One Year of Sharing

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365 days have flown by since I posted my first Blog Post! My life has changed so much, in good ways and in sad ways.

  1. The year started out rough when I wrecked my car.
  2. I enjoyed more snow days this year than I ever have since the late 90’s
  3. One of my BESTEST Friends found out she was pregnant in February, and gave birth to one of the most beautiful little girls ever on a very special day 10/18- My Birthday!
  4. We lost 2 very special family members this year, but we can rejoice in knowing where they are!
  5. I started a new hobby- photography. Really, it’s my ONLY hobby.. The only real one I’ve ever really stuck with. Which explains my uber excitement!
  6. I got to (almost pretty much) witness the birth of one of Ryan’s sweet little cousins. Ok, I didn’t actually see her be born, but only due to a last minute emergency c-section.
  7. Ryan and I officially became land owners! Whoop whoop! Let the building begin!
  8. I found true peace & happiness.
  9. I said yes at Disney World! 🙂
  10. I’ve had some amazing opportunities to witness and share my testimony to some awesome people God has allowed me to cross paths with. No greater joy!

So, yea…. 2014 has been pretty remarkable. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more memorable year! I’m kinda sad to see the end of it approaching, but I also have a LOT to look forward to. I can’t wait to continue Sharing the Good Things with you all!

I love each and every one of you. Seriously.

God Bless,

Kaila

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February Five Favorites

Well I guess since we’re almost officially a week into March, I’d better post last month’s favorites! I apologize for the short hiatus, but I’ve been pre occupied with a photo session project! Hopefully I will have a few DIY projects coming up to show you how I made this:

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Even though I was lazy about writing, I wasn’t lazy with trying out new things! I found a lot of new products that replace some of the products that were former favorites, and best of all, are CHEAPER! 😉

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Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Minimizer

I’ve never used the lipstick, but I’ve heard it’s amazing. This product is a pore minimizer (or minimalizer as I humorously made a mistake of calling it the other day). If you’re like me, you probably overlook this type of stuff in the makeup aisle. But I’ve learned it’s an awesome under eye cream for deep creases/wrinkles. This has replaced my need for the more expensive Porefessional by Benefit.

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The next product is texturizing spray by Big and Sexy. It’s really called a dry shampoo, but I definitely wouldn’t use it for that. This stuff does texturize your hair, but I use it before backcombing to help with volume. It’s excellent!

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I quit using a heat protectant forever ago because they seemed to weigh down my hair. especially because you want to focus on the ends, which get damaged easier. However this is a heat protectant/hold spray. It’s by Kenra and it’s awesome! It’s especially wonderful to use when curling hair with a wand, straightener, or iron. It actually uses the heat to activate the hold. There’s no sizzle (that’s what I call it when it’s FRYING your hair) or steam.

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This was my first experience with BB Cream… Maybe I haven’t “played the BB Cream Field” enough to say this, but I LOVED it. This stuff is amazing! I usually put foundation on in a thin layer because I don’t like the build up on my face. This stuff definitely doesn’t do that, and the coverage is amazing! I put it on like a lotion and eliminate any need for a liquid foundation. This is Fergie’s Wet n’ Wild brand, and it is fairly cheap!

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Lastly is this Eyeshadow Base by NYX. It’s not in a fancy or pretty package, but it is a GREAT primer for eyeshadow. I dare say I like this better than Urban Decay’s version! And again, it’s much cheaper. It is a nude color, so it enhances the shadow color!

And that’s all I have for February Favorites, Folks! Whoa, talk about alliteration…

I’m out like a trout! American Idol is on… Hope you all have a good week!

God Bless,

Kaila

2014 so far…

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It seems like everything has been crazy since my last blog post. On January 14th I posted my Clothes Challenge, and then BAM! Life happened.

On January 17th a deer hit my faithful little 2003 Honda Civic (yes it hit ME, not the other way around), taking out the front drivers’ side headlight and then ever so gracefully skimming down the entire drivers side of my car . It was dark, and I was alone. So, needless to say I was in a little bit of shock. So much so, that I continued to drive thinking the car was fine! Then, as the shock wore off, I noticed I could hear wind coming through the door. At the time, I thought there was a big gaping hole in the side of my car, which urged me to pull over. Later I discovered it was simply where the window seal had been torn off, and air was blowing in through the gap. 😛

I’ll save you the long drawn out story and just give you a few fun(ny) facts before skipping to the point of this whole story!

1. I have Geico, and my adjuster’s name is Mike…. I’ve been DYING to call him on a Wednesday and say “Hey MIKE! MIKE! Guess what day it is, Mike!” But I have refrained….

