Wednesday, December 31, 2014

One Major Resolution // 2015



2015 will be here in less than 11 hours. 2014 was great and I'm excited to see what 2015 has in store for us. We're not the kind of people who make New Year resolutions. We're not even the kind of people who like staying up until 12am to ring in the new year. (I know, we are total sticks-in-the-mud. I fully realize that.) We are the kind of people who like adventures and for some reason, I have a feeling 2015 will be full of 'em. (I know it will definitely bring the adventure of me driving. Hehe) So, no planning out every detail of the year, no being grumpy, and no resolutions except one. Live the year to the fullest. Now, I don't mean doing things that you know are just plain dumb-like cliff-diving. I'm saying live everyday like it's your last. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. We aren't even guaranteed tonight. Love Jesus. Live for Him. Because He fills your life with good things. (Psalms 103:5) This upcoming year may be scary for you. It's a little intimidating for me too. But we can take comfort in what the Bible says: "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." Romans 8:28 (NLT) If you'd like, you can leave a comment below to tell me how you are going to live for God, not just in 2015, but every year. I'd love to hear from you! And, of course I have to put my favorite verse in here. It fits the occasion *perfectly*. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

That verse makes me tingly and warm because I know that God loves me enough to make a plan for my life. Happy New Year!

-Madelyn 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas \\ 2014

So for the past month, I have been singing, humming, and listening to Jason Gray's song "Christmas is Coming." Love it! Anyway, Christmas was coming, Christmas was here, and now Christmas is over. But that's OK! We have made so many memories!! We're already anticipating next year! 

This was taken Christmas Eve before we left to go to our family's Christmas get-together. We had a blast!

Christmas Day! 

These little goodies are from Karen Kingsbury (my favorite author ;)) and her daughter Kelsey Kupecky's Dayspring Possibilities line. They are vintage and classy and are just plain adorable. 

A close up of the coffee mug just because. Note that there is a book quote (from a book I really love) on the outside. Per-fect.

And, a Bible verse in the inside. He fills my life with good things: Psalm 103:5 This mug was made for me! I'll stop talking about coffee mugs in just a sec. Just bear with me a bit more. :)

Before Christmas, Mom and Dad were joking (or so I thought) about getting me a mug (for Christmas) with a picture of them on it. We got a few laughs out of the joking but I thought that was all they were doing-joking. So, when I came to a particular gift, I noticed a few giggles directed towards me. OK...Of course when I opened the box with the mug on it, we all burst out laughing. On one side is a picture of them and on the other side, there is a little caption that says "You are my sunshine. We love you, Madelyn." {Side note: Mom and Dad used to sing "You are my Sunshine" to me when I was little. :) The caption almost made up for the picture. Almost. :P

Francesca Battistelli CDs! I love the album "My Paper Heart" and I love the few songs that I have heard on the CD "If We're Honest!"

Books! Yay! I love my new books. :) The second book from the left is called "Loving" by Karen Kingsbury. I have read it before and loved it. I practically begged Mom and Dad to get it. ;) Can't wait to read them! :)

I bought Kyle Kupecky and Anthem Lights's earlier albums with my iTunes gift card. I've listened to the songs before on Pandora and YouTube but I was very happy when I was able to buy the albums. By the way, Kyle Kupecky's Christmas album Snowed In is great. I got it the day it came out. By the way, did I mention that he was Karen Kingsbury's (my favorite author ;)) son-in-law? 

Merry Christmas from the trio of goofballs. I'm not sure where the other two are. ;)

We got a few bigger goodies, but I won't blog about those. I encourage you to read the story of Jesus's birth. {Luke 2} I get chills every time I read it. That's what Christmas is all about. Jesus's birth. 

I hope y'all had a merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
-Madelyn

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Favorites

6 days until Christmas.Where did the month of November and the beginning of December go? ;) Here are my favorites this Friday...

The movie Frozen. I have seen this movie so many times but I still love it. We'll probably watch it again next week. ;)

This picture is pretty self explanatory. Making gifts for Mom's friends at work. :)

The "queen of the couch" as we like to call her. She's a mess. 

Another favorite is the start of Christmas vacation. Once I'm done with today's school, I won't have any schoolwork for two weeks. :)
-Madelyn



Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Favorites!


This is Monday Favorites instead of Friday Favorites because I was too lazy didn't have time to post until now. Brace yourself. This is a post filled with Christmas-y stuff and what-not. ;)

My favorite things from the past few weeks have been:

Thanksgiving! Oh my word. I love(d) Thanksgiving so much.

Francesca Battistelli's Christmas album. Between Pandora and our actual CD, I have listened to this album all the way through more times than I can count. Love it! :)

Christmas card making. Excuse my drawing. I was never very good at arts and crafts. Haha!

Picking out and cutting down our Christmas tree! This is definitely one of my our favorites. So. much. fun.

Drinking coffee in front of that same (almost) decorated tree. This was taken before we hung ornaments but you know, I had to have my coffee. ;)

Making and decorating Christmas cookies at a friend's! Super fun!

Until next time...
-Madelyn