blog challenge.

I’ve decided to do a ten-day blog challenge. Here are the topics:

Day 01- A recent picture of you and ten facts about yourself.
Day 02- Favorite super hero, and why?
Day 03- A picture of something that makes you happy.
Day 04- Describe your perfect day.
Day 05- A favorite childhood memory.
Day 06- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to.
Day 07- A person you would love to meet.
Day 08- A picture of your family.
Day 09- Something you miss.
Day 10- A picture of you last year and recently, how have you changed?

I’ll begin tomorrow.

DIY key holder.

This is the key holder I made shortly after my husband and I moved in to our new apartment. He and I would constatly misplace our keys, so I decided it was time for some organization. I got the idea for the look of it from pinterest (of course!), but customized it to my own liking.

Here are the supplies I needed to finish the project:

A wooden shadowbox frame from hobby lobby (I painted it black), $4.99

A wooden initial “L” for our last name, (I painted it blue to match our living room), $1.99

A package of “cup hooks” from walmart in the home improvement section, (mine were actually silver), $2.99

2 different colored felt squares for the flower in the corner from Hobby Lobby (I used blue and black, of course), $.25/each

As you can see, the entire project cost about $10. It was very easy, fun, and it looks great in our living room. Needless to say, we don’t missplace our keys anymore.

lent is here.

For the past week, I have been trying to think of what to give up for lent this year. I want this year to be different. To me, the ultimate purpose of lent is sacrifice and growth. It’s to represent the time when Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and fasted the entire time, while being constantly in prayer with God. He was tempted by Satan several times, but never gave in. That is what we should strive for during lent. To be more Christ-like in our sacrifices and prayer life.

When you give up something you enjoy on a regular basis, such as soda or chocolate, it is impossible to do it alone. You have to rely on the Lord’s strength, not your own. And as dramatic as it may sound, it’s true. When I gave up meat last year for lent, I had to pray at almost every meal. I was constantly tempted to endulge in the one food I had commited not to. What made matters worse, nobody around me gave it up. It really was a struggle for me, but through prayer and strength from the Lord, I did it. He gave me every bit of encouragement I needed and it was great. I saw how much closer I grew to Him in that time period.

This year, I want to not only give something up, but also add something to my daily routine. I have officially given up carbonation. Just a side note: I’m not sharing that I’m fasting (and what I’m fasting from) to be boastful in any way. I know that when we fast, we are to keep it between the Lord and ourselves, but I’m sharing it more for accountablity than anything. I know that if my community of friends and family know what I’m giving up and adding for lent, they will be more helpful in my efforts.

As far as adding something, I have decided to wake up 20-30 minutes earlier than normal and spend that time in the Word. I want to get in the habit of this, because I know it will make a difference in my attitude throughout the day and also, I have been lazy in my quiet time with the Lord lately. My ultimate goal in doing this, is for it to continue on after lent. As the Lord teaches me things, I will update on that. I hope that this will encourage others to make it a point to spend more time reading the Bible throughout the day, because it really is God’s guide for our lives and without reading it and knowing it, how can we live as He’s called us to?

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. – Joel 2:12-13

What an encouraging verse. At this time period, in the book of Joel, God is upset with his people. They are living in sin and disobedient. But he says, “yet even now”, meaning, even at our darkest hour, he is there. He is there, ready to show his mercy and grace. His love is unconditional and I am so thankful for that.

God is good.

valentine’s day scavenger hunt.

As I said in my previous post, I had a suprise waiting for my husband when he got home. I want to share it, because I had fun with it. It’s a cheap, yet thoughtful gift and when you have a low budget, stuff like this works!

Now, these were the clue cards that I left around the house for him. I just cut hearts out of white cardstock, lined the outside edge with red marker and cut a small pink heart to mark the order so he would know he found the correct one. Each clue (somewhat) rhymed. I had fun with it.

I left a bag of iced sugar cookies that said “You’re a smart cookie! Keep it up.” about halfway through the hunt. It was just for a little encouragement. 🙂

The final clue led him to the fridge where his gift was hidden. What was inside?……

Homemade chocolate covered strawberries! Am I the best wife ever or what? Haha. I had never made these before, but it actually was easier than I thought. A lot messier than I had imagined, but very easy to make! The strawberries I got at the store were HUGE. For the container, it was $2.86 and the melting chocolate bars were each about $2 (milk and white chocolate). So I spent a total of $8 on his gift. I already had the red sprinkles at home and just added those as some extra decoration.

He said the entire time he was doing the scavenger hunt, he had a smile on his face. I guess my mission was accomplished then. I’m glad it all went over as smoothly as planned.

I can’t say I’m the only thoughtful gift giver of the relationship though. I woke up yesterday morning (he had already left for work) and found this in the dining room:

A cute “I love you” balloon and my favorite kind of wine with a sweet card. I have a great husband.

The Lord has truly blessed me.

true love.

Happy Valentine’s day!

One of my favorite holidays has arrived. I have a surprise waiting for my husband at home and I can’t wait to share it once he’s discovered it! I enjoy being sneaky and creative and showing him I care. Seriously, I love valentine’s day. But let me be honest about what gets me so fired up for this day each year. I don’t just love it because I have someone to share it with, and I don’t just love it because people show their romantic side, and I certainly don’t just love it for the gifts. So, why is this day so special to me? It’s special, because it always reminds me of an even greater love, one that I will never fully understand. A love so great, it was to die for. A love I can’t wrap my brain around. This love comes from the Lord. He sent his ONLY son into this world, who died for each and every one of us sinners and rose again, 3 days later. THAT is true Love (with a capital L!). God set the perfect example of love for us, because Jesus IS love. He gave up everything for us. So, let us always be mindful of this sacraficial love that was shown for us. And remember, love is something we should show 365 days a year, not just one. Show Christ’s love through your words, actions, and life. Always.

“We love because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:19

Amen. Enjoy your day!