Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Over Coffee

Inspired by Casey Wiegand, NSPottery & Name Your Joy

If we had coffee together, I would tell you...

That I worked at Starbucks for almost 2 years, and it did not turn me into a coffee snob.
My drink of choice is a grande iced coffee con leche, with 2 pumps sugar-free vanilla & non-fat milk.


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My family is incredible!
I can not say enough amazing things about them.
I also am so blessed to have married into a great family, too!



I love this book...


I am blessed with really strong female friendships.
I am still close with friends from childhood, high school, college, work, married life, etc. and now bloggy land! Some of these friends are like family-- lots of aunts to our future kiddos!



A super cute fashion blog you should follow is Gal Meets Glam!


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I get told about once a week that I look like Heidi Montag, from "The Hills."
And then they clarify, "Before the plastic surgery, of course."
Mkay, thanks.

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I can not even begin to tell you how incredibly empowering it is to travel alone. Such a rewarding, growing experience that I think every person should experience... It has definitely changed me as a person.



My most favorite makeup product of the moment is:


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It has taken 5 years to catch up to us... but we currently have baby fever.
And we are ready to start a family.


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I didn't vote for him:

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I really want to make this!!

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What would you tell me? :) 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Guilt

I originally wrote this for when I guest posted for the lovely Heather Boersma over at Dreaming Big.
Enjoy.

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Guilt. Oh guilt.

This is something that I struggle with on an almost daily basis. Hiding in the shadow of the ideal Proverbs 31 woman, guilt often has a way of flooding over me like a furious wave, filling me with feelings of inadequacy, unworthiness, and even depression. It's so easy for me to feel guilty for not spending enough quality time with my husband, or for those phone calls I haven't returned, or for overcooking the lasagna the other night. 


Try harder. Do it all. Look perfect, have the perfect, organized home, make the perfect meal. Oh, and let's not forget all of those things in our past we aren't too proud of. They often have a way of creeping back into our memory to remind and flood us with feelings of shame all over again.

 "We tend to drag up our old sins, that we tend to live under a vague sense of guilt…we are not nearly as vigorous in appropriating God’s forgiveness as He is in extending it. Consequently, instead of living in the sunshine of God’s forgiveness through Christ, we tend to live under an overcast sky of guilt most of the time." - Jerry Bridges

So is guilt from God? No. This kind of guilt is not. This kind of unattainable perfection or the remembrance of things already forgiven by our Maker are only the enemy's way of steering us away from basking in the beauty of redemption. It's not of God.

"Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies." Philippians 4:8 (The MSG)


So is guilt just that? Simply a destructive lie?

I think that guilt can also be a true, legit feeling.
If you're a believer in Jesus Christ, this is also called the Holy Spirit... that small, inward nudging that convicts you if you have indeed done something wrong.

"Perhaps the reason you feel guilty is because you are guilty.  The answer to your guilt problem is not rationalization or self-justification, but forgiveness.  The price of forgiveness is repentance.  Without it there is no forgiveness and no relief from the reality of guilt." -R.C. Sproul 


 Guilt is the Holy Spirit's "red light." 
It is our sign to examine our hearts, come clean, and find true repentance in God, with others, with our souls. However, when guilt persists for longer than it should, it also can provide the green light for the enemy's lies and can hinder our own spiritual growth. 

As women, we are so hard on ourselves. Let's embrace our own individual beauty, stop comparing ourselves to one another, and just find the beauty in our own unique character. Flaws, imperfections, and all.  If we're guilty, if we have sinned-- let's deal with it. And leave it at that, finding true beauty in God's redeeming promises.

Do you struggle with guilt?



Monday, November 28, 2011

Our Thanksgiving

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

Our first Thanksgiving here in AZ was perfect! We were so blessed to have both of our families make the drive out to visit with us and stuff our faces. We also had some friends of ours join us, too. I cooked my very first Thanksgiving meal and am very happy to say that I didn't burn a thing in the kitchen and the turkey was super fab ;)

Our weekend was filled with two hiking trips (one in the freezing cold up in the mountains and one in the Arizona sunshine) to burn off all of that food... lounging around the house and watching Jeff Dunham's comedian shows... eating leftovers... taking walks around the lake... having convos... playing with Hartley... and just enjoying one another.

