Monday, March 25, 2013

Take My Hand

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Have you ever found a song that speaks to you so deeply that you want to listen to it on repeat, that it makes you cry and smile at the same time, and it brings you a sense of hope and faith that you know was just meant for you?

Enter a song by Shawn McDonald from 2004, titled "Take My Hand." I can't tell you how much hope this song has brought me lately... and the one thing I keep praying over and over is "change me." This song, with the book The Power of the Praying Wife that I'm reading right now are moving me. Big time.

My prayer today? Change me. Heal the brokenness. Free the burdens. Release me of the nightmares. Help me to be a positive light. Let me walk with You and be the best wife I can be. Thank You for this beautiful day.  


Take my hand to the promise land
And on You I want to stand
‘Cause I cannot do it on my own
You're what I need and I need to be
Right by Your side ‘cause I cannot hide
Lord, I know that I need You
I need You

Without You I'm so alone
I am weak but You are strong
You pick me up when I'm falling down
And I am crying
Out to You inside of my heart
I need You Lord, oh so, for the part
I want You to have my life, Jesus

Take my hand to the promise land
And on You I want to stand
‘Cause I cannot do it on my own
You're what I need and I need to be
Right by Your side ‘cause I cannot hide
Lord, I know that I need You
I need You

I fall to my knees
And I'm begging You, please oh Lord
Won't You change me
Make me new from the inside out
I want to shout out Your name

Take my hand to the promise land
And on You I want to stand
‘Cause I cannot do it on my own
You're what I need and I need to be
Right by Your side ‘cause I cannot hide
Lord, I know that I need You
I need You

I need You.

- Shawn McDonald "Take My Hand"

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sapphire and Faded Jeans

Top: c/o Kintage // Jeans: Express // Boots: Runway Fashion Exchange // Bracelet: Gift

It's amazing how sometimes in the hardest of moments, a simple lyric, quote or thought can get you through it. Summer might not be here quite yet, but these lyrics are so sweet. You go ahead and let your hair down, relax, and give a hug to the loved ones around you. Life is good—even on the hard days.

"Three little birds, sat on my window.
And they told me I don't need to worry.
Summer came like cinnamon
So sweet,
Little girls double-dutch on the concrete.


Maybe sometimes, we've got it wrong, but it's alright.
The more things seem to change, the more they stay the same.
Oh, don't you hesitate.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song,
You go ahead, let your hair down.
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.


You're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow."

-"Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae

Monday, February 11, 2013

Yellow

Sweater: Thrifted // Pants: Target // Bracelets: c/o Payton Woodcraft // Glasses: c/o Firmoo // Hairstyle: click here

"Look at the stars.
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do.
Yeah, they were all yellow."

/ / from Coldplay's "Yellow"

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Time Is Here.

Sweater: Francesca's // Earrings: Premier Design // Headband: gift

Merry Christmas Eve!

Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days of the entire year. Since my parents are separated, we usually go to my Dad's and have Cincinnati Chili and margaritas on Christmas Eve. It's usually a party (with the 5 of us who attend—my dad, his girlfriend, me, Daniel & my brother), and we always cap off the evening with the full house singing "White Christmas" along with Bing and the rest of the crew at the end of the movie White Christmas. This year however, my dad is in Seattle, spending the last couple days with my 90-year-old grandpa, Far Far, who was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, and who wasn't given much time in the prognosis. Far Far, we love you, and we wish we could make the trip over. We're praying for you and Grandma.

Tomorrow, we'll be celebrating with my mom and family in the morning, and Daniel's family in the evening. I'm looking forward to sitting by the fireside, cups of hot cocoa, and laughs with family. Oh—and hugs. Lots and lots of hugs.

My favorite Christmas soundtrack is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Today, I'm singing "Christmas Time is Here," over and over in my head. I love the soft melodies and soothing rhythm of that album. Somehow, it helps bring a peace over any trouble that's in my way... after all, it is Christmas Time.

"Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year


Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share


Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there


Christmas time is here
We'll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year..."

-Christmas Time is Here from A Charlie Brown Christmas

Monday, August 20, 2012

say what you need to say.


While driving to work this morning,
I popped in the mix tape that Daniel made for me last July.
The CD instantly stirred my emotions...
Memories.
Especially the "young love"
that you always feel for that special someone right in the beginning.

It's amazing how one small song, one little lyric,
can bring it all back.
As soon as "Say" by John Mayer started filtering through the speakers,
I knew what I wanted to write about today.

I know I'm not perfect.
I know I don't always set the best example.
I know that I make mistakes.
But I'm in a better place today because of all of that.

I remember hearing "Say" last year, during all that pain and strife,
and knowing that all I could do was to say what I needed to say.
And I did.
I told everyone what I needed to say.
What was on my heart.
What was really going on inside of me.

It was the hardest decision I've ever had to make in my life.
It was the most hurt I'd ever caused anyone...
... and everyone.
But it was the best decision.
And even as my hands were shaking,
my faith was broken,
I did it with a heart wide open.

