Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011

sweet sixteen

striped boat neck, UO skinnies, keds

We have overdue library books. Well, I have overdue library books. William is no longer letting me use his library card, I now have to take out my own. We went to pick up The China Study and unfortunately, I still owe them Eating Animals and The Face on Your Plate. What can I say? I’m passionate about my food.


February 28, 2011

for you, and you.


It could be that I’m highly allergic to Monday mornings, or that I lack the motivation to spend 25 minutes driving to work only to sit there and do nothing. And by nothing I mean literally, nothing.

I take my time waking up in the mornings, make my tea and get ready for my day. I live an absolute luxury and am so aware of it. I am neither poor nor sick, I’m fully clothed with the ability to walk and talk normal. I can eat anything I want for breakfast, lunch and dinner with as much dessert as I please. I have an iphone and a running car, with enough in my checking account to fill up the tank.

This morning I’m counting my blessings, individually. I’m wondering how I can pass this onto others, how I can make someone else’s life a little easier and perhaps even a little sweeter.

We’ve been given another week to make what we want out of it. A fresh start, another excuse to celebrate our freedom and teach others about the love that so deeply touches our souls.

happy monday! xx.

February 27, 2011

outfit fifteen + friends

Our morning conversation…

W: Today is going to be a good day. Everything that happens today is going to be great!

J: Why do you say that?

W: I just know it! Today’s going to be perfect.

An early service at River City Church, two Dreamette banana milkshakes, lots of thrifting, one flea market visit and a potluck later…I’d say William was spot on.

I cannot imagine a better person to spend the rest of my life with. Today alone is evidence enough of the way we mesh; we absolutely, positively go hand in hand. No if’s or but’s about it.


And for you dear friends, outfit #15.
denim shirt, american apparel leggings, keds.


February 27, 2011


What can I say? I’m a sucker for warm days and long sleeves…


February 26, 2011


William being manly. Me wearing long pants in 80 degree weather because I’m restricted to 30 items of clothing; yes, I will prevail even if I hate my closet today. Hope you’re relaxing this weekend; take a break from the computer, eat a popsicle and spend quality time with your friends/family. You deserve it!

Grace & peace, friends.

February 24, 2011


It seems to be that my belt is suffocating me. Or perhaps it’s because I ate my weight in chips and queso when my bunny and I went on a Mexican Date Night…which is why I chose an off-the-shoulder look by the way, very “latina”. Maybe it’s because I’ve been eating so much cereal lately. So much cereal meaning multiple bowls in one sitting. I can’t decide if I’m eating like this because I’m truly that hungry, because I’m bored or simply because I have this insatiable craving for Honey Nut Chex & Fruity Pebbles mixed together in our retro kitchen bowl.

Now let’s talk about my thrifted boots. Hands down the best $4 I’ve spent but that price comes with…a price. I’ve already had my sweet father-in-law super glue the bottom of one and now they are coming undone at the top. I could sew them all up but I think that extra looseness of the hook adds a bit of “character”…

I’ve been in this constant state of random thoughts the past few days, so I’ll humor myself (and perhaps you) and continue on. I’ve started making felt fabric hair clips, mainly for little girls but I don’t have a small baby head to try them on. I’ve also had this nagging desire to move to New York because we wouldn’t have to spend $3.29 a gallon to fill our cars. I’ve been enjoying a cup of green tea in the morning, in the afternoon and before bed. William got a haircut today and looks like himself again…for a moment he was slipping into the 40-year-old College Professor look, which is hot and everything but I wanted my 24-year-old husband back. (You understand, right babe?)

February 23, 2011

ten randoms.

1. Arcade Fiya.

2. Retail therapy doesn’t work when you feel guilty about spending money.

3. The plan you have for your life can be prolonged in a matter of seconds
but that doesn’t mean things won’t happen, STAY POSITIVE!

4. Scripture always speaks to our hearts. 2 Corinithians 4:16-18 spoke to mine today,
she spoke softly and brought a baggy of more hope to me.

