Painted Nostalgia

I don’t use that TV anymore.

Might as well get rid of it.

I could use some storage space.

This is a good spot.

First I should paint this wall.

Lime green doesn’t sit well anymore with the rest of the room.


Dad, where’s the paint?

Where’s a brush?

Dip. Wipe. Paint.

Dip. Wipe. Paint.

Paint, don’t drip there.

Now I gotta wipe up with my fingers and wipe that on my leg.


That’s okay, though.

Truly I like it.

Getting paint on me.

It’s proof of my accomplishment.

I wear it longer than I need.

Until my niece points at it with a confused stare and I say, “Paint.”


Painting a wall is patience.

It’s time to play loud music.

It’s time to sing, too.

That same color over and over.

Tends to get old.

It’s not too exciting, but the shrinking amount of lime green is.


And finally, I’m done.



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Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Romans 12:9-13

Moment of truth: I don’t read my Bible every day.

Oh great, another little formula saying one must read this and do that and give this every so often to be alright. Indeed not. I think that the days, the hours, the moments one should read the Bible are different for each person in his or her different seasons of life. But I have to admit, there are sometimes days that pass between each reading. Dare I say it, at times weeks. And I never feel good when I do.

I’ve just been thinking, if I claim the truth of this Word as my life source, then how could I go even one day without it lest I feel weak? I want to crave it like I crave food. I want something inside of me to grumble when I am in need of its nourishment. I want its sweet taste to draw me in and make me think about it at random times of the day.

I want that to be the one thing I can look forward to in any given day. My very wise father told me once that during nights that he can’t get a wink of sleep, that he knows, if nothing else, that he can get up in the morning and spend time in the Word before the day starts. What a man.

Lord, I ask for forgiveness for the times I have excused time with you for a rushed morning or a lazy day. Give me a hunger for your Word. I pray that everyday I might wake up and be still before you, humbled and willing to listen. I pray these things for myself and anyone else who feels the same way. Thank you for your relentless grace. Amen.


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Little Sarasota // PYEWACKETS

Well folks, I’ve decided to start somethin’ special on the blog here. I’m going to be voyaging around Sarasota (or whatever city I venture to) and uncovering some quirky, quaint, or just plain cool spots that people don’t hear about too much. A lot of businesses in Sarasota are geared toward tourists, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But I want to peel away the surface of the overly-broadcasted restaurants and attractions and show you all some parts of Sarasota you just might be missing out on.

The first place I want to show you is probably the most unassuming hidden treasure of an antique mall you could find. Located on the left side of University Parkway just past 301 (heading toward the beaches) lies Pyewackets Antique Mall. It lies between a few other businesses in a somewhat random strip and is very easy to miss. But let me tell you, when you walk in it is much bigger than you would think.

Room after room after room reveals unique antiques and collectables at very reasonable prices. 

You can literally find almost anything here. Jewelry, pottery, kitchen sets, home decor of all sorts. And the best part of all is that these items are so unique. You could walk into Walmart any day and pick up a $10 lamp that is one of a million just like it. Or you could come to a place like this and find one for $8 that you probably couldn’t find anywhere else if you tried. 

This was my favorite room! I’ll tell you more at the bottom…

And look at this crazy amazing tree necklace holder below. Among some of the pricier items, this was $110 but so beautiful!

I think I might just buy my wedding dress at an antique mall someday…


Of course, the moment I saw this shelf FULL of old cameras I was like a kid in a candy store just gazing at all the choices. Also, these owl salt and pepper shakers were crazy cool. And this last room…oh, I can’t say enough about all the old fashion hats ($10), vintage purses ($10), antique hat boxes ($3), and vintage ties ($2). It’s all the way in the back so make sure you don’t miss it.

Well peeps, I really hope you check out this place. It’s by far worth a good afternoon of your time. Make sure to say hello to Anna, Daryl, or Ashley and let them know you found out about them through the blog.


Monday through Saturday:

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Summer Night

Things that I love about nights like last Saturday:

  1. Gazing at the summer night sky.
  2. Not minding the Florida heat.
  3. Laughing at the cows.
  4. Remembering times of past.
  5. The smell of bug spray.
  6. Being called a hippie instead of a hipster.
  7.  “I need to go walk into a Bath & Body Works!”
  8. Talking of crazy old teachers.
  9. Listening to God’s work in friends’ lives.
  10. These girls. Well, at least the two on the outside. Kalicia was greatly missed.

It’s on nights like these that I come home and break out into full-out dancing to whatever music I hear. That night, it was rock. You shoulda been there.

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Appreciate Your Cows Today

Do you all know what today is? It is Chick-fil-A’s official Cow Appreciation Day. So get your head-to-toe cow suit you have stored in the back of your closet (*cough, Jesse) and make your way to Chick-fil-A for a free meal. That’s right, a free meal! Even if you don’t want to go all out, you can still throw on your favorite cow-related shirt and still get an entrée.

Danielle and I got all dressed up, painted our faces, and took our three nieces to get some lunch. Oh, and we told Gabbi if she let us paint a beard and mustache on her face we would buy her a milkshake. After she saw it she wasn’t too happy about the results. But we told her she had to keep it on until after we ordered if she wanted the milkshake. It was awesome.

Happy Cow Appreciation Day!

If you participated, post your pictures in a comment!

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Laurel and Jenny

These are my cousins. Laurel’s on the left. Jenny’s on the right. Laurel is loud. Jenny is quiet. Both have special needs and both are incredibly beautiful. They make me laugh all the time. They sing loud with me and don’t care when my voice cracks. They are nearly opposites and they are sisters. They are my cousins, and I love them some great amount.


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Goodbye, Notebook.

Well, I’ve come to the end of another notebook. I guess you could call it a journal. (Really it’s a composition notebook disguised by pretty papers.) This one took longer to fill than usual. I started it the day after my birthday last fall. And as of right now I have 2 pages left to fill.

Just thinking about all that has happened in the last 8 and a half months to fill this notebook is making me unexpectedly emotional. I open up to the first page and I see that the very first thing I wrote on that day in October, two months into my first year of college, was, “I will glory in Christ. Glory in Christ. I will glory in Christ. I will glory in Christ alone.” Amen.

Reading over the pages. Touching the pages. I am quickly reminded by how easily I forget, for the things that I wrote eight months ago are still teaching me today! Yet he gives me grace. I’m going to take some time now to read over this notebook before I write the final two pages. And I’m expecting to cry, to laugh, to see friendships born, and to thank the Lord as I watch past prayers unfold as I turn the page.

10/24/2010- “I am carrying on a great project and I cannot go down.” -Nehemiah

11/7/2010- The Lord provides what he requires of us.

11/9/2010- He doesn’t have any shoes on…this guy is super swell.

11/2010- Keep moving forward, even if things seem at a standstill.

11/14/2010- Let your light shine- get over yourself.

11/14/2010- “The Beatitudes are so beautiful that I think that’s probably what the birds are singing when you wake up in the morning.”

More to come.


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