Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Favorites

Vacation is here!!! As I was packing I kept thinking to myself, don't overpack, don't overpack, don't  overpack! My "goal" was to get everything in my FAVORITE beach bound monogrammed Thirty One bag. Technically I succeeded.  My flip flop tote is full of only clothes. However, for my assortment of shoes and random toiletries I did have to pack a separate tote. Oh well...for 16 days, I still think that's pretty good!
Here we are loaded on ON the road with my FAVORITE 2 dogs and a Suburban filled with food, clothes, tools and supplies for our stay at the campground. I cannot wait to enjoy some quiet days where my biggest concern is what swimsuit am I wearing today!  I'll  be honest, the hardest part of this vacation is leaving my chickens behind. They are in capable hands but I hate leaving them because nobody takes as good a care of them as me. RC will be home the second week while I am gone so he will get a dose of chicken duty as well!
So...signing off for the weekend...I may not post everyday while we are gone, but you can follow me on Instagram if you like at Born2Crop #copesvacay2015 for pictures of Myrtle Beach fun! 

Happy Fourth of July folks and have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thinking Out Loud Thursday

If you linked over here and got a bad link before - I apologize - don't edit from your phone and overwrite your previous draft - lesson learned the hard way - OOPS!
I am linking up again today for a Thinking Out Thursday post with Vanessa and Penny.  Today's post is a little bit of everything from babies to hair color and more!  Be sure to stop by the link up and see what the other girls have to say today as well! 
 

My sweet cousin Mallory and her husband Jay have battled infertility for years and endured multiple miscarriages but remained faithful and prayerful that God would one day bless them with a child.  Yesterday He answered that prayer when baby Benjamin William was born at 6:38am.  He is a cutie for sure and I can't wait to see what God has in store for his life!
 
If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen this picture, but I love hair therapy days!   One of my pre vacation stops was washing the grey out and I was SUPER happy to come out grey free and trimmed up - one step closer to vacation!!! 

Anybody else out there directionally challenged?  I like to think I'm pretty smart about many things, but I swear I can get lost in a hot minute!  Yesterday was no exception and I managed to go the wrong way AGAIN on the new outerbelt in our area.  I was supposed to head north on the road to be able to come south and avoid a heavy traffic area by heading directly south.  HOWEVER - in my mind, traveling north on a road to head south - that just makes NO sense.  After recounting my story to my husband, he decided it was time for a visual lesson on the set up of the road...I wish I could say I understand better, but I still don't get it...*sigh*...I may be the only person in the world needing GPS for a road I travel multiple times a week.  Blesss my OWN heart - ha!

 
This sign I made for my Etsy shop sums it up - Tomorrow is the day my vacation starts!  Sun, sand, my favorite people on the planet all in one place...happy, happy, happy!  Life IS truly better at the beach!  Have a great day folks! 
If you'd like to have one of these beauties at your house - head on over to SmallTownGirlDesign and order it :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday's Words


Four years ago today, my now husband of almost 4 years took a step out of his comfort zone and drove to the campground to begin our relationship. 

In the months (really closer to a year) before this I had been praying and reaching out in his direction because I was feeling like God had brought our paths together after many years (we grew up in the same church and our parents were close friends many, many years ago).  There were plenty of times before he came to the beach that I was frustrated because things weren't going the way I wanted and RC just didn't seem to be getting the hint that I liked him as I was visiting his church, hanging out with his family and friends and sitting by the computer in hopes that we would chat that evening on Facebook. 

I had been in a ladies' Bible study group studying "Boundaries" by Cloud and Townsend (if you haven't read it, you really should!) and they had prayed over me, over the situation with RC and I had finally decided that I had to let go of my "control" over what I wanted and let God deal with RC's heart if that was His plan.  I joined a couple of dating sites, because I knew that I was ready to move forward with my life and didn't want to do it alone, all along, hoping, wish and praying that RC would come around and take a chance on love again with me.

In late June 2011, he did just that when he asked me to dinner (we had met many times for coffee, dinner over the previous months at my invitation) I was THRILLED!  I casually asked him to come take a few days off and join us at the beach, honestly never, ever thinking he would really consider it.  When I got the text that he was indeed on his way - the craziness of phone calls and texts commenced to my girlfriends saying OMG, OMG, OMG,OMG he's really coming! 

We literally stayed up ALL night in the recliners outside my camper talking, catching up, discussing what our relationship might look like and as the sun came up, we walked down to the beach and prayed together over our relationship and that God would lead, guide and direct our paths. 

In September, RC asked me to marry him, in October we served on a mission trip together in Sullana, Peru and in December we were married.  All of this is testament to God's faithfulness, mercy and grace - and we continue to trust Him to guide our marriage and how we live our lives. 

