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well it has been a while since my last post- we have had just a “little bit” of stuff going on. we were in haiti for a week which was amazing! i am so thankful to be able to go and love on those people & in return them love on me. i have made long lasting friendships and consider most of them family. when i have a moment to collect all my thoughts & feelings about the trip i will write a more detailed blog, for any of you who have been on a mission trip before you can relate that sometimes it is hard to put all those emotions into words especially when you are sitting at your desk at work. so… here are some pictures!
me & my girls at village kanes
this sweet little girl would not let cory put her down.
tiboyo & i. love this little guy!
makinglove and i. she is so funny- always trying to make the same faces as me.
billy & i. he is the nicest & helps our teams out so much!
this is my sweet sweet wilderson. i was looking forward to seeing him since i left the last time. if i could adopt him i would in a second.
this drink was good.
me, edner & wilderson.
wilderson. so handsome & so so so sweet.
this is ritchamy. he is so sweet, sincere and loves jesus so much. love spending time with him.
i am already planning our next trip there. i miss it everyday & cannot wait to be back.
hats & more hats.
i cannot get enough of them. floppy hats. baseball hats. fedoras. hats with feathers. hats with bows. all things hats.
here are some of my favorite looks with hats.
i love love skirts- add this floppy hat and bam. love it.
i love that they paired this white dress with brown boots and black hat. so cute.
or keep it simple. jeans, shirt, hat. so easy.
& of course you have to carry your hat to the beach!
since we are on the topic of the beach. i am already planning a trip in my day dreams.
have any of you ever been to St. Augustine? it is by far one of my favorites.
here are some of my favorite places there.
they give ghost tours, they have amazing little places to eat, & the beaches are so nice!
booking a trip ASAP!
where are some of your favorite places to go in the summer?
i feel like sharing some things that are on my heart about this subject. 1 because it breaks my heart that women struggle with this so bad & 2 because i feel like i have been having this conversation with so many people lately.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
— we need to wake up people. this is a battle people fight everyday. the media throws so many things in our faces about what we are “supposed” to look like or who we are “supposed” to be. every where we go there are images jumping out at us saying, “hey, you need to look this” “hey, you are not good enough”. our little girls are walking through the malls and society is shaping their beautiful little minds into something it should never be. an image that is false. we are turning on the tv and every commercial is about weight loss, another diet, or a model showing us what we “should” look like. the world has this standard that we measure ourselves with & it ends in heart break, a poor body image, we tell ourselves we are not good enough, we don’t measure up, it ends up with children in the hospital from depression & self harming. it breaks my heart. we all struggle with it. i just want women to step up and show these girls the truth. every single one of you are beautiful. don’t get me wrong, i don’t have a problem with people working out, eating healthy, doing your cross-fit, or the women that are naturally thin. what i am saying is when what you look like becomes who you are, when your self-image is found in what you look like instead of who God has made you to be.
God new us before we were ever made. he planned for each of us to be here. he made us all different. how amazing that we are so thought out. that every action led to each and every one of us. i want to encourage every person that is effected by the world standards and speak good things into one another. speak like into each other. surround yourself with positive people and read the word of God over your life. you are not who the world says you are, you are so much more.
check out this video that amy poehler made here
this breaks my heart
this world is sad, but it doesn’t have to be. lets stand up for each other. we need to support each other & remind each other of who we truly are. lets not focus on what we view as negative- lets speak the positive. lets not speak bad about each other & complain. the cup is always more full than we think. we are so blessed to have every thing that we do. don’t take it for granted. lets love each other. lets love ourselves. lets not be a statistic, lets break the strongholds that are so prevalent in this world. lets truly believe what the word says about us & lets step into who the lord has called each one of us to be. we are all different & unique lets be that person.
what i always like to say. “be true to you”
something i am really struggling with right now is being content. i feel like i struggle with this a lot. i try to not complain but when you are a daydreamer and stubborn like i am, it is really hard. i am always thinking of the future & what is going to happen next or i have a certain picture of what i want my life to look like. i get really sad when things are not shaping into the way i have planned. i get a little angry too. then i start to worry and wonder about all the what if’s.
what i am learning now is that i need to shift that focus onto being content with everything i have at this moment. bc everything i have at this moment is more than someone else has somewhere. its more than i ever deserved. i believe the lord has me where i am at right now for a purpose & even though i do not have a clue what that is i am learning to be happy.
