Please Pray

On Friday, my sister called to tell me my aunt was diagnosed with brain cancer. Aunt Joy has four children, ages 15 and under. This isn’t the first time tragedy has touched their family; one of my cousins was born with a heart defect and died only a few days after he was born. My uncle Rod was in a severe car accident. But through all of that, they still praised God. This trial is no different.

Yesterday, she was scheduled to have a biopsy. Before we heard anything about that, Brian and I got a text from my father-in-law. He had taken my mother-in-law to the ER at 2:30 am. She was having extreme pain in her abdomen and could barely move her legs. After a CAT scan and x-rays, they couldn’t find anything. They sent her to Des Moines for an MRI and meeting with a neurologist.

My FIL didn’t respond to Brian’s or my phone calls or texts, but in the early afternoon, I got a phone call from my dad. He said that the biopsy determined that the tumor was not cancer, after all. However, it was a very aggressive type of tumor, that had tentacles reaching into the back of her brain. It was already being to reproduce. The doctors said that she would need radiation for the rest of her life….which might not be very long. They said that the best case scenario is five years, the worst, one and a half.

My dad was very calm. He is a chaplain in the national guard, and he has been the bearer of bad news many, many times. “A year will give us a few more holidays where we can all be together,” he said, and his voice caught a little.

My Aunt Joy

I called Brian and told him the news between sobs. “I’m coming home. I’ll be there in half an hour.”

We sat on the couch with our arms around each other for awhile. Part of me wondered, why Aunt Joy? Of all the people in the world, why someone so compassionate, so loving, so focused on serving God and reaching the lost? Why a family that has already suffered so much?

Brian said, “Because He knows they can handle it.” And he’s right. While many people would throw up their hands, curse God and die, God knows that this family will respond like Job:

20Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

And even though Aunt Joy is young, she has touched so many lives. She hasn’t wasted her life or lived selfishly. Even if she is not with us for many more years, she will have accomplished more for God’s glory than many people who live to be eighty.

On the caring bridge page for my aunt, my uncle Rod said this:

“God can still do a miracle in and through Joy, and we will pray that way. We will also pray for HIS will for our family. We know that God is good. He is always good. We know that He is mighty, and we just know that He is going to do mighty things through this. We want to be very, very clear…we are giving God ALL of the glory and honor…we are still praising Him…we are still loving Him. What we want more than anything is to be used to bring HIM glory.”

It wasn’t until late afternoon that we got an update on Brian’s mom. She was going to spend the night at the hospital and have an MRI in the morning. My FIL was discouraged; her case had baffled four doctors already.

Us with Brian’s parents

Our senior pastor invited us over to his house last night, and shared some scripture and encouragement with us. He reminded us that God protects His children, and that no matter what the doctors say, nothing can harm them until God is finished using them on earth. They are held in His hands, sheltered under His wings. We read Psalms 91:

14″Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;   I will protect him, because he knows my name.15When he calls to me, I will answer him;   I will be with him in trouble;   I will rescue him and honor him.16With long life I will satisfy him   and show him my salvation.”

Today I still have tears, but I also have peace.

Our senior pastor gets free plane tickets from a pilot who goes to our church. He gave us a free plane ticket that he wasn’t going to use, since it expires in October, and called the pilot. “Captain Mike” was able to get us another free ticket, so that Brian and I can fly standby home to Iowa on Thursday.

Would you pray with us? Please pray for…

  • My cousins, Lydia, James, Ellie, and Anna, and my uncle, Rod. 
  • My dad and uncle Duke, Aunt Joy’s siblings.
  • My Nana and Papa, my grandparents. 
  • All of my extended family
  • Safe travel for Brian and me
  • That we will be a blessing to our family
  • Healing for Aunt Joy, if it is God’s will
  • Healing for my MIL, if it’s God’s will
  • Peace for both of them
  • Wisdom for the doctors
Could you say a prayer for them in the comments here? It would be such a blessing to me. Click on “links to this post” to leave a comment. 

