Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Northern Wind

Song of the Day: Northern Wind by City and Colour

So I realize I haven't blogged anything on here for a long time. Apologies, it's been a very busy/crazy summer for me and it's only going to get busier I feel. 

This is one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists. It's so beautiful and romantic, I definitely wouldn't mind having this sung to me by a handsome man ;)

(lyrics after the video)

“You’re the Northern Wind
Sending shivers down my spine
You’re like fallen leaves
In an autumn night

You’re the lullaby
Singing me to sleep
You are the other half
You’re like the missing piece

Oh my love
Oh my love
Oh my love
You don’t know
What you do to me

You are all four seasons
Rolled into one
You’re like the cold December snow
In the warm July sun

I’m the jet black sky
That’s just before the rain
Like the mighty current
Pulling you under the waves

Oh my love
Oh my love
Oh my love
You don’t know
What you do to me

I’m the darkest hour
Just before the dawn
I’m slowly sinking
Into the the slough of despond

Like an old guitar
Worn out and left behind
I have stories still to tell
Of the healing kind

Oh my love
Oh my love
Oh my love
If I could just find you tonight
If I could just find you tonight
Oh my love”

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Gnoming Around

This past weekend I went up to Tacoma/Seattle with my sister to go to a concert and visit family. Things could have gone bad for several different reasons but God had a ton of grace for me. I was honestly amazed and blown away by His goodness. I don't deserve it but He keeps on giving it to me. 
"The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love." Psalm 145:8 (NIV)
It was a great weekend, and as always I wished I could have stayed longer. Here's some pictures!

This is Ben, he's the lead singer of Hot Bodies In Motion. I brought the guys cookies after their amazing show at Showbox

I love this darling girl :)

This is my cousin Joe. He is super-duper and I am so glad we're related. 

Nom-ing on a delicious hamburger

This is my gorgeous cousin Savannah. I don't know what we were laughing about but I'm sure it was funny ;) 

We went to this really pretty tiny park by her house

I love this handsome boy!

All throughout the park were GNOMES! If you know me, then you should know that I love gnomes. I kinda collect them too...

It felt so jungle-y

 Max-a-roo crawling around

Mr. Gnome and his mushroom. 

Just chillin' with my gnomie. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

All I Have

Song of the Day: All I Have by Tim Dobbelman

Such a simple but beautiful worship song

"What have I in this life 
But the love in Your eyes
This empty world will one day fade
Only Your truth will remain

Jesus, all I have is You
You're the hope I'm holding to
I might weep but still my faith
Rests in You

As the heavens hold the skies
It's Your hand that holds my life
And Your love will lead me on
When all else is gone"

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Make It Up

Every now and then I get the random urge to experiment with my makeup and/or hair. The other night was one of those times. I had taken my mom out for Mother's Day to get her nails done and as I waited I read some of the fashion magazines they had. In the spreads there are always tons of pictures of gorgeous girls with bright outrageous makeup done. 

I always love the way they look but don't think I would ever be brave enough to wear it out in public, and I honestly I don't really think anyone does wear makeup like that out in public, at least not the people I see. :)

I never used to wear eye-liner, I always thought that it didn't look good on me. But this past year has definitely been a year of change for me and I decided to try wearing it. Turns out I love it! I really like the winged-eye or cat-eye look, it reminds me so much of Cleopatra and strong women. So the other day I decided to experiment and see if I could even create winged-eye look like in the pictures above. This is what I came up with:

I think for me, it probably looks better in pictures than it does in person. It definitely gives the look that I'm wearing a lot of makeup. My mom even said it looked scary! haha I think next time I'll tone it down a bit. Whether I actually wear it out in public it's still fun to play around and try out different makeup ideas. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bobbing in the Water

Right now it is rainy and cold, just another typical Washington day. But a few days ago the sun decided to come out and bless us with it's warm rays. I was driving home on the freeway after a long day at work and when I came to my exit, I just kept going. I had this urge to sit by the water in the sun and pour out my feelings and thoughts. I knew the perfect place, it's a tiny little "park" on the Columbian river. Calling it a park is being generous as I don't think it's even an acre big. But there's rocks to sit on by the water and not many people know about it so I had it all to myself. I enjoyed the sun and scenery for a bit, then pulled out my laptop and wrote. I poured out my feelings and thoughts, whatever came to my head. I was in one of those retrospective moods. I easily could have written it all out in my room, but I think I just really needed to be outside, to be free. It's been too long since I simply went out alone and enjoyed nature. I've decided I'm going to make the time to get outside and explore different nature areas and soak up God's beautiful creation. 

