Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Our Humble Abode

We have been living in our apartment for three months now, but I am just starting to dress it up and make it feel like it's ours. Decorating on a budget isn't fun but thankfully I had some wedding decorations leftover! It's amazing how a few little things around the house will automatically add character. 

 (Wooden frame with scrapbook paper & dyed newspaper)


 (My personal favorite spot in the apartment)

 (Wooden tray from Hobby Lobby)

  (Finally finished our "bulletin board")

It's fun to get creative and use what you already have to decorate. Don't get me wrong I can't wait to do some real decorating one day and I think I'll appreciate it a lot more now. 
Cheers, J.
Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Challenge of Giving Thanks

Oh boy. It has been a very tough couple of weeks at the Faeh household. 
Both of our jobs have completely drained us and we feel like we are at the end of our rope. Ideally we would like to leave Omaha, but that plan has been more difficult than we thought. When we first started having trouble in Omaha, I was at ease because I knew we would spend a lot of time in prayer and seeking God's will. However, I didn't take into account that MY will may not be God's will. (That's a tough pill to swallow!) 

It has been so hard to focus on the good things in our life and I have fallen into the deep hole of discontent. I started to think about eucharisteo. "Giving thanks." The LAST thing I wanted to do while I was pouting all week was give thanks! You see, it's so easy to give thanks when things are going well! When you're having a good day and the birds are chirping and the sun is out. But I wasn't feeling happy, I wasn't feeling thankful, I was downright mad that things weren't going my way! And then I realized... the whole point of practicing eucharisteo is to train yourself to be able to focus on what you do have no matter what the circumstance. I've said it once and I'll say it again (and again...and again) I am not deserving of a single joy I have in this life and I tend to forget that often. God has blessed me with so many great things and that's what I need to be focusing on in a time like this.

So. I got my notepad. I grumbled around the house looking for a pen. And I began to give thanks.

119. Our tears
120. Our vulnerability
121. Breakdowns
122. Chocolate covered strawberries
124. Snuggly coco
125. His strength
126. Candlelight

If you have a list, I'd love to discuss the joys & struggles you're finding along the way.
Cheers, J.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Scone Addict Pt. 2

Any normal person would stop at one batch of scones, but that buttermilk carton was still pretty full. What's a gal to do!? I made cinnamon scones, too. Yum! I should have a scone party...

You can find this recipe here.
Any other good recipes I should be trying?

Scone Addict Pt. 1

I was cleaning out my fridge this weekend and noticed that I had a full carton of buttermilk that was going to expire in a week. I simply couldn't let it go to waste so I decided to make one of my favorite breakfast foods...scones! There is nothing better than a cup of jo (decaf for me) and a scone in the morning. I had been wanting to try this Maple Pecan Scone recipe from the Food Network magazine so this was the perfect chance. They were very easy to make!

You can find the recipe here!

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