Monday, July 21, 2014

My Next List

The fun things about this outfit:
Bracelet - Free, Pants - Thrifted, Shirt - Thrifted, Wedges - Target

I know it's hot every summer, but I always forget.
I'm just over here in the Great Northwest, chillin' in the rain for 9 months...
It's 84 degrees outside. 

All that to say... I've found that I'm running out of tank tops.

And in an effort to keep you on your toes, I will now start on a complete topic change:

I had a pretty darn productive weekend! I marked everything off my list except 
two thing. The only problem is that those two thing encompassed all my 
household tasks and so my residence currently looks like five 3 year olds are 
running a circus here... and no 3 year old has ever even been in here... sooooo yep. 
That's going to need to be at the top of the next list I make, right above 
"Buy More Tank Tops"... and I should probably do that pronto.

Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, O sluggard;
    consider her ways, and be wise.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Better Than The Movie: It's a Real Thing.


The fun things about this outfit:
Dress - Old Navy Sale!, Shoes - Ross, Necklace - Free

Do you ever get to that point where there are so many things on your To-Do list that you really start leaning towards the thought that none of them matter, let's just sit down and read Harry Potter?

Yep, life is feeling a little like that lately. Fortunately, I've been able to keep on task...
But let's be honest... I actually am busting my way through this Year Three book!

Yea, you read right! I'm reading the third Harry Potter book. My goal this summer was to get through 2 of them, and as a non-reader type this makes me very proud to be able to say I'm almost done with the third... And it's only July!

If you're a reader, you probably say this all the time. 
But if you're like me, a non-reader, screen time type person, you probably hear this all the time.
"The book is WAAAAAYYY better than the movie!!!"

If you are my kind of human, you hear this and scoff. 
"Who cares." 
"The movie was great." 
"Shut up, you book worm! Your making me feel unintelligent."

But over the past year (literally starting on my last birthday, July 21,2013),
I started reading... and kept it up.
It all began with a little Chronicles of Narnia that was a surprise package 
in the mail from the Cali guy I started telling you about HERE.
I'd started the series and got stalled when I couldn't find the next book.
We'd just begun talking and I never would have expected this little mailbox treasure.

I finished those quickly, and with a growing love of holding a book in my hands 
and having my eyes roll along the hills the words on printed pages were creating. 

So now, as I have officially ended the Chronicles and 
begun young Potter's journey through wizard school, I am finding myself saying....
Yep, you guessed it...
"The book is WAAAAAYYY better than the movie!!!"

I'm joining that band wagon people. Slow down a bit so I can jump on!

Anyone reading any books lately I should read next?
I'm scared to say, but I think I'm making a list.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Best Story So Far: Part 1 (Online Meet & Greet)

(Photo from winter... no, I'm not wearing scarves in this heat)

A love story, told and retold.
It will never grow dull.
It will never get old.

As I begin, I wonder how many times I'm going to walk away, come back/reread, and edit this post. And that's all I will say rather than count them all and then tell you the ridiculous number. It will be many, because I want to get this post just right: An accurate report of the events, a wonderfully dream worthy story, and pointing to the Master-Mind behind it all.

It All Began with a Post:
Little over a year ago I wrote a post called Singleness: Getting Personal Up In Here about the struggles,  pains, joys, lessons, and all other randomness I had, spilling my guts about the topic of being single. It was the most vulnerable blog post I'd ever written and I encourage you to read it before reading this post any further. 

It was packed with things I rarely discussed with anyone. (mostly because I attend a church full of people/friends who are married and starting or well into building families.) I sat quietly filing away information on diapering babes, potty training, dealing with sassiness, and good disciplining technique. I often fielded comments wondering why I wasn't married yet (as if this was my desire) followed by mention of some "great guy" to hook me up with (which was never followed through on by said mentioner). Please don't misunderstand. I love these ladies, these families, these kiddos. I'm just pointing out that the chapter of life I was in, was very different. And I longed to be married to a man of God and share life on this earth with him.

When it Rains, it Pours!
The singleness "novel" was posted on a Friday (June 14, 2013 to be exact). By the time the weekend was over, 3 different friends had connected me with 3 different guys. Two had started with, "I showed my guy friend your post" and ended with, "he's going to write to you on Facebook."

I found myself laughing when I prayed, "Lord, is this some sort of sick joke? Four years I've prayed for a husband, now 3 guys are supposedly going to write to me? What is this? Why are you getting my hopes up?"

So one per day wrote. And I answered them all. I know what you're thinking... 3 guys at once huh? Who do I think I am? Don't worry, I thought the same thing. It freaked me out. And I was in constant prayer. I asked the Lord to "Make things clear. If none of these guys were my future husband, just make them losers for goodness sake." Then I got brave. I asked the Lord, "If one of these guys IS my future husband, give him courage to pursue me even if I resist. Give him stamina to stick with it, and please please please, guide us both... because this is just weird... Facebook? Really God?" (Yes. I prayed that)

No, No, Hmmm, OK.
So this furry of multi-chatting online was short lived.

