I've never been very open about my faith, till this divorce. Honestly, I hated church. I thought it was boring and didn't understand anything. I just went to say I went. My ex was an elder and helped in the children's ministry. I got roped into that. I love children, but at that time I did not feel called to help in the children's ministry. I always thought, how can I teach kids about the bible, when I don't read the bible? I only knew a few stories, and the rest was learning from watching Veggie Tales with my kids.
My coworker invited me to her church for her daughter's baby dedication. I loved it. I understood the whole sermon. I turned to this church for help knowing my marriage was on the verge of divorce (this was almost two years ago), this was our first breaking point of our marriage.
I forced my ex to go on a retreat. He loved it. When he came back, I'll never forget the look in his face. He was saved. I remember thinking, I wish I could feel what he feels, but nonetheless I was ecstatic he felt grace.
Months past, I thought our marriage was great. I was growing in faith. We officially changed churches and Beltway Church is amazing. Then the storm hit. I turned to God first before friends and family. I prayed. I remember one night, time flew by so fast, I prayed till early morning. I went to church as often as I could. Things were different. I felt grace. I felt God. I listened to him. So many times I wanted to yell and be rude, but God held my tongue.
While I was making the prayer board, I face-timed my sister to let her know my decision to get baptized. Connor over heard me, and that night when I opened our daily devotional, it was the story about Jesus getting baptized. Connor made the decision to accept Jesus into his heart too, so we got baptized together. It was an amazing day! The Chief of Police in the town I lived in, told me that Jesus was baptized when he was 30. I just turned 30 so I thought that was so neat.
I am constantly reminded that God is strong and he will fight for me. I just need to give it all to him. It's easier said than done, so I made these Prayer Cards to remind me. I plan on making more, but made a few to start. I plan to use these as bookmarks, or just to put around the house.
Feel free to print and use. Give them to friend, your sister, brother, coworker, etc! Or make your own! If you do, feel free to share! I'll post them in the yearbook section of my blog.
PDF version to print:
On my travels to Oakland, California, I stopped by Main Squeeze. I got the Acai Bowl - it was AMAZING! I'm in love :)! In the small town I lived in, there is no such thing. Now that I lived in the city, I found one place that sells them! I'll have to check it out ASAP. In the mean time, I searched on pinterest to see how to make them. I found many recipes where I had no clue how to get the ingredients - maca? lucuma? what? So I took a leap of faith and created my own ;) It's easy and taste so good!
Here's a great article and more recipes on Acai Bowls: Everything You Need to Know about Acai Bowls
4 tbs. of Acai Powder - found it at my local HEB in the healthy isle of supplements.
2 cups of frozen strawberries
1 banana (frozen or not)
1 cup soy milk - I read a lot of recipes saying Almond milk, but Scotty is allergic to almonds
Toppings: ***Get creative! Try new things! Pick your fav fruit toppings! Add honey!
My blender is in storage, so I used my mom's food processor. It worked! I just blended all the ingredients together, put it in a colorful bowl, added the toppings, and enjoyed! So good! I can't believe this is breakfast, it's more of a dessert! Try it! Let me know what you think!
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Texas. I love Texas, although California weather is nice.
My last day of work was a Friday, moved my whole house into storage, and left the next day (Saturday) for vacation, oh and closed on my house while I was gone...so I'm homeless. Kidding! It was stressful, but the vacation part was worth it! We went to Disney Land, Yosemite, and hung out with family and friends. It was wonderful and I needed it. Now I'm back and have officially moved to the big city - with most of our stuff still in the country ;).
I left my tools in storage hundreds of miles away. I missed them and when I had the chance, I drove up to get some more boxes of stuff, my scroll saw, and tools. Now I miss my kitchen tools. That'll be my next trip. :)
I moved into my sisters room. A lot of her stuff still here (she now lives in California). So I had to make some home decor for me to feel like this is my home. I printed out a clip art shape of Texas with my Silhouetted Cameo printer, put it on my wood board, got new saws for my scroll saw, and went at it.
I love 'scrolling'! I don't know if that is the right term, or if I made it up. It keeps my mind off of things and just makes me happy. My daughter loves watching me do it, so it's great mother daughter bonding.
After I 'scrolled' Texas out, I used my Ryobi handsaw to cut a 1x2 wood slab to make the frame. We painted the frame and Texas cut out with paint we found in a drawer. I went to Walgreen's and bought wood glue. When I came home, my dad surprised me with a Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System gift! My parents are amazing!! You can make pocket holes for a stronger hold for the frame!
