God's Goodness

When was the last time you were in a position where you knew something was impossible? When was the last time you actually knew without a shadow of a doubt you could not do something in your own power. When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. Basically, when was the last time you allowed God to do the unthinkable, the unimaginable. When was the last time you set yourself up for a miracle. That's right, set yourself up. Because God likes to do more than we could ever ask or imagine, he knows the desires of our hearts, he is a good God who likes to lavish his children with gifts from above. 

Tonight I was thinking on one particular little one who needs a home. I was thinking how it is so easy to want to be comfortable, to know exactly how it's all going to work, to plan, to see it all coming together, to feel like it's just the right time, to see your finances be ready, your job be ready, your home be ready.. everything ready... and then I was thinking on this. I DON'T WANT TO BE READY. I WANT GOD. I WANT MORE OF HIM AND LESS OF ME. I WANT ALL HE HAS FOR ME IN THIS LIFE. NOT READINESS. NOT PREPAREDNESS. OH NO, BECAUSE GUESS WHAT - WHEN I KNOW WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT I CAN'T DO SOMETHING IN MY OWN POWER, THAT'S JUST WHEN I GET TO SEE MORE OF HIM AND LESS OF ME. Trust me, I need help in this life. I don't have it all together, I need more of him and less of me. I want to see him every single day. I want his overflowing abundance of joy and hope and love and healing and breakthrough to flow through me like a river. I want my children and my children's children and my children's children's children to know this overflowing abundance of love and grace and hope and peace. Do you know what sets an example more than anything? Not having it all together, being completely vulnerable to your kids and transparent and saying you know what, we don't have all the answers, we don't know what it would look like, we don't know as we have never.. but GOD. God in His beauty and abundance will meet us just as we need. He will be there every step of the way. He will guide us, he will lead us. What a blessing and privilege and honor to serve him all the days of our life.

Not in my power, but in His alone. With God all things are possible. Lets set ourselves up for miracles, ok. Lets put ourselves in unique positions to see His glory unfold, His story be told. God, the author. Protector. Provider. Redeemer. 

I get it now you know, the story. The one where I travel 34 weeks pregnant to pick up my son.

It's because it's His.

His beautiful story that only he could write.

The one where he takes our broken messy lives and makes beauty from dust.  

God, the Author. It's your story. All for your glory.  

 

"I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live." Psalm 104:33

 

xx,

AnaLisa

Ways to Give: Conjoined Twins

Hello Lovelies,

This morning I have a request of you all. These two adorable babies are conjoined, they live in Uganda, and their mother needs to be put up with a place to stay while they are in the hospital in a completely different town from where she lives, as she is away from her family and her friends caring for these babies. Enough money was raised for these two to have an immediate surgery for the ability to go to the bathroom. Now more funds are needed to get these babies to the proper surgeon for separating them. Your prayers and funds are greatly needed at this time, for the mother, for the doctors, nurses and for these sweet brand new babies who need help.

Please go to mercyformamas.com where you will find a link on right side of blog to give. Mercy for Mamas is run by Melissa Busby, a fellow Uganda adoptive mama. Though I have not met her in real life I trust that she will get the $ exactly where it is needed. Her whole organization is set up to provide mama kits to pregnant mothers in Uganda and/or help the mamas and their babies.

As you can imagine I have a huge heart for this ministry after traveling 34-36 weeks pregnant to Uganda, researching hospital options for myself, purchasing a birthing kit for myself just in case. It's one thing to hear about it and another to be in country with a  highly pregnant belly researching options  and realizing it is a very real thing that these mothers need access to sponges, sanitary gloves, bars of soap and more. Money doesn't even necessarily buy you that opportunity either, please pray for these sweet littles and their mama.

 


Thank you,

AnaLisa

The Cuteness: Classic Book collection by Rifle Paper Co.

Can we talk about the cuteness that is Rifle Paper Co. I love their products! I was browsing online for Christmas sticker tags (yup working on Christmas shopping already) and came across this book collection.

Can you stand the cuteness?

You can find them HERE. 4 Beloved classics with full color and foil stamps. This would be an adorable gift set to give to a teenager or young girl that you know. Or maybe even someone who just wants cute classic books on their shelves. Really, so cute. 

Happy Tuesday.

xx,

AnaLisa

Hey There

For fun I am posting random pictures of some spaces we have had in the past few years. I do enjoy being creative and making my house a home..

Carrera marble love. It is just so beautiful. What can I say, I love.

Carrera marble love. It is just so beautiful. What can I say, I love.

Our living room of our newest old home when I was trying to figure out pillow arrangements with my friend Michelle.

