After we took the Christmas decorations down this year I was anxious to get started with spring decor (and Valentines, and Easter, etc). The days and weeks after Christmas have always been a bit dreary for me. No more Christmas lights. No more beautifully wrapped presents waiting to be opened. The trees are so bare and the wind still stings. But this year was different. We've had a lot to be thankful for (as always) and this year I made a conscience effort to stay.... happy... through all the changes listed above. It's worked as I've bought some greenery, fresh flowers, pretty pinks for Valentine's day, added meaningful touches here and there, along with some new prints I ordered from some of my favorite online shops.
So, here are a few photos from our home in February. Things that kept life a little brighter...
I have a new favorite iphone app! I discovered Waterlogue over the weekend while on instagram and I've been transforming some of my favorite pictures into beautiful watercolors! I'm obsessed! It's $2.99 and completely worth it. Above are a few of my favorites I've transformed so far and because I love it so much I'll be posting more of my favorites soon.
I'm sitting at my computer uploading over 1400 pictures off my iphone, maybe eating too many homemade pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and possibly pressing "purchase" online more than once. While uploading the pictures off my phone I clicked on this screen shot I'd taken of something that crushed me then, and still crushes me now. In a good way. It was from a She Reads Truth post on instagram.
I for one have been through many devastating experiences in my life that's taken almost all I had in the moment. My family has experienced the deaths of our dearest loved ones time after time... after time. I know many of you can relate to such heartbreaks.
But this... it reminds me, and crushes me, and renews me, and holds me. I hope it will to any of you who have also lived those devastating moments in this imperfect life and have kept the faith in our Jesus. It's so simple and so perfectly true.
"and if not,
HE is still good."
Wow. HE is STILL good. Over and over. Every day. HE is GOOD.
When the world wasn't. When the world isn't. When I wept over the casket of the man of my life in my early twenties, HE was still good. When I lost the first precious being I'd fallen in love with and was left with dreams of what could have been, HE was still good. When I'm scared, broken, and longing for the what could have beens, HE is still good.
I attended a Women of Faith event this year and speaker and writer Angie Smith stood on stage and tears filled my eyes as she said of God, "I am a GOOD God in the cemetery. When you're marriage is falling apart..."