Thursday, April 10, 2014

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

It's that time again - time for us to join together as a body of Christ and get to know and encourage our sisters in Christ!  Link up any and all posts you've written in this past week (or dig into your archives!) that are an encouragement for the Christian community!  I can't wait to read your testimonies, find out what God's doing in your life, or learn what you're learning in your quiet time!

Faith and Fellowship Guidelines

1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!
4.  Share this blog hop on social media using #faithandfellowship or pin the button on pinterest.

Simple Moments Stick


Your Host:

Susannah1
 
Susannah from Simple Moments Stick

If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I Made It!

I'm Alive

Wow, what an unintentional blogging break that was.  What started as a "I don't have time to blog tonight" turned into over a week off!  I've missed you all!  Thanks so much to you wonderful ladies who checked on me during my time away from blogging.  It did my heart good to hear from you and to know that you noticed my absence.

Now...  Why was I gone?  Well, there were a few reasons...

1.  I had my last class session (for the classes I took at Nate's seminary) this past weekend.  They were AMAZING, life changing classes and, as soon as I process them, I'll definitely be blogging about them.  With the classes themselves and the assignments I had to get done for the classes I went a little brain dead there for a bit.

2.  We're getting ready for our trip in 2 weeks!  (Email me at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com if you'd like to guest post while I'm gone!  First come, first served)  I've been getting things prepped for our trip - mainly at work - so life isn't insane when we get back.

3.  On top of all, I wasn't feeling well last week and was going to bed at around 9:30 every night.  When I have an hour less a night blogging's the thing that unfortunately falls off the schedule.  Thankfully I'm feeling better now and think I'll be back in the blogging saddle again.  :-)  I have tons of ideas planned out...  Now to just get them written.

It's good to be back!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

It's that time again - time for us to join together as a body of Christ and get to know and encourage our sisters in Christ!  Link up any and all posts you've written in this past week (or dig into your archives!) that are an encouragement for the Christian community!  I can't wait to read your testimonies, find out what God's doing in your life, or learn what you're learning in your quiet time!

Faith and Fellowship Guidelines
1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!
4.  Share this blog hop on social media using #faithandfellowship or pin the button on pinterest.

Simple Moments Stick


Your Host:

Susannah1
 
Susannah from Simple Moments Stick


Your Cohosts:


Aleisha from Britches and Boots  //    Britney & Hillary from The Quiet Place

If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com


Where Am I From???

"Where are you from?"

"Where did you grow up?"

"Where's home?"

These are such common questions - things that are often asked when you first get to know another individual.  There should be a simple answer to this question, right?  Everyone has a place that they're from, a place they grew up, a place they call home...  Don't they?

Well, for some of us it's not that easy.

See, I was born in Hillsboro, Oregon.  I lived out three years of my life right nearby in Forest Grove.  It seems like this would be where I'm from.  Can this be a place I'm from if I don't remember ever living there?  If the only memories I have of Forest Grove are from visiting my grandparents then I don't think it's where I can call home.

GARDNERB (123)

The next six years were spent living in Taiwan.  It's where my formative years happened and where my earliest memories are from.  If I had to choose, I'd say this is where I'm from and where I call home.  I can't very well tell people I'm from Taiwan, though.  I'm obviously not Asian and saying I'm from Taiwan makes people scratch their heads and ask far more questions than I always want to answer.

GARDNERA (506)

For the next two years I lived in Bonney Lake, Washington.  I'm pretty sure I can't be from a place where I only lived for two years - especially when these were two of the hardest years of my life.  Culture shock hit me HARD!  Maybe I really am Asian...  (Also I just realized that don't have any pictures on my computer from these two years...  Maybe I want to block these two years out???)

From there my family moved to Spokane, Washington.  Although it's the place I lived for the longest season of life, I don't think I'm from Spokane.  I don't think anyone is from a place where they moved in sixth grade.  Too much of myself was already formed when we moved to Spokane.  That place didn't shape me and make me who I am in the same way some of the locations before it did.

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Now I'm in Portland, Oregon.  I've been here since college but it's still not home either.  I love it here but I wouldn't say I'm a true Portlandian yet.

Maybe I'll never know where I'm from.  Maybe I'll have to spend my life with no good answer to the "Where are you from?" question.  Maybe I'll never truly feel at home in any one location.  Maybe these things are true but I tend to think that's ok...

Where are YOU from?
Where did YOU grow up?
Where's YOUR home?
Are you like me and don't know the answer to these questions?

Monday, March 24, 2014

25 Spring Date Ideas

25 Spring Date Idea
1.  Go for a Bike Ride
2.  Take a Hike
3.  Have a Picnic in the Park
4.  Go to a Flower Festival
5.  Take a Scenic Drive
6.  Visit a Farmer's Market
7.  Go to a Drive in Movie
8.  Have a Bonfire
9.  Go Camping
10.  Eat on the Patio of Your Favorite Restaurant
11.  Go to a Baseball Game
12.  Attend an Outdoor Play
13.  Visit the Zoo
14.  Go Wine Tasting at a Local Winery
15.  Enjoy a Day at a Theme Park
16.  Take a Class to Learn Something New
17.  Start a Garden
18.  Play at the Park
19.  Take a Walk on the Beach
20.  Dance in the Rain
21.  Try Your Hand at Geocaching
22.  Volunteer to Clean up a Highway
23.  Go on a Walking Tour of Your City
24.  Have a Barbeque
25.  Visit a Bed and Breakfast

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