Nineteen.

I am so grateful. A year ago, I was walking through a valley and I wasn’t sure if I’d make it another week, let alone another year. But by God’s grace, here I am celebrating another year of life and rejoicing over what the Lord has been doing in me.
Through this past year, I have gained a deeper understanding of the Lord as
My Savior
My Redeemer
My Helper
My Healer
My Provider
My Comforter
My Maker
My Sustainer
My Anchor
My Deliverer
My Leader
My Restorer
My Defender
My Shelter
My Hope
My Peace
My Joy
My LORD
And my GOD

He is worthy to be praised for His faithfulness.
I am in awe of His goodness and His grace.

“I love the LORD, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
(2) Because he has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live,
(8) For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.
(9) I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.” Psalm 116:1-2, 8-9

Life is a gift and I am so grateful to be given nineteen years.

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Hi I’m back! (Again)

It’s been awfully quiet over here. If you’re still subscribed to this small corner of the internet, thank you for sticking around. πŸ™‚

I’m doing alright. The Quilted Rose Co. has kept me very busy. I’m currently working on restocking my shop. I can’t believe that I’m doing what I have prayed for and dreamed of for several years. Etsy definitely wasn’t what I had in mind when I thought about starting this endeavor but it made sense the more I prayed about it and so far it’s working out really well!

I’m still at the trophy shop and I still love it. I’ve got two of the best jobs in the world, y’all. I can celebrate people’s achievements during the day and I can create and quilt at night.

I *do* sleep eventually. There have been a lot of nights when I have had trouble sleeping. The worst is when I’m exhausted but sleep won’t come. My mind will race and I’ll be thinking about my next project or my next task. Or I’ve stayed up too late working on something and I’ve caught a second wind. During those nights I’ll talk to the Lord or I’ll sing in my head until I drift off. Waking up the next day is a struggle though, I’m not gonna lie.

I just finished a Bible study on God’s Priceless Woman with a dear friend. We looked at the Proverbs 31 woman and the godly woman described in Titus 2. Then, each week following, we studied a different woman in the Bible and a characteristic mentioned in the above passages. I’ve really enjoyed having someone to study with and pray with on a weekly basis. It has helped keep me accountable in my personal study time and in other areas in my life. The fellowship has been sweet and encouraging to me and it’s been something that I’ve needed in this season of life.

I just came back from a whirlwind family reunion. The whole family drove up to Chicago for the weekend and we saw all of our cousins on both sides. It was wonderful to see everyone and the best part (at least for me) was to give my grandmother her new quilt.

She had asked me to make her a quilt about two years ago and sent me all of the fabric for the fans. I had worked on it off and on, in between moves, school, work, and The Quilted Rose. Now it’s finally completed and in its new home. My first custom order as The Quilted Rose Co. 😊

I am in the process of looking for a car and getting my license. It’s been a slow process, mostly because it’s not a priority for me. 😜

And for those of you who have been following the saga of our nasty next-door neighbors, we have gotten word that they have put their house up on the market! Mom says there will be no premature celebrating…but we’re all praying they move out fast and better neighbors will replace them.

That’s it for now, I think. Hopefully there will be more to share in the coming months and perhaps more sleep(?) Thank you again for sticking around!

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Almost 200 Followers – and a Lucent Sylph Award!

I am SO proud of and excited for my friend, RJ! Lucent Sylph is one of my favorites that she’s written (and it’s FRE E on Kindle!) Check out her blog post and enter to win her entire collection! She’s written some incredible books.

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Morgan Harper Nichols Though.

I love this lady and I love the words she shares. She writes devotionals and poems and she creates beautiful pieces of art, oftentimes combining color and words into an amazing masterpiece. You can find her on Instagram (@thedevoco & @morganharpernichols)

Her words have encouraged me so much in the past several months. She is also a singer. Her soulful voice has accompanied her sister, Jamie Grace, in her latest album, ’91. (Go listen to Daughter of the King)

Hope this encourages you today! ❀

A Bottle of Glass Hearts!

I’m watching the snowfall today. What I thought was only going to be > 0.1″ actually turned into a winter wonderland. Needless to say, I’m happy to be home. I’m just trying to figure out what to do on this unexpected day off. πŸ˜‰

My friend, RJ, is releasing yet another book! This time, a collection of five short stories. Check out her blog to read the descriptions of each one. (A Bottle of Glass Hearts!) Then come back and tell me which one is most intriguing to you! (Mine is Gem because Soleil is an ESFJ like me!) 😁

***If you absolutely cannot wait to read Lucent Sylph, you can download the kindle version for FREE here.Β (Read Lucent Sylph)Β It’s one of my favorites written by RJ.***

I’m Back! (And Merry Christmas)

I’ve been kind of quiet over here. A lot has been going on…too much to try to bring y’all up to date. But here are several things (in no particular order) to kind of fill in the gaps of my absence.

  • My aunt came to live with us for two months before she started her new job…and it was amazing and wonderful to have her here! (Wish she never left. πŸ˜‰)
  • I celebrated my one-year anniversary at the Trophy Shop!
  • I am in the process of launching The Quilted Rose Co., my new Etsy shop! (Stay tuned for details!)
  • I went to see a For King & Country concert on my birthday. They were outstanding as usual. I cannot wait for next year. (Album #3 is coming out eventually!)
  • I still don’t know how to drive. (I still have not been behind the wheel.)
  • Princess O graced us with a five-day visit and we made cookies and watched movies and colored. She has grown so much and she’s such a treasure!

  • My cousins from NYC came for Thanksgiving for the second year in a row!!!
  • We have a new cousin on the way and it’s a girl! πŸ˜„
  • We had the privilege of watching the life cycle of four black swallowtail butterflies. E. was the main caretaker.
  • I’ve got all my presents finished and wrapped. (No staying up past midnight to hustle this year!)
  • We saw The Last Jedi and it was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • I still love my job. πŸ˜‰
  • On that note, I am on vacation (stay-cation) for two weeks.
  • My sisters and I have been trying to exercise together every day and we’re still alive.
  • Travis and Angel took me to Big Church Night Out last weekend and we watched the Newsboys, Blanca, 7eventh Time Down, and Sidewalk Prophets perform along with a couple other acts. It was amazing. We had a wonderful time together. Angel picked awesome seats and I got a picture with Blanca!

One thought that has been on my heart this Christmas is that I am so thankful Jesus did not stay a baby. He was born. He lived. He grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and men. He died for me and my sins. He died for your sins too. He rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven. And now one day He’s coming back. This is what brings me joy this year.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

I hope your Christmas is merry and bright. (To my quilty friends, may your bobbin always be full.)