Simple Joy Saturday #12

Simple Joy Saturday #12

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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November 28-24

1. My parents celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary last weekend.  I am very thankful that these self-described “partners in excellence” are my Mom and Dad.

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This photo was taken two years ago in Connecticut.

2. We repainted Brother’s old room.

Brother moved to Connecticut two years ago, but we hadn’t done much to his childhood bedroom since then.  Yesterday, Mom and I spent hours moving the furniture, cleaning, and painting.  We feel accomplished, and the room looks great.

3. Coffee flavored Greek yogurt.

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I am obsessed with this stuff.  It is a seasonal flavor at Aldi, so I basically buy as many containers as will fit in my fridge at one time.  You seriously need to get to Aldi ASAP. Why are you still reading?  GO!!

Now I want to know…what seasonal foods do you stockpile?

The Date-iversary

The Date-iversary

I am not sure if it is a sign of our growing sentimentality or egocentricity, but celebrating the anniversary of when a couple begins dating has become widely popular.

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Either way, the girl who lives across the hall from me asked me to take “date-iversary” pictures for her and her boyfriend, and I was happy to oblige.

 

Love at First Shoot

Love at First Shoot

After eight weeks of traveling through Texas, Louisiana, and Arizona, I finally have a few minutes to get the blog somewhat up-to-date.

Before I share some pictures that have been incubating on my hard drive since the beginning of May, I have some [outdated] news to share.  One of my favorite blogs, theoatmealartist.com, featured me as an Oatmeal Enthusiast for the month of June.  Head over to Lauren’s blog (or click on the picture below) to see a week’s worth of oatmeal!

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I was honored to shoot engagement photos for my close friends Heather and Logan a few months ago.  This was the first time I had ever taken photos of a couple, and I was very pleased with how they turned out.  I hope you enjoy!

 

100 Ways to Show Your Love

100 Ways to Show Your Love

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This semester, I took a class about physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth from birth through the teen years.  In addition to our textbook, we were required to read The Five Love Languages of Children by Dr. Gary Chapman.

I loved the book, and I read it within only a few days (even though we were supposed to read it throughout the whole semester).  As I read, I started thinking of ways that people have shown me love throughout my life.  I also pondered how I show my love for them.  Parents, extended family, significant others, children, and friends all need to feel our love.  The problem is that the words “I love you” sometimes seem inappropriate or inadequate.  Thankfully, there are hundreds of other ways to tell somebody that you love them.

 

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Acts of Service

1. Make supper

2. Clean their room Read more

No Greater Love

No Greater Love

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Frederick M. Lehman wrote, “The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell.”  Nonetheless, being stubborn as I am, I am going to try to talk about His great love.

In John 21:15-17, Jesus indirectly compares two types of love.  He asks the foolhardy Peter, “Do you love me?”  In the question, Jesus uses the verb agapao to indicate love.  Agape is an unconditional love that is willing to sacrificially give of itself.  It is the love that God shows in Romans 5:8, giving His Son despite our sin.  Agape is selfless.  The greatest possible expression of love is giving of your own life (John 15:13), and that is exactly what Christ did for us. Jesus is asking Peter if he loves Christ in this persistent, complete manner.

“Yes, Lord,” Peter says. “You know that I love you.”  Peter’s response displays a second type of love; he says, “I phileo you.”  Phileo refers to brotherly love.  It is strong–the strongest expression of human love–but its strength is not nearly as powerful as agape. Phileo can still fail.  It can make mistakes.  It sometimes acts selfishly.  Phileo makes me think of the love described in Proverbs 17:17.  It is constant and most evident during times of conflict.

I have phileo love for many people–parents, friends, family.  It is generally mutual, benevolent, and cheerful.  However, I do not know if I will ever have true agape love.  Why?  I am human.  Selfish.  Hypocritical. Prideful. Short-tempered.  Failing.  Agape cannot be any of those things.  I must continue to try, though, to agapao.  I must love without seeking something in return, love for the sake of love.  That is how God loves us.

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  -I John 4:10

Top Ten Tuesday: What Mom Teaches

Top Ten Tuesday: What Mom Teaches

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On Sunday, we celebrated the selflessness and dedication of all mothers.  While I am sure that there are millions of wonderful mothers in the world, I am convinced that my mom is better than the rest.  God blessed me with a mom who loves Him, loves my dad, and loves her children.  She is selfless, consistent, hardworking, and fun!  Through the years, she has gone from being my mother, to my teacher, to my friend.  I love you, Mom!

10 Lessons My Mom Taught Me

1. When you make a mistake, own up to it.

2. Cultivate inner beauty.

3. Use sunscreen.

4. Soy Amada.

5. Be real.

6. Don’t over-bake your cookies.

7. Invest in the lives of others.

8. Shop the clearance racks.

9. Learning takes time, and everyone learns differently.

10. Take your time to do things right.

Top Ten Tuesday: Roomies and Suities

Top Ten Tuesday: Roomies and Suities

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The person that created the roommate idea was obviously not an introvert.  Lucky for you, I am, and I can give you ten tips to surviving life with a roommate and/or suite mate.

1. Give each other space.

When two unique people shove all of their worldly possessions into a 11 x 16 foot room, it is undoubtedly cramped.  Be sure to leave the room at times and allow your roommate to be alone.

2. Encourage one another.

College is hard.  When your roommate is sitting with her head in her hands staring at her lap, it’s likely a good time to encourage her.  Remind her that college only lasts a few years and the semester will be over in a few weeks.  Another good idea is to leave her an occasional note or some candy.  Just remind her that you are there for her.

3. Be sympathetic.

Because college is hard (see number 3), there are days when your roommate will need to talk.  No matter how petty her problems seem, listen to her.  Agree with her (unless of course she is obviously wrong).  Make sure that she knows you have her back and can keep her secrets if she needs you.

4. Don’t borrow anything.

ANYTHING! It might get lost, broken, or otherwise defaced.  When you borrow something, you become indebted to the person from whom you borrowed.  It will be much better for your relationship if you keep your personal belongings personal.

5. Don’t look through each other’s things.

To me, this seems obvious, but apparently it’s not.  Let me just give you a fictional example.

*** My roommate asked to borrow a shirt (see number 4).  Against my better judgment, I told her to get a shirt out of my top drawer.  When I saw her a few minutes later, she was wearing a shirt that I know was in my closet. (I know this because I had considered wearing it that morning).  ***

If this had really happened, I would be very concerned.  I would want to know why she was in my closet when I told her to get the shirt out of the drawer.  As a result, she would definitely lose my trust.

6. Stay up late and talk.

This is one of the best things about my roommate.  A few times a semester, we will have an impromptu late-night talk session.  We both lay in our beds obnoxiously belly-laughing as we hypothesize about our futures, prophecy future couples, and reminisce on our childhoods.  We also take one “roommate date” a semester.  It keeps us close.

7. Don’t criticize.

No matter how ugly her grandma heels look with her painted-on skinny jeans and billowy tank, keep your opinion to yourself.  Congratulate yourself on having a better sense of style, and let it go.  Criticism will only cause unnecessary riffs between the two of you.

8. Have mutual friends.

My roommate and I have some very close mutual friends and we love to socialize together.  It’s fun to hang out, go to parties, and make memories with each other and others at the same time.

9. Have personal friends.

I also have friends that my roommate never talks to.  Honestly, all she knows about them is their name.  It’s important to spend time away from each other so that you get a break.

10. Love each other.

Remember that love is a verb, not a feeling.  Constantly love by being generous, understanding, helpful, kind, patient, and slow to anger.  Keeping a I Corinthians 13 frame of mind when dealing with your roommate can do a world of good.