Are you rich?

I am currently apart of a Tuesday morning women's bible study with about 12 other women. I love it. I love my time spent with them. I love talking about life and God and our victories and defeats. We are currently going through Beth Moore's video teaching series on the book of James. It is quite challenging and James slaps us in the face just about every week. This past week we got to James 5 where James warns the rich of their self-indulgence. When I read this I didn't consider myself to be in the category of the 'rich'. But I am. Compared to the rest of the world, I am very rich.

I saw this image on another blog I was reading and I wanted to share it with you all. May it put things into perspective for us daily.

Why I love the city.

Today is 'mom sabbath' day and I'm spending it in the city. The city of Chicago, that is. I love cities. After many Road Rules trips with countless friends (I'll post more about that someday) I've seen 90% of our beautiful country, and my favorite place to be is in a big city. New York, LA, San Fran, Denver, Baltimore, DC, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Seattle, you name it, I love it. I love the diversity, the culture, the hustle and bustle, the sounds, the lights, the unique shops, and indie coffee joints (although I am also a Starbucks junkie). New York City is my FAVORITE city but I really love living close to Chicago. It really is a great city. If you've never been then come on up for a visit!

Thrifting season is upon us!

Ok, well maybe it's always been here. I don't about you but there is something about the warm weather that makes me itch to sand, paint, or refinish something. My friend Dana and I were just talking about this the other day and she is feeling the same way. It's time to bust out some DIY projects! The other day, during my "mom sabbath" time, I made a trip to two different Goodwill stores in my area. One in Naperville and one in Montgomery. Usually when I walk into a Goodwill store I go straight to the furniture section. I'm not really sure why because we don't really need any more furniture in our house. I think it's maybe because that's where the "gems" are usually found. It's where you find the beautiful dresser that has so much potential or the unique wingback chairs that just need some reupholstering. Do you have a favorite section of Goodwill? 

I didn't find any cool project items on my latest trip but I did find two things that I grabbed as soon as I saw them because I loved them both instantly! The first one was this large footstool/bench:

I immediately loved the fabric and the cute, stubby legs. I still haven't figured out where I'm going to put it because it's so large but I'm starting to think it's going to end up at the end of our bed. Oh yeah, I am most forgot.... it was only $15!! What a steal!

The other piece I picked up was this cute, rustic looking mirror:

I love it's 'rawness' and it was only $2. It will hang over the white desk you see in the picture which is in the entryway off of our garage. 

For those of you thinking I have a stash of money set aside for thrifting, well, I wish. Justin and I are currently doing Dave Ramsey's envelope system where every penny of each pay check is "spent" into a certain category whether it's food, clothing, giving, savings, etc. There is no extra money floating around and unfortunately there is no thrifting envelope. So if there's something I want then I find something in our home that I can sell (with Justin's permission). I've been doing this for a while. For the most part I use craigslist and I've had pretty good success at selling things. It works for me because I like change and it's fun for me to continually move stuff in and out of our home. My husband, on the other hand, probably wouldn't agree:) 

Happy thrifting to you my friends!

The lesson I'm learning...

The Christian life isn't about rules or what we can and can't do. It's about living out our day-to-day in response to our love for Him.

Georgia on my mind...

This past weekend I took a road trip to Atlanta, Georgia to visit my friend Miriam. Miriam and I met in October of last year and we had an instant connection. I knew I needed to spend some more time with her and since we lived 700 miles away from each other, that would require either a plane trip or a long car ride. If you know me at all then you know I love to drive. Just put me out on the open road and I am a happy girl. I love the time to think, pray, process, sing, and just be quiet. Every state is a new adventure, with new people and new things to see. So Miriam and I spent two and a half days together hanging out, laughing, walking, eating, talking, and catching up. She is a lover of people and is extremely creative. She is hilarious and beautiful inside and out. I cherish our friendship.

Get-aways for me are a ton of fun but are also necessary for my sanity as a mom. The daily duties of motherhood can be draining. Getting away for a weekend every so often allows me to refuel and come back refreshed, which I believe makes me a healthier wife and mom.

My friend Caroline also wrote about "getting away" on her blog this week. Check it out. I will be getting away with Caroline and a bunch of other women to North Top Sail Beach, NC for her 40th birthday celebration in about a month. (I don't usually get away this often, it just happens that two trips fell close to each other.) I also have an amazing husband who supports my get-away habit and my need for hills and highways:)

Spoken word...

Hey friends. I've been excited to share these videos with you and they are finally here. My friend Justin Strode shot them for me and did a great job. Hope you enjoy. 

Makin Change. 

It Never Fails.