Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Relevant + Raw

My friend Britney started a custom woodworking shop where she makes these amazing custom wood decor (and furniture pieces if you're local to the SoCal area).  She recently launched her online shop and I couldn't be more amazed at how her hard work turned out.  I already have a few of her pieces but as I've been visually (or more like pinterest) decorating our future home when we finally get one, I've been browsing her new pieces.

I'm a huge fan of her raw style within the collections, but you can also find these pieces come in custom stains.

You can check her online store at www.relevantraw.com and her instagram & facebook.
honeycomb collection via relevantraw.com

sign collection via relevantraw.com

square collection via relevantraw.com
triangle collection via relevantraw.com

Monday, October 19, 2015


I have sort of been avoiding Sweet Tea & Co for a while.  I delicately packed up each and every tea cup & saucer and placed them in a storage unit as we wait out this season of "waiting".  Currently my husband is in the Air Force DEP program and leaves December 1st and we wait from now until the end of winter to know what is next for us in terms of location, home, lifestyle, etc.  It's a season I have to really put my dreams in tissue paper and bubble wrap for a while.  

But that's ok.

It's giving me time to really focus in on Sweet Tea & Co, finalize the details and work hard at launching it well (at least I hope).  And I'm believing that in this time of waiting, God's working too.  I've been praying for others who love what I love and live passionately for community to be a part of making Sweet Tea and Co really come to life.

So it may be a while before Sweet Tea & Co really gets to launch itself out there.  It may be a while before all the hard work and late nights of investing in this baby come together.  But I haven't given up on it.  You'll see hints drop from time to time as I get this thing launched.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Our Parking Spot

Oh how I have so much to share, but right now, it's late, I'm giddy, and this moment I want to remember.  For all of my days.

This is us.  Sitting on the hood of our car in the parking spot we'd always park in back in high school over 12 years ago.

Friends of ours offered to take the girls so we could watch one of our youth girls sing in the High School Choir.  Walking on the school campus brought back a flood of memories of my skinny insecure days of chasing this guy around campus.

After the performance, we walked the campus sharing memories of where we'd sit in the lunch courtyard and the kind of thoughts we remembered having of the cute boy or girl that would walk by.  Then I grabbed his hand and all the teeny bopper crush feelings flooded me over and I wanted to go make out in the back seat of my car, but alas, with both of us being 50lbs heavier than we used to be back in the days of sneaky car make out sessions, simple pecks and car hood selfies sufficed.

But it was almost just as good.  Two kids later, 10 moves and 14years of calling each other "mine", really does get better with time.  And boy, does this guy age WELL!

I wish I could capture this moment and hold it deep within so that when the lonely nights of his BMT creep up on me, I can pull this out and remember all we had and all we still have yet to have.

He dated me the rest of this night; taking me to ice cream and talking deep theological talks.  He held my hand and turned down the music when I started to cry at the thought of him leaving.  He's really good to me.  He really, really is!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Signature of Divine

"Cathedrals have tried in vain, to show the image of your face.  But we are, by your design, signature of divine.  We'll always sing your praise.  We'll always sing your name." -Needtobreathe

I have this thing where I care a little too much about what people think or believe about me.  It's fueled a lot of what I have or haven't posted here.  And maybe some of that is ok, because there is a lot I'm learning to treasure in the moment and not share for all to get involved in, but then there comes this deep realization that I've let so much of what I want other's to think of me pave the path for a lot of my choices.

I would really love to see my name plastered big somewhere to draw people in.  Really.  I would.  I always dreamed of being some great well known public speaker, and the thought of being the one people line up to take a picture with sounds freakin' awesome.

But I would also love to hear "well done, my good and faithful servant."

Good and faithful.

Words that tend to fall to the wayside when I'm out pursuing a greater name for myself- or more likes on a photo, or the number rise on my followers.  I get so easily caught up in trying to figure out the system, the game, the strategy to playing myself that makes my story look greater, because I really do believe that my story is worth being told, but I get trapped in trying to sell it.

Let's just break it down and remove the fluff.........

I thought I needed social media to communicate and grow the "brand" that is me, my testimony, my worth, and my signature.  Like, if I just had enough IG followers, I'd become something.  If I could style or stage my visuals that would make people want to be more like me, or want a piece of what I have to offer, then maybe I'll become just worthy of what I want to become.

It sounds ridiculous.

But its true.  So painfully and honestly true.

Yet I've come to realize, my worth isn't in social media.  My worth is not in a void designed by distance, filers, and creative captions.  My worth is fully founded in the fact that the God of this UNIVERSE died on the cross, carrying everything I have ever done wrong and will ever do, to his death, and then conquered it all in forgiveness through coming BACK TO LIFE.  That is my worth.  The worth of eternally being called "HIS".  It is enough, and I'm striving to believe it wholly.

My blog, my photos, and my story may never make it out to the masses.  Or it may.  I honestly don't know.  But I'm choosing to live good and faithful to Christ, who is good and faithful to make all things work together for good, and trust that what He has in store for me is far greater than what I could ever try to muster up on my own.

So it's time I take a break.  An undetermined amount of time away from Facebook & IG.

Our family's adventures and my random thought process can be found here on my blog, so if you want to follow along, first and foremost invite me to tea and coffee and lets start there!  Then, subscribe to the blog for posts and updates to stay in the know.