I guess the reason I'm sharing this today is to say that if you have something,
anything,
that you need to say,
don't hold it back.

Don't tell yourself that you "should" be happy.
BE happy.
And if you need to make a change to get there,
do it.

Making a change,
no matter how big or small
is not something that comes easily.

And maybe what you need to say isn't even something that needs to be said to others.
Maybe you need to say it to yourself.
Say it to God.
Let yourself be forgiven.

Take a moment to reflect.
Take a moment to look inside yourself.
Take a moment to realize what it is...
and say what you need to say.

"Take out of your wasted honor  
Every little past frustration  
Take all your so called problems  
Better put them in quotations
 

Say what you need to say  

Walkin' like a one man army  

Fightin' with the shadows in your head  
Livin' up the same old moment  
Knowin' you’d be better off instead 
If you could only
 

Say what you need to say  

Have no fear for givin' in  

Have no fear for givin' over  
You better know that in the end  
It's better to say too much  
Than to never to say what you need to say again
 

Even if your hands are shakin'  
And your faith is broken  
Even as the eyes are closin'  
Do it with a heart wide open  
A wide heart
 

Say what you need to say
Say what you need to say

"Say" - John Mayer


Aunie Sauce

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wonderful Christmas Time.


Jacket: Macy's
Shirt: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's
Scarf: Hospital gift shop
Leggins: American Eagle
Socks: Burlington Coat Factory
Boots: Soda from Plato's Closet

The moon is right
The spirit's up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time


The party's on

The feeling's here
That only comes
This time of year

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time


The choir of children sing their song

Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding, oh, oh

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time


The word is out

About the town
To lift a glass
Ah, don't look down

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The choir of children sing their song

They practiced all year long

Ding dong, ding dong

Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong

The party's on

The spirit's up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time


The moon is right

The spirit's up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

Oh, Christmas time
-"Wonderful Christmas Time" by Paul McCartney 
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bless Our Little Tree.


Christmas time is here. Believe it. One of my favorite things about Christmas is my dad's untraditional traditions. This is his Christmas tree. Yep.

A light-up palm tree. Classy, no? And yes... it even has ornaments. My favorite is our Boise State ornament. Again... classy.

See, my dad loves to travel for recreational purposes. He usually is home in Boise 3-4 days a week, Monday through Wednesday-ish. Every single weekend of the year, he travels. He either goes to his girlfriend's cabin in McCall, Idaho, or his girlfriend's condo down in Palm Desert, California. Ahh... the life.

Therefore... about 6 years ago, the palm Christmas tree was born in an effort to keep Christmas fun, yet low maintenance. In addition to our funky tree, we also eat Cincinnati Chili every Christmas eve. Yum yum yummm. It's so delicious.

So that's that. Untraditional traditions. I love my dad. I love our tree. I love Cincinnati Chili. But most of all, I love that Christmas time cheer.

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Snowflakes in the air

Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share

Sleigh bells in the air

Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there

Christmas time is here

We'll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year...

-- "Christmas Time is Here" from A Charlie Brown Christmas

Friday, November 25, 2011

Leaving on a Jet Plane.


In middle school, I sang "Leaving on a Jet Plane" at our 6th grade talent show. I think I was too young to realize that this is really a sad love song, not a song about a plane. But, oh well. I sang my booty off and it was awesome.

As my brother and I prepare to go back home to Boise today from Palm Desert, it's the only song playing in my mind. Instead of to a lover, I'm singing to the Desert. What a glorious place it is. Full of relaxation, palm trees, warm weather... ahh... the life.

As I sipped my margarita by the pool yesterday, I really didn't want to think about going home today. But I guess it's time... Time to get back to the real world, back to work, the gym, my novio (yay!)... and time to get on that jet plane.

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh baby, I hate to go.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Middle.


Remember that song "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World? Sometimes it's amazing how a simple song can explain exactly how you're feeling on any given day. It's actually rather refreshing, because hey, if there's a song about how you're feeling... you're not alone, right? You're just ... in the middle.

Hey, don't write yourself off yet
It's only in your head you feel left out or looked down on.
Just try your best, try everything you can.
And don't you worry what they tell themselves when you're away.

It just takes some time, little girl you're in the middle of the ride.
Everything, everything will be just fine, everything, everything will be alright... alright.

Hey, you know they're all the same.
You know you're doing better on your own, so don't buy in.
Live right now.
Yeah, just be yourself.
It doesn't matter if it's good enough for someone else.

It just takes some time, little girl you're in the middle of the ride.
Everything, everything will be just fine, everything, everything will be alright... alright.
It just takes some time, little girl you're in the middle of the ride.
Everything, everything will be just fine, everything, everything will be alright... alright.


Hey, don't write yourself off yet.
It's only in your head you feel left out or looked down on.
Just do your best, do everything you can.
And don't you worry what the bitter hearts are gonna say.

It just takes some time, little girl you're in the middle of the ride.
Everything, everything will be just fine, everything, everything will be alright... alright.

It just takes some time, little girl you're in the middle of the ride.
Everything, everything will be just fine, everything, everything will be alright... alright.

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