Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Projects

These lanterns seem easy enough to make, so this will be one of my projects

This Centerpiece will be one of my projects too, for our big Meal on Christmas Day

Christmas Break is nearly here friends!! I wrote my last paper of the term today. I have a presentation tonight, and 4 finals, and then time for My projects. These are exciting projects though! Lets take a look at my list shall we??

1) Focus on those who need help/ support this Christmas
2) Read "Breaking Dawn."
3) See "Breaking Dawn."- Looking for a viewing buddy, let me know if you have any interest. You can even let me know in private if you happen to be a closet Twilight fan, I know you people exist.
4) Read "The Help."
5) Watch "The Help."
6) Learn a New Line Dance
7) Visit my Family in Bend for a few days of relaxation in the mountains. Talk about romantic.
8) Focus on my blogging! Thanks to my friend Sarah (see her beautiful blog here) I have a much larger understanding on how this whole blog world works!
9) Serve my community at work, and in my neigh-ba-hood.
10) GIVE PRESENTS! I loooooove giving presents.
11) Spend time with my family and friends.
12) Continue my obsessive running patterns, but increase distance.
13) Work on my closet
14) Try realllllly hard not to turn 23, but I think that one might be unavoidable. Poop.
15) Come up with a great New Year's Resolution- like... Run a full Marathon this year!

This is a lengthy list. I am aware. But the possibilities are endless, because it's a magical time! Let us always remember during this magical time, that Jesus was born in this season. What a magical gift He was. Thank you Lord for the blessings in my life, they are endless. Let us remember those less fortunate, and help however we can!

Love and Christmas Projects


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What I am Thankful For

Feeling the inspiration of the Holiday tomorrow I thought I would make a list of all things I am thankful for. This list is good to make a on a daily basis, for it is all from the Lord anyways.

I Katie Gwen am thankful for...

*My family of course- immediate, and extended may they all be blessed on the Holiday tomorrow and feel love and rest, all the way from Portland to Redmond to Ohio.
*Thankful for Reggie- One more Thanksgiving with my baby (my 15 year old puppy)
*Thankful for the health of my loved ones and myself
*The amazing friendships the Lord has blessed me with
*The ability to go to school even though school knows I snarl at it from time to time
*A roof over my head, a car to drive clothes on my back, and a warm comfy bed
*My job
*Portland Oregon and it's beauty
*My house church

So many more things I am blessed with, but for now we will leave it at this. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, may we remember tomorrow and everyday how we are surrounded by love and joy in our lives.

Ps. Did I tell you I am in charge of the apple pie tomorrow? Talk about PRESSURE! Pray that I don't ruin it for everyone else. I found the greatest apple pie recipe here SO here is to trying new things!

Love and Apple Pies


Monday, November 21, 2011

Love and all the Gushy Stuff

Have you ever been in love before? Ever felt the butterflies, the rush when they walk into a room? Do you remember specific things like the way they smell, the way your hand fits into theirs, what you wore on special dates? The comfort you have in "knowing" he will be the one by your side to face the day, to jump over the hurdles, to do life with.

Great Love Vs. Adequate Love: Is there a great Love out there for me? I was in love once. I miss that feeling. But what I have to look forward to is this: First dates, First time he reaches to hold my hand, First Kiss, First "I love you." I look forward to my private thoughts of: "Is he going to open the car door for me, I hope my parents, brother and sister like him, Wow he loves Jesus a LOT, woahhh... did he really just do that for me? He makes me feel like the only girl in the world, I have so much respect for this man, He inspires me to be a better woman."

So I wait patiently for that great love for now. For now, I listen, I be the best sister, daughter, and friend I can be. I pour into the relationships in front of me. I love Jesus with all my heart, and I continue to let him shape me, as I learn what it means to be a wife someday.

So Honey, whoever you are, wherever you are, I pray for you. Love Jesus, and the rest (me) will fall into place.

Love and All That Gushy Stuff


Thursday, November 17, 2011

This photo really inspired me this morning, so I wanted to share it with you! I got it off Pinterest----> which speaking of Pinterest... Can anyone show me how to make words in your text into links? I would love to be able to quote people from other blogs and have them click on a link to their page. So I just wanted to apologize too for how I keep changing my blog layout. I am still in the process of figuring out how to make my blog look like I want it to look. Thanks for your patience with me!

Love and Brighter Days


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

God is in Control

Let me start by giving you a little piece of my sob story that happened today and then show you how God took my horrible day and made it all better.

