Wednesday, November 30, 2011


1. i feel like eating a caramel apple. not a homemade one, mind you.
one of those amazing chocolate-covered, dipped-in-mini-m&ms apples.
yes, please.

2. we had a great vacation.

3. my parents are visiting this week. it makes me happy.
(i love this photo of them)

4. i have no idea what to cook their first night here. they'll come in on friday. any ideas?

5. so happy our christmas decorations are up. look forward to seeing some photos soon.

6. i'm very thankful for my husband lately. he's a dear.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

our unconventional thanksgiving day {too many photos}

we ended up heading for vacation over break-- because we were off work some of those days anyways, we didn't have to take as much time off. here's part of our trip, to sulfur springs park in oklahoma:











Monday, November 21, 2011

{not just a} weekend update

here's a few updates from my phone recently:

i learned what kosher means.

we bought the best board game ever.

i made coq au vin for the first time. only bad decision was that i did it on a weeknight.

a friend made an adorable (delicious?) candy turkey for me.

husband was magically gifted a santa suit. you don't know how happy this makes him.

we went to the movies.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

thankful thursday

you can see the full list over there >>>>
in the button for "1000 favorites".

55. rainy days
56. a beer on the balcony
57. an extra hour
58. fall
59. the color green
60. red nail polish
61. a new dutch oven
62. pumpkin in a can
63. pumpkin cheesecake
64. pumpkin bread
65. game night
66. someone buying me lunch
67. wine on a friday evening
68. foot rubs
69. in-season vegetables.
70. red pens
71. my neti pot
72. pizza for dinner when i don't have energy to cook

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

random thoughts today

hump day boost is taking the day off today...

i forgot that i changed my header until i just saw my own blog. expect another header change in the near future, i don't know that i'm thrilled with this one.

my 1000 favorites list has really taken off lately. expect a long post tomorrow.

i'm not thankful that i'm getting sick. or have been sick? either way, husband and i are both fighting a super head/chest cold. oh, the things you do for love.

i'm glad husband isn't as picky with his cough drop flavors as i am.

noticing things about yourself that aren't good is a really hard thing to do. because that means that you have to work through them.

more hot tea, please.

i'm thankful for our church community.

Monday, November 14, 2011

i do.

husband has a friend who got married in a beautiful backyard ceremony. she asked if i'd take photos for her-- and woah! this is the first wedding i've done, so i was pretty nervous. it's silly, but husband said i "looked" like i was supposed to be the photographer. so there's that. anyways, thought i'd share a few of my favorites with you. enjoy!


backyard wedding

backyard wedding

early evening bokeh

Friday, November 11, 2011

grab a coffee and study with me

well, well. it's already friday. this week we're reviewing Proverbs 31: 20-21.

P31:20: "she opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy."
P31:21: "when it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet."

again, i don't have my study bible. which is just fine. i can take it from here.

opening her arms to the poor, extending her hands to the needy-- really was a sort of wake up call for me. i'd love to say i'm the person who is always willing to take some homeless person to mcd's for a cup of hot coffee, or that i try to keep some cash or snacks on me to give to them. but i'm not, and i don't. you know who really has the heart for serving in our family? husband. and i'm so glad. because while i'd love to be that person, i'm not yet. this is a great way for us to learn from each other. he demonstrates daily that you should put others first, even if that means spending $200 at target to buy some clothes for a man who wears shorts when it's 39 degrees because that's all he has. me? i'll roll the window up. or talk on the phone. but the important thing is, i'm learning from him.

as for dressing my household in scarlet, i'm pretty sure that just means in warm clothes, appropriate for the weather. i am blessed in that we do have enough money to purchase new winter clothes when we need them, especially with husband's weight loss.

so, you win some, you work at some.
today shows me that while i'm rockin' at some of this P31 stuff, there's other stuff that i still have to work at. i'm very blessed to have a husband who excels in the areas that i don't, so i have someone to learn from.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

you know it's november when

this is a staple in november in the slay household.
this makes pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin bread.
this makes me happy.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

a photo and a guy

i love this man.

ignore the fact that he didn't shave before we went to a wedding. or don't. i think it makes him look just scruffy enough to be cute.
husband? thanks for being supportive of me. and loving. and self-sacrificing. and for standing up for me. and showing me what's good. and for eating my cooking. and for remembering to turn on the scentsy in our bedroom because you know i like that smell. and for cleaning the kitchen before 6am.

i love you.

