Tuesday, September 19, 2017

sensory devotional for the mountains

we are so close to fall which means that it is time to head to the mountains! i love the crispness in the air and the gorgeous views around every bend. there is just something about escaping to the mountains and having slow mornings on the porch of a cabin that has a serenity to it. i always love to have a devotional when i go to the mountains for vacation, so i can really take advantage of those quiet mornings in nature and have a focused quiet time. 

Cathy Baker is releasing a week-long sensory devotional for the mountains & it is the perfect addition to a mountain vacation! the sensory part of the devotional really goes well with the quiet mornings in the mountains because you can really experience God's creation in a new way! 

i don't know when we will be taking our next week long mountain vacation, since i am buried in grad school right now. :) but we currently live with my in-laws (kinda like a family vacation?!) and their front porch has a view of the mountains... so i didn't have to wait to dig into this devotional and pretend i was deep in the mountains! 

each devotion starts and ends with a short prayer to help your heart and mind focus on scripture and the Lord's presence. this simple notion really helps me to be still and quiet my mind down by putting all of the demands of the day away for the moment. 

each devotion also has simple actions you can do to really involve your senses and it is amazing how one simple act can really transform the way you experience the study. something as simple as lifting my hands just has a more intimate affect and helps me to connect deeper to the Lord. 

i really enjoyed this devotional (and pretending i was deep in the mountains) and plan on taking this with me on each future week-long trip i take to the mountains. each trip and location is so unique that there is more to discover through the sensory elements encompassed in this study each time!

if you would like to order this devotional for your next mountain vacation, it is available on Kindle starting today! you can get to it by clicking here

what is your favorite part of a trip to the mountains?

p.s. if the mountains are not your thing, Cathy also has a sensory devotional for the beach that you can get on kindle also!

Monday, September 04, 2017

project 12 | August

i love having my years captured month by month and plan to keep up with project 12 this year as i can. it's fun to look back on the details of our year at the end of it, as well as seeing how we change through the photos each month. :)


this month was pretty busy with my summer semester ending only three days before fall semester started. i did have a few free saturdays before the fall saturday classes started so it was nice to have some full weekends again since my saturdays will be taken until next May. (i'm not crying, i just have something in my eye ;) so this semester i have 2 classes on saturday and 2 classes that are online. the online classes aren't always on a designated day, but we do have lectures and videos that usually add up to around the 3 hours an in-person class is each week. so it will definitely be a time intensive semester again.

it has been an adjustment getting used to working the 11a-11p shift, and different days each week. my supervisor covers multiple ER's so we sometimes travel to other ER's in the area during my shift too. we actually have to cover for an ER on the other side of town for 3 weeks during August & September, so that will be a little different too since we will be splitting the days. basically my schedule has been all over the place and i only know a month's schedule at a time so it makes it hard to plan things and keep my sleep schedule consistent. but i am enjoying the internship a lot and it is worth this crazy schedule for a year to get this experience!

we probably won't start looking for a house until during the spring semester because 1) i'm not going to have time to breathe during the fall semester and 2) we're paying for grad school out of pocket and living on only one income. unfortunately i have no time during the school year to work part-time so we are hoping to be able to build up some money towards a house since we don't have the apartment rent anymore! we are excited to find a house of our own and get settled, but we are also glad that my in-laws are gracious enough to let us crash with them this year so we can build up money and take our time finding a house!

August 5 - last day of my saturday class & trip to the mountains with my in-laws
August 9 - last day of my summer online class
August 12 - day hiking trip with Thomas
August 13 - family celebration for my birthday
August 14 - first day of my new internship!
August 19 - birthday party for my grandma
August 21 - VIP eclipse viewing at the science center (i won tickets on an instagram giveaway!)
August 23 - i turned 29 (getting too close to 30!)
August 24 - online classes for the semester began
August 26 - saturday classes for the semester began
August 27 - trip to an orchard to get apples & pet some animals!
August 29 - i had a system training for my internship
August 30 - live evening video class for one of my online classes

what have you been up to this month?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

birthday by the numbers

today i turn 29. yikes! that is a little too close to 30 for comfort! ;) i did a birthday by the numbers post a few years ago and wanted to bring it back this year cause i love looking at numbers! numbers seem to shed a different light on the story and give a frame of reference. at least, since i am a numbers person, that's what they do for me!

tomorrow i begin my 29th year of life. it is crazy to think that i have only been on this earth for almost 30 years, because it feels like forever to me! ;) of course, that's because this life is all i've ever known!

i just started my 3rd semester of grad school (4th if you count the summer semester) - which means i am about 66% done with the program!

Thomas and i have been married for 1,559 days, which is about 4 1/2 years. it doesn't feel like we should already be approaching our 5th anniversary, time needs to slow down!

i have published 382 blog posts since i created this blog. i haven't been blogging as often this past year because grad school has taken priority, but i still love coming here to document memories or process through life. i also love reading back through some of my favorite posts every now & then! ;)

i have worked 3 of my 12 hour shifts for my internship so far. they go by pretty fast which i am thankful for, but the fact that i am in the ER probably has something to do with that! ;) i am loving it & can't wait to see what this year brings!

i have been doing project 12 for 4 years now, and i love having our memories captured for each month of the year. it is fun to look back through & see how much we have done, as well as how much we have changed through the photos. 

i have written 373 pages for grad school so far, and that number will most likely double by the time i am finished with this masters program. which is completely crazy to me... i could've written a novel!

we lived in our new city for 13 months before moving back home to finish the last half of the graduate program. although it was only a little over a year, that city began to feel like home.

i have fed too many animals to count at interactive zoos that we find! ;)

what are some significant numbers to you this month?