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Saturday, January 28, 2012

sistahs, friendship, oh...and four favorites.


  2 sweet friends of mine in college - can't remember if i took it, but credit is due to esther martin photography's camera!

    Under a blanket of bright and twinkling stars, we ran to the big baseball field on our college campus. Past the dugout and bleachers, we unloaded our armfuls of blankets and 2 sleeping bags onto the green, damp turf and sat side by side in the darkness. This is where our best prayer times took place. Our most secret heart-to-hearts. The moon sometimes shining brightly above, our hands sometimes warmed by red Starbucks cups - we talked about God and our dreams, years-ago stories and mistakes made, boys we liked and questions we had. It was our spot. Come to think of it, we had the run of two whole dorm rooms and a hidden lounge, but the prayers and stories shared there in our spot were our favorite, ones of the sweetest and most precious kind.

   There's nothing like girlfriends. You know who they are. Sisterhood is beautiful, and rare. And when you've got the real thing - cherish it. Last weekend, I helped throw a bridal shower for my first college roommate. A small gathering of women who met and bonded through uniquely sharing life in a college dorm and a Bible study, and since those days have taken very different roads of life - college girls turned mamas, pastor's wives, secretaries, artists, nannies, writers. Through the ebb and flow of life, the "we haven't talked in a year!" followed by warm hugs, the ups and downs and miscommunications, hurt feelings - the intricacies of real, true, messy friendships. And the oh so sweet reconciliations, explanations, and "I forgive you"s of understanding and forgiveness that come through knowing Christ in our relationships. I sat beneath strings of lights in the decorated living room, listening to laughter and watching heartfelt smiles, taking me back in my mind to our freshman year of  late night "study parties" which turned into laughing til we cried bonding moments. How we agonized over which boy to ask to the Sadie Hawkins school event. And wondered what we would someday become. The sweet and just-right words shared and hands squeezed when "he" didn't turn out to be Prince Charming after all. And the day to day of life, living side by side for a season of time that melded our hearts in a special way.

photo credit: The Master's College SLS, 2010

  It's hiding under quilts watching rainy day chick flicks, mugs of tea in hand. Late night phone calls when you're crying and can't stop. Spontaneous beach trips. And throwing a bridal shower for a long-awaited wedding, sipping sherbert punch and passing newborn babies.....which brings us to my favorite things from this last week:

{bridal showers & friends}



{Coconut Oil - my new obsession}

 All week, I've been dying to tell you all about it. Thanks to my sweet friend Nichole over at Reserved Are The Depths Of My Heart, I decided to pick up some Coconut Oil and try it out, see what all the hype is about. And let me tell ya - if you only buy one more beauty or health product ever again....this would be the ONE.
You can even use it for cooking. And...it's very inexpensive. It maintains cholesterol levels, has antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties. Slather it on your skin and hair to prevent and heal dryness.
Plus...it smells incredible...sort of reminds me of the heavenly smell of surfboard wax, which I must admit I used to buy in high school just because of the scent.  (Imagine you're sitting on a tropical white sandy beach somewhere far away, under frayed palm tree leaves in the warm sun sipping your favorite drink....that's how it smells.)
   It has immediately soared to my top favorite things list, right up there with Chai tea and the color pink.  I may just dedicate a whole post to it someday. Go buy some at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, ok? Okay, done with my rant.
All of that to say: praise the Lord for coconuts!!
 Go buy some, sistah.
Best $5 you'll ever spend.

{Being a winner. A giveaway winner, that is}

Gotta admit, I'm kind of on this crazy winning streak. (as Erin from Captivated By Grace knows :) Receieved 2 special packages within 2 days. The gorgeous necklace above, crafted by the amazing and sweet Ashley over at Women Walking Upright and this breathtaking print from JBW Photography (check out his Etsy here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JBWPhoto)
...ahh my dreams of visiting the Empire State Building in NYC.



{a big burger & fries}

Never underestimate it's worth. In a normal diet of salads, lots of smoothies, pastas and chicken. And a week of faithful daily Pilates workouts... this hits the spot. Just sayin'.



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Friday iPhone Photo Drop


{from instagram, to follow search: erin_sweetnessitself}



Embrace the sisterhood in your life this weekend. Call your old college roomie. Write a quick handwritten note to your best friend. Take your sister to coffee. Or like me last night - sit fireside with your grandma, eating popcorn and listening to family stories.

Happy weekend! To you and you and you.

XO

Erin

"...no eye has seen a God like you,
who works for those who wait for Him."
-Isaiah 64:4

28 comments:

  1. Ok I saw coconut oil at Henry's last week when I was there and thought about buying it. But then I couldn't remember what I had heard it was for so I decided to wait and look it up. So now you got me. I will be buying it on my next trip!

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  2. "Late night phone calls when you're crying and can't stop" that is the mark of a best friend.
    I loved reading this.

