Happy Valentine’s Day Loves


I won’t lie. This is one of my favorite days. Always has been, even when I didn’t have a boyfriend. I just love this day!

I think it reminds me of Christmas where really anything can happen!  Haha… I know, that’s dorky right?

Have any of you ever seen the movie Valentine’s Day, it really was a let down movie in my opinion, but I like to think I am like the Ashton Kutcher character, who is in love with Valentine’s Day. (Speaking of that, with SOOO many famous really good actors why was that movie such a bust?) If you want to see a really good movie about love, check out  Paris, Je T’aime. Okay, so most of the movie is in French, that’s ok that’s why they invented subtitles and anyways French is a really romantic language anyways. It’s an indie film basically with 5-10 short stories, but it’s so good!!

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I still love the vintage-y cards. Just saying!

Anyways, I wrote this post to today basically just to say that I hope everyone has the best Valentines Day ever and whether you have a significant other or not, just have fun today and share the love.

 
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Light in the Darkness


I haven’t said anything yet on what happened last week on Facebook or on here. I have seen a lot of other people talk about it but the thing is that it bothers me. It does, all the way to my core, but I never know what to say…. my words and thoughts just don’t seem to be good enough or significant enough to really cover the pain and heartache that these poor families are facing.

The last week  made me think about a lot of things…  

I do believe that people who want guns for self-protection should be able to have them and people who like to hunt for the sport of it should be able to, BUT I do not believe that anyone who is not actively serving in a war should have any kind of assault rifle. I just don’t see the point, even if that person is responsible who is to say that person won’t one day snap, or that someone else unstable could get a hold of it? These types of guns should be put away. Also, I believe that it should be a little harder to obtain a gun. Make sure that every single person who has one gets a background check, and passes a gun safety course. Also, hold them accountable if anything ever happens with their gun, if someone takes and commits a crime, the gun owner is responsible too. I grew up around guns, I have shot guns and have  been hunting. Guns do not scare me, it’s the people who have the guns in thier hands.

Also, there have been times when having a gun around would make me feel safer. Hypothetically, if someone broke in my house and I were to hold a gun up and tell them I had a gun, more than likely they would back off, or at least I would have  a fighting chance. I don’t believe in taking all guns away at all… but I think the good people who want guns will be ok with a little bit of stricter laws. We can’t ignore this and something has to be done!

Also,  I feel ashamed of the media…. I know it’s their job and some of the reporters are pressured by their bosses to get the juiciest story,  but I feel it SO disrespectful of the families going through this though. Imagine if this were your family or close friend going through this and everywhere you turn there is the horrific picture of your grieving family member… or there is the story reminding you exactly what happened and the things these poor babies experienced. Leave these people alone and let them start the to heal.

Last but not least, I thought a lot about God during this last week. I have what I would call a pretty strong faith, but I saw where people would question where  God was during this and I have seen faith-based leaders argue over whether God was punishing us as nation for the things we have been doing… my opinion, is that I don’t know any of  the answers to this, I don’t know if this was a wake up call or what. I heard on the Christian radio the other day, a talk on this and this seemed to make the most sense to me, they said that obviously this is a fallen world and we as individuals also have free will. It is God and he can do what he wants, so he could have stopped it but for some reason didn’t, but God didn’t MAKE this happen, and that he is grieving along with us. I love that thought. That the God of the universe feels the same grief we do over this. It sounds cliché and I hate saying it, but he has plan we just don’t know the extent of it.  I can already see some of God’s goodness come out of this. I think that as a nation we have all became closer. People have been more compassionate (mostly). I saw this on the news yesterday and made me so happy to see. Ann Curry tweeted about the shooting and decided to honor the 20 children and do #20acts of kindness (eventually it turned into #26acts) and people all over the world tweeted in their random acts of kindness. Imagine if this was an everyday thing!!

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All of this to say, God is in this… he was with the students and teachers in the school that day, he was with the teachers who sacrificed  their own lives to save their students  and he is with all of us now. It’s not going to be an easy recovery and we will never fully be the same again, but there is still hope.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16: 33
 
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On Overcoming…


“When we fear failure more than we love life, when we are dominated by thoughts of what we might have been rather than by thoughts of what we might become, when we are haunted by the disparity between our ideal self and our real self, when we are tormented by guilt, shame, remorse, and self-condemnation, we deny our faith in the God of love.”

