Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hello New Season!

Our nomad status has been traded in for first time homeowners. It feels scary and good all at the same time! We are almost completely unpacked and soo ready to start decorating. We promised ourselves we'd take it slow and take the time to curate our space. I have to remind myself of that every time I look at a blank wall. We'll get there in time.

Now that we are settled, I have re-opened my shop for the season! Blog readers get 25% off through the week! Shop here and use Code: HAPPYHOME

♥, mK

Friday, August 16, 2013

Fresh, Crisp & Clean

I'm just gonna come out with it and say that Dustin and I have a new home under contract. I have shy'd away from saying so in the past because, well, this is the fourth house we've had under contract since May. And thats not even including the houses we put offers on. Nashville is a hot place to buy homes right now, let me tell ya. Maybe in a month or so, I'll share the whole story, but the important thing is that we are getting a house. Saying it out loud makes it feel so much more real!

Since our house is just a few shorts weeks from being completely built, Dustin went with the contractor today to pick out paint colors, light fixtures, flooring and such. Oh, yeah, did I mention I am letting Dustin completely surprise me with...everything?? As you can imagine, I am so overly excited for closing day because not only do we get a house, I get to see what our house even looks like!! So, while my husband perused Home Depot, I spent a bit of my own time on Pinterest, getting excited about decorating our new place.

Dustin and I have a small budget, so it's perfect that my taste in decor right now is a look that is fresh, crisp and clean. Living out of a suitcase for a few months will teach one that you actually don't need half the crap you store away in your drawers and closets, so I am ready to live more minimally within our space. My thoughts are, the less stuff you allow to clutter up your home, the more people you can fit inside! Dustin and I are literally busting at the seams to have people at our house, all the time.

I am loving clean walls, floors and furniture with pops of fun colors. Its a look that screams "Morning", with both its feel of peacefulness and cheer, plus ample light! These photos are just a few of the inspirations I'm tucking away for September. If you are on Pinterest, you can see more of my pins here! Oh, and please say a pray for us, that there will be no glitches with making this home our own! Thanks a heap! ♥, mK

Friday, August 9, 2013

Our Town, Our Titans

I have been out of the Football loop for far too long. When I moved to Australia nine years ago, I kinda left that aspect of my life (with the exception of the Super Bowl) behind in Pennsylvania. My whole family, dogs, kids and all, are major Eagles fans but now that I am a Nashvillian, I just owe it to my town to give the Titans a try. Last night, our crazy football fans for friends and us went to our first Titans game ever. It was just a pre-season game so tickets were outrageously cheap and let me tell you, it was the best $3 I've spent all week! It was a blast, I just might have to give these Titans a chance at my fan-dom, though they shouldn't get too excited, my track record states Im a pretty lousy fan. But, nonetheless, this season I'm gonna put forth some effort, I just love the competition.

The Titans ended up loosing, but it's alright cause I was partially obligated to cheer on the Redskins for my friends' sake! (See what I mean about the lousy fan remark?) Here's to trying! ♥, mK

Our Town > One topic I've dedicated my blog to is "Our Town", where I share all my favorite aspects of Nashville. This post is part of that celebration of Tennessee's Capital. To read more about this city, click here or on the "Our Town" tab on the map to the right.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sounds like Summer 2013 - Indie Edition

I think that Nashville has the best indie radio stations in the nation, Lightning 100! I listen to this station almost more than any of the music I own. Seriously, this station put radio back on the map for me. So, when I began listing off all my favorite indie songs of the summer in my mind, most of them I first heard through this local station. Gosh, yet another reason for y'all to move to Nashville. But... if you can't just pack up all your belongings and head to Tennessee, here are some of my favorite current indie songs of the season.

I don't use Spotify for the social aspect of it, but you can check out this playlist via my Spotify playlist if you like! Enjoy! ♥, mK

Monday, August 5, 2013

Mexican Street Corn

Dustin and I LOVE to BBQ, however the only problem is that we've been apartment dwellers for the past four years. So, owning and operating a grill has never been an option for us. This particular week however, we are house sitting and were given full reign of use of the grill. So, it was an obvious choice for dinner; BBQ!

Dustin is slowly becoming the grill master when it comes to the meats, but sides are my domain. A few months back, I had this amazing Mexican street corn at a local favorite, Taco Mamacita. I've been craving it ever since, so I scoured the vast amount of recipe sites to find a good match. The results were quite satisfying.

Here's how it's done. You will need:
  • 4 ears sweet corn, husks removed
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic 
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lime, quartered
First, coat each ear of corn with oil. Place on pre-heated grill. Allow each side to char, approximately 10 minutes of cook time. While cooking, mix together mayo, chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper. When corn is finished cooking, remove from grill and coat corn with mayo mixture. Serve with lime to drizzle over corn.

