Update for March

Well, it has been a hot minuet since my last post. I tend to like to take February off it seems. Though this time it was not intentional. Life really has a way of getting busy and sometimes life is just crazy. However, I will say that this month, I am going to do something different. It will give me an opportunity to be more creative. I do have a couple of trips this month as well as my birthday(yay!!) that I will be making blog posts on as well. So, before I get right to the point of my little project, I want to give a little back story.

I have written and posted a couple of short stories here. I believe I called them super short stories. I really enjoyed writing those, I love writing stories. I am going to link the stories that are already posted previously so that you can check them out if you would like, but I had to ask myself why I don’t post more stories if I enjoy writing them so much…and so I plan to change that and write more short stories here on my blog.

The Summer I Pretended You Were Mine • A Super Short Story•

The Gravel Lane• Short Story•

Sail Boats: Short Story

I enjoy writing and so that is why for the month of March, I am going to put out new short stories. I am going to have all of my short stories put into a separate category called ” Super Short Stories” that way they are easy to find. If this goes well and you all enjoy them, maybe I will make it a regular thing? I thought it would be fun to churn out some more stories and share them here. With that being said I am going to make a schedule for when a new story will come out. Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am going to try my best to do two stories a week, and then any other posts nonrelated will go out on Wednesdays. I am super excited and I am looking forward to sharing my stories with you!

-BEE

The Wall Block 


I have been gone from blogging for a little while: a very long time. I needed it though, needed to come to a place where I know what kind of blogger I want to be and not simply be the blogger I think I should be. I had the creative block that really was more like a huge wall that I just couldn’t climb up over it. I had to have it torn down brick by brick. I tried multiple times only to come to the realization that the wall;each brick really was a representation of my insecurities in my writing, in creative abilities. I was scared to really just pour out everything I had, and I was also uninspired to write. So I took a step back and decided that there was only way to take that wall and that was to battle each of my insecurities head on. So I put on my war paint and got started. 

I traveled, I learned, I lived my life. While I may not have all of the answers I was looking for, I never will. However I have broken through the wall enough to come out on the other side. 

So here’s to writing more and being the writer I always was. 

-Brandy

Big News Coming! 

For starters, I want to apologize for the serious lack of blog posts. There is some news that I will be sharing in a few days and I think you’ll understand the lack of blogging. It’s been hard not talking about it and for the record, I am not pregnant. So you can cross that off your list. 

I am excited for this new chapter in my life and I am looking forward to sharing the news with you! 🙂 

Till next time!

Brandy

A Small Update

Hello my reader friends! I have really sucked at making sure I get a blog post everyday. Sorry! Life has been crazy the past week and I wanted to just do a small update. I have a book review, a tag, and another post that is years in the making. It is all coming. I just need the the chance to sit and actually be able to write. So I am just going to get started:

1. I got a nanny job!

I don’t think I have ever talked about being a nanny here before. But I part-time nanny for a friend and I just got another nanny job. I am excited and I am going to figure out another blogging schedule.

2. I am kissing my TTC journey goodbye- for now:

After a lot of prayer and soul searching, I felt that I need to put my TTC journey to an end for right now. I have mentioned before that I wanted to be content, and you know what? I am in a place where I am. I was starting to stress myself out and I really just need to stop trying for right now and just enjoy the season I am in right now. 

3.  My birthday is coming up:

I am counting down my last days as a 24 year old and getting ready to say hello to 25. I am not upset by how I am inching to 30. I am still getting a kick out of peoples faces when I tell them I am 24 going on 25. Seriously I’ll take the “you don’t look that old” complete every year! 😉 

Well that is my small update! Thanks for reading!

~ Brandy

Update: What’s Been Going On?

     I am so glad to be able to sit down and actually write this evening. I have my new candle from Bath and Body Works burning and I felt like today was a good day to update you on what’s going on with me since my last post. 
West Virginia:
   I have yet to really talk about my trip to visit my Aunt Koren in West Virginia. Let me first say, that I loved that small little town I was in! I fell head over heals being in the mountains and enjoying a slower paced life. I loved waking up and seeing the mountain and not having to use an inhaler was nice too. 😉 I have every intention of going up as soon as I can and taking my kids there someday. I am going to insert my pictures from the trip that I took with my phone here:

My view outside my Aunt’s front porch.