Our favorite Bible verse, and one that pretty much sums up our blessings through our relationship is
Ephesians 3:20-21 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Y'all have a great day.  Be bold and courageous!

Stephanie

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ten Tuesday Thoughts

1. Living in a busy neighborhood is NOT for me. The folks I Nannie for live in a town home community and the traffic, construction and random workers milling around keeps me on edge. I'll  take my quiet street any time!
 
2. Vacation is in T minus 5 days. I. Am. So. Ready.
 
3. Hair cut and color is in 2 days. I. Am. Even. More. Ready
 
4. Leftover squash fritters are NOT yummy. Just a greasy, yucky, not so good part of my lunch.
 
5.  The squash recipe I posted about yesterday was "ok" but I doubt I would make it again.  The squash was on the mushy side and I think it needed more in the way of spices.
 
6.  Tuesday is the day. The Easter eggs are coming down. What's that you say? It's almost July 4th. Indeed it is. Crazy how time flies when you're busy and haven't had houseguests in a while to motivate me to get it done!  I have an unexpected day off from my Nannie job and it WILL get done!
 
7.  Have you heard of the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM???  How have I not!?!?  I read about them over with Lori at http://boutellefamily.blogspot.com/ and I had to research them....what a neat idea! Sadly there are no locations near me, but maybe one day! 
 
8.  Anyone else need a break from the Facebook, news, Twitter, etc. drama over gay marriage, confederate flags and whatever other political drama is going on.  *sigh* Take a deep breath folks.  Think before you type.
 
9.  I want to download this book I heard about on Candace Bure's Instagram page - and there are a couple more by Darlene Schacht that look interesting as well.  I'll report back what I think of them.
 
10.  I just ordered this border set for my scrapbook to use on the pages introducing my flock of chickens and I can't wait to use it!  How cute is this!?!  If you're a scrapbooker and on Facebook, I started a page last year to make/sell/swap scrapbook borders and page decorations - if you search for Borders, Tags, Cards and More you'll find it (request to join and I'll add you!)
 
I hope you have a great day!
Stephanie

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Memos

It's Monday again - how in the world did it get here so fast?  This weekend was a blur for me, I don't know about y'all, but shew!  The countdown is on for vacation this Friday...sixteen days of sitting my fanny in my beach chair or on my campsite, and I am so ready. 




 

We finally had rain Saturday...and a bit of a break from the crazy high temperatures of the last few weeks and I'm SO thankful for both.  The ground was so hard and dry from no rain at all that it had a hard time soaking it all in and we had standing water everywhere!  This is a peek out my back door at the rain, the garden and my chicken coop - and I was so excited to see the whole yard get a little wet!  Speaking of garden - look at these lovelies that I finally got to pick in addition to 4 cucumbers - this girl is super happy!
 

The girls weren't crazy about the rain and spent a lot of time in the coop on Saturday, but they did manage to get a little dust bath pit dug out for themselves - this picture was taken at bedtime - Gracie Lou showed her booty and said NO to a picture and is turned around backwards...and the rest are probably thinking "mom, what the heck is that bright flash? Let us go to bed already!"
 
I was able to play groupie to my favorite bass player on Sunday when he was asked to help out a band in my hometown for the day.  I got to hug a bunch of necks of folks I haven't seen in years and it was pretty awesome to see them.  It's funny how years, age and just forgetful minds can make it seem like no time has passed at all.  Many of them I went to church with growing up and due to a church split (which I don't wish on my worst enemy) I haven't spent much time with them in over 10 years.  Their pastor spoke on several current events and the things that stuck with me after service was the analogy of laying down in front of those far from God, clinging to their knees and trying to share His love and mercy with them.  We don't have to agree with everyone, but we are called to share the good news with those who haven't heard.  Hell is real and our God is bigger.  It's not too late because He hasn't come back yet!  Be bold and courageous in YOUR community!
 
My meatless Monday meal includes this Pinterest find and you can check the recipe out here.  I'll let you know how it turns out!  I have been hankering a buttermilk pie, so I think that's on tap for this week as well...
Recipe:  Baked Summer Squash  — Recipes from The Kitchn
 
Monday's music includes some oldie goldie praise songs like "Mighty to Save" taken from Zephaniah 3:17 - we sang that at the church my husband played at Sunday and it's been stuck in my head since...and I still like it.  Another rolling around in my head is Gungor's "Beautiful Things", I just love that one too!  Here it is if you haven't heard it before...
 
 
Our worship team cracked the mold a bit yesterday and did this song - it's a David Crowder song, and a bit off our norm, but kinda cool... Enjoy!
Time for some Not Me thoughts for the week...
 
