Wednesday, February 24, 2010


For such as small word, this word is something that can be very complicated!

I have been seeking {simplicity} in my life.

Not that my life is overly stressful....but I think we all have room to {simplify}

So what would {simplicity} look like in my life?

Would it clean out my purse removing all of the spilt raisins from snacks bags, or sort through crinkled receipts?

Would it cross off afternoons of running "errands?"

Would it mean organizing or not organizing ALL of the pics on my computer? ( because it is getting on my nerves that I do not have a very good picture "system")

I am not sure!

Well I read something the other day that was encouraging, and it helped shed some light on this whole {simplicity} thing!

Simplicity does not just happen.
Simplicity has to be sought.
Sometimes it's found by saying "no"- by realizing that a night home isn't always a concession to selfishness but a much needed time to be still, to slow down. Sometimes it's found by saying "yes" - by making the brave decision to take control of the things in your schedule that are robbing you from the peace of doing less, thanks to the option of doing everything.

At times God helps us succeed in bringing order into our lives, and sweet simplicity follows.Yet when order has disintegrated into near chaos, he can show us - if we will let him- how to rescue simplicity from the jaws of runaway activity.

Simplicity is his promise.... a peace he reserves not only for those who appear to have it all together, but for those of us who just seem to have it all to do.

So true and so encouraging!

" Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yolk upon you  and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew11:28-29

"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the worlds gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful." John 14:27

So I am praying for God to teach me what {simplicity} looks like in my life!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Last month while we were in Houston for David's graduation we stayed a few nights in a hotel!

This was not any old hotel .....this place was pure perfection in my eyes! This place was full of so much detail.

We stayed at Hotel Icon in Downtown Houston. If ever in the area I would highly recommend this place. Even though it was a very nice hotel, full of business people, the hotel was more than accommodating to us with our little toddler in tow. Not your typical chain hotel, more of a boutique hotel!!!!

And the best part is.....we only paid $80.00 a night. A typical night is around $200.00!

How did we manage this??

Well, thanks to my amazing sister in law for this resourceful information, we went to and bid on a room! ..............It is so super easy and it is not a "gimmick!" It is for real. All you have to do is pick the area that you are staying in, and select 4 star hotel ( 5 star is usually not an option!) ..............The only catch is you have to pay before you know where you will be staying.......BUT with a 4 star hotel at 80 bucks a night......can you go wrong???

This has opened up our world to perhaps a few more little weekend trips here and there! Thanks Grace!

Ava's reaction to the hotel was extremely precious!!!!

What is it about hotels and girls...........they makes us giddy! .......even at the age of 2!

All she wanted to do was take a bath in the gigantic bath, and she was totally beside herself with the complimentary rubber ducky!

She was just so darn cute!

Here are some pics of this amazing place!!! Sorry the pics are not that great....i needed a wide angle lens to really capture the beauty of the room as a whole!

And let me just say these pics will NOT do the bathroom justice!!! It was BEAUTIFUL!!!!