Friday Favorites: Stormtroopers and Ninja Turtles

This past month has been on full blast fun mode (minus having to attend jury duty). I went to Six Flags, I participated in the Color Run, I celebrated my 4th anniversary, and I’ve been watching scary movies like crazy! I’m going to have to do some boring paperwork or something to balance it out…just kidding.

So, one thing I’ve been thinking about lately is teenagers. Actually it’s something I think about all the time, my husband being a youth minister and all, but what I’ve been thinking about specifically  is how harshly people judge them, and how incredibly unfair that is. People get so frustrated with the things they do or don’t do, and complain loudly about it or even go so far as to give them a piece of their mind. The thing that drives me crazy about this is the expectation that they should know the things that adult does, who has had years more experience and lessons learned.  Something one of the wiser teenage girls told me once when we were first starting out in youth ministry, and were having a lot of issues and frustrations with the kids, has always stuck with me. She said, and I’m paraphrasing a bit, “be patient with us, we’re young, and we’re still learning.” Such a simple statement, but it completely opened up my eyes. Thinking back to when I was young, and what I didn’t know then that I know now, amazes me. It makes me wonder how much I don’t know now actually. So be easy on the teenagers in your life. They are young, they are learning, and they are on the verge of adulthood. What teenagers need are people willing to be patient, understanding, and to gently guide them out of love, not judgement.

Now, on to the fun little cupcakes I enjoyed and am thankful for this past month!

Light Purple Heart clip art  Having a blast at the Color Run, and not passing out afterwards.

Light Purple Heart clip art  Laughing to the point of tears at my bestie, Jonalyn, screaming her head off on The Joker at Six Flags.

Light Purple Heart clip art  My new Stormtrooper purse!

Light Purple Heart clip art  Eating an entire small roasted chicken with my bare hands at the Dixie Stampede.

Light Purple Heart clip art  Reading FREE books from the library.

Light Purple Heart clip art  The homemade ninja turtle card my husband made me for our anniversary.

Light Purple Heart clip art  Getting to spend an entire week with my husband.

Light Purple Heart clip art  Finally getting “The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft”.

Light Purple Heart clip art  Discovering how yummy Steak ‘n Shake is.

Light Purple Heart clip art  Dancing to “Love on Top” by Beyoncé.


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Friday Favorites: Hairy Kitten Paws & the Meaning of Life

A lot of great things have been happening the past month. One of which is all the love and positivity everyone who has been reading my blog has been giving me. You are all filling my heart with warm and gooey things, so thank you! My husband and my best friend both started college! Whoa, super proud! And I’ve been booking more weddings than ever for my rental business. It’s been ridiculously busy, but at least it hasn’t been boring.

So a godly and hardworking old man I knew passed away yesterday. I know I’ve been focusing a lot on following your dreams and finding your passion, but when it comes right down to it, when you die, it doesn’t really matter whether you ever actually found your passion or followed your dreams. What matters is if you truly understood why you are here on earth, and what’s going to happen to you after you die. The only thing that matters is whether you choose God. He’s already chosen you (hence why He created you). Everything else is just like delightful little cupcakes, fun to enjoy, but you still have to have your main meal. Rest in peace Gene.

Since we are on the subject of delightful little cupcakes, I would like to start doing a monthly gratitude list of the little things I’m thankful for. It’s easy to focus on the negative (guilty!), and to completely ignore all the wonderful things that go on in your life. This creates complete and utter discontent. Well, it’s time for me to pump out the grumpy, and pump in the positive. So here are some of the little things I’ve been enjoying lately:

Light Purple Heart clip art  The long tufts of hair that oddly poke out of my kittens paws

Light Purple Heart clip art  Colorful to-do lists with heart shaped bullet points

Light Purple Heart clip art  Random treasures found at yard sales

Light Purple Heart clip art  A glance up at the stars

Light Purple Heart clip art  Glass bottled root beers

Light Purple Heart clip art  That brief moment I was able to open my window and let in the fresh cool air

Light Purple Heart clip art My homemade room spray with sweet orange & lavender essential oil

Light Purple Heart clip art  Quirky t-shirts

Light Purple Heart clip art  People surprising me with food

Light Purple Heart clip art  Finding organic olive oil at Aldi

So what have been your little cupcakes lately? List em’ out.

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