1. TOTALLY and unexpectedly scored at the school fall fair! Derek Lam dress for $5 and Tibi brogues that gave in and paid all of FIVE bucks for cuz they’re brand new! #iscored #bargainistaextraordinaire #thrifting

    TOTALLY and unexpectedly scored at the school fall fair! Derek Lam dress for $5 and Tibi brogues that gave in and paid all of FIVE bucks for cuz they’re brand new! #iscored #bargainistaextraordinaire #thrifting

  2. Raising a young lady who was just a little girl can be um challenging. There have been moments where I wonder if I can even do it. If I’m reaching her at all. Then there are moments like these when I realize we’re both doing okay. Amazing how God always knows just what I need and when. #mycuprunnethover #amazinggrace

    Raising a young lady who was just a little girl can be um challenging. There have been moments where I wonder if I can even do it. If I’m reaching her at all. Then there are moments like these when I realize we’re both doing okay. Amazing how God always knows just what I need and when. #mycuprunnethover #amazinggrace

  3. I’ve not been sleeping these last few weeks. I wake at 2 or 3 in the morning, and my mind refuses to let me fall back alseep right away. Instead, I start thinking everything and nothing, and especially about a particular person. It’s a crazy thing relationships. I’ve not been in this space in quite a while, if ever. Before, I did most of the courting, pursuing, persuading. Trying to convince someone that you are worth loving is hard work. Almost impossible when that person doesn’t love themselves. That is the past though.

    I was nowhere. I’m now. here. Here is love, and risk, and imperfection, and complications, and madness, and fun, and so much temptation. Not just the obvious temptation to get horizontal or vertical, though there is definitely that. There are more nuanced temptations to go too fast, and to start dreaming of wedding (dresses in my case), OR to go the opposite and picture all the reasons things won’t work out. Or to be indiscreet and let the wrong people in on it.

    I digress. Early this morning, I get a text telling me “guard my heart and be still.” So I think, “oh no, i’m already getting warnings against this.” and I start questioning whether God is in this. Then I think about what that oft quoted but little understood verse means. I finally have decided that only the One who created my heart can truly satisfy it. And that I’ll keep entrusting my heart to Him, even when I fall/fail. But I will add that I do not believe that guarding your heart means being afraid to love. How could a God who is love warn us against loving? I think the following CS Lewis quote is brilliant and way more adequate at articulating what I want to say:

    To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.


    Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/what-guarding-your-heart-actually-means#ecbGOeSYtdEqpZYp.99

  4. You are not a place for old wounds… You are a cathedral of healing; built for forgiveness!! #rp via @dantoinettefoy #restored #healed #brandnew

    You are not a place for old wounds… You are a cathedral of healing; built for forgiveness!! #rp via @dantoinettefoy #restored #healed #brandnew

  5. Amazing how God works. I spent the entire summer in search of employment. But in His love, grace, and wisdom, God helped me discover more important, fulfilling things first. 1)Rest- rather than striving to get the job that would help me provide for my babies, I learned to really rest in the truth that God is my provider and would take care of us— no matter how hopeless circumstances seemed. 
2) vulnerability- I’ve become mostly ok with admitting my need and hurts. Vulnerability does NOT make me a victim. It opens the door to authentic relationships. 
3)community I have established beautiful friendships with those I let in and reinforced friendships by being open. 
4)new beginnings- I wasn’t looking for it, didn’t expect it, but suddenly there is the new as I completely release the former things. I’m not talking about harboring residual feelings, though it’s not unusual to feel something toward a former love it friend. I mean complete forgiveness. It opened so many doors, including one I never expected.

    Amazing how God works. I spent the entire summer in search of employment. But in His love, grace, and wisdom, God helped me discover more important, fulfilling things first. 1)Rest- rather than striving to get the job that would help me provide for my babies, I learned to really rest in the truth that God is my provider and would take care of us— no matter how hopeless circumstances seemed.
    2) vulnerability- I’ve become mostly ok with admitting my need and hurts. Vulnerability does NOT make me a victim. It opens the door to authentic relationships.
    3)community I have established beautiful friendships with those I let in and reinforced friendships by being open.
    4)new beginnings- I wasn’t looking for it, didn’t expect it, but suddenly there is the new as I completely release the former things. I’m not talking about harboring residual feelings, though it’s not unusual to feel something toward a former love it friend. I mean complete forgiveness. It opened so many doors, including one I never expected.

