Is Christmas Really Just Two Months Away?

Christmas cardsCan you BELIEVE that Christmas is just two months away?! I just texted my family that it’s time we do our annual drawing for who has who for Christmas gifts this year. Where did this year go, seriously?! It’s been a great one but it feels…fast. My mom always told me that the older you get the quicker the years go – how true!

Hudson and I just ordered our Christmas cards (yes, I know, I’m crazy) and I am SO excited about how they turned out!! Not that I was surprised…we order Christmas cards from Shutterfly every year and I always love them!

This year I got a little fancy and ordered premium ones :) Gold foil-stamped with pearl shimmer cardstock and rounded corners…ahh! Here is the link to the one we got, if you’re interested.

But there are so many other great options too; it was really difficult to choose! In addition to the foil-stamped cards they also offer different types of cards. Here were my favorites of each type!

If you need help choosing which Christmas cards to order and want to see more of my favorites, I would be happy to send other links! :)

Christmas card

Christmas cards set

One thing I love about Shutterfly is their campaign about sending Perfectly Personal™ greetings. A customer service rep worked with me to not only personalize our order, but also order a complete matching set! We now have matching:

Christmas cards invitation

Hudson is just thrilled that I came up with another excuse to throw a party :) Haha!

Which of Shutterfly’s Christmas cards is your favorite? And am I crazy for ordering ours so early? Let me know in the comments! :)

Football Games & Fun Date Ideas

fun date ideasWow, it’s been a while since I’ve written! If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve had a glimpse into what we’ve been up to lately. I want to do a better job of recording these things so I can look back someday!

This past weekend we went to the University of Maryland football game with some friends. Since Hudson works at the university, we figured it was about time we attended a game! It was a great (and close) game but thankfully we pulled out the win. I was mostly just thankful that it was good weather so I didn’t freeze to death :) I love watching football, but not when it’s cold!

I’d have to say the tailgating is more my thing. Haha. I brought an assortment of cheese from Whole Foods (“Vermont Creamery Cremont” and “Emmi Grand Cru Reserve,” for those of you who wanted the details), and it was delicious. Did you know this is American Cheese Month? Never knew there was such a thing, but I’m always up for a reason to celebrate…and eat Whole Foods’ cheese. :) [Read more...]

Your Story

glorify GodA couple times this week, I’ve heard people mention “your story” and how you can glorify God with it.

Christians talk about “your story” as how Jesus changed you. What was your life like before you dedicated it to Christ, and how are you different today?

Our pastor encouraged us to pray each morning: “God, if there is someone who needs to hear my story today, it will be my greatest joy to share it.”

I have been praying that this week and am excited to see how I can glorify God as He uses that prayer. Maybe I will share my story here sometime, but it’s really simple – and all about the fact that I’d be nothing without God. However, our pastor reminded us that the power is not in the person or the story, but in the God who entered that story.

No matter what your story is, it may be exactly what someone needs to hear.

Is Jesus part of your story? If you have any questions about what I believe, feel free to email me. I would love to talk with you!

Beyond the question above (which I think is the most important question), I also like to ask myself: How is God currently working in my life? I truly believe that everything (good or bad) we’ve been through has shaped who we are today. And the joys and trials of today are shaping us for who we will be in the future. As I mentioned in my post about hard times in marriage, I pray that those joys AND trials will cause me to grow closer to Jesus.

The leader of my mentorship group encouraged us to write down the little parts of our story that are happening today, so that we can look back and see how God used them in our lives. Although we don’t always see the full picture of things – and sometimes we never will – sometimes we are able to look back and say, wow God, now I can see why. Even when we have no idea the purpose for something, God knows all along, and it’s incredible when He reveals that purpose to us.

I want to start writing down those little parts of my story. There’s something I’m going through even now that I don’t exactly understand or know where God is taking me. However, I know one day I’ll be able to better understand, and I pray that I can glorify God in this time.

What is your story?