Isaiah 43

IMG_7596A little sketch for a sweet friend. Thought I’d share here, too.

Her word for the year is “new.” When I replied that it brought this passage to mind, she exclaimed that it had, in fact, been the inspiration.

“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:18-19

IMG_7598We can be confident that the Lord is already at work. No matter our circumstances.

No patch of earth or heart is too tamped down or dried for Him to grow something beautiful and flourishing!

You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
Psalm 65:11

isaiah 43Just save the above image and print. 🙂

It is Well

IMG_7471Hi, friends! Just popping in with this little download for you.

We’ve been walking through one of those weird seasons in life. Truly, it’s never my intention to be vague or mysterious, but this time, the specifics don’t matter for our purposes. 🙂

Recently, we thought we’d come to the end of a challenge, only to find out we were merely halfway through.

But our hope isn’t in outcome out circumstance!

Whatever the Lord has in store, we can truly say, “Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,”

Print

 

Available for download at our Etsy shop here.

 

 

I’ll let this hymn’s lyrics speak to your heart, wherever it may be:

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Refrain:
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Feel free to click the image to download, print, and enjoy.

With Love,
Mrs. S.

Little Snapshots Lately

Recent additions, simple stylings, some antique finds, projects, and a whole lot of this space we are grateful to call home. 2015/01/img_7235.jpgDreaming of Spring but enjoying winter.

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2015/01/img_7221.jpgOrganizing art supplies

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2015/01/img_7198.jpgSome new bookshelves

2015/01/img_7142.jpgPutting fresh leaves and flowers everywhere

2015/01/img_7103.jpgFavorite devotional right now

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2015/01/img_7047.jpgAlabama antique finds

2015/01/img_7063.jpgAfternoon light

2015/01/img_7034.jpgMore AL sweetness

2015/01/img_7057.jpgOur little hall

 

2015/01/img_7036.jpgI almost snagged this for our front door

2015/01/img_6987.jpgA silly doodle

2015/01/img_6950.jpgIn my kitchen

2015/01/img_6973.jpgA project for a sweet friend

2015/01/img_7082.jpgOur little dish pantry

2015/01/img_6876.jpgThe sleepiest pup you ever met

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2015/01/img_6777.jpgCandle mold

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2015/01/img_6850.jpgThis olive bucket came home from NC

2015/01/img_6727.jpgAs did (finally) the perfect tobacco basket.

 

Valentine’s Printable

Is anyone else out there a(n obsessive) Wuthering Heights fan? I sure am! Not only have I read the book a few (too many) times, but I also even made my poor husband watch the latest BBC version. Oh, what a romance (I’m not sure if I mean Heathcliff’s maddening love for Catherine or Mr. S’s romantic-mini-series-enduring love for me)! 

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, who better to quote than Catherine herself? IMG_7011

I doodled this simple little image on Illustrator and thought I’d share in plenty of time for Valentine’s day.

When it comes to Valentine’s Day decor, I like to keep it simple! I may not go all out, but this sentimental heart cannot let the day pass without at least acknowledging it. PrintThis image is scaled for a 5″x7″ frame, but you’ll have to select 5″x7″ in your printer settings.

Enjoy!

XOXO

 

Happy New Year: Goals and Changes for 2015

IMG_6672Happy New Year, Friends!

I want to share some changes, dreams, and goals around these parts. Forgive me as I don’t even bother to proofread and let my dreams take the reins for a few minutes.

First, Mr. S enjoyed a (well-deserved) military “leave” recently in which he was able to grow a beard. Ha! This is nearly impossible for a police officer and soldier, so he took advantage of the opportunity. The bright-red beard bit the dust in the final days of 2014. Bye, beard! See you after retirement or on a future deployment!

IMG_6684 Secondly, I’ve begun a process I am calling “The Great Un-Decorating of January 2015.” Yep! I’ve realized that, though I love home decor, I will forever be terrified of clutter and knick-knacks. Have you ever been in a decor-lover’s home that was such an unrestrained jumble, you couldn’t focus on anything, but just the magnitude of everything? Friends, I realized I have the potential to be that friend. Yikes!

I love homey, cozy, and inviting. I don’t love unedited rooms full of everything that’s ever caught my eye. I love to share and donate. I don’t love to hoard. I don’t want to love our living space, I want to love living in our space.

Does that make a lick of sense to anyone else but me? Basically, unless it’s functional or irresistibly lovely, it’s going into storage until it can be used in our first home or donated to someone else who can enjoy it now. Silly and trivial though it may seem to some, I take homemaking seriously and am praying over these decisions. I pray our home is a sanctuary for friends, family, and strangers alike. A place of peace and restoration.

OK, now I’m ready to share some scary New Year’s goals and plans. I say scary because writing them here makes them feel more concrete.

This year, I plan to read My Utmost For His Highest from cover to cover. It’s a classic, and I think it’ll be a precious starting point to my quiet time. I also want to read the One-Year Chronological Bible to improve my Bible history knowledge.

I want to commit to doing a workout three days a week, and will change my routine drastically from what it’s been in the past. Running distances truly hurts my knees, and after talking to our chiropractor and my fitness-loving husband at length, I’ve decided I will stick to 2-3 miles or running for me (it’s still my favorite) or 20-30 minutes of cycling paired with strength training. It’s a modest goal so I know I can stick it out. I will also eat fried food only one day a week. Again, not a drastic change but a realistic change, and a change worth making!

I want to intentionally pour into a girlfriend every day. I have been hugely blessed with many sweet women I just love to pieces from childhood, college, church, and work. I want to invest in other women the way older women have invested in me.

I am going to cut down on coffee. I’ve already cut back to a daily two-cup limit (another order from our chiropractor) and hope to reduce that to one. Let’s be honest, I’ll never quit completely, friends.

I want to intentionally continue my education. I am truly a lover of reading, learning, and listening, but haven’t chased after my areas of interest with purpose. I want to pursue the things that interest me with vigor. From U.S. history to Geometry to Spanish, I want to learn it all!

Last but not least… This one is scary to put into words, because I don’t know what it is… I have a vague goal and I am still praying through it. I want, and almost need, to have a creative outlet. I don’t know what that will look like! I have so many dreams, from refinishing furniture to doing wedding invitation calligraphy, to selling prints, to helping friends decorate and organize their homes, to someday owning a little shop of my own. I want to help make other people’s lives beautiful. I truly just hope the Lord will show me what to do and how to add that to full schedule and my first love (teaching). For now, I’ll cultivate these things and wait.

Thanks for letting me share with you in this little dream space! ❤

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Mr. S, Daddy, and Momma on New Year’s Eve in Nashville
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The final, splendid sunset of 2014. Revealing glory!

What are your dreams for 2015? Thanks for stopping by!