Changes

I am slowly but surely working on a new blog! Don’t worry, Scribbles From Emily won’t go anywhere. I plan to keep Scribbles as my personal blog, and the new blog, while still somewhat personal, will be more informational in nature.

What do I mean by that? My new blog will focus on newlyweds and young marrieds: inspiring, educating, and assisting wives adjusting to marriage. It seems to me that there are loads of wedding planning blogs, but very few newlywed blogs. After all, isn’t planning for marriage more important than planning for a wedding?

 I hope to fit in this niche by writing posts to strengthen marriages by giving suggestions for loving your spouse, healthy conflict resolution, getting along with in-laws and other family members and friends,  putting meals on the table after a day of working or school, simplifying home life with organization tips, and decorating a new home.

I’m looking for regular contributors for the new blog: two or three people who can write for it once a week. If you are 1.young and married, and 2. interested in writing for that audience, and 3. have strong writing skills, send me an email. I’m especially looking for someone with specialized experience in one or more of the topic I mentioned above, such as cooking.  I’ll be looking for guest posts too, so if you’d like to write something for newlyweds but aren’t sure about doing it on a weekly basis, keep that in mind!

In other news, perhaps you’ve noticed that my posting has become more sporadic (If you haven’t, that’s good). Since school has started up, I’m finding it really difficult to keep posting three times a week. I’m not sure how I did it last year! At least until I get into a routine, I plan to cut down my posting to twice a week.

I could use your help with coming up with some ideas for future blog posts! What do you wish someone had told you as a newlywed? What do you wish you had done differently, or what are you glad you did? What were/are your biggest challenges? If you aren’t married, what would anticipate wanting to know more about?

29 Dorm Room Decorating and Organizing Ideas

Welcome to part two of our decorating series. As I mentioned in part one, even if you don’t have a dorm room to deck out, many of these ideas are adaptable for an apartment office, bedroom, child’s room, or other small spaces. For those of us decorating on a budget, I’ve included wallet-friendly options with Pottery Barn style.

Planners and Calendars

Fail to plan =  plan to fail. Lucky for you, there are lots of tools available to help you manage your time well, and keep track of your assignments and social life.

1. Splurge: All the heart eye emojis for this gold foil pineapple planner ($58.00) from Emily Ley!
 

2. Budget: You’re almost guaranteed a lovely day with this floral ban.do planner from Papersource ($20.00). It comes with stickers!

 

3. Splurge: Set up a command central with one of these chalkboard wall calendars! $31 at Pottery Barn.
4. Budget: This chalkboard is peel and stick! $5.24 for four 9 x 12 sheets. Add four cork board tiles for $7.99 – you can always cover them with fabric if you’d like.

 

Whiteboards and Message Boards

Make it easy for someone to let you know they stopped by, or just say hi.

5. Splurge: Make a great first impression with the Victorian Frame Dry-Erase Message Board Decal from Pottery Barn Teen for $59.00.

 

6. Budget: Buy a picture frame from a thrift store, and instead of a photo, put fabric or pretty paper on the inside. Or, cover the glass with a whiteboard sticker. 

 

Hang out Space

Most likely, our favorite memories after four years of school will be the times you spent with friends. So make your space comfortable, and memorable!

Deck the walls with some decals!
7. Splurge: Apartment Therapy has this post on decals and removable wallpaper, with lots of options.

8. Splurge: When I went to college, I really liked the look of the blue and green bubble decals from PB Teen. But I didn’t have $50 to spend on them.

 

9. Budget: I got the same look for just pennies. I traced around cups and a plate to create three different sized circles … on tissue paper! Then I taped them to the walls in a bubble pattern. I loved it, and visitors always complimented it!
10. Splurge: Along the same lines, today Pottery Barn has gold circle decals for $45.
Wall Decal, Metallic Dottie, Gold
11. Budget: If you can’t find gold tissue paper, I mentioned in part one of decorating ideas for your dorm room that you can buy a roll of gold or copper contact paper that will stick to the wall for around $10.00 a roll, then just cut out or punch your own circles or triangles.

