Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Escape to the Northern Sea

Two months ago my love and I planned this lovely trip to the coast in Olympic National Park, I had never been to the Washington coast and I longed to hear the waves crashing on the beach and see the rugged forest meet the sand. We hiked 3 miles out of Lake Ozette and camped for two nights right on the beach. I felt my soul take a deep sigh on this trip, it restored my peace, my calm, and my wonder of my gracious God.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Melodies: Homeland Edition

There are songs that seem to hold longitude and latitude; that when I hear them I am swept up and carried home. Living up in the northwest has been glorious, but I miss the oak trees, the sunshine, the sea, and the land that John Steinbeck wrote about. These are songs that I used to drive through back roads with, songs that joined me as I danced in the kitchen doing my saturday afternoon chores. This is my own personal compilation of home, for if home could sing, this music is what would come out of its mouth. Homeland by Julie Babka on Grooveshark

Friday, March 22, 2013

My Week in Photos

Spent much needed time with this wonderful man

Drank too much coffee and attempted to work on my internship applcation

Hopped in my new car (Aspen is her name) and drove out of the city to the Olympic Peninsula 

Spent some time in the woods and walking this precious pup 
Enjoyed a glorious ferry ride back to Seattle

Drove to Portland, OR with a new friend
Spent some time (as in 3 hours) in Powell's Books. Came out with East of Eden and Jane Eyre.

Went to the famous Voodoo Doughnuts, Portland at its finest

Also had a delicious waffle from The Waffle Window. Who knew ham on a waffle could be so tasty?

Worked all week but was rewarded with a grilled cheese bar work party. We're talking fig, pepperjack, apple,  and salami grilled cheese.

Spent this week in a quiet house
sweet goodness, it has been one lovely week.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pinspiration: Spring in my head

My head is full of visions of spring. It might involve me riding my bicycle through a cherry blossom lined street and taking a bath in a claw foot tub. So Pinterest, thank you for inspiring me.



Sources: (1) Bike love (2) Claw foot tub (3)Spring Frittata  (4) Katie Daisy, always will I love her work (5) Dear California, I miss you (6) Stunning (7) Sun Dust Wonders (8) Plants are like pets (9) Coffee, always (10) Dear Boden, stop being so cute

Saturday, March 16, 2013


This morning I open my wallet, finding $25 wrapped in a shoe string. $25 that I did not earn. that was graciously given to me so I could have enough gas to drive out of the city. Immediate thought: I do not deserve this, not for one second. So often I get caught in the tangles of what I do and do not deserve. When in the end, what do we all deserve anyway?

Perhaps life has nothing to do with what we deserve. Perhaps life has everything to do with grace. Isn't this all a precious gift anyway? I did not choose to be born, but here I am. No, I don't deserve that $25 dollars but we would all kill ourselves walking around and pointing out what we deserve and don't deserve.

So here it is on this saturday morning, a thought to remember and perhaps tape up on the wall next to my bed.

Friday, March 15, 2013

What is this whole "Gracious Creativity" thing?

It might have something to do with the fact that I need to be more present

It might have something to with the fact that I have the uncanny ability to go weeks on end without gazing out a window and wondering about why things grow.

It might have something to do with the fact that I haven't baked, truly baked something, in months.

This is not me, my own self-doubt and "busyness" (which is soon to become a forbidden word), has kept me from passion, from doing the things I love, from letting His gracious creativity flow through me.

So here it is, a grown up blog.

Not some passive tumblr-ite reblogging, but actual documentation of gracious creativity flowing from my finger tips. It's gonna be music and food and art and beauty. It's gonna be good folks, because His beauty is so good; and it has taken me so long to realize that He truly wants to use me, all I've got, to graciously create goodness inside me.