The Flea Market prt.1

The Flea Market prt.2

A cave, we saw while sight seeing

The pictures just don’t do this place justice!

 

 

Fort Seybert

 

 

 

 

 

The reenactment of the burning of Fort Seybert

 

 

 

 

 

This is from my last day. My Aunt Koren was leading a 1860’s Church service. I

My Aunt Koren and I.

Women’s Prayer Tea:
At church we did our first prayer tea praying for the women in our community. It was such a joy to spend my time with these wonderful women of God. I learn so much from these women. The food was great and I took some pictures of our fellowship hall decorated for our tea.

The table we used.

I brought some things from my home to use for the center piece.

I love small southern touches!

I brought these from my house. They are just so girly and fun!

The orange curtains are some that we had at the church. They were so pretty and fall like that we decided to keep them on the windows!

The table were we put the food.

TTC????
Well, I am going to touch on this topic a little bit in this blog post, but I plan on doing a different post on this topic. This is going to be a new topic that will be floating around on my blog. If you remember when I started this blog, that’s what I started talking about was timing and I did two posts before I felt like expanding into other topics. I have come to this new chapter in my life and I’ll be honest, this is not going to become a TTC blog. I started this blog with that in mind, but the more that I have prayed about it the more that I have felt that I didn’t want this to become my entire blog. I know that there are women who struggle with infertility, at the same time I want to share my thoughts here and there on the topic. ever since I was little I have always wanted to be a mom. I still have that desire. at the same time I don’t want to stress myself over all the things that could go wrong. My general plan is to just let God bless us in His timing. Don’t get me wrong, I would love for that to happen sooner than later. However, I am feeling really content right now. Like I said , I do plan on doing a more in depth post on the topic, I am hoping in the next day or so, just to explain how I plan on touching this subject here on my blog.

I hope ya’ll are having a blessed evening!

~ Brandy

As Summer Leaves

    First off my reader friends, I want to say that I am sorry for not posting in such a long time. A lot has happened and I am now ready to share with you what has been going on in my life, and what my plans are for this blog.    This year alone has been a season of being in a storm. At times the rain just got to a point where it was flooding. It’s not even just one event or circumstance. It is the combination of everything going on. This year, I have been digging into Ruth. I have touched a little bit about Ruth in a different post. The more I have gotten deeper into the trenches with Ruth, my eyes have been opened to this woman, that I think I have misunderstood. We look at the book of Ruth and we are so attracted to the love story of Boaz and Ruth. Yet when you step away from that picture and look at her story from the beginning.. it’s a story of a woman who lost her husband, gave up her homeland and even the opportunity to marry again to go with her mother in law to a land that she wasn’t going to welcomed in with open arms. She also made the life changing choice to follow a God who was the One and only and wasn’t one of the many that she was raised to believe in. Boaz, while he is a big part of her story, he was a second chance, a gift God gave Ruth. She didn’t wallow in the hard times but allowed God to take them and to mold her. That has been my prayer. that God would take these times and mold me. With every wave clinging to the rock that keeps me firmly in place.

Along side with reading Ruth, I have begun One Thousand Gifts by Ann Vosekamp. Let me say that this has been book has been on point! I will share more about this in a different post.

I want to also take this time to talk about the Hillsong concert I had the opportunity to attend. First let me say that it was an amazing concert! Worshiping with so many brothers and sisters. It was such a beautiful and humbling experience. I also took a picture of my outfit.

This was what I wore that night. Super comfy!
I wanted to share with you some of what my summer has been like.

Hillsong Worship No Other Name Tour.

S’mores!

Bonfire: High flames and I captured my thoughts on the added heat!

When Bonfire died down a bit and made for a nice time around the fire.

My first paper wreath! Tutorial coming soon!

