Mom Street Style Feature

Guess what? 
I'm featured over here today...how fun is that??
Hop on over and take a peak....they call me McGyver!! :)


Ode to the dreads

Once upon a time, my good friend combed my hair into dreadlocks. It's true. 

Chris makes fun of me when I refer to them as "my dreads" because since I had them in for such a short time--three months--they never formed as well as some people's. 

But they were well on their way. And I loved 'em.
We took a trip to the beach and I was so nervous to get them wet in the ocean. But wouldn't you know, the salt water helped them immensely.  

I have to admit, there are some days that I really wish I never would have taken them out. But it was the right thing at the time, so I did. And quite honestly, a big reason I did them in the first place was so that at the end of my life, I wouldn't have said, 
"I wish I would have tried putting my hair in dreads."

So there ya have it. A lovely recap of my most favorite hairstyle.
And maybe, just maybe, I'll do it again someday.  :) 

Creating Dandelions

image source.

Did you know that...

the more you try to weed them, the faster they grow? (source)

Maybe a different image comes to your mind, 
but I see a picture of my Jesus, 
pruning me to be made more like Him. 

In John 15 (here), Jesus talks about cutting off branches that don't bear fruit and how he will prune the branches that do bear fruit so that they will be fruitful. This is a constant prayer of mine--

Lord, weed out the stuff that clouds my vision and the things of this life that have little value, and help me remain in You.

So, that's how my shop came to be:

I'm just a girl trying to mimick my Maker....making all things new. I strive to repurpose things--be it an old pair of pants, an old sweater, or an old sheet. My goal is to take something that would have otherwise been trashed and turn it into something beautiful and useful. 

CreatingDandelions is not for profit. It is Christ’s love that compels us to give to those in need. 


Friday Highs.v24

Friday Highs.v24--The Molly Files.

I'm short on words this week. And I have a lot of pictures I want to share. And they're all of my precious babe. Hard to believe she's just about NINE months old. Crazy.

 I love you, peanut. Words can't describe what a joy it is to watch you grow. :)


It was about time.

So much held me back. Mainly Fear. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of not doing every exact thing perfectly. Fear of not actually being able to do it. 

But I think I've crossed over the first hurdle. 
Three things are listed.

More to come soon, including a description of my shop, but this is my first baby step.

Creating Dandelions on Etsy.  


Home: Kitchen

I have a philosophy for my home. 
I want it to be a place that I love. A place where I can look around and smile. Feel relaxed and happy.

Sometimes this makes for some interesting craft projects. Sometimes friends make fun. :P But I say, who cares. 
It makes me happy. *grin*

Anyway, I just thought I would begin sharing a few snippets of my home--little corners here and there that bring a smile to my face when I look at them. 

First up: my kitchen.

The clementines box was a random fix for a place to store Molly's bibs. 
I just nailed it right into the wall!

I admittedly stole Chelsie's idea of having different knobs on every cabinet/drawer. I absolutely love this!

Happy birds from World Market. 'Laugh' sign from brother and sister-in-law.

Anthropologie apron from my mom. Magnet from a sweet friend. I think of you every time I look at it!

These were month dividers from my 2011 planner. I thought the pictures were too pretty to throw away. Thus, they're on my wall! :)

Yeah.....that plant in the green pot is now just about dead. I tried.

My mom painted this a long, long time ago, and
I'm the lucky soul that ended up with it. Isn't it amazing? :)



image found via pinterest

I've written about trust before. A lot, actually. It seems to be something that creeps up a lot in life. 

Last night in my small group as the girls and I talked, it seemed as though even though each of our life situations are different, each one boiled down to trust. 

It's such a crucial part of our walk with Him. I truly believe that in all things in life, He is saying, "My child, Trust Me."

Trust Me in your day to day activities.
Trust Me when your life gets messy.
Trust Me when your future is so foggy that you can't see ten feet in front of you.
Are you going to trust Me or let yourself think that somehow your plan is better?

Just some thoughts for today. Be blessed, my friends.


Friday Highs.v23

This face...

