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You know the age-old question – what does 1 million of something actually look like? Well, here in Texas, we have a similar question: What does single-digit temperature actually feel like?

Yesterday, Stephen’s iPhone told us that the temperature was 14°, which is the lowest I’ve seen the temperature in years. That alone is enough to shut down schools and businesses across the metroplex because of the inch-thick ice coating the roads. But right next to the picture of a snowflake, it added this:

Feels like: 1°


1 Degree? I can’t even compute that.

We’ve been working from home the last 3 days, and I might as well be hooked up to an IV of tea, hot chocolate and coffee. Stephen and I actually went through all 10 or so of our coffee mugs and had to do an emergency dishwasher cycle (we used to joke about how we had more mugs than we knew what to do with… we never knew we’d be trapped in a BLIZZARD for 3, possibly 4 days).

Stephen with his makeshift office:

Makeshift office with computer, easy chair and coffee mug

I like to build my muscles when I’m typing emails:

Flexing my muscles in a muscle milk hat

Um… that’s Stephen’s hat by the way.

SO GO AHEAD AND LAUGH, northern friends. But who starts worrying about global warming when the temperature hits 80°Not us. That’s usually our first cold front of the year sometime around October. So let us have our winter storm of the century. It will be 110° before we know it, and we want to pretend like we have seasons for as long as we can.

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Many of you saw this on my Facebook a while back, but I thought I would just add it to the blog so everyone could see it. It’s kind of difficult for me to come up with ideas out of complete nothingness, but if you give me just a little something to work with, my gears will start rolling.

My good friend Sarah (Pieceful Joy blog) showed me this blog called New Dress a Day. I used to occasionally reconstruct clothing, but I was inspired to go do it again. I hit the local thrift store with $3, and this is what happened.

hideous outfit from thrift store

(Yes, I know this was taken in our old apartment… so it sometimes takes me a while to get around to posting these things. Click on the picture if you want a better look at the markings!)

With a sewing machine, some scissors and a seam ripper (not to mention a big imagination…), I ended up with this.
No shoulder pads, no sleeves, no collar, no shorts, and it fits just right.

altered dress from thrift store

I’ve got a couple other outfits in the queue… who knows how they will end up!

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Christmas tree by the fireplace

Kristen over at We are THAT Family had the great idea of reposting your favorite post of 2010 – the one you really want to make sure everyone reads. In addition to linking it on her post, I thought I’d also repost it here.

For me, I’m going to go all the way back to January. I had decided to read the book of Job all the way through, trying to figure out what it meant to fear God. What I learned is essentially summed up in that post, and it really rocked my world. I hope it shakes you up as much as it did for me. Here you go:

Fear and Trembling

I’ve been reading through the book of Job in the Bible, and I’ve been focusing on learning more about what it means to fear God. I’d read Job all the way through in high school, but never with a “theme” in my head. If you’ve never read Job straight through before, I would encourage you to do it, because you start seeing patterns and themes, and it’s way more than just a back-and-forth between some disgruntled friends and a suffering pity party.

If you’ve never heard of it, the quick summary is that Job was an upright man, and Satan wanted to prove that if someone was faced with awful enough circumstances, they curse God (basically saying that no one truly trusts or fears God). God said that Satan could mess with Job, just spare his life. All throughout, his friends and his wife try and convince him to either curse God and be done with it or repent to God for some heinous sin (that Job didn’t do), rather than just worship God and fear Him because no matter what happens, He is the same.

Anyway, the other night I read Job chapter 21, which is Job’s response to an accusation one of his “friends” made, saying he just needed to quit being a hypocrite and repent, and that he would be destroyed and cut off like the rest of the wicked, haghty people in the world.

Job reminds them again that plenty of wicked people prosper. He notes that that’s the terrifying part: God works far beyond the simple cause and effect system they’re trying to pen Him into.

“Is my complain directed to man? Why should I not be impatient? Look at me and be astonished; clap your hand over your mouth. When I think about this, I am terrified; trembling seizes my body. Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?” Job 21:4-7

The biggest thing that struck me about this chapter, though, was Job’s fear of God. Job trembled when he thought about how far beyond human reason God is. It terrified him. We can’t explain God away. Sometimes He does things that don’t make sense to us at all – that don’t fit into what we think should happen or be deserved, and when I think about it, it is frightening! I don’t like not being able to explain things. I don’t like sitting there, mouth agape, knowing that God is good but wondering what just happened.

