Morning Time


Morning time is my favorite time.  I love to be able to sit down, eat a yummy breakfast, drink hot coffee, read Scripture, and stare out the window.   I don't think there is a better combination then breakfast food, coffee, and a journal.  I tend to want to sleep in till the last minute, but when I take the time to get up a little earlier, my whole day is always much better.  Steel cut oats with cinnamon, honey, and apple chips are my breakfast of choice as of late.  Warm, sweet, and filling.  And it keeps me full till my lunch break at work.

Okay, I'm not a food blogger.  But I do know how these times intentionally set aside are where the Lord meets me.  MERCY.  His refreshing, life giving Spirit whispers in my ear, and I am changed.  Much better then that extra hour of sleep.

Also, I'm learning and growing so much lately and am so excited how the Lord is going to stretch me in this new season.  I feel like the unknown of the future is becoming more and more exciting lately.  Let's pray my mindset and emotions about the future continue to stay this way!

Adventures | Alta Vista with Alaina


Reunions with my sweet soul sisters are always excellent.  They're worth the long drives and last minute planning.  These friendships are something that I believe only come once in lifetime, and I am thankful for them.

A few weekends ago, I spent Saturday afternoon venturing through Alta Vista with Alaina.  We drank coffee, got vinyls for a steal, and frolicked through the park.

The Christmas party is right around the corner and I could not be more excited.

Learning to Rest


I'm convinced that the most beautiful of all creation is watching the sunset behind the mountains.  The last glimpse of light, the radiant colors in the sky, and the dew that starts creeping onto the ground.  I watched this right before my eyes as I got out of work today.  I can't wait till I can do it again from this mountaintop. 

I'm setting a goal for myself that I will catch those glorious sunrises once a month as well.  I love morning times, but often find it hard to get out of bed before the sun is up, but the few times I have have been well worth it.  Also, one of those sunrises has to be a sunrise hike, which I need to make happen sooner rather then later with the cold starting to set in.  I just need someone willing to wake up at an insane hour to go with me.

I am so thankful for things such as the sunrise and the sunset that remind of the Lord's grace and mercy.  The sunrise an ever present reminder of his new mercies.  The sunset brings forth the night, a time to rest.  A time to snuggle up in front of the fire with a thick blanket, hot tea, and my sweet roommates. 

"Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.  Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stay awake in vain.  It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep." Psalm 127:1-2

Rest is something I believe I will always be learning about.  I can so easily be consumed with making plans and that I forget to sit and rest in the presence of my Savior.  I go through the motions, read my Bible, mutter my thanks and requests, but don't sit to listen and be still.  However, the Lord is so good and patient, just waiting for me to acknowledge his grace and the rest that I can only receive through Him. 

I am a planner and a doer.  But I need to not obsess with having something penciled in on my schedule everyday, but instead take time to physically and spiritually rest. 

RVA Days | Alex + Lamplighter


This lady and this city have a special place in my heart.

Food | Tiramisu


So one time, we were super brave and attempted to make Tiramisu. And to our amazement it turned out really good! I failed at taking pictures of the final result, but I found that Tiramisu doesn't actually look that impressive when it is finished, which stinks when you got an arm workout out of making it...

I'm thinking about putting more cooking/food related posts on the blog.  Let me know what you think dear readers!

Lynchburg Life | Percival's Island | Part 2


Okay, I know I just posted a blog from this exact place last week.  But this is my new favorite adventure and hammocking spot for sure.  Bradleigh and I needed a catch-up time and we were both craving to be outside since we had worked all week.  We hammocked right beside the river and the weather couldn't have been more perfect.  Pumpkin chai tea, granola, and the excitement that we will soon be working together made this time great.  I cannot wait to start my new job and to be working alongside this encouraging, uplifting friend.  I pretty much jumped up and down and screamed with my roommate for five minutes after I was offered the job.  But anyway, I am amazed at this lady and her complete trust in the Lord in this completely new season in her life.  Married life suites her.  I am immensely thankful for her friendship

Lynchburg Life | Percival's Island


A few of you may know of Destiny from one of my Instagram rants about how amazing she is.
Well I had the joy of spending some much needed time with her this past Friday night.  We ventured through parts of a familiar trail that we had not been on before and finished the night off with apple cider.

I love this lady dearly.  It was so great to have a friend that fully supports, encourages, challenges, and uplifts me in everything I say and do.  
I'm so excited for her and what the Lord is teaching her.
I can't wait to see where she will go next.