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.  [MSG]

5. Navajo prints and muted colors are all I think about lately.

6. If you go too long without eating chocolate, chances are you’ll indulge in inappropriate amounts but have not the slightest care that it could go to your hips. The deliciousness trumps those are petty concerns.

7. My husband is sexy and a pastor, can you beat that? No, no you can’t.

8. It’s concerning when Justin Bieber finds his hair worthy enough to be auctioned off for charity.
I “unfollowed” him on Twitter. Lame move, man.

9. Every single day I wish The OC still aired. Every. Single. Day.

10. All women should wear red lips at least once in their life.
It’s life changing. Promise.


February 23, 2011


Let’s be honest…I hated this outfit. But the minute I put it on, William would not let me take it off. He’s my biggest advocate when it comes to the 30×30 style challenge, sometime’s it’s encouraging other times I just don’t want the extra advice.

“Baby, you look so good!”
“Ew, no. This looks weird.”
“No it does not, you look so cute.”

This is where I shoulda said, “Aww, baby! You’re so sweet to me, okay I’ll take your word for it!”

But no. I turn around and say, “I don’t care if you like it, I’m the one wearing it!”

…go ahead, take a moment to gasp at my rudeness. Obviously I ended up wearing it all night and it turned out not to be that bad. My mood can be attested to something else that happened during the day, but it doesn’t excuse my behavior. Mm mm, no ma’am.

You win some, you lose some.


February 20, 2011

30×30 – ten.

I’m a creature of comfort. I love anything effortless and the ability to look nice without trying hard at all.
My hair is cut in a way that I just dry it and go, minimal styling is essential.
Give me something easy. Like no-brainer easy. And no, I’m not being lazy.

This 30×30 challenge is sweet and sour.

Some days I like it, the other days I think…Shall I cheat just once?
Then I put together all of my favorite staples from what I’ve committed to and
end up with days like today, where this isn’t the most genius of outfits
nor will it turn heads but I feel pretty and relaxed.

I’m learning to take the time to try something new,
to risk looking silly and my confidence is being refreshed.

I’m already over looking at myself in pictures everyday
and poor Willy has to take dozens of shots to make me happy.
But just 20 more days and we’re home free!
Unless…I do it all over again. Hey, it saves me cash.





February 19, 2011

home sweet home

I don’t know if I could properly express how comforting it is to be home again. I’m right where I want to be this weekend, it could not have come at a better time. I was never the girl who wanted to stay in Cape Coral, when I left I always told myself along with others that I didn’t belong there – the City is what I needed.

I’ve yet to move to a big city, so let’s not entirely throw that out the window just yet. But William and I continually have conversations with others about developing cities…being a catalyst of change, helping cultures thrive. It was inspired by a talk on TED and we would gladly move to a place that needed some help reaching it’s potential. That’s kind of how I feel about the Cape right now.

I never thought that I would miss this place as much as I do. Granted, it has a lot to do with my family and closest friends located here, but since driving into town on Del Prado Boulevard thursday night I can’t stop thinking of returning home. The desire to bring new business to the area is super appealing. Starting a young adult ministry is even more so appealing. (Being 2 minutes away from sand & surf and 7-eleven’s on every corner making slurpee’s highly accessible are pluses.)

Today we woke up early and spent the day on The Rawson’s Retreat with none other than…The Rawson’s! We came home and made some toys with Mia. She blew me away when she asked to thread the needle, thinking she had no idea how to do it and then she proved me so wrong. And she’s only 5 years old…freaking bad a. Mami made my favorite meal ever, arroz con pollo and I ate 3 helpings. Our night ended with a trip to Johnny Rocket’s for milkshakes and good company.

Tomorrow I’m starting the day cooking heart-shaped pancakes for the twins, as promised, dyed red in honor of Valentine’s Day. We’re visiting a newer church in Fort Myers, friends of William’s work there and then we’ll come home to lend a hand around the house. Putting Christmas decorations in the attic and listing tons of stuff on eBay. I’ll post a link to that on here when it’s done, tons of goodies from HSN for almost a third of the price. We’re in “the business”…HAHA…I just really wanted to say that. We do completely honest work around here, scouts honor!


Outfit 9 – 30×30: