7 Quick Takes: 6/28/13

Once again, let me wish you all a very happy Friday! I have no plans today, none, nada, zero! I am free! This may not seem like much, but let me tell you, it doesn’t happen very often and when it does I tend to enjoy it! So, without further ado, let’s get to the takes!

1.) From Friday to Monday, I was in Indianapolis, Indiana attending the 28th General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene. It was amazing! The city, the thousands of Nazarenes from around the world, the worship services, the Missionaries, all of it! I loved hearing all of the languages as we recited The Lord’s Prayer! All of the voices and languages mingling with each other as we sang! General Assembly happens every four years, and this year happened to be an election year. Two of our General Superintendents retired this year, and our delegates elected two new Generals! It is such a fun election process, and I was able to watch the entire Assembly (that I wasn’t there for in person) via live stream on the General Church website! I can’t wait ’til 2017, and look forward to what these next four years hold for the Church!

2.) Monday, we headed home…by way of Shipshewanna. I visited a few quilt shops in town, and had to leave them both before doing any serious damage to my bank account! It was fabric galore, and I may have drooled just a bit! While in town, we ended up eating lunch at the Blue Gate Restaurant. It was awesome! The Blue Gate also houses a theater, where they are currently performing Half Stitched the Musical. Half Stitched is based off of the book, The Half Stitched Amish Quilting Club. I LOVED this book! I would love to take more time and go down to see the show, wander around those shops a little longer, and take a buggy ride! I can’t wait to get back to Shipshewanna! 
3.) Wednesday was spent with Grandma. Gram didn’t want to be home that day, and I can’t say I blame her. It was June 26th, four years ago, that Grandpa was called home to be with the Lord. His battle with cancer was finally over. He passed at home, Mom was with him that day, and I was with Gram. It was pretty hard on her that day, and honestly it still is pretty hard for us. I don’t do this often, but on Wednesday it seemed like all of my stress, and frustration from the past few weeks, and memories of Gramps all came flooding in at once and I ended up a crying, emotional mess during orchestra rehearsal (of course, I was able to pass it off as being blessed by the Holy Spirit, it WAS a pretty powerful song). 
4.) Okay, I need some advice….I will spare you all of the details, but I’ve been having lots of stomach issues lately, and I think I may be on to something. I started thinking of how my eating habits have changed, and all I could come up with is that in the last two weeks I’ve gone from eating absolutely NO Greek yogurt (or yogurt of any kind for that matter,) to eating it every day. Is it possible that this could mess with my digestive system, or throw it out of whack?? Any help would be appreciated!!
5.) I’m currently reading While We Were Reading Downton Abbey, I’m not very far into it, but I highly recommend it! It is a great mix of characters and personalities, seriousness and levity. It makes for a very fun read! Check it out, you won’t regret it! 
6.) I’m hoping to work on my quilt some more this weekend. I’d like to at least add the rest of the panels by July! It was (is) on my summer bucket list, and I’m really hoping to have it done soon! If I do add to it, I’ll try and get some pictures up! Wish me luck! 
7.) I’m linking up with Jen like I do! Head on over to Conversion Diary and check out all of the other Quick Takes! Sorry for cheating, and using that as take number 7, it’s been a really slow week, and I honestly couldn’t come up with anything else worth while!
Enjoy your weekend! 


In Loving Memory

In Loving memory of…..

My fishing buddy, my teacher, my cheerleader.

The man who taught me to tie a lure, fillet a fish, and make the best darn pancakes around.

A loving  husband, father, and grandfather.

Taken from this world too soon, by cancer. I know I’ll see him again someday.

I love you grandpa! It’s been four years, but it doesn’t get any easier when this day rolls around.




Somos Sagrados

Somos Sagrados…..We Are Holiness

I just got home from a weekend in Indianapolis attending the 28th General Assembly for the Church of the Nazarene, and let me tell you….it was amazing! 20,000 Nazarene clergy and laypeople from around the globe converged on Indy, for the quadrennial meeting of the denominational leaders, delegates, and guests (like myself!).

My favorite part of the whole time I spent down there was the worship services, being able to worship the Lord surrounded by so many different languages, hearing voices lifted in prayer in more languages and dialects than I can count, and the fact that there is something so powerful connecting each and every one of us!

One of my very favorite speakers is General Superintendent, Dr. J.K. Warrick. Dr. Warrick was assigned the topic: We Are Holiness. Guys, this message was amazing! Not only did it completely embody the whole focus of the Nazarene Church, but it was presented in a way that was so accessible to all of us. It was a message on salvation, and sanctification. Heart Holiness. God wants all of us, not just what we are willing to give, he wants everything we have, everything that we are. He wants our plans, our lives, ALL.OF.US. He wants us to surrender everything to Him so that we can be filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit!

