Sunday, May 29, 2011

weekend [d.n.i.w.e.r]

Goodness gracious, I didn't realize how good it would be to come home and spend time just be-ing. It's been oh so wonderful!

more or less a post of random-ness...

{nothing like a good ole drive out to the land with a beautiful sunset. there's something great about a place with no cellphone service, and just you + nature + fam. Not to mention the drive out there being one of my most favorite, peaceful things.}

beautiful sun, and yes, those are cows- they are lovely as well.

{good time to catch up on some reading + music. Music: Recently been diggin' some Mister Dylan LeBlanc + Wind + Willow, which has a free album download & great strings, check it! +  this incredible song by Lissie accompanied with Miss Ellie Goulding + Madeleine Peyroux for the jazz fix, along with the good ole favs Ella, Frank, Tony, Nat, and Norah.} ... I guesss it's needless to say I'm loving some new music lately...

{lovin' some hats. summer = hats. yes? yes. Enjoyin' summer weather more than usual, but not so much as to not wish fall weather, in all it's bliss, would hurry itself on up.}

{remembering this time last year I was preparing to leave for Honduras. I really do miss those kids. It was such a incredible time in my life, and I am so thankful for what it gave me.}

missin' this sweet bundle of joy, Jalisa.
{All in all, thankful for where the Lord has me in this season & what He is preparing me for. He is good, all the time, and He is very much present in our daily events. Praising + Rejoicing that I serve the Great I AM, not I was. Psalm 37:3-5}

Friday, May 27, 2011


So thankful today is Friday,
and a long weekend.

Loving Colossians 1:17 today, "And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together." Trust in that today!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

"She limps on up to the top of the mount. Looks at the faltered harvest. Feels her sweat in the ground and the burn in her nose. And the knowing in her gut - somethings still gonna grow and she ain't leaving until it does."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I have talented friends...

Some art from some of my favorite people...

Drawing of Mr. John Paul White of the Civil Wars!

Drawing, so incredible. Perfect.

2D Design. I would say it's the best, but I'm partial. But it's the best.

The artist himself with this incredible drawing of our friend, Tyke. Amazing. Still can't get over it.


Monday, May 23, 2011

for the love of art.

Recently, I've just been fascinated with scrolling through pages and pages of art. It's so interesting to me where people get their concept & how they deliver it. Talented folks out there.

Screenprint on wood, brilliant.

Love this whole set up. How original & interesting.

this is brilliant.


love the filters, and the overlap.
{all of these pictures are from this brilliant blog!}

Friday, May 20, 2011


I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.
-Dawna Markova

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Isn't it amazing how the Lord knows exactly what we need just precisely when we need it. A very dear friend of mine (soul sistah, rather) were discussing Deuteronomy 8 today. Wow, beautiful words. Moses was leading the Israelites out of captivity with the presence of the Lord leading him, promising to provide for every need. One would think being brought out of captivity and with the very presence Lord, there would not grumblings, no murmurings of discontentment. Wrong.

The Lord led them through this trial in the desert "to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands" (v.2). Fourty years he took them, yet continually His provision came through. "He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. 4Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORDyour God disciplines you" (v.3-5). How wonderful & amazing is it that the Lord loves enough to discipline us, to not leave us where we are? ... but to push us, keep us hungry for more of Him, ultimately transforming into His likeness

I praise the Lord for friends He can bring alongside you to share in your trials and rejoicings, right Ashlyn

For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; 8a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. 
{Deuteronomy 8: 8-9}
Rejoicing in that.
Ah, He is good.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I feel like the above word describes how life has been the end of April and beginning of May for me. CRAZY. Lots of new, good, and beautiful things going on, as well as some difficult, refining, and trying things. Hey, that's how the Lord works doesn't he? If we sailed through everything, the process of becoming more like Him would not exist, so praise Him for that. 

{quick catch-up} 

1. My sweet and beautiful sister-friend Rachel is engaged to this dear man, Chase. YES!!!!

HOO-RAH for this couple. (photo cred: sweet + talented, Brooke)
2. I graduated. (only to go back to school, but HEY, I did it!)

3. I have a job, that I actually like. Getting to work with hunger & poverty. 

4. I'm learning and falling more in love with the Lord than ever. He is good, always. 

5. The story of Esther has officially become my jam, yes jam.

6. Pintrest may or may not be taking up a small (or medium-sized) portion of my day. (join asap, you'll thank me later)

7. My friends (or family, really) are some of the best things that have ever happened to me. They are truly a blessing and such a picture of the body of Christ- encouraging + building each other up, sharpening, revealing Christ. My love for them runs deep and no distance or circumstance will ever change that.