Thursday, September 27, 2012


1) Ben brought me flowers at work for no reason.

2) Visiting my brother and his girlfriend Anna is always fun! They always make me smile. I love these two so much!

3) My sister went to the homecoming dance and I did her hair. She looks BEAUTIFUL! I love getting to see her:)

4)Pazookie pizza+cookie enough said.

5) Two beautiful women and their families from our church welcomed new baby girls this week. Just another reminder of how amazing God truly is!

Update: one of my best friends Alyssa ( who is stationed in Germany with her husband) had her baby this morning!!! IM AN AUNT! We skyped at 4:30 am and boy is she a cutie! She has a ton of hair. Bring on the cute hair bows!!!!

How was your week?!

Love Always,

Monday, September 24, 2012

Loving Lately : Organizations That Give Back

Lately I have been seeing some great organizations that give back to others. I find this inspiring! Not only are these organizations giving back, their products are amazing!

1) The Shine Project:
This company is located right here in Arizona. Most of the people they employ are first generation college students. They are paid for the bracelets they make, and some of the proceeds go to a scholarship fund. Here are some of my favorites:

2) Out of Print
This organization creates clothing using iconic and out of print book covers. For each product sold one book goes to a child in Africa.

3) Toms 
I know that this is a pretty famous company, but I just love their shoes! What makes me love them is their mission. For every pair sold, one pair goes to a child in need.

Disclaimer: I was not asked to promote any of these organizations. I just think what they do is amazing!

What other organizations do you know of? I would love to check them out!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Nail Polish Swap

I had the opportunity to participate in a nail polish sap that was hosted by Carly and Rachel. My swap partner is the lovely McKenna from Lizzy and Jane!

First of all their blog is wonderful! It's been so fun getting to know these sisters a little better through their blog. McKenna has a beautiful family with another one in the way. She has a great sense of style and her blog posts are always uplifting and insightful. I am so glad she was chosen to be my partner for this swap.

 They also have a great etsy shop, it's full of great hair accessories. I already have my eye on a few flowers! All of the accessories are beautiful and handmade. I am so impressed by their creativity!

McKenna sent me two great polishes that a absolutely love. They are fun and vibrant! I couldnt wait to use them. (I actually put them on the day I got them.)
The Hello Kitty card was so cute I had to include a picture of it!
She filled the package with these paper stars that made me grin. How creative is she?! I spent quite some time trying to figure out how she made them. Seeing these stars pour out with these polishes made my day!

It was a privalige  to get to participate in my first swap with McKenna. I can't wait for the next one!  McKenna, thank you so much for everything! You really made this swap a wonderful experience!

Love Always,

Thursday, September 13, 2012

From Haiti with Love

My wonderful friend Alyssa and I went to Haiti in March of 2011. While its been over a year my heart is still planted there. I just wanted to share some of my pictures and some of these experiences we had there.
 Alyssa has a huge heart, and I love her dearly. It was her idea to go to Haiti, and I am so glad she asked me to go with her. She has the most incredible faith, and is one of the most amazing people I know. (She is due to have Illiana her daughter, my niece, any day now eeekkk!!!!!!) 
 This is a Tap-tap. Its basically a moving truck with benches so we could all sit inside.

 This is the collapsed presidential palace and some ruble left after the earthquake. Across the street was a huge tent city.
 Street vendors selling their art
 A church that was practically demolished after the quake. 

 This is part of the home of the Doctor that we stayed with. He and his established the Bethel Guest house that houses thousands of missionaries every year.
 This is the storage for the baby food in the bottom of the orphanage that is on called the Cretch. This means cradle in creole. The orphanage is on the same grounds as the guest house. We actually brought in suitcases full of supplies. We brought everything from school supplies to peanut butter.

 As you can see there were so many children at this orphanage. All the girls had been adopted, but it takes years to get them to their fmailies. We had the opportunity to play with them and love on them. They even taught me some french! 
We had the opportunity to help prepare the foundation for a house that the Baptist Mission there was about to build. This site was on the side of a mountain, and required lots of labor to prepare. They gave me a pick axe. Seriously. God must have been watching over me, because I still have two feet. 

 These pictures are from a village on a salt lake way outside of Port of Prince. We prayed over all the huts, and gave a huge bag of rice to each family. We even got to do a small medical clinic. Things like fever reducers and anti bacterial ointment are extremely hard to get. This clinic really helped with illnesses that could kill if they are left untreated like fevers.
 This is part of our team. Unfortunately I cant find the whole group shot. This was one amazing group of people. We each came from different parts of the country, and I definitely had a small southern accent when I returned ;) I learned so much from them, and realized just how amazing our God is. He could not have given me a better group of people to work with. I miss them very much. 

I could go on and on and on about Haiti for DAYS. I have so many great stories, and warm memories. God was touching lives everywhere we went including my own. I cant wait to go back! If you want to go on a mission trip, donate, or find other ways to help go to the websites below. Both of these organizations are near and dear to my heart. They make a difference in the lives of these children everyday, and most of all they lead these kids to Jesus Christ.

A Door To Hope

High Five for Friday

1) Girls weekend with Kim! I had not seen her since December, it had been WAY to long! Kim was one of my best friends from college, I just love her!
2) A painting I have been working on is almost done. What do you think?
3)New shoes from Target. I have been looking for a pair of wedges for a very long time. I am a HUGE fan of Target so I was very excited to find these wonderful shoes there.
4) Scarf from Old Navy. I cant wait for Autumn!
5) I helped my sister pick out her homecoming dress. We live far apart, but you can do wonders with cell phones and an online dress store!

How is your week going? I hope it was amazing!

Love Always,

Thursday, September 6, 2012

High Five For Friday

 We are linking up with Lauren at her wonderful blog!

1) Went on a weekend get away with Ben!

2) Best Rocky Road Ice Cream EVER! ( Sweet Republic in Scottsdale)

3) Registered for the color run with my sister!!! For those of you who have never heard of it, its a 5K in which random people through colored corn starch at you as you run. Sounds fun right?!

4)  A devotional that really spoke to me

5) Spaghetti squash casserole. It doesn't sound great, but it's AMAZING! Ben and I were inspired by True Foods in Phoenix. Ours casserole tasted just like theirs! ( Plus I have a new found love for Spaghetti Squash!)

How was your week?

Love Always,