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Saturday, July 14, 2012

{four favorites}

    It's the weekend. And since my old "four favorites" hasn't made an appearance in a while, I decided - we're due. You know, tonight I witnessed the most incredible thunder and lightning show outside my house. Incredible to see our powerful God in creation. I looked up at the velvet black sky dotted with sparkling starlight and marveled, recalling to mind a worship song lyric: "You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name. You are amazing, God." Darling, if you are feeling discouraged today remember this - the One who directs the stars and planets, the One who orchestrates the thunder and lightning - He loves you. And He can do anything. {insert "wow"} Wherever you are today - think about that.

      I'm thankful today for Jesus who loves me and you. This alone is enough to stir gratefulness and contentment in one's soul. Yet, He also chooses to shower upon our lives many a blessing. Those precious things we take for granted. 

I am thankful today for 4 favorite little blessings.... 

one // fried pickles.
   Didn't expect that one, did ya? But man, I don't know how I made it through 20+ years of life without ever tasting these little gems. (BTW, my fabulously funny friend has a blog called "Girls Love Fried Pickles" - how awesome is that?) I tried one for the first time recently and fell head over heels in love with fried pickles. What's next? Grits and okra. I'm a Cali girl, so you Southern sistahs - send me your recipes pleeeease and thank you... and bless your heart (don't you guys - sorry, y'all - say that down there?) 

two // celebrating my grandma's birthday. 
  It's a yearly tradition (obvs) - my family spends my grandma's birthday doing something special. This year, we spent it beach-side in LA drinking cappuccinos and eating fancy cupcakes. It was fab. Like her.

three // favorite blog posts.
  I love this blog world we live in. I love my sisters - scattered all across this blessed world -  and I love reading their beautiful hearts and lives on their little corners of the Internet. I'm going to start sharing with you my reader, each week, a few of my favorite reads from the week. Starting now: 

 1} Rae, my precious-beyond-words soul sister in New York wrote beautiful words on How To Spend Your Weekend

 2} My dear friend Nicole wrote a wise post on Praying for Your Boyfriend. Single, dating, or married - I think her wisdom is applicable to us all. 

3} Beka, my sweet friend, wrote about love & how she knew her hubby was "the one" - amazing.

four // craftastic art.
 Yesterday, I pulled a couple tubes of paint out of my craft box and took brushes to canvas, creating a wall hanging in my new favorite print, chevron (I know, totally cliche but I don't care.) I've decided to make it into a prayer board. What's a prayer board, you ask? I'm going to share in a later post. But it is so helpful in being faithful to pray for others when we say we will. Excited to share soon.
Stay sweet, my loves!

And remember - our God is bigger, stronger and more powerful than your sin or fears.
Trust Him.



Happy weekend from me and my matching kitty!


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  1. You'd be amazed at how shortly after getting some "Southern Exposure" the phrase "Bless your heart" rolls off of the tongue. It means everything from, literally, bless you, to "you're such an idiot". Basically the best phrase ever :)

  2. Love our twin kitties :)

    And I'm really excited for your post about the prayer board! It turned out super cute...look at you being all crafty!

    Happy Sunday, friend!

  3. fun post!! fried pickles?! wow...never even heard of that! and thanks for posting the other blogs :) gonna check them out now!

  4. This is such a fun post :) can't wait to read and see what your prayer board is! Thanks for always having kind, uplifting words!! XO

  5. friend pickles are pretty fantastic. i'm excited to hear about your prayer board! love this post.

  6. Hay there! I've nominated and awarded you with the blog award "Versatile Blogger" award! Go here to get it and read the post!

  7. i saw your chevron board on instagram and LOVE it!! cute pictures!

  8. Aw, I loved this post Erin! Fried pickles are definetly something I need to try! And I really loved the link-ups to your friends blogs! The one about praying for your boyfriend was really sweet and something every girl needs to hear.


  9. You should try fried okra. It's a true southern dish and just so so good! Looks like you celebrated your grandma's birthday in the perfect way. :)

  10. i LOVE fried pickles! and've never had okra? again, fried and absolutely heaven. when you're here we'll get some ;)

    loving this whole post. you're so crafty! teach me?
    and yes...bless your heart totally works for you and that's what we say. haha.
    love you twin!

  11. I too say try fried okra. But what makes them good is a good sauce to dip them in!
    I will have to try fried pickles if they are gluten free lol
    Our God is greater and stronger than any of our fears. Thanks for that reminder :-)
    P.s. I have an idea for a series with you...

  12. The cupcake and cappuccino looks delish! I totally don't think I would mind trying out a friend pickle :)

  13. I love Grits! Put a little brown sugar and milk on top...yummy :)

  14. Oooh, I discovered fried pickles a couple years back and my life hasn't been the same since! SO YUMMY! :):) A prayer board is AWESOME!!! I can't wait to see what you whip up!!! PS: I love your paintings!!!

  15. This girl that blogs over at the fried pickle place, loves you bunches. There is something to be said about a blogger that is as beautiful on the inside as the outside. Who proves me with inspiration and appreciates each day without judgement of others. Another blogger and I were talking the other day about you and how we love what you stand for! You are truly amazing Erin. Amazing!

  16. Fried pickles! Always wanted to try those. Love your blog Erin:)

  17. OKAY!
    really anything is good fried. LORD HELP US! :)

    ALSO. Thank you for your sweet "shout out" .... that is just the sweetest thing someone has done for me on this blog world. :)

    Love you girl! Can't wait to see how GOD writes your story! ;)

  18. also. I grabbed your Button. :D

  19. Fried pickles are one of the best foods on this earth. So glad that you have experienced now :) Second, try these. Thank me later :)

  20. Looks like such a fun birthday celebration with grandma!


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