my favorite things.

here are a few of my favorite things right now:

APPS.  a few of my favorite apps right now included an easy way to keep track of all of micah’s milestones and an app that has all of my favorite blogs in one place for me to read whenever i have a spare minute.  the first app i love right now is called blink buggy.  i had been searching for something like this for awhile and this app allows me to record milestones that micah is going through instantly.  i can then view them online, or even decide to make a memory photo book including those memories.  it is so important for me to keep track of all the important “firsts” that happen in micah’s life, so that is a easy way for me to do that at my fingertips.  i have also become an avid blog reader lately and the app newsify puts them all in one place and easily available to read!

MAKEUP.  last week we stopped by walmart and i came across drew barrymore’s makeup line flower beauty.  i found this really awesome peach lipstick called lip suede in the “life’s a peach” color.  i have pretty much used it everyday since i got it and can’t wait to get it in more colors.  i love that it is matte and not overpowering - this is good for me since i never really like wearing an overpowering lip.

EVENING WALKS. my husband and i have always tried to make it a point to go for a long evening walk when he gets home from work.  it has been such a wonderful tradition to be able to continue with micah.  micah loves to sit in his stroller…like a king…and check out the neighborhood while matt and i are able to catch up on our day.

ROOKIE BLUE.  i have no idea why i started watching the show rookie blue, but for some reason i did and now it is one of my favorites.  i saw one of the recent season’s episodes and decided to go back to the beginning and see where all the character’s started - big mistake!  one of the things i like about this show is that it is totally based in toronto - even though it is on american television.  it’s fun to hear and see all of the canadian references while i watch!

PODCASTS.  at this time, i haven’t been listening to a lot of music.  i have been listening to different podcasts & sermons.  it’s been really neat to be able to use the time i would usually use listening to music and gain some knowledge and insight into God’s Word and different creative things!  one of my favorite podcasts is called life in the woods: hope for independent creatives. it has been such an encouragement in my music and really interesting to hear from some of my favorite artists right now.

anyway, those are a few things that i’m enjoying right now! would love to hear some of your favorite things as well! :)

late night thoughts.

my hubby is working late, my baby boy is fast asleep in bed, and there is an amazing thunder & lightning storm happening outside - the perfect night to give free reign to my thoughts.  chasing after a very busy one year old can leave little time for me to sit and comtemplate my life and what i feel like God is teaching me right now…and maybe that’s just it!  life is busy, but i still need to have time for HIM.  He should be my first priority!!!  sometimes i forget that.  we can become so absorbed with “our lives” and “our problems” that we forget to focus on HIM.  the things we might be putting in front of him can be very important - for example, my little boy & my husband, but they should never take the place of our sweet time with HIM.

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we all have thoughts that create anxiety in our lives.  i worry about being the best possible mother to micah and the best husband to matt.  i worry about where God is leading us in the next year with our lives.  i worry about making sure that i am always following Him with my music and where He wants me to go in this next season of life.  we all have concerns that can consume our thoughts and create stress in our lives - nobody is immune from that.  with that said, i know…yes, i know…that spending time with HIM can take away so much of that burden and yet why is it so hard for us to give Him that time?!  time with God can ease our mind and bring into focus what is important to Him.  we can worry all we want, but that won’t change anything…only spending time with Him can transform our hearts and bring clear thinking.

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"someone said to me early on that you have to stay in touch with the love of doing it. it can’t be about fame and money and all that. if you stay in touch with the joy and fulfillment, time and the world fall away, and there’s nothing but the music. that will lead you where you need to go, and the rest will take care of itself. if you get rich and famous, and you hate the music, then you haven’t done anything. that’s a special kind of misery."
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