If we surrender to Him, there will be nothing that can hold us back from the in-filling of the Spirit! Guys! This is what it’s all about! We are HOLINESS! God wants us to have entire sanctification, heart holiness…this is what the Nazarene Church is about, what we were founded on, THIS…THIS RIGHT HERE is what we believe!!!


Blessings all,

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7 Quick Takes: 7 Quick Pics

Happy Friday once again! I’m posting early (much earlier than is normal for me), because hopefully at my normal posting hour I will be on the road towards my weekend conference (watch for a few posts regarding the conference coming soon.) so 1:00 a.m. it is. I realized today that I’ve told you guys a lot about my quilt: the basic layout and pattern, all of the embroidery, what kind of progress I’m making…. but I never showed you proof of any of this, allow me to remedy that today with 7 quick pics of my quilt-in-progress. 
1.) This is the quilting station that I’ve set up in my room. I turn on some music (crank it up is more like it) and sew away until my eyes get tired or the creative juices stop flowing.
2.)  using waste canvas, I have embroidered some of my favorite titles unto the books. Here is the Harry Potter series…. 
3.)…..Gone With the Wind (sorry, it’s a little blurry) 
4.) To Kill a Mockingbird 
5.) Les Miserables….
6.) The complete works of Jane Austen
7.) Quotes from some of my favorite authors, and books will go in some of the big empty spaces. 
 I have had such a great time working on this! I can’t wait to finally have it all done and be able to show you my final product (and first quilt!). If you would like to READ something (other than just look at pictures…) check these out: 
Linking up with Jen like I always do….make sure you go check out all of the other QT-ers. 
I hope you all have a lovely weekend! 

Pinterest Told Me To……Told Me To!!

Do you guys read Sheaffer’s blog Pinterest Told Me To?? If not, you really need to check it out. What she does is takes outfits that she sees on Pinterest, and recreates them. She gives sale alerts for lots of different stores, and tells some pretty great stories. You really do need to check it out…..so, now to the point of this post.

Recently, Sheaffer posted about wearing coral and mint. Definitely not something I ever thought I would do let me tell you. (actually, this post will be full of firsts for me, you’ll see in just a bit.) I have both colors (in abundance) in my closet, so I figured why not give it a try what’s the worst that can happen right? I have to tell you, I was not disappointed! The colors really do go so well together (first number one for me: Coral and Mint.) I thought I would share with you what Pinterest Told Me To told me to do:

Here you have it, Coral and Mint. I love this outfit so much! I will definitely do this again (first number two: full length picture with my face included….what got into me this week!?)
I cannot stress this enough…..CHECK OUT PINTEREST TOLD ME TO! You won’t regret it! While you are at it, check out Sheaffer’s friend Shay’s blog Mix and Match Mama this is another one that I know you will love!

Take a cue from me this week, and try something new! I had fun with this, and who knows you may see my face in more pictures from now on….I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out!

Enjoy the rest of your week, and be looking for a post coming up about the progress of my quilt! 

7 Quick Takes: 6/13/13

Happy Friday! I’m going to be very quick with my takes today (and you can hold me to that) I have to be in the office early today, so here we go!

1.) Last Saturday night I spent some time visiting with my aunt and uncle. My dear aunt has Alzheimer’s that seems to be progressing pretty quickly, and it is heartbreaking to see her get worse. Please keep her and my uncle in your prayers. We had a great time visiting, and she seemed okay for most of the visit…

2.) The sweet kids that attend our church’s Wednesday night kids program made cards and treats for the office staff on Wednesday night. My dad is interim Children’s pastor so he had me take some pictures of the kids working in the kitchen, and because I’m on the office staff I got to partake in the goodies…..

3.) I attended my first ever book signing this week, and it was quite a special one! Carrie Mattern just published her third book, All About Jane. This is her first young adult novel, and she has written two children’s story books prior to this. What made this signing so special is that Carrie is my former English teacher. I get my passion for reading and writing from the remarkable woman. I was privileged enough to read one of her early drafts of this novel while I was still in school, and it is phenomenal. I can’t wait to finally read the published version! I am so happy for her! Be sure to check out her website, it’s linked right up there!
4.) I watched the Tony awards on Sunday night. I love award shows, but this one is one of my very favorites. I love to see the big musical numbers and my favorite this year was the scene from Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. I have always loved this version of the story….
5.) …in fact, I still have the VHS tape from 1965 when Lesley Ann Warren played Cinderella. I used to watch that tape all the time, I loved to sing and dance along with it! Last year, I dug out the old VCR, gave it a good dusting and popped that tape in….mom and I watched it together like we would when I was a little girl…it was SO. MUCH. FUN!!
    The image quality is terrible, but this is one of my favorite scenes…and one of the best songs!
(I apologize to anyone reading this one a mobile device, but you may not see the video here. You’ll have to watch it on your desktop…you won’t regret it!!!)
7.) I’m linking up with Jen and the others over at Conversion Diary, make sure you check it out! 

