heart would eventually sink.

In recent months I have been fascinated with people who are ‘forerunners’, in other words, the first person to do something. I have read story after story of people that have not just went along with everyone else but have stood up for what they believed, or they had a new idea that had never been done before and they did it.
I respect these people and I have found that they all have one thing in common, they were all criticized for it. When you step out and do something “different” we probably will be criticized for it. And I hate to say this, but most often the worst criticism will come from those inside the church not outside of it. That’s the price to pay for “thinking different” (in a positive way not in a destructive way), but eventually once the way is paved history shows others will probably follow

I have never set out to be this kind of person. My whole life I have always been trying to fit in, I have always had this fear of standing out because it meant possible rejection. As long as I can remember I have always feared critics and rejection, but for a while now some of these situations have been in my face, and in my heart I know there is only one right answer. I feel like I have been choosing to make decisions that cause me to go against the flow…at first I hated it, it brought up every insecurity I had and even the ones I didn't know I had. But choosing the other option made me feel even worse, and so did choosing not to choose (complacency). Vulnerability, uncomfortably, and fear were pretty much all I felt when I would go to sleep at night…for a long time.

Looking back I really didn't know if I could withstand resistance and rejection and eventually not change myself. But difficulty has a way of letting you know what’s on the inside, and everything that I felt that has been challenged in my life these past few years has only given me a resolve of steel not to change, bend, or be a man pleaser under any circumstance, especially when it comes to my faith. (and thank you to a few encouraging fiery friends!) The criticism may hurt me but now I know it won’t change me. I’m just stating all this matter of factly, it’s just sincerely where I’m at right now.

I have come into a new appreciation for individuality. I’m really starting to resent cookie cutter molds set in place that quietly define the way people are expected to be/think in the church. Nobody was made to be like anyone else, period. Just because it's always been done this way does that mean we have to keep doing it that way? Just because it's never been done before does that mean it can't be? ...just asking. I feel like our man-made systems puts standards on us that God does not. Am I making any sense? I’m not going rogue here or trying to break tradition just expressing something that’s been stirring in me for quite a while now. Break the status quo today, not just to break it but because the status quo isn’t always right. The status quo can be good but sometimes on the other side of it lays the best. I don’t want to settle for good, I truly desire the best, whatever that may be.  

So with all that to say, I can finally feel the fear of man leaving me in some areas of my life. I don’t have to prove myself to anyone, and I’m willing to be lonely for what I believe in, although I don’t want to be, but I now know I am willing to be.
So the very thing I have feared is the very thing I have had to face these past couple years, and what I thought would take me out is actually helping set me free. Wow. I guess He really does know what He is doing…not that I ever doubted Him ;) 


...sometimes it takes the thing we fear to draw that very fear to the surface so we can overcome it...

Thank God for the people who had the courage to break the norm and “be different”, they are some of my teachers right now. If they didn’t we wouldn’t have some major companies, inventions, outreaches, music, and breakthroughs that we enjoy today.

I hope we all learn how to live life with courage, (and sometimes that means doing it afraid), because that’s what it takes to truly live. Can I get an amen? ;)


"The arrvial of a critic doesn't mean you're headed in the wrong direction, it probably means you're headed in the right one."
-Jon Acuff


I will not forfeit His presence just to gain the approval of man. For in doing so I would be giving up much to receive much less.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Foto


I love these English Tea Cups! They're perfect!
I also like BIG photographs...I'm sure you couldn't tell ;)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Morning Musings


So I blew a fuse in one half of the house this morning. Note to self: do not use blow dryer and space heater at the same time. But in my defense they were in completely different rooms! And to top it off our landlord “conveniently” had a guy doing some construction work on our basement stairs this morning so I could not get to the box. So, let’s recap, I blew a major fuse in the house (which I have never done before) and there was a guy there doing work on the stairs leading to the box (which has never happened before either!) so these two rare occurrences happened on the same morning at the same time. Great, lol. So I left the house late and with hair that was only half dry...did I mention I had a meeting with my executive director this morning?! Ha, can I start this day over? ;)