Yesterday, my parents made the drive back home to San Diego and I sneaked in their car to join them. I'll be here for the next week and am so excited to catch up on time with them since the last time we were out here we only got a few hours together!


Tell me about YOUR Thanksgiving! :)
I'm thankful for each one of you! xo


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Merry Indie Christmas

Hi everyone!
If this is your first time here, or if you're popping over from the Follow Fest, thanks for visiting! My name is Heather. I'm a life-loving, twenty-something that just celebrated 5 years of married bliss with my best friend, Joshua. AND I successfully cooked our 1st Thanksgiving dinner in our new home in AZ with BOTH of our families and a few friends in attendance! Eeeeep!!!

My blog is primarily a lifestyle blog about faith, marriage, friends, adventures, & life in our new city.

I hope you enjoy your visit and pull up a chair & stick around for awhile!



I thought I would share a recipe that I posted awhile ago.
It's almost too good not to share again!
With the holidays coming up, this is the PERFECT cookie and it's so easy!
Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
P.S. Do you think my husband is addicted to energy drinks?!!! ;)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Guest Post: Thankful to be Addy's Mom from Katie of Life in the 505


I'm so blessed to have the lovely Katie here today from Life in the 505.
She was one of my very first blog friends & I just love her beautiful little family.
Isn't her daughter THE. CUTEST?!
I don't think I would get anything done all day if I had her to stare at! SO cute!! :)
Thanks so much for being here today, Katie! 
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! xo

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Hello Heather's readers and Happy Thanksgiving! I am so excited to be doing a Thanksgiving swap with Heather. She is one of my favorite bloggers!

On March 8th, 2011, I waddled into my General Manager's office for an interview that I had been preparing for for months. I was 38 weeks pregnant and my job was being eliminated. I, along with hundreds of other sales employees, had to go through the grueling process of obtaining a new job with the company. I had sat through several meetings, created many sample questions, endured two mock interviews and lost countless hours of sleep over a job that, if I were being totally honest, I didn't even want.

The following day, at 6:39 pm, Adelyne Grace Danner was born.


On March 9th, 2011 I became Addy's Mom.

I love being Addy's Mom.
It's the best job I've ever had.
This is the job I really wanted.
As it turns out, I didn't get that other job and never once have I wished that I did. The money would be nice, of course, but I would miss this face.


So this Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for
Little Gerber Faces,
A very hard working hubby who is just as thankful that I am able to stay home,
Baby Giggles,
The job I didn't get,
Sweet Potato Smiles,
Friends who understand it's not always easy,
Hands that tug on my pant legs
and everyday spent with sweet Adelyne.
This year I am thankful to be Addy's Mom.



 Happy Thanksgiving from the 505!

Go check out Katie & show her some love, here!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I'm Thankful For These Ladies

Today, I'm so thankful for each one of these ladies.
They gave generously to help this cause.
And it makes my heart happy to know them.
They are so beautiful, both in & out!
Definitely be sure to check out their fabulous blogs and show them some love!


Your shop in 3 words?
  unique.vintage.eclectic

What are you thankful for?  
I have SO much to be grateful for, but I am finding extreme gratitude in all of the seemingly simple blessings in my life.  It has been an interesting year for my little family and I am so thankful to be getting back to our 'normal' :)

Any plans for the holidays?
I LOVE the holidays!  We have a lot of family around and my favorite thing about the holidays is getting together with them.  I am big on traditions so all things we have done my whole life during the holidays are very special to me and I love now experiencing them with my own kids!

SHOP // TWITTER // FACEBOOK


Your blog in 3 words?
"Dream come true"

What are you thankful for?  
I'm eternally grateful for my God who daily provides. My life changed significantly in September - my husband and I became first time "parents" to three foster boys, and I started a work-from-home business. God has blessed RDD and used it to provide not only for our needs, but also for some of our wants. Praise His Name!