I certainly didn't make a trip to the only Walmart in town ON A SATURDAY to get a watermelon for my chickens, nope, Not me...that's insanity right there!
 
I didn't have my husband take me back to Target to buy the bathing suit top I didn't get on my last trip because it has a crochet decoration on the front that I love, though I am almost certain it won't wash well...but it's super cute and I really liked it...here it is in case you are a plus size gal like me and in the market for a bathing suit top - not that I would encourage impulse shopping or anthing, not me!
 
I certainly didn't upgrade my phone at the Verizon store Friday night and end up with a $700 phone, paying $30 a month on their new Edge plan - because NO sane person pays that much for a phone, do they, I think NOT!  But I got the Galaxy Note 4, which will be outdated in October, but I sure do like it.  But $700...sheesh?!?!  I liken cell phone stores to used car lots....yuck!
 
 
That's all for today folks!  Join me tomorrow for Ten Tuesday thoughts...Have a great day!
 
Stephanie 


Friday, June 26, 2015

Confessional Friday

I have decided to link up with the fabulous Leslie from A Blonde Ambition this morning for some Friday confessions...I admit it - it's been a while since my last confessions )

I confess that I've spent more money than I'm willing to calculate on watermelon, blueberries and mealworms for my six precious chicken children recently...it's been SO hot here already and in the attempt to keep them cooled off - I've begun spoiling them SO much!  Here's a sweet video of my girls enjoying a blueberry treat with their breakfast.  Shelby Lynn is the one who hopped on my knee and decided she was ready for her closeup. 

video


I confess that in the above video I am wearing and old romper of my mom's that I would not want anyone to wander up in the yard and see me in.  Chicken farming is not clean business and I have to set aside clothes that I don't mind chicken poop on because every single time somebody jumps on my lap, shoulder or arm - they ALWAY have chicken poop on their feet.  Always.  I have also found that they like to peck at freckles, age spots and veins in my legs.  So there's that.
I confess that we leave for the beach one week from today and I haven't even made a to - do list, much less started packing for it.  Which means next week will be a frenzy of two days of my Nannie job, one day of shopping/picking up supplies and one day to pack - yeah, I'll need a vacation from that for sure!
I confess that I really want this bathing suit top from Target.  I tried it on at a local store, but was too worried about the crocheted fringe looking wonky after basking in the sun for a while.  But when I tried it on - it really is super cute!  I also confess that I'll be close to the aforementioned Target tonight having supper with my inlaws and I may already be planning a driveby to try it on again. 
I confess that this picture pretty much sums up my life lately - taking care of the garden and the chickens - and I couldn't be happier - the cucumbers, zucchini and squash are coming in and the chickens are getting ever so close to laying eggs and I can't wait!

I confess that I took a perfectly healthy squash and made these squash fritters for supper last night and they were delish!  The recipe is super simple and other than the pain of frying during the heat of summer and stinking up the house - I would totally make them again.  This recipe calls for 2 cups finely chopped squash, 1 cup finely chopped onion, 1 beaten egg, 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp Bisquick and 1 tsp each salt and pepper (I also lightly salted them after frying) - Fry in medium high oil for a few minutes on both sides until golden brown.  I used a cookie scoop to portion them and they ended up being kind of the size of fluffy squash hushpuppies.  We loved them.

I confess that this video of Candace Cameron Bure (DJ Tanner from Full House if you don't recognize the name) that I saw via a friend's Facebook post - makes me happy.  Not only because it's the way I think, feel and understand the Biblical idea of submission in a marriage should be, but also because she isn't afraid to speak truth even when it's unpopular.  The word submission seems to bring the mental picture of a wife bowing down to her husband, being weak, controlled and without an opportunity to be herself.  But that couldn't be further from the truth.  God has called our men to lead in our homes, to be strong and courageous, bold and fearless.  He also calls us, as wives, to stand beside them, encouraging our husbands, LETTING them lead.  Yes, I can make decisions for myself, I am a smart, strong, independent woman.  I CHOOSE to let RC lead.  He is called to do it.  He doesn't always get it right, but I love him and encourage him anyway.  Our marriage is a blessing and I know that my submission is part of that and I don't apologize for it or try and explain it to someone who opposes it.  It's your decision how to live your life and this is how I choose to live mine.

I hope that all of you who passed by here today will have a wonderful weekend! 
Stephanie

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thinking Out Loud Thursday




For today's Thinking Out Thursday post with Vanessa and Penny, I teamed up with my sister on her blog Much Ado About Jenny for a fun series of questions about me!  Head on over there and check it out!  I hope you enjoy it!

Stephanie