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weekend update.

1. 24 is getting so cray cray! Are any of you Jack Bauer fans? My family and I sit down at 9:00 every Monday night to watch 24 together. It's quite the bonding experience as we wait in suspense to see if Jack will get to the bomb on time and save the world yet again!

2. Google hangouts with the Disney crew. I mentioned last week that I am going to Disney & Harry Potter World at Christmas with some of my best friends! We decided that we need to have hangout sessions each week to talk about our trip and make plans and be overly excited, so we started that this week. Two of us in Tennessee and the other two in Colorado. It is going to be the best Christmas ever.

3. Game night with friends. I went over to hang out with my friends Chris and Andra Tuesday night and we were complete nerds the entire time. We talked in depth about Doctor Who and Harry Potter and played Dominion. #nerdsunite

4. BFFLS (best friends for life) in town for the weekend. My sweet friend Aimie came in town with her little girl, so my bestie, Nat, came in town for a day too so we could all hang out! It was so good catching up with those girls. We've been best friends since college and I'm really thankful for a group like that to walk through life with...even from far away.

-- Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. The first teaser trailer is out for Mockingjay Part 1.
-- This made me legit weep. Like big crocodile tears running down my face. #allharrypottererrything
-- I think I may be in need of this scarf.
-- Free fonts? Yes, please.
-- Someone take me here immediately. Can't wait to put my toes in the sand in a couple of months!

how i met my mer
etsy crushes // NO. 9
thursday's letters
ONA bag giveaway | $450 value
holders not folders | magic

-- I am a list maker.  My life tends to get a little out of control and unorganized if I fail to keep a list of all the things I need to complete.
-- At some point in the next few years, I want to learn how to scuba dive.



holders not folders | MAGICAL

Happy Saturday, instagramers! I have loved seeing all of your beautiful photos this week! New projects are so fun, and I found myself checking the #holdernotfolders hashtag every day to view new photos you all had added. Beth and I are so excited and inspired by this project and love seeing this slice of community being cultivated. The prompt for last week was MAGICAL, and I love what y'all came up with!  Keep up the good work!


Next week's photo prompt is JOY. Be creative, have fun, make new friends, and hashtag #holdersnotfolders.


ONA Bag Giveaway | $450 Value

Happy Friday, brave hearts! Oh, I am so very excited for today and the incredible opportunity you have to win an ONA Camera bag and strap (up to a $450 value!!). Beth introduced me to ONA bags a couple of weeks ago and I totally fell in love with them. Some really great ladies have teamed up to bring a beautiful ONA Bag to you!

If you are wondering, I have my eye on the Capri Bag.  I would LOVE it so I could take my camera everywhere with me and keep it safe!  I wanted to give away the same one because it is my favorite, but then I thought they all really are so great, and you should choose for yourself!!


Here's your chance to win! This giveaway is run via rafflecopter with plenty of chances to enter! After a week has passed, one winner will be selected at random and contacted via email! All entries will be verified, so please play by the rules! Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor. :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


thursday's letters.

Dear summer, you have been lovely so far, except for all of those thunderstorms. Don't get me wrong. I like a good thunderstorm, but my poor dog does not. Straight up panic attacks. So summer, if you could slow down on the thunder & lightning, that'd be spectacular.

Dear Lantana, I truly think you may be the prettiest flowering plant in all the land.

Dear Disney World, I think about you every day and absolutely cannot contain my excitement about a whole week of Disney magic at Christmastime!

Dear wedding season, why you got to be so expensive? That is all I have to say to you.

Dear Harry Potter, we've been hanging out for 5 books now and you seem to always be getting into trouble. Of course, that Umbridge lady is the meanest of all meanies, so I can't really say that I blame you. No one understands that you're telling the truth and really trying to help. Why does no one ever listen to you?? #allharrypottererrything

Dear weekend, you can't get here soon enough. I'm so excited to hang out with my college besties and little evie girl. and if we're feeling really crazy, we might go see captain america. who knows! we are so spontaneous. ;)

Dear friends, this blogging thing is a lot of hard work but it's one of my favorite things in the world. Thank you for your encouragement. You make it all worth it.



etsy crushes // NO. 9

it has been a while since i last shared some etsy crushes with you all. i took a small break from etsy for the sake of my bank account after the last etsy swap, but i was lured back in by the need/want for a cute camera strap. as luck would have it, i ended up finding all of this cute stuff too! ;) take a look.

white minimalist coffee mugs | juliapaulpottery
shoulder bag | zanaproducts
stars & stripes camera strap | aspenwillowprops
mr. & mrs. card | paperfeltshop
scenic postcard set | 1canoe2
tennessee state map print | thedigitalstudio
good morning gorgeous | allieruth 


p.s. have any of you purchased and/or made a camera strap? i'm really wanting to replace my black canon strap, but can't make a choice with all of the options out there these days!

p.p.s. i'm answering some questions about myself over on moments for the journey's blog today!


how i met my mer.

