smells like summer

It’s 7 in the morning and i’m wide awake. Have I mentioned I love jet lag? I started reading “Breaking Free” by Beth Moore last night. It’s awesome so far. Each chapter gives lessons and challenges on breaking free of this world so that I can be fully used by God. I am thinking of doing a weekly post on what I learn in the book. As for now, here are some of my favorite songs at the moment.

Check out this awesome video made by a dad and daughter:



I woke up from my Sunday nap itching to go to Goodwill. My mother thinks i’m the strangest, I know it. Anytime I come home with new “treasures”, she rolls her eyes and gives me an “Oh Lord, Kristen!!” or maybe a “Why am I not surprised..” When I pulled back into the driveway from Goodwill this time, I assured her THIS is a treasure!!

I was checking out at Goodwill when the purse caught my eye. Before I headed for the door, I strolled over to get a better look at it. Immediately I opened it up just to check if anything was inside. To my surprise, there were several receipts. DINGDINGDING. I checked the dates and they all read August 1970. I headed back for the counter and handed her $3.26 then made my way to my car. As soon as I got in my car, I began rummaging through the receipts. I saw a few names and dates but didn’t analyze them too much. When I showed my mom what I had found, we both analyzed the receipts extensively. From reading the papers that were left in the purse we gathered:

  • Name: Mildred Berry
  • Wife of Leroy Berry
  • residents of Jasper, Texas 1970
  • Mildred had a blood disease
  • she was 43

The receipts were all hospital related. On the back of one she wrote “stop the blood flow Ezekiel 16:6”. I don’t know if she died from the disease. I tried googling her but nothing came up. This simple treasure of knowing a little bit of the history of the previous owner made my day. It’s so much more than a basket weaved purse. It’s a soul. A soul of a woman who was probably terrified. Probably a soul that was weary and broken. A soul that relied on God for her life.

{my best friend Bryan found these for me:)}

Hope you all have a blessed Sunday!

on this rainy day

i’m stumbling. Here are some of the best of my findings on Stumble today!

“Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.” ~Louis de Bernieres


Body Facts:

The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razorblades

Feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day

After eating too much, your hearing is less sharp

Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents

Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood the number is reduced to 206

The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself

About 32 million bacteria call every inch of your skin home

Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour

Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil

Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour


I hope you enjoyed all my random goodness:) This has kept me occupied for the last two hours..I should be studying for finals. AH