Seating

These round chairs might be the best reading chairs you’ll ever sit in. They are SO comfortable.

12. Splurge: these chairs from PB Teen cost over $100 each.
13. Budget: They might be a little smaller, but the price difference is enough to convince me they’re worth it. $50 for Dish Chairs on Amazon.

Storage

When living in a small space, making the most of storage space is crucial. Let’s start with your closet:

14. Splurge: This classy shoe rack holds 18 pairs ($40.65).

15. Budget: I used one of these for my shoes, but you could use it for extra drawer space, storing books, towels, or whatever fits in the compartments ($14.99 on Amazon).

hanging organizer
This one from Target costs a little more, but it adds space just for shoes ($21.99). And if that’s not enough room for your shoes, Carrie Bradshaw, this might do the trick: 30 Pair Shoe Rack ($23.79).
16. Double your hanging space with a closet doubler ($6.95)!

17. Make the most of your closet shelves with these dividers. I think these are pretty much genius! Use them to maximize your vertical shelf space in any closet.

 

18. Splurge: Canvas storage boxes with lids allow for easy stacking. This set of three is $33.39.

19. Budget: For literally just a few cents more, you can buy TWELVE of these plastic shoe boxes. I can’t seem to have enough of these: they’re the perfect size for holding everything from craft supplies to all the cords to and chargers to various electronics to school supplies. And of course, actual shoes.

20. Here’s a tip I wish I’d known earlier: make use of your door space! You can always hang a shoe organizer over it. Apartment Therapy has 10 ideas for ways to use an over the door shoe organizer.

21. But what about an over the door ironing board ($36.00)?

22. Or an over the door pantry for all your ramen?

 

 

24. A clothes hamper?

 

26. Or a towel rack for your bath towels?

Bet you wish you had more doors.

If you don’t have a loft bed, you can also make the most of the space underneath your bed.

27. Get more space underneath by putting your bed on risers, like these 6-inch black bed risers from Amazon.com, a set of four for $9.95.

If you don’t have much closet space, underneath your bed is a great place to store out of season clothes, extra bedding, or towels. Or, you could store art supplies, books you aren’t using, or anything you don’t want out in the open.
28. Splurge: Underbed storage boxes with hinges, a set of two for $51.90. 

29. Budget: Underbed storage bag, for $5.99.

 

What are your storage or decor ideas? Share them in the comments below!

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18 Decorating and Storage Ideas For Your Dorm Room

In addition to new school supplies, something else that makes going back to school exciting is getting to move into a new space and redecorate. My little sister is going to college for the first time, and I thought that perhaps some of you readers might be in a similar situation. Then I realized that many of these ideas work for decorating other small spaces, so even if you don’t have a dorm room to decorate, you might be inspired by these ideas for decorating your apartment, office, bedroom, or child’s room.*

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When I Don’t Feel Like Being Spiritual

My phone rang, and I knew it had to be my advisor. I’d emailed her twice, explaining that I was applying for residency at Arizona State University for the fall ’11 semester, and asking if there was anything else I could do to change from being an online ASU student to an on campus student.

I survived the last school year, but barely. When we moved to Arizona a year ago, I transferred to Arizona State University’s online program. It had it’s perks: we didn’t have to buy a second car right away, or pay out of state tuition, and I could do school in my pj’s, if I wanted. But after a semester, I felt like I couldn’t take any more. After being actively involved in campus ministry and campus life for two years, I felt almost completely isolated and cut off. It didn’t help that some of my teachers felt the need to burden us with heaps of busy-work, and some had no idea what they were teaching. Last semester, my classes had me in tears…every day. 

I resigned myself to another semester of online classes, with hopes of going on campus for my final semester of college. So when I found out that the deadline for applying for residency for the fall semester wasn’t until August 24th, I was over the moon with excitement that maybe, just maybe, I could go on campus for my entire senior year.

Hence, the frenzy of emailing advisors and pouring over stacks of residency paperwork. Then, my advisor called.

“I can switch you over to on campus right now, if you want!” She said. “But your tuition will look pretty ugly until your residency application is approved.”

