Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Crossing the Creek

Hello friends!
Last Thursday, we went over to our friends house to visit. We hadn't visited with them since before Winter, so it was nice to be able to walk around their land, enjoy the breeze and laugh together! All the snow has finally melted, causing the streams to flow.



 As we came upon a stream, we each took turns carefully walking across the slippery log. The braver ones went first, and then stretched out their hands to help the others cross. Those who had not yet crossed encouraged those who were carefully crossing by cheering them on and saying, "Come on, you can do it!"
 
 


As we waited our turns to cross the creek, we watched this small act of kindness unfold. It reminds us of the way we are to help one another in life. Either by reaching our hands out to help them get through what we have already experienced, or by speaking words of encouragement and prayer to help them on.


Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be over powered by another, two can withstand him. And a three-strand cord is not quickly broken."

1 John 3:16- "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers."

These verses are a great reminder of how important it is to be there for one another, to have strong, God-fearing friends that can help each other cross life's small creeks and roaring rivers. 

Words of Wisdom from our mama: Often, the evil one will lie to us (he is the father of lies), and tell us we are independent, we can do it on our own, and sometimes, we believe him. But Our Father`s word is clear, we need each other. We need to pray for others, so that we can help them, come along side them, but also to keep us from becoming self- absorbed. We do need others to pray for us, to encourage us, but when we lift each other up, we build up the Body.

So, why not text, e-mail, call or write a friend a letter today, giving them the Lord`s word, and your Christian love? Pray that The Lord would lay someone on your heart, and give you the words He would have you speak. It is a simple act, but we may never know this side of heaven just how touching and profound it can be for someone else we love.
Love from,
Layla & Hagen

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What She Wore// 50's Feel

Hello, I've got another outfit for you!
This one was really fun, with a nice little 50's feel...

















 Layla does it again! I love the pieces she used for this outfit, from her Oxford pumps that were super on sale, to her cute red earrings that were given to her by two special, sweet friends of ours for her birthday! (You know who you are!)
Not to mention, she can pull off a high-waisted skirt so well!
Her 'cat-eye' glasses also add a touch of 50's as well as color...

 I'll let you in on a little secret... Layla's cute button up shirt is not a shirt at all, it's a dress! She just simply pulled her neutral skirt over it and, Viola! Her favorite little black dress now works as a top, too! 


-What She Wore-

dress/top: Ross $7
skirt: Goodwill $2
shoes: Payless $15
earrings: from a friend 
headband: homemade

  And of course her hair! She did really great with this, mine probably wouldn't have stayed, but that's another story... Oh, and did you noticed she colored it? I think is looks really great on her and complements her well!

What do you think of this thrifty, 50's outfit? What's you favorite thing about it?
Hope you are enjoying this nice weather!
Love,
Hagen





Friday, March 14, 2014

What She Wore// Oxford Pumps

Hello Dearies! 
 Today I'm going to share with you an adorable, vintage-y outfit modeled by Layla!
 It was a bit chilly out when we snapped these pics, so we decided to take them inside...



I like how the neutrals in Layla's skirt (which she made herself, by the way) blend well with her Oxford Pumps and braided belt, and the sweater adds a nice pop of color while also complementing her blue eyes.


-What She Wore-

sweater: Ralph Lauren- from a friend $0
braided belt: Ross $8
skirt: homemade $0
knee high socks: Walmart $5
oxford pumps: Payless $15



I think the Oxfords kinda tie this whole outfit together, giving it the vintage feel Layla was going for. 
 Over all, I really like this outfit! Cute and comfortable, modest and feminine, aaaaand on a budget! 

I hope you liked this outfit! Have a great weekend!
Love,
Hagen



Saturday, March 8, 2014

DIY: Lace Storage

Hello dearies!
Like I said in the previous post, we have been quite busy this last week. All this warmer weather is making me want to spring clean! One of the major things we have done is completely rearrange our bedroom and sewing area. I am very happy with the way everything is coming along!

And guess what? It's DIY time! After going through bags and bags of sewing notions, I had to find ways to organize it all in a cute and simple fashion. I thought I would share with you how I organized our lace collection!


It's super simple and quick (depending on how much lace you have acquired!), and not to mention that it looks super cute too! It's as easy as 1-2-3-4!


1. Tape It! Use a small piece of tape to secure the lace to the popsicle stick, making it easier for step 2.

2. Wrap It! Wrap, wrap, wrap. It's as easy as that!

3. Pin It! Use a sewing pin to secure your wrapped lace in place.

4. Display It! Put your lace in anything you like, an old mason jar, a basket, a bowl. Get creative!

And there you have it! I hope this post inspires you in your spring cleaning. It is a lot easier for me to get crafty now that I know where everything is! Are you a crafty person?
Love from,
Layla

What She Wore | Spring Is In The Air...


















Hello everyone! Today I am going to share with you a super cute outfit styled by my super cute sister, Hagen! I love this relaxed boho look... and do you know what's funny? Almost all of these pieces were given to her by a friend, just at different times! Not to mention, this said friend has excellent style! I love the way Hagen put everything together to make this outfit that is ready for spring!

 Her top was one of those open-shouldered tops, but she sewed up the shoulders to make it more modest!

 
-What She Wore-
tribal top: Day Trip- from a friend
gray tank: from a friend
skinny jeans: Old Navy $8
shoes: Vans- from a friend
bag: from a friend
hair: fishtail braid


Are you ready for spring? I know we are! The weather here has been gorgeous, the last few piles of snow are melting, and there are buds on the trees. Spring is in the air! Hope you have had a productive week, I can say without a doubt that we have!
Love from,
Layla

Friday, March 7, 2014

Baby-O is 3!

 Hello Everyone!
We've had another birthday to celebrate, another life to rejoice! Olivia turned 3! Baby-O is not much of a baby anymore!

 3!

 We had delicious (you guessed it!) gluten-free chocolate cake with blueberry icing!

 Olivia showing off her dress that Mom made...

 ... and checking out the skirt Layla made!

 Super cute hair bow for a super cute girl!

 She really enjoyed the cupcakes!


Olivia is just a little sweetie! I remember the day she was born, so cute and perfect. 
I thank the Lord for her and for the time he has blessed us with her.
You can see the love in her gorgeous blue eyes and her little smile is just too sweet!

Thank you for reading!
Hagen

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Big 4-0!

Last Saturday, the day after Valentines, our Dad turned 40! We always celebrate his birthday twice, with delicious num-nums on Valentines, and then birthday cake the next day. This year, Mom made chocolate peanut-butter cups as a Valentines treat, and then a delicious, flourless chocolate cake (which went so fast, that it didn't have time to be photographed) for his birthday!



 Eli explaining his drawings...

 Tiny keepsakes from the little ones...

& fresh ground coffee!


Want to hear something exciting? Our Dad was accepted into Liberty University Online! He transformed his closet into an office, so we bought him lots of things to help with organization. Want to hear about another blessing? Dad lost his job at the beginning of the year (that might not sound like a blessing, but it allowed him to have time to enroll at Liberty!) He put in applications anywhere and everywhere! Finally, God provided him with a job this week, a job that will not involve truck driving, and still give him enough time to be able to study! Isn't this awesome!?!? God never ceases to amaze us!

What are some ways the Lord has been showing His hand in your life?
  
Love from,
Layla