valentine's day!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

this morning when i went to my teaching field work, my sweet kinder class gave me a box that they had filled to the brim with valentines! couldn't possibly have been a more precious way to start my day!

two years ago, we took this picture on valentines day. i thought it would be silly and happy if we took a picture, posing the exact same way. just to see how we've changed and be cute, yanno? :)
but then someone, not me, might i add.. :) was being a little silly.  looking back, the silly pictures make me really happy, which is why i'll share a few here!

then ben suggested, why don't we hold the original picture in our new picture? this idea had pinterest written all over it, which is funny because obviously he's a boy and doesn't know what pinterest has to say about these sorts of things. so that gave us..

this first attempt was a bit too giggly. :)
  success! i loved a relaxing and happy night just hanging out with my best friend, thinking about how good God is to us. hope your valentine's day was swell, however you spent it. there are seasons of life for all things.

i'm liking up to the anderson crew's embrace the camera today- FOR THE FIRST TIME. whoop. :) check it out!

what's on my heart this morning.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.- 1 John 4:18

this scripture was on my heart this morning. i woke up thinking about it. that's always a wonderfully encouraging thing. waking up, and hearing truth whisper through your mind.

the footnotes in my study bible summarize this verse as this, because of the PERFECT love that was shown through Christ's death on the cross as atonement for our sins,  we do not have to fear the wrath of death any longer. phew. honestly, this concept is sometimes one i can barely wrap my head around. my little human noggin often can't comprehend things eternal, bc all i've ever known is a life based on time.

 my friend beth told me of a quote she read somewhere a few weeks ago, and i keep thinking about it. basically the quote was talking about how we love vacations and relaxation and loosing track of time. we love days where you can just lounge around and forget where we are and when we have things to do. this is because we were created to long for eternity with Christ. it's something pretty wonderful to think about, even when it feels like we can't understand it.

 this verse was clearly on my heart for a reason this morning. that reason is the fact that i am an insane worrier. it's ridiculous and out of hand at times. i wonder often if i've hurt people's feelings when it's completely irrational, if i've made mistakes in little things, big things, really all things. it's major sin in my life. we don't like to say that i don't think, what the sin in our life is. but this is one i feel like is appropriate to share.

 i have no need to fear. i have no need to fear because the loving God that i serve has every second of my life planned out for my very good. simple as that. every single event in my life is orchestrated to place my attention on Him. i don't need to be anxious because i am no longer a slave to the selfish desires of my heart.

 it's something to think about. perhaps it's old hat. but it's fresh and alive for me this morning. i've pondered it before, but this morning.. it's what's making my heart beat. i love that about scripture.

i hope you have a wonderful day. all of these pictures are from a little birthday trip that ben and i took to huntsville state park. i am extremely blessed!

a little look at twenty one.

Friday, February 10, 2012

i'm really blessed with so many people that go out of their way to make me feel loved and cherished.
more later. :)


Friday, February 3, 2012

this week i started observing and helping for my junior methods education class. getting that nametag makes me feel like such a grown up, & reminds me how blessed i am to love my future profession! :) 

go to and order one of these precious scarves immediately! the scarf is amazingly cute, and the best part is that it's made by a woman in africa that has been rescued out of slavery. i want to wear this every day! 

over christmas break ben took me to the livestock auction. it was basically a field trip for a british girl like me. sometimes i wonder if God is giggling at His plans to throw me into this country life. 

christmas day happies!
planning a euro trip at barnes and noble.
a sweet floral arrangement designed by a sweet friend! 

while waiting for the bus on a school-y morning.

my lovely camera is teaching me so much.

a few months after forgetting my bible in ben's truck for a night, discovering this note was so happy!

i miss you, sweet elizabeth deborah!
life rearranged
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