Enjoy! ♥, mK

Friday, August 2, 2013

A Minty Moment

The other day, while preparing dinner at work, I saw that the mint plant my boss keeps outside was starting to wilt away. In my attempts to save what was left, I grabbed the scissors, clipped the majority of the mint and made a big batch of mint tea. I hadn't thought much more of it until the next day when I made my way into the house, passing the mint on my right. I stopped almost shocked at what I saw before me. It had rained over night and somehow the same plant I had clipped down to bare stems had already grown in abundance... overnight!

I have always known that mint grows like a weed, but I have never seen it grow that fast. Something miraculous had taken place. So, as I went about my day I kept thinking back on how after being pruned, the mint plant not only grew back, but flourished!!

John 15:1-2 says, "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit." These words could not hit me more deeply then what they do right now. One of these days, I will sit down and write about "The Summer of 2013", but our story isn't over yet. We are still in the midst of it, being pruned, being cut back, being stripped.

Matthew 6:30-33 says, "And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! "So don't worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern."

If God cares so wonderfully for this mint plant at my work, miracle-growing it over night, won't he surely care for you? For me? It's hard to cling to truth on a daily basis, believe me, the last two months, three months, have been a serious emotional roller coaster, but God places these truth reminders in our lives for a reason and so we must stand firm on them. And in the process, enjoy a nice cup of mint tea! Which by the way is a great stress reliever. How thoughtful is our God? ♥, mK

Saturday, July 27, 2013

David's Baptism

This past Sunday was a very very special day for my family as we watched my brother David get baptized on our family farm in Pennsylvania. Baptism alone is much to be celebrated, but to understand the depth of just how meaningful this day was to us, you would need to understand David's story. If interested, you can read my mom's perspective here. But today on my blog, I wanted to share the challenge I spoke over David and maybe you yourself will find encouragement in my words.

(My Dad shared a bit of David's story and thanked all of the key people who played a role in David's life thus far.)

< “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” This is one of my favorite quotes from one of the most brilliant minds this Earth has seen thus far, Albert Einstein.

(One sibling from each couple shared some words for David, my brother Ben read 
David's testimony and then my brother Chris shared a bit about why we do baptisms)

There are many many stories I could share. Some that make me laugh still to this day, others that stir emotion, but when I sat down to write my thoughts for this very special day, one story became more highlighted than all the others. I am not sure you would even remember it.

It was back when both of us were living at home, here on the farm. I don’t really remember what led to this moment, but I remember turning the corner to walk up the stairs and you were just sitting on the top step crying. Now, we all know that you are a very contemplative soul, but this moment was unlike the rest for me as your sister. You were asking out loud for both myself and God to hear just why you were created the way you were. You couldn’t understand why God wouldn’t just take away the disabilities and take away the pain.

(My brother Chris and my Dad baptized David in our pond.)

I know that is a question we all have asked God on your behalf, but when I think about it, what it would really look like for God to take all that away, I feel like I would lose my brother. I feel like I would loose David.

I think we can all agree that there have been moments in our lives where we compare what we have to others who may have something better, or at least seemingly better. I do that in my own life, more than I would like. This is why I share this quote. It may not be straight from the mouth of God, but it is from the mouth of someone God created. And that man that God created was considered both a Genius and an outcast.

David, sometimes you may be tempted (like that one day I just shared about) to feel like an outcast for the way your mind works, but God has created you for a very specific purpose and in the likeness of Himself. You reveal a side of God that many others simply can not. Aside from your incredible humor that has the ability to make us all laugh hysterically, you have something that I am absolutely fascinated by. You have such a depth of creativity in you that is something I am always hoping to find in a good book or a movie. I love how God reveals Himself to you through that as well. Hearing your testimony earlier this week, and the moments that led you to accept Christ, I just had this image of God absolutely basking in that moment where He got to spend time with you, his son, thinking about science fiction and Star wars. That he used the very thing you love to draw you closer to Him. That creativity comes from God.

David, you are who you are because God wanted to display a part of Himself in you. And like my favorite quote says, if you believe you ought to be someone who God never intended you to be, then you will spend your whole life thinking you are stupid, when really you are a genius in your own way because God wants his Glory, His creativity, to be revealed for all to see. You yourself are a work of art, David.

Dustin would have loved to be here today as we praise God for all He has done through your life, so I speak for both of us when I say that as you rise from those waters today David, our hope and challenge to you is that you allow those tangles of comparison to fall by the wayside, and walk proudly, displaying who God created you to be; a reflection of Him. Go and share that love you have received from God, whether it be at your job, at home with your housemate, or when you are creatively expressing yourself through art and the world of science fiction. We love you and are so proud of you, David! >

In classic David format, as soon as he came up on the shore, he raised his arms as Petra's "Beyond Belief" played in the background and shouted "Let's celebrate". And thats exactly what we did! ♥, mK