I couldn't get a clear picture of him, but out in the water there was a solitary duck. The entire time I was sitting there he was out by himself bobbing around in the river. He never let himself drift far from the spot he was in, he just chilled there. It seemed so odd to me at the time. What was he doing? And why was he alone? I like to think that he was like me, taking some time alone to think and contemplate his little duck life. 

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What Love Really Means

Song of the Day: What Love Really Means by JJ Heller

Such a beautiful song about God's never-ending love for us, no matter where we've been or what we've done. God is love. 

"He cries in the corner where nobody sees 
He’s the kid with the story no one would believe
He prays every night, “Dear God won’t you please 
Could you send someone here who will love me?”

Who will love me for me
Not for what I have done or what I will become
Who will love me for me
‘Cause nobody has shown me what love
What love really means

Her office is shrinking a little each day
She’s the woman whose husband has run away
She’ll go to the gym after working today
Maybe if she was thinner 
Then he would've stayed
And she says…

Who will love me for me? 
Not for what I have done or what I will become
Who will love me for me?
‘Cause nobody has shown me what love, what love really means

He’s waiting to die as he sits all alone
He’s a man in a cell who regrets what he’s done
He utters a cry from the depths of his soul
“Oh Lord, forgive me, I want to go home”

Then he heard a voice somewhere deep inside
And it said 
“I know you've murdered and I know you’ve lied
I have watched you suffer all of your life 
And now that you’ll listen, I’ll tell you that I...”

I will love you for you
Not for what you have done or what you will become
I will love you for you
I will give you the love 
The love that you never knew"

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

This is one of my best friends, she just turned 21! I love this girl a lot; I'm very blessed to have a friend like her!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Heavy In Your Arms

Song of the Day: Heavy In Your Arms by Florence + The Machine

I thought I posted this a while ago but I guess I didn't. This is one of my favorite songs, it's so powerful and haunting. I love it, and the music video is equally as haunting. 

(selective lyrics)

"I was a heavy heart to carry
My beloved was weighed down
My arms around his neck
My fingers laced to crown.

I was a heavy heart to carry
My feet dragged across ground
And he took me to the river
Where he slowly let me drown

My love has concrete feet
My love's an iron ball
Wrapped around your ankles 
Over the waterfall

I'm so heavy, heavy
Heavy in your arms
I'm so heavy, heavy
Heavy in your arms

And is it worth the wait 
All this killing time?
Are you strong enough to stand
Protecting both your heart and mine?

Who is the betrayer?
Who's the killer in the crowd?
The one who creeps in corridors
And doesn't make a sound

My love has concrete feet
My love's an iron ball
Wrapped around your ankles 
Over the waterfall

I'm so heavy, heavy
Heavy in your arms
I'm so heavy, heavy
So heavy in your arms

This will be my last confession
I love you never felt like any blessing 

Whispering like it's a secret 
Only to condemn the one who hears it
With a heavy heart

Heavy heavy i'm so heavy in your arms"

Friday, April 15, 2011

I Carry It With Me

I have a little Bible (it’s only the New Testament w/ Psalms and Proverbs) that I carry with me in my purse and inside is this inscription:
The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.

It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.

CHRIST is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.
I'd never seen this before and really liked it so I thought I’d share it!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cigarettes and Beer

It’s funny how smells have a way of bringing up memories or certain feelings. I tend to have a strong emotional connection to particular smells. For instance, I feel warm and comforted by the smell of the perfume my mom used to wear when I was younger. And oddly enough, men that smell of beer and cigarettes leave me with the same feelings. I hadn't realized I had that connection until a couple years ago when I fell asleep next to a friend who had been drinking and smoking. I was laying there next to him, listening to him sleep and smelling the beer and cigarettes from his breath, when I found myself feeling…comforted, safe, and happy. At first I didn't understand why I felt that way, but when I thought about it I realized that it was because that is what my grandpa had smelled like; cigarettes and beer. He was an alcoholic and an avid smoker, but since he died when I was only eight, my memories of him are childhood ones of fondness and fun. I remember once when he was leaving our house he gave me his empty carton of cigarettes and I kept it just because it smelled like him. 

