Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekly Deals

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My sweet friend Kaitlin from Wifessionals is hosting something called Weekly Deals. She handpicked a few handmade shops and is highlighting some of their items at an incredible discount. Seriously, it's so good, it's shocking. The deals won't last long so head on over to check out some beautiful items for a low price. Think Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers! 

Here is the deal I'm offering on her website.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Off to Nashville...

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c/o: NYWC 

The Mr. and I are headed to Nashville to attend the National Youth Workers Convention. This is going to be our very first time attending a youth ministry conference, and boy are we excited. We're going to be soaking up all kinds of information that we'll be able to bring back and implement. Not to mention, we'll also be hearing from The Skit Guys, Propaganda, Rend Collective Experiment, Shane & Shane, Bob Goff, and David Crowder, just to name a few. 

With what little free time we'll have, I want to know...what are some must have places we need to go to while we're in Nashville? We'll be eating out a lot due to our schedule so we also need to know names of great places to eat. 

Can't wait to hear from you! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

kitt + kaboodle feature

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As many of you know, I took a leap of faith and started an Etsy shop earlier this year, kitt + kaboodle. Recently, a pair of our earrings were styled by the beautiful Casey Wiegand. It was such an honor to have her feature us on her website!

 In honor of this special day, we'd like to offer an amazing discount code just in time for all your upcoming holiday shopping. Use promo code CASEY50 to receive 50% off all earrings through the month of November! That's right, you can purchase a pair of earrings for less than $2.50!

Here are some of our favorite picks for winter.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/kittkaboodle
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Friday, November 8, 2013

Be Intentional

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Yesterday afternoon as I sat in a lunch meeting I was struck by a statement a gentlemen made about high schoolers and their faith. His comment was about how important it is that we, being a part of youth ministry, understand the significance of our high schoolers being intentional in their faith. 

While this sounds like an easy task it's one of the more difficult parts of youth ministry. Our youth battle with more than we ever did in high school and the constant presence of social media in their lives also plays a key role. Trying to teach them the importance of having their own faith is hard sometimes. It doesn't always feel like it clicks with them.


Yesterday's meeting focused around giving our high schoolers a reason to be intentional about their faith now, right now. That way they will be able to take it with them to their college years. While I've always known this is true, for some reason it hit me extra hard yesterday. It gave me a renewed sense of passion that what I'm doing with my husband in youth ministry is making a difference and has the potential to make an even bigger difference. 

It's really quite easy to go day in and day out to the office; stuck in the mentality of being task focused. I have to remind myself that it's about the people, the relationships, and the reality that I can impact their lives. The pile of files on my desk, the list of emails that need to be sent, and the never ending to-do list can wait. They will wait, because they will always be there. These students though? They can not wait. They need us, they need me now. The reality is that they're in and then suddendly out of our ministry in the blink of an eye. Before we know it they will be graduatiing high school and then they're off to college. With that, the small window of time we had to impact them is gone. 

I guess this is more of a self reflection than anything. I'm realizing, again, the imporant work we've been called to. I'm realzing how great of a burden that is, but also how incredibly beautiful the reward is. I'm realzing I can not do this without Him. I'm realizing how incredible it is that He would choose a broken vessel like myself.  I'm realizing the importance of grace.

Whatever you are passionate about in life, whether it be your work, your ministry, your kids, your spouse, or your faith, be intentional with all of it. 
The reward is great.

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