20 Things You May Not Know

I turned 20 today….holy cow, I’m not a kid any more! I kinda love this! So in honor of my 20th, here are 20 things you need to may not know about me:

  1. I’m an only child. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned that here, but I am and I love it! I have lots of cousins, and a huge extended family so I don’t feel like I ever missed out on a “Sibling Experience”. I had plenty of pseudo-siblings and at the end of the day we each went to separate houses…..perfect! 
  2. I’m a Pastor’s Daughter. The year that I graduated from High School, my dad was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene….and I am so incredibly PROUD of him! 
  3. My dream when I was little  was to be Belle at Disneyland! I thought that would be THE coolest job ever! I mean come on, it’s basically playing dress-up on a daily basis and you get to make a bunch of kids’ dreams come true….how awesome is that! 
  4. I fall in love too easily, and sometimes with fictional characters…..Mr. Darcy if I’m being specific. 
  5. More than anything, I want to be a wife and mother. I know a lot of girls say this, but seriously. That is what my goal is. I don’t push it though. I’m waiting on God. I know that somewhere he has a man ready for me…and God is making me ready for whoever that man may be. 
  6. I do a lot of sewing projects, as I’m sure you’ve noticed…..I have to confess something. I can’t sew a straight line, even on the machine. I cheat and have a hair tie around the arm of my machine so as to better guide my fabric and (hopefully) keeps my seams straight. 
  7. Here, at number seven I’m kind of wishing I was 7  years old again because I don’t know if I can come up with more things……..we’ll see. 
  8. I’m a list make. I make lists for anything and everything. When I pack for vacations I have a list. When I get to work in the mornings I write down everything I know that I need to do that day…..and keep the list with me until it’s done. I add to them, I cross stuff off…..I love lists! They keep me organized, and they kind of keep me from losing my mind (except this one of course). 
  9. I like to dress up. Not in costume or anything like that, but I love getting dressed up for formal events, or just for everyday stuff. I just feel….good….when I am dressed up. 
  10. I hate wearing make-up. I don’t wear it often, and when I do I don’t; foundation and some blush is about it for me. Have you seen my profile picture? No make-up.
  11. I have naturally curly hair….and I’m learning to embrace it. I used to straighten every morning, at least until I started college. Then it was just easier to leave it curly……I haven’t straightened in about a month, that is a huge step for me. 
  12. I love all things Disney. The movies, music, trivia….LOVE! 
  13. Next to Beauty and the Beast my favorite Disney movie is the Aristocats. I have always loved that movie!
  14. I watch old TV reruns; The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Cosby Show, Sports Night, The West Wing……I find them on Netflix, or on network TV most times they’re better than what is on anyway. 
  15. I never miss an episode of NCIS, NCIS:LA, or Castle. 
  16. I’m totally ignorant when it comes to pop culture. 
  17. I love to write. 
  18. I love to do the research for my writing. Whether it’s for my classes, or for writing fiction. I LOVE IT!
  19. I love to fish. I haven’t fished in about five years, but I love it….and need to do it soon.
  20. I will not buy a book at the store if the cover is a picture of the movie adaptation. It is a rule that I follow, and have only broken once. 
There you go, twenty things you never thought you needed to know about me (and a picture for good measure) 
On a fishing trip…many years ago! 
Blessings, 
Megan

7 Quick Takes: 4/26/13

Happy Friday! I’m going to be quick today, because I’m heading into the office early today. So, let’s get right to it!

1.) I just made this darling skirt using THIS tutorial. Super simple, super cute, super comfy!

2.) I finally finished my first full row of blocks for my quilt….once I can get a decent picture I will post but trust me when I say it is my best work so far! It looks really cute, and everyone who sees it can tell right away that it should look like books lining a shelf! I’m excited to see how it turns out!
3.) Today after work, I will be finishing my (FINAL) semester as a nursing major. I’m excited to officially start studying Psychology, and seeing where God leads me with this new journey. I register for classes for the fall on Monday and am really looking forward to this semester!
4.) There are moments in life when I am so glad that no one is around to capture them on film of any kind. Thursday, mom and I battled a big, ugly, hairy spider that somehow found its way into our car. You should have seen it…..we looked ridiculous! You (like dad when we told him the story later), may think that we are wimps for freaking out over a “little” spider….but when you are trapped in a car with a far-from-little spider, you’d react the same way we did! It was pretty funny when we were telling others later on but at the moment not so much!
5.) I am so ready for vacation! It cannot come soon enough……….
6.) I’m boring today….sorry! My week was pretty uneventful so I didn’t really have much to share…
7.) Tomorrow I turn 20. I am spending the day with family, and that is absolutely all I want for my birthday! I couldn’t ask for anything better than hanging out all day with family! 
I didn’t really have a lot to work with this week….so there you go 7 Quick Takes….go see Jen for more! 
Blessings, 
Megan 

Stepping Into the Jordan

For my daily devotions, I have been reading in the book of Joshua. Today I was reading in chapter three, Crossing the Jordan. The devotional was talking about the priests taking stepping into the water without knowing what would come next, but knowing that God would be directing their next steps.

