Road Trip!

Whew! It's been a crazy three-day week. Between an office move at my work, and weather delays at A's work...we didn't think this day would come!

We are leaving soon for a trip to South Carolina for Thanksgiving! We're so excited to spend some good time with family. We have been "saving up", both money and no-travel days, and can't wait to hit the road with ole Scout!

I hope you all have WONDERFUL Thanksgivings!!

Psalm 126:3
The Lord has done great things for us
and we are filled with JOY

Psalm 23:5
My cup overflows with your BLESSINGS

Just walking with Scout.

This may sound cheesy, but I just love taking our dog on walks.

Almost every morning now, I wake up, throw on a baggy sweatshirt and some running tights, grab Scout from the backyard, and go for a stroll. Many times we take the recycling up to the church, or run some (very short) intervals at the park, but a lot of times we just walk in the quiet.

She's gotten much better with her leash training, thank goodness. So now, that there are no more sounds of a small dog choking herself on her collar (bless), it's so peaceful. I get to talk to God about my day or what new thing that's got me feeling anxious. I go over my prayer list. I take in His gorgeous creation full of fall colors. I praise Him for loving me and blessing me so richly. I thank him for the life he's entrusted to me and pray that I'd better serve him through it.

 I also love when I get to sneak out of work a little early and I get to take her on another walk. It makes the whole sunset at 5 thing a little less depressing. The fact that I get to take in a little bit of the outdoors for 15 minutes before it "closes for the night" is a great thing!

Do y'all ever have a time or a place where you just felt or feel God near? For me, it's in these moments. Nothing spectacular or novel, but oh-so-sweet and refreshing. So thankful for how he longs for a relationship with us and shows himself to us when our hearts are weary...sometimes even doubtful.

Then, we make the last little loop and come to this. Our home! 

I'm so grateful for this season of life. This season of fall. This season in this great little town. 
And for SCOUT! ;)

Love ya, mean it.

Enjoying rest and dwelling in him.

I think a lot of times I feel guilty for the amount of weekend rest we've been given lately.

Always one to be doing a million things, it is hard for me to sit, take a breath, and truly rest. 

Since getting married, moving across two states, graduating law school, meeting new people, settling into a new house, studying for the bar, and starting a new full-time law-lady job, life has been quite a whirlwind. The weeks are still full, but we have been given these glorious weekends of rest.

Oh yea, that's another thing quite foreign to me. A weekend of rest. Not a weekend on the road, or studying, or volunteering, but of resting. Right after we got married, I remember reveling in getting to stay in the same place with Andrew on Sunday afternoons. Where I used to cry hitting the road to go back to school, I then cried because I got to BE with him. Now that we are getting more settled, I find myself wanting to fill that precious time.

And instead of soaking it all in, I felt guilty. I should be doing more! I should be reading a new book, starting a new project, calling someone, writing more..learning a new language!

And then I feel guilty for feeling guilty! Does it ever stop? :)

Yet I'm learning, this small period of rest is a blessing. Rest is biblical. Rest is needed...and it is GOOD.

It's good to spend time on the couch with my husband, without a list or a book nearby. It's ok to take a power nap after church and small group before I go back to volunteer. It's ok to just sit!

Also, I'm learning to just sit and be quiet in my quiet time. CONFESSION: IT"S HARD FOR ME TO SIT IN THE QUIET. I turn my phone off, step away from my planner, and pray and listen to God. I'm learning to be obedient this, even though it is really hard for me at times!

What about y'all? Do you find it hard to make time to rest? I vote we encourage each other to spend quality time with God and with those we love..and rest! Close this post! Go take a nap! ;) 

Scout says, "amen, people!" We sure could learn a lesson from this nugget:

My goal this week: get my lists done, but then drop them at a certain time each day and enjoy the rest the Lord gives us. It's for the good.

"Yes, my soul finds rest in God, my hope comes from him." Psalm 62:5

"...I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings." Psalm 61:1

And Make it Beautiful.

For your Tuesday:

"You are a savior, and you take brokenness aside
and make it beautiful, make it beautiful"

Don't fret. 
He is with you today.
He is making us, and our circumstances, beautiful! 
He's writing our stories! :)

Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese, Please!

Happy Sunday, Friends!

In a little while, I am headed to a "Taste of the Holidays" potluck at our church. I wanted to share the recipe of what I am taking: Crockpot macaroni and cheese. This is a recipe from my mom. It is our family favorite because it is comforting, delicious, and easy to make!

SERVES 6 as a side

1 8oz box of macaroni, cooked
1.5 cups of milk
1 12oz can of evaporated milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 stick of butter or margarine, melted
3 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Paprika (optional)

Cook noodles
Add all ingredients into crockpot except for paprika
Mix ingredients well, then add paprika on top
Cook on LOW for 3 hours

Thanks to my mom for this amazing recipe. I hope you and your family can enjoy it, too!

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas (early)!
Lizanne :)

Thankful Mantel.

A few weekends ago, Andrew and I did a little project for our very sad looking mantel.

Our living room is laid out in a way that would make a TV above the mantel a great choice. However, quick confession here, we do not have a TV anywhere in our house. :)

I thought about putting a mirror or a painting above it, but since there is already a mirror on the opposite wall, that didn't seem to work. I also didn't feel like paying for a big painting (not yet, anyways). I also wanted to decorate it for beautiful fall!

We had a canvas someone donated to us, but didn't exactly match our style. We gave it a little makeover by using some supplies that we already had on hand.

First, we spray painted the canvas with silver and gold spray paint and let it dry. Then, we placed pennies and circles from our three-hole punch all over the silver-gold mess. Then we spray painted a light coat of brown over the circles and let dry.

Then I made a banner using my "wedding craft" box- some cardstock and jute rope. Lastly, I placed some berries from our yard and some pumpkins from Black Creek Market.

For costing nothing, I'm really happy with the finished product! Some cheap and easy fall decor, but you could definitely do the circles effect with any mix of colors!

Have you guys done any crafts lately? Feel free to share in the comments or on the Facebook page (ps- you can like the FB page, if you haven't already!)

Happy fall, y'all! Much love-

Kisses from Katie

Over the last several weeks, I've been reading Kisses from Katie, a wonderful book that I borrowed from a sweet lady at church.

This book has taken me awhile to read (hence its feature on "work in progress wednesday"), but it is amazing.

The book is written by Katie Davis, a young woman who felt called to go to Uganda. She traveled there upon graduating from high school, promising her parents she would go to college after taking "a year break" to do mission work. 

The year break turned in to a life in Uganda, where she runs a school of 400 children. She has also adopted 14 young girls and is known in the village as "Mommy Katie"

To me, this has been a very deep, thought-provoking book. For others, it may be a quick read. It is definitely an enjoyable read, but seems to be taking me so long due to self-reflection. At the end of every chapter I find myself thinking- how am I being sacrificial? am I truly outliving my life? am I trusting and following Jesus with everything I have?

An excerpt that I love reading over and over:

"I have learned that I will not change the world, Jesus will do that
I can, however, change the world for one person...
And if one person sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth every minute
In fact, it is worth spending my life for."

Thank you, Katie, for your incredible story. Thank you for loving our savior and loving those children in Uganda. You are a light and an example for many!

"The house smells like boys."

The whole Carlson clan came to our house this past weekend!
What a treat to have the whole family together to enjoy a few gorgeous fall days. 

Here's a few snaps from our time together: