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!

current reads / nov 5 2013

remember that time i decided to not blog for about a year? well- a baby happened. a very cute one, at that. ava noelle rogers, born december 26, 2012. poor girl- doomed to a life of christmas birthdays. she has kept her mama very busy- but i am embarking on some new projects and wanted to start writing again, so here i am ready to try this whole blog thing again.

just wanted to share a few books i’m reading now and LOVE.

I’m not big on parenting books- they make me anxious. BUT this one is a gem.

Hints On Child Training- Trumbull

A book written by Elizabeth Elliot’s great-grandfather on child training- it gives such a great understanding of how to train a child, why you’re training, and helpful techniques. I just love it.

Crazy Busy- DeYoung

Still in the middle of it– but its a great book shedding light on a current epidemic in our western culture- that is the business of busyness.

{ thoughts on trials } / feb 20. 2012

i have been reading through the book of deuteronomy over the last month or so and i wanted to share just a few thoughts on some scripture i had read. it encouraged me immensely, and for everyone who is walking through some sort of trial, i hope this is of as great of encouragement to your soul as it was to mine.

i had been reading through deuteronomy 8 {I would encourage you all to read the whole chapter}, but the verses that stood out to me in particular were verses 11-16:

“take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.

as I was reading through this verse, it struck me how quick i am to forget the Lord when everything is going ‘well’ for me. after reading this verse, I was praying that i would remember our God as the Great One who has lead me out of slavery to sin, and who is carrying me through the ‘terrifying wilderness’ to do me good in the end. oh what a glorious hope we have! the reality is that all people struggle, whether they know God or not. but we, as Christ-followers, have a hope that the world does not have. in the midst of trials, our hope is in the eternal promise that because God glorified Himself through Christ’s perfect life lived, His death, and His resurrection- He will also glorify and redeem those who are in Christ and those who walk through suffering so that {like Christ} He might do us good in the end.

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