there are people that come and go in your life, and then there are the people that come and stay. the ones that share life with you. that open up their hearts and let you in. they laugh and cry with you. they share the big moments and little moments in life.  pretty soon they aren't just friends anymore. they're family.

mer is one of those people.

i met mer, like i met my best friend, at eagle lake camp. i still remember the night we met. mer is bruce's (beth's husband's) cousin, and he and beth had driven down the mountain to pick mer up at the airport to bring her back up to camp. she was one of the last campers to arrive that night. i remember thinking she was taller than i had imagined she'd be, i really hoped she'd be placed in my bible study, and i immediately wanted to be best friends.

wouldn't you know, mer WAS placed in the bible study i led that summer. we became friends very quickly (camp tends to do that to people.) mer was one of those friends i felt i had known my entire life. i was sad that she would have to head back to texas as the first five weeks of camp slipped away. after a lot of prayer and talking to her family, mer decided to stay at camp for the entire summer. beth and bruce and i were ecstatic! mer? at camp for the whole summer? it was like christmas in july! ;)

Jesus gave me the sweetest friend and sister that summer. we grew in our friendship and in our relationships with Jesus. when camp ended, we headed our separate ways. i went home to tennessee and mer went home to texas to start college. she ended up getting to come with a group of us to the Passion Conference in atlanta in 2012 and then headed back to work at camp as a counselor that next summer! little did she know what path that summer would lead her down. she and dave were on staff together and started dating towards the end of the summer, they dated long distance over the school year, worked at camp again the next summer, mer moved to minnesota to be closer to dave, and they just got engaged in may! whew. what a whirlwind!

it has been such a beautiful thing to see mer walk through the last three years. to see her go from being a girl fresh out of high school, to leading younger girls in the Word and their walks with Jesus, to moving away from home, to starting the journey of dating her first boyfriend and getting engaged to him. it has been so encouraging to see how she has weathered all of these changes and strived to always keep her focus on Jesus. i feel so honored that i have gotten to be a part of her journey here on earth, so grateful the Lord blessed me with her friendship three years ago, and so excited to see the plans He has for her future.no matter the miles or the distance, mer is a friend that is always there. whether it's a hand written note, a thoughtful gift, an encouraging text, or a late night phone call, her friendship is intentional. it's those people that are always reaching out and continually inviting others in that warm my heart. to me, that is a beautiful picture of community and friendship. one i am incredibly thankful for.


weekend update.

1. i'm still recovering from a cold i caught a week and a half ago. question: how does one catch a cold during the summertime?

2. beth and i have started a new instagram series called #holdersnotfolders. we are pretty excited about it and hope you will join us!

3. on saturday, i spent some time on the back porch soaking up the sun and reading harry potter. i'm trying to finish all of the books before my trip to disney and harry potter world this christmas!

4. i went and saw how to train your dragon 2 with a friend on sunday!! guys, it was so cute. i LOVED the first one and this second one was good too. the music in those movies is so magical and toothless is the cutest dragon i ever did see.

-- i am going to disney/harry potter world in december and i'm kinda excited about it
-- how do you make your monster cookies?
-- i am in love with these lists paige is making.
-- disney characters wearing today's fashion
-- have you guys checked out the quiet place?
-- you don't want to miss out on this community brew link-up!!
-- one more for all you harry potter fans. jimmy fallon is the best.

minted goodies.
will you be my bridesmaid?
june sponsors.
summer beauties.
holders not folders | an instagram series

-- #it #drives #me #crazy #when #people #hashtag #every #word #of #a #post ;)
-- my favorite ice cream in all the world is edy's "french silk"
-- i like tangled more than frozen. gasp. i know. #rapunzelandflynnforlife



holders not folders | an instagram series

Hello, friends! I have something really exciting to share with you today!  It's a brand new adventure of creating community and relationships and I would love for you to take part! For a while now, Beth and I have been participating in Annapolis and Company's instagram series #theeverydayproject. We have both loved diving into the instagram community, working on our photography skills, and finding beauty in the everyday.

That series has inspired us to create our own little instagram project. There are lots of hashtags out there, but I love the ones that mean something, that create a unique series to go back and look at, and that bring community together to inspire and encourage one another!  Beth and I have actually been using a certain hashtag for a couple of years now. That hashtag is #holdersnotfolders and we would be over-the-moon excited if you would use it with us!

Holders Not Folders actually started back in 2011 when I was just learning about hashtag projects, and it was the first one I ever intentionally used on a regular basis. During the summer of 2011 I was working at Eagle Lake Camp, as many of you know, and two of the girls I worked with were besties. They started saying "holders not folders" referencing the fact that we all hold hands when we pray and not just fold our hands in our laps. We were a close knit community at camp and really good friends...and friends hold hands when they pray, y'all. But this idea goes far beyond just that. Community comes alongside one another with warm hugs and words of encouragement. Community is open and intentional. The idea behind Holders Not Folders is that we open our hearts, reach out, and invite others in. We move towards others instead of away. After camp that summer, Jessiann and Amelie (the creators of this phrase) started hashtagging all of their friendship and community-related instagrams this way! Beth and I quickly jumped on the bandwagon along with a small handful of others that started using #holdersnotfolders. I like to refer to us as the "pioneers" of this hashtag. :) Since the beginning, Jessiann, Amelie, Laura, Laken, Gretchen, Beth, and I have been adding photos of our lives and adventures to this hashtag and have loved seeing it grow!