Our living room of our newest old home when I was trying to figure out pillow arrangements with my friend Michelle.

One time pre-baby's birth my friend Erinn helped me completely redecorate my entire downstairs in our town home and walls. I was nesting! What can I say. She did a great job with my then gallery wall.

One time pre-baby's birth my friend Erinn helped me completely redecorate my entire downstairs in our town home and walls. I was nesting! What can I say. She did a great job with my then gallery wall.

Our boys' bathroom might have been my favorite space we designed in our town home. Once in awhile I get a message or text from someone saying they have seen my bathroom on pinterest. I never did take that great of pictures of it, but it sure was cute! Holly Mathis helped plan it out with an e-design consult. She did a little blog write up a few years back that was so sweet.

Our boys' bathroom might have been my favorite space we designed in our town home. Once in awhile I get a message or text from someone saying they have seen my bathroom on pinterest. I never did take that great of pictures of it, but it sure was cute! Holly Mathis helped plan it out with an e-design consult. She did a little blog write up a few years back that was so sweet.

Do you ever buy something and then sell it awhile later for the same price you paid or maybe even more or else just only a little less? I tend to do this. When someone loves something I can't help but want to give it to them or give it away or I always keep them in the back of my mind for the future. In this case someone came and gave me money for this piece of art which helped us when we were preparing to travel to pick up our sweet boy Asher. I am a firm believer in giving away quality things. Things that are painful to give. Same goes for selling, it should be beautiful and I should love it. I really loved this Sugarboo piece of art that was hanging above our crib at one point.

Do you ever buy something and then sell it awhile later for the same price you paid or maybe even more or else just only a little less? I tend to do this. When someone loves something I can't help but want to give it to them or give it away or I always keep them in the back of my mind for the future. In this case someone came and gave me money for this piece of art which helped us when we were preparing to travel to pick up our sweet boy Asher. I am a firm believer in giving away quality things. Things that are painful to give. Same goes for selling, it should be beautiful and I should love it. I really loved this Sugarboo piece of art that was hanging above our crib at one point.

This was my baby's nursery in our newest old home. I loved walking in this room. So peaceful and simple and still fun at the same time. Thanks to my friend Molly for coming over right after we moved in and helping me arrange and hang art. Some people are just really good at creating simple. She is that person! 

This was my baby's nursery in our newest old home. I loved walking in this room. So peaceful and simple and still fun at the same time. Thanks to my friend Molly for coming over right after we moved in and helping me arrange and hang art. Some people are just really good at creating simple. She is that person! 

I like this bowl from Crate and Barrel. And have always loved these tolix chairs since purchasing them five years ago now.

I like this bowl from Crate and Barrel. And have always loved these tolix chairs since purchasing them five years ago now.

I loved this little corner of our old place. My husband still gets to enjoy this space while our home is on the market.What is not to love? This is the comfiest chair ever. Pottery Barn Leather Thatcher chair. I got it as a floor model price and then got 15% off mover's discount. Not bad! Currently for sale. :) Message me for details!

I loved this little corner of our old place. My husband still gets to enjoy this space while our home is on the market.What is not to love? This is the comfiest chair ever. Pottery Barn Leather Thatcher chair. I got it as a floor model price and then got 15% off mover's discount. Not bad! Currently for sale. :) Message me for details!

This is my view from the new place. Every morning I wake up and give thanks. Every evening I take pictures of the sunsets. There is something about being able to see the sunsets just the way God made them that is just so beautiful. No houses in the way, etc. Just water, clouds, trees, mountains.. exactly as they were created.

This is my view from the new place. Every morning I wake up and give thanks. Every evening I take pictures of the sunsets. There is something about being able to see the sunsets just the way God made them that is just so beautiful. No houses in the way, etc. Just water, clouds, trees, mountains.. exactly as they were created.

House of Belonging Art makes me happy. So do white walls.

House of Belonging Art makes me happy. So do white walls.

That is the end of this very random blog post! Guess where we are headed tomorrow, Lord willing. New York City! Hillsong conference here we come! 

You are lovely.

xx,

AnaLisa

Townhome Living: Baby's Nursery

This nursery was so fun to decorate!! It was such a sweet space, complete with a twin bed and crib. I wanted each room to be maximized with the most sleeping/beds arrangements possible to help house more overnight guests.

Here is sweet baby girl's nursery, the third bedroom in our townhome.

Note to self, take better pictures of my finished spaces in the future. This room was filled with natural daylight and the pics don't really reflect that. I loved this space! Nursery design is so fun. Nothing better than celebrating a new life come into your home.

Blessings,

AnaLisa