Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Life Groups and New Friendships

In honor of GFC's Beautiful Bible Study Spring semester starting yesterday, I thought I would share about my experience in joining a life group and the value in being a part of one.

I started attending the Monday night life group last Fall. I was feeling really drained emotionally, physically, and spiritually and I felt that I needed some more Jesus time in my life and wanted to get more connected to my church. We'd been attending this church for about 9 months, but hadn't really gotten involved. (It's a large church and easy to get lost in the crowd, especially when you are introverts like we are.) I'd heard time and time again, that the best way to get connected in a large church (or any size church for that matter) is by joining life groups/bible study groups.

Well, I finally made the leap (huge leap) and went on a Monday night to try it out. Leading up to the evening, all the anxiety kicked in and it crossed my mind to just go home instead of turning on the road to get to the church, but I didn't give in. When I entered the sanctuary I was greeted by a couple ladies who welcomed me, had me fill out a name tag and sat with me a group of ladies at a table.

The rest was history. 

These ladies made me feel welcomed and part of the family. I created relationships, friendships through this group which has opened up other relationships through the ones created from this life group. We have provided each other support and words of encouragement in this thing called life through table conversations, prayers, texts, etc.

One of the friendships that has formed as a result of this life group is with this lovely lady, Ashley.

This bottle of sunshine has been such a pleasure to meet. She was my lifesaver during the women's conference from saving me seats each day to introducing me to other ladies at church. She will send me a text or two throughout the week just to say 'hello and hope that I am having a great week'. While it may seem like nothing, this small gesture, taking out the time of her busy week to send me a text, has been huge in just making me feel special and loved. That folks, is what this Christian life is all about.

Okay, enough of the gush talk.

I am so thrilled that this semester we will be doing a bible study reading Lisa Bevere's Girls With Swords book. Y'all already know, since the conference, I've been slightly obsessed inspired by Lisa Bevere. I'm really looking forward to reading this book this semester!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

GALentine's Soiree 2017

Yesterday, I hosted my first GALentine's party with some of my fave gal pals. I've seen these sorts of shin-digs on pinterest and blogs for years and always wanted to host my own. I had some ladies over to enjoy chocolate fondue and wine.

Here are some pics of the details.

So, those who know me, KNOW that anything kitchen related is NOT a strength of mine. The good Lord blessed me with a husband who is a great cook and baker, so I do not mess with all that non-sense. See, because when I do, something is bound to going wrong.

Chocolate fondue.

I followed this recipe, STEP BY STEP. While it was in the sauce pan, it looked great. Once I transferred it to the fondue pot is where things took a turn for the worst. It was my first time using the fondue maker because I bought it specifically for this night. When I set it to "warm" it made the chocolate bubble, which you don't want happening! I immediately turned it off but there was no turning back, y'all. The chocolate began to separate and it got very oily. Then it started looking not so appetizing. I was so thrown off by the oil. Where in the world did the oil come from?! There was no oil in the recipe. EPIC FAIL. See picture below.

After several SOS texts to the Mr. from not only me, but friends who were cracking up, he came home to the rescue with more chocolate from the store and re-made the chocolate.

I am still trying to figure out what went wrong. We have a couple theories...

1) I bought the wrong kind of chocolate. I bought chocolate chips instead of the baker's chocolate bar.
2) The dang fondue maker made the chocolate bubble which caused it to separate.


In the end, we had a great time, chatting, eating and drinking some red wine! First time in the books. Can't wait for future ones.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Style | Ankle Booties

At the women's conference last week, I noticed that 90% of the ladies in attendance were wearing some type of ankle bootie. I was part of the 10% that was not wearing them. #alwaystheoutcast

We had perfect boot weather and, of course, I don't have any. I always have it on my mind that I want to a get a pair, but haven't actually made the purchase. While I love fashion, I am always way behind to get on trend with my own personal style.

Well, after this conference, I feel very motivated to get a pair. So I've started browsing online to get ideas. Below are a few that caught my eye from DSW site.

My wardrobe consists of a lots of neutral colors hence the neutral tones above.

I see shoe shopping in my near future!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Five | No. 16

Well, it's been a hot minute since I've posted a Friday Five!

ONE | Guest Post on the GFC Beautiful Blog

On Sunday, after I published and shared my post about the Fearless conference on Instagram, I was contacted by the Women's director from my church asking to share my post on their ministry blog. Guys, I can't tell you how excited I was to be asked this. I have followed the blog for some time now and always thought how cool it would be to guest post on it one day. So to have them reach out to me to do this was huge!

TWO | Beauty and the Beast Trailer

All the goosebumps! I am so excited for this movie to come out in theaters. I already have a girls night planned to go watch it.

THREE | Valentine's Day Home Decor

I've already put up the Valentine's Day decor in the casa. I bought some new items from Kirklands a couple weeks ago and have been anxious to set them up. Getting the house ready for my GALentine's Soiree this weekend!

FOUR | Magnolia Journal Spring Edition

Joanna Gaines announced on Instagram that the Magnolia Journal Spring Edition will be hitting stands on Valentine's Day!

FIVE | Nashville Vacation

It's official y'all. Our next vacation will be to Nashville, Tennessee! We actually booked this last week, so I am a little late in sharing the news. We already have a list of things to do and places to eat thanks to friend recommendations and our own searching the internet. Essentially, we will be eating our way through Nashville and I wouldn't have it any other way. If you have any recommendations, pass them along!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Currently | February 2017

Hello February! Here is a short list of my current happenings...

READING | Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley. I have been a long time blog/Instagram follower of Emily. Umm, hello, she owns a planner business. My love language. When I learned that she was writing a book I knew I wanted it.

WATCHING | Victoria on PBS Masterpiece. Guys, I am loving this series! #historygeek

DOING | Planning for my GALentine's Soiree that I am hosting this weekend. I am having a few girlfriends over to have drinks and a chocolate fondue. Yum!

WANTING | Too Faced Sweet Peace Eye Palette. Not that I need another eye palette but the packaging is just to cute!

LISTENING | This was one of the worship songs during the Fearless conference and I am a little obsessed. Hillsong can do no wrong.