31st Birthday Recap

I'm officially 31, so happy Birthday to me!

I know you all know, but I love my birthday! 31 was (overall) a fun one to celebrate.

I will tell you that my birthday week started with a mini sewer explosion in our basement. Thankfully it is unfinished but let me just tell you, it was so gross! I'll spare you the details. We got our sewer line snaked except that didn't work so then they informed us that the sewer line is indeed broken and has to be replaced. Let me explain what they mean by replaced: they have to dig a hole in our basement, a 15' deep trench in our backyard and put a new sewer line in. And if you are wondering, it isn't cheap, like several+ thousand dollars not cheap. Anyways, as terrible as that all sounds, hard things come in life and there could be worse things. I'm working with insurance as well as searching around for various plumbers because $1,000 difference in an estimate is a lot of money. 

Tuesday evening we went with David's family to a fancy fish restaurant in town. My brother-in-law, who is also celebrating a July birthday, loves that restaurant and took us all there. We had a private dining room, which is nice because Dave gave a speech impersonating Donald Trump about making birthdays great again and how we would get Mexico to pay for it. ha ha! He also hand made birthday cards of each Trump, Bernie and Hillary and they were all hilarious. 

I was going to sleep in on Friday but our doorbell rang early. I initially thought it was a plumber but it wasn't! It was a delivery from Farm Girl Flowers. If you haven't heard of them you can thank me now. 

Friday night I went to dinner with the girls. We went to an Italian restaurant by my house that serves the best italian nachos. The chips are fried pasta noodles and pourabout 1 cup of melted cheese and slather it all over those nachos. So good!  

After dinner a photographer friend of mine, Jenny, was nice enough to snap a few pictures of us before we got dessert. It was a lot of fun and I'm glad we stopped for a bit to take some photos. 

Saturday, on my official birthday day, I got up early and went to breakfast with my Dad for a green chili burrito. Yum! We then went to the Farmer's Market and my Dad got me some flowers. After that, Dave took me to a small town about 45 minutes from Wichita, called Hutchinson. We went to a nature center, some antique shops, ate Mexican, went to an art gallery and tried to hike. It was 100+ degrees and the trails weren't super great and I just wasn't feeling up to a hike. I went back to the car while Dave ran and then we came back home. It was fun to spend time with Dave and get away. 

Dave and I liked these plant / flower or whatever the heck this thing is...

 Sunday, we ate hamburgers and had family over for DQ Ice cream cake. Of course, Dave wore his 'Make Birthdays Great Again' hat and it just really cracked me up.

The 31st birthday was a good one (minus the sewer explosion)! Thanks for celebrating with me.


A Visit with Anne

This past Sunday Dave and I went to visit a dear lady from our church named Anne. Anne is 94 years old and is fighting cancer, but you wouldn't know it if you met her. Her treatments have kept her steady and I'm thankful for her sake. But I'm not here to tell you about her battle with cancer. I'm here to tell you that Dave and I went to bless her but instead received the bigger blessing.

Dave and I sat with Anne and just listened to her talk. She told us that life goes by so fast, which I have to agree with her and I'm only 30. She talked about The Lord a lot. Not in a weird way, but in a way that showed that she has spent much of her time on this earth in a relationship with Jesus. If I were to take a guess, I'm guessing she has spent much time in The Word and on her knees in prayer. Her eyes and facial expressions just said, "Jesus". It was so encouraging.

She also told us that some people are worried about bringing kids into this world in this awful time but that she also said she could never in her life think of a time when the earth was good. She said even in Bible days it was awful, and I'd have to agree.

Anne also talked about leaving this earth and she had such peace about it. She knows that one day Jesus will call her to her heavenly home. And then I really started thinking. I started thinking that if Anne does get to heaven first that she will get to see my mother-in-law. I sometimes wonder if I can give a message to Anne to give to her. I'd love for her to know that I married her son and I'd love for her to know she has a cute grandson (my nephew). It's just so crazy to think that someone I'm here with on earth could one day soon be with the family I so miss. And not only that but Anne will be with Jesus. I can't imagine any greater thing and I'm really happy for her.

Before we left we asked her what we could pray for. If I were fighting cancer I'd probably pray for no pain and immediate healing but that's not at all what she asked for. She asked if we could pray that she would be a good witness for Jesus. She wants opportunities to share Christ until she reaches heaven. Talk about convicting. I was convicted to the core.

I guess I share all of this because it has been something that I have thought about often this week. I also know it was a good reminder to me that heaven is coming and it is going to be so good! I also needed the reminder to share Christ, and if you are like me, you probably need it too.

Hope your week is going great, friends!


A Roundup + My Birthday Month

Today I'm sharing a roundup of some fun things I've found on-line. I love it when other people compile their favorite things around the web so I thought I'd share mine. 

When the Mission Field Comes to You - I really liked this article. It talks about how we have an opportunity to share Christ with the many Muslims infiltrating our country. I know it is a huge political debate, and I don't agree with the way the current administration has done things but the truth is, those from other countries, specifically the Muslims, are here. So let's take this opportunity to be kind and show them Jesus and His gospel.

Blueberry Lemonade! I will be making this soon. My Mom and I went blueberry picking last week and I have 7 pounds of blueberries to devour. Trust me, it wont' take me long. Also, if you shop at Aldi they have blueberries for $.99 now. 

I in no way, shape or form have ever been able to make bread until I found this homemade artisan bread recipe. Seriously! It's so easy! You have 4 ingredients, throw them in a pot, let it rise for 8-24 hours and bake it. It's super delicious too & there is a fun time lapse video of this bread.

Speaking of time lapse videos Tasty is killing me! I have a bunch of their recipes saved. I should probably just make a 'Tasty' board in Pinterest. I really want to make these steak and potato nachos. Get in my belly!

If you are a coffee lover, or even if you aren't, you should check out this Instagram picture. This guy makes rainbow colored coffee with milk foam and it is pretty awesome! 

Also, it is July, which means it is my birthday month. I normally have a massive birthday list but this year I only had 5 items on there, okay 6 items if you add in Farm Girl Flowers.

1. A utility cart from Ikea. I plan to put this in my kitchen as a coffee cart.

2. A giftcard to Word Market

3. This kettle

4. Money for a new camera bag. Mine is 3+ years old and is way too small. I can smash everything in there but it isn't the best for camera gear to do that. All you camera people out there, what bag do you have? A lot of people have recommended LowePro and I have seen one or two bags from there that I think would work great. Any other recommendations? I saw this camera bag on Etsy and thought it was so cute.

5. A giftcard to The Spice Merchant. TSM is a local shop in town that roasts their own coffee, sells spices, has a tea shop and so much more! It's one of my favorite stores in town.

6. Farm Girl Flowers -  I love everything about these flowers and my sister and I chat about them often and how awesome they are. #flowernerds

For my birthday I am giving myself two gifts: no Facebook for a while and I'm taking a calligraphy class. The no FB is because it's just too much to read all the harsh opinions everyone posts and to be honest, it is down right discouraging at times. I could elaborate but I think you all understand this one. I think I could better spend my time praying or reading rather than getting fired up about people's posts.

The calligraphy class was a $20 class I purchased through Skillshare in 2013 and I'm just now getting around to taking it. I'm excited to learn something new.

How is July going for you? 

What are you looking forward to this month? 

Has anyone made a recipe from Tasty? If so, how did it turn out?