Category Archives: Joy

Christmas Home Decor in our small Saltbox home 2019

In case you didn’t know, Christmas is next week! How about that?! I am going to share an almost complete tour of our saltbox home that sits between town on one side and farmland on the other. Did I tell you how much I just love where we live?!

Let’s start in the Master Bedroom! My favorite part of our room is that it has 3 windows!!! Which means we get a ton of light during the day, and I love it! As you can see we don’t have a tree in our bedroom, which I would love to plan for next year, but we added some other fun, affordable and cute items! Not much was changed, but all the small touches make a big difference.

This season has been super busy for us, so I apologize if everything isn’t just perfect. But hey, it’s a space that is lived in every single day! So it’s ok.

This is the room you see right when you walk in our front door, our living room.

While living in a unique home, from our downstairs you can actually walk in a full circle through all the rooms… How cool is that?! I can tell ya that when our fluff balls get in their running spurts, they absolutely love it! Our petite kitchen is directly off from our living room. One of my favorite things to do to this space, is add Christmas garland around the sink! It’s simple and adds so much to a small space.

Our sweet little kitchen

Who cannot love a coffee buffet in their kitchen/dining area?  See our  “A coffee buffet transformation” here. 

Our back room, which I feel is definitely the coziest room in the house! This was my favorite room to decorate this year, between the mantel and the built ins!

“Our Back Room Transformation” was the biggest and longest DIY home project we have completed, but yet our most favorite. Why? Check out the blog!

Although this is the only tiny area that we have in our upstairs hallway, we love dressing it up for each season!

I hope you enjoyed exploring our home along with me, and hope to see you back here again soon!

Choosing Joy

Hello friendsI wanted to share something that has been on my heart, and I hope that you find this just as encouraging as I do. “Choose Joy” is thrown around a lot. It’s not truly explained as to what it looks like or how to apply it…

I’m currently in the midst of studying to retest for the 3rd time my Boards Exam. So many questions are constantly going through my mind… “why did God allow me to get through 2 yrs of school, and now I can’t pass? Am I supposed to be a PTA? How am I supposed to be joyful about this? Why should I be thankful for this? Does God have a different plan for me?

Though there are so many trials and good, we need to see the good in EVERYTHING, each and every day. We need to dig into the word through every cry and praise, we need to fully trust because HE DOES have a plan for us. Instead of carrying the burdens and worries, God wants us to give that to him to FIGHT for, and fully take care of. 

While in situationswe are told to “choose joy“, instantly we think this is impossible. Choosing joy even in the midst of trials, is choosing to see the goodness God has done and will do in the middle of a dark storm. Joy doesn’t always mean laughter and big smiles. Instead its a deep seated fastener that keeps our heart safe and prevent getting swallowed into darkness. 

Satan LOVES when he sees us broken, sad, angry, frustrated, stressed, its an easy access for him to get us. When we allow those things to startit‘s so easy for them to quickly grow and grow till eventually we can’t get ahead of it. When we give thanks through each up and down Satan does not like that, he backs away. He doesn’t know what to do, because YOU have taken that thing away that Satan meant to destroy you with. 

Though I continue to question the trialsI am thankful to be alive and live through this trial knowing God has a bigger and better plan ahead of me. I am also thankful for the amt of love and support that I have been given by him. I am thankful for what God has given me, and there is always joy to be chosenthankfulness to be spoken, and all that goodness cannot be taken away.

 

 

 

 

 

So I encourage y’all to choose each and everyday even in the small things.