Friday, March 29, 2013

To the Weekend!

Happy Weekend my friends! Today, on this Good Friday, I've just been reflecting on the amazing goodness and love of Jesus Christ. He came down, lived a perfect life- and died for our sins- and then rose from the dead 3 days later. It is because of this that, as Romans 10:9 says: "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." How amazing and blessed we are that it's that easy. That it's not by works. It doesn't matter what sins we've added to our name- how dark we've stained our heart. If we believe- we can simply ask for forgiveness- and be forgiven. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast." -Ephesians 2:8 ..."For if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!" -Galatians 2:21

I am so grateful that our salvation is not based on works. Because despite my best intentions, I fail on a daily basis. I am selfish, and lazy, and prideful- and in deep need of his direction and love. But God is good. "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." -1 John 4: 9-10

Happy Easter my friends. I'm so grateful for those of you who follow along with my journey. For those of you who've been with me since the beginning- and those of you who joined last week. I hope your weekend and lives are filled with an abundance of love. Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Mountains

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring Time = Baby Moose Time

Last week we had a mama moose and her calves come over a visit. I found it very fitting that she came to visit us on the official first day of spring... although it was snowing like crazy. They were behind our house for  a few hours, but then traveled along to the side where I could get a better view. 

My neighbor had his head down shoveling his pathway when I pointed out all the moose behind him...

One of the babies jumped over the fence...

Mama moose getting ready to jump...

Mama moose over...

And then the last calf...

Aren't they beautiful? I never get tired of seeing moose over here...

Friday, March 22, 2013

To the Weekend!

Happy Friday Dear Friends!! The sun is shining. My taxes are done. It's going to be one glorious day.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you back here next week!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thankful for...

5 things I'm grateful for this week:

1) Spring. Although it started snowing again yesterday, it's also now officially spring- which means sunshine and baby animals and warmth... it's coming- and I can't wait.

2) Speaking of baby animals- a mama moose and her 2 calves hung out on our property for a good part of the day yesterday. And it was so fun watching one of the calves chase the other around our yard. I love moosies.

3) My husband. After almost 11 years, he still continues to surprise me, make me laugh, and make each day better just by being in it.

4) My taxes are almost done. And goodness are they humbling. So thankful they'll be off my table and out of my sight soon.

5) My mama. She knew I couldn't find girl scout cookies up here (believe me- I even emailed the troop and no one got back to me- that's how pathetic I am), so she sent Danny and I each a box of our faves- as well as some other yummy Easter goodies- she's the bestest

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mountain Living...

Happy 1'st day of spring! Yay! I'm ready for it. I realize Jackson has a winter advisory in effect for the next day or so- but that's ok- because I know spring will start to show its face sooner or later- and I can't wait!

Here's what mountain living has looked like around the cabin as of late...

Maverick enjoying a snow day

Cross country skiing along the river one Sunday morning

Keeping warm on a very cold day...

Reminiscing about summer (cold weather makes me do that)

 Getting in some r&r before making dinner one night...

 And then enjoying the morning sun

Cross country skiing through  Grand Teton national park with my best friend...

And enjoying some wonderful treats my mom sent in an Easter care package... she's the best!

All photos from my instagram. Follow me @Silverpencils

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The House that Pinterest Built...

I have a friend who I admire beyond measure. She's a beautiful woman of God who loves her husband, her children... and her crafts :)  And unlike me, who pins a gazillion ideas on Pinterest to be carried out at a later date (which has still yet to happen)- Aly pins and conquers. Her house is living proof of all the amazing things you can get done on a budget- if you have the will and determination to do so.

So let's get to the tour:

I'm in love with this chair... which she of course found on Craigslist. The chest was a gift from her aunt, and when the top flew off during the move- they found a nice slab of wood to take care of the job instead...

I love that giant clock

Aly replaced the curtain rod with a branch she found, and painted it white... love the natural look it gives the room

Now on to the kitchen... I LOVE the grey and white stripes they painted around- it adds so much to the room- and I'm uber impressed they did it themselves... because mine would totally be slanted all over the place

They also painted their brown cabinets white. Her husband Cody and a friend made the concrete counter top as well...

Some adorable, ladder picture decor

 Aly took these brown window shutters and painted them with some Valspar Crackle paint to take them from this...

 To this! Love!

Awesome book shelves made of crates...

Some fun little details around the house... Growing peppers and bookshelves made actually from books! This girl is a crafter after my own heart...

Their son Carter's room. Bookshelves made from rain gutters... I totally want to steal this idea for myself. And I love the little magnetic board they made for him from a drip pan!

And then my favorite... the farmhouse dining room table her step dad helped them make. Aly said they just found a simple table off Craigslist and then covered it in old barn wood. Genius

Love how they set these leaves under the top coat of the table...

This room was also a bedroom when they moved in. But her dad helped them cut the wall down into an archway so they could have a dining room.

Aly also found each of these chairs, painted them white, and then recovered all the seat covers to go more with the aesthetic of the room...

Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous house & awesome projects with us Aly! Can you please move to Wyoming now so we can hang out and you can lend your decorating expertise to me?!

Follow Aly on Instagram to see more of her awesome projects @alybugs