Good Mornings

I don’t know about y’all, but the way I start out my morning often sets the tone for the rest of the day. Yesterday, I turned off all of my alarms in my sleep and woke up way too late for school. I felt totally undone the entire day and I came home feeling pretty rough.

Today, I woke up in a good mood. And somehow, that good mood lasted all day! I started to notice that things were just going my way. The kindergarteners were saying sweet things to me and just being really great today. I thanked God for each of them and felt myself smiling all throughout the day. Later, I took a moment to read the comments on our featured post on Madison’s blog, Wetherills Say I Do. Wow, that filled up my bucket, as we say in kindergarten. Just reading those made me feel even better. I thanked God again. I smiled some more. Then after school, I went by this new store in Athens that’s basically the Christian version of Anthropoligie. Does it get any better than that? Athens friends, go to Philanthropy. (Across from Creature Comforts, next to Ted’s Most Best [aka the best pizza place ever]). They donate 10% of your purchase to ministries in Athens! I made friends with the girl working there, and when she learned that I had an Etsy shop, she excitedly told me that she had heard of us and offered me so much encouragement. I left feeling so filled up and encouraged again. I noticed myself being friendlier to anyone I interacted with. I kept thinking, why can’t everyday be like this?

Maybe it can. Maybe if I start my days out thanking God for the good things instead of focusing on each flaw or mistake that I make, then I will end the day feeling spiritually renewed and thankful for what He’s blessed me with. I could’ve chosen to dwell in the mistake I made when I was being observed today at school, or all of the things I didn’t get checked off my to-do list. But instead I started counting my blessings. Today, I felt like it truly was well with my soul, and I liked that feeling!

Anyway, the rest of the evening was pretty great as well. I got to talk to someone in a downtown shop about selling some East West Design Co greeting cards there. It looks like our Athens greeting cards and the Georgia Home Sweet Home cards will soon be sold in stores!!! More details on that later. I couldn’t be more excited.

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Also, this happened tonight. There’s nothing like an impulsive trip to Target with friends, you know? The phrases “Um, I want to buy everything” and “I think I need these candles” were said multiple times, and Scarlett and I did both leave with candles.

TOMORROW. Only a few hours away. Jessica and I are finally heading to North Carolina for Emily Freeman’s writer’s conference: At The Barn. I can’t believe we’re doing this. I’m still not sure if this is for me. But something told me to go for it, even if I have to miss the Tennessee game tomorrow. I can’t wait to see how this will turn out and I know that it’s going to be a day of growth for us. We’re starting out the day in our sweat pants because…why would we wear our cute clothes in the car for 4 hours? And then we’re stopping in Charlotte for lunch, which I am PUMPED about because I’ve never been there. Pray for us, y’all.

What a wonderful friend. I love her dearly.

What a wonderful friend. I love her dearly.

september1Oh, uh here’s a nerdy student teacher moment…next week is apple week at school. I am a little bit too excited about this. A lot of apples will be eaten.

Custom South Carolina state print for a customer.

Custom South Carolina state print for a customer. Click here to order yours!

And just a little bit of extra, because I can’t resist pushing the shop on you guys in every post. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Grand Opening!

This is pretty exciting. Today is the day. OUR ETSY SHOP IS OPEN!!!

Check it out.. now.

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I’m nervous but excited to see how this will turn out. It has been prayerfully considered for a long time. It’s been pretty interesting planning this from different sides of the country. There have been countless texts and trips to our respective Michael’s stores and conversations that include venting and frustration over scanning and printing. That was a whole adventure in itself. But thankfully, Athens Printing came through and really helped me out. It’s rare to find a company that actually goes above and beyond what they’re supposed to do to make you happy. It was definitely a blessing when they finally handed over 300 prints of my cards!