    *I broke up with a friend this week (you can do that) and it broke my little heart* but you warmed it back up when I thought of memories. Thank you.

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  3. Aww I love your thoughts on friendship! I'm going to be seeing one of my friends from my freshman year in college in about 2 weeks..so excited :)
    Definitely need to try that coconut oil..sounds divine.
    Your giveaway winnings are fab! Lucky you!

    Happy weekend, gorgeous!
    xoxo

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  4. I lOVE coconut oil!!! I have so many uses for it. It has become my one essential item in my house for everyone and everything:) So blessed by your words about sisterhood it truly makes our lives so much richer:))

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  5. You are such a sweet friend :) I love my girls although I don't see them as often as I would like.

    Chai Latte's are amazing just saying, so if coconut oil ranks right up with it, I might just have to buy this product :)

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  6. I graduated from a small Christian college and lived on campus and that was my life! I really wish I had really close girlfriends but the friends I did make and the moments we do have now as adults are beautiful and it's amazing to see how God has used us all in so many ways when we were once a bunch a freshman girls eating oreos and peanut butter and writing essays/watching Bring It On. Those were the days!

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  7. I love coconut oil! I use it as moisturiser and also in my hair. :)

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  8. Omg yay you love it ! I'm so happy you jumped on the hype!

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  9. God blesses our lives with amazing women to share the good and bad times with! Love what you shared about your friendships! :) Your prayer nights sound amazing.

    Aw I love Nichole...such a sweetheart! I may need to try this ASAP.

    Ya girl! Get those wins! :)

    Love ya!

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  10. fun blog!

    visit me at run-style-run.blogspot.com

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  11. Sisters, friends... they are so important! I have some BLESSED friendships that I do not know what I would do without them. When you get a good friendship that you can trust, it is a blessing!!!

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  12. Enjoyed your post here and your blog in general.

    I've been blessed in my life with some pretty; amazing friendships that have been really encouraging to me throughout my life since I've known them. Truly heavensent. Proverbs 27:17 is a favorite verse of mine for my friendships as well as Watermark's More than You'll Ever Know. time spent with my friends no matter what we do or how long the time is whether it is running errands or coffee times, the time is a blessing :)

    Plus, I had a little win streak a week or so ago when I won Martina McBride tickets.

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  13. This is my favorite post I have read all weekend. Loved this, all of it.

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  14. following back :) super cuuute blog you have!

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  15. I love your posts, gal! They are truly sweetness in itself! :)

    please, would you do me the honor of following? I'm a newbie, so your support is needed and truly appreciated! Thanks!

    -Halle

    classicglamblog.blogspot.com

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  16. Gotta love packages in the mail! Usually just junk mail and bills, so they are refreshing!

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  17. Love all the instagrams! I have an addiction to that app on my phone. And friends like you mentioned are few and far between... but the ones that count. Not sure if you ever watched Anne of Green Gables, but the Diana's and Gilbert Blythe's of this world are scarce. :) But out there, none-the-less. Anyway, another great post! I mentioned you and your blog on my post today! Hope you'll check it out. Happy Monday!

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  18. i loved this, erin! it reminded me of the night that me and the sissy spent the night in the hay loft...just for fun. we didn't get hardly any sleep either....but, lots of talking and laughing...;) be blessed.

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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  19. LOVE this post girl! wow........

    btw - I tagged you in my post today!

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  20. Amen! Friendship - sisterhood is one of the most beautiful gifts of God. My church's women's retreat was this weekend and friendship was the theme. It was such an uplifting wonderful weekend.
    I'm so blessed to have a lot of amazing sisters in Christ in my life... including you! Thank God for the internet. :)

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  21. i absolutely LOVE spending time w/ my girl friends!!

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  22. Leaving you another comment because the other one I left was a quicky!

    Friendship truly is hard to find. It's crazy but I think I found some of my best-est friends AFTER I got married :)

    I love your pictures! I have no idea how to make a collage like this? help? haha and your hair is BEAUTIFUL!!

    ok, that's better :)

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  23. I literally JUST got home from TJ's. When I was there I saw the coconut oil and ALMOST bought it, but had no idea what I would use it for. Since you say the stuff is amazing, and I can actually slather it in my hair, I may just buy the stuff next time i'm there shopping. I wonder what recipes I can use it with too!

    And that burger just made me very very hungry!

    Happy Tuesday :)

    Bailey
    http://lostandfound-bailee.blogspot.com/

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  24. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, it made my day! :) This is such a sweet post. It really strikes a chord with me right now - thank you.
    xoxo

    life-with-linz.blogspot.com

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  25. A couple things, I love how your post evolved ;)
    I love that you would all just meet under blankets and pray (those are the best times with girlfriends)... and I love that verse Is. 64,4, soooo good :)

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  26. WOW! You have so much to be thankful for!! Lovely post :)

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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