2013 Recap (Too Late?) // Jan 28 2014

I realize this post is coming way later than it should- but I can’t help myself. As a mama of a new one year old I am getting used to the fact that things are happening later than they should, and I celebrate things getting done at all! So cheers to 2014. 2013 was an amazing year for us– it was a year of holding tight to the promises of God in scary moments with jobs, Ava’s health, and housing– and celebrating the provision of God abundantly blessing and bringing us through some storms. Hoping for an exciting 2014!

AVA NOELLE’S 1ST BIRTHDAY // JAN 2 2014

Happy New Year! Our sweet mooshberry turned 1 on December 26th (poor girl- doomed to a lifetime of Christmas-themed birthday parties!). I decided to throw her a mini-brunch-bash to mark the occasion. I handed the camera off to my photographer friend, Tali, knowing she would masterfully capture all the small details. Enjoy!

That cute crown was inspired by one I had seen on Etsy a few weeks back. Super simple sewing DIY project that ended up being my favorite detail of the whole party!

I had extra special help from a few friends and my sister to put the party all together. We made a little vanilla sheet cake with homemade cream cheese frosting topped with berries for her own personal cake. We were hoping she would dive in, but apparently she is more of a doughnut girl.

We covered our buffet with fresh apple cider doughnuts, fresh orange juice, and egg nog (’tis the season) in little personalized milk cartons. For a pop of color, I did a few last minute flower arrangements with some flowers I found at Trader Joe’s.Finally, we covered our dining table in craft paper and created a yogurt parfait bar, mimosa bar, bagels & cream cheese area, and various other brunch-y snacks for people to enjoy as they hung out and celebrated with us. The awesome thing about covering your table with craft paper is that you can write directly on it!
Hope this simple brunch party get’s your inspiration juices flowing for your next get together!

{ house to home } / jan 25. 2012

hello friends. happy wednesday! today’s post is about turning your house into a home. something that the hubsters always reminds me of when i think i am wasting my time decorating our apartment, is that when he comes home from work to our cozy little abode, he always feels at rest. a cozy home takes time to find unique pieces that are both comfortable and affordable, while creating a sense of beauty and peace. today i put together an inspiration board for your :living room:. it is definitely more on the non-affordable side for all you newlyweds, but i created it to give you inspiration of what to look for as you build your home. enjoy!

No.1- Waving Stripes Curtain, $69.95 {here}; No.2- French Script Pillow, $69 {here}; No.3- Ion Glass Side Table, $99.99 {here}; No.4- Atticus Table Lamp, $129 {here}; No.5-  Seneca Sofa, $1,699 {here}, No.6- Mechanic’s Beacon Lamp, $99.95 {here}, No.7- London Map Collage, $19.99 {here}; No.8- Gloria’s Garden Rug, $498 {here}; No.9- Strasbourg Chair, $849 {here}.

:the Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!: ruth 1:9

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{ engagement story } / jan 17. 2012

so i would love for a big part of this blog to be a compilation of people’s stories of God’s grace in their lives. everyone has a story {or many stories} to share, and i would love to share yours! to kick off this section of the blog, i put together a story about how me and the hubsters were engaged. we also had our friend {and favorite photographer ever} shoot our engagement photos. her name is michelle van tine, and she is amazing. check out her blog here: www.michellevantine.blogspot.com. i will share a few of our engagement photos to go along with our story. please feel free to send me your story along with a picture so i can include it in future STORIES {of grace} posts!


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{ the valley of vision } / jan 3. 2012

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writing was my worst subject in school. here i am now- 2012 -writing a blog.

five years ago i didn’t believe in God. here i am now- a christian -writing a blog that i hope will glorify the same God i didn’t believe in five years ago.

upsidedown & insideout is how i feel when i look at where i am now versus where i thought I would be. more so than that, its a hope that, as I live out parts of my messy and beautiful life here, in writing, someone else will feel encouraged to live their life messy, too. documenting everything in my life from cooking//crafting//life as a newlywed//family//friends//our church//stories of grace//stories that inspire//books//clothes//etc-i hope that they will somehow encourage you in your specific needs and fill you with a desire to also live your life upsidedown & insideout.

i recently came across a prayer written by arthur bennett called “the valley of vision”. i believe that there is no better way to describe my hope and vision clearer than this:

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where i live in the depths but see Thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin i behold Thy glory. Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, that to have nothing is to possess all, that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision. Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine; let me find Thy light in my darkness, Thy life in my death, Thy joy in my sorrow, Thy grace in my sin, Thy riches in my poverty, Thy glory in my valley.

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