Thursday, July 2, 2015

We're Helping Orphans in Honduras!

God has been at work in my heart as well as my husband's heart.  We both know that He is calling us to something big, but we're not quite sure what that looks like.  Our hearts break for children who don't have loving parents, which is highly influenced by Kevin's life growing up.

A sweet Puerto Rican family stood in the gap for him and loved him and provided for him, though they didn't have to.  I thank God often for putting them in his life - I truly believe that he'd be a different man if they hadn't been there.  It was there that he found Jesus, there that he learned what love really is, there that he felt he had a "home" and was protected.

God could be calling us to anything - adopting, fostering, working at an orphanage, helping orphans/children in San Antonio, unofficially taking in any kids that need a home and someone to love them.  All we know is that we're supposed to be praying about it right now.

Kevin has recently taken a job with a local non-profit organization that helps kids that are aging out of the foster care system - they've never been adopted, don't have parental guidance and struggle once they hit adulthood.  He pairs them up with mentors that help them bridge that gap - help with finding jobs, education, housing, general wisdom, etc.  We've really found that there is such a large number of children that are looking to be loved here.  It may be why He led us here!

Also, as a part of this process, we have decided to go on a mission trip with our church to Honduras to help at an orphanage that houses almost 600 unwanted, abandoned and abused children of all ages.


So I come today, asking you to pray for and with us!

Here are some ways that you can pray:

1 // that we be “Christ-like” to those we come across during our trip

2 // for the 600 Honduran children that don't have parents and just want to be loved

3 // for courage to share the gospel, diligence and energy to serve well

4 // for God’s provision and protection as we travel

5 // for the staff that live at the orphanage year-round and love on these kids

6 // for God's provision for each and every orphan - that He would always provide food, clothing, shelter and love

7 // that the Holy Spirit would break the language barrier and that the kids would understand us and vice versa


Thank you so much, friends!  We so appreciate your support!  It'll be quiet for a week around the blog, but I plan to post about it when I get back.  Much love!! 

XOXOXO
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Favorites Link Up!

It's that time again, friends!  June has flown by and we're smack dab in the middle of summer - welcome July!

It was a CRAZY month for us with the passing of Kevin's grandpa, my training in Utah, all the flooding in Texas, work being crazy, Father's Day weekend and Cassie visiting San Antonio (which was AWESOME by the way and I need to do a post on it once I get my photos organized).

In June, I read so many great blog posts so I wanted to share a few with you for my Monthly Favorites!

I hope you join us in the June Monthly Faves link-up!  Even if you don't have one posted today, that's okay!  Just post it sometime in the next month and come back to link up here.  We do it every first Wednesday of the month.  Check out Mia's post too and grab the button if you like!

A Deeper Joy


Let's get to it!

Side note: Please pin from original sources.


I absolutely LOVED Tiffany's post, 5 Morning Rituals That Will Greatly Improve Your Day, because it convicted me!  I really need to start waking up earlier and need to be more intentional with my mornings - especially with spending time with God and exercising.



Caroline, from In Due Time, shared about her recent trip to Costa Rica HERE, HERE and HERE.  I loved Costa Rica during my honeymoon so I am taken back when reading about others' trips there.  It's one of my favorite places in the world!  And let me tell you...Caroline and her hubby are adventurers!  I love it!



Biana, from B Loved Boston, shared about Summertime Entertaining with iced tea bars which I think is such a great idea!  Blackberry Bourbon Iced Tea?!  Umm....yes please!!



Cassie, over at Sage, along with Christine, from The So-Called Homemaker, have started a series called Speak Up for Silence.  I really enjoyed Shane's post about anxiety HERE.  It's something I've struggled with probably all of my life so I definitely related to it.  You should definitely catch up on the series!



Mia at Make Me Up Mia provides some awesome inspiration in her post 5 Reasons Why I Lift!  I mean...her before and after photo is pretty impressive.  I need to get my booty lifting weights!



In June, Paige from An Uncomplicated Life talked about The Importance of Alone Time and "Me Time" Activities.  Even as a woman without kids, I need alone time.  I need it to regain energy, focus on God, stop and breathe and sometimes, pamper myself.


Now it's your turn!  Share your favorites (any category) from June and link up your post below.

Until next time...

XOXOXO

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lavender Farm Visit in Utah

Happy Monday, friends!

*Reminder! The Monthly Favorites Link-Up is this Wednesday!  Get your posts ready!

At the beginning of June, I went to Salt Lake City, Utah for work and got to stay an extra day so that I could visit the Young Living Lavender Farm in Mona, Utah!  I was pretty pumped to see where

Young Living grows it's Lavender.  The farm used to be a regular farm that Dr. Gary Young purchased and started using it to grow herbs.  There are still a ton of horses on the farm and it's beautiful!  It's tucked in between the Utah mountains in the middle of nowhere.