I met up with one guy quickly who lived in town. I'm sure he's a great guy. But we didn't hit it off. In a recap with the friend that connected us, we both had way different impressions of each other than what she has of either of us. But God knows what He's doing. So that was the end of one chatty-mc-chatterson.

The next nearest guy, just a town away, suddenly had a death in the family which made him unable to invest in trying to get to know someone "online," so he graciously informed me of this, and bowed out. I was bummed. I hadn't gotten to know him well, but he sure was cute. But, again, God knows what He's doing. And less-chatty-mc-chatterson was also bid adieu.

Then there was this randomly connected guy friend of a friend's friend. (yep... reread that if you must). He lived a whole state away in the big CA. I thought to put the least amount of effort into this because what are the chance of things working out. A) he's in cali... B) we met on facebook.

But this guy kept writing to me. So I kept responding. Then he'd write again. And so would I...
Who was this chum? Why is he pursuing me so much, but with so gently and full of kindness? Oh wait... Did I pray to be pursued even if I resisted? I am confident my God answers prayer. But this is just strange... isn't it? Or... is it?

A short while past. He gave me his phone number and convincingly said, "a phone call would be nice." And without thinking I replied with mine... within seconds I said... Don't Call Me.
It freaked me out. What had I done?!?!?!?! I hardly knew this guy a week! Now he has my digits. Oh! No!
His reply: No problem. I'll see how you feel about it in a week.

A week passed in no time and mid conversation online, he says, "So, How do you feel about a phone call?" So impressed by his persistence and complete accuracy with the 1 week check up, I said, "Ok"

He called that weekend and...

We talked for 3 hours.


I could say so much more. I could babble and babble. But come back soon for the rest of the story. 
It really is the best I've ever had the honor of sharing and being a part of as well.

1 John 5:14-15

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The NEW Song that Never Ends

Fun things: I did a couple DIY refashions this weekend.
1. The flair white jeans I skinnied last summer... now shorts.
2. The long sleeve I haven't worn since 2009... now a tank.

Maybe you've already seen these photos, 
but if not don't forget to follow on instagram @patternedlove

As elementary, middle, and high schools let out in mid June, 
drivers everywhere stopped having pity parties and started having dance parties 
in their cars as they did NOT have to drive 20mph anymore for some ridiculous 
length before and after the school grounds when they're already late to work.

And with these series of events, adults everywhere start seeing youngsters 
in stores, on sidewalks, and in coffee shops in the MIDDLE OF THE DAY. 
To some adults it's annoying, but in my opinion this makes for many 
wonderful people watching experiences (in a totally NON-creeper-ish way).

As I checked the mail a few weeks back, I paused to thumb through 
and find anything that anyone might possible have sent for me. 
Nothing... but what's this? A faint voice in the wind?

Yes, the neighbor boy...
What's that? Is he singing?
Yes! That is without-a-doubt a little 7(ish) year old singing at the top of his lungs.
But wait... what is that lyric I hear?

He has made up a new and original song 
that for the past 5 WEEKS has not left me alone... 
it echos over and over and over in my increasingly annoyed, 
but initially laughing mind.


There is a strange tune. He made it up... It wont leave me alone.
I cracked up at first. In fact, I literally laughed out loud 
as I went inside chanting with him. 
But at this point, it's officially an anthem in my head that wont stop.

So currently the only appropriate actions is clearly 
to choreograph an entire dance number 
and enter as an act in an upcoming talent show!

Psalm 108:3-4
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tasty Tuesdays: Sundried Tomato & Pesto Chicken Sandwich

Welcome to Tasty Tuesday. 

Sometimes I just need a quick bite and not a whole turn upside 
down every pan in the kitchen type of meal. 
And I am a little bit of a sandwich lover too... 
So this here meal... just happened one day.

Disclaimer: I didn't snag a photo of the finished closed sandwich 
because my taste buds just couldn't wait any longer. Sorry folks.

Baguette Bread

Pesto (I used Basil Pesto from Costco)

Sun Dried Tomatoes (you'll need the oil inside the jar too)

Cream Cheese

Cooked Chicken (I just salt & peppered mine)

Cut your baguette sandwich style.
Remove about 8-12 pieces of sun dried tomato from the jar and dice them up. 
Dump those in with the cream cheese and add a little of the oil from the sun dried
tomato jar. I only had enough cream cheese for this left in my tub so I just used it to mix.
Mix well.

Drizzle (love that word) some of the oils from the tomato's onto your 
bread and put that in the oven to lightly toast it while you slice your chicken.
(don't forget or it will be much more than toasted.)

Once your chicken is sliced remove your bread, if you haven't already, from the oven.
On one side of your bread spread your cream cheese/tomato mix.
On the other side, spread your pesto.
Top one with your sliced chicken and close your sandwich.

Put that back in the oven for a short time just to toast it all together.