Any plans for the holidays?
This Thanksgiving we are celebrating my favorite holiday three times. As always, we'll be celebrating at my mom and dad's. We'll also be taking our foster boys to spend time with their maternal grandmother on Friday. And it wouldn't be Thanksgiving for them if they didn't get to see their dad and other grandparents, now would it? You know the phrase, "Gobble til you wobble"? Yep - that'll be me! I'd love for you to visit me and tell me what you're doing for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving y'all! web | blog | facebook | twitter


Your blog in 3 words?
Wow! That’s hard! carefree, summertime, beauty

What are you thankful for? 

I’m thankful for a husband who loves me, a God who cares and guides me, friends who support me, and my very first (owned,  not rented) home!!!
 
Any plans for the holidays?
 My plans for the holidays? Traveling up north to St. Louis and spending Christmas with my wonderful In-laws, family, and friends! I miss them all so much! However, I am NOT excited about the cold weather up there!

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Your blog in 3 words?
   Random Life Thoughts 

What are you thankful for?  
 I am Thankful for my family and friends, and the amazing opportunities that we have everyday to share and spread God's love.

Any plans for the holidays?
  Spending Thanksgiving with my family and having a special prayer for all the troops (we have military family members), Than off to play in the snow!


Your blog in 3 words?
Hopeful. Challenging. Encouraging.

What are you thankful for? 
I am thankful for my hubs - Mr. Beard, my amazing community of friends, and the opportunities that I have been given to work within my passions every day. I am thankful for legacy-leavers (I feature them in a weekly column called What's Hip Wednesday), and people who are going against the grain of "what's hip" in our North American culture to radically follow Jesus in living-out-the-kingdom ways (versus living-out-religion). I'm also thankful that you don't have to be a LAME-O to be passionate for Christ.

Any plans for the holidays?
Wellllllllllll........ because I am Canadian, we already celebrated Thanksgiving. (You guys....that was like, SOOO last month ;). Even though my weekend consists of no holiday (sad face), I just got home from a 5 week out-of-town contract (I'm a freelance musician) and so I plan on spending mega time with Mr. Beard and our friends here in Toronto. 
But I am slightly jealous of the pumpkin pie you will all be eating!!!!!!!!!! 
Happy American Thanksgiving! 


Your blog in 3 words?
Delicious. Adventurous. Bookish.

What are you thankful for? 
I'm constantly amazed at how blessed I am to live in a place where I can pursue my dreams, where even when I don't make much I can still help others, and where I have access to so much knowledge all the time! I am so thankful that I have these things and a wonderful supportive network of family and friends that allows me to keep doing what I love.

Any plans for the holidays?
Thanksgiving at my house: Nanny's German whitebread stuffing, turkey breast and gravy from the drippings, and Aunt Cindy's mashed potatoes. All served alongside some Fightin' Texas Aggie Football (as we play our longtime rivals for the last time this year and win! Whoop!).

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Your blog in 3 words?
Short, Sweet, and Honest

What are you thankful for? 
I'm oh so thankful for God's provision and faithfulness in my life. I'm also thankful for my husband, my sweet baby girl, and for the baby in my belly...and of course, frozen yogurt. 

Any plans for the holidays?
We'll be traveling up to our hometown of Louisville, Kentucky for Thanksgiving. While there we'll be indulging in lots of family time and turkey!

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Your blog in 3 words?
Real, Luv, Happiness

What are you thankful for?
 
I am Thankful for God's Plan for me. Having faith in God that my life will go as he has planned allows me to be free of fear so that I may pursue all that he has in store for me. I go with a full heart and a strong mind and I am truly thankful for that. 


Any plans for the holidays?

I am excited for our Thanksgiving holiday. We are having my in-laws over for the first time. We plan on eating lots of food, drinking wine and laughing until our ears hurt. 

Shop // Blog // Twitter // Facebook




Your blog in 3 words?
college, photography, life 

What are you thankful for? 
I am eternally thankful for my wonderful family and my friends, both in real life and in the blog-o-verse.  I am also thankful for good health, for happiness, for the opportunity to live on this beautiful Earth, and for lovely fall weather that lets me wear cute boots. :] 

Any plans for the holidays?  
Hanging out with the family, putting up the Christmas tree, and stuffing myself full of tasty food.  Sounds like a good holiday to me. :)

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