They followed God’s command and stepped into the Jordan never really knowing what God was doing next but knowing that he would remain faithful and lead them into the Promised Land.

I am taking my step into the Jordan this week; going to orientation at a new school with a new major. I don’t know where God is leading me….whether it’s into a career or if he is preparing me to be a wife and mother (or BOTH). I don’t know where God is leading me, but I’m taking the first step, I’m immersing my feet in the waters of the Jordan and following where God leads. I don’t know what my path looks like but God does. Where he leads I’ll follow! I look forward to this journey, and I look forward to seeing what my personal promised land holds!

“Have I not commanded you be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified do not be discouraged, the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Blessings,

Megan

7 Quick Takes: 4/19/13

It’s Friday once again! This one seemed to creep up on me without any type of warning, and I’ll be honest…I wasn’t ready for it, but here we go….7 Quick Takes:

1.) I have decided to start running. I found a pin on Pinterest that is supposed to take me from my couch to running a 5K. I am really looking forward to starting this training. I know it will help me lose weight, and improve my health. If any of you have done this program let me know how it went! 
2.) It has been raining here non-stop just about all week. We’ve had storms, and pouring rain for a few days straight….and even a tornado watch yesterday (Praise God none touched down). I love spring storms though! The non-stop rain is not that great but I love a good storm! The smell of rain, the rumble of the thunder, and the beauty of God’s creation all around when the storm clears! For me, this is a sign that spring has finally arrived! 
3.) There is a lot being crossed off my schedule finally! Things are slowing down a little bit more around here. We have one more HUGE catering job this weekend, and when that’s over I can focus solely on the Night of Worship concert that is coming up at church: Featuring all of our kids’ choirs, Jr./Sr. High praise bands, College/Young Adult Praise band, and the regular Choir and Orchestra. I’m looking forward to participating in this really unique worship experience. 
4.) Have you seen this video? If not take a minute to watch it…I can wait!
Okay, now that you’ve watched it, let me be honest with you. This video really got to me. I was a crying mess when I was done watching this. It hit pretty close to home for me. I shared a few weeks ago that I’ve always had body issues…but those didn’t always stem from my weight. If I had to describe myself to an artist I’m afraid of what the result would be. In my head I was coming up with what I’d say, and it’s not pretty. I have never seen myself as beautiful, and maybe that’s because I see myself each day in the mirror. A lot of my negative image came from being bullied in Jr. and Sr. High for my appearance. I have a hereditary condition that throws my hormones out of whack, and causes some slightly darker facial hair…..now, I know that a lot of women deal with that issue, it’s nothing new but when you are bullied consistently for 6-7 years because of it you start to believe the things you hear.
5.) Now that I’m older this particular problem is not at all as bad as it was back then…but occasionally I still hear the voice of that bully in the back of my mind telling me I’m not good enough, pretty enough, that I didn’t fit the world’s standard of beauty. I still have those days even now. I don’t take compliments very well because I have a hard time believing that anyone would think I was beautiful. 
6.) God doesn’t make mistakes….I know that, and I’m starting to finally see that. I have a very dear friend who has helped me come through this part of my life, and I thank God everyday for the difference I see in me because of her. The Dove Real Beauty video brought me back to that negative place, and helped me see that what I see everyday is not what everyone else sees when they see me. I’m hard on myself because I bought into the lies early on about what beauty is…..not anymore!
7.) Praying today for Jen and her baby, and the people of Boston and Waco Texas after the terrible events of this last week. 
Thanks for stopping by! Now go see Grace over at Camp Patton to read some more QT’s and add your link!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Blessings,
Megan 

7 Quick Takes: 4/12/13

Happy Friday! Today, I will be spending the entire day catering for Casting Crowns….One of my all time favorite Christian Bands…..so let me apologize now that this may be a rushed post. 
I’m going to get right to it: 
1.) Check out my post Quilts, Pasta, and a Throwback to find a great recipe for some (amazing) homemade pasta! Trust me, you can’t go wrong with this recipe.
2.) I bought some more fabric today for my quilt, and while I still don’t have much progress to share with  you I figured I’d show you the fabric that I managed to find: 
These fabrics, though they don’t really seem to match match at all, I know….I.JUST.KNOW that I can make them work!! I loved these bundles when I saw them and honestly couldn’t pass them up (it helped that they were on sale).

