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February 21, 2013

This year I dropped a big hint. A couple of days before Valentine’s Day I looked at CH and said “I think you think I don’t like flowers, but I do. If you got me flowers for Valentine’s Day that would be really special.” It’s true, I said that. (I’m not embarrassed.) And he didn’t mind – he actually thanked me for telling him.

The flowers he brought me on Valentine’s Day were beautiful.  They sat just as they had been arranged until I read Jo‘s post on how to arrange supermarket flowers. I quickly decided to follow Jo’s step by step and rearrange the flowers myself.

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It worked! I know it’s not a surprise to you, but it is to me. I have almost zero flower arranging skills. (I say almost because I have enough to follow the steps above.) The vase I used was a bit different so they don’t look exactly like the photos above, but regardless I’m pleased and will definitely do it again.

how to arrange supermarket flowers-Michelle

Sierra & Scott’s Watercolor Wedding Invitations

February 18, 2013

Last year I had the honor of designing wedding invitations for one of my dearest friends, Sierra and her man Scott. She wanted a simple, classic invitation that showed off their color sceme; pink and grey. I had so much fun working with her to see these invitations form start to finish and they gave guests a great taste of what to expect at the most beautiful wedding in the south.

Pink and Grey Watercolor Wedding Invitation

The invitations were printed on 11olb white paper with grey ink and the backers were hand painted in pink watercolor by yours truly. Sierra Minott Scott Jones Wedding

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-Michelle

5 things I liked this week

February 15, 2013

Honestly this week was rough, full of things I didn’t like- and thats why I’m sharing what I did like this week. It’s just a little therapy to remind myself that there is much more in life that I do like compared to what I don’t.)

Also.

this list is totally random.

1. Valentine’s Day was simply wonderful. It wasn’t the holiday itself and we didn’t do anything fancy, CH and I just had a fantastic time being together. Halfway through our dinner at Coolinary Cafe we realized that it was our 5th Valentines together, which made it all the more reason to celebrate.

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2. Hunter Boots. They’re on my wish-list for so many reasons.

Hunter Boots

3. Travel blogs

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image via Mr. & Mrs. Globetrot

other frequent reads include Scout.  and Explore. Dream. Discover.

4. VINE app. I’m a big fan. Sadly I don’t even know how to tell you to follow me, but I do have a profile lol.

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5. Handwritten notes. I experimented with watercolor calligraphy for Valentine’s Day, I’m also experimenting with having some confidence in my own handwriting.

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-Michelle

they’ll never know it was last minute

February 13, 2013

I’ve been working on Valentines cards for the last few days (I should have done them two weeks ago, I’m behind as always.) I’ll make a couple of one card, then get a new idea and make a few of that, then on to the next. Here are a few of my favorites that you can make in 5 minutes or less.

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image and DIY via chelseadesignlovefest-valentines-anthro21

image and DIY via briyou are my fave valentines day cardsimage and DIY via melanie

-Michelle

sundays are for celebrating

February 12, 2013

Sunday is my favorite day of the week…

We sleep in.

We make a big breakfast that is totally off our food plan.

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We grocery shop without rushing.

We watch a movie.

I craft.

Cole naps.

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We drink too much coffee.

We go to house-church.

We eat dinner at my parents.

It’s my favorite day of the week.

What is your favorite day of the week? Celebrate it! (you only get one a week.)

-Michelle

“be more quiet now”

February 5, 2013

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A few days ago CH and I spent some time praying together. We have some open-ended questions right now and we simply asked God to show us his will and to continue to guide us.

As we were praying, the Holy Spirit taught me something in a split second. It was as if I was sitting down to coffee with an old friend, one who knows how to speak my language and put me in my place at the right time. He said…

STOP LIVING LIKE YOU HOPE GOD SHOWS YOU HIS WILL. If you’re a Christ-Follower (which I am) then you’re already a part of his story. There is NO need to worry ‘if he’ll show you his will’ or ‘if you’ll figure it out’. All you need to simply do is wait.

You can have full confidence he’ll show you when he’s ready.”

I was cut to the core with the realization that I have spent too much of my life “hoping” I “figure out” God’s plan. It’s truly a lack of trust I didn’t know I had. Sadly, I think this mindset is common (which is why I’m compelled to share this lesson with you). We as Christians sit around relying on ourselves to “figure” out God’s desire for us. In reality God has promised to show us his will, we must simply trust and wait.

Wait? But how long? I’m not sure, but I know an answer is coming. In the meantime I can drink a big cup of coffee, enjoy married life, and say with confidence that I know Christ holds our future.

-Michelle

*the title of this post is a reference to a song by the late David Crowder Band

thanks

January 31, 2013

Lara Casey Thank You Quoteimage via lara

When was the last time you made a thankful list? Last Thanksgiving? Kindergarten?

The idea isn’t revolutionary but sadly, I’ve lived most of my life thinking that thankful lists are not for everyday. (I’m talking about an actual list of more than 5 things.) I often think “oh, I’m thankful for…” but I don’t take the time to write it down and/or worship God for his great gifts.

This year I’ve decided to change that. I’m making thankful lists. And I’m going beyond the “I’m thankful for my house” type stuff (not that that is bad!).

Making a thankful list is the perfect prompt for me to reflect on what God has done for me and respond to it.

So my encouragement today, start a thankful list! Reflect on your blessings and respond to God. Maybe your response is a time of prayer, maybe it’s loving your family unconditionally (I’m preaching to the choir here). Whatever it is, do it! Don’t wait for tomorrow friends!

-Michelle