4/30/12

Weekend Recap

Eddie had Friday off this past weekend so we had a long weekend. I'm super thankful that he gets every other Friday off right now. They make the weekend feel so much longer and I get to spend a whole extra day with my love!

We started the weekend with a mini celebration of my man. He's in a leadership program at his work that requires that he take a few classes, in addition to working full time, and for the past few weeks he's been studying for a big test. The test was last week, he got his results back, and he rocked the test! I married a genius. A hot genius. We got Chinese take out with my family to celebrate! It was super tasty.
In other news, one of my daffodils finally bloomed! Hooray! I planted the bulbs a little late and none of the others ended up flowering, so I took a bunch of photos of the lone bloomer. I love daffodils. I planted Forget-me-nots in a few old Coke bottles as an experiment and they're going strong. I really like the way the plant looks in the glass.


The rest of the weekend consisted of preparing for finals. This week is going to be a busy one!

Steph xoxo

4/27/12

Tea & Marshmallows

Recently, I read this post from Teaspoons & Petals about a marshmallow tea latte. Say what?! Marshmallows in your tea? I was intrigued and, since I've been looking for a reason to make homemade marshmallows, I decided to try it.
Making the marshmallows was super easy and they turned out pretty well. They taste great and were perfectly frothy in the tea! I'll definitely be pulling the recipe out again once hot cocoa season returns.
I'm not a huge fan of dairy in hot tea so I stuck to making the tea with water instead of milk. Once it was finished steeping, I added the marshmallows, which quickly melted, forming a perfect layer of yummy foam on top. In an attempt to make the drink more latte-esque, I added four marshmallows, which ended up making the tea almost unbearably sweet. That said, I really liked the drink overall. It was a sweet way to switch up my tea routine and the added marshmallows gave it the same homey feeling as hot cocoa. I'm excited about having this again once winter returns!
Happy Friday!
Steph xo

4/26/12

14 Days

Today is the last regularly scheduled school day of my undergraduate career. Insane. I'm trying to soak up and enjoy as much as possible before it's all over. Not going to lie though, I'm pretty excited about being done with it all soon! Three finals to go...

4/25/12

Mum's Garden

This past week has been pretty cool and blustery, which has been a nice little break from the intense summer warmth that decided to come early this year. After a rainstorm, I took a walk through the garden at my parent's house. It's in the middle of a growth explosion with over a dozen different types of flowers. Gorgeous! My mom is the garden queen. When I told her this, she said, "God and I make a good team." Truth! 

Here are some of my favorite photos from the garden:

Happy Wednesday!
Steph xo

4/24/12

My Sister, the Comic Genius

Last week, my youngest sister Madeline won an award at her high school's Who's Who award assembly! What a champ!

A few days before the assembly, the school called and invited my parents to attend saying that Maddie was going to win an award. Because it's supposed to be a surprise to the students that win, the school wouldn't say exactly what award she was receiving so we were left wondering what it could be until a minute or two before it was announced. She was nominated and won for "Student with the Best Sense of Humor". If you know Maddie at all, you know that this is totally her. The girl is hilarious all the time and always has us laughing at everything!


Maddie and her friend both won awards!




It was so much fun celebrating Maddie and all her awesomeness that morning. She's amazing in every way and I'm so thankful that she's my sister. I can't believe she's graduating high school next month! Gah!

Steph xoxo

4/20/12

Thirsty


My heart is thirsty for more of Jesus today. That's all.

4/18/12

God and the Sea

"The seas have lifted up, Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea- the Lord on high is mighty." -Psalm 93:3-4

"In your ocean I'm ankle deep. I feel the waves crashing on my feet.." -Needtobreathe

"The one the wind and waves obey, is strong enough to save you." -Tenth Avenue North


I love ocean imagery, particularly as it pertains to God. Growing up on the West Coast, when I picture the ocean, I picture rough water, crashing waves, fog and rain...wild and uncontrollable.

Once when I was little, maybe six or seven, my younger sister and I went out in the water and got knocked over by the tide. Even though we really weren't in any danger because we weren't that deep and my dad was close by, it was a terrifying experience. I remember looking up, in the midst of being pushed about by the waves, seeing my dad walking over to help us and thinking, "Why is he walking?! I'm going to DIE! Why isn't he running as fast as he can?," In the few seconds that it took for my dad to come and pick me up, I thought for sure that my sister and I were going to be swept out to sea and disappear forever. But we weren't. My papa came and scooped us up, wrapped us in towels, and we were fine.

Lately, life has often felt like a crashing storm; like Eddie and I are being swept away by the waves and that God is taking his sweet time to come and lift us up. I don't understand but I know that he's near and I know he hasn't left us to be overcome by the waves. My God is the one who created and controls the sea and I have no reason to fear. It is because of him that we have hope.

So glad that my God is bigger than the crashing waves and bigger than my fears.

4/17/12

25 Days

I can't even believe it. I'm so excited! Only three tests, two papers, and two presentations stand between me and my diploma. It's going to be a busy few weeks....here we go!

4/16/12

Dear Destructive Squirrel(s)



Dear Destructive Squirrel(s),

I would greatly appreciate it if you would stop sabotaging my plants and making a mess. I'm not sure if you're looking for something or trying to bury something but, either way, you're slowly killing my poor pansies. They are still recovering from their run in with those nasty aphids so if you could let them be, that'd be lovely. Also, you nearly broke my new flower pot. If you had, this would be a very different sort of message.

Thank you,

Your neighbor and new owner of a fairly powerful Nerf gun

4/14/12

Weekly Snapshots

Made a variation of this for dinner Monday night. Super yummy! 


Post-Easter Tulip sale? Yes, please.

Drank more bubble tea :)
Late night outing to fill a corn dog craving...mmmm.

Allowed myself a cup of my favorite Peach Apricot Black tea. I've been rationing it since I got it for Christmas. Almost gone!

Catching up on class readings. War and Peace is a surprisingly good book but it's sooo long!

 Breakfast for dinner! Tasty and sweet.
Have a lovely weekend!
Steph xoxo

4/13/12

The Happiest 5k on the Planet


Last weekend, the Color Run came to Atlanta! Eddie and I ran it with his sister and her boyfriend and it was so much fun! I'd been wanting to do a 5k for a while and this one was too hard to pass up. It's a casual 5k, meaning that it's not timed and you can run/walk/skip/crawl through as fast or as slow as you want because the whole point is to have fun. I was so focused on the fun aspect, in fact, that I hardly trained at all. I don't recommend this. It was still really fun, though, and hopefully we'll get to do it again next year!
The premise of the Color Run is to start with a white shirt and then get to the finish line looking like a rainbow exploded all over you. Throughout the course, there are color stations where people throw colored powder at you as you run through. Then at the finish, they have a color toss every fifteen minutes or so to welcome the incoming runners. Everyone pulls out the color packet that came with their registration pack and, at the end of the countdown, tosses the color dust in the air! So much fun!  

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

Off we go!
Proof that I actually ran.
Before...
...after the run...
...and after the color toss!
Afterwards, we went to Chick-fil-a for breakfast in all of our color glory. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning!
Steph xoxo