So on a normal day I wake up at 6:45 to go running. Waking up early is nothing new. Well this morning I had a paper I needed to work on before class so I had to skip running to work on that instead. I worked on my paper for a little while, then went downstairs to make coffee when I quickly realized I needed to register for my Winter Term Classes! I ran upstairs to register only to find I had "holds" on my account keeping me from registering... wah wah wah. So immediately I of course (knowing myself all too well) go into freak out mode. I call the admissions office, the lady tells me what my holds are about, I hang up the phone, steam coming out my ears. Next step in my mind... call dad. He usually makes things better so why not call him? For a brief second I thought, "no Katie you should probably calm yourself before you call him," but my impatience won out on that shoulder angel scenario quickly. So I attempt to explain my issues to my dad over the phone when all of a sudden I am just crying. Full on crying on the phone to my dad, who the poor thing just doesn't know what to do when that happens. Can I just tell you, that poor man has witnessed my tears more in this 6 months I have been at home, then probably ever in my life, even when I was tiny and would scrape my knees all up. He deserves a free pass of not witnessing tears until at least my wedding day. Good Heavens. Back to the story: I am crying on the phone, telling my dad I am this close ---><--- to quitting school! Just at House Church last night I wrote as my prayer request that I am so easily discouraged by school, so this to me was just the icing on the cake! After I did a bunch of phone calls, I got my holds taken care of, even though I am still waiting to be allowed to register. So then I get to school this morning. I got a D + on my pysch test. I was 1 point away from a C-. But even so I thought I did really well on this test, but apparently not. From there I went to the library where I proceeded to nearly dump my lap top in the potty. It missed the water and just fell right to the ground. I then started crying again, in the bathroom stall. Why am I such an emotional girly girl today?? When did tears become an active participant in my life? They used to be strangers to me. Is God softening my heart, or am I just too sensitive?
Anyways.. I was having myself quite the "woe-is-me" day until God reminded me I better get my act together and just take everything one step at a time. At least I have parents, siblings, friends supporting me! Also in the midst of my saddness I received a nice text from my bes fren Evan asking me how my long day was going. I swear that boy always knows when I am having a rough time. Thank you Lord for Dad's like mine, and friends like Evan. I am one blessed girl.
God thank you for being in control of my life especially when I am not! I cannot run my household someday on emotions alone. That won't get my family anywhere. Thank goodness he made men logical, because Lord knows that is not my strong point!

Love and Long Blog Posts (Sorry)


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Picture This

Lazy Sunday afternoon. Just got home from church and lunch out with my cousin. Comfy Clothes, coffee with pumpkin spice creamer, in my bed working on homework while watching "You've Got Mail."

I am really starting to get into the Christmas Spirit. You've Got Mail I suppose isn't a Christmas movie per say, but it has Christmas in it, so that's a great compromise to me. Sometimes too on the way to class I listen to the new Justin Bieber Christmas Album, no judgements!! Just wanted to write a quick hello, back to studying/ watching my fave movie.

Love and Lazy Sundays

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Short Hurr... Don't Curr

Came home from the beach on Sunday and I felt a strong urge to cut off all my hair. I miss my curls, but this way my hair is really healthy! After all it's just hair right? It grows back. I put a picture of my "sassy" face up too, because wearing leopard with short hair makes me feel kind of sassy!

Love and New Hair!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Bubba is Sick

I took Reggie to the vet last Thursday for an ear infection, well turns out there are alot more things wrong with him than we were aware of. The next day, I went to give my puppy a big hug and kiss (as always) and he comes walking towards me with a HUGE tumor looking swolleness on his face. The poor thing. I of course immediately freak out, and call Dad. Dad took him in, but at this point I was half way to the beach with my sistas, but I was a nervous wreck in the car. I guess Reggie had an absess (sp?) tooth. So I took him in to the vet yesterday morning for surgery! ahhhhhh!!! How do Mom's do it?!?! I was freaking out, and this is my 15 year old dog we are talking about here. I am gonna lose it, when it comes to my children being in pain. Oh goodness. So Reggie is all drugged up, but I thought I would post a super pathetic picture of him, because he's breaking my heart. I wish Reggie would live for the rest of my life. What in the hay am I going to do without him?? (please note the green bandage on his poor little puppy leg, where they had the IV in him, sooo pathetic)

Love and Sick Puppy Dogs


The Weekend of Leopard

This weekend marked a much needed Beach Getaway with my sisters. We had been scheming about this weekend for awhile now and I am so glad we finally made it work! Stacey's beach house is in Depot Bay, so you know what that means! Lincoln City Outlets! We did have a little shopping trip that was so fun, but I had one thing on my mind the whole time: I needed to find something leopard! Between the 3 of us, we were on a mission. In the end, I found a cute leopard belt, and Summer bought me a ridiculously cute leopard blouse from Old Navy. I was so excited! This weekend also marked my first adventure into the world of Antique Thrifting. I was so excited to find a cute red clutch, and a little something for my best friend Katie's Bridal Shower this Friday I am hosting at my house. Her bridal gift is pretty fun, if I do say so myself.

This weekend I got to run along the ocean water, spend some time in the word, and just relax and enjoy my sisters without worrying or stressing about homework/ midterms. Everyone needs to get to the beach every once in awhile and remember the beauty God is capable of. The power He possesses with every rushing wave. I got to stand by the ocean and Praise His name, and to worship my Mighty King. Praise the Lord for no internet at the beach house. haha. Here are some photos from the weekend, Enjoy!

Love and Get-aways