What I didn’t show you was that one black square in the last photo. I took several pictures of it but was never able to really get a good one. I’m using the black as a kind of “background” I didn’t want to just use plain black because that’s no fun. I bought four yards (I was being generous, this is my first quilt after all) of black with (in a light black/dark gray) has a print of music notations! I love it, and it is going to add the right bit of contrast, and dimension. 
3.) It has been raining here for four days, and is supposed to turn to snow sometime today. I know the weather right now is wonky all over the country, so I am not alone in my weather woes….I just want to be able to get outside and uncover plants, and put in my garden….and just do spring-y things! I can’t wait to put my garden in this year. It is something that I really look forward to each year. 
4.) I’m an addict. Not to anything detrimental to my health (only if I fall out of my chair laughing). No, I’m addicted to A&E’s Duck Dynasty. Yes, yes I am, and I am proud of it! This family is amazing! They are so rooted in their Christian faith and share it each week on their show. It is so great to see a family interact the way they do, and more importantly share their faith the way that they do….and they are SO.DANG.FUNNY!!
5.) I have a random question that has nothing to do with any of the above quick takes…..do you know of a good homemade-or-inexpensive blister prevention or treatment? I have terrible blisters on my feet from my tennis shoes. They are not new….I’ve had them for years, and wear them all the time but all of a sudden I have these awful blisters after only a few hours of wearing them? Normally I wouldn’t care but when the weather clears up and I start walking the neighborhood again I don’t want to deal with blisters every day. Any advice or remedies would be very appreciated! 
6.) Only a few more weeks to the end of my spring semester. When it’s done, I have the summer off, and will then be starting at my new school, with my new major. I’m really looking forward to this new chapter that God is writing for me. There are doors being opened, and I’m moving forward and am totally committed to my new major. I’m excited to see where God leads me…
7.)  There is so much going on these next two weeks: work, small group, rehearsal, extended rehearsal, work, baking multiple batches of deserts, formal dinner for 75 (helping to cater), playing in the orchestra for Ordination service, catering a lunch for 50, delegate to two (or more) days of District Assembly, delegate to Missions Convention, work, work, small group, rehearsal, dress rehearsal, work, concert, final exam. Throw in Sunday morning services and some studying and there goes the next two weeks of my life. 
So, until I wrote it out like that it didn’t seem so bad…….please don’t let me get in the habit of writing out my schedule like this! It’s crazy seeing how much I actually have to fit in, but I take it all a day at a time. Focusing on what is right in front of me…otherwise I get run down. I realize now it sounds like I’m complaining, and I don’t mean to…..this week I basically just wrote what came to mind……there is a lot jumping around in my brain right now, sorry! 
Jen is not hosting this week, after just having her baby…..so, head on over to Grace at Camp Patton for more of this weeks Quick Takes! Be praying for Jen, and baby Joseph! 
Blessings, 
Megan 

Quilts, Pasta, and a Throwback

Quilts:
I started my quilt this week. So far I have a partial block finished. Yes, only one….and only half done. I work on it when I can, which is admittedly not very often. I’m quite pleased though with what I have finished. I am using fat quarters to do each block, so I’m working on finding coordinating, and complimenting colors to use. I will show you pictures when I have decent ones to share…..Any suggestions on good quality fabrics or where to find them would be much appreciated!

Pasta:
For dinner last night I made homemade pasta for my family using this recipe (and cutting it in half). It was the easiest thing that I’ve made, and honestly the best dang pasta I’ve ever had! There is something so wonderful about fresh pasta, and with it being so easy to make I plan on making this A LOT! I will be using what was left over after making the noodles to make some Ravioli sometime next week. YUM!

Photo via: Me (via Instagram)

Throwback:

My grandpa and I on a very early morning in August (many years ago), just before we headed to Canada for  a week on the lake as a family.

There you have it: Quilts, Pasta, and a Throwback….maybe this will catch on and be a trend! (Doubt it…..but it was fun anyway!)

