What’s New in November

Dear Blog Friends,

Thank you for sticking with me. You mean so much to me!

Lately, I’ve had the idea in my head that my life’s just not blog-worthy. I know deep down that I have wonderful stories to tell, but there’s a voice that tells me, “You’re not good enough”. I want to stomp this negative voice right out! I want to reclaim my blog…

So, first, God is doing some pretty special things in my life right now. As you know, He allowed pushed me to switch jobs, and now I have way more time to devote to things I love. He’s also lead me to people who believe in me, and I believe He’s revealing his plans for me through them. For example, this morning I’m meeting with my minister to discuss a service ministry called CARE. The purpose of CARE is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to the elderly of our congregation and community. The support can be anything from praying to cleaning their homes to having chats over tea. My role in  CARE would be to provide the structure and to encourage involvement through recruiting and training. I’m excited to see where this new program leads, and I would appreciate your prayers for the lives we’ll touch in the meantime.What’s God doing through you today?

Also, I’ve had some wonderful culinary adventures lately. Just yesterday, I baked Maple Glazed Doughnuts from Sally’s Baking Addiction (http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/09/17/maple-glazed-donuts/). I also made some quick and easy dinner rolls which turned out way better than I imagined. Today, I’m going to make Pumpkin cupcakes for my mom’s birthday! I’ll let you guys know how they turn out. Have you been in the kitchen lately? What have you made?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love my job! I’m a little nervous about tomorrow though. I’m going to work my first brunch shift for a friend and my regular dinner shift. The full day will be over 12 hours of work! I’m sure I’ll enjoy myself, but I’m scared I’ll get pretty tired or stressed. Will you pray for me to succeed? Thank you. If employed, how’s work for you?

Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate your time and support! I’d love to hear your feedback as we go through this blog life together!

Peace and Love,

Alyssa

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Wonderful Weekend Vol. 4

Hello, Friends! I realize I’ve been MIA lately, but I’ve been quite busy doing life! In fact, I just had an incredible Columbus Day weekend!

My weekend started off with a bang when Mark and I hosted an Ice Cream Social at our apartment. We invited a mixed group of people, and we enjoyed having everyone over for a great time of fellowship… and sweets!

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On Saturday, I had a lovely time at the in-laws with my puppy, Maddux. We ate pancakes and shared lots of laughs! I know it’s probably odd to love spending time with one’s in-laws as much as I do, but they truly are great people and wonderful examples of Christ-followers!

Sunday afternoon, Mark and I participated in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. We joined friends and family from our home church, and we had loads of fun raising money and awareness for breast cancer/research. I love how beautifully our Fredericksburg community comes together for amazing causes like this one. We are so blessed to live in a town with such a big heart!

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Lastly, I made Ree Drummond’s applesauce recipe from locally-grown apples… I love fall, and the applesauce fully embraced what the flavor of fall means to me! I’d recommend checking out the applesauce recipe here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/10/homemade-applesauce/.

So, how was your weekend? Did you do anything special for Columbus Day? I would love to hear what’s happening in your life. Thanks for following, and I look forward to connecting with you soon.

Peace and Love,

Alyssa

Happy Friday!

Friday. Friday. Friday. I will say it again, “Friday!” I am so happy for today.

This week, I have had such a great time! I’m loving my new job as a waitress. I love my time at home, taking care of the animals and household chores. I’m truly blessed to be where I am at! Here are my top 3 favorite things about this week:

1. Mark and I went to my parents’ house for lunch on Sunday. It was so nice to catch up with my parents and share a meal in their kitchen again. They provided a feast for us; my mom prepared several veggies and bread, and my dad grilled steaks. We even had apple pie and salted caramel ice cream for dessert. Yum! I’m so grateful for their hospitality.

2. I had my first full morning of volunteering at a local women’s shelter. I must admit, I was bored at first, but then the office gave me more things to do. I’m glad I can serve at a nearby non-profit organization, whether bored or busy. Honestly, I would like to find a career in the non-profit world someday, and I feel content to be a volunteer for now.

3. Mark and I have had some amazing mornings this week! I used to feel like our mornings were dependent on my ability to make a good breakfast and good coffee… But I’ve realized we can enjoy ourselves whether I mess up the coffee (hello, French Press) or feed us toast. We have more time to connect early in the morning, and we plan out our days and lives in the wee morning hours. I’m thankful for a husband who wakes up early with me and starts my day off right!

So, what about you? How’s your week been? Are you ready for the weekend?

Love,

Alyssa

Wonderful Weekend Vol. 3

Hello, Blog Friends!

