life in a post

So here’s what I’ve been up to these days, Instagram style.

I’ve been getting really crafty, and by really I mean marginally, but it’s been quite an adventure nonetheless.

owl onesie

We’ve had a couple of craft nights, and the picture above is of an appliqué onesie I made all by myself. And thenthe next craft night, I made an adorable little fabric flower to go with it! So if I don’t have a girl I may have to donate this to a little baby girl I know.

cartoon owl

I’ve also been doing some drawing, and as you can tell I stuck with the owl theme because they are so adorable. I actually saw an owl while I was on a walk with my friend a few weeks ago, it was amazing.

bird watercolor

And then, I finally got so excited that I actually went out and bought some watercolors. I swear I’ve done more than just birds. These just happen to be the pictures I have. It’s been pretty fun, experimenting with art again. I feel like a kid. Did I tell you I used to want to be a cartoonist when I was little? Well I did.

baby belly 14 weeks

Oh, and also I’ve been growing a baby. So that’s been a lot of work, as I mentioned a couple weeks ago. That’s me at 14 weeks.

baby belly 15 weeks

…and there I am at 15 weeks. Can you tell a difference? I’m not sure if there is one. But the baby’s growing! And using most of my energy to do it. That’s okay though, I have a feeling it’s going to be worth it.

throw back picture

I also found some adorable/hilarious childhood photos while I was home a few weeks ago, which I of course took pictures of on my phone so I could participate in “throw back Thursday” on Instagram. That’s our rabbit Solomon that we “won” on year (my mom’s friend rigged the Easter egg hunt so we would win all the animals every year). And my sister looks like she should be in Japan for some reason.

day at the zoo

And this is from the day that my brother got mad at my mom for putting sunscreen on him at the zoo and slammed the door to our station wagon and the keys got locked in the car so we got to spend the entire day there while my mom waited for the locksmith. When I posted this on Instagram my sister asked “where am I??” I’m sure many of you can guess what my response was.

Oh, and perhaps the best is this one.

preachers wives

This is a picture of me and my best friend at my grandparents’ house, most likely putting on some type of play, or perhaps giving a sermon of sorts. But what’s so funny about it is that we are now both seminary wives, on our way to becoming preacher’s wives. Okay, I admit, I don’t look much like a future preacher’s wife in this picture, but the Bible is just too funny, and Debbie seems to fit the part here pretty well. I was always the crazy one.

Marshall and Owen

And then it’s back to the present time, with Marshall brushing up on his baby skills. Doesn’t he look like such a natural? The kid is mesmerized. We think it’s the beard. They all love the beard.

So anyway, that’s my life in a post these days, I hope you’ve enjoyed the update. As you can see things are pretty exciting around here, as I’m sure you expected.

Happy Tuesday (I keep thinking it’s Wednesday ughhh)

-me

a list of blogs you should definitely read

So right when I was starting this blog, switching from Blogger to WordPress, I also had this idea for a blog that would be a sort of daily showcase of the top blog posts that I found on the web every day. I put it on hold because I wanted to be a legit blogger for a while so people wouldn’t think I was just trying to take advantage of other people’s blog posts, but I still have the website name and hope to someday get it started.

So in that vein, I was thinking today I would just tell you a bit about some of my favorite blogs. I go through phases of keeping up with them and not keeping up with them, but they’re pretty solid, as evidenced by their large readerships. So here goes!

Food Loves Writing – this is my friend Shanna’s blog, she lives in Nashville and we were in a small group together for a while. She posts awesome recipes and writes wise words along with them. I’m never disappointed when I hop over there.

Kath Eats Real Food – a blog my friend Laura Lea told me about (she has a blog too!), apparently she was one of the first bloggers to record all of her meals online. She has great photography of yummy food, and now she has a baby so she’s started a Baby Kerf blog, which I know will be helpful for me once I get closer to my little one’s arrival! It’s even helpful now, as she started the blog during her own pregnancy. Another food/fitness blogger is my friend Sara, you should check her out too.

Apartment Therapy – duh. This is just a great blog for home owners/renters/design lovers, and they post several times a day which is nice. Always feeding the addiction. It’s nice too because they aren’t always posting about huge expensive houses with outrageous accessories, it’s a lot of real homes (and apartments–surprise!) that are designed by their owners, on their own dime, by gathering beloved pieces over the years, expensive, inexpensive, or free. Basically, it’s about real people and where they live. Also Design Sponge is great.

Joy The Baker and Shutterbean – back when I had a job that allowed me to have headphones in 8 hours a day, I listened to these ladies on their podcast, and they are hilarious. They also both happen to have amazing food blogs with great photography. They are fun to read.

Young House Love – I have to say I haven’t read this blog in a while, but I remembered it just a second ago and read back through some of the most recent posts and have already found some great DIY ideas that I pinned.