That magnitude 7 earthquake in Haiti the other day was devastating. As one of my friends put it, “Why did tragedy come to those who had nothing? Now they have less than nothing.” It doesn’t make sense that they should be “punished.” But oh, the earthquake happened anyway. This isn’t a reminder to myself that crap happens to “good people” and “bad people” alike. This is a gripping reminder that God isn’t bound by me.

We need not live in terror, because even though God can (and does) do things that don’t make sense to us at all, we can know that He loves us. Our response to anything should be worship, though, because no matter what, He is great!

The link to the original post is here.

If you want another good one, this is the runner-up: Captured Memories

What is the one post that YOU really want everyone to read? Leave me a comment and I’ll go check it out!

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Stephen and I have been flying by the seat of our pants the last couple of weeks, and sleep has been scarce. We’re both deathly tired, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Anyway, Stephen had to get up earlier than I this morning (and I still got up before the sun rose…), so he was gone when I woke up. It is no fun at all trying to drag yourself out of bed and get ready for work when you’re by yourself and it’s still dark outside.

So what did he do? This is what I saw on the bathroom mirror when I dragged myself out of bed:

note about coffee on the bathroom mirror

And in case I forgot by the time I got to the kitchen (a highly likely scenario at dark-thirty a.m.):

pink note on the coffee maker

Except imagine that it’s dark outside in these pictures (because I certainly wasn’t toting around my camera that early to get real-time photos for you). And also imagine that the coffee pot is in its place and not completely empty and sitting in the sink.

At 5-something in the morning he set the coffee maker and left me a few notes. I’m telling you. That man knows just what I need and when I need it. 🙂

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I’m a little late, but after dinner with family, I was packing on Thanksgiving and moving the day after. So it’s practically Christmas…. but there are plenty of things for which I’m thankful! 🙂

1. God’s grace

Oh my goodness, I would be a big ball of mess without my Savior. He loves me enough to die for me, defeated death when he rose again, and paid the price that I owed for my sin. And now I am free of that penalty because of His mercy! I owe him everything, and yet He still pours out His blessings on me every single day.

2. My husband

Hannah and Stephen dancing at their wedding

Hannah and Stephen jumping wedding photo

I’m still amazed at how God completely redirected my life during my freshman year of college and allowed me to meet the man who would become my husband four years later. He is such a great example to me of what it means to fear the Lord and serve Him. Stephen has wisdom that I sure don’t, and I can always count on him to call me out or encourage me at the appropriate time. He’s not perfect, but neither am I, and God is using our imperfections to teach us more about what it means to obey Him. And friends, the man is hilarious.

3. My family

Wedding family portrait

These people are lovely. The set that raised me had to put up with a lot over the years, and despite the sibling squabbles, I had SO much fun growing up in that family! The set that became my in-laws has welcomed me with open arms and loved me as their own. What a blessing.

4. My job

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I work with amazing people doing something I love and that allows me to learn and research to constantly stay on top of it. Those of you who know me know that I thrive on challenges. The changing nature of my field is constantly keeping me on my toes!

5. My new kitchen

kitchen in my new apartment

Ok, honestly folks, the kitchen in our new apartment is FABULOUS (we recently moved to a new city). And did I mention I now have a real pantry?! I love to cook, and I barely had any counter space in our old apartment. Plus, the stovetop was rather fickle, and the counters were stained. It was definitely functional, and for that I’m thankful, but God really blessed me with a husband who thought it was important to upgrade my kitchen with this move. It sounds silly, but it really makes me so happy. 🙂

6. Christmas

Stephen decorating the Christmas tree

I really love Christmastime. Like, a lot. Like, my apartment was decorated for Christmas the day after we moved. I absolutely love all the lights, the smells, the food, the music, the secrets and surprises, and everything else that comes with it. I refuse to listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, but once that day comes, it’s all I listen to. Here are some of my favorite CDs:

And of course, getting to celebrate part of God’s master plan for #1 (at the top): the birth of Jesus Christ!

What are you thankful for?

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