Saturday, August 13, 2011

First (Annual?) Clothing Swap

So, my ladies and I had our first ever clothing swap this past Tuesday, and I must say, it was a smashing success! Everyone brought clothing they had planned on donating, and we all got a chance to pick through and get some new things. Fall is just around the corner, and something about the blustery season brings a fresh new desire for fashion. Well, at least for me. It was so fun, I'm sure this won't be the last clothing swap that we do!

Here's the kicker, my Mother-in-Law helps run a secondhand store here in town as part of her ministry with a local church and they've been looking for donations. Especially donations for younger girls/teenagers, since their selection is rather dull at the moment. So the collection we took up will go straight there to help many families who are struggling this year. The coolest part is that there is a family with two teenage girls that are in need of clothes for the school year, and the majority of the clothes we collected are in their sizes!!! How amazing is that? It's totally God, and I can't wait to drop off all of our things, since most of it is name brand and in really good condition. 

...This massive collection of shoes and clothes are soon to be delivered!

I'm really encouraged. Our group of ladies is growing in depth, love and size. They are all so sweet and are really pursuing their walk with the Lord, and it delights me. There is a lot changing and happening right now, and as I write this, I still am unsure of what's next for me, but I know that God is faithful, and I won't be wandering forever. We have seen this week so many good things that God has done and continues to do in the lives of those around us. I know an opportunity will turn up soon, and I'm excited.

OH! And I got a free bread machine! How awesome is that? My Mom and I were garage saling, and I expressed my desire to someday purchase a bread machine, and later that day we found a stray puppy... So, we went door to door trying to find its' owner and ended up at my Husband's bosses' house, who just so happened to have a bread machine sitting on his porch (? really). He gave me the machine, said he'd only used it once and it is in perfect condition! Talk about a quickly answered prayer. :) I've christened it, and so far it works, but I think I'm the one making mistakes. Although, it did turn out some pretty tasty pretzels! 

Sorry to ramble for so long, but I wanted to give you all an update. If there is anyone who reads this, of course. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


According to my calculations, I have completed and submitted all of my requirements for my degree! Wahoo! It's been a long semester, but a rewarding one. There were times where I didn't think I was going to make it, but somehow I managed to get all the assignments submitted before the deadline.

I've learned more than I ever thought possible, and it's quite surreal to think that it's all over. It's been a few days since I finished and I still feel like I'm missing some deadline or I have something I should be doing. ha ha. Maybe that feeling will go away over time. :) Right now I am enjoying slowing down for a while, and Jesse and I are planning lots of fun events and sweet times with friends.

 I'm excited to start cooking and being artistic again. I lost my passion for all those things simply because I was so busy and tired. BUT! Get this, I got a bread-maker for free! Long story short, we found a puppy while we were garage-saling, knocked on all the neighbors' doors, and one happened to be my husband's bosses house. While there I noticed he had a bread machine for sale, and he let me take it home! Meanwhile his 3 year old son dubbed the tiny maltese puppy "Eclaire." I thought it was appropriate. Altogether it was a very rewarding afternoon, although sad when we had to give the puppy back to her family. I never thought I'd fall in love with a dog! (let alone in just a few short hours.)

Maybe I can coerce Jesse into spending a grand on a puppy for my graduation present!?

unlikely. haha

Hopefully I will have more exciting updates for you all soon! :)