Style Me Pretty – I mean, why should I have to stop looking at pretty weddings once I’m already married? It’s too hard to stop, so I’m not gonna.

I’m sure there are more that I’m missing, but that’s all I’ll tell you about for more. Hey, do you have any blogs you think I should add to my list? Particularly baby blogs! I really need a good baby design blog to give me awesome nursery ideas. K thanks!

-me

Oh also, this:

kittydrink

what i’m learning these days.

sky

Here’s what has been on my mind lately.

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world– the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions– is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” -1 John 2:15-17

We studied this in Bible study a few weeks ago, and boy did it hit home for me. In case you hadn’t guessed, we aren’t exactly living in luxury here in seminary with a baby on the way. And I don’t see luxury being a part of our lives anytime soon. So I’ve got a lot of reconfiguring to do in the way I view money, possessions, the world in general.

Let me rephrase that. I am a follower of Jesus, and I want to love Him more than anything else in this world. I want to follow Him, not the world. So that is why I’ve got a lot of reconfiguring to do. Not just because it seems like my life won’t be one filled with money and nice things. I don’t want my life to be filled with nice things. That’s not how I want to live my life, it’s not what makes me happy, things don’t and will never fulfill me.

I’ve never been much of a budgeter. I’ve always just sort of watched my money, making sure I didn’t overspend but not doing much past that. My husband, on the other hand, is a big budgeter. He keeps a close eye on our money, knows where it goes, and wants it to go to the right places. I am so thankful that I married a man like this. I’d be lost without him.

But I am realizing now that I don’t need to just let him deal with the money, and hope that when I pull out my wallet we have enough money to fund my latest shopping adventure. I want to be a part of our budget, I want to be a team with our money, and I want to spend it wisely, the way that God wants us to.

One of my favorite pastors, Andy Stanley, has some amazing sermons and great wisdom on money. I remember a sermon of his that I heard a few years ago in which he asserted that God doesn’t just expect you to give 10% of your money to Him and go out and do whatever you want with the rest of it. We have no right to say “Oh no God, I gave you your 10%, the rest is mine. Get outta here.” God has dominion over all of our money, and we should honor Him with every cent we spend. Ugh. That’s a tough pill to swallow!

I feel like that’s a common theme with God. We think, well I’ll just give part of (fill in the blank) to God, and the rest I’ll keep to myself and go on living the way I always did. But eventually we find, either the easy way or the hard way, that no, God wants it all. When we get to the end we realize that it’s all for our own personal best, but it can be rough going in the meantime.

And so I will work to store up for myself treasures in Heaven. It may be rough going for a while, but I know it will be worth it in the long run.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor dust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21

Amen and amen.

-me

breaking news

Well, I guess it’s time you all knew one of the reasons I haven’t been super active on my blog recently, and one of the reasons I haven’t been feeling too well these days.

The Gallaghers are having a baby!

Ayda is happy to hear this.

Ayda is happy to hear this.

Yesterday I crossed that oh-so-anticipated threshold from the dreaded first to the apparently heavenly second trimester. I’m still waiting for the heavenly part, but I’m definitely starting to feel better than I have for the past several weeks.

Itty is not impressed.

Itty is not impressed.

Let me tell you, it’s unfortunate that the trimester when you feel your worst is also the trimester when no one else knows or can tell you are pregnant. All you want to do is scream out “I’m pregnant!! This is why I feel horrible, look horrible, and act horrible all the time! I’m not just being lazy and complain-y and eating Eggo waffles because I’m letting myself go!”

At least Marshall has known I’m pregnant. The poor guy has had to make his own dinners for going on two months now, while I sit eating my yogurt and strawberries (and yes, Eggo waffles). It was definitely also nice to have my family and close friends in the know so that I could complain to them all the time. And to share the excitement with me! My poor family has had to keep it secret from all of their friends for way too long, I’m glad that time is over. It’s such a joyous thing and something you immediately want to tell the whole world.

The unfortunate reality is that the first trimester is sort of a scary one, when you are beside yourself with excitement, but it’s always tempered by that little worry that something might happen and you might lose the baby. The statistics for miscarriage in the first trimester are higher than I had thought, so that possibility becomes almost as real as the little life inside of you is. I can’t tell you how thankful I am to be past that. But as my mom wisely reminded me, nothing is for sure until you have that baby in your arms, and even once you do, their future is still completely out of your hands. Thank the Lord I know they will be in His hands.

Oh, parenthood! I can’t believe I’ll be in it a mere six months from now, God willing.

Now I’m sure many of you are wondering, is her blog just going to turn into a mom blog now? And I can honestly tell you, I don’t know. So I guess we’ll just have to see! I don’t plan on that happening, but we all know how moms get, don’t we! In the meantime, I’ll just keep posting about life and other important things.

So, now that that news is out, can we talk about how it’s snowing outside?? Eeeek!

-me