A project I would love to do. Saw this light fixture at the Painted Mill.. I so want to make one!

I have been praying a lot about my blog and I have been working on some plans. I want to post some lookbooks and diy projects as well as some other random posts. I have been working hard and they will slowly be a regular thing. I have acouple trips this coming week and I have my West Virginia trip coming up. I am hoping to take as many pictures as I can!
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Much love
~ Brandy

Been Gone Too Long!

     Well I did not expect to be away from the blog this long! It has been super busy between celebrating my first year of marriage, to being sick, to a whole list of things that happened all at once. We just had some rain so I figured that while the hubby is asleep and the cat is staying out of mischief, it was about time that I made myself a cup of tea and sat down and got back to blogging. This is going to be a collective blog post of everything that I have yet to blog about. It is just way easier. I can talk about everything from movie and books to a life update. This summer is going to be crazy, so I first off want to ask you to bare with me if my posts are far apart. I am going to try to write more, as well as take pictures.* I have been married a year!

For our anniversary, Colin and I took a day trip to Gettysburg, PA. That may not seem like the kind of trip other couples may like, but I love history, and drooling over old houses. We walked around and just spent the day just the two of us. It was so much fun! It was great just for the two of us to talk and enjoy being together. Our first year of marriage has included moving, grief, changing churches, and a whole lot of love. I think that with the different experiences that we have shared together it has made us closer together. No marriage is alike, and it is always going to look like someone has it better then you do.The truth however is that marriage is a perfect example of God’s love and patience that we are to give each other.

* I saw The Fault In Our Stars

Some are going to find this weird.. but… I actually enjoy going to the movies by myself. There is just something about a dark theater and no one talking to me while I am watching is enjoyable. I love being wrapped up in the plot. I watched this movie, and I am going to say that I really liked it. I cried. It did have some language, and it isn’t a movie to take the little ones to go see. It is very deep and you really do come away with a reminder of how short and unexpected life in this world is. I am not going to give any spoilers, but I will say this: I loved it, and when I came home I made sure to tell Colin that I loved him ( even though he was asleep when I got home).

* The Painted Mill

For the first time I went got the chance to go to The Painted Mill in Fallston to their monthly tag sale. I love vintage and crafting and diy projects. There were so many pieces that I wanted. The prices were amazing and I plan on going at the end of this month to see what I can find. I hope to document it this time so that you can join me in the fun. 🙂

That is pretty much all I have as far as updating goes. There has been a lot going on, between working and our busy schedules. I m going to try to blog more of my activities this summer. With that being said, I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend! Happy 4th!

~ Brandy

Where You Go, I Will Go

Today has been a productive day. For starters, I love productive days. I love when I know I need to get things done and I check them off my list one by one. There is something rewarding. That feeling that you get where the only thing you have to do, is sit back and enjoy a book. I love those days. The cat has been content with being lazy, so I haven’t needed to chase her out of things she doesn’t need to be in. It has been a good day.

Yesterday, Colin and I went for a walk at the park. The weather was beautiful. After such a long winter it is nice to look out the window and actually see flowers! Welcome Spring! You have been missed. We have been planning and preparing for our friends Dan and Jen to come over from England in September. It feels so far away! I was going through last years vacation photos, and can not wait to take some with our good friends!

So I have been loving 94 Fish FM lately. I love the different genres on one station. It helps to have some good Christian music playing while I am blogging and cleaning. I have been loving Jefferson Bethke’s book Jesus > Religion. I will give my full review once I have finished it. from what I have read, I love how he has kept his book centered around Jesus. I have also appreciated his honesty. When I open up a book about my Savior, I want to leave feeling challenged and that I have learned something. So far this read has proven to be just that. If you want to check him out check out his website here.

I will also have announcement coming up. I am excited to share this with you. I can’t share just yet, but I do have a blog post in the works for this announcement so stay tuned! 🙂

I know that I mentioned the Ruth study I have been doing. I have really been looking at the story of Ruth. In my studies, I was reading Ruth 1:16 a few weeks ago, and I recently reread it.

