Monday, January 30, 2012


It might not be this way for everyone, but in my life, the opposite of joy is comparison. It's an uneasy, constricting feeling centered somewhere above my stomach, but just below that place in my throat that gets all choked up during a sad movie. It tends to be a sneaky, creeping sensation, that I don't really notice until I become fully aware that something feels 'off,' but nothing is particularly wrong.

I try to remind myself that things look prettier in blogland then they do in real life. (I'm pretty much convinced Instagram can make even a pile of dirty dishes look artsy and nostalgic.) I know that everything is, in a sense, edited. Even I tend to scoot the extra clutter out of  the way before I post a picture..

But still..

I wonder how THEY do it... Wake up early, stay fit, have multiple children, a miniature farm, a tidy home, a thriving marriage, and home-based business. I wonder what's wrong with ME, that my life doesn't look the SAME. My toes do not look that PRETTY. I have never worn RED LIPSTICK. What am I doing WRONG? I'm pretty convinced that these women must have MORE hours in the day than me. Maybe they just have more MONEY and secret housekeepers and assistants.  I feel like they are BETTER mothers and wives than me.

Sometimes these feelings are triggered because I'm reading someone's incredible blog, or I woke up late and feel guilty for not exercising or having my quiet time. Maybe I saw someone's Facebook status about how their entire house is cleaned, and it's only 10am. Or maybe, (true story)  it's because we met with a marriage counselor and completely freaked her out so much, that she called to apologize the next day.

Whoa.Whoa. Whoa. That's when I have to stop, breathe, and pray for the Lord to slow down the runaway train of my emotions.

"Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!" Psalm 118:1

The truth is, when we start comparing our own lives to the altered reality of other lives/houses/marriages/children that we see via the blog-os-sphere (or amongst our own circle of friends), it only steals from the joy that the Lord has set before our own feet. We're saying, "It's not good enough God. I need more."

Let's not allow the only life we will ever live to be stolen for our want of another's.

Let's cultivate hearts of thankfulness and gratitude, hearts that appreciate the beauty of the journey, and hearts that are determined to soak up every last bit of the joy set before us.
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Lots of love,

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Virtual thrifting

I picked up some needle point/crewel wall hangings a week or so ago from the sweetest little old lady. We talked about babies, and about how her five children were all grown up. She said that out of her brood of blue eyed babies, there was one lone daughter had brown eyes..

I'm not a generally chatty person, but I love hearing stories, and especially being privy to stranger's secrets.

The woman told me, 'now, no mother could say this aloud... but secretly, I thought she was the most fetching of the whole bunch!'

Unfortunately, I really have no wall space for these, so I thought I'd offer them off sale here! $10 each for the small and $15 for the large one. **Update: the kitchen themed piece is SOLD**

If you are in/around Waco, then I can just meet up with you, otherwise I'll have to get a shipping quote and get back to you with the amount!

Lots of love,

Saturday, January 21, 2012


 The Cazac's are adventurers! A while back, Daniel and I decided to create a list of  characteristics to describe the identity of our family and some of the things that we 'Cazacs' like to do.  Today was a designated family day, so we went adventuring!  It seems silly now, since Selah is still so little, but I think sharing these character points and activities will be a great way to cultivate solidarity, give identity, and facilitate fun family time as our family life develops.

Since all adventurers must be well dressed, Selah seized the opportunity to pose for a fashion shot.  

Dress: Old Navy
Textured knit tights: Gap
Moccasins: Minnetonka (thrifted)
Sweater: thrifted

We had fun exploring a nearby city. We went to the flea market, tried a new little Puerto Rican restaurant, and hit up few thrift stores. As the sun set, we returned home and walked the nostalgic main street of our tiny town. It was a great family day! 

Daddy cuddles are the best
We found the cutest toy toaster for our little lady!
Selah asking for more mofongo. Yea for foodie babies ;)
I hope you enjoyed your weekend too!

Lots of love,

Thursday, January 19, 2012

5 Great Redecorating Tips

**To see my complete home tour click here**
So, you're in your first home as a sweet couple, or maybe your third, but whatever the case may be, one thing is for certain.. you've got a serious case of nesting fever! Before you go nuts on a Pinterest inspired bender, let me offer a few suggestions.
1) Begin with the space that makes the most impact on your immediate life. For example, my husband and I chose to re-do our master bedroom first, so that we could have a nice place to relax and retreat at the end of our day. Sure the kitchen was probably in more practical need of overhauling, but having one completed oasis made all the difference in preserving my sanity throughout the remodel process. Choose to begin with the room that matters most to YOU. 

2) Don't you dare even lift a finger until you know what you want that room to FEEL like. Do you want it to be fun, peaceful... fresh? Choose a list of two or three words. Then, you can start collecting design ideas that connect with your chosen feelings. 

 3) This means working with the unique character of your particular home. I adore the colorful, whimsical, and kitschy style of my own home, but it certainly  wouldn't work in just any space. For one, I had a giant ugly furnace in my dining room, so I painted it with chalkboard paint. Don't try to make your house look like the beach-side condo you saw in a magazine. Make your space lovable, and livable, and fun. Don't worry about making it perfect; embrace the quirks of your home.

This means decorating with items that mean something to you. Use your grandmother's china. Display individual handcrafted touches. This can be a chair that you painted and re-covered, a cute hand-made garland, your framed love letters.. Add soul to your home. 

