Month: July 2016

Hiking: White Clay Creek Park

A couple of weeks back, me and my boyfriend decided to go on a hike in White Clay Creek State Park, which is a park very close to my house. Although Delaware does not really have a lot of truly majestic nature monuments like grand rivers or canyons or cliffs you can climb, it was still a nice two to three hour walk through the beautiful forest, looking at wildlife, and taking pictures of the river. There are so many different trails to go on and each take you through different areas of Delaware, all approximately two to three miles long round trip. Many people also take the time to bike on the trails or run on them because they are all relatively flat and easy to walk through… A couple of pictures below! 🙂

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plain forest

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some very photogenic bark (also got featured on VSCO, which is pretty exciting)

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felt like this scene looked straight out of a fairytale!

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so pretty, like lace

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next to a small creek

 

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stumbling onto a nice field of tall grass

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Monday Musings 7.25.16

Hello! Happy Monday to you 🙂 Did you know lemon is good for mosquito bite soothing and whitening skin?

This week has been sort of slow, but honestly, that’s how I like it. I like having time to myself to relax and to realign my goals, to allow for rest in the midst of socialization and events. The most I did was on Saturday, where I went and painted for my church, then went to a grad party, then went to a dinner party. I put down a couple pictures below of the happenings as well as some of my favorites, so if you would like to see, continue to scroll 🙂


Loving…

Romans 8:26-28 (NIV) on prayer

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV) on strength

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.


Pics of the week…

I only have one pic of the week because I only went outside to do something interesting once 😛  A ton of the Polaroid pics that we took at my friend Angela’s graduation party.

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BUT I REALLY LIKE THIS OLD PIC, SO HERE IT IS ALSO…

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Watching…

The Incredibles and Brooklyn!

Decided to watch The Incredibles with some friends over at my house because I hadn’t seen it in quite a while. Watching it this time, so many years later, I was struck by both how it seemed to weave in some incredibly tough topics such as marriage issues and the threat towards children and also produce such an engaging and heartwarming story.

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Brooklyn, as well, was SO good. I watched it for the first time last week and to be honest, was a bit skeptical at first because I’m not a huge fan of period drama styles. But Saoirse Ronan blew me away and I loved the main character’s relationship with her man so much and brought me so many emotions and gah, so good. THIS PICTURE GIVES ME ALL THE FEELS (Would definitely recommend)

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Praying …

Sigh, so many prayer requests in my head that it is beginning to get difficult to keep track of them

  • praying for Jason and his relationship with Christ and his family
  • praying for Julie, for passion for God and for pride
  • praying for Hong, for pride and for compassion
  • praying for Natalie, for deeper understanding and truth in knowledge
  • praying for the English Ministry church and all its requests
  • praying for my family
  • praying for the world and for peace and love amidst all this violence

Enjoying…

Grad Parties! I had one last week, which I shared about, and I had another one this Saturday too. There was so much food and cute Polaroids and helium balloons 🙂 Some pics below…

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the one on the right is too exposed 😦 

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look at the giant balloon! 

 

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with the graduated girl 🙂 ❤ you angela 


Playing…

Was unsure about whether or not to include this, but why not… I confess I have been playing Pokemon Go quite addictively. Really nice for when you want to walk around and explore places and a great bonding experience, which also works when you are busy and you shouldn’t be playing games and you physically cannot play Pokemon Go because you are in the same place! Good job, Nintendo. You did good this time 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza by Elizabeth’s

Last Tuesday, I went on the cutest date with a friend to Pizza by Elizabeth’s for the first time. I had heard of it so many times before since it is one of the most Instagrammed eateries in Delaware, but I do have to say it definitely exceeded my expectations. The service was fantastic, the area was decorated in such a unique picturesque way, and the small touches of embellishment were seriously the cherry on top. A couple of pictures below 🙂
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Pizza by Elizabeth’s

3801 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807

 

Gardens at Random

Whoop whoop. I am back with a new set of photographs. I sort of ran out of flowers in my neighborhood (though it’s been a while since I’ve been looking for them, so I’m sure new ones will have bloomed/I will take pics if I can), so I have just been taking pictures of anything that pleases me aesthetically or stretch my photography skills. I’m still not super good at taking pictures of things that are not close up, so I’ll have to post pictures of those later… but for now, gardens and randomness!

