I am in Iowa!! Land of corn and Slipknot!! Now I am a West Virginia girl. I love my state and its glorious mountains. I have only crossed it's borders for yearly summer beach trips and a handful of other occasions. I NEVER plan to reside anywhere outside of Almost Heaven West by God Virginia...except for my dreams of someday owning a winter beach home somewhere sunny.
So you may ask why in the world I am in Iowa. My answer: Victoria's Secret. Now before you go assuming, yes we mountain lovin' hillbillies have plenty of Victoria's Secrets. So let me clarity. My husband is a contractor. He and his company build retail stores all over the country.
He has traveled as long as I have known him. When we were dating, his being gone often during the warm months was not a huge deal. Now that we're married it's a bit more difficult. We were blessed the first couple months because construction is slow during the winter months. I think I got REEEEALLY spoiled because as soon as it got warm and he headed out I was not happy. I just missed him so much.
It has taken multiple jobs and several weeks apart to realize another potential blessing in my recent career changes. I quit my job in rescue missions a few months ago after dedicating five long years to it. I decided. with the support of my husband. to pursue a long time dream. I have wanted to create things for as long as I can remember. I want to design and create jewelry and photo albums and who knows what else. I want to create content on a blog and darn it I want a youtube channel! So that's what I am doing. I started this blog and I opened a new etsy shop that I know will someday outgrow etsy and maybe be a physical store. I created a youtube channel and I am creating a brand. Oh, and the best part?! It's portable!
That's right! We packed up my craft room and office and loaded up our puppy and drove twelve hours to Iowa where we have been for two weeks now and will be for a couple more. And after this, who knows? Maybe Wisconsin?
All I know is I am loving this life I now live! Most of all I am loving being with my handsome hubs more!! More about our Iowa adventures coming soon!
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I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 KJV
I was asking God what to do. How can I be a good wife to my husband? I feel like I am approaching the days where “newlywed” will no longer apply and I still feel like I am failing miserably at loving him well. How can I build a successful business? Sometimes the only thing that keeps me doing it is the fact that I know that I know it is what I am supposed to be doing. How can I be a good friend, daughter, sister, leader, disciple maker, etc. How I just be enough?
I was rambling on just like this when I heard the Lord say two words that put everything into perspective for me. With two simple words He once again calmed the raging storm inside my soul. He said, “be faithful.”
I got to thinking last night about what I would want to share with y’all today. If you are a newer reader, on Fridays I share a series I call “Nevertheless I Live” where I share a more casual toned post that is usually more personal then my regular content. Today I want to share with you guys the meaning behind the name of the blog!
I love blogging. I started my first blog when I was 17. I had bloggish platforms before that, but at 17 I created my first real official blog. I have been blogging in some capacity ever since. I started dreaming of having a full time blog before I ever learned that you could actually make blogging your full time job. For years I would brainstorm content ideas and themes and focuses for my someday blog.
Hey y’all!! Happy Friday! I want to start doing more Nevertheless I Live posts which come from Galatians 2:20 which says “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Nevertheless I live is just me sharing my life and whats happening over here. Sometime i have deep things to share like the post where I talk about living a life free from shame. Other times…like today I am just going to talk about general things. I think today is a great day for an update post! I thought I’d tell y’all what I am currently working on here behind the scenes of A Love Worth Living For! Here we go!
Happy belated New Year’s y’all! Hope your first week of 2016 has been full of joy! Mine has been wonderful! Also there are now around 10,000 of you reading this blog! That is absolutely crazy to me. Welcome! I wanted to take some time today to write this post and share some of my goals, planned themes and focus for the year. I want to use this post as a reference point throughout the year to do progress checks.
Genesis 2:25 and just sobbed. It says, “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” After reading that verse I doubt any of you are in tears. That’s okay. Let me explain what this verse did in my spirit when I read it that day. In Genesis 1 we read the creation account and we see that everything was good. Then we read where God made woman from man. Then that last verse, “They were both naked and they were not ashamed.” Spoiler alert! The next chapter of Genesis is where everything changes. Man falls. Sin enters. Shame contaminates everything. So this moment where they were both naked and they were not ashamed is powerful.
I turned 25 in May and have wanted to write this post ever since. It took me a bit longer than planned to come up with 25 but here we go. Here are 25 of my favorite life lessons and discoveries from the first 25 years of my life.
Mike and I have now been in Wisconsin for…four weeks? Wow. Time flies. I am still loving being with my traveling husband. If you missed the post where I explained why we left home for a two week work trip that is now going on a month and a half, you can check that out here.
Anyways, Wisconsin. It has been fun. Here are some highlights.
Every night as I lay trying to go to sleep my brain comes alive with ideas and thoughts. This is the time my brain decides to give me it’s best ideas as well as process ALL of the emotions that I’ve experienced throughout the day. It can get pretty crazy all the while my beautiful husband is completely knocked out and oblivious to the raging mess of creativity and emotion his wife is beside him.
A frequent thought that crosses my mind at night is how crazy marriage is.
June was a great month. Lots of changes and traveling. Today I wanted to wrap it all up and maybe share some goals for July.