  6. johnnaholmgren:

Tuesdays filled with great, big bundles of fresh eucalyptus, felt covered antlers, and these super high waisted denim pants. 🌿 (hope to see you today at @madewell1937 Mall of America from 11-2!) #denimmadewell

    johnnaholmgren:

    Tuesdays filled with great, big bundles of fresh eucalyptus, felt covered antlers, and these super high waisted denim pants. 🌿 (hope to see you today at @madewell1937 Mall of America from 11-2!) #denimmadewell

    Reblogged from: johnnaholmgren
  7. johnnaholmgren:

I’m sorry for this cozy Fall overload, but Lue woke up at the crack of dawn today and these drinks from @chilkootcc just make everything better. (at Chilkoot Cafe and Cyclery)

    johnnaholmgren:

    I’m sorry for this cozy Fall overload, but Lue woke up at the crack of dawn today and these drinks from @chilkootcc just make everything better. (at Chilkoot Cafe and Cyclery)

    Reblogged from: johnnaholmgren
  8. Just discovered this Swedish brand. Why Swedes are so brilliant at creating chic, inexpensive offerings I’m not sure. But I don’t need to. I am grateful. Noe that I work in an environment that requires me to look professional, I’ve got so many options.
    You know, I like my style. I think I’ve got a good idea of what works on me and I can put a decent look together. Still, I ran into the issue of admiring (and okay envying) someone else’s style. I looked high and low for similar pieces before I realized it didn’t suit (no pun intended) me. If I wear a suit, it will be leather pants, with a a ratty high low tshirt. I’ve also got the rather fun challenge of working for someone who knows style and wears Westwood and vintage Balfour, so it’s so cool to discover lines like
    & other stories
    The name: this season is all about sharing the stories in my head and heart. The characters in my head will be revealed. In the meantime, here are a few pieces that will be joining my wardrobe… Those fringe pumps or green color block pencil skirt make classic staples pop!

  9. After a season of waiting and trusting that God is way more faithful than my circumstances, here I am. And just as good as seeing the promises come to pass is seeing others rejoice with me. Those who prayed when I wanted to give up, who encouraged me in word or deed. The ones who see my children and say “finally!” because they know what my story. 

Hallelujah!!!!! It’s been such a long road. Seven years in exile, that were excruciatingly painful. I have this really bad toothache, and it’s from neglecting and abusing my teeth. I didn’t brush at night, didn’t floss, didn’t have regular dental visits. I was warned years ago that my teeth were in dire shape. But I didn’t heed the warning. And here I am today with rotting, painful teeth. I take medication, but all it does is mask the pain so that I can go about the day. Eventually I’ll have to an oral surgeon and deal with the roots, the actual issue.

And that was my life. Much like my tooth, there were issues that I’d spent years covering up, masking, ignoring. I wanted a quick fix but God was in it for the long haul. He dealt with the root, and it was not fun— heart wrenching lu difficult actually— but so necessary. I’m HEALED. I’m whole. Please don’t take that to mean I’m perfect. Far from it. I still make mistakes, still fall, but I get right back up and try to do better. And here I am on the other side. I’ve got my own place with my littles. Exciting things are on the horizon… 
Watch this space…

    After a season of waiting and trusting that God is way more faithful than my circumstances, here I am. And just as good as seeing the promises come to pass is seeing others rejoice with me. Those who prayed when I wanted to give up, who encouraged me in word or deed. The ones who see my children and say “finally!” because they know what my story.

    Hallelujah!!!!! It’s been such a long road. Seven years in exile, that were excruciatingly painful. I have this really bad toothache, and it’s from neglecting and abusing my teeth. I didn’t brush at night, didn’t floss, didn’t have regular dental visits. I was warned years ago that my teeth were in dire shape. But I didn’t heed the warning. And here I am today with rotting, painful teeth. I take medication, but all it does is mask the pain so that I can go about the day. Eventually I’ll have to an oral surgeon and deal with the roots, the actual issue.

    And that was my life. Much like my tooth, there were issues that I’d spent years covering up, masking, ignoring. I wanted a quick fix but God was in it for the long haul. He dealt with the root, and it was not fun— heart wrenching lu difficult actually— but so necessary. I’m HEALED. I’m whole. Please don’t take that to mean I’m perfect. Far from it. I still make mistakes, still fall, but I get right back up and try to do better. And here I am on the other side. I’ve got my own place with my littles. Exciting things are on the horizon…
    Watch this space…

  10. Reblogged from: thatkindofwoman
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