Sunday, November 30, 2014

dressember 2014

last year in the middle of december, i discovered dressember & blogged about it. unfortunately, it was too late for me to commit at that point, but this year i have decided to take the challenge & participate in dressember 2014!

if you're not familiar with dressember, it's a style challenge of wearing a dress everyday in december. sounds simple enough, right?  well, it's more than just a dress! participating in dressember is a way to oppose trafficking and modern day slavery. the goal of dressember is to raise awareness and funds for the international justice mission which helps victims of slavery & violent oppression. if you would like to donate, you may visit my fundraising page HERE 

the basic rules are:
- you can repeat dresses
- you can wear pants when you're working out, cleaning, sleeping, or if you have a job that requires   you to wear pants 
- you can wear skirts, but only over dresses
- you can wear pants, but only under dresses

although i LOVE dresses (maybe more than the average girl), i still had some hesitations about committing to wearing one every day because, honestly, some days are lazy days where jeans or lounge pants are preferred
i know how challenges like this can be fun & exciting until you're about 10 days in & it becomes just a chore. also, the commitment to actually take a decent picture of an outfit (even if it's boring) seems somewhat daunting, especially in the winter with limited daylight hours & cold weather. when i thought through those know what? they seemed kind of lame. yes, it's not always convenient & yes, there may be some horrible foot selfies to verify that i wore a dress, but the cause is worth it. ultimately, this is an easy way to seek justice & contribute to a good cause this holiday season.

lastly, i decided instead of flooding everyone's social media with a dress picture every day, i will post a weekly roundup here on this blog so that i do have some accountability.

if you're interested in participating or learning more check out dressember's website at

let's do this!


Thursday, November 27, 2014


happy thanksgiving! i hope everyone has a wonderful day that is filled with gratitude toward our saviour. speaking of gratitude, i've been thinking about it a lot this week! i've been reminded that Thanksgiving is not just an emotion. it is an active resting in the goodness of God. 
here are some scriptures and quotes that i've stumbled across recently and that have caused me to meditate on what gratitude truly is. i decided to combine them all here & share:

"If giving thanks is just listing all the happy things and feelings I credit God for giving me, I’m sorely missing the point. I’m missing the foundation of thanksgiving, which is the very nature and character of God." - Lindsey Cournia, from an article on the deeply rooted magazine website that you can read here. 

the article posted a great john piper quote as well:
"True gratitude must be rooted in something else...namely, a delight in the beauty and excellency of God's character."

and another piper quote from his solid joy devotional:
"Gratitude is joy toward God for his grace. But by its very nature, gratitude glorifies the giver. It acknowledges its own need and the beneficence of the giver."

"A life that gives glory to God for his grace and a life of deepest gladness are always the same life. And what makes them one is gratitude."

"Gratitude ought to be, and i believe it is, in the heart the most powerful force in human motive." 
- Spurgeon

and some wonderful scriptures for meditation:

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast loves endures forever." - Psalm 136:1

"I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds" 
- Psalm 9:1

"Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - I Thessalonians 5:16-18 

and on a completely non-serious note, make sure you wobble before you gobble & may the forks be with you! =)


Saturday, November 15, 2014

october leftovers

here are a few pictures from october that never got posted. better late than never. =)


Sunday, November 9, 2014

and time is frozen

if having this blog has taught me anything, it would be the great reminder that TIME FLIES! these pictures are a testament to that. just seeing how my brother looks today compared to a year ago is crazy! i'm thankful to have this little place in the internet world to look back on.

i'm also so thankful for this brother of mine. this brother who plays the drums at our church without ever taking a lesson.  this brother who (sometimes quite obnoxiously) beat boxes at any given point of the day. this brother who is maturing into a godly, young man. this brother who has the God-given talent to pick up any musical instrument & play it. this brother who just turned 15 & passed his permit test. seriously, where does the time go? i can remember the day he was born & something about that makes me feel quite old. 
love you, bro!

well, enough of that mushy stuff. =)  he was gifted a beautiful martin guitar that, of course, required some picture taking as it's his new baby.

we stole this pose idea from sir paul mccartney. i saw it on a starbucks 'single of the week' card a couple years ago & loved it.
and this is our johnny cash pose.

such a rockstar on that acoustic guitar! =)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

i open at the close.

this post involves traveling across the river to the land of lincoln with some great friends. our ultimate destination was a harry potter corn maze. yes, you read that right. a HARRY POTTER corn maze. my nerd radar may be off the charts, but i was so excited about that theme!
awww...look at those lovely ladies! we kinda stumbled upon the cutest little cafe.
"hey, mary kate, go pose by that awesome vine window!"
we stopped & got coffee at a place that used to be school building. it is supposedly haunted. i don't know about that, but i do know that i consumed the most delicious marshmallow latte there & would willingly go back.
you could 'explore' different parts of the school. there was some great lighting peeking through while we were there!

we made it to the maze!
but first had to get our quidditch practice in. =)
first years. =)
did you or did you not put your name in the goblet of fire?!
a map of the maze. it opens at the close.
these glasses were a dolla well spent.

the bum side of the adventure was that it was the last day for the maze so they were out of maps & out of harry potter glasses. the plus side was it was a beautiful day spent with beautiful people!


Monday, November 3, 2014

new town in the fall

new town is no stranger to this blog, but it was high time i experienced the beauty of the town in the fall. it sure was pretty!
at first i thought the picture above would be so much better without the cars, but someone pointed out how cool it will look in 50 years when those cars are outdated. i liked that perspective.

 other new town experiences HERE & HERE.