“Well, can we see if the classes I need are open on-campus first?” I asked. She looked up my class numbers, and there just happened to be a handful of seats left open in every class!

“You’ll need to drop all of the online classes you’re registered for right now, and after I switch you to on-campus, we can register you for the on-campus classes….oh…that’s interesting,” her tone changed. “It seems that even the on-campus students are taking their classes online this semester. All those classes are being offered as what we call icourses…so that means you wouldn’t actually be on campus, even as an on-campus student.” 

All my built up hopes came tumbling down. The only reason to switch from being an online student to an on-campus student would be the lower price of in-state tuition versus paying per credit. But, we’d have to pay the out of state tuition price until our application was approved, if it was approved. It wasn’t worth that gamble when I’d still be taking classes at home. 

I had a good cry, but consoled myself with “well, there’s still next semester. At least there’s a chance that they’ll offer my classes on-campus next semester.” Then Brian got home.

As I folded clothes, he flopped on the bed. “Whatcha been doing babe?” I asked.

“Trying unsuccessfully to get your residency,” he said. “Unsuccessfully, because you’re not going to go on-campus next semester either.” 

I continued putting away the clothes in silence as he explained. Apparently, the paperwork that Brian’s parents have to fill out (yes, they have to fill out paperwork, that’s how crazy trying to get residency is!) stated that the information they provide needs to prove that Brian has been financially independent in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Well, Brian wasn’t financially independent until we got married in 2010. “So, for you to be approved as an Arizona resident, you have to be married to an Arizona resident, and one who has been financially independent for at least two years. There’s no way you’ll get approved.

I left the room for awhile. I didn’t feel like being spiritual about this. I felt like being angry. 

Angry at Brian for not understanding how important this was to me.
Angry at ASU for making it so difficult to classify as a resident.
And as it came out later, when Brian and I finally talked about it, angry at God.

Why did God make Brian get a job in Arizona? Why did He give Brian a job where he’s miserable 99% of the time? Why couldn’t He have given him the design engineering job that was close to Ames? I could have finished my last two years of college at Iowa State University. Why did He make us move far from our families and friends?  I thought I’d worked through all this and resolved to trust God about it a long time ago. I was wrong.

I know none of this was by accident. God could have given Brian that job in Iowa, I could have continued at Iowa State, we could have had a group of over half a dozen young married couples to spend time with.

Brian said “God has a plan,” and “He’s not concerned about our happiness, but our holiness,” which is all well and good, but when you’re feeling the pangs of disappointment and visualizing what life could have been like if God had had a different plan, pat answers fall flat.

I didn’t feel like being spiritual.

I was angry all Friday evening and Saturday morning. Then God had enough.

I was rehashing again how miserable I felt and how much I dreaded school starting, and a familiar song began to play on the radio. It was familiar, because I sang it for special music at church a few months ago.

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel you near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if each promise from Your Word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win, we know
That pain reminds this hearts,
That this is not, this is not our home…..
It’s not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

What if my greatest disappointments,
Or the aching of this life,
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy.
What if trials of this life,
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise?

The truth flooded my heart and mind.

  • The truth is, I don’t know that staying in Iowa would have been as wonderful as I imagine it to be. Living in Iowa and attending ISU would have had trials too.
  • The truth is, I would never have met some of the wonderful friends and mentors I have now if we hadn’t moved to Arizona.
  • The truth is, I might have never started blogging seriously if we hadn’t moved to Arizona, and I would have met all of you.
  • The truth is, if God hadn’t brought us to Arizona, we wouldn’t be leading or being blessed and challenged by the youth group.
  • The truth is, sometimes my greatest disappointments are blessings in disguise.

I’m still disappointed that I will miss out on half of my college experience. But, I know that I’m not missing out on the blessings God has planned for me this year, as I continue online.

It’s still hard to accept that God wants Brian to have this job. It’s still hard to be without friends our age and stage in life. But we have experienced God’s blessings.