A few days ago, Chris and I went into her room when she woke up and sang "Good Morning to You." She just stood in her crib and smiled and bopped to our song. :)

We always hold hands and pray before we eat our meals. Usually I gently take Molly's hand but I don't force anything. This past week, I laid my hand on her tray, and she reached out and grabbed my hand for the entire prayer. :)

Last night (after a week and a half of rough nights) she slept beautifully. 
Thank you, child. Please continue this practice.

And....she climbs. Proof: 

Grammie and Molly reading stories.

Our taxes are done (refund- yah!) and our new computer is on it's way. 
(I've heard it said, once you go Mac, you never go back. Anyone agree?)

I just thought this was too funny not to share. image found via weheartit

The best love day ever. A night in with my man. And our colossal cookie to share.

My cup of coffee this morning was steaming. And the birds were chirping. 
These Friday Highs, people.....they're about finding joy in the simple things. They're about pausing in our day to soak in the beauty of this life. :)

Happy Weekend, friends!


My SnuggleBug

Molly girl is turning into quite the snugglebug. One thing I've noticed recently is that right when she wakes up in the morning, she needs about 10-15 minutes of snuggle time before playing. This mama is happy to comply. :)

I'm so thankful my mom picked up my camera and snapped these shots the other night. It was just before bedtime, and her eyes were fixed on Praise Baby. :)


Happy Love Day.

In my book, today is a celebration of love. 

A celebration of where true love is found, and that is in Jesus. 

He loves you, my friends. 

If you can be sure of anything in this life, it is that



For Breakfast

A few months ago, Chris was rushing out the door to work one morning and didn't have anything for breakfast. While this was a fairly common occurrence, for some reason, that morning, it tugged my heart. 

At that point, I decided I had to make sure he was fed before he left for work. 
Thus, our breakfast meal plan. 
It is honestly just a general guide. Occasionally we'll stray from it, but it keeps me accountable. :)

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, we have oatmeal. Usually topped with almond milk, agave nectar, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, and raisins. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays we have eggs and toast with homemade jam. I cannot, however, take credit for the jam--it was given to us for Christmas from several different friends and family members.

While oatmeal and eggs/toast are yummy, nothing beats pancakes on a Saturday morning. I like mine with a little bit of peanut butter.  :)
I use this recipe, only cut in half and I use almond milk instead.

And there ya have it. Full bellies. Happy Husband. 



Molly and I are headed out of town today, 
so I'm skipping out on Friday Highs this week. 
I'll leave you with this what-seems-like-ancient picture of Molls and I. 
My, how she has grown. :)



I call this one The Money Shot.

It's been a rough week, ya'll. And I hesitate to say that because it's only Thursday. BUT, tomorrow we see Grammie, so all will be ok. *grin*

I don't know if this is a normal struggle of motherhood or it's just me and my type A personality, but I have an extremely difficult time finding balance. 

Maybe it's because right now I wear so many hats...
Wife, Mom, Worship Leader, Shop owner, Friend, Cook, Maid (haha), etc.

If it's ok (which it is, because it's my blog *grin*) I'm just going to be honest and tell you that many times, I dream of what it would be like if I could just pack up my little family and run away

But when I bring it all before the Lord, He quietly and gently whispers, 
"This is exactly where I want you." 

My gut response? "Really, Lord?"

After a quick heart check...
"Then, that's exactly where I want to be."

So, if this is it, Jesus, then I beg of you, give me your strength. 
I cannot do this on my own.

 My dear friends, I say to you, thank you for "listening." 
You will now be rewarded with more pictures of my sweet baby. :)



Inspired. Check.

For some reason I was feeling a little less-than-inspired last night, so I decided to do what? Yes. Get on Pinterest. Oh, pinterest. 

Anyway, pretty sure I can now check "inspired" off my list.

Can't wait to make these kale chips.

If only...

A long, relaxing soak in the bath tub sounds marvelous. 
Buy the "tub caddy" here.

Waiting for my hair to grow out again so I can try this braid:

Love this idea! Adding these to my "to make" list.