Marc Johns

Drew and I have recently been super obsessed with this artist, Marc Johns, a fairly hilarious guy. His art is sarcastic and real and makes me laugh to myself..

Here are some of the good ones!

12 Reasons for Christmas

1. “For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37).

2. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8; cf. Hebrews 2:14–15).

3. “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).

4. “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).

5. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

6.“God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:5).

7. “For God so loved the world that whoever believes on him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16).

8. “God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9).

9. “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

10. “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against . . . that the thoughts of many may be revealed” (Luke 2:34ff).

11. “He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18).

12. “Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarches, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy” (Romans 15:7–8; cf. John 12:27ff).

Thank you, Jonathan Parnell!

i want that: Hello Little Printer

What the heck is it you ask?

"Little Printer holds a compact, inkless, thermal printer. Its zero-configuration wireless connection to the Web (via the Bridge unit, included) lets you place it wherever you have a power outlet. Little Printer is constructed in high-gloss injected moulded plastic and the brushed steel faceplate holds the paper, framing each delivery as it prints."

SERIOUSLY cool. It already makes me happy! It's available in 2012.
Watch this video to enjoy the wonder:

Hello Little Printer, available 2012 from BERG

french toast muffins say what?!

Pretty much everything in muffin form is adorable, but I've got to say, THIS is my next recipe to try. You only need a couple of ingredients and voila! You've created..

French Toast Muffins

Whatcha need:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar 
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. powdered cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
Maple syrup
Confectioners' sugar for dusting

How ya do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line cupcake pan with papers, set aside.

Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and pinch of salt in 
a large bowl and set aside.  

In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg and melted butter.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk mixture.  
Stir until just incorporated.  Do not over-mix or batter will deflate!

Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full.  Bake for 10-15 minutes, (check at 10 minutes). 
Muffins are done when a toothpick comes out clean.

Poke holes in the muffin tops and gently spoon over one or two tablespoons of maple syrup onto each cake.  
Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Thank you, Sprinkle Bakes!

new year's resolution


 I've already come up with my New Year's resolution (I know, it's kind of cheating) and I'm pretty stoked on it. Sure I want to become more healthy, help communities, improve my attitude..very important things, yeah! But next year, my goal is to be more of a reader.

Of more than just magazines.

I'm talkin' novels, inspirational theology, newspapers (not just the funnies!) and biographies. I want to learn!

I just came across this nifty little website that relates books you've already read and enjoyed and gives suggestions to new ones you may be interested in! So cool. The link is right down there. V

Someday I'll have my own bookcase FULL of books. Ahh, literature.

Yeah, that's right. ISBN feature.



This time next year I will have perfected the macaroon.
My recent obsession is this gorgeous French treat. To be honest, I don't even think I've ever tasted one! Just look at them though..

They are adorably fluffy and are captured in a shell, kind of like a treasure you want to preserve. Not to mention they can be whatever color, flavor, theme you can possibly dream of!

Here's the catch:
They are SO sassy and temperamental. If your oven isn't the perfect temperature or you haven't ground your flour to a powder, you're sunk. That's why I'm giving myself an entire year to perfect this wonder.

So, we shall see.
If anyone has tips of their own regarding cooking techniques, experiences, or favorite flavors!, I'd love to hear them. I'm super excited to figure this thing out!

Thank you, Pinterest!


such fun: first college banquet

Last month Drew invited me to his school's fall banquet. It was super snazzy, might I add.
Old-fashioned swing dancing never fails.
What an adventure!

i can feel winter in my fingertips

I'ts been about a month since my last post so let me catch you up!

So far this Holiday Season:

Thanksgiving breakfast/dinner
Black Friday Shopping
Ladies' Christmas Tea
First Christmas-inspired Sunday service
The hunt for a Christmas tree with Drew's family

up next:
MY TWENTIETH BIRTHDAY! On the nineteenth. 


healing through pomegranate-stained fingers.

I've been sick for about three days now and the best way for me to cope is to load up on antioxidants. Load up on antioxidants and paint. 
Last night I bust open a pomegranate and ate half. When I went back for seconds,

I was struck
with the beauty of the detail in this fruit with the compartments and individual little treats in them. How does He do it?!

I grabbed a canvas and pressed the face of other half of the bright fruit  and healed.

view with your ears.

See that photo up there? Not the one of me, but the bird. Moments like that happen to me all the time. 
Let me explain: 
I was standing with my boyfriend Drew at his school taking pictures of a fall-ishy tree, and at the moment I believed was the purpose of me venturing out there. It was a pretty tree, golden, being hit by the sun, yada yada (see photo 1)..
Then I heard a crow.
I whipped my head toward the sound and shot a photo right at it, i.e. Photo 2. 
You see, sometimes as beginning photographers we look for the majestic (sometimes cliche) photo opportunities when there are small moments waiting to be documented. Keep not only your eyes open, but your ears and creative mind as well.



what I'm wearing- dress and belt: f21, scarf: mom's, boots: thrifted, cardigan: Charlotte Russe
Fall is for real my favorite season. Already I have experienced the crunchy leaves, yummy recipes (cider, chai, and galette-making), and cold weather. 
All of these things together create the sweet sensation of fall. Memories from the past autumn, and new excitement for things to come. 
I <3 Fall.


We live in a truly beautiful place. 
There are trees and homes and creatures all around us, making gorgeous art. 
A perched bird on a crackly brick building. 
A child throwing paint. 
The ocean carving the waterfront.
Color contrasts.
Light bursts.
Tears of joy.
And whether they know it or not, there's a reason I saw it: to appreciate God's minute details in this world around us. Sure, the Grand Canyon is spectacular, and the vast capacity of outer space is breathtaking, but my eyes are opened to the amazingly natural personalities of nature and humans interacting off of each other and singing the very lyrics of God's favorite song.