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
& then there are times when i feel restless and tired. i just need strength.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
i just need to wait on the lord. stop worrying about the what if’s and realize he has everything in control. does this happen to you? do you ever feel like this? i feel like i am not the only one, but if someone out there is going through the same thing these verses really help me.
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?
preparing my heart for haiti and i feel so selfish even feeling like this.
today marks 11 days until i will be in haiti again. what? the time has flown by. i am driving to carrollton today to turn in the last part of our money.
cannot wait to see this little guy.
want to pray about our trip? here is what you can pray about.
1. for rain. they need it in a really bad way.
2. for our team- that the lord would work through us in whatever way he needs too.
3 that i don’t cry my eyes out when i leave- i did a really really great job last time holding it back. when i got home i spent the next few days crying in the shower. my heart was exploding. so many thoughts and emotions.
4. that whatever we do and say there show them jesus.
those are just a few.
ok- so here are some new things.
i got a jeep. really excited about that one.
the day we were leaving for our mini vacation to the mountains i cracked a tooth on a scooby snack. literally in the jeep fixing to back up and ate a scooby snack and bam. cracked. so. since we do not have dental insurance i found a doctor in carrollton that i am making an appointment with to see that has this plan called “complete smile”. you pay $250 and get exams, x rays, 2 teeth cleanings, and 20% off anything you need. which would mean getting my tooth fixed.
it is finally spring. which means more of this.
& of course sunday is easter. what an amazing celebration. behind the cotton ball tail and chocolate easter bunnies and egg hunts there is so much more. jesus.
i cannot say i don’t like the easter baskets & chocolate. my mom was always good with these things. we had homemade baskets, she made the best peanut butter eggs, she would use all her fancy molds and make chocolate suckers, ect. my nanny would also get those little plastic grocery buggies and fill it with candy & everything else you could imagine. i miss her. holidays are never the same & will never be the same since she is no longer here.
so a couple of weeks back we set up a date at piedmont park with the ivey’s. ronda & i wanted some practice with our cameras & it was a beautiful day. i have so enjoyed getting to use my camera more & ever since i ordered my new lens i am even more obsessed. i have light-room now & it is really fun learning and putting your stamp on a photo. i particularly love close ups so my new lens is perfect for that. for those of you who are interested i used this one. it was a picture perfect day- sunny- good company & laughter.
here are some of the photos.
this is my friends little boy- is he not the cutest?
also- i am seriously wanting these things for spring! can you believe it? it is finally here!!!
i moved from franklin county around 2006, it was a big step for our family. my nanny passed away & it was really hard for me, for all of us, she was my most favorite person in the world. i think of her all the time & i love the memories we have bc i can always cherish them.
when i moved here i also left a lot of friends, i also gained new ones. one of them being jillian.
i was working as a barista at seattles best in kennesaw at borders (horders as we called it) she started working there in march & the rest is history. we quickly became friends & have remained that way.
we would have re unions there sometimes when it was our anniversary.
we would take photos to celebrate her birthday
we share the same love for bread
she is one of the funniest people i know.
we both love coffee
she always supports my habits of throwing parties where i become OCD and crazy while i plan. she drove over an hr to this party
we have been through a lot together. i am so thankful to have dates with her where we dream of the future & make plans to run our own business. she is what i like to call a solid friend. one who is there through the good & the bad. i love her heart and how genuine she is. she truly cares & i appreciate that more than she will ever know. i cannot wait for her to be auntie jill. oh & did i mention i cannot take her anywhere without guys fawning all over her.
she can also shoot a gun– yes jillian i stalked your photos to find all of these. this was her in her cabin in the woods, she was shooting a bear.
we had a habit of following each other around & working at the same places. we always worked so well together. we started at borders- then went to TJI Fridays- then to woodstock coffee house. who knows what the future holds! we even took a communications class at kennesaw state university together.
