Dear Coffee- I love you and I hate you. I have a feeling it will always be this way. Right now I love you, and thank you for your existence. I go in such spurts with my coffee drinking. I try to give it up because I don’t want to be dependent on something so powerful as caffeine. Caffeine headaches are the worst. They always make me feel like somebody is just squeezing my brain as tight and as hard as they can. Ouch.
I try to give it up because every now and then I’ll get convicted and feel like it’s a luxury. You see, I’m a coffee snob. I like good coffee. Folgers and Maxwell house don’t really cut it for me. I also like cream in my coffee. Ok, well let’s be honest…I like coffee in my cream. Chris says I’m not addicted to the coffee but the sugary stuff I put in my coffee. Well ya know what? Who cares! I like to enjoy my coffee.

.the perfect morning.
About a year ago I had this random bought of not wanting anything to do with coffee. I actually thought I was pregnant and it was a food aversion. (obviously, I wasn’t) But I wasn’t going to force myself to drink coffee. I put up with the headaches and even wasted several pots because I would make some and try to drink it but I just couldn’t. After that I decided I would only drink coffee if I was going to enjoy it.
Let me be honest, again. There is just something about a cup of coffee and good conversation with a friend. I love that. It is music to my soul. It is one of those things that I would rather do than just about anything else on a Friday night. Forget the movies, forget the shopping mall, forget eating at a fancy restaurant…give me coffee and a friend.

.let's enjoy coffee here.

One quick story….
My mom l o v e s coffee. I mean l o v e s. One time, not too long ago, my cousins and I were playing catch phrase. It was my little cousin Jared’s turn. He took one look at the word and exclaimed, “Oh! Aunt Renae drinks like, five cups of this a day!” the word was coffee. *grin* I love you, Mom. (ps- let’s use our friendship mugs for tomorrow morning’s coffee, and then we can think of each other and it’ll be like we’re sharing a pot together, sound good?)

And finally, I must share my newest love—Coffeemate’s Coconut Crème Creamer. Oh my lanta. You should know, I do not, repeat—do not like coconut. Honestly, I don’t really like anything coconut. But I saw this on a blog not long ago and thought I would give it a whirl. Heck, it’s only $2.50 and you only live once. I seriously think this is my new favorite. It’s no joke, my friends, the stuff is delicious. If you don’t want to buy a whole container of it, please drive to my house and we can have coffee and good conversation and you can try my newest love.
Anyone up for that?? Great. Can't wait to see you :)

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An excerpt from Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young:

I continually call you to closeness with Me. I know the depth and breadth of your need for Me. I can read the emptiness of your thoughts when they wander away from Me. I offer rest for your soul, as well as refreshment for your mind and body. As you increasingly find fulfillment in Me, other pleasures become less important. Knowing Me intimately is like having a private wellspring of Joy within you. This spring flows freely from My throne of grace, so your Joy is independent of circumstances.

Waiting in My Presence keeps you connected to Me, aware of all that I offer you. If you feel any deficiency, you need to refocus your attention on Me. This is how you trust Me in the moments of your life.


monkey monkey

A friend at church is due any day now with a baby boy. Of course when she said his room was being decorated in monkeys, I couldn't resist trying my hand at embroidery with this cute little monkey face.

Can't wait to meet baby Malachi!



Today was an inspirational day. All day, just, inspired.

It started with Nie's bed. lol. Not sure why, but I feel in love with this lovely comforter and the fabulous mix of pillows atop.

Next came this glorious collection of mugs from luvinthemommyhood that just made me want to sip my coffee all day long.

From there I found a whole slew of projects I want to start next. This one I've actually started tonight...

And these, I'm not sure if I'll ever get around to, but I think they look stellar.

and if I get brave, one of these days I might try my hand at this. *grin*

good night ya'll!