Next, I printed the word 'home' on my Silhouette Cameo. I bought transfer paper that didn't work, so I had to peel the letters and put them on the wood carefully. It ended up being off centered, so I found red puff paint and drew a heart. After the paint dried, I glued the 1x2 wood pieces to make a frame with two boards in the front and back, the top is the Texas cut out and the back is the 'home.' The bottom picture is the finished product. What do you think?
Also, after I cut out 'Texas,' it gave me an idea! I should make Texas coasters! I don't know why I've been obsessed with coasters lately (check out my last blog for DIY Pallet Coasters ;)).I'll be making Texas coasters soon! Yee-haw!
Thank you for checking out my blog! If you have any questions on how I made this, dimensions, about the Silhouette Cameo, Ryobi scroll saw, etc. please ask!
Also, we have a winner from my last giveaway! Stay tuned, you never know what other giveaways I might have! Thank you all who entered!
I've lived in a small town for the past ten and half years and today is my first day in the big city. I'm excited for adventures, and new leaps of faith. The number one reason why I decided to move is to be closer to my family. I have an amazing support system here. I couldn't ask for better parents.
My brother also is here, his wife, and three wonderful children. They are my kids support system. They came over to stay with me for our first night in our new home. Check out our Father's Day gift to their dad, my brother! Pallet Coasters!
Wood Craft Sticks (aka Popsicle sticks) - 12 per coaster; we made four = 48 wood sticks
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Wood Stain - we used Rust-oleum 'Golden Oak'
Paint or foam brushes
We bought all of our supplies at Michaels. Check out www.michaels.com for more craft ideas!
We first started out by painting all 48 wood craft sticks. I then cut off the round ends of the sticks to make them a straight rectangle.
We then glued the wood craft sticks together to make a pallet. See pictures below on how we glued it!
If you want to add some finishing touches, feel free to get a silver paint pen and make dots on the ends to look like 'nails' in the pallet.
Enjoy your DIY Pallet Coasters :)! My cute 10 year old niece has a YouTube channel. She recorded us making these coasters - link will be up soon!
Good saying, but we all like to feel beautiful on the outside too.
I recently lost 30 pounds due to divorce, I don't suggest that diet, but I am now healthy and feel great. I've always been plain and simple with my looks. Just eyeliner. I literally get ready for work in fifteen minutes or less everyday. Since everything, I've tried new things, just like the saying I like to use, 'YOLO, but in a Godly way.' I bought makeup, hair accessories, stuff I have no clue how to put on or use, etc!! One being an epilator. Heard of it? I haven't until a few weeks ago when a good friend told me about it. Two words, life changer. Seriously.
***Before and after, less than a year apart.
I bought an epilator at my local drug store, Walgreens. I bought the Remington brand because it was the only brand they had, and I knew of the brand because of their amazing hair products (curling irons, hair dryers, etc).
When I turned on the epilator, it scared me. I even snapped (snapchat - kristi37) my friend and told her what is she thinking. Is this a torture device? I was worried about the pain and pinching of my skin. I read the directions, and then just went for it! YOLO!!
Was not bad at all! Yes, the first contact was a scare, but after a little, you get use to it. The more you use it, the less you can feel the epilation. Towards the end of my first use, I ended up liking the feeling. Weird, I know. I started with my underarms, and then my legs.
My hair has not grown back and it's been a couple of weeks. This is great! I'm on vacation and don't have to worry about packing a razor, or shaving cream, don't have to pack the Remington Epilator either! On the box it says "leaving you smooth and silky for up to 6 weeks." Another plus, since it plucked my hair, it will grow back thinner the more times you use it!
I've always been paranoid about underarm hair. Just going a day or two can have a 'shadow,' so the Remington Epilator has helped with my insecurities - sounds hardcore, but I was insecure with pictures, wearing short sleeve shirts, etc. Also, with my new love for outdoor adventures, I don't have to worry about shaving during my camping/backpacking trips. No more checking my underarms or having to wear leggings during those, 'did I shave my legs recently?,' days!
Let me know if you have an epilator! How was/is your experience?
*I was not paid for this review or endorsement. All opinions are honest and are my own.
Kristi Q Le
Hi! I'm Kristi. I'm starting a new chapter...more like book...of my life. I'm a mama of 2. Going to take adventures and try new things! YOLO, but in a Godly way!