Brennan Manning
The Signature of Jesus

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I am so guilty of this. Aren’t we all at one time or another? I need to remember this, God does not give us a spirit of fear but of power and love  and a sound mind.

How do you overcome those feelings of inadequacy or fear/guilt?

 

 

Dark Side


Have you heard/seen this Kelly Clarkson video yet?

I love it!  I really like her new look with the darker hair and the bangs.. she is pretty awesome!

I also really – really love this song and the message the song sends out. Pretty much: would you love me for me? Isn’t that really what everybody wants?

Life Happens


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I read something today on this girl Kristie’s blog that was so inspiring…

Some days, this all seems quite complicated.

Until I realize it might just be very simple:
People are worth knowing.
Love is worth giving.
The world is worth discovering.

if only I could remember this everyday.

In 5 lines it’s like she can understand me and my worries and things make sense again. I love that about reading blogs. Sometimes you find a blog you read and they say something that directly affects you. They don’t even know it – but it happens.  One of the things I want the most for this little blog of mine is to maybe be an inspiration to someone out there. I wish I had the courage to actually be a little more honest and a little more open. Maybe that will come.

What is inspiring you lately? I would love to hear about it.

Coffee Shop Love


I know I have been showing so many music videos lately. I promise to do something different soon but first I have to share this:

Let me tell you all the reasons that I personally LOVE this:

1.) the way he wears his tie on day 1.

2.) her different colored nail polish.

3.) her hair on day #2…with the fabric tie. [love]

4.) stop watch idea.

5.) the lyrics to this song.

6.) the coffee shop they are in… just so cozy and very trendy.

7.) their word-play banter

8.) coffee dates are cute.

9.) the giant chalkboard wall on day #2.

10.) her mustard yellow shoes on day #3

Is that enough reasons yet??

Hope everyone has a nice weekend!

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Time is Love


Josh Tuner…. such a handsome man and that voice! {le sigh..}

I don’t really have much to share today…this song has just been stuck in my head.

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About To Be Real Sentimental:


This song came on my ipod.. It’s one of those songs that I put on there a long time ago and forgot about it. I love Randy Travis.  This song though, is different for me now.

February 2011 I lost my Grandpa. This is one of the first deaths I had to deal with where I was able to know what was going on and it was hard… one day shortly after, this song came on my ipod while I was driving and it made me cry. It made me think of him and it made me sad and happy at the same time.

Then in May the same year I lost my Grandma on the other side  of my family… this song makes me miss both of them so much but I think because this is “a grandpa song” it reminds me of Grandpa Don.

My favorite line: “I loved him and he loved me…and Lord I cried the day he died…”

Here are some pictures of my Grandparents:

(Me and My Grandma Bloom)

(My Dad, Grandpa Don Me and my Mom.)

I am sorry to be so gushy and so sentimental but I really wanted to share this. What are some of your favorite memories of your Grandparents??

Linking-up and a Cute Song!


Why didn’t my mom make my lunches like this!! Jealous of this kid.

What?! Serioulsy. I don’t like this… it’s all kinds of wrong!

Wow! This is not funny…this is actually scary. A lion at the zoo is trying to eat a kid through the glass.

Good advice if you use instagram!

Barbie would be a freak in real life?! – She would be really out-of-porportion.

Coffee and love?

Now… for a song:  

(this is such a super cute song!)

Book Review: Helen Keller in Love


So I usually do book reviews after I read a book but this is slightly different…

I was skimming through a May 2012 copy of Good Housekeeping. The Dr. I work with had it sent to her in the mail, and didn’t want it but before I got rid of it I thought I would take a look and I am glad I did!

They had an excerpt from a book called Helen in Love by Rosie Sultan.  You know Helen Keller…I started reading it and couldn’t stop. It was so interesting!

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This is one of those books where it tells you the untold parts of their lives. The parts that no one thinks about. Helen’s one love affair. (This book reminds me so much of Loving Frank – Frank Lloyd Wright’s love affair. Also a super good book.)

Is he handsome?” I asked nervously. “All I can say is, thank God you’re blind.” Annie spelled.

It’s one of those – we know it happened but we don’t have many details so we tell you how we think it happened. Which is fine to me… I just keep that in mind the whole time I read it, this is what the author thinks happened… may not be the exact way it happened or those might not be the thoughts Helen had but non-the-less it’s still good to me.

The truth is, that I was never unknown, often lonely. I am yours, I wanted to say to Peter.

So… now, off to  the library to  pick up a copy so I can finish… 5 pages worth is not enough.