Warning...there might be a bunch of selfies since I was by myself!



Ningxia Red slushy!















I had a blast chatting with the staff and drinking my Ningxia Red slushies!  I'd like to go back and do a tour during a weekday.  

Have a great week, friends!  XOXOXO
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Loving | Eating | Watching | Wearing

I recently learned about Shay, Sheaffer and Mel's What's Up Wednesday link-up and thought it looked like a lot of fun so I'm joining this month!  I'm a day late, but better late than never right?!

What we're eating...

So I normally do smoothies for breakfast (like THIS ONE), but I've needed a change lately.  After seeing Jaelan's post about the 3 Minute Simple Healthy Breakfast, I was reminded just how much I love yogurt, granola and fruit!  I do the So Delicious Cultured Coconut Milk YogurtOrganic Pumpkin Flax Granola 11.5 oz Pkg and fresh blueberries and strawberries.  It's delicious!



What I'm reminiscing about...

Dancing with Grandpa Bill at our wedding and missing him.



What I'm loving...

My freaking adorable husband snuggling with my little baby, Luci.  My heart melts.



What we've been up to...

Went to visit my grandparents last weekend!  I thought we would more often now that we live closer but we really haven't so it was nice to see them.



What I'm dreading...

The 100+ degrees this summer!  All of this rain has kept us cool but it's starting!  My run yesterday was a beating.


What I'm working on...

Losing weight...hence the running yesterday.  Trying to eat healthy, trying to exercise.  Doing my Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD.


What I'm excited about...

Hanging out with Cassie from Sage this weekend!  Woo hoo!  She's in town for a few more days and we have fun stuff planned!  We actually met for lunch today and totally forgot to take a photo. #bloggerfail

Sage


What I'm watching...

Ugh.  Too many shows now that we have Netflix, the Roku AND TV!  And I wonder why I can't ever finish a season!







What I'm listening to...




What I'm wearing...

I haven't taken any fun outfit photos lately, BUT I did just order this Kendra Scott Kiri Necklace in Yellow because it's on sale for $30!  I'm excited to get it!  I've really been wanting yellow!


What I'm doing this weekend...

Once again, hanging out with Cassie!  We have random stuff planned...mexican food, Fredericksburg, a farmers market, grilling/pooling (I've decided that pool is a verb so go with it)!


What I'm looking forward to next month...

SO...Kevin and I are going on a mission trip to Honduras with our church in July!  We'll be visiting an orphanage that has 600 orphans.  I guarantee you I'm going to want to bring one, two or all of them home with me!


What else is new...

This is random, but I found this photo at my grandparents' house this last weekend of me as a baby and my parents. I had never seen it before!  I don't have many of these since they are now divorced so it's special.  They look so young!



I hope you lovelies are having a wonderful week!  We're going to be out and about tomorrow...I'm taking off work to hang out with Cassie, so I won't be posting.  One meaty post for the week! Ha!

XOXOXO




Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Essentials | Our Yard

We're full into summer and on the days that it's not raining here in San Antonio, we've been enjoying our backyard.  We rent a guy's guest house on his 5 acre property with a pool, a ton of beautiful Oak trees and currently a little river in the back. Ha!  It's actually a dry creek bed, but because of some hard rain lately, it's flowing.

We've been loving grilling out and swimming in the pool.  It's so relaxing to float around the pool with a drink in hand and hanging out with friends/family.

I've compiled a list of summer essentials!  We've found ourselves needing (wanting?) all of these items this summer.


Coleman Road Trip Grill LXE - Perfect for packing up and folding out wherever you need it!  Tailgating at a baseball game, down by the river, poolside.  We love grilling burgers, chicken kebobs, sausage (Earl Campbell's...yum!) and fajitas.

Hydro Flask - You guys know how much we love our Hydro Flask !  I have seriously neglected all of my other water bottles because I love mine so much.  It keeps your water cold for 24 hours - honestly, even longer I think!  Love it!

Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chillers - Kevin recently bought these and they're awesome!  They keep your beer colder for a long time.  I need this if I'm drinking a beer because I tend to milk it. Ha!

Vino2Go Wine Tumbler - You know me and my wine!  These "adult sippy cups" are perfect for the pool so you don't spill.

Yeti Cooler - Y'all...we have been wanting one of these coolers so badly!  They keep things cold for days!  We'll finally make the plunge and get one soon I'm sure.

Pool Float - This is a must.  I prefer to lounge around in a float, half in, half out of the water while chatting with my friends.

Parachute Double Hammock - With all of our great Oak trees in the yard, we HAD to buy a hammock.  This parachute kind feels so comfy!  Talk about relaxing!

And just for fun...here are a few shots of our backyard!






I usually sit outside by the pool and watch the deer come out at about 7pm.  I sound like such an old lady don't I?!  It's awesome!

Linking up with Andrea for Show And Tell