4) Do not spend more money than you have. Done. End of Story. If you can't pay for it with real money, then don't buy it. For us,  that meant we spent some time saving money before we began remodeling our home. This also meant that when we finished remodeling our home, we could actually enjoy it without worrying about paying off home-improvement loans. 

Spend your money on pieces that make the most visual impact. In our bedroom, I splurged on a chandelier, and in the kitchen on a giant farmhouse sink. These rooms needed those pieces, it sets them apart and creates a memorable statement. Choose your pricey pieces wisely, and you will get more bang for your decorating buck. 
5) Set a deadline for completing each room. Push hard to complete each room, but take breaks in-between projects. Don't let re-doing your home be the project that never ends. I found the longer I left a project unfinished, the harder it was to go back to it.. Completing one room at a time should leave you feeling encouraged and motivated to move on to the rest of your home! 

That's it! Just a bit of my hard-earned tidbits of redecorating advice :) I hope this encourages you to get going on your own re-do :) 

Lots of love,

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Our 6th Anniversary.

Daniel and I had a perfectly lovely getaway anniversary weekend with two whole nights away!! We had a nice dinner, did some fun shopping,  and went back to the place where it all began.
I jokingly told Daniel that we were like salmon, each year returning to our place of origin...**I know** Weird joke, Lindsey!!  Daniel thought so too.

Anyhow, so far we have managed to visit the chapel where we were married every year for an overnight stay at one of their lovely cabins. 7F Lodge has a special place in my heart, and it has been a part of some of the best memories in our marriage. If you are in, or near the College Station area, you should really check them out for your next getaway. My favorite part is that you don't have to see anyone the entire time you are there; you just go straight to your own little private cabin and relax!

heehee! So corny!!

There are 9 different cabins, each with a different little theme, this one was named 'The Barn,' and was one of the more country themed rooms. Daniel was pleased with it's manliness. I was just happy to soak my toes in the tub. We had a really restful and relaxing weekend, although I wasn't ever able to identify the towel animal.. So far the best suggestion has been a fox?!

I thoroughly beat Daniel at a game of dominoes, we had a nice little brunch, and then we hopped in the car and headed back home.... wherein we got in a nice little fight. *Oy vey*
Lots of love,

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Life Made Lovely Feature

I'm really excited to share that my home tour is being featured today on Life Made Lovely! I've shared bits and pieces of the house before, but this is the whole sha-bang in one tour. Pop on over to check out my living room, guest room, Selah's nursery, and... my bathroom *wierd*. 
Heather is the absolute sweetest; I'm sure you'll fall in love with her blog. She also has a powerful story and mission to bring comfort to "those who never thought they'd need it" via the Joyful Life Library. So, i was more than flattered to be a part of her Home Made Lovely series. Flabbergasted, really.. Anyhow, I'd love for you to stop by and say hello for me!

Lots of love,

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hello Mornings! Do you want to join me?

I recently wrote a little about my need to find balance in my everyday life. Honestly, since the pre-holiday silhouette orders, the holiday silhouette orders, and the last minute RUSH silhouette orders, I sort of lost the little bit of normalcy and balance that my schedule did have! My work has slowed to a more manageable pace, and I'm feeling the urge for some daily structure.

Somehow in the midst of the holiday chaos, I threw off my nice internal clock and started staying up WAAAY too late, waking up as a little zombie mom, feeding Selah her breakfast, and then napping in morning and afternoon with my baby! Eek. Not the way I want to spend the daylight hours. Poor Daniel. I think he came home to me wearing pajamas for a few weeks in a row.

I'm a go-with-the-flow kinda gal, and am not the greatest at mastering personal discipline, so I thought I'd hop in Hello Mornings this go-around with Kat over at Inspired to Action! Kat and I attend the same church, and I was wow'd by a lovely talk that she delivered a few months ago. She successfully ruined the mascara of an entire room of pre-school moms :)

This is a online event involving thousands of women struggling with the same thing I do, waking up FOR our family, rather than BY our family. The event runs from Jan 16- April 15, and encourages you to wake up, exercise, and spend time with Jesus every morning! You can choose to be in a Twitter, Facebook, or online forum for you accountability check ins, and Kat wrote a great E-book to get you pumped about it all!

You can't hand-pick your teammates, so there's no guarantee we'd be in the same group, but I thought it's be super fun to share our journeys together!

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER!! You can do it, let's show our bodies who is boss :)

Lots of love,

Monday, January 2, 2012

Little Laughs

We do a lot of laughing around around our home! I guess that's why I was feeling so nostalgic about Selah growing up when I wrote this post about her little baby laugh.

 I know it's a faux pas to compliment yourself, but I really do think I'm pretty funny... and I like to think that Selah got my sense of humor! I get bored around the house during the day sometimes, so I like to take the time to school Selah in the art of comedy. Good-natured sarcasm is still a little out of her league, but for a baby she's a pretty advanced little ham-bonee. Currently, her genre of choice is general slapstick. 

She thinks it hilarious to put food on her head, turn off the light-switch in her bedroom, and wear my sunglasses. I know I have shared the first little video of Selah laughing before, but I thought it was really fun to compare the two, now that Selah is officially grown up at the ripe old age of 1!
Selah, 4m, laughing'll have to watch it!

Selah, 1yr, laughing SO much. 
 I just can't wait for the days when we can bounce puns and knock-knock jokes off together :) 

Lots of love!