Friday, July 20, 2018

Surprise Finds At Walmart

Since 99% of bloggers are posting today about the Nordstrom sale - I thought I would post some cute things at a place where a lot of us shop - Walmart.

Actually, I've found a lot of cute things at Walmart recently so I thought it would be fun to share more.  Not all are online or carried in all the stores but if you are in to get milk and bread - you might just keep your eyes out.  (This is not sponsored or affiliated - it's just for fun!)



All of these shirts are from Walmart and I've been wearing them on repeat.  The ones in the top picture were all $12! And the yellow one was $9!!!!!

There are a few of the embroidered top in red still in stock.  The others are sold out.  


How cute is this? It's $16 and comes in 4 colors


These ruffles and pearl shirts are really soft.  I've looked at it several times in store.  And it comes in 4 colors also! 


There is a cute line for kids called Wonder Nation.  I love this outfit for girls.  And in stores at the beginning of summer they had knock off Natives for FIVE DOLLARS.  Will Holden has worn them all summer.  

Which - I bought my kids expensive chacos and Sun San sandals for summer and almost every day - they wear their walmart shoes instead.  I found the girls cute rose gold knock off birkenstocks back in March and that is what they want to wear daily.  Of course.  


And of course - there is all the Pioneer Woman stuff.  I love all the bakeware like this ruffled baker


And this COW PILLOW!!!! How cute is this? 



She has this cute bedding too!!!! 


And there is great furniture from Better Homes and Garden when you are on a budget! Love this dresser


I've had my eye on this sleeper futon for our office for a while.  It's $300!!! And comes in 4 colors! 


And Big Buddha has a whole line of purses and shoes and they are really great! For even better prices - these are $17! 


We got these bunk beds for the girls from Walmart and we love them.  They are perfect for a bed we will only use for a few years.  


We all know we can find cute things at Target but it's always fun to find things at good old Walmart! I'm never more proud when someone compliments something and I can say it was from Walmart and cheap! 







Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summer Shenanigans

Summer is made for friends, slumber parties, swimming, popsicles, and lazy days.  

And we have been making the most of it. 

Last week the girls had a double sleep over with their best friends.  We went swimming all afternoon and then came to play and eat dinner and then I took the girls to the square to get ice cream.  


I also took "best friend" pictures.  These two have been friends since the baby nursery.  They adore each other.  


And these two had no choice but to be best friends.  They are cousins and besties since the womb.  


A bunch of fake smiles in this one.  They wanted ice cream - not their pictures made. ha! It doesn't hurt that their moms are my best friends.  :-) 


I've had a lot of quality time with these three.  And I've loved it.  


We have had slow lazy days and late nights.  And I have loved it.  I love for the kids to get "bored".  It's a good contrast for our usual crazy busy days.  


One day when they were bored, I remembered I had packed away some of their Christmas gifts so they would have something to play with on rainy or very hot days.  They broke out some board games and had a good time playing.  


Saturday night we took the kids to Big Orange to eat.  It was our first time and it was SO good.  Then we got frozen yogurt.  Harper has seemed so grown up this summer.  She's just maturing so quickly.  


Red and white and ready for church.  (Will Holden hates shoes.  I keep his "shoe closet" in my car.  I just put on shoes right before we go somewhere. )


Our Sunday School class we teach had a bunch of cotton topped towheaded boys in it.  I had to get a picture.  That one in the middle was thrilled.  

The ministry I work part time for, Tangible Truth Ministries, put on a conference Sunday night about the Enneagram.  I have been working on this for months so I'm so thankful it went well and that it's over! 


My friend Ashley Lancaster's sister was in town and she got to come.  It was sweet to meet her.  She is as beautiful as Ashley is.  

               

Jenn Jett spoke that night.  She was so great.  I feel like everyone knows Jenn and we have a ton of friends in common so I was excited to finally meet her in person!


Our main speaker was Ian Cron, he is the author of "The Road Back to You".  He was SO interesting and funny.  I wish he could have spoke longer.  
 

Yesterday I tried to do my first fishtail braid.  I love how it looks! 



I took the kids and their friend Joseph bowling yesterday morning.  


And then we hit Chuy's for lunch.

Side note - I think Hollis looks SO darling but she said her outfit looks like a boy.  I think because it's a polo shirt and Joseph is always wearing polo shirts.  ha ha! 

We ended our day at the walk in clinic.  Harper has been fighting swimmers ear all summer.  I had to get her checked out.  I think wearing her hearing aids keeps the water in when she swims all the time.  And then it hurts to wear her hearing aids.  It's a vicious cycle.  

My girls are headed off today with my parents for a week.  Will Holden is going to be an only child for the week - I'm sure he will love it.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

When Life Doesn't Turn Out Like You Expected

Last fall, I was asked to speak at my Alma mater in chapel and what God really laid on my heart to share was "When Life Doesn't Turn Out Like You Expected".  I thought about what I wish I could tell 19 year old Kelly.  

I was a type A, planner in college.  Well, I always have been - still am.  I like to have a full schedule of my day every day.  I like to know what's happening next week, next month and next year.  I was 18 with a full picture of what my life was going to look like.  

Oh how hilarious God must find me.  

I knew I would marry a guy I met at OBU.  We would get married after graduation, I would work a couple of years and then have babies by 27.  I also majored in business - finance to be exact.  I clep'd out of English because I only wanted to take math related courses.  

WELL.

Clearly - none of that went as planned.  I didn't find my husband in college.  I met him on a blind date and got married at 30.  

I didn't have babies by 27.  I went through 3 years of infertility, several failed IUI's, and finally had a baby at 35.  And then had a surprise baby in my 40's.  

And I DID work in business for 15 years.  But I find myself now working in ministry and writing.  

Never did I see any of that coming.  And I couldn't be more thankful.  

Because only God could write that story. 

And it was on the paths that took me away from my "plans" that I drew close to God and knew Him the most.  It's where He showed me who He is and how He is really all that matters.  


In college, I felt a tug towards ministry.  But I didn't know exactly what it meant.  I didn't feel a pull towards church ministry or foreign missions.  I just knew God was calling me to something.  Little did I know - that it would be through something that didn't even exist at the time.  That I would one day share my faith on the internet that would lead to other ministry opportunities.  I could have never imagined the way He would use me.  But He knew.  

I just had to learn to trust Him.  


I share all this because my life isn't perfect.  I have struggles.  But I have seen one thread that has been weaved into every part of my life.  And that is God is in control and I'm not and trusting Him is the only way I can live.  And I pray that if there are those of you that life has not turned out like you expected and you haven't had a happy ending or things haven't been tied up with a perfect string - that you know that even in the lowest of places -  He is there.  

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
 They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit

Jeremiah 17:7-8