Ruth 1:16 (NIV)
But Ruth replied, ” Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go, I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.

You hear this verse in weddings, but I love how Kelly Minter described these verse in her Bible study in her living room series on the book of Ruth.

” We memorialize her words in the context of a loving friendships and brides and grooms who are so zealously in love that the rest of us have to go drown ourselves in cake. But the truth is that this famous speech was uttered amidst loss and hardship and in the face of much bitterness.” – Kelly Minter

I never thought about this verse in that light before. I mean here was Ruth, making a life changing choice. She was leaving everything behind, and going to a whole new land. She just gave her future over to God. Can you imagine what our walks would be like if we just surrendered our lives over to God and allowed Him to lead us? God longs for us to give everything over to Him, and to be willing to go where He wants us to, and stay in the seasons he has us in and not demand for Him to do our will but His. Fellow believers are our people, therefore we should not gossip or be offensive towards our people. And always remember that the God of the entire universe, is your God.

I hope you all have a wonderful evening!

~ Brandy

 

Crazy Life

This week has been crazy! I have felt like this week has just went right past me and I haven’t had the chance to sit and blog. I am so excited to be able to finally sit down and actually blog!

This Tuesday, Colin and I will be married 9 months! It is really amazing how fast time can go by. All the different experiences ( I have mentioned them before) and ways that we have both grown. This Tuesday, is also the start of the new Ladies Bible study and I will be leading it. I am so excited and even a tad nervous. In more ways then one, I am just eager to see what God reveals in the hearts of myself and the ladies joining me on this journey to Discerning God’s Voice. It is a study by Priscilla Shirer. With this study, as I was previewing it, I think that it will really speak to everyone in the different seasons. I know that this year has started out a little rough. You know what though, God has been preparing my heart and shaping through the difficult times this year has brought. In Isaiah 43 this chapter talks about how much God loves and protects us. No matter how big the wave is that comes up to wash over you and sweep you up, God is so much bigger and He promises that in the tough times He won’t allow it to take you. You hear so many times that God doesn’t give us more then we can handle, but at times I think He does in order that we may learn to cling to Him in the tough times and not relying on our own strength. We are not promised easy, breezy lives. We are promised that when the winds pick up we have an anchor to keep us in place.

Last Sunday, Colin went up before the church to announce officially his calling to preach. It means that things will be moving forward and he will be sharing the Word of God officially. This means also, a whole beginning. The next chapter of our lives and I wouldn’t want to go through life with anybody else.

I am still doing some décor work on the new place, so I will eventually be doing some pictures… I smell a trip to HomeGoods!!!

~ Brandy

Change is a Good Thing

I know that typically on Thursdays I do product reviews. I will doing my product reviews on Fridays instead. On Thursdays I am going to be sharing with you what is in my heart. When I sit down with a cup of coffee and sit and type, sip my coffee, type… you get the picture. For the past couple of weeks I have felt like something has been just missing. Then in my quiet times with the Lord it hit me. I love fashion, and makeup, cooking… My blog is really going to be going up the next level for me. This is a personal challenge, and I am very excited about this. The Lord has been pushing my heart in this direction. Grooming me, preparing me, teaching me. Now I am ready to take this step. It means an intense blogging schedule for me, it means that a lot more planning will be involved in each blog post. This would be a personal challenge for me. A blog post everyday. Each day will be different. It is time for me to get out of my comfort zone, and really take my blog where I have dreamed of taking it. I will release what my plans are for each day tomorrow.  Everything is still in the planning process, and my heart is bursting with joy! The look of my blog for right now is going to stay. After all I really just changed it! But I will be adding to my blog. including favorite blogs, websites. I already have a Good Morning Girls logo on the side here ( seriously, go check them out!!!!) Eventually I will be changing even the layout of my blog….. who knows I may just get that under way today. 😉 Please pray for me as I am going through this huge change in my blogging life! I am excited to see where the Lord takes me on this journey, and I love having my reader friends join me on this journey!

~ Brandy