Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thankfall Thursday

Happy Thankfall Thursday to you!

yesterday as i was walking my dog around the neighborhood
there was a very brisk breeze
leaves were falling off of trees
and crunching under my feet
there was the smell of fireplaces being used
bright blue skies and big puffy clouds
{as if it had just rained}
i closed my eyes and took a giant breath of the crisp air
there was no denying that fall has arrived

a week ago i wasn't ready to let go of summer
its my favorite season
 shorts. sandals. tank tops. ice cold sweet tea. late sunsets. lush green gardens
but yesterday as i took in the sights and smells of fall
i felt refreshed
and i began to gladly accept the change of season

i've just ended a season of life
a season that was extremely difficult at times
but one that i absolutely loved
graduating college
starting a full time job in ministry
building community from scratch
living with new roommates
god brought about so much change
he did things in me and around me i never thought possible
He brought people into my life i never dreamed i could love so deeply
god remained constant through that entire season

as i continued on my walk it hit me
just as i have let go of summer
its time to let go 
and gladly accept this next season of life

with a God who is constant 
i can't even begin to comprehend the things he will do in this new season
the life change 
the excitement of newness
the people i'll grow to love deeply
and of course looking back on the past season
being able to see all God did then to prepare me for where i am now

i'm ready to free"fall" into this new season

all this from going on a walk with the dog
go figure

so today
today i am thankful for 
changing seasons
crisp autumn afternoons
pumpkins on the front porch
pumpkin spice lattes

needing to curl up with a blanket while i sit here typing
phone calls from friends
babysitting two adorable kids
getting settled into my "new" home
snuggling and reading books with my almost 3 year old niece

buying adorable baby boy presents for my nephew
{who will arrive in a matter of weeks}
a brother in law who gives of his time to help me work on my resume
a sister who lets me come crash at her place
adding more weddings to my flower calendar
skyping with college friends

being able to run
trips to santa barbara
seeing people from summer project
friends who listen and speak truth into my life
 realizing the need for a heart change
late night trips to inn n out
getting to spend hours arranging tropical wedding flowers

as we enter into this new season of fall
what are you thankful for?...

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Saturday, September 21, 2013

confessions, loves & dreams of a passionate plant lover

I have been learning recently
that you shouldn't be ashamed of the things you are passionate about
it doesn't matter what people think
passions are passions
we've all got em
and everyone has those little things that make their passions unique to them
things they do, things they love, things the dream about....

well here are mine
the confessions, loves, and dreams
of a passionate plant lover

1. i don't actually have a favorite flower
2. my least favorite flowers are carnations
3. my absolute favorite plants are ferns
4. and maidenhair's are my favorite ferns
5. i have a slight obsession with moss

6. when i'm stressed out i make terrariums
7. i sometimes daydream about adventuring through forests
8. i like the hunger games because katniss has a big book of plants
{obviously a plant lover}
 9. i dream about one day going to seattle, grabbing a cup of coffee and strolling through pikes place market looking at all the pretty flowers
{and of course taking some home with me}

10. i've kept and tended to a number of gardens, but i've never had a real one of my own
11. i kill plants too.
12. i failed my first plant class at cal poly. memorizing latin isn't really my thing.
13. i very strongly disliked studying horticulture in college

14. i realized i loved horticulture a year after i graduated
15. i may or may not have kept a bag of soil under my bed at one point. it's not as dirty as it sounds. you just never know when you'll need it.
16. yes, i have talked to plants before. 
17.  i own a plant journal.
18. i dream of doing wedding flowers for the rest of my life.
19. every time i walk past a flower shop i smile and want to hug someone
20. i love having fresh flowers next to my bed

21. i've taken cuttings of plants from hillsides, roadsides and on occasion a yard or two...
22. valentines day is my favorite floral holiday because of the people i meet and the stories of love i get to hear.
23.  i've actually never received flowers from a guy
maybe one day
{a girl can dream}
24. there's nothing i love more than watching someone receive flowers.
25. 2 years ago i never dreamed i would pursue a career in horticulture.

what are the things that you dream about and love?
what are the things that make your passions your passions?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Flower Friday

Happy Friday!

so lets talk flowers shall we

i love them
i love everything about them
from their colors, fragrance, beauty
to their science, chemistry and genetic make up
{just a little nerdy i know}
how each one is unique and different
how they can brighten up a room
or a day
how they can add elements of personal touch to an event
reflect someones personality
make people smile
and bring joy

there's a flower for every occasion
but my absolute favorite occasion for flowers...
flowers for weddings are romantic

i love getting to create arrangements that are personal
that reflect the relationship between the bride and groom
and capture their personalities

my favorite part about doing weddings flowers
is watching the brides face as she sees her bouquet for the first time
pure joy

i love the way i feel when i get to create and play with flowers
and as i am currently building my portfolio
i get to play with them
a lot
this week inspiration hit
and i ran with it
i decided to play with some different textures
and colors
it was a blast
here's what i got my hands on