534. Going to school online may mean that I can spend more time writing and blogging than I would otherwise.

535. Going to school online gives me the flexibility with my schedule to allow for working at my church one day a week.

536. Going to school online last year taught me a lot about writing, design, websites, and communication.

537. Going to school online gives me the opportunity to practice perseverance, patience, and endurance.

538. Going to school online reminds me that God has a plan, and is working everything out for my eventual good.

539. Living in Arizona has forced us to make friends by reaching out to other people instead of waiting to be reached out to.

540. Living in Arizona has made us appreciate the friendships we do have more.

541. Living in Arizona has helped us learn to deal with rejection.

542. Living in Arizona has given us the opportunity to make some wonderful relationships with couples who are more experienced in life.

543. Living in Arizona has provided us with opportunities to grow and stretch our faith.

544. Living in Arizona is where God wants us to be.

545. So many kind comments on my last post and prayers for me and this college situation. I appreciated it so much. I’m so grateful for you!

Back To School…With a Purpose

I’ve been avoiding admitting that it is back to school time, but with my classes starting in a week, it’s impossible to ignore. The summer went by all too fast, but if there’s one thing I enjoy about the end of summer, it’s shopping for new school supplies! There’s just something about blank notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils that makes me happy.

This fall is special, because my little sister starts college! I can’t believe how old I’m getting. I did my best to convince her to go to school here in Arizona with me, but she’s chosen a Bible college in our home state, where she’ll be studying women’s ministry. I’m confident that God has big plans for her personal and spiritual growth this year.

It’s also my LAST fall semester of college, and the beginning of my senior year. My hope and prayer is that this year, I’ll be able to take classes on campus. Last year, since we only had one vehicle and didn’t want to pay out of state tuition, I took all of my classes online. Brian and I are working through the piles of paperwork to prove to the school that I’m a resident of Arizona, and I’m trying to communicate with my advisor to see if it’s a possibility for this semester. I’d really appreciate your prayers! If God wants me to be on campus, He can definitely make it happen.

As I look forward to this final year of college, I still have a lot of unanswered questions. The biggest by far is “What’s next?” What happens when I get my degree? What do I want to do next? My answers keep changing, but I know that God’s doesn’t. He already knows what’s going to happen. He has always brought opportunities that fit my interests and abilities to me in the past, and I’m confident that he will continue to do so.

Well, some of the time I’m confident. The rest of the time, I’m losing sleep over it. While you’re praying, you could mention that too.

Whether I’m doing schoolwork on my computer at home or sitting in classes, I don’t want to waste my last year of college. I want to go to school with a purpose. One of my purposes is to learn as much as I absolutely can. I never want to slack off or get lazy. Another purpose is to get prepared for whatever comes next. I want to be available for God to use me, in whatever context he chooses.

So, speaking of going back to school and school supplies, I was very excited to have the opportunity to review some school supplies from DaySpring.com!

This set comes with “He Has My Heart” notebook, folder, and binder,  and “I Know Where Love Comes From” notebook, folder, and binder. Each item has a scripture reference on the front.

And, as Blogger likes to do at random, this picture is mysteriously sideways. 

The “He has my heart” series has the entire verse on the front, Psalms 139:23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts.”

The binders have pockets inside, something I always look for in a binder. 

I haven’t received or purchased a DaySpring product that I haven’t liked yet, and these actually pleasantly surprised me. They are actually much prettier and better quality than they appeared in pictures. I’m having a hard time deciding whether or not to keep them for myself, or give them to my sister! Maybe we can share…
All six products, the two spiral notebooks, folders, and binders, are on sale for $13.09. If you’re not into the pink and hearts scene, there are several other designs to choose from:
Visit DaySpring Home Page, where you’ll find the back to school sets featured, or shop Cards, Notes, Invitations and Stationery for more goodies. AND, right now DaySpring is having a Customer Appreciation and Grand Opening sale to celebrate their new website, so you can take 25% off of your entire order with the code: THANKS11 at checkout! If there’s something you’ve been eyeing, this is a good time to get it! 

What do you look forward to about school starting up? What does going to school “with a purpose” mean to you? Share it in the comments by clicking on “links to this post” below.


