Saturday, August 31, 2013

Here Fishy-Fishy

Yesterday was Greg's birthday, he keeps telling me he has the "bug" to go fishing and wanted to go with Everlee and me. How thoughtful... so because he works so hard I nudged him into taking the day off since it will most likely be crazy town in the mountains with the long weekend. So up we went into the beautiful mountains of Idaho, I love that we only have to drive a short way to get "away" from the city! The weather was perfect in the morning and the light was beautiful for pictures, I honestly didn't even edit these! :)

Oh my heart!

I know this will be a birthday he won't forget!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Confetti and Sprinkles

We celebrated Everlee's 2nd year yesterday! I know all moms say it but...I can't believe I have a 2 year old!

I decided on a "Confetti & Sprinkles" theme. I wanted it to be simple since we would have our home filled with lots of family and friends!

That crazy talented lady that I get to call my Aunt Andrea helped me design a cute invitation and I added a little sequin embellishment because a girl needs a little sparkle!

PDF confetti paper via Etsy

Paper confetti and tassel garland adorned the mantle
Lets take a look at that tassel garland again, I'm not one to boast but this sucker took me hours to make! I wanted to buy it but it's at least $25 online, and Pinterest said it was 'simple'...umm simple yes, time consumed MOST DEF! In light of all that hard work it did turn out pretty cute, if I do say so myself and was only $4!

Next, I added a few confetti balloons. My original idea was to place the confetti inside the balloons but when I started blowing them up I realized they weren't very clear as the package described. So I improvised and with a little spray adhesive I "confetti-dipped" the balloons instead. I like the way they turned out! I don't want to take them down!

Oh the cake...if you know me at all you know baking is not my best quality (I mean a girl can only have so many good things going on right?!) I kid kid, but seriously baking makes me have anxiety, ask #thevipfour and they will tell you when we were planning for our Favorite Things Party (you can see that here and here) I was a little freaked because I was in charge of a batch of cookies!
Anyway, because I knew this about myself I tried to go as simple as I could. 3-layer white cake with cream cheese frosting. It was yummy and cute, who could ask for more?!

All in all, super cute and super simple in our tiny home! Which was quickly filled with lots of love for Everlee! We are so blessed to have such wonderful, fun and loving people that love on her. She is a lucky little girl.

We love you Everlee and can't wait to see what God has in store for your life!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Younglife Camp 2013

As most of you know I lead at Younglife for Meridian High. Last week I was blessed to have the opportunity to go to camp again this year. I've been doing this every summer since Greg and I got married, with the exception of last summer since Everlee wasn't ready to be away from me yet (and vice-verse).

Honestly, I wasn't ready to lead this year. The last 2 years have been so rough on me spiritually. Josh's accident was less than a month after I got back from camp the last time and this time last year was when my sweet friend Kristi took a turn and her husband Justin had to leave camp to be with her. This would also be the first time I've left Everlee for this long! So, needless to say, my heart wasn't prepared but I could just feel God pulling me to go, and let me tell ya, He smacked me upside my head the first night and said 'FYI Jessica...this is about ME not YOU!' I fell in love with this group of girls so quickly, their love for God and each other was so impacting! Not only did these kids get to hear the amazing love story of Jesus Christ but my heart was filled to the max by Him! I came back more in love with God but also more in love with this ministry and the other leaders who make it possible!

We had a few girls make some life-changing commitments to the Lord and it just makes me so proud to know we serve an amazing God who changes lives for all eternity and heaven is having a party when these commitments are made!

I took over 500 I won't slow your computer down with that many... here are just a few! If you think about it, keep these girls (leaders too!) in your prayers! They are truly amazing!

These are all our Idaho leaders!

I was blessed with these 2 women who were leading with me this year. All 3 of us had Kristi as our leader in Highschool and we each have a great story of how God used Kristi to change out lives! It was so fun to hear their stories about her and I know she was smiling on us all week!