Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Little Happies...two days late


Well, hello, Blogger World. So I'm a little late posting my little happies...but they're great. I promise!!

This week's little happies features a few of my friends. I would say sorry for these pictures...but let's be honest, I love them. And all of y'all. So deal with it. The other little happies features some "things" in my life. I know that things are not supposed to make me happy, but these things added a little something extra to my past week so I wanted to feature them. So, without further ado, here we go! My Little Happies...Take Two.

Little Happy One:


We got a little goofy trying on bridesmaid dresses. At least that's our excuse for these faces.

Everyone, say hi to Cal ("Hi Cal" echoes around the internets). I have known that beauty in the purple-y dress for the past 12, almost 13, years. We met our first day of high school and have been bestfriends ever since. Somehow we haven't tired of each other yet. I am so thankful each and every day for our friendship. I chose this picture as one of my happies because it embodies us perfectly. And it makes me smile. This day, we were trying on dresses for our friend Caitlin's wedding. I think we're going to make those faces in the wedding photos. Great idea! *pats self on back*

Little Happy Two:


1. The Cross bracelet is perfect. 2. I feel a little "Harry Potter" with the feather bracelet.

My little happy two this week are my new bracelets! I've been searching for some new bracelets for awhile, but not just any bracelets. I wanted ones that allowed me to wear several at once without looking ridiculous. And let's be real...the cross and the feather are great. The third bracelet says "love" on it, and just looking at these bracelets reminds me of some of my favorite things - the love I have for everyone in my life, the feather for Harry Potter (sorry, had to), and the cross reminds me of my faith and how God loves me.

Little Happy Three:

Why yes, that is Abraham Lincoln's tomb. And yes, we did stop in the snow to take pictures.

So for spring break this year, my friend Heather and I decided to drive to Wisconsin to see our friend Katie and to do some wedding stuff. Katie is getting married in October and we're both in the wedding! The drive was GREAT and FANTASTIC. Heather and I LOVE the snow. Our conversations on the way there (and back) went pretty much likes this, "Snow is the worst thing ever. Where is the sunshine? How does this whole 'five feet of snow thing for months' work? It's 32 degrees, put some sleeves on that shirt, you crazy person. Are we there yet? I'm hungry. OH LOOK, ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS BURIED HERE." Seriously. Those were the things coming out of our mouths. This little side trip turned into such a fun time (we got mugs)! I loved getting to spend that time with Heather in the car, listening to audiobooks and commiserating about the snow and the cold. Oh, and seeing Katie was pretty great too (kidding, it was epic).

Little Happy Four:

Everyone needs to see this movie. Pronto. And read the books. So get on that.

This past week, the movie version of Divergent came out. It's the first of a dystopian trilogy by Veronica Roth. If you've read my previous posts, you know that I loooooooooove to read. I can pass an entire day reading a book, only moving for food. I have done this several times. Once with Divergent and once (okay, fine, several) times with Harry Potter...among many other series. Problem? Maybe. One that I mind? NOPE. The movie was great. The book is even better. I recommend that everyone read them...if you like dystopian novels set in a post apocalyptic society with a really hot male protagonist. Oh, and the main female character, Tris? I want to be her when I grow up.

Little Happy Five:
Apparently, I make faces a lot. Also, Steph, that face is GORGEOUS. Glad my hair looks appetizing.

My last little happy..this girl! That, everyone, is Stephanie. She's beautiful. And hilarious. And loves to take goofy pictures with me. That makes our friendship win-win-win. Also, she's a pretty good cook, so that's a plus. We took this picture on Sunday at the Youth Group's basketball game. Yes, we're the "adults." Please note the quotation marks. This photo so captures our friendship. We're just two goofballs who were thrown into this friendship by my mom. In August 2012, I met Stephanie. My mom goes, "Steph and her husband just moved here. She needs friends. You need friends. Be friends." Okay, so maybe the conversation didn't go exactly like that, but you get the picture. It worked - we're friends!! So thankful for her....and this picture. Mostly the picture.

That's it! My five happies. I hope you enjoyed! I am off to tackle the books and do some school work (save meeeeeee).

Peace,
Rachel












Monday, March 3, 2014

Little Happies


So, my blogger (and real life biffle) Stephanie at blessedtobe asked me to do this Little Happies post. And of course I said yes, because I always say yes to Stephanie.

Okay, that's not true. I said yes because my life really is full of Little Happies. In case you want to know what a Little Happies post it, here is how Stephanie said it: "The best way to stop ourselves from living life only for the "big things" is to fall in love with the little things. We've got to find stuff worth celebrating every day. We've got to find God in all good things, no matter how small. We've got to take time to savor all of life's little happies." Isn't she so smart? So here we go. My first Little Happies post, where I will post five things that have made me smile over the past week.

Number 1:

Lent is coming up. YAY! I can honestly say that this is the first year that I am extremely excited for Lent. I know what you're all thinking...you're excited to give up something for the next 40 days? YES, I AM. But Lent is about so much more than that. And I am excited. I also happened to pick up an awesome devotional book for Lent. The book takes the idea of St. Thérèse's Little Way, which all of you should totally look up, and focuses you more on why we sacrifice during Lent and not what we are sacrificing.

Look for this in your local Catholic book store. For reals.

Number 2: 

I spent this past weekend at our Diocesan Youth Celebration and I'm pretty sure the adults had more fun than the teens. Whoops. Stephanie and I even got matching tattoos. Okay, so they wash off. But we felt pretty hardcore for a solid 30 seconds. That time spent in fellowship with Stephanie is one of my little happies. 
Hardcore Barbie-font tattoos.

Number 3: 

So, I'm a girl, right? I LOVE shopping. Love it. It may not have been this past week...but I bought myself a new scarf. Scarves are another one of my obsessions. And this one fills two purposes. It's cute (duh) and it has stamps on it, so the history nerd in my rejoices every time I wear it! Take a look at it. ADORABLE.
Excuse my creepy one-eye look. I was showing off the scarf.

Number 4:

That youth retreat I mentioned in my Little Happy Number 2? I made some new friends and learned a lot about older ones. My Little Happy Number 4 is about them. New friends = fun times. Especially when you're the only girl there (no sarcasm). We had a snow day today and I spent it with these goofy kiddos. And I loved every single second of it.
Look at those faces. Besties.

Number 5:

One of my best friends just had her first baby. More importantly, he is quite possibly the cutest newborn baby boy that I have ever seen. She is also the first one of my best friends from high school to have a baby. Is this baby going to be spoiled? Absolutely. And I got have lunch with him and his precious momma on Friday. LOOK AT THAT FACE. I just can't. He's way too cute. I just want to eat him up. Not really. He's not a cupcake. But he's just that cute.

And there you have it. Five of the little things that have made me happy this past week. I love my life. I am beyond blessed and I don't deserve any of it. I am so thankful to God for all that He has blessed me with in my life. There it is. My first Little Happies post. I could name so many more things than these five, but that is where I found God this week. I could not be more grateful.

Peace!
Rachel