And as a side note due to a wind storm the night before our power was off for 8 hours, yes it was 20degrees outside AND inside the house. Awesome. I would like for our power to stay on for at least 24 hours straight! That would be nice ;)

Well, that’s it for my morning musings! Hope you have an awesome Thursday!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mason Jar Madness

I love mason jars! And I love finding uses for them around the home. Just added these to our bathroom! :)



I also can't wait to try this DIY project from http://fellowfellow.com/sweet-diy-votives/




Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Photo


I LOVE this photo. I am a fan of vintage cameras as well as vinyl records so naturally I instantly liked this pic! It just has the whole vintage thing going on, which I love!!
photo credit: Kinsey Mhire Photography

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

                                       

It is estimated that there are 27 million people that are modern day slaves. Slavery is not dead just less recognizable. Because His heart burns against injustice mine can't help but burn against it too. Know what is happening, ignorance may be bliss but it's simply not the truth.
Some of my favorite organizations right now are Love146 and the A21 campaign. There are hundreds of excellent organizations out there and plenty of well done documentaries (Nefarious: Merchant of Souls) out there to watch to learn more.

There are more slaves now than at the height of the Mid-Atlantic salve trade. I believe that this could be a sign of the times.

Revelation 18:11-13
11 “And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more— 12 cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and [n]bronze and iron and marble, and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and human lives.


May the fire burning in my heart against injustice never. go. out.

Monday, January 9, 2012

*Home Project*

Mr. Kenyon helped me build a shelf so I could hang some tea cups and organize my tea stuff. He's the best.  Here is the finished product! 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

21 Things you never really needed to know about me

1.) I have an obsession with loose leaf tea 


2.) I had my boating license before my drivers license 


3.) Every summer in high school I would move into our camp on the lake, with no running water or indoor plumbing...yes, because I wanted to. 

4.) I LOVE to travel


5.) I am afraid I am too much yet not enough all at the same time.

6.) I loath wearing bike helmets... and life jackets for that matter, my parents tried to teach me otherwise.


7.) If I had a horse I would name him Noble


8.) I want to be a philanthropist when I grow up

9.) I saw the pacific ocean before I saw the Atlantic 


10.) I once owned a dog whose tongue was too long for his mouth



11.) My husband and I bond over folk music that tell stories. We love Andrew Peterson and Sara Groves. 


12.) Shabby Chic probably describes the style I like the most


13.) I am Outward Bound Alumni (look it up)


14.) I once got stranded in Mitchell, South Dakota 

 
15.) So far, I have been on 3 cross country road trips




16.) I love Mimi's whole made elderberry jelly. She only makes it once a year, I consider it a delicacy. Mimi is my grandma, her name is really Jean but I will always call her "Mimi"


17.) My favorite vacations have been with my mom, just her and I. Together we have explored northern Maine, been to the summit of Mt. Washington, and rode bikes through some of the prettiest mountains in Vermont.


18.) I may be alone in this, but I love salt&Vinegar chips 


19.) I believe whoever created the Swiffer is a genius. 



20.) I have had the same best friend since 3rd grade.


21.) I believe that God wants to speak to us everyday, and I do my best to try and listen. 




There you have it! 21 Things you never really needed to know about me... :) 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

...because life is meant to be *LIVED*


Matt and I went on an "adventure" this past summer and I thought this would be a fun way to remember it instead of just posting photos.  This video is full of "shaky shots",as I like to call them, and raw footage all shot on our iphones, but it is also full of good memories!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I like it HOT...not lukewarm.



As much as the title may deceive you I am referring to tea in this post ;)
I got a teapot warmer for Christmas and it is by far one of my fav gifts I received this season! I really dislike lukewarm tea and prefer it to be piping hot! This works like a charm :) ...and considering it's 12 degrees outside today this will come in quite handy.
BTW- It is a coincidence that my mug matches my shirt, but it is true that mustard is one of my favorite colors! With that to say, stay HOT today...not lukewarm ;)