Thursday, July 31, 2014

Childlike Faith

On Sunday, my little brother, Sloan, was baptized. He's 11 years old and my baby boy and he's always been me and my sister's and brother's 'little brother', so him making the decision to accept Christ into his heart and be baptized was such a sweet moment for our whole family! 

During his baptism, it got me thinking a little bit. How often do others look poorly upon Christianity because of political things that go on today, not realizing that these are just a select few of this religion we follow. I was blessed to have been raised in the church and grow up with positive, Christ-like influences in my life, and even though I made my decision to become a Christian all on my own, it was easy for me to shift into this lifestyle. For others that are now my age and older, it's different. Regardless of what age you are, I was reminded of how we're supposed to have this childlike faith. Forgetting about politics and judgmental people and negativity from a sometimes hateful world, Christianity in its purest form is love and loving others, but most importantly, loving God. 

Sloan's always my favorite to talk to (sorry Brandon and Shelby) because he has such interesting thoughts and talks a mile a minute. So thinking about his decision to follow Christ, I decided to ask him a few questions.

What happened Sunday?
I got baptized.

Why were you baptized?
So I could follow Christ, believe in Jesus and God, and go to Heaven.

What led you to make this decision?
Centrikid camp, Jesus and His stories are awesome. The stories are interesting, like Jonah and the whale. And God told me to.

What do you think it means to be a Christian?
To believe in Jesus, so you can have a better Christian life.

How is it good to live a Christian life?
Because He's with me in troubled times and He tells me things that helped me.

What's a good example of a troubled time?
When someone's mean to you, the Bible says to not be mean back. 

What do you think other people think when you're nice to them?
That they're nice and they want to become friends with you. And friends are good in life because they help you get through life easier.

When you think about God in your life, how does it make you feel?
I think it's awesome to have God in your life because He can help you through life and make it so much easier.

He will guide you through His path.

What are your favorite passages/verses?
The Great Commission tells you about everything you need to do in your Christian life and I just really, really love Isaiah 52:7. 

What do you think the main goal of a Christian life is?
Spreading God's news so other people can live a more perfect life and go to Heaven.

{random continued thought}....Adam and Eve sinned and separated from God. We would not go to heaven and live with him when we died, but then Jesus came and He was perfect. Then He died on the cross for us and only if we believe in Jesus will we go to Heaven and live eternal life with God.

What do you think God wants you to do in your life right now?
Spread God's news, listen to Him, and follow Jesus.

How do you think church relates to God?
Church is important so you can learn about God and then spread God's news about what you learned.

What would you say to someone who said they didn't believe in God because they can't see Him?
That faith is real.

Though his answers are short, it amazes me how simple an 11 year old breaks down something that we seem to complicate all the time. And yes, there are more complicated things in an entire religion that a 6th grader can't explain or have thoughts for, but there's still something to be said!

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!” 
-Isaiah 52:7

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
-Matthew 28:16-20 // The Great Commission


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Greek key lovin' // Sarta Designs

All of my skirts have started to not fitting in the right way. I'm selling some of them (including this Lilly skirt!), but when I stumbled upon Sarta Designs and the wonderful Miss Alex, I couldn't stop looking. I energetically emailed her telling her about how much I loved her shop and skirts and continued emailing so I could show y'all how much I loved it. It fits me perfectly and the fabric of this Greek key skirt is phenomenal! 

I love this green shirt that I bought at TJ Maxx (literally sorry not sorry), then paired it with my headband from Devon Alana, and a necklace and earrings my grandmother gave me that her mother gave her! 

Here's the skirt from Sarta Designs I was sent that I cannot get over!! I might as well live in it, guys. PLUS, she has a giveaway going on on her Instagram, check it out

Geometric prints and Greek key have become engrained in my mind for dorm shopping.... can't wait to share all that with you guys later!!

Which skirt is your favorite? (Too many to choose from, I know.)


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Monday, July 28, 2014

DIY Shorts

I'm really tired of guys and people in general having a huge attitude about high-waisted shorts. For the love of everything good, they're SHORTS, and even if you don't like them on someone else, whatever, deal with it. I like them not because they're trendy, but because they fit better, ya know?! No one wants tight shorts digging right below your waist when they can be much more flattering higher up. 