DaySpring provided me with this product to review at no cost. All opinions are my own!

Best Blog Award, Beach, and Birthday

…are all included in this post, as well as too much alliteration. 
My Birthday
Brian had to leave on a business trip the week of my birthday, and wasn’t going to get back until the day of, so Brian talked me into opening my presents before he left, on Sunday afternoon. I agreed, on the condition that we got cupcakes. 

Brian insisted I open his present first. Earbuds! Oh wait, there’s more…

It’s an ipod touch! In the picture, I’m marveling over how thin it is.

The morning of my birthday, I volunteered at the church as usual. Then I met my friend Tara for lunch at my favorite sit down restaurant, Bucca Di Beppo!

Tara and I had a blast talking! 

Since it was my birthday, I got a free birthday brownie sundae! And the waiters sang Happy Birthday to me!

The Beach
Brian was supposed to arrive at 8 p.m, and then we’d make the six hour drive to LA. Unfortunately, his plane was delayed two hours. Being the stubborn (and crazy) person he is, Brian insisted we drive all night to get there. We ended up pulling up in front of my sister in law’s house at around 5 am.! 
We slept for several hours, and then we were ready to start celebrating. 
First stop: brunch at Schooner or Later. I love this restaurant! Great food, and great location- right by the pier. 
 

My present from Andrea, a Disney bag!

 We spent most of Friday at the beach.

Farmer’s tan

Running to the water

And running away from the water…it was cold!

That night, we went to Downtown Disney.

A bad picture of the entrance to California Adventure
Saturday, we went to The Getty Center, and an Angels baseball game. 
The Getty Center Garden

Van Gogh’s Irisis

We were at the very top!

I thought it was so cute that this little girl made a sign to cheer on the Angels!

Heavenly Nachos. They have chicken, salsa, cheese, and jalapenos on top!

There was a Ludicris concert after the game. I didn’t know any of his songs, and I couldn’t understand the words because of the way the speakers were set up, but it was very entertaining watching everyone else!
On Sunday, we didn’t do much besides watch Harry Potter movies. We watched 2 through some of 4 while we were there, and Andrea sent me home with the first three books!

A few souvenirs
And, now we’re back. Classes start in a week and a day for me, so I’m scrambling getting ready. I’m not ready for summer to be over!
Blog Award
On another topic, Tara from Haute Lunch awarded me the Best Blog Award! Thank you so much Tara!
As with most awards, I get to tell you some things about myself before I pass it on. 
7 Things About Me
1. If I could have any hair color, I’d want to have red hair. I love red hair and freckles! 
2. I’d choose fruit over vegetables any day. 
3. My sister in law has addicted me to Harry Potter. I finished the first book, and I’m working on the second one. And now I’ve seen the movies 1-6. They get progressively darker and scarier, and I’m going to need a break for awhile so I can sleep without nightmares again! 
4. Pearls are my jewelry of choice. 
5. This year I’ll be a senior in college! 
6. When I tell people I’m going to college, they usually ask, “Oh, grad school?” Nope, I’ve got to survive four years first!
7. Along that same line, most people guess that I’m 23, when I on my birthday, I just turned 21. I don’t know if that’s a good thing…hopefully it’s not so much that I look old as it is that I’m mature for my age!
This award has another requirement, answering a Q and A.
Q and A
Favorite Color? Blues, sky blue, navy blue, and aqua. 
Favorite Song? Wow, that’s a hard one! “You Picked Me” by A Fine Frenzy ranks pretty high up there.

Biggest Pet Peeve? Facebook drama. Seriously people, facebook is not the place for your debate/fight/name calling.

