$6 Photo Booth




I made what might have been the easiest Photo Booth in the history of photo booths and super cheap to. It cost me a total of $6 (not including yarn and tape). All I needed were 6 streamers, Yarn, and tape. I bought the streamers at the dollar tree! You need to pick three different colors, two main colors and a highlight. My main colors were light pink and white and the highlight color was hot pink. The really great thing about this photo booth is that you can make it as big or as little as you want. Mine was pretty large, it was meant for a large group of young ladies, so I figured they would want to take group shots.  Some instructions down below.
 Instructions: Cut Strips off the streamers about 7ft long, depending on how tall you want it.
                      Cut a long piece of yarn, again as long as you want it wide.
                      Tape the streamer on to the yarn by folding it over and taping it.
                      The pattern I used was two pink, white, two pink, white, hot pink (repeat).

Then I would suggest making a separate strip so that you have two layers. It's the same process, exempt for the back layer I used a different pattern. I just did white, pink, white, pink, hot pink.

The really great thing about this photo booth is that you can use ANY color pattern. You can even add pops of glitter streamers (and such). Its a really fun, simple, and cheap way to add to any party. Definitely saving this for another party. 

Turning around negativity





Since hearing the news that we are possibly moving to Korea, we have been doing all the paperwork to start the process. I went to the doctors last week for a physical, and I am happy to say that there were no problems. It makes me so excited! I know that seems silly, but I'm so grateful. A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It also made me realize something, I'm a really negative person. I had been expecting really bad news. I realize that I seem to expect the worst in situations. Instead of praying or giving it to God, I prepare myself for bad news. When everything turned out fine, I felt really silly. But today I know what kind of person I want to be. I don't want to worry about life. I am reminded of Luke 12:25, that says we can't change anything by worrying. Worry won't make you healthy, it won't make your problems go away, and it certainly can't change anything. Only God is able to change your circumstances. So I have resolved to give things to God, even in the most difficult of circumstances. I don't want to be a negative person, or a person who complains and worries about every situation. It can be exhausting to be around people who you have to reassure all of the time that everything is going to be okay, and I don't want to be that way. I want to encourage and uplift. I want to overflow with thanksgiving for all that Christ has done, and I want to express that to others. I feel really great spiritually, for the first time in a very long time. I'm excited to see what God does next!

Happy Birthday!





Happy Birthday to my sweet and wonderful husband. I was going to write a really long and obnoxiously sappy post about how great he is and how much I love him but I'll spare you from our cheesy romance and just say that this is a bitterest time for us. I'm really proud of him and everything he's doing but I want so badly for us to be together. I miss him terribly and there are days where I just feel like I can't do it anymore. It's been so hard for me to even function apart from him, and if it weren't for my son, I would have probably become a total hermit. I miss him every day, but I am so excited to see God use both of us, even in different places, and apart.

He is an exceptional husband, father, and friend. I feel like through everything that has happened, God continues to show me His love through RJ. I could not express to you how completely thankful I am for him. I don't deserve him, but I'm grateful. It's been a lot of hard work to get where we are. We have had a lot awkward conversations, and fights. These three years have been incredibly shaping and have changed both of us (marriage does that). And in this 3rd year, celebrating another birthday, I am overjoyed! I am overjoyed for the husband, and father that he is. For how he continues to find ways to love me, even apart. For how completely safe he makes me feel all of the time. How he has taught me to show mercy and see the very best in others, even when maybe they don't deserve it. He shows me how to be better, everyday. He makes me want to be the very best wife and mother, and friend.

There are so many reasons (too many) that I am madly in love with my husband. He is really a man with so much integrity. He makes the people around him feel loved, and want to be better. I really don't know what I did to deserve such a wonderful man, but Ill take it :)

So Happy Birthday, Cowboy! We miss you.

Moving to Korea





Yes, we are moving to Korea! South Korea, to be exact (don't get it twisted). It looks like sometime this year our family will be packing our things and moving there, for two, maybe three years. I have very mixed emotions about the whole thing. A part of me is ridiculously nervous to be moving to a whole other country. I mean, I was concerned about moving to Alaska! Ha. Jokes on me. The other part of me is really excited. We get a really amazing opportunity to live somewhere different and experience another culture. I have no doubt that it will be amazing. There are just so many factors to consider, but one thing is definitely true, and that is, that God is in control. A part of me laughed when I heard the news (you know, after the crying). I just NEVER imagined we would be leaving everyone we know and moving to the other side of the world. I always remember what our pastor said, about imagining your life a year ago. Did you ever think you would be here? The answer is always a loud resounding NO! Never!

This life is never what I picture it to be. I plan, and try, and try, and I am never where I think I will be in a year. Some people might think thats awful or frustrating, but I'm thankful. I'm thankful that through it all, I know God directs my steps. Even though, It's at times hard, strenuous, and even heartbreaking. He never leaves me, and I see that, even through the heartache. I see it through the broken pieces in the window. I have seen that now, more than ever. I have experienced a deeper fuller love in this trying time in our lives. And as difficult as it will be to live our lives apart from everyone we know and love, I'm excited to see God use us there. I am learning that you can be used at any stage of your life. If you allow it, God will use you... and thats exciting, wherever you are!

Motherhood





Lately, it has been pretty great! Jed has been talking and understanding a lot more. The other day he said: no, mommy! Which might not seem like a big deal, but to this mom, it kind of is. You celebrate the little victories, like asking questions and forming sentences and knowing the name of their uncles.  Being a mom is really great. Pretty indescribable to love someone and have them love you back, with absolutely no judgement. Having them believe the very best in you and wanting to live up to that.

Although, its not always rainbows and sunshine. It's pretty exhausting! I mean, I got my first gray hairs (sigh)!!! It can be frustrating and trying, raising kids. There are days where I want to loose it and I'm counting the minutes until 8pm. It really is a sacrificial act to be a parent, to really give your all to raise your kids. To try and make sure they feel loved, and safe, but don't grow up to think everything is about them. To show them how to love people and serve others. To most of all love Jesus. That is always what weighs heavy on my heart. What kind of person does my son see me as? Is it evident to him that we love God? It can be really tough to try and remember and juggle all of these things. What we try and remember the most is to serve God, to love God and to love others. To also pray really hard for him. We pray most of all for his salvation and for the world he is going to have to live in (scary to think about).

As mothers day approaches, I can't help but think of Ben. I think of him when I look at Jed, whenever Jed sees a baby and acknowledges him. I wonder how they would have played. How they would have fought, how they would have loved each other. It hurts to not have him here, I feel like Jed missed out on the opportunity to be raised with a brother so close in age. Even though I'm a mom, sometimes I don't feel adequate. I think I'm a mom but not a mom of two (weird, I know). It's hard when you do everything with your peers so close in age, you can't help but to compare your lives. It's still so hard for me to look at the babies who were born in the same year as Ben. Life is so fragile, so sacred. There is so much that you give up as a parent, but you gain so much more. Motherhood has been truly life changing. To love someone so much, It's amazing! There are tough days, and long days, but all days are great. All days are a part of shaping your child's life. Sometimes I forget that. You're taking part in shaping a person, who they will be one day. It's a pretty perfect reminder to be faithful, to have character, to be kind. Everything you do is being seen, wether good or bad. I pray that my son will look past our imperfections as parents and look to Jesus. That is really the best thing I can do as a mom.