Saturday, September 26, 2015

Free Fall Watercolor Printable

Happy Saturday, friends.

I hope you all are well and enjoying some cooler days now that fall has officially arrived! This time of year, I have to crank up the AC and just pretend it feels like the crisp, cool days of fall but lately, here in middle Tennessee, we've actually been having real fall weather! Fall always makes it easier for me to embrace and welcome change... it really is a beautiful thing!

We've been spending a lot of time outside... and I've been doing a lot of painting outside too. One of our favorite little spots by the lake has seen a lot of our family this year, we just can't get enough. I love it because everyone is happy.... that's like a miracle when you have three kids!

The printable that I am sharing with you today started from one of those lakeside painting sessions...

That's hubby and our baby boy down there at the lake fishing... I loved my view :) 

I hope you will love your printable! These look best printed on cardstock or watercolor paper.

For full resolution, click HERE

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

a letter from my 18 year old self.... part one.

Usually, these things are written with your older, wiser self in mind... but what my soul has been missing is that brave, wild, and curious 18 year old I was so many years ago....

I knew you would be here one day. You, moving along through life in auto pilot, would want to find me again. Maybe you feel a little lost in the very world you have created for yourself, craving something that you thought you had lost forever.

One of the many senior pictures I had made before I started my last year of high school, 1998 

What is it exactly that you are so afraid of? Remember when nothing scared you? Okay, maybe the thought of ________ scared you, but it still didn't hold you back, right?

All those things you thought you lost, I can help you remember them. In my mind's eye I see a confident girl. A girl who didn't think about what she weighed, didn't think about what she ate (as long as it was good... remember all those middle of the night runs to Krispy Kreme??). I remember a girl that didn't worry if she was too much of this or too little of that. She read books, she took really long, late night drives with her best friend, she laughed the hardest and the loudest. Seriously, you laughed until your sides hurt and you had tears streaming down you face. Don't you remember? I watch you now, and you don't laugh like that as much anymore.

Remember when hearing your mama or your best friend say, "That's great!!" was all the approval you needed to know you had done something right? When you didn't need or have an audience to perform for, when the only "like" you needed was from yourself? I hate to say it, but you have become a little needy.

high school graduation! not pictured here, but standing side by side with my best friend, she still understands me the best no matter how many years pass

I remember when you didn't need much of anything, just what was out there waiting for you to go and do. I remember when you boarded that plane with tears in your eyes... because you knew how much you would miss them but mostly because you knew you would never actually go back home to stay. Do you remember how brave you felt, because I do.

I remember you feeling so full, so giddy when you got into that cab at the airport. "Californication" playing on his radio, palm trees lining the street in both directions. If ever there was a moment when you thought, "here goes nothing", it was then.

Laguna Beach, CA 1999

Do you remember your world before every answer was right at your fingertips? When sometimes, you just had to wonder about things? When there was no, wide open, window into other's lives...when you were just a little more free to be you, mistakes and all? And speaking of mistakes, I'm glad you have finally forgiven yourself for the many you made then but please, please don't act like they never happened... your kids will need you to remember what it was like to be 18 even more than you know.

It's almost your birthday. 34 years of you on this Earth...can you even imagine what I thought about 30 year olds back then? You would laugh.

I heard you tell your book club that you were 35 a few weeks ago.... you didn't even catch your mistake until a few days later when one of your babies asked how old you were. You had given up an entire year of your life without even giving it a second thought, we have to do something about that.

Don't forget to celebrate your 34 years of life... all 34 of them because you have certainly earned the right to celebrate them with wild abandonment. Maybe do something that I would do... just keep in mind you do actually have a husband and children now {I would say "just kidding"... but you know I'm not} Just don't ever give up another year of your life again, okay?

I'll catch up with you again soon, there's still so much I want you to remember about yourself but for now I'll leave you with this...

Forget about what you are expected to be.

Let. It. Go.

Stop thinking, "Is there room for one more?" and just go do it.

You are doing fine, really you are. You might not be as brave or wild and free as I am but you're not 18 years old anymore either.

Take care of you.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Spirit Lead Me...

When God shows us what He needs us to do, it can sometimes be a scary thing to step out in faith and know that He is leading the way.

I pray all the time that God will lead me exactly where my heart needs to be... Spirit Lead Me... to what my eyes need to see.... Spirit Lead Me... to what my ears need to hear... Spirit Lead Me.


It's so easy to let what He is trying to show us get jumbled up in all the noise of the outside world... because I have learned that the world will try to pull you in every single direction you will allow it to, but it's not the world my heart aims to please. When I really think about what we are all called to do, it's actually really, really simple... we are called to walk each other HOME.

Sometime last year, I was emailed by a local customer asking if I could make something special for her sister that was returning home from The World Race. She explained to me that her sister had just spent the last 11 months moving around 11 different countries serving in areas that even speaking God's name is taboo. 11 countries... spreading the Good News?!

I had so many immediate thoughts about it,  wow! that's amazing... and then whoa, how scary!....and then, honestly I could never do something like that now.

I'm just not called to travel all over the world right now or maybe ever, but that didn't keep the World Race and the work that these missionaries are doing off my mind. So, I prayed that God would use me however He saw fit and a little over a year later, Kristen, who you will meet in just a minute, stepped out on faith and told me about this "crazy idea" she had about me helping to do a fundraiser for her mission trip... the World Race. God just always gets it so right, doesn't He?

Meet Kristen and then keep reading to find out how you can help her on this journey that will, undoubtedly, walk so many souls home...

 Hello! I'm Kristen, 26 years young, born and raised in Washington State.

         I first went on a mission trip in 2012 to the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona. On the last night, we stood out under the stars in worship. It was the first time I had ever seen the Milky Way and received that first little whisper of "you were meant for missions". Since that trip, I've done two more short term mission trips.

        Last fall, I was disappointed when a mission trip through my church fell through for the second time. Right about the same time, I had started following a girl on Instagram. Sounds cheesy, right? But it was life changing. I finally decided to see what her silly hashtag "#11n11" meant. Turns out, it's this incredible mission trip called the World Race. I immediately had a gut instinct that this is where God was calling me. I never thought I'd be called to long term missions.

        The World Race is an 11 month mission trip to 11 different countries (hence the #11n11). The route I've chosen takes me to Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Kosovo, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia to spread God's word and His love. We will be doing any kind of mission work one can think of - kid's camps, construction, preaching in church, teaching English, working in
orphanages, and so much more.

"Perhaps you were made for a time such as this." || Esther
 My journey on the World Race can be followed at and on Instagram by searching #kristenmeetsworld

-- Kristen

Want to know how you can help??

I designed a necklace that speaks to mine and Kristen's heart so much, Spirit Lead Me..... you can find it in my online shop HERE  August 13- 21st for $20 with 100% of the proceeds going to Kristen's "support me" fund for the World Race. We know God can move mountains to make His work complete!!

We would love if you could help us spread the word this week! Please share this post/ picture on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Thank you for reading!