Grateful Heart Monday

grateful heart monday

I loved linking up with Ember Grey so much last week that I decided to do it all over again! I really want to continue doing Grateful Heart Mondays because let me tell you….I found that it was extra hard for me to be grateful today, and I would have much rather wallowed in my bad mood than put in the effort to be positive. But when I stopped & thought back on my seemingly “bad day,” it honestly wasn’t as bad as I had originally thought. 

So, for my second Grateful Heart Monday, here are two things that I am grateful for:

1. My friend Chelsie:

Chelsie and I have been best friends since high school, and I am so thankful that we have remained close. She was in my wedding last summer, and I was able to see her this weekend….over a year later! I hope that we’ll be able to see each other again soon. 

We made waffles together, went window shopping at KOP, spent a rainy day watching movies, and went into Philly where we ate Pho, got hit on by a shirtless Rocky impersonator, and got a free chocolate ice cream cone from the nice ice cream truck man.

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2. Creative Inspiration: 

On Saturday night I came across a post by Megan over at No Small Life blog. It was all about how sometimes what we want and desire most in our lives is far from where we actually are. And you know what? This is how I’ve felt for the past four years of my life. I have these lofty dreams of traveling the world, and entering the mission field, and yet, here I am, in Pennsylvania, starting another year of school. Sometimes I just feel stuck.

And then I was reminded that God wants me to follow Him no matter where I am, and that He can use me here in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. I just need to be willing to give Him what I currently have: my talents, my time, my finances.

Megan also wrote about using what you have in your home to make it a new, fresh space. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I read this after visiting the shop West Elm, and drooling over all the beautiful furniture, centerpieces, owl salt & pepper shakers….oof the list goes on and on and on. I left the mall feeling discouraged, and jealous of people that have money to furnish their home.

I most definitely needed to be reminded that what I have in my hand, and in my home, is enough. 

Caleb and I have made our apartment cozy and beautiful, even while on a somewhat tight budget.

And you know what else? I can use my small space to show love and hospitality to others – I just need to be open and willing.

That Saturday, I raided through my closets, and found an old canvas square, paint, and a few brushes. 

I ended up creating this: 

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 I’m so excited to hang it on our wall! 🙂 

What are you grateful for today? 


lovely things: weekend edition

This weekend we stayed home.

After a summer of going, going, going…it was nice to relax at home without weddings and long car rides.

Here are a few things that I found lovely:

(most links and pictures found on tumblr)

1. I woke up this morning & was so thankful for our apartment.

We live close to school / both of our jobs, and I always feel safe in our apartment complex.

I love that even though we’re renting, and planning on leaving Phoenixville in the near future, we have still made it a home.

A beautiful, cozy, love-filled home.


APARTMENT2*Please note the water stain from falling asleep with wet shower hair*



2. Milo.

He gives me so much joy, and I like to talk to him over breakfast. He really is the sweetest.

Milo not only likes to eat Life cereal, but also enjoys:

– sweet tea

– ice cream

– crunchy leaves


He fell asleep with his little paw on my foot.

milo sleeping

3. I’ve been working out at the YMCA pretty regularly, and needed new music to keep me motivated. Every song on this playlist is gold.

4. Pomplamoose.


5. Flowers.

I wish my flowers had really bloomed, but there’s always next summer.


6. Riptide // Vance Joy

7. Caleb and I “babysit” for a single dad that has a 17 year old son. We basically hang out with the kid, and watch the game show network; it’s a really sweet deal. Last night we made dinner, watched t.v., and had ice cream.

I’m thankful for random babysitting jobs, and seemingly spontaneous provision.

God definitely always knows what we need, even before we do.

ice cream

8. This dog. It almost makes me want to buy a puppy.

9. Finally, babies.

I go through moments when I don’t ever want children (mostly because I’m scared, and the thought of motherhood gives me anxiety), and moments when my baby fever is at an all time high.

This weekend I really just wanted to hold a baby.

I wanted to smell that clean baby smell, and wrap a little bean in a soft Ikea blanket.

Am I super weird for wanting that?

Because I am not pregnant (and will hopefully stay that way), I settled for adorable pictures of babies on tumblr. Here are two of my favorites:

baby baby 2

Photo Credit: Love & Squalor

Basically everything Lindsey Ocker does is beautiful.

I really am a sucker for good photography (if I could choose any other profession besides teaching, it would most likely be photography).

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Katie Purnell is wonderful as well.

What are some things that made your weekend lovely?