Already Enough


This is me. The real me. No makeup, filters or flattering photo angles. Hot and sweaty from watching my girls at cheer practice, before which I backed into my husband’s car (for real y’all). 

Tired, oh so tired. 

I am a daughter of the one true King, beloved and treasured, but I have a hard time remembering that. Remembering that my joy lies in Him and Him alone. 

I post this so you know that we don’t have it all together. I yell at my kids sometimes, and they are not always perfect angels. (The 4yo only made it half way through cheer before she had a meltdown). My house isn’t clean, I don’t cook gourmet meals, my kids are lucky if they have PB&J sometimes. 

Don’t compare yourself to what you see on social media. We all have stuff, no one is perfect. That photo I posted of my two sweet girls holding hands and smiling? It took 20 shots, lots of tears, and most likely a fist fight between the two to get. 

What you have is what you have, and what you have is already perfect because it’s yours. Live for the moment, because they go so fast. Put down the phone and spend time with your kids. I promise you will learn things about them you never knew. 

And LOVE yourself. The self you have now, not the self you want to be or think you should be. If you don’t love yourself now, you won’t love yourself when you get there either. 

You are beautiful, loved, treasured, important, intelligent, amazing. You truly are. 
“So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Cor 4:18

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I post this for and to myself. I need to put down the phone and stop comparing myself to other people, AND I am just as bad as the next person about only posting the good and “perfect”. I would hate to know that someone would see something I’ve posted and think less of what they have, when really they are only seeing half truths. I’m not trying to be preachy, I’m only calling it as I see it in my own life and mind. 

And again, you are already enough. YOU, reading this right now. You are loved, cared for, intelligent, strong, important, amazing. 

Don’t ever forget it. 

Until next time, 

Day 18 ~ Something I’ve made…

Day 18 ~ So I’m addicted to Pinterest… I know a lot of other people are too. People that have way more time than I do. Haha.
So today’s post is of something I’ve made. I found this project and this project on Pinterest and knew immediately that I just had to try it. Little did I know that it would turn into the project from hell. Ok, so it wasn’t really the project from hell, and I did have a ton of fun doing it. It just took WAY longer to finish than I ever imagined….
My adventures in coffee filter flower making.
It started innocently enough, I wanted to make a coffee filter flower wreath for my mother-in-law’s birthday. The project was really super easy, and I thought to myself, “I’ve got this, I can totally knock this out in one weekend!” So I started on the Friday evening before the said birthday. I unfortunately did not get any pictures of the filter dying process, but instead of hand painting like the second tutorial suggested, I used the “dunk in a cup” method. I put the desired amount of paint in a cup, added some water and stirred. Then put three to four filters in each cup, squeezed all the water out, and laid them out to dry.
Saturday once the filters were dry I started making flowers. And making flowers, and making flowers….
and making flowers….
Sunday evening rolled around and I was no where near done. I *tried* to work on them in the evenings during the week, but working full time, taking care of a house, chasing a toddler and being pregnant, doesn’t usually leave me with a lot of energy in the evenings.
I eventually finished all the flowers the next weekend and started gluing them to the foam wreath that I had purchased from Hobby Lobby. It was the largest foam wreath that Hobby Lobby offers by the way. Only to realize that I wasn’t going to have anywhere near enough flowers to cover the entire thing! o_O
So after some measuring and conferring with Adam I cut the wreath down and glued it back together. I got down to about a 2 inch section of the wreath and RAN OUT OF FLOWERS! I had bought two 200 packs of coffee filters to start with, and dyed one entire package. It takes 3 filters to make one large flower, I did make a few one and two filter flowers as well, so I had made close to 70 flowers to start with. I was just defeated by this point.
I ended up having to dye more filters the NEXT weekend, and make MORE flowers (yes at this point it had taken me three whole weekends to finish this stupid thing), and eventually finished up the wreath. 
The colors are really a little more muted than this, the lighting was awful when I took this shot.
I think it turned out well, for all the trouble it caused me, and mom-in-law eventually received her birthday present. 🙂
I few weeks later, my mother and I were asked to do a project for one of my cousin’s weddings, which also involved coffee filter flowers. Without missing a beat, I said “Sure, we can do it no problem!” I was later kicking myself in the butt for saying this, but I think that it turned out very well, and I made my deadline that time! 
I still have dyed filters left over from this one. I made sure that we didn’t run out of flowers like I did with the wreath. Adam recently asked me what I was going to do with them…Let’s just say I won’t being making flowers anytime soon. 🙂
What are some our your projects from hell? Or some of your favorite projects??
Jess ♥

Day 12 ~ Something that makes me happy…

Day 12
This is something that makes me EXTREMELY happy!! Yes, this is my silly munchkin wearing a bag on her head. My mom took this last night while Scarlett spending the night with her. She has the coolest little personality, and everyday we learn something new about her. I know she’s is going to be an awesome big sister. I can’t wait for them to meet! 
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday. 🙂
May Photo Challenge, see this post for more info.
P.S. I know I missed yesterday’s picture, Adam and I had a surprise date night, so the blog was the last thing on my mind. 😉
Until next time,
Jess 

Day 7 ~ Someone who inspires me…

Day 7 ~ Someone who inspires me…
I couldn’t just pick one today, so here are my inspirations…
Clint Chapman! This is my boss…I know odd right? Not Really! He is an amazing person, (both of my bosses are really). Clint, along with his partner, built this company from the ground up, we have come SO far in the last few years, and have no were to go but up. But he inspires me because he truly cares about people, and it shows in everything that he does! 🙂
My Mom. This woman is the strongest, kindest hearted person I know. She did a great job raising me! (I should know right?!) I’m blessed to have a Mother like her! 
Love you Mom!
May Photo Challenge, see this post to find out more.

If you hadn’t noticed, I did miss my photo post from yesterday. It was supposed to be a picture of myself. I was in no way suitable to be photographed yesterday, and may or may not had showered since Friday. o_O Hey, cut me a little slack, I am 8 months pregnant! 🙂

Jess