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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Having {faith}


A couple of weeks ago at my bible study, we were going around our small group (love my T group ladies - hey Jenn, Amber, and Deretha!) and sharing different characteristics or qualities we saw in each other. One of the sweet gals mentioned "faith" when it came to me and it completely struck me as odd because more times than not, I feel like my faith isn't strong.
 
Throughout these last few weeks, we've been having our house shown for potential renters. Now we're not nasty people by any stretch but it was dang hard work keeping our house tidy and ready to show at the drop of a hat. Add in 2 dogs and it's would be considered an adventure. During those times, I really struggled to have faith that all would work out. Especially after each showing would pass and we wouldn't have an application.
 
My sweet husband really is perfect for my soul and pride. He continuously kept reminding me to have faith, trust that God is working things out, it'll all be okay. My usual retort was to smile and say okay, all the while I'm running about 500 different scenarios in my head for when things don't work out. It's a flaw, ya'll.
 
Surprisingly enough, things are working out for our house. Just yesterday we received a great application that passed all the requirements and the folks are planning on moving in in October. Wow - talk about having faith. God knew what He was doing and I fully believe that He was also using this opportunity to teach me a few things. Like how to be patient, trust in His timing, actually believe what I preach (because I'm always telling folks to have faith... Ironic, I know).
 
So whatever you're going through in this moment, have faith that things truly will work out for the best. Sometimes the best doesn't necessarily look like what you pictured, but it's still the best for you.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

#WelbornWoodworking





I love coming off of a weekend that was full of time well-spent. When I was younger, I was quite the queen at procrastinating. I always said I worked better under pressure and maybe I did. But somehow, as I'm getting older and hopefully more wise, my procrastination ways are a thing of the past. I guess maybe I'm more appreciative of the time I have and know that each second is precious. Who knows, but I have to say that I'm really liking my on-the-ball ways.
 
Hunter and I have been working on various pieces for our Welborn Woodworking adventures. We've mostly been repurposing lately but there may or may not be a kitchen table in the works. I wanted to share with ya'll a little bit of what we've been working on...

This 18' grapevine wreath brings a rustic, farmhouse feel to your front door. I'm currently waiting on my shipment of cotton bolls to arrive to make a cotton wreath.
 
 
 
 
We've been trying to find ways to bring life back to old dresser drawers and what better way than to add plant life to it. It seems that succulents are all the rage these days.
 
This last guy I'm finishing up now but couldn't help but to snap a quick picture of it. How many can agree with me that dryers eat socks? I'm always finding a lone sock looking for its solemate (see what I did there??).
 
 
There ya'll have it! Just a few things we've been working on here and there. In the midst of all of this, we're packing up our home and trying to rent it out. We've had a few showings and have received positive feedback - which has been great! But I'm ready to be back in the country and away from all the chaos. Prayers please!
 
 
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Letters to Hunter

 
Huntman,
 
Oh how is it that we will have been married for 2 years next month? I'm pretty sure the world has started spinning faster since we first met each other. Our awkward first moments are long since past and we're quite the 2 peas in a pod duo. We more times than not know what the other is thinking without a word ever being said. I'm still always amazed at how well you can read me - my eyes give me away every time.
 
This marriage stuff has been fun but people don't tell you about the real marriage stuff. Like how we have to make hard, scary decisions together and hope that they work out. Or how all our little quirks can really drive us closer to each other. Or they way we just lay and giggle over the stupidest things until we can't laugh anymore. Sometimes, the real marriage stuff is holding the garbage bag open while the other scoops dog poop up. It's the little things.
 
We balance each other out so well - when one is the dreamer, the other is the realist. When one is moody, the other grounds. When one is feeling far from God, the other reels them back in. And we always rotate our positions, like fluid dancers on the floor of life. Moving, shaking to the beat of the drums. I don't think you'll ever truly realize how much I cherish your friendship, Hunter. The fact that we are the best of friends with each other is the driving force behind my love for you.
 
We're on a journey and I'm eager to walk beside you. I'm not sure how everything will end but I know one thing for sure - you will be there in the end. Your strong guidance leading us down into the dark valleys until we come out on the other side where the light is so bright that we will have to squint to see. And when our eyes focus on what's in front of us, we will know that this journey was done hand-in-hand.
 
I'll love you forever, my gentle giant,
 
K

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Busy bee's

First off, let me get my bearings. It's really Wednesday already?! I feel like I've been in the twilight zone for the last few days.
 