So for the fourth of July, sweet friend Hallie and I decided to do the typical "buy a pair of old jeans and cut them up" that's trending among all girls our age, but they turned out pretty well! We had to go into Goodwill and try on several pairs to see if they fit and were high waisted, but she found a light colored pair and I found a darker pair. It's important to make sure that the jeans you get don't have to be tight in the thighs... and definitely shouldn't be. Try to get them small in the waist and loose in the legs.

She's wearing the ones she made... mine are store bought, but all the same!

We looked up how to cut them and this site said 12 inches from the top and then mark it with chalk (we used Sharpie). We quickly realized that these were insanely long for us to roll up because they were so tight!

Eventually, we kept cutting them little by little until we had pairs that looked seemed alright.

...And lots of jean to throw away.

They turned out well for the fourth of July concert!

What do you think of the high-waisted shorts? I mean, for $3, they ain't too bad!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Oh hey, life

Hello HELLO I'm sorry I missed a few days of blogging. I was doing so well and then life got crazy because I was working and honestly had zero time to blog and still have zero time to blog as I'm writing this.

What's nice to know though is knowing that I'll hopefully be having time to blog this year because this week, I got my classes and housing situation arranged and I couldn't be more thrilled! Like honestly, it all worked out perfectly and I'm just so happy.

A few life updates that aren't too exciting at all:

My sister is baking?! Please excuse my lack of baking from the past few months, but maybe the roles have reversed in my family.

My friends and I like to eat, and lots of ice cream specifically.

And at that, I'm going to miss my friends LIKE CRAZY come this fall. Love them too much. 

And a random but great quote of the day--

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.”
Wilferd A. Peterson (1900-1995); Author, Businessman
Hope y'all have a fantastic weekend!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Clothes that fit YOU

When I was younger, I was really awkwardly shaped, or so I thought I was awkwardly shaped. I mean, as a 5th grader, I had some weight on me and was slightly tall, but just didn't ever fit well into the brands I thought I had to have. Limited Too? Loved it, but it just didn't fit right. I remember telling my mom, "It's just not fair that I can't find cute clothes that fit me. Some day when I'm older, I'm going to make the 'Meredith' store so girls my age and my shape can have clothes that fit."

And golly gee, I think I've found it.

Blogging and having your contact info out there can cause you to get a lot of random emails, sometimes spam or they don't seem right. But then you get an email from a company called eShakti late one night and realize that your childhood dream of having clothes that fit everyone came true. eShakti is dedicated to customization of clothes so that they fit your body and have sizes 0-36. We're all so different, why are we normally limited to just about 16 sizes that may or may not fit us correctly? So of course I spent the rest of my night going through their website, looking at all of their cute clothes and realizing that they could actually fit me (and I wouldn't have to worry about the length on every single thing).

They gladly sent me this dress that I picked out and when I got it, I fell in LOVE. It was a maxi dress that was long enough and fits my small waist and broad shoulders.... basically, my body is unproportional for my typical size (as are most women's) and eShakti works to make your clothes fit you.

I couldn't help but try to get good shots of how comfortable this dress was, I just loved it! I normally prefer to have my hair down, but I thought this dress had too much going on around the shoulders and I didn't want to cover up the details! Besides, it gave me an excuse to wear these earrings for the first time in a year and a half! They were a Forever 21 steal for a dance junior year and just too flashy to wear with my hair down casually. Also, I had on wedges in the first few pictures, but I didn't like how they looked with the dress, so I went to my trusty ol' Jacks. Nothing better!

Here are some of my dresses picks from eShakti:

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Hey! You can click the photo for a link to the dress! 

Another random thing I love about their shop: I chose dresses that are personally my favorite, that normally hit above my knee and have a little bit of fun in them, but there are SO many options for different people- longer, more conservative, more old-fashioned... honestly I'm just amazed!

Which is your favorite? Have any problems with finding clothes that fit you?


Monday, July 21, 2014

Rainy Summer Days

Ohhh, rainy summer days. Sometimes gross and depressing, but they make everything feel fresh again!

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Dress: Old, brand is Casual Corner (sort of similar) | Necklace: eBay (similar) | Jacket: Gap (similar)

And then... I'm trying to get a few new shots for my blog redesign (!!!!!), what do y'all think?! Which one?

It luckily wasn't raining when we got most of them... until it started raining.

Also, my little brother, Sloan, accepted Christ into his heart and made his public profession of faith in church yesterday! So proud!

Black and white gingham is just my favorite! I have an old shirt of my dad's that's black and white gingham, but it's too big for normal wear... any thoughts for how I can dress it up or change it?