So I am trying to figure out how to combine blogs in a way that won't be completely abandoning this one. First, because I just redid the look and I love it. Second, because I have so much on this blog from the past four years, and it would be so sad just to dump it.
First, if you would like some lovely, free music by Josh Garrels, you should click HERE. You won't regret it.
Second, check out this super awesome coffee table. Well scratch that. I have been trying to add a picture for the past hour, but since blogger fails at life, it will not add. So just click HERE to see an awesome blogpost on an awesome coffee table. I am in love. We have multiple pieces of furniture that need to be painted... A coffee table, three book shelves, two bedside tables and a dresser. I would love to do something like this for the coffee table. I am trying to think of a different letter or number we could stamp on the top.
Actually, if you have any suggestions on how to resurface a dresser, please share. I was thinking a distressed green to match our duvet.
Today, Nick and I tackled a fun little project. We made state pillows for our next home! I drew out the states on the fabric and cut them out. Nick sewed them using my grandmother's sewing machine, and then I stuffed them and added the finishing touches.
We placed little homes at the cities where we have lived.
Missouri! Probably the easiest of the three.
Tejas! My personal favorite. I love the fabric.
And Rhode Island... Minus the islands. Sorry, Newport. This one was definitely the most difficult of the three. First, it's weird to make something so small on a map so large on fabric. Second, RI has so many little islands and such, and the bay goes right up to Providence. But I didn't want the pillow to have an awkward handle. So I sewed on some blue fabric to be the Bay.
Needless to say, I am pleased. I am envisioning them sitting in the rocking chair Nick made.
A. I desperately want to make the Pioneer Woman's Iced Coffee. It looks so amazing. And I love good iced coffee.
B. Speaking of good, iced coffee, a trip to Waco is in order. WOOOHOOOO. It has been entirely too long since I have walked around Baylor's campus, sipping Cowboy Coffee, feeling astute. We are hoping to visit this week.
C. Third, you should check out THIS WEBSITE to see what new adventures are around the corner for the Jolly Jensens. Jolly makes us sound like pirates. The Jensen scallywags are about to set sail on a new escapade. I guess jolly could also allude to Santa Claus. But when I think of "ho ho ho," I think of "yo ho yo ho" which brings me back to pirates. Yarrrrrg....
D. While I was working out yesterday, I was watching the Disney channel, of course. And I realized that Disney has already moved on to a new generation of stars. And now I feel especially old. I feel like I had finally come to grips with shows like Wizards of Waverly Place replacing Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens. But now those are being replaced with shows like Good Luck Charlie and Shake It Up, whose stars are even younger than my baby brother! Maybe it's time to watch more cooking shows.
Three of my favorite people turned 23 within a week of each other. This is for them.
Thank you for being a constant friend. I am so sad I missed your birthday, but since Harry Potter was involved, it's like I was there in spirit. I will never forget the countless hours we spent at your house, eating nutella and baking, watching Mary Kate and Ashley, and drinking chai tea lattes. I was so blessed to have you stand with me in my wedding, and I can't wait to stand by you in yours... in a month!! I love you and I am so proud of you for getting into med school. Also, we need to finish our book.
Allison, aka Pea,
I am so grateful for your friendship, and the fact that our lives are in the same newlywed stage right now. All those late night talks before bed were so sweet. I will never forget our road trip together and the hilarious moments that took place then. I love being able to call you and talk about being wives and our future plans. I cannot wait to see you this weekend!!
I'm so glad you got to spend your birthday at Hogwarts. I can't wait to watch HP dh2 at midnight with you this summer! I love that we have so much in common, and can text each other random quotes whenever they seem necessary. I love watching Glee or Friends with you while drinking strawberry daiquiris, or doing puzzles, or laying by your pool. I will never forget summer 2009, whether it was crying together in the upper room, or walking in silence to breakfast. You are my lobster, and I can't wait to see you this weekend, too!!
I saw some wall art at Target that I really liked, but it was $30! So I figured I might be able to recreate it myself, using different materials. This is the result:
I really like the little bird. But I just like birds.
And then yesterday, I decided to make some pinwheels for decorations! I wish we had better paper, but I still like how they turned out. A nice way to welcome spring.