Late last week, we were hit by Hurricane Hermine (not Hermione, like from Harry Potter) and she decided to wreak a bit of havoc on our community and surrounding areas. Linemen have been working relentlessly to restore power back to homes and businesses. Limbs and debris litter the yards and roadways. You can see where massive trees were twisted and snapped in half like they were toothpicks. And ya'll, this hurricane was just a category 1; imagine if it had been higher! Thank you God for keeping us safe.

 
In the midst of no power and cleaning up after Hurricane Hermine, we've been preparing our house to rent it out. We've been offered to live in the cutest country home ever. When we went to see it this past weekend (me more than Hunter, he's seen the place), my heart literally just melted and I fell in love with the place.
 
Last night, we celebrated my mom turning another year younger. It's always so nice when my family and Hunter's family come together to celebrate each other. Folks are always telling us how lucky we are that our families are good friends and actually love spending time together and yes, we agree, we are very lucky.
 
 
So now it's Wednesday and I'm sitting here enjoying my cup of coffee, thanking God for His never-ending mercies.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Currently's

watching// Pretty Little Liars. Ya'll, I'm so not ashamed in how much I love this show.
 
eating// does drinking a caramel macchiato from Starbucks count? I'm pretty sure the calories are there to prove it.
 
planning// pay day is today for us so I'm planning {and watching} how our money is being allocated. It's like my dad always says, we're literally just the clearinghouse for bills. We watch the money come in, breathe over it a little bit, then watch it go out just as fast, if not faster. #adultingsucks
 
making// time to do projects. I'm trying to finish up a dresser I've been working on.
 
dreaming// of Fall weather. Ya'll, it's too hot for this mess and we have a tropical storm headed our way. Maybe all the rain will bring cooler temps?? One can dream.
 
loving// my husband so so much. His leadership, kindness, and love are literally what fuel me. Yes, Jesus and coffee fuel me too but Hunter is just what the doctor called for.
 
 
 
I would like to ask for prayers. We are looking to move (our house is going to become rental property/investment) and received some pretty amazing news on a place yesterday. We're trying not to get too excited but still be hopeful in all that God puts before us. So prayers please for peace in our decisions, for our house to be rented pretty quickly, and for lots of coffee to be readily available. Here goes nothing!


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Monday, August 29, 2016

Be {STILL} and know

We spent a good portion of this past weekend doing some woodworking and repurposing. Ya'll, I didn't realize how much using tools and painting and hammering nails and goodness, just how much it would bring peace to my soul. I'm always moving about 90 miles a minute so when something can slow me down (in a good way), it's worth investing more time into.
 

One of the pieces I worked on {she's for sale} was a simple wooden sign done free-hand. I intentionally kept it simple because I feel that sometimes, we tend to over-simplify every little thing. So with the idea that I wanted this piece to be simple, raw, real, and wrote the phrase on it:
 
"Be still and know."
 
That phrase resonates so deeply within my soul at this juncture in life. Hunter and I are going through a period where we know change is inevitable and on the horizons. I like to know how everything is going to play out and when it will play out and the details. I'm exhausting, I know. But I'm learning how to be still. To know that God has us in the palm of His hand and nothing can separate us from Him.
 
So friends, if you're in the midst of a transitional period, or a period of time where you just feel like you need something to change {that's currently where we are}, know that God is with you. He will carry you through this and He's orchestrating so many things in our lives that sometimes we can't even see happening.
 
Be still. And know.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Where {imagination} runs wild

 
The other day, I was having coffee with one of my sweetest friends {hey Amanda!} and we were commenting on how much adulting sucks. What we wouldn't give to go back to our care-free days when the biggest worry in the world was whether we wanted to play cowboys and Indians {yes, get over it all you "I'm offended" peeps} or roller skate until the sun went down.
 
When I was young, iPhones were not a thing and being inside on a video game console was the last thing we wanted to do. My siblings and I were always outdoors - being active and using our imaginations to create the most perfect worlds where we could live in. We climbed trees that, in our minds, towered over the yard. We discovered new species of birds and plants, used them in our search for the great wild animals.
 
On rainy days we ran amok in the house {sorry mom}, pretending we were horses or dogs. My parents had a linen closet that allowed us each to have a full shelf of our own; we would take snacks and flash lights in with us. Daydreaming was part of our every day lives. Occasionally we would watch a movie but we were determined to live life to the max.
 
Oh how I would love to be back in those times where our inner child-like faith was exuberant and contagious. I'm not a parent, and certainly don't claim to know anything about parenting, but I would like to think that Hunter and I would make a point to create a home and environment where our little wild things could roam, play, and dream.

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