Monday, July 11, 2011

Oh, Thank Heaven!

Today, 7-11, was 7-Eleven's birthday. In order to celebrate every year they give away free slurpees. Wait, did you just say FREE SLURPEE?! Indeed I did :)
Rosemary and I decided to take our afternoon break to partake in the greatness of a free Slurpee. I got Cherry. Oh, and of course, I got a Big Gulp of Diet Coke too!
Thanks 7-Eleven for the free Slurpee! Happy Birthday!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Life List

Have you ever head of anyone doing a list of "25 things before I turn 25" or "30 before turning 30"? I've heard of other people doing this type of thing with a deadline of a few months. Well, I decided on June 1st that I wanted to make one of these lists, but I'm giving myself a good amount of time in order to make bigger goals. I started talking about it with some friends and got a few people interested in doing the same type of thing. I decided to make mine 30 things before I turn 30. That gives me 5 and a half years to finish my 30 goals. Some are small and some are large. It took me a whole month to come up with everything, but it is finally finished! Here goes nothin!

1. learn photography in manual mode on a digital SLR camera
2. start a shop for invitations, cards, stationery and crafts - probably an ETSY shop.
3. take a culinary class or two
4. travel
5. create an actual website
6. take a glass blowing class
7. learn to letterpress
8. grow and establish my own veggie garden
9. shop at a farmer's market
10. own a library card... and use it!
11. ride a bike to work
12. read the whole bible
13. read 75 books
14. make my own cookbook
15. completely brand myself and love, jules stationery
16. write letters to those I love
17. finish a half marathon (if my knees can take it)
18. learn to sew well
19. make 3 articles of clothing
20. go speed dating with my girl friends, just for fun
21. learn to love wine
22. ride a train
23. have a spa night with the girls
24. catch fireflies
25. make homemade ice cream
26. make smores w/ Reese's over a campfire
27. go to museums
28. go to the beach
29. take a dancing class - swing or salsa or something fun like that
30. and finally one's a secret. I'll tell you once it's complete :)

My idea is to make a list every 5 years of shorter term goals. I also want to have a "long list" of things that will take me longer than 5 years to complete. So far the only one that's on the long list is to set foot in all 50 states.

Let Phase One of the Life List begin!


Friday, July 1, 2011


For the last 7 months I have been praying about something very specific. In December I began praying about participating in a mission trip to Kenya through my church, The Village. I had to fill out an application, a very daunting one at that - 12 pages long, and interview/meet with the team leader before finding out if I would officially be going on the trip. I kept joking about "making the team" but actually that's kind of how it felt.

I found out at the beginning of June that I was officially going to Kenya! It was such a wonderful thing to experience the Lord's faithfulness. We had our first team meeting about a week after I found out I was officially on the team. We don't know a lot about the details of the trip yet, but we do know we'll be going in September for 2 weeks. The tentative dates as of right now are Sept 12-24th. We won't have exact dates until we buy our plane tickets which should be soon. There are a lot of team meetings leading up to the trip and I'll have to get immunization shots before I go as well, but I am SOO excited.

Our main mission will be to support the Mendansa Family at Naomi's Village, an orphanage in Kijabe, Kenya.
We're not exactly sure what that will look like yet, but when we find out I'll let you know. 

I know that the Lord has great plans for us and this trip and I'm so excited to see how He works everything out. I have already seen His hand in providing for me. I'm excited to keep you updated on all the progress. Right now I ask for your prayers for me, my team, our trip, the Mendansa's and Naomi's Village. If you're interested in being a part of my support team please let me know. You can either leave a comment or send me an email - 


Happy 4th!

I love the 4th of July. I think I love it because of fireworks. I didn't get to see fireworks last year on the 4th because we were at the river, but I'm planning on seeing a pretty fabulous show this weekend. I think I'm going to Kaboom Town in Addison. I've heard it's ranked 3rd best fireworks show in the NATION! It better be good! haha

I don't really have any super fabulous plans for the holiday this year because I'm house sitting for the next 10 days or so. I guess you could say I'm having a staycation. I plan on cooking, biking around White Rock Lake, getting a little freelance work done and basically just relaxing.

I guess what I'm trying to say is 
and have a great weekend!