Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm off to see the parentals for
the annual giant family Thanksgiving,
and this year get to take along 
my handsome man!  
I'm so excited for a few family 
days and for a mini break!

our god

Water You turned into wine
Open the eyes of the blind
There’s no one like You
None like You

Into the darkness You shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no one like You
None like You

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God…  

Into the darkness you shining
Out of the ashes we Rise
There’s no One like You
None like You...

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God…

And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
What can stand against?

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God… 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


5 months.
From today.


Friday, November 19, 2010


Is this not the cutest little guy
you have ever seen?  Definitely 
good for a smile on this 
Friday morning!  Hope your 
day is great, friends!


Thursday, November 18, 2010


I'll admit it, I'm a compulsive
picture hoarder.  That's right.
I said it.  

Tumblr has become such an
easy way to grab and save images,
and although I don't really have 
enough time to keep up, I am
want to waste time with me!

good reminder.

Sometimes I get so busy thinking about
what I "need" or "desperately want"
and think it's so good to remember
these hard truths...don't ever forget that
we are so incredibly blessed! 

Monday, November 15, 2010


Just something pretty and pink
for a grey Monday...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

yummy in my tummy

It's no secret - I love cooking pretty
much every single recipe from the
Pioneer Woman.  My most recent
conquest is this amazing Pasta all Vodka.  

The first time I made it, I followed the recipe
a little too closely, and it just wasn't as good as
when I played around with it.  If you try it,
cook everything for a little longer than she calls
for, and try cutting back slightly on
the vodka.  I also used a mix of parmesan
and reggiano cheese, which seemed to temper
the strong onion taste nicely.  

However you make it, just be ready for
everyone to want second helpings...
it's definitely that good! 

Friday, November 12, 2010

happy friday!

I am so excited that it's Friday!
Not only is this my first full weekend 
in three weeks, my lovely parentals are 
coming down for a visit and we're going 
to do lots of wedding planning and 
shopping - yippie!  Hope your 
weekend is wonderful too!

*another engagement photo


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"real" photoshop

A little giggle for anyone who has 
ever used the magic of photoshop...

red coat

I just bought this coat on super sale
last weekend at Old Navy and 
I can't get enough of it.  It's cheerful
and perfect with jeans and flats, 
but looks great with work clothes too.

Now I just need to invent a reason 
to dress up so I can wear it with a fun 
outfit and heels!  Any ideas? 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

look ma!

The handsome man and I have discovered
that we really enjoy a good project -
especially when we work on it together.
So far we've tackled refinishing a couple
of beautiful old tables (thanks, parentals!)
and now we're learning upholstery.

Kindly oooh and aaah appropriately
at the fruits of our labors - it will make
us feel very good about ourselves :)


I am crazy for this picture. It makes
me think of Daddy and hard work and all 
the jobs we did together as a family.  
I also love the dim and dusty feeling of the 
space.  You can almost put yourself at 
that gritty workbench, which I really enjoy.

 It's so interesting to me how our ideas 
of beauty are so shaped by what 
holds memories for us. What images
always reach out and grab you?

Monday, November 8, 2010

a little note

Dear Monday,

Thanks for showing up and being
absolutely crazy.  You always make
me appreciate my weekends when you
arrive with a flurry of activity. 

Today I will be trying to stay calm
and happy by thinking about wonderful
things like sweet wedding kisses. 
So take that.

Love, Amanda

Sunday, November 7, 2010

pretty food

I'm feeling more than a little smitten with 
these gorgeous food shots...

I can't decide if I want to devour
everything pictured, rush to the kitchen
and start cooking up a storm, or go
grab my camera to start photographing
everything in sight! 

*More here from this cookbook.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I found this very sweet wedding video 
yesterday and think it's too lovely not to
share!  If you're a hopeless sap like me, you 
might want to have a tissue handy...

Friday, November 5, 2010


Last night we cozied up by a toasty little 
fire and spent our entire Thursday 
evening being quiet and lazy - the perfect 
end to a rainy, cold day! 

 Three cheers for my handsome man
who braved the rain to find us 
firewood - being able to snuggle up
by a fire was such a treat!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


I think this green coat is adorable.
I am completely enamored with 
bright colors and neutral tights these
days, and love this cheerful coat and
shoes combo! Not to gush, but I
think the sweet polka dot scarf might
put the whole thing right over the top.
Just saying.  :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

happy list

Miscellaneous things making me smile today:
1. This wonderfully sappy picture.  
It's another shot by my lovely sister.  Isn't 
she good, and aren't we cute together?  

2. The gaggle of tiny kiddos lined up
outside of a local theater.  Best part of my
walk into the office, hands down.

3. Super cute shoes on clearance from
Target.  I got them for $6 and feel 
like a total champ!

4. Worship music.  Specifically my current
favorite Hillsong tune - Forever Reign.
 It's a great way to kick start a devo time!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

oh hello

Not much to say today...just a little 
hello.  Something about this funny face 
makes me smile, so I figured I'd 
share.  Hope your Tuesday is happy, 
whatever you are up to!