2. Apparently, I have really good rental insurance. When I went into Enterprise to pick up a car, it wasn’t ready due to some confusion. The employee that helped us (We’ll call him D, to protect his identity) said that he would have something ready for me that day by 12, and that I had really good insurance so he would find me something nice. I sarcastically replied “Oh you know, Ferrari, Lamborghini, whatever.. I’m not picky!”. He politely laughed at my corny joke that he probably hears ALL day, and then stated that from time to time they DO get Cadillacs…I return to Enterprise at 12 (Props to my girl, Becky!) and they give me this:

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There couldn’t be anything more unlike my Honda than this 2014 Cadillac ATS. It has a screen bigger than my kindle fire that has Bluetooth, Pandora, Onstar.. You name it. And I still can’t find the CD player 2 weeks later. I did find a secret compartment the other day, though. Oh yea it has more usb ports than it does seats. Don’t stick your iPhone 5 in the compartment behind the middle console, or it might get stuck (Haha! Love ya, Becky!).

My car wasn’t totaled, thankfully, and my deductible is only $100 since it was an “act of nature”. Geico has been GREAT (and no, I’m not getting paid to say that). So I guess you could say it all worked out. Though, I never really worried about it, and here’s why:

I’ve had my car paid off for about two and a half years now. While most people get “New Car Syndrome” before the ink on their check from the final payment dries, it took a while for me. See, I was very blessed with my car. It’s never given me any problems in almost 7 years. It’s made it through 7 Disney World trips (about 3,500 out of the 270,000 miles). In short, we’ve taken care of it, and it’s returned the favor. Inevitably, the syndrome came, and I began to pray about it, as I do most BIG decisions. I prayed that God would lead me to the right car, and that I would not have to go into much debt to buy it. However, God’s answer was “Wait”.. Then pressure came from others who said “You can afford it, so go for it” or “Get a good car, you deserve it!”. I would reluctantly explain that it wasn’t time, although I didn’t understand why. And then January 17th came, and I realized the deer was why it wasn’t time. Had I bought a nice new car when I wanted it, THAT car would have been damaged and wrecked, sitting in my front yard.

Obviously, this was a lesson in trust, but some of the best lessons from God are followed up with confirmation. During my Bible reading/study time, I came across this verse that explains why trusting God is in our best interest.:

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11-14

“There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven… He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the good life.  It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts. I know that all God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of Him”

God knows what you will be facing before the situation exists. He knows what you want and what you need. My favorite part of the verse is where it says ” I know all that God does will last forever”. Why would you not want His opinion in everything? When you trust God, the weight on your shoulders is lifted and you can find peace in knowing that He is in control.

This is hard to understand when dealing with a death in the family, which I also recently dealt with.

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I may not have been related to Granny Pendley biologically or by marriage, but anyone who associated themselves with her felt a family connection. I lost count of how many people at the viewing and funeral said she was like a mother to them. She was truly one in a million, one of the most self-less people I have ever met. She would do anything for everybody, and loved her family and the Lord so much!

Mamie Lou Pendley passed away on Sunday, January 26th 2014, which was also my sisters 21st birthday. Ironically, verse 2 in Ecclesiastes continues talking about time by saying “A time to give birth, and a time to die”. For whatever reason, this verse brought me peace from knowing that God took her in His time. And though it may seem too soon to us, His plan is greater than we could ever imagine. We can’t fathom what kind of struggle she would have gone through if our prayers had kept her on earth.

As we persevered through the southern “snowmageddon” this week, and patiently pushed out funeral arrangements until the ice melted, I tried to find a message in the madness. I feel like God was trying to again tell me that He was in control, and He knew what was best for us. At times it was discouraging having to draw out the process, but at that same time, it gave her family time to rest and remember. Not only did they get 2-3 days of bereavement, but most received 2 snow days additionally.

It’s been a while since we’ve had any amount of snow, but I have to say I like it’s infrequency! Makes it all the more special…

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Ok, so this is an abnormally long post and I appreciate you hanging in here with me! Let me wrap this up by making my BIG announcement! Speaking about “time”, I have been praying about the direction of this blog, and I feel led to take it another step further by purchasing my own domain! Basically I will no longer have a url with .wordpress.com anymore. BUT, before I do so, I want to change the name. This is something that I will carry for a long time and I want to have something more broad and catchy. I’ve not yet decided what it will be but I am open to suggestions! Whatever it ends up being, I want to continue striving to meet the standards I established when God gave me the opportunity to share my faith through a blog platform.

  1. That I put HIM first, and give Him all the glory, no matter how this journey turns out.
  2. That I never let it become a “rant” outlet or anything negative
  3. That I always make decisions through prayer and His guidance

Your prayers appreciated while I make this transition, and for the family/friends of Granny Pendley.

I’ll be posting my January Five Favorites soon followed by a spring fashion prediction, so stay tuned!

God Bless,

Kaila