A Sweet Accomplishment

Today I finished making my very first rag quilt! It's called the "Audrey" because I am going to save it for my future daughter, whom I plan on naming Audrey! I originally planned on selling it, but...yeah, that's not going to happen. I'm too attached!


The Beginning of Something Beautiful

Ok, so it's first day of Fall! The sheer bliss this day entails for me is reason alone to blog! The next few months are my most favorite of the year. The temperatures drop, the leaves change color then fall to the ground, and the sky gets bluer. Really, I think it does. This is the beginning of the most beautiful 3-4 months of the year. Some might argue that Spring is the prettiest because everything blooms and turns green again. I don't disagree that Spring is always like a breath of fresh air when it comes along, but to me, nothing showcases God's handiwork in nature more than the vibrant colors the leaves change into before they fall to the ground. To me, the Fall is all about reminiscing, cuddling, being cozy, being outdoors as much as possible, baking, and getting creative. I'm so thankful for this time!

P.S. I want this: Mandarin Cranberry... YUM!


Just Realized...

Umm...Why do I not own Nicholas Sparks' new book yet?


Joy in the Air

It is not officially Fall yet, but it sure felt like it today! It was in the 60's most of the day I think. So not too cold, but not too warm, with a breeze blowing. I wore a long-sleeved t-shirt for the first time this season! I am HAPPY!!! I love the Fall!!



Today I am trying to contain my excitement...We are going house hunting today!! For the first time in my life, I am going to look at houses for my own family. The only time I've ever house hunted before was when I was a kid, along for the ride, as my parents picked out the best place for us to live. I pray God leads us to the house where we'll be happy and safe for years to come. Where Simon will have a nice yard to run free in and we can raise our first baby in! Oh, and where we can host get-togethers, cook-outs, and Razorback game viewing parties...And Superbowl parties, and dinners with friends and families, holiday meals and celebrations..Holiday decorations, painting the walls, making our house a home...I'm so ready!


Changes of Hearts

Sometimes God can change our hearts in a matter of hours. I feel God stirring up my insides, and I am being reminded that He often blesses us with MORE than we were even praying for!

Sunday Morning Ramblings

I found out Nicholas Sparks has a new book coming out in two days! Somehow I always think to check out his webpage days before his new books come out. Guess I'm "in the zone."

Leslie and I found a house that we absolutely love in Bella Vista. It's down a windy, curvy road surrounded by trees. It just feels like you're out in the woods (well, you kinda are) and it is so peaceful. The drive to work and town would take longer, but it's a sacrifice we're willing to make to live in a place surrounded by trees, as opposed to towns like Centerton and Pea Ridge that are flat and basically a tornado waiting to happen. We are just praying and praying that God's will be done in this. It's such a big decision. Right now, it's a holiday weekend (Labor Day) so we can't get pre-approved until Tuesday when I get off work. We can't even look at the house until our realtor gets off vacation, so Tuesday night would the be the earliest for that. It's a nice house at a good price, so it could be gone in a hurry, but if that happens, I know it will be God's will, and I'll be ok. There is so much peace that comes from trusting in God.

I am happy to say that my flesh hasn't hindered me yet in spending daily time with God. And each day I look forward to it more and more! I usually read 2 chapters a day, but some mornings I can't get enough and read anywhere from 4 or 6 chapters in one sitting! It's obviously something I've been needing because I am just soaking it in and loving it. I feel like taking this daily time with God makes me a better wife, friend, and woman. I'm more motivated around the house, and even more creative. I have plans and goals and am itching to accomplish them!

I am still working on my quilt, and am anxious to get it finished so I can start my next one. The one I'm working on now is going to be a pink and black rag quilt with each square being a different pattern. My next quilt will be all floral fabric, some of which is vintage. I'm also wishing I could take a road trip to Mt. Ida... random, I know! They have a thrift store where you can buy vintage dresses for $0.50!!! Sometimes they have $1 a bag sale! I created an Etsy store called ScrapGirlShoppe to sell my quilts from, but I would also love to hit up a cheap thrift store and sell vintage dresses as well. The Mt. Ida thrift store always had the neatest dresses too.

Well, enough rambling for today. I got ready for church super early this morning and just really felt like blogging.

Oh, and if you're looking for something good to read today, try Romans 12. It really reminds Christians how we're supposed to be living.


...And So it Begins

The adventure of house hunting begins today, officially. We are meeting with a lender to talk about getting pre-approved, and in the next few days we will find out what we can afford. Then the best part...house hunting! I love houses, and I watch House Hunters on HGTV pretty much every day. I know what I love and don't love in a house, and I'm excited to see what God has for us out there! I pray for patience and wisdom during this time. I only want to live where God wants us to live. Somewhere we'll be happy and safe for years to come.

Don't worry; I will DEFINITELY keep you posted!