When Upset, I: Well, that depends. Sometimes when I’m angry I cry, other times I get sarcastic. Usually it ends with me crying, though. 
Favorite Pet: Hmmm, we had a crazy Persian cat growing up named Mysti. I really loved our dog Sadie too, who died of bone cancer. The dog we’re taking care of now is by far one of my favorites. I’ll tell you more stories about him soon!
Black or White: Black.
Biggest Fear: Failure, or spiders usually. But lately, Voldemort. 
Best Feature: Hmm…I’ve got great legs! And a good sense of humor. 
Everyday Attitude: Well, Brian would say “ticked off.” I’ve been really stressed out. I am working on it though!
What is Perfection? The ocean, coffee, and no worries. 
Guilty Pleasure: Starbucks caramel lite frappuccino with whipped cream! 
And now it’s time to…
Pass it On
For this award, I’m supposed to choose 15 bloggers to pass it on to! 

There are SO many blogs I love that I try to spread the awards around and not always pick the same people, but if I’ve missed you, I’m really sorry! Chances are, I love your blog!

Whew, thanks for bearing with me through this long post! Just for fun, even if I didn’t pass on the award to you, answer the Q and A in the comments! I’d love to learn more about you! To leave a comment, click “links to this post” below.

The Women Of Faith Conference

I think as women, it is so easy to give, give, give of ourselves, until we run dry. We run dry emotionally, spiritually, and sometimes even physically. We pour ourselves into the lives of others around us, whether that’s thorough teaching a Bible Study or teaching our children at home, working with a non-profit or volunteering at the homeless shelter. We wish there were more hours in a day. We love what we do, but after awhile, we start to feel empty. 
At least, I do. 
Sometimes we need some time away to be filled back up. 
Time away from all we’re doing to just be still. Time away from all the demands on us so that we can focus on hearing His voice. Time away so that we can step back and re-evaluate our lives and refocus our priorities, lining them up with His priorities. Time away from all the “Martha” busyness of serving others so that we can have some “Mary” time of sitting at Jesus’ feet. 
Doesn’t that sound good? 

September 23-24th, I’ll be attending the Women of Faith Conference in Phoenix. I’ve never been to one before, and I’m so excited for this opportunity! I get to go for free, thanks to Booksneeze, a book review program for bloggers from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Want to find an event near you? Check here. Concerned about the cost? Get a group of friends together and get the group rate! WOF also offers hotel discounts to help out with the cost.

The video shows most of the speakers, but here’s a link to the full line up. I’m REALLY excited to see Mandisa! And Tim Hawkins! If you don’t know who they are, look them up on youtube, you won’t regret it!

Have you ever gone to a Women of Faith Conference? What was your experience? Are you considering going this year? If you go to the Phoenix one, shoot me an email!

Sponsor Feature: Shabby Apple

Scribbles From Emily is sponsored by Shabby Apple. Haven’t heard of ’em? Well, let me fill you in.

La Tour Eiffel

Once upon a time, two women were fed up with dresses that didn’t have enough coverage. They wanted dresses that were modest and modern, cute and comfortable, that didn’t need a sweater, tank, or long slip. They wanted dresses to flatter every body type, for every occasion. So, Shabby Apple was born.

One of the reasons I especially love Shabby Apple is that they are committed to fighting poverty worldwide. 5% of their net profits go to charitable work with women in developing countries through Unitus, a non-profit organization that helps women receive micro loans for starting their own businesses. Customers are also encouraged to donate $5 to Unitus with each dress purchase. Shabby Apple features several stories from the women whose lives have been changed on their charity page.

La Noche Negra

In addition to Women’s Dresses from Shabby AppleFit meets feminine in Shabby Apple’s Blossom Fitness line.

Sleeping Vishnu (Anantasana)

Little Girls Dresses from Shabby Apple

Shoes and jewelry
Bow Belle
even swimwear
Castaway's Beach
Castaway’s Beach

and aprons, of all things! 
Carrot Cake

Shabby Apple’s site allows you to shop by occasion and body type as well as their collections. And I love their style tools for analyzing your personal style! You can also submit your question and get style advice!

Right now, Shabby Apple is celebrating the launch of their new line, “Inca Trail.” Enjoy 10% Off and Free Shipping at Shabby Apple with code ‘Trail’ at checkout. Expires August 31 2011.

What Shabby dress is your favorite?  When you shop, do you take company values or charity causes into consideration?