{white hydrangea}

{white and purple matsumoto aster}

orange spray roses
{i like that they have multiple flowers per stem}

{pink snapdragons}

{i threw in a couple sprigs of lavender leaves
to give a little bit of fragrance}

and here's what happened

a colorful brides bouquet 
wrapped and tied with sheer cream fabric

and a boutonniere for him
made with lavender sprigs
spray rose and aster
all tied and knotted in twine

stay tuned 
cause there are more flower friday's to come
next week i head to beautiful Huntington Beach
to do a fun tropical beach wedding
this flower girl's pretty excited

happy weekend!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thankful Thursday: idaho aspen, snail mail and deep, deep love

Happy Thankful Thursday to you!

well it happened
i made the move
and it was as hard as i thought it would be

i'm currently sitting in the room i grew up in
{and let me tell you my taste has significantly changed since i was in high school}
my bags are on the floor still very much packed
and as much as i want my things to be put away
i'm not ready to fully give in
i honestly feel that any day now i'll just hop in my car 
and head back down south
that i'll walk up the stairs to my apartment
open the door and my roommates will be waiting for me in the living room
much like they often were
i miss that

ugh it hurts 
it really hurts
i don't want to sound like a drama queen
but my heart literally aches

but that folks is how i know that these past two years
were blessings from the Lord
{albeit extremely difficult and challenging}
but my God sustained me
he gave me everything i needed on a daily basis
my home and my roommates were a huge part of that 

for the first time moving 
i cried
tears of sadness for sure
but more so tears 
of thankfulness 
of joy
of deep, deep love

i have moved a lot
and all those other times
there weren't really tears or heartache
{there was definitely sadness}
but there was mostly excitement to move out and on
this time though
there was absolutely no desire to go

my home was actually home
and my roommates....
my roommates were more like my sisters
and i learned to truly, deeply love them 
like they were my own flesh and blood
we've been through the ringer together
through loss
 hard seasons with the Lord
breakups and dating let downs
through the ups and downs of working in full time ministry
working through conflict...
we deeply know each other
and because of that we deeply love each other

 they know me well
just ask them
every single little idiosyncrasy and habit
from my love of cleaning the kitchen
to my love for puns
to how and when my introvert comes out
they know it all
and they love me none the less
and i love them even more so because of that
and i love them because of who they are

it is by no mistake we lived together
what are the chances that 4 random women
{who didn't know each other before moving in}
would have the most phenomenal 2 years living together
definitely not chance
all God
he had has a mighty plan

so today i'm choosing to rejoice over these things
to be joyful and thankful
i will push aside my disappointments
the fact that i've already argued with my brother
been frustrated with my mom
and have been experiencing some pretty unfortunate mood swings

i may not want to be where i am now
and may be completely uncertain of my future
but i will praise god
because in every season
he is faithful and his provisions are unending

today I am thankful for 
my new roommates
their names being dad, mom and little brother
home cooked meals
{not made by me}
having access to a washer and dryer in the house
waking up to find our dog curled up next to my bed
spending sweet time with my beautiful, wonderful, encouraging cousin

that her and i are the same age 
that she can speak truth from experience into my life
malls and their air conditioning  
chik-fil-a sweet tea
having a fully stocked kitchen pantry with all my baking needs
that this morning i had 3 chocolate chip cookies for breakfast
{i think that was more of a confession....}
early mornings in coffee shops
driving with the windows down
that my tiny corolla somehow miraculously held all my stuff
my cars fully funtioning air conditioning
snail mail from sweet friends awaiting my arrival home

that i didn't need to rent storage space for all of my stuff
that i can store my things in my rents garage for free
my parents front porch
falling asleep to the sounds of a trickling fountain outside my window
my moleskine plant journal
{one of the sweetest gifts i've received}
containing pressed plants from my favorite places
{most recently idaho:
a place i'm dying to go back to}

the adventures i've had
the adventures to come
the fact that i can go anywhere
and do anything
for my past roommates
and how much they have impacted my life
 all the things they've taught me....
things like how to walk deeply with Jesus 
and how to truly love those around me
{two things i've been praying for and desiring to learn over the past 2 years}
i think not

thanks roomies,
for everything

i'll bet you know what question is coming

what are you thankful for today?....

lets hear it.