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our neighbor’s fence 

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the prettiest skies, but not quite sunset 

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inside a hole of our garden bush 

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the last of the roses 

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the moon so tiny so pretty

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green onions, I believe

 

Monday Musings 7.18.16

Hi hi hi sorry sorry sorry what’s up what’s up what’s up?!!

Goodness, I took a 2 week break from posting and it feels so weird coming back and pretending like nothing has happened. But many things have happened. And I have been thinking quite a lot about this blog. Thus, I thought why not combine this and make Mondays a scheduled time for me to talk about random things going on in my life? This would be sort of like weekly favorites, but also including random happenings or pretty pictures that I took during the week. And yes, I suppose Monday Musings does not fit super well but the alliteration! Gosh the alliteration, I’ll deal with the slight misnomer 😉

Anyways, to the juice…


Reading …

the sacred search – gary thomas

all about marriage and dating from a Christian perspective

crazy love – francis chan

what does it mean to be loved by God?

I’m reading the first one with a little accountability group. It’s cute and fun and I have never done something like this before, especially with girls in three different time zones, which is wild. I’m reading Crazy Love by myself and journaling. It’s been highly recommended and a huge Christian bestseller so I have huge expectations for it and am excited to get through it all. What’s interesting about these two books are that they were both gifted to me by two women that I admire so much in the Christian community. And especially Crazy Love, I had just been thinking about how much I wanted the book and that same day, she said that she wanted to give it away because she and her husband had finished reading it. Nuts right?


Enjoying …

homemade macarons from a graduation party!

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walks and flowers at the university of delaware

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ice cream and all its processes (Woodside Farm and Udairy Creamery  are the best!)

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Watching…

finding dory , central intelligence, legend of tarzan, alice through the looking glass

I have been watching so many movies this summer. Such a great way to hang out. Got to say, I think I liked Finding Dory and Legend of Tarzan the most. Finding Dory because I felt like the movie was just supposed to be liked. Obviously, it was super well known because of Finding Nemo, but they really brought out the acceptance of disabilities aspect and also the humor factor so much in this one that I really loved it. I also enjoyed Legend of Tarzan, but that may just have been because I think Margot Robbie is a beautiful woman and Alexander Skarsgard a handsome man.


Random pics that I love …

At the Container Store that just opened at Christiana Mall in DE

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and flowers always 🙂

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Have a good rest of the week 🙂 ❤

 

 

 

Wait for the Lord

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I was asked to do this commission for a group of girls in my fellowship for when they went on an overnight stay-retreat. It’s taken from a website called Naptime Diaries that does a lot with Bible verses and pretty posters 🙂 This was my first attempt, clearly, as it looks pretty rough and also unfinished as I didn’t completely outline all that I needed to. Technically speaking, I need to work on the lettering for everything that isn’t in cursive and also take note that you cannot simply watercolor on regular cardstock. 😛 I will also probably redo this and maybe do an update on it and see the progress I have made, which I think would be quite cool!

This verse to be honest did not strike me at first. Especially in recent times, with such tragedy all around us in the news and everywhere, I took it to mean something almost of a complacency with the world around us. But I don’t think that’s what it means. Now, it reminds me of the title of this blog, Still and Know, which for those that don’t know, is a reference to the Bible verse, “be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10.

Wait for the Lord because He will come to conquer all in the end, wait for him, be quiet and listen for him, because He is there. He is present, He will always provide. But more than that BE STRONG AND TAKE HEART. Have confidence in Him and what He can do. And be strong. Be courageous. Be all that you believe is right in the world, wait for the Lord, but also be in the world and do good onto it with belief in Him .