Smells seem to always invoke a stronger reaction in people whether they realize it or not. I recently met up with one of my exes and everything was normal, but the next time I saw him he happened to be wearing his old cologne. Despite having already seen and been around him for a while, it was the smell that brought back a rush of memories and old feelings. There is a big truth to the benefits of wearing perfume or cologne. I've always said that a cute guy can become so much more attractive if he smells nice. But as always there is a catch, because some guys can wear cologne that is way too strong (or it just doesn't smell pleasant) and it instantly decreases their attractiveness. 

It’s so crazy to me how powerful scent can be! We truly are sensual beings. My ex-fiancé worked as a welder so whenever he would come from work he would smell like metal. His skin would be saturated in the scent and his kisses would taste metallic. Now whenever I catch the scent of metal (which thankfully isn't very often) I’m reminded of him. Other smell associations would be how suntan lotion reminds me of the beach and summertime, pine trees of Christmas, and burning wood of camping in the fall. The smell of chlorine makes me think of throwing-up due to a time when I was little I swallowed too much pool water and spent that night puking it up. Certain cleaning smells remind me of hospitals and nursing homes and old musty paper makes me think of a library. All of this though, mostly screams to me that we have a wonderful Creator God who designed us so unique and complex. 

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Dream of the 90's is Alive in Portland

My friend and I spent last Saturday wandering around Portland. The first place we stopped in Portland was Urban Outfitters. I am in love with that store. They have so many random things that totally fit my fancy. I've been wanting for a while now to get these reader glasses (I actually have a similar pair, only they have no lenses) but sadly they weren't carrying any. Megan and I settled on getting these matching hipster glasses. We probably looked really silly but we had fun with it! ;)

I really ♥ Portland! I love the random stores and the cool architecture and the crazy statutes. I love finding new places to explore and there is always plenty of delicious food!

I ate at Big Ass Sandwiches for the first time and it was so good! Food carts in Portland are the best. We walked around the Portland Saturday Market and it definitely inspired me to start doing crafts. I kept saying “oooh I could make that!”. Despite it being a rainy day there were a ton of people and I've come to the conclusion that I'm not really a fan of crowds. It makes me nervous when so many people are packed in so close.

The downside of the day was I got a $34 parking ticket. Oh the joy of parking in Portland! I guess that's partly why so many people ride bikes here.

On the upside I was extremely giddy when we went to the shops down on Hawthorne and we discovered House of Vintage. I LOVE VINTAGE. I kinda freaked out when I realized the already big store had another side to it. Sadly my friend had to work so we didn't get to stay long but I am excited to take a day and just explore the whole store! Plus I know there are a ton of other vintage gems in Portland that I've yet to discover. :) 

 We had fun taking a bunch of pictures so I made this slideshow instead of clogging up the whole page!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

For Those of You Who Blog

Do you ever think up (and mentally write down) an amazing blog about something but never get to actually writing it down? That's what I did last night. It was such a great (mental) post but my laptop was shut off and I was already in bed. I'm sure I could probably recreate it now but I think my motivation is gone. I hate when that happens. And it's not just blogs either but notes, stories, things I'd like to say to someone, poetry, etc. Sometimes if it's really good and relatively short I drag myself out of bed, grab a notepad, write it down and then go back to sleep. 
There was an Archie comic I read when I was younger where the Archie gang was set in the future and they had a headset that would translate what you were thinking into words. Maybe someday they actually will invent technology that can do that. 

Crazy Brave

"In Pakistan, an accusation of immoral behavior by a mullah against a woman is as good as a death warrant. Pakistani Islamic death squads will take up the call without a direct order.

Here we see a mullah accuse Pakistani actress Veena Malik of exactly that. She, however, doesn’t back down. She is beautiful, passionate and crazy brave. I hope she is also safe."  - The Real Revo

A similar article by The Telegraph

I greatly admire her courage and I am praying that she stays safe!


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