I hope you all enjoy!

Hebrews 4:14-16
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, 
the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect
has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to
the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Strawberry Field Forever

Well there can't always be outfits and sunshine now can there.

Last week I found myself galavanting around a huge field packed
with rows of strawberries. As I picked and pick and picked, and chatted
 with a friend I slowly but surely picked way more than I expected.

I took home a huge bowl of strawberries wondering what in the world
I was going to do so that half or more didn't go bad sitting in that dang bowl.

I chopped them up and put them in oatmeal. I made up some shortcake
and topped it with these red delicious treats. And I even woke up early one
morning and whipped up some strawberry muffins to share.

And as I continually found uses for these mouth watering, flavor packed
strawberries, I also found myself humming a little tune I grew up hearing
thanks to my Beatles fan of a mother. "Strawberry Fields Forever."

I can't even type the title without singing it.

Does this ever happen to anyone eles? The childhood song stuck in your brain.

John 16:33
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will havetribulation.
But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Love of Mugs and Muggles

The fun things about this outfit:
Shoes & Bracelet & Shirt - Thrifted, Necklace - HandMeDown from Mom, Jeans - Old Navy

This may have absolutely no relevence to you right now...
But I love mugs! 
I just love them.
I'm not a glass or a cup kind of girl. I like drinking from mugs!
(and straws but that's a different story)

I'm not sure where this strange love started, or how and why
it had developed, but alas, it has. 

My lovely mother and I went to Vegas to visit my sister
a while back and we all three went to see Love... the cirque
amazingness featuring Beatles music. In the gift shop, I totally
purchased a mug. It's huge and awesome... 
but the next day we hit up a local thrift store... 
and I found this gorgeous turquoise mug for only about $1 
and I purchased that bad boy too... Love it just as much!
(after I washed it).

Next week I am about to unfold the story of the best mug I have ever
held in my hands in my whole life. You wont want to miss it!

It's getting a little bit crazy up in here, and I might as well
tell the world because life is just that strange and beautiful sometimes.

P.S. I've set a goal for myself to read at least the first 2 Harry Potter
books this summer (big deal because I'm not a reader by any definition of the word)
.... and I'm Nailing It... halfway through book 2 and can't put it down. 
Maybe I should start setting more lofty goals! 
But hey... Muggle goals... whatcha gunna do?

James 3:17-18
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, 
open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 
And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tasty Tuesday - Chicken & Brat Kabobs

Welcome to Tasty Tuesday. 

I have never in my life used a BBQ before. I've eaten plenty of yums
straight off the BBQ, I've ordered somethings at restaurants that have 
the word "BBQ" in it, I've been invited & attended BBQ's as events. 
But never have a used a BBQ in all of my life.

So in an effort to participate in being a human, I thought I ought to try.
And so the idea of Kabob's entered my head and whisked me away to drool land,
where we all lived happily and carnivorously ever after... Care to Join?

Here's what I did!

Disclaimer: I did mine in a different marinading order and think the way
I typed it below is better than what I did... 
Thus a lil difference in photos and directions.

8 Chicken Tenderloins

5 Beer Brats

2 Large Green Peppers
(add more colors if you'd like)

1 Large Onion

1-2 bottles Teriyaki marinade 

Note: Need long skewers

Let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.

No really, when you wake up at the beginning 
of the morning, get the Brats on to boil.
You don't need to cook them 100% but at least 50% cooked.
While they're boiling, get the Veggies washed and cut. 
Cut them in large pieces about 1x1 inch at the smallest. 
(I think mine where closer to 2x2 inches)
This is especially important for the onion, seeing as how we're all
used to dicing or thin-slicing for those lil cry-babies.
When the veggies are cut and the brats is cooked to your liking,
Get your raw tenderloins and brats on the cutting board and cut them up.
Same thing, cut that meet to about 2 x 2 inches.
(not an exact science friends, just don't make them tiny)
Now that everything is cut (including any additional veggies you want)
Put it all in a gallon freezer zip lock bag and pour in 1-2 bottle of the
Teriyaki marinade. (this is your preference)
I might even suggest you put your chicken in a separate bag to 
marinade and combine it all when you skewer it later.

Let that sit in the refrigerator all the live long day, 
while you go about frolicking in field, picking daisies 
and any other major priorities you have to get through. 

About an hour before you want to eat, take that bag of goodies out
and start skewering it. I'm pretty sure I just did a healthy rotation
of all 4 things over and over and over again. 
But hey, you can live on the edge and put two peppers together if you wanted to.

When you're all skewered up, take it out and light up the BBQ.
(or as I did, have someone light up the BBQ... Maybe I still haven't used a BBQ?)
Lay out your Kabobs and cook until meat is finished.

I went ahead and sliced a baguette up with butter and garlic powder,
wrapped it in foil and put it on the BBQ too. Carbs people, I love 'em!


Psalm 68:19-20
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
who daily bears our burdens.
Our God is a God who saves;
from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.
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