last night we took a walk to the nook to eat tater tots covered in amazing things. it was an eventful night- which included a man stalker who was there with his girlfriend but continued to tell jillian she was the most gorgeous red head he has ever seen. come on guys. are there any respectable gentlemen out there anymore, or did i get the last one?
love you jillian & jillyvans will be around forever! so glad you are apart of my life
april 28th we go back to haiti (i know i have been talking about it a lot-i cannot help it) & it has me thinking of travel. so today i am going to share my wish list travel list of the top 5 places i want to go. one of them is already in the works for our 5 year anniversary & i could not be more excited.
ireland is cory & i’s top place to go. we are already planning to go there on our 5th anniversary. any tips from my readers out there on how to travel there the smart way- please comment! we want to see everything from the guiness factory to castles to hanging out with some locals.
spain has always had a little piece of my heart- everytime i see something about spain on the travel channel my heart leaps a little.
montana is freakin gorgeous so why not go right?
california. the beautiful state has so much to offer & i need to see it. my sister lived there for about a year when she had a nanny job & she was always telling me how beautiful it was.
last but not least. texas. the big state of texas- mainly austin. i never hear a bad thing about this city. music. food. atmosphere. let’s go right now!
salt lick bbq
home slice pizza
these are some other places i would like to visit
where are some places on your wish list?
i have been a starbucks fan for a while now. i love loading my app and getting rewards & i do love the iced caramel macchiato.
i work in downtown decatur & have been making my way over to the dancing goats coffee shop alot lately. in fact i have been obsessed with their iced caramel latte. i am such a sucker for good coffee & batdorf & bronson coffee roasters have hit the nail on the head with their coffee.
today my sweet husband called me at work, & my first thought was, something has happened… nope. he said, “come outside” i knew immediately what he had done! go outside & there he is sitting in the white rocket (our old van) with my favorite coffee.
made my day.
last night i had the privilege of watching little man (my friends little boy) for a few hours while his parents took care of an obligation. i was so excited. i do not have any kids yet, so any chance to hang out with little ones i will take. we went to the mall for chicken nuggets- went to old navy and he found a few hats he liked.
he decided on the top.
good choice. it fits him well. he also snagged an r2d2 toy that was stuffed with candy. i did not know about the candy, but his mom texted me this morning and told me r2d2 fell and broke his head & candy came out. woo-hoo. extra points for me. we then shared some cookies from that amazing cookie place at the mall that i cannot remember the name of. we also went to the photo booth.
after the mall we headed to target. he helped me pick out a v-neck and some sunglasses.
first of all, let me tell you, this kid loves cars. loves them. we turned down the car aisle and he went nuts. his eyes were huge and he knew exactly what he wanted. a box with 4 cars. i even picked up a bigger car that made noises.. nope he still chose the box with 4. he knows what he wants. i can appreciate that.
also, i had gotten a coffee drink & i sat it beside him in the buggy. i was kneeling down to look at these car shoes that lit up and they were like $6. i stand back up and he was drinking my coffee. sorry jena. im sure it was like a sip. i was like seriously? you like coffee too? me & this kid are bff. anyways, i should have never taken that shoe off to try on the other one. how do you parents do it? they were like slip on shoes & i felt like i was going to break his ankles putting those things back on (not really break them, but you know what i mean). after target we had only a little time before i met his parents, so we headed to the starbucks parking lot. he had been digging his hands into the side of the car box so obviously we needed to play with them. i parked the van- got him out of his car seat and put him up front with me. took all the cars out and we acted like the cars were exploding and wrecking into each other on the dash. i am fantastic with sound effects so he loved it. he kept handing me the cars wanting me to make sounds and would do this cute little laugh & grin every. single. time.
his parents came & picked him up & he was so excited to see them. it was so sweet.
thank you jena for letting me have some time with your little guy. he is the sweetest & cutest.
did i mention she is expecting her 2nd child & tomorrow we have the gender reveal party to see what she is having! super excited.
i will be taking my new lens to hopefully capture some good moments. i will post them to show you guys!
have a good weekend!