Enjoy the rest of your week. There is a very good chance that my Quick Takes post could be quite late this week…..I will be catering all day for the Casting Crowns concert that our church will be hosting…..you will hear from me, just not as early as normal.

Blessings,
Megan

7 Quick Takes: 4/5/13

Happy Friday, and Happy April! I took last Friday off because of Good Friday which means that I have two weeks of material to catch up on…the only problem is not much happened last week….or this week to be honest. This ought to be interesting!

1.) Let’s see……not much happened last week except that I finally wrapped up and submitted my report just before the deadline, and it was Holy Week. I did a few posts last week about Holy Week and you can find those here:

Palm Sunday
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
Maundy Thursday
Friday Contemplation (Good Friday)
He Is Risen! (Easter Sunday)

2.) I’m in charge of snacks for book club this week…and I’m doing a new lemon bar recipe…..that can be found here. I can’t wait to try it, and I can’t wait to discuss this book. For this month we read Never Look Back by Kathy Herman. It is a story of redemption, forgiveness, and resilience. I love Kathy Herman and this book certainly did not disappoint.

3.) I’ve decided to start a quilt. A full on, piece by piece quilt. Not like the tee-shirt quilt I made a few years ago. I made card stock patterns for each block, and I’m picking up coordinating fabric pieces at my fabric store. They started selling fat quarters and eights which will be a big help until its time to bind. I’m excited to get this project going….and I’ll keep you updated on my progress…..because I know you are so interested to hear all about it.

4.) I shopped in my first H&M last weekend, and had a bit of a “moment”. I walked in, and saw the sizes and the clientele and realized I was going to have a bit of a hard time in this store. I wear size 18 (16 on a good day) and they don’t really have much above a 12 or 14. I had a gift card and just wanted to get in and out as quickly as I could. It was not my proudest moment as all of my middle school body issues came rushing back in one fell swoop. It was B-A-D bad. I got some shirts in the biggest size they had and a scarf and got out! Swore off stores with sizes for the rest of the day. I went into book stores, a Vera Bradley store, and some tech stores….no more sizes.

5.) I thought I’d left all of the body issue nonsense behind me when I got out of middle school but every now and again it all comes back, and I end up a crying mess in the middle of a huge shopping mall. Let me tell you it is a sight to see. When I started high school I got rid of all of my baggy clothes, bought jeans that fit right (and looked good!), bought cute tops….no more tee shirts to try and hide what I thought was less than perfect. I don’t usually let it get to me anymore but sometimes, and it is a rare occasion when it does but it just so happened that I let it get to me on a day out with my family, in the middle of one of the biggest shopping malls in our area. Not my proudest moment.

6.) Turns out the shirts fit pretty well….and the scarf was quite pretty. My meltdown obviously had no real basis other than that I was having a slightly off day, and got discouraged for a few minutes by the sight of super skinny models in all of the ads, super skinny customers in the store, and all of it brought back memories of bullies in middle school. I’ve learned not to let it bother me…..and on the rare occasion that it does I can (sometimes) just brush it off and go on my way….

7.) I struggled to find things to talk about today and once I got going I just went. Sorry for the downer of a post today I just felt like I should share. I hope that someday this post will help someone like me. Don’t let your feelings of imperfection ever hold you back, or keep you from truly being yourself. I did……and now I regret it. I missed so many opportunities as a kid because I was afraid of what other people thought of me…and now I take every chance I get to experience new things, go to new places, and meet new people because I’m done holding myself back! God doesn’t make mistakes and once I accepted that idea, and started accepting myself, I felt so much better each day I woke up. I don’t worry anymore about what I see in the mirror each day, because God has helped me see me, the way that HE sees me!

Thanks for putting up with my ramblings today….now go see Jen for more QT’s!

Blessings,
Megan

P.S This week is Opening Week of Major League Baseball! Go Tigers!
I’m warning you now, from now until (hopefully) November you will hear a lot from me about baseball. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

He is Risen,

He is Risen indeed! The grave couldn’t hold him! Sin, and death lost at the foot of the cross! What more can I say, other than how thankful I am for a savior that loved me enough to die on a cross for a sinner such as me! This was a day spent with family, an awesome service at church this morning…and knowing that some day I’ll meet my Savior face to face because he went to the cross with my sin on his shoulders, my name written in his wounds…..but death did not stop him, the tomb didn’t hold him, he arose just as he said!

Happy Easter dear readers,, Happy Easter!

Blessings,
Megan