Off on another adventure…

Tomorrow we leave for our annual family vacation up north. In the ten days I will be gone I probably won’t be blogging a whole lot because the cabin we stay in doesn’t have wi-fi. Or cell towers for that matter 😉

However, I am very much looking forward to sharing thoughts and snapshots and memories with you all when I get home.

Until then, happy summer. Bon voyage.

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Stay beautiful.

~Alaina

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God writes the Gospel…

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”

{Martin Luther}

We are leaving on our annual family vacation to Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota later on this week and frankly I am so looking forward to reading some Gospel on these flowers and trees and stars that I love so much. 🙂

These pictures are from our trip last year:

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The view from the old fire lookout on Harney Peak, South Dakota. Elevation 7,242′ and the highest point in the US east of the Rocky Mountains.

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May you glory today in the Gospel written around you, for it was written by a good God who wants you to experience the fullness of His joy.

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina

Upcycled Flip Flops {DIY Wednesday}

My feet do not like cheap flip flops. The rubber hurts my feet and gives me blisters, and I’d rather be barefoot anyway.

So I decided to upcycle this pair I had them into these cute little summer sandals. I have to say, now they are much better. Cotton trumps rubber any day. And I really like how customizable they are, you could use any color flip flop and fabric you like.

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You’ll need a piece of scrap fabric wide enough to tear into 4 strips, mine is 7″ by 45″, and a pair of cheap flip flops [I think mine were on clearance at Target, but I cant remember.]

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Cut off the strap things.

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Now you just have a pair of soles.

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Use a pair of scissors to poke a hole 1/4″ down from the previously existing holes.

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Like this.

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Cut the fabric into 4, 1.5″ strips. Take two of the strips and fold them in half, laying them next to each other, use the point of the scissors to poke them through the top hole of the flip flop.

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Using an overhand knot, knot the ends securely together on both the underside and the topside of the flip flop.

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Arrange the straps and pull down through the next set of hole. Knot securely on the underside.

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Pull ends back up through the last set of holes.

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Lace them up and you’re ready to go.

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There you go: an easy, cute, comfy project that will use up scrap fabric and old flip flops, and help keep your feet cool and happy during the hot summer. 🙂

Stay Beautiful,

~Alaina

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God sees the Bigger Picture

Yesterday morning pastor was preaching on Joseph, and he pointed out something that I hadnt ever thought about before.

Genesis 39:2 says: “And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”

Now if you know the story, you know that at this point Joseph has been kidnapped, sold into slavery, and is still a slave. Not exactly my idea of prosperous. Or good. Or even okay… but God said that Joseph was a prosperous man. Not is going to be, but is right now.

A good friend of mine and I were talking last week about life, and how ours arent exactly turning out how we foresaw or expected. She said “well God’s done it [planned lives] lots of times and this is my first, I guess I’ll go with Him on this one”

Perhaps sometimes we’re in a situation that we cant see as good, or our story isnt going as we planned, but that doesnt mean that God isnt in control, or that He doesnt know what He’s doing. Joseph later on became the second most powerful man in Egypt but he didnt know that was how his life was going to play out when he was still a slave.

God see the bigger picture. Not just today, but eternity. Not just my life or your life but the lives of everyone that ever has or will live. He even names the stars, clothes the flowers, and keeps track of the sparrows…. I guess it’s a pretty safe bet to trust a God that’s going to pay attention to all of eternity.

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“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

[Corrie Ten Boom]

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Stay Beautiful,

~Alaina

Favorite Friday’s {Baseball, America & Freedom}

Last weekend I attended my first baseball game at the Rangers stadium in Arlington, Texas.

I think I actually like baseball… well, for an hour and a half anyway. That’s how long Rach and I were there and then we had to leave to meet someone. 😉

There’s something very American about baseball. Baseball, apple pie, freedom, and red, white and blue. I like America. Tonight I was explaining ‘freedom of speech’ to my little sister, how some countries dont have it like we do, and how blessed we really are.

I like freedom, and I like Saturday’s that include road trips and best friends and new experiences and sunshine and lots of laughs and smiles. That’s what America is to me, freedom to enjoy all of life’s little blessings and adventures, and tonight I am inexpressibly grateful for it.

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Stay beautiful,

~Alaina