Follow the pioneers on instagram!
@megmcilvaine // @gretchrebecca // @whatever_is_lovely // @amelie_heyse
@lauraliegrace // @jessianncorinne // @oakandoats // @gretchrebecca

This is the part where you come in. Today is the first day of summer and the perfect time to start a #holdersnotfolders weekly challenge for the summertime! For the next twelve weeks, Beth & I will be sharing our top favorite #holdersnotfolders instagrams every Saturday. We also will have a new prompt each week to help you look for the community and friendship in your world! This hashtag is about the little things and the big things! We don't want to miss out on life because we were afraid to reach out! 

This week's prompt is "MAGICAL" We encourage you to think creatively and try to capture those magical moments in your life! Think inside, outside, and all around the box. We pray you are challenged, encouraged, inspired, and find new friends to follow on instagram! Don't forget to use the hashtag #holdersnotfolders so that we can see your moments and pick our top 9 (we also will be picking our top 9 separately, so make sure to check both our blogs out each week!) 

now go find those magical moments and instagram away! 


summer beauties.

one of my favorite things about this life are all the different colors we can see. sometimes i like to think about all the colors we can't see or how much more vibrant colors may be in heaven. i'm pretty excited about it. :) pops of color in nature are just another one of those little joys in life for us to appreciate.

a friend of ours created these hybrid day lilies and gave us some that are now planted in the back yard. i love it when they bloom every summer. each one is different and unique. colors you don't see in an average lily. 

"therefore i tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. are you not of more value than they? and which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? and why are you anxious about clothing? consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. but if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, oh you of little faith?" || matthew 6: 25-29 

i can be SUCH a worrier. i worry about my future a lot. i worry about jobs, where i'll live, how i'll continue to support myself. i worry about my family and friends and their safety. i worry about pleasing every body else. 

do not be anxious about anything. it's so convicting, right? i have to constantly remind myself that Jesus is in control, that He is good (all the time), and that, as one created in His image, i am valued far above the rest of creation.  it's so easy to let the pressures and brokenness of the world weigh heavily on our hearts, but we have a King that has conquered all, who is in control of all, and who tells us not to worry because He will take care of it all. praying you feel a weight lifted today, friends, and that you can enjoy this weekend by celebrating the freedom and certainty we have in Christ.

happy friday, brave hearts.


june sponsors.

summer is in full swing here in tennessee. hot temperatures, humidity, and all. my hair is still learning to cope with the mugginess. it's a burden all southern women must bear. ;)  other than that, i LOVE summer. during winter times, i totally turn into olaf. let's bring back summer!! i love the sunshine, going to the chattanooga market, our annual 4th of july celebration on the river, movies in the park, hiking, and kayaking adventures. there's so much fun to be had! summer seems to always fly by so quickly and like to make the most of it by cramming in as many adventures as i can.  check out what my sponsors love to do in summertime!

I love summer! It gives me the chance to get outside and go on tons of adventures. My hubby and I spend all of our free time disc golfing, hiking, backpacking  and rock climbing. Of our adventures my favorite activity would have to be rock climbing, and my town is like a rock climbing mecca! 

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My favorite summertime activity is going to the beach because it is relaxing and just a time to spend with my family or friends. When I was younger we always used to go to the beach and pack a lunch, it was so much fun! We always go to Florida in May and there's just something about eating lunch on the beach.

My favorite summertime activity is really doing anything outside. Even the little things like planting flowers outside, taking my sweet pup on a walk, and especially going to the beach. I love any excuse for some Vitamin D! I also love going to our Farmer's Market and getting fresh produce and flowers! 

I am from and reside in a city in Los Angeles about 10 blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Such a beach girl. That being said, come summer time, our little beach town is the perfect place for late night bonfires on the beach, bbqs, walks around our downtown art district, and so on. LOVE a good bonfire with ample s'more gorging. One of my favorite things to do though, is attend our Concert in the Park and Shakespeare in the Park nights, which our town puts on a few weeks every summer.  Can't wait for this to begin.

i love having friends over. whether we go to a pool, the beach, have a game night or cookout, or just watch a movie. spending time with those i've been investing in and they have been investing in me just makes my days so much brighter.

My favorite summer time activity is going to the lake! We spend a lot of time in Fresno with our Aunt and Uncle and we almost always go out on the boat! It is my favorite! I love being on he water, laying in the sun and riffling through the cooler for snacks. It's quiet, calm, and so much fun! 

I miss the typical summers I had growing up in school & college of summer camp and swimming pools but I am very grateful for the summers I am living in now. I love that the sun is still  up when I get home from work, I can drive with the windows down, and leave doors open in my home. I love working on new projects, gathering friends for games of volleyball, and grilling out! 

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