 

Yesterday was a great day. Instead of being lazy and sleeping in (like I really wanted to), I got up and went to the Farmers Market with Claire and Emily. I got some beautiful flowers and and this print from my favorite Etsy shop owner.. besides myself and Lindsey of course. 😉

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And then last night, I got to see two wonderful people get married! It was the sweetest wedding, and it was clear that Matthew and Hannah are two people pursuing the Lord in everything that they do. The whole event felt very relaxed and fun. And we had breakfast for dinner…what’s better than that?

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Hannah and I have gotten a lot closer since volunteering with the Cubbies (3 and 4 year olds) at Awana together at Oconee Heights this year. When we first started, I was very hesitant. I didn’t think I was going to like little kids. Even though I’m majoring in early childhood education, I tend to steer away from the little ones because I didn’t think I was meant for them. Hannah and I ended up having a blast with these children! They were more fun than I ever expected. I think that since we are both future teachers, we bonded over learning from these kids and the way that they do life. Since that experience, I’ve felt like God was teaching me that I can really learn to love little children just as much as the older ones. And then, of course, I happened to be placed in a kindergarten class for my student teaching next semester. I’d like to consider this all as a part of God’s arrangement. I’m excited to see what’s in store!

Since Hannah has also been super encouraging about the Etsy store and my products that I’ve made, I had to make her something as a wedding gift. I’m so excited about it.

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So that’s what’s been up lately! Please check out our shop. Spread the word! And most importantly, pray for us to keep Jesus at the forefront of our minds in everything we do!

Spring

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After many years of consideration, I have to say that I think Spring is my official favorite season. It’s hard because Fall is so full of wonderful things: football, pumpkin flavored things, hayrides, and flannel-wearing. But this Spring weather has just been doing me good. I feel like everytime I step outside, my mood completely lifts. You have to appreciate Spring because it’s making up for the freezing cold winter weather! I feel like it was just the Snowpocalypse and I was trapped in my apartment for days dealing with cabin fever. And suddenly now there are flowers and blue skies all around! Because of my new discovery, I have really been putting more effort into soaking up this time while it’s here.

Things are changing. Fast.

Here’s some things I’ve been up to lately:

Image1. Babysitting this sweet little one and her sisters! Sometimes I just want to ditch school and be a professional babysitter. I guess that’s not acceptable…right?

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2. Easter in Dudley with Ben & his mom’s side of the family! I love them.

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Image3. Yes, that is a man in a gorilla suit. On our last day of class, my cohort met at our teacher’s house in the Boulevard neighborhood, had class, and ate lasagna. Then we walked to the tree room together. How cool is that? It was really nice to be welcomed into her cute home in one of the coolest parts of Athens! I feel like people overlook the greatness of Normaltown/Prince Avenue.

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4. And speaking of that area, Ben and I went to Viva Argentine on Friday. It used to be on the east side but just moved to Bottleworks-right next to Hendershots. I was reluctant at first because I am apprehensive about spicy food, but this wasn’t a problem. I got empanadas and soup and it was DELICIOUS.

5. A sad confession: I’ve really never been very good at reading my Bible. Even when I did, I was just reading through it and not really studying it. Then I realized what I was missing: a study Bible! I don’t know why I had never invested in one, but I was given one at our last BCM leadership meeting with my name on it and everything. Last week I picked it up and started flipping through it. I came to 1st Samuel and just started reading. Since then, I’ve actually been able to read a little bit every night. I started REALLY reading it. Not just the verses but all of the notes and side stories. I finally feel like I’m making sense of the Bible and all of the stories that I often let go over my head. I’m just sad that it took me this long to realize how great a study bible can be.

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6. The newest addition to my antique collection is this amazing Coke crate with bottles! I had to work really hard to clean them all out because they were pretty muddy, but I’m happy with them. They all have different cities on the bottoms of them that tell where they were bottled at. I love that. And they came from Ben’s great grandfather, which makes them even better!

Image7. My first watercolor experiment. I may have a long way to go but painting with watercolors is really fun. It might have to take the place of knitting in my life for a while in this hot weather. It’s just hard to knit when it’s not cool outside. 😦

 

Happy Spring!!