Monday, September 26, 2011

strong enough

The song Strong Enough by Matthew West has been on my heart for the past couple of weeks and I felt like it needed to be shared.

You must, You must think I'm strong
To give me what I'm going through

Well forgive me
Forgive me if I'm wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

I know I'm not strong enough to be
Everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up
I'm not strong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord right now I'm asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For the both of us

Well, maybe, maybe that's the point
To reach the point of giving up
Cause when I'm finally
Finally at rock bottom
Well, that's when I start looking up
And reaching out

Cause I'm broken
Down to nothing
But I'm still holding on to the one thing
You are God
and You are strong
When I am weak

I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don't have to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

gone on vacay!

Heather and I are flying up to Seattle this evening for a much needed vacation! Jenny’s mom invited us couple months ago as a graduation present for Jenny. Happy Graduation Jenny! We’ll be driving up to Whistler tomorrow and spending the weekend in the mountains. I feel very lucky to be able to go to Seattle-ish twice this fall.

I’m sure I’ll have lots of fun pictures [and maybe videos] to share when I get back next week! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

baby shower

On Saturday my mom, aunt, Heather and I hosted a baby shower for my cousin Kristin. I wrote this blog post back in July about how they had been approved to adopt. Well, right before Labor Day weekend and a very selfless woman chose them to adopt her 5 week old little boy. You can definitely see God's hand working through their adoption journey that lead them to sweet baby James. We had so much fun planning, buying presents and decorating for the shower. It was wonderful to see it all come together. I took James' baby pictures yesterday and posted them on my facebook fan page. He's such a little stud muffin. Here are a few pictures from the shower!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Seen It, Heard It, Read It

Seen It
Switched at Birth

This is an ABC Family show that the sister found on instant Netflix. She was going to start watching it and then I joined her. It’s a really good show and it looks like the second half of the first season will start in January.

Chaos Theory

This was a random one that I found on Netflix. I figured it had Ryan Reynolds and the reviews were decent, so I added it to the instant queue. I must admit was multitasking while watching, so it didn’t have my full attention. It was an interesting story about a man who is an efficiency expert and his wife tries to help him by changing the clock by 10 minutes, but instead of giving him more time she made him late. The movie shows the chaos that ensues because of it.

Eat, Pray, Love

This is a great chick flick. I love Julia Roberts! She’s just so fabulous. I love all of the places she visits in this movie. I totally relate to Elisabeth’s search for herself. But, I don’t think I will ever read this book. I know a couple friends who had started it, but couldn’t get through it. I'm fine with just appreciating the movie for what it is.

The Big Bang Theory: Season 4

My mom and I saw this at Costco the day it came out and decided we needed it. I never watched much of this season on tv, because I figured I’d watch it when it came out on dvd. It’s been fun to see new-to-me episodes! I love Sheldon.

Heard It
I saw this video on Maggie’s blog a couple weeks ago. This couple is pretty amazing. If you haven’t heard them yet you may want to go check them out on Youtube. They are incredibly talented. I had this song stuck in my head for a week straight.

Read It
Fearless by Max Lucado

This book got “lost” on my Nook. Not really lost, but when I don’t have the physical book I can sometimes forget what book I’m in the middle of. This, like previous books, is one that was challenging for me to get through. This is not to say it wasn’t a great book. It’s just one of those “hard to swallow” books.

Radiant by Marian Jordan

This is another book that I have on my Nook. I started it thinking that I hadn’t read it before (I know, I’m a horrible person to forget), but the whole first half of the book was really familiar. I think I had started it once, never finished it, decided to start over, but then forgot and re-read it. Anyway, it was great and a very quick read, I finished it in an afternoon. Marian talks about how to live as a light

Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

OMG. I love Shauna Niequist. She is so talented and has an amazing way with words. She is one of my favorite authors. I got this book on sale on my Nook with a birthday gift card. This book focuses on how life is simultaneously bitter and sweet. She shares stories from her own life, specifically from a time in her life where she was dealing with hurts and heartaches, but found joy and sweetness through it all. If you haven’t heard of her before, I’d recommend reading her book Cold Tangerines first.

Real Girl Next Door by Denise Richards

I found this book when I was searching for Nook books to buy with my birthday gift card, but decided to just check it out from the library. There was a pretty long waiting list, but I finally picked it up last week. I thought it was a great book and very interesting.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

my life in retrocam

Here are a few pictures from my life lately. There's a couple random ones in there [like the first one], but that's kinda my life, haha. Enjoy!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Home Makeover

This post has been a long time coming. This is the secret project I was working on last month!

In August when my dad went to Texas [for the third time since April] on a Fire Information assignment, my mom and I went to work. She wanted to surprise him, so during the three weeks he was gone we made over the master bedroom and bathroom. They had never really decorated their room and weren’t happy with the recent purple paint job in the bathroom.

I loved my extended paint roller brush!

Heather wasn’t able to help because she was recovering from whiplash. So it was pretty much just mom and me. It was hard work, but really fun! I even became mayor of Home Depot on Fourquare during the process. While we were cleaning out their room I found a stash of some of my dad’s old photography. I got the idea to use it as part of their d├ęcor. It ended up working perfectly and was a fun surprise for my dad. I also found some gifts that were given to him when he retired from the BLM a few years ago. Mom and I bought a shadow box to include some of his favorite pins, name badge and a pocket watch that was given to him when he retired. 

After we finished up the master bedroom and bathroom, my mom “surprised” Heather and I by telling us that we could makeover our bathroom. I wasn’t sure if I was happy or stressed about it, haha. Mom went to a convention in Minneapolis and gave Heather and I some cash and guidelines. She wanted us to keep the shower curtain and the soap dispenser, cup and a few decorations. 

Heather and I spent the next three days picking out paint at Home Depot, stripping old wallpaper off, texturizing the now stripped, previously wallpapered walls, priming and painting. We even created some new decorations for the wall in our bathroom. We used DIY project ideas from Promise and Elsie. It was hard work, but we loved how it all came together. My mom was a little shocked by the color of the paint we chose. She was expecting/hoping for something subtler, but she likes how it came together. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fashion Friday: Spring 2012

Some of my favs from Fashion Week.

3.1 Phillip Lim

Alice + Olivia

Christian Siriano

Diane von Furstenberg

J Crew

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Michael Kors

Nanette Lepore

Rachel Zoe

Victoria Beckham