And then I made some delicious Snickerdoodle popcorn. I got the basic recipe HERE, from Picky Palate. But I tweeked the recipe since I didn't have everything... I used the microwavable butter popcorn... and regular cinnamon... and instead of white chocolate, I sprinkled powered sugar over it. It was pretty good, I must say. I would recommend it.
One of my favorite things about gymnastics is that it teaching life lessons. Most of the time, the little girls don't even realize they are learning more than gymnastics. As a coach, I also get to learn from their experiences. Over the past two weeks, I have had two different girls wipe out on the beam. One was a tiny kindergartner who was learning how to turn on her tipy-toes, or as we call it, in relevé. The other girl was a year older, more experienced, but lacked self-control. She was practicing assemblés on the low beam. The first girl slipped as she turned, straddling the beam with her legs and landing on her back on the floor. She started crying immediately. The second had not been paying attention and was very sloppy as she hopped from one leg to two on the low beam. She missed both feet and smashed her hip into the beam before she fell to the ground.
Neither falls were tragic. In fact, they were both extremely common. But for these fresh, novice gymnasts, they were wake up calls. To both girls, I said something along the lines of, "I know this hurts. You're going to have a bruise. But that is part of gymnastics. You will be ok. Would you rather sit out for a second or keep going?" The first girl, with tears in her eyes, informed me, "But I don't want to have a bruise!" I couldn't help but laugh a little.
The falls didn't surprise me. In fact, with the second girl, who had not been listening to my corrections, I even saw it coming. Having experienced the same falls myself, I could see past the pain and encourage them to keep going. Until then, they hadn't associated pain with gymnastics. It was fun, easy, and safe.
This is such a blatant picture of life! We pass through, unaware of certain pains until we fall. We may know that they can happen, or that they do happen to other people, but until they hit us personally, we often don't think about it. And then it happens, and we don't know if we can keep going. And of course, God knows the plans He has for us, and He sees past the pain.
I have been learning recently just how many hurting people there are around me. They are in serious emotional pain and, whether they know it or not, are longing for peace. I want to encourage you to pay attention. We live in a dead, hurting world. If you are a follower of Jesus, you have the Remedy. Don't keep it to yourself, pretending that life is painless. Share it.
"I am leaving you with a gift- peace of mind and heart.
Well, I am entering into week 2 in Rolla. We are moved into our quaint apartment! It is quite lovely! The weather is monsterous. It's finally above freezing today, a first since I've been here. Fortunately they have snow plows here, so I can actually drive, since driving in the snow is so foreign to Texans.
Things I am getting used to:
- Living on a budget. Freeing yet frustrating.
- Living without internet. We don't have internet at our apartment, which is fine. I just have to get used to it!
- Living in sub-freezing temperatures. Yuck.
- Living with a boy. He killed my sea monkeys. But he also makes me breakfast.
Things I love about Rolla:
- The size. It's tiny, and it literally takes 5 minutes max to get anywhere. The only problem with this is that the car isn't warm by the time you need to get out.
- The old houses. They are everywhere and they are so cute!
- Downtown. Old, cute, small. It's a true downtown.
- Community. Just last week we had people over three different nights for dinner. Last semester, I missed the community I had at Baylor. Nick and I have been praying for community for me this semester.
- I got a job! I am going to be coaching gymnastics!
- A second job is in the works! Tomorrow I am meeting with a lady who runs a day care/babysitting program and she wants me to work 3-4 days a week! Hopefully the two jobs combined will be around 30 hours.
- Nick and I are leading a home group in his organization. The title is "Living Life Worthy of the Calling," and the subject is Godliness. We have 12 people signed up! Woohoo! Please pray for our time together and for the relationships that will be built. 8 of the 12 are girls, which is awesome! And there are 2 married couples! Hooray!
- We are enrolled in Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University at a local church. We are eager to see what we learn from it!
- Nick and I went to the same church as mentioned above on Sunday. We went to the Young Couples Sunday school class, and then to the worship service. It was funny because a lot of the couples had multiple kids and were probably in their thirties. We definitely felt young.
- If you have any great, easy recipes, send them to us! We love cooking together, plus we are going to need some great recipes for our home group every week.
- I made twice baked potatoes from The Pioneer Woman cookbook the other day. Oh my goodness they were delicious. And so easy!
That is all for now. I am sure there will be more updates later. If you are reading this, please come visit. During your spring break. Or just over a weekend. We have a very comfortable couch.