Have a great weekend guys!


7 Quick Takes: Summer Reading List

Happy Friday! Friday’s are my favorite…it means running errands, lunch with mom, the day off from work, and movie night with my family…there is nothing better! This week, instead of telling you (read: complaining) about my week, I’d like to share my summer reading list with you…..

1.) Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables: I started reading this one on my trip to Orlando. We drove to Orlando from Michigan, I had plenty of time to read. I also read by the pool, and at night in the hotel. I love the musical Les Mis, and had never read the book but I have to admit that I’m really enjoying it so far!

This is my backseat space while we travel. Book, backpack, iPod, and snacks.

2.) Ray Blackston’s A Delirious Summer. It is a fun, light romance novel from the point of view of the man. The description on the back cover had me literally laughing out loud in the library when I found it. Here is a little tid-bit for you……..”the girls of Greenville aren’t waiting for dates. They’ve crafted a plan – a database and an organization – to find Mr. Rights in every denomination and congregation…” that’s only a little bit from the back but it was enough for me to make my choice. 

3.) Wanda Brunstetter’s Half Stitched Amish Quilting Club. This book was wonderful! I plan on doing a full review on this in the future. Emma Yoder hosts a quilting class to earn some extra money, and when her students show up, she ends up hosting a rag-tag band of misfits. Each member of the class has some issues they are dealing with; abandonment, alcoholism, loss of a spouse…they all come together in this class and some come to know the Lord, relationships are healed, and families are brought together. It was a truly delightful read. 
4.) Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. I read this book every summer. Literally EVERY SUMMER. I love this book so much. I fell in love with it the first time I ever read it way back in eighth grade. It is one of my all time favorite books….it never fails to just pull me in. I lose myself in this story every time I read it…it never grows old! 
5.) Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity. I saw this one mentioned on Everyday Reading, and the review and recommendation from Janssen was enough to make me want to read this one. I can’t wait to start it. I have a trip coming up to Indianapolis, and I plan to start it then. 
6.) Ashton Lee’s Cherry Cola Bookclub. I was in Sam’s Club ( I always get distracted by the books) and this one really stuck out to me, just because of the cover illustration. I read the description, and thought it sounded great….nothing better than people coming together to save a library! I love feel good, light reads that are just lots of fun. I can’t wait to read this one. 
See, doesn’t this just look inviting…it just LOOKS like a great read! 
7.) I have a very diverse list of books…I love reading in the summer. On road trips, on a blanket under a tree, in the park, curled up during a thunderstorm. I love having a break from school and being able to read anything I choose; as light or heavy as I want. Just in general, I love to read….which if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you already know that : ) 
If you have any recommendations that you’d like to share, or if you’ve read anything on the list, I’d love to know what you have to say!

Have a wonderful day, and make sure to visit Jen over at Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes!


Homemade Dry Shampoo

I love dry shampoo! I love that I don’t have to wash my hair everyday, because when I was it would dry out, and become very brittle. I love that you can get it with volumizer! You can refresh your hair, and give it a little lift. What I don’t love is the price tag.

My favorite brand

Basically all dry shampoo really is, is some kind of oil absorbing substance…right?? Why not make it homemade then!? It really can’t be that hard all you need is something to absorb the oil at the roots.

Oily…(for me, this is very oily, the picture makes it look lots better than it was)

I grabbed a canning jar and lid. I started out with equal parts of cocoa powder (because of my dark hair) and cornstarch. I ended up adding an extra two tablespoons of cocoa powder to really darken the mixture.

Using a make-up brush, I dabbed the cocoa-cornstarch mixture onto my roots and let it sit for about two minutes. After sitting for a few minutes, I just brushed it out with my hair brush!

…and viola!! Good as new! So there you have it, very easy, very cheap (and smells good enough to eat) dry shampoo! I absolutely love it, and I won’t be buying it from the store anymore! I love DIY-ing health and beauty products, and saving myself lots of money in the long run! 
Try it, you just might decide you like it!
Megan Marie