Monday, November 7, 2011

i am not

after overhearing a conversation some of my coworkers had, i felt prompted to tell you who i am not, in order that you might more fully understand who i am.

i am not a blind follower. i am an informed follower. i choose every day to follow the one true god, the only true way-- through his son jesus christ. i am aware that jesus is the only way to salvation and that is why i live the way i do.

i am not "opening up" about my beliefs. i am convinced that there is one way, one truth, one light. there is one lord and one faith. that is jesus christ. i will not change these beliefs after a tough heart-to-heart with anyone. i will not waver in my faith; rather, i will remain strong in jesus.

i am not ignorant. i am informed and well aware that the bible is a historically accurate book. see above, "i am not a blind follower".

i am not interested in converting you. i am interested in educating you. i don't convert people; god converts. all i can do is give you the right information and pray that god seeks you to be one of his saved

i am not strong enough to say this to their faces.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

grab a coffee and study with me

wanna know what a horrible person i am? i'm copying my best friend's entry for this week's bible study. that's right. because i DID look at it, and i DID read it and pray on it-- and i came up with pretty much what she said. so, due to the fact that i'll be spending the rest of the day doing homework and making pumpkin cheesecake, please enjoy (re)reading this post. my apologies. i promise to be back in full force next week.
from leann:

Today, we will be studying verses 18 and 19 (NIV):

18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
   and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
   and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 

 Basically, the Proverbs 31 Woman is ensuring that the works she is doing isn't done in vain. The work she does prospers her family and keeps them safe and warm.

What would that look like today? Going to a job that is fulfilling personally as well as provisionally. If you own a business or create things to sell, that would mean that you are running an efficient business. Or, if you stay at home with your kids, that might mean making sure you do things that profit the whole family, like keeping groceries stocked, teaching/raising your kids to be worthwhile citizens, making sure the home is happy and safe and comfortable for everyone. All these as opposed to working a job that isn't getting you anywhere and isn't paying you what you are worth or what your family needs. As opposed to putting your kids in daycare if you don't make enough to pay for it. As opposed to wasting your time along with everyone else's.

I may be way off, but that's what I get out of these verses. And if you're wondering what a distaff is, it is "the instrument used for twisting threads by a whirl" (according to Easton's Bible Dictionary). So, she isn't afraid of working to put clothes on the backs of her loved ones.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

thankful thursday

i need this today. i need to reflect on the things i'm thankful for, the things that are blessings in my life. because i feel so used, so old, so superficial this week. excuse me while i go sit a while with god.

surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and i will dwell in the house of the lord forever.
psalm 23:6

41. a chill in the air
42. a good cardigan
43. crafty night with husband
44. planning a halloween bash for work
45. a clean kitchen
46. getting a good night's sleep
47. opportunities
48. good friends
49. pizza, wine, and a good movie
50. busy days
51. husband who cleans the kitchen before 6am
52. a surprise bouquet of fresh flowers
53. a SIL that i get along with
54. the servant's heart in my husband

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

look! fun!

this video (100 years of style in 100 seconds) is super cute.

i'd love to own this pouch from connect design. it's like a super cool bible cover, too. if there's such a thing.

and i'm still looking for a cute old birdhouse to fix up. i want it to hang above the chair in the corner of the living room. maybe with a small plant in it. if you find one, please remember me as christmas approaches.