One of my favorite experiences of studying abroad while in college was spending a day at the Louvre in Paris. Truth be told I got lost more than once because #maps but I loved every second of walking through the halls of incredible pieces of art, particularly the massive paintings. Sure seeing the Mona Lisa in real life was once-in-a-lifetime cool , albeit behind thick glass and surrounded by one million Asian tourists, but I gravitated towards the big paintings bursting with different colors and textures. I learned very quickly that with these big paintings it was best to not get right up next to it, but to take a few steps back and see the full picture in all it’s grandeur.
That got me thinking and has kept me thinking ever since of one of my favorite statements in all of scripture: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” [ Ecclesiastes 3:11 ]
We’ve all had those times in our lives – maybe you’re there now – where everything is such a hot mess. A complete junk show. Whether it’s a crazy day where nothing seems to work out or a season full of tough stuff that makes it hard to breathe, while you’re in it you can’t begin to imagine calling it a “beautiful time.” Luckily we serve a good God who is faithful full-time! He makes everything beautiful in its time, meaning these tough days/months/seasons are simply part of our story just as much as those times we feel at the top of our game. Once we look back on the good/bad/ugly times we’ll see God’s hand in every little situation and we’ll begin to understand.
Sure, my life may look like a mess up close some days, just like when you put your eyeballs right next to a massive painting – no bueno – but the incredible thing is that God is constantly working to make my mess something beautiful at just the right time. He may not always work as quickly as I would like but He’s constantly working to mold and shape me to be more like Him. To love more. To trust more. To serve more. One day I will step back, look at the finished canvas of my life with the Artist beside me, and see it in all its beauty and completeness. That, my friends, is a beautiful thing. xo
[ obsessed with these hot pink blooms ]
Happy Friday, lovelies! Congratulations on making it to the weekend and let’s just talk about what an absolutely stunning Spring day God gave us today! This week has flown by, with work everything and us starting to tackle the garden and some painting at the new house (Painting = Taylor).
These past couple days I’ve been in Nashville retreating with the amazing women I work with all around town. We heard from two inspiring guest speakers yesterday on the importance of rest and living our lives from a place of love instead of fear. Great stuff. Last night we had an epic dinner at Silo where we ate everything and then had a slumber party at the Omni – if you’ve never stayed there you definitely need to! This morning we had breakfast aka biscuits galore at Kitchen Notes followed by a spa service of our choice. I enjoyed every second of my pre-natal massage and left feeling rested and rejuvenated. I am so thankful to work for a company filled with incredible women who work hard and also take time to recharge and spend time having fun together!
Tonight Taylor and I are headed to FHU to the Athletic Banquet to hear UT coach Butch Jones speak. As you can imagine he is a little excited. I don’t own anything orange so I’ll be wearing a little black dress because you can never go wrong there. Have a great weekend and thanks so much for reading! xo
[ Buddy and the bump ]
[ all about the pastels ]
[ Icon Media Group, minus one partner ]
[ the most beautiful sight ]
[ morning view from our room at the Omni ]
I’ve built quite the collection of cookbooks since we got married when I first realized I had to cook. Soon after, I found I actually enjoyed cooking (thankfully). I’ve been given cookbooks and I’ve “Amazon Primed” them to myself, written by famous chefs (ahem, Ina) and family friends who created the best Southern dishes. My only requirement for buying a new one is that the writer has to intrigue me and the recipes included need to appear doable/fun because well, I’m nowhere near a chef. In comes my latest find: Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen.
Who is she? Well Chrissy is known for a lot of things – modeling, being a co-host on two TV shows (Lip Sync Battle and FABLife), being hilarious on Instagram/Twitter, and being John Legend’s better half. You’re probably thinking – a supermodel who actually eats? Is she a unicorn? I started following her on Instagram and fell in love with her love of every kind of food (she eats everything from what I can tell) and creating new recipes in her own kitchen. So yes, I was so excited when her first cookbook arrived at my front door that I read it cover to cover.
So does it live up to all the hype? Absolutely. There are ALL kind of yummy recipes – fresh takes on some classics and new dishes you never knew you craved. She introduces each recipe with a short blurb that is both hilarious and revealing so you feel like you’re cooking with your BFF. The recipes are not difficult I’ve had the cookbook two weeks and I’ve made five dishes just to make sure the food tastes as good as it looks. Spoiler alert, it’s better. I’m over here cooking my way through Cravings and my husband is one happy man and I’m one very happy pregnant lady! xo
[ these are a few of my favorite things ]
This week has been a little on the crazy side but confirming our baby girl is healthy and growing like a weed made everything else fade away. Taylor was such a champ, making me laugh when I was so nervous before our appointment and then saying the sweetest prayer of thanksgiving as we drove home. He’s going to be the best dad and I cannot wait to watch him melt with a baby girl. After our appointment we went out for celebratory lunch and out of all the options I wanted Chick fil A – at least I’m a cheap date, right? It was a beautiful thing. This weekend is supposed to be gorgeous – high 70’s, yes please – so I plan on spending some time working on my green thumb in our new garden and packing with the windows open. Have a good one! xx
[ baby’s first close-up ]
[ high kick ]
[ afternoon nap time ]
[ morning light at the new house ]
You can’t see me right now but I’m doing a major happy dance! Maybe it was the Coke I treated myself to at lunch OR maybe it was hearing our sweet doctor say “she’s perfect” after our anatomy scan this morning. I started crying and Taylor cheered and it was incredible. We were understandably a bit anxious for our big appointment this morning but it was the most beautiful 50 minutes of watching our sweet baby girl wave, kick her legs, change positions ten times and dance around. I am continuously in awe of how awesome our God is!
Baby’s size: A banana
I’m feeling: Great! My energy is back and I’ve been capitalizing on that by hitting the gym a few times a week and trying out some new recipes in the kitchen. I’m also a little in shock that I’m already halfway through this pregnancy – how did that happen?
Foods I could eat forever: Cheese, eggs, broccoli, french fries and anything sweet.
Foods I cannot imagine eating: Scallops (yikes) and anything Mexican (still).
Currently wearing: Yoga pants, flowy tops and I’m officially in maternity jeans.
Pros of April: Feeling the first real kick and seeing our sweet girl today!
Cons of April: Lots of gas. All the time. Poor Taylor.
Looking forward to: Some fun date nights with Taylor and starting renovations on our new house!
Favorite scripture at the moment: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” [ Psalm 139:13-14 ]