Do you ever have a wonderful weekend that you just can’t wait to share with the world? Well, I had a weekend like that! It was fun, relaxing and special. Below are the top 3 things I did.

1. Finished Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist and made Annette’s Enchiladas.

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I read Bread and Wine after hearing good things from you, my fellow bloggers. I flipped through the pages and fell in love with the stories of food, friendship and relationship with the divine. When I read through the recipe, Annette’s Enchiladas, I knew I just had to make them! The recipe was super easy to follow, and my hubs loved the final product!

2. Meandered through the Via Colori in Fredericksburg.

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Via Colori is a street art festival which is celebrated every year in downtown Fredericksburg, specifically on Sophia Street. Mark and I loved taking Maddux downtown to look at some local art. The weather was gorgeous, and we were awed by the skill and creativity we witnessed.  Artists of all kinds shared their gifts with everyone, and we were so grateful they did!

3. Drank a PSL at Starbucks. Mark had his first day off of work since Labor Day, so we took advantage of his free time by spending quality time as a couple. We both got email notifications about the BOGO offer for fall drinks at Starbucks, so we stopped off there for a quick refreshment. I love Starbucks, and I especially love spending time there with the people I love. What a blessing to sit, relax and enjoy a beverage with my dearest Mark!

So, what were you up to this weekend? I sincerely hope you had time to relax and enjoy every moment. May you always delight in the little things and even more in the big things! I can’t wait to hear your responses, and may you have a blessed Monday!

Peace and Love,

Alyssa

 

New Beginnings

Yay! New beginnings make me so happy! I love changes, and I love learning new things.

So, let’s admit it, my recent posts about my life were kinda droopy. I mean, who wants to hear about broken cars and lost jobs? I can’t say I remained as upbeat as my blog posts let on… I may have broken down at some point last week because I was so confused about where my life was headed; however, this week, I have the best news to share with you!

First, God blessed me with a new job! Hallelujah! Last Friday, I drove past a local restaurant on my way home from buying groceries, and I noticed a “Now Hiring” sign out front. I could not get the message off of my mind. It was about noon, so I decided to wait until after the lunch hour to go check things out. At 1:45pm, I walked into the restaurant and inquired about their job opportunities. The restaurant was looking for servers, so I decided to fill in an application. After I filled in my application, the manager invited me in for an interview on Monday morning! I could not help but smile all weekend just thinking about the opportunity! On Monday, I went in for the interview and walked out with a job! I had my first shift yesterday, and I had a great time. I have my second bit of training tonight, and I’m excited to learn more and do more! I’ve been so blessed with the opportunity to work within walking distance of my apartment, and I’m so thankful that I have something to do!

Also, Mark and I have been blessed by another answered prayer. We found a pickup truck on Craigslist at a price point we could afford. We bought the truck yesterday, so now we have two vehicles again. It seems like all the heartache of the past two weeks just dissipated. Our mourning was turned into joy! I’m so overwhelmed by the love God showed us, and I’m so excited for this new season of our lives.

What has God been doing in your life lately? I cannot wait to hear about it!

Peace and Love,

Alyssa

A New Leaf

As we ease into fall, I’ve been given the opportunity to “turn over a new leaf”.

As I wrote before, I will soon be out of a paying job. It can be trying at times to understand, but I am glad to have the privilege of embarking on a new journey. I want to rely on God for guidance as I seek new employment or other opportunities. I want to open my eyes to opportunities for growth and service. I want to please God in everything I do and to thank Him for all he is doing and will do.

After talking with my husband, we’ve come to the conclusion that I need to find a job where I can interact with people and help people. Perhaps I will work at a park, a nonprofit agency or a government agency. Perhaps I will serve people in a shop by offering a smile and a kind word. In one of my dream jobs, I’d help people by offering them a caffeine jolt and a place to feel belonging by working at a coffee shop. I love the warmth and community that are so apparent at coffee shops! Anyway, I know I have the ability to adapt to a new working environment, and I look forward to where my next job takes me! 

Of course, with unemployment comes uncertainty. One aspect of uncertainty is the length of time I must wait before a new job comes up. Thus, Mark has advised me to find a volunteer position in our community. I must say, it’s so easy to find a volunteer position! So many nonprofit organizations are looking for bright, motivated people to help serve their clients. I know for a fact I will find a volunteer position shortly, and I’m so excited to have the time to serve members of my community. I look forward to showing the love of Christ to people who may not know him, and I look forward to spending time around people who also share my passion for service. It’s going to be a great way to spend my free time!

So how about you? Have you ever went through a period of unemployment? What did you do? Are you in a season like mine? Would you consider volunteering if you are or will be in my shoes? I look forward to hearing your responses. 

Peace and Love,

Alyssa