Monday, November 24, 2014

Companion Series: Summer

Summer: Disclaimer!! She's reallllly pretty, but she's Mawwied so don't get any ideas!

This is my sister in law Summer. I really want to convey how truly blessed I am to have this woman in my family. I make jokes pretty regularly about how she is stuck with me and that she has no choice but to be my friend because I share blood with her children... I laugh but then I look right at her to make sure there is an underlying understanding that seriously she is stuck with me...

I first met Summer at my brother's house in 2010 when Ben had just purchased his house and he was throwing a house warming party. I had been away at Oregon State and wasn't up to date with who my brother hung out with, so the majority of people I met that day were all new to me. One girl in particular stood out to me and that was Summer. She stood out partly because of her undeniable beauty, and partly because of how hard it seemed to me that she was trying... Trying to help host, and trying to talk to me. I wasn't all that interested in getting to know her. I was strangely protective of my brother and wasn't ready to accept a new girl hanging out with him. I learned quickly that my brother liked this girl. I will never forget when Ben asked me to go for a walk with him and Summer in Summer Lake Park. I was reserved and a bit stand-offish at first but I realized that she was pretty like-able and in no time I found myself setting up coffee dates and shopping dates with this girl that my brother was dating way out of his league (love you Brudder ;).

Summer is loyal. I think that is one of my favorite ways to describe her. She is the friend that will have your back no matter what. She can be fierce in a way that gets her point across and gives you respect for how honest she is. I know she is on my team. She is also incredibly encouraging. When I need to vent or be encouraged Summer is the one I go to. In the moments where I have given up or I want to quit, she reminds me of my gifts and my talents. She is always there when I need her. She is the big sister I never had. She gives me her hand-me-down clothes... so duh we are officially sisters! I am 100% myself with her and I seriously feel as though she knows me better than I know myself, which goes to show how perceptive she is.

Aside form being a great sister, she is also an incredible wife and mother. She loves her boys. She is so good at playing with them and she is so nurturing. She takes good care of my brother and keeps the family together and functioning. Summer has been the best addition to our family. The Moon's would not be the same without her. She brings so much laughter and joy and completeness to our family. We are so blessed to have her, our family is so close to complete (lets not talk about me though and my part in that...hahaha).

Seester Pants,

Writing this Companion Post was harder than I thought because my love for you is so deep and unconditional that it is hard to express that fully in writing. As every year passes, I grow more in love with the woman you are and am shown what strength it takes to be a wife and mom to your caliber. I am beyond thankful for your example and for your selflessness in our relationship and with our family. I learn so much from you, and am so grateful of your example. It brings me so much happiness to have a sister and one that I genuinely enjoy spending time with. You make me laugh and your kindness towards others is so infectious. Thank you for the many times you have just sat and listened and encouraged. Our family would not be the same without you. Loves you very much!!

Love, Seester

P. S This one below is by far my favorite ;)

Friday, November 21, 2014

This is Me- The Hostess with the Mostess

I am an entertainer. What I mean by that is I really enjoy hosting. I love having people in my home and cooking for them. The candles are lit, on occasion the fireplace is crackling, the music is on in the background and the wine is being poured. You can count on a warm meal and warm conversation. You can come and be taken care of. This is my mama in me. I know without a doubt that God has put this on my heart. That my home will be a hub. The place where my babies can bring their friends over and can expect a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie. Possibly a downstairs basement where the babes can play and have sleepovers. A safe place. A place where you can come if you have no family in town. You are welcome. This is my heart and my joy to do this for friends now, and for family in the future. It brings me such joy to invite others into my home.

I look forward to the day when I have a home to call my own where you will be welcomed and you will be taken care of. A home where you feel cozy and positive emotions are correlated. A place where you don't have to  knock, you just come right in. Home. This is what God has placed on my heart. What has God put on your heart?

Love and Come on Over


Monday, November 17, 2014

Life in Your Twenties...

Life in your twenties means CHANGE!!!! It is a rarity to stay in the same job for a year or more. Living in the same place for a year or more. Living with the same people for a year or more. Dating the same person for a year or more. Having the same group of friends for a year or more. What the heck?!?! No wonder my generation is so hopped up on anxiety medication! We graduated high school, we were told to attend college, so we did. They promised us jobs in the field we got our degree in (not an actuality). So we seek jobs, we don't like the job, we don't make enough, we change our mind, something better comes along, and BOOM: Change. Our roommates get engaged and BOOM: Change. Our friends get married and BOOM: Change. You break up and BOOM: Change. The only thing constant in your twenties is CHANGE. I'm exhausted. On the better days I can look at it as exciting, and yes some change is. Some change is very good and very necessary. I think that constant circumstantial change definitely makes you place your trust in God, that he will see you through it all. It creates dependence on him. I do want to throw a but in here though... I am looking forward to some settling in.

I recently took a new job. I had to say goodbye to the coffee shop, and am currently working as a leasing consultant for a property management company in Lake Oswego. So this girl is back to pencil skirts and heels. I am moving as well (more to come on this). Change, change and more change. Choosing to trust the Lord through these darn ever-changing twenties. I hear your thirties are where it's at.. ! God is good. I want to look today at how I can be used and to focus on the blessings in my life.

Cheers to embracing change and for this planner hugging A-Type personality to let go and let GOD!

Love and Embracing Change


Saturday, November 15, 2014

This is Me- The Creative

...and I'm a creative. This blog is my art. It is my creative outlet. It is my outward expression of my internal being. I am a writer. I put pen to paper. I think best when I'm writing. I am a psalmist at heart. I dare not compare myself to David, but his writing is inspirational. The honesty, the passion, the loneliness, the joy, the pain. His emotions written out and cried out to God who listens to every word. This is my relationship with God too, to write my thoughts in the form of a prayer.
Experiences lead me to my art. Beauty is best expressed through my words. This is my space to create how I want. No rules, no guidelines, no deadlines. A place I can call my own.
My creativity expands to my wardrobe, to the gifts I give and to my music. I use my words to best express my emotions and my love for family and friends. I don't own many things in this world, but I own my thoughts, my writing, my art. How do you express your art? Have you ever thought about it? Do you share your art, or is your art just for you? I choose to share mine in hopes that in some small way it impacts people for the better. So this is me, and I like to create.

Love and This is me- The Creative


Monday, November 3, 2014

Even the Wind and the Waves Obey Him

I am sitting at Sisters Coffee House right now tucked away upstairs where I am reading and preparing for tonight's Young Life club talk. With the rain falling outside on a beautiful Portland fall day, I sit and reflect on the power of our God. Butterflies begin to fill my stomach as the excitement grows to tell these high school kids about a Jesus that not only makes the wind and waves obey him, but a gentle God who loves and listens. Why do we have such little faith in this God? Or perhaps I should speak for myself when I say that I control and manipulate my life which is really just an illusion. It's the times that I get afraid and I "see the wind" that I start to sink when God has called me to walk upon the water with him. Just like Peter I get scared. Just like Peter I look around at my circumstances rather than staring straight ahead at my God who would never let me sink. I begin to take matters into my own hands as if I believe I am more capable than God to handle my life. I do not want to be a woman of little faith. I want to take courage like God asks us to, knowing that he is with  me and that he will calm the raging seas and the overwhelming winds if we just get out of our boat and focus on him.

Tonight I get to share this similar message with 60+ high school students who are in desperate need of God. Will you pray that God would speak through me and that he would be seen, not me? Will you pray for these kids to take faith in a God that won't let them sink?

Read Matthew 14:22-33 if you are curious what I am talking about, or Mark 4:35-41.

Love and Taking Faith