Sunday, April 22, 2018

links, links, links.....v//31

Just like this tree's placement (and branches) this post is also pretty random. But I love it....


The less often seen side of random things....is amazing!

If you're a fan of The Office (and especially Pam) then you have to check this site out!! Items only for sale for a few more days though!!!

Have you checked out my mother in laws shop yet?? I've been working there and cannot to make it full time!! PS- the newest product photos were done by me. :)

Have you seriously ever seen a cuter pregnant lady??? 

THESE DOGS are hilarious. If you need a good laugh- look no further.

And Mindy Kaling does it again. (I know, I see The Office theme too guys-- I can't help it).

This mug is just so stinking cute! I can't even.

I've thought about getting a tattoo that had my mom and dad's handwriting on it... but until I'm ready for that commitment, I think this bracelet is the ideal thing! 

These rings!!!!

This baby picture is everything. Like coolest mom ever!

And because why not, this The Office pillow for every Dwight fan out there! 

Friday, April 13, 2018

craftiness of late


I am sooo excited be taking part in the #100daysofallaboutme. I'm way behind (what else is new?) but honestly, I am just happy to have a specific thing to be working on. I feel like I have been out of my crafty element for way too long. It got to the point where I couldn't even think of what to do. 

With that, I also signed up for the FREE scrapbooking workshop. So be ready to see some of that being posted here too. 


I also have a few other things I'm working on and can't wait to share (when the time is right). 

What crafty things have you been up to???

-kel


Friday, April 6, 2018

ASHES!

Last year I started working part time at my mother in laws shop. I absolutely love it (in case you were wondering). It's given me a chance to work on my marketing and social media skills and I've also gotten the chance (lots actually) to pick up my camera more often. 

A few weeks ago we did out first photoshoot of some of the new clothing. I am so excited for how the photos turned out. Plus it was an incredible day with some of my absolute favorite ladies!!!



You can see more of the photos and products on our site Ashesboutique.com or on our facebook page. 

Stay tuned for more fun things happening over here!!!
-kel

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Chloe + Luna

Because I can..... 
And also because I'm trying to take more photos.



Yea... they definitely need hair cuts!!
-kel

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Breckenridge 2018

This year for Spring Break we went to Breckenridge, Colorado (again). The last time we went was this time 4 years ago. I started looking through the photos before we left and it brought back so many memories (and we looked like babies--- how does that happen after just 4 years?). 
 (ps, above photo of my "skiing" is from 4 years ago.....)


While this year I didn't go skiing (I'm that person that has tried soooo many times to like it, but I just can't) I did enjoy a lot of R&R. Lots of naps, three books read, and I had time to wander the city with our friend Amy. Honestly, it was the perfect way to spend my break! 



Saturday, February 3, 2018

Aubre

Last week my family pup, Aubre passed away. If you're anything thing like us, then you know how a pet can quickly become a valued member of the family. In fact my mom and step dad often referred to her as "my sister", although it was mostly because they knew I detested being called that. 
Little Aubre was a surprise find one Thanksgiving weekend. My friend Michael and I stumbled upon her and instantly fell in love. he nudged me to tell my mom and before we knew it, we were making pro and con lists for if we should get her. Of course, in the end we ended up tossing the list and going with our gut (which was to get her...duh, right). I remember our long drive home with her from Pensacola to Coral Springs (12 hours by the way). She was such a good pup. 

When I got to college, she lived with my mom (and then step dad) while I had my own place (including the dorms). She and I had an unbreakable bond though. She got excited every time she heard my name called and I loved trying to dogsit on weekends. 

The last year or so her health started failing, and being just short of 16 we knew her time was coming soon. However, when a loved one actually passes, it's never easy. not even when it's expected. Not even when it's "just a dog". 

She wasn't always the easiest dog, nor was she the most well behaved. But we loved her in spite of it. Especially my parents. She was my step dad's buddy, my mom's cuddle bud. 
We'll miss you little Aubs. And we'll love you forever. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

before the beginning


He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.- Ecclesiastes 3:11  


One of the hardest things to do is be patient. Especially for something we really, really want.
Ever since I was little I've been in love with the idea of love. Of finding my other, my lobster. And of course, like almost every other girl (or boy) out there I went through a lot of wrong ones before the right one happened. There were so many times I doubted that I would ever get married, that I would ever find the one I would/could spend my life with. Heck, even when I did find him, I doubted that he could possibly love or want me enough to spend forever with me. 

But as always, God's timing is perfect. 

Six years ago this week I met Austin. The crazy part of the story is that neither one of us remembered this meeting until a mutual friend (who reintroduced us two years later) said something. He and I went with a giant group of friends on a ski trip, including the guy  I was also dating  at the time (which is why he said he didn't really talk to me during the trip (I thought he was just being a jerk)). 

The other day we were talking about how crazy it was that we had met (and then forgot). I told him that part of me was sad about it- that I wish I had broken up with the jerk I was with and then I could have been with him even sooner. He disagreed. He had just gotten out of a relationship and wasn't in any way ready for a new one at that point in time. So fast forward two years later, we are now both single and both in the perfect place to start dating each other. 
God knew. 
I would love to say that I had been patient in knowing God would deliver. That somehow I knew His timing was perfect and He was just waiting for the right one and the right time. But we all know that would be the biggest lie. I wasn't patient. There were so many times I cried myself to sleep because I didn't think I would ever be loved by someone enough for them to want to be my husband. 

Reliving moments like this one though, where I struggled to trust in God's timing, but it was more perfectly planned than I could have dreamed.... it helps. It has reminded me that I still need to have that trust, faith, and patience with other things in my life. Sometimes a no from God isn't a forever no, it's just a not right now. 
And dang, am I glad it wasn't a "right then" answer to prayer. Austin and I met at the perfect time. We were able to create and grow a relationship that could last. We couldn't of had that if we had tried earlier. 

Thank you Lord, for your timing and this lesson. 
xo, kel