Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lifeline.

"And He has said to me,
'My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is perfected
in weakness.'



Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses,
So that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Therefore I am well content with
weaknesses, with
insults, with
distresses, with
persecutions, with
difficulties, for Christ's sake;

for when I am weak,
then I am strong."

2 Corinthians 12:9-10


I just sent these verses to my husband, who is struggling to make it through one more day at his horrible job.
It's 7 am and it's already so bad.

This passage has been a lifeline to me. When I am weak, then I am strong.
God's power shows through my weaknesses.
Thank You God for that today.

This is the face of a weak, terrified woman made strong in the arms of her Savior.
This is just one more day for God to teach me to smile through pain.
There is no trial so great that He cannot overcome.

Blessings,
Hannah

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tutorial: Removable Wall Art

It's Tutorial Time again! 
JL and I are renting our tiny little apartment, and the only strict strict rules our landlord laid out for us were "NO PAINTING, and for the love of all that's holy NO CATS." (Poor guy...we heard some stories.) 
We hate cats, so that won't be a problem. However, the white walls were just beckoning, turn me into art!!! 
Here is part one of the solution. The secret: black contact paper!
(Excuse the embarassingly overflowing drawer.)

Our bedroom is music-themed (okay, who are we kidding, our whole lives are music themed) with a color scheme of black, white, and red.

(Photos taken with my phone...sorry.)

Contact Paper Wall Art
You will need:
--Good scissor skills (or very simple shapes)
--Contact paper of desired color (can be purchased just about anywhere for maybe $5-10, and is also called something like "adhesive shelf liner")
--Stencils of your desired shape(s)--I freehanded some on index cards and cut them out, and others I took silhouette images from the internet and cut them out. Whatever suits you :)
My shapes, clockwise from top: Eighth rest, sharp symbol, treble clef, natural sign, eighth note, whole note. The half/whole rest and bass clef didn't make it in the picture somehow.
--Scissors
--Craft knife (or a regular knife and a cutting board)
--Pencil or pen
--Good music

Step 1: Trace shapes onto contact paper.
It's very important to remember to trace your shapes backwards, so that they will appear the correct way when you are looking at the right side.
To begin, choose a shape and cut a strip of contact paper that is wide enough for it (or wider). Cutting strips of paper will make it easier to manage and less likely to crease, but it's not essential.


Trace your shape (backwards!!) onto the wrong side of the contact paper.

Tetris time! Get creative with how you place your shapes to maximize paper space.


Fill up dead space with other shapes.
I used 7-9 of each of my shapes for the wall stripe.

Step 2: Cut outlines.
I like to do a general cut around each piece before doing detail work:


Then go around and cut out on the exact lines.


Turn it to the right side, et voila!


Step 3: Cut out intricate details, if applicable.
Some shapes are not just one solid block. If you have a craft knife, more power to you, but all I had was a dollar store paring knife and a little plastic cutting board. Lay the piece out:


And use the tip of the knife to cut out an X


This makes it a lot easier to access the corners and get a good cut without creasing the contact paper.


For more complicated pieces like the treble clef, follow the same idea, but with caution. It's very easy to slip and cut out too much with the knife.

Step 4: Mark off your area, peel, stick, and celebrate!
I used pieces of masking tape to mark off the bottom border of my design. You could do the same on the top, or not at all. If you have a large design centered on a wall, marking off would save a lot of frustration.

When you're ready, carefully peel off the adhesive backings and stick piece by piece on the wall. Watch your design grow...






...until it's done!
It looks great up close as well as far away, and will take all of eight minutes to take down when we have to move. However, it is not re-usable.

There you have it! A couple dollars, (quite) a few hours of grunt work, a huge pile of little black sticky paper shavings, and several darnit-I-forgot-to-trace-it-backwards exclamations later, and art is born!

Let me know what you think of this tutorial! Questions and comments are more than welcome. Would you like more? Less? I love sharing my projects with you all. 

Blessings,
Hannah =)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

To Dream.

This is my first full afternoon spent in a coffee shop. My caramel macchiato was finished some time ago. There is no internet at our apartment, so several hours of wifi and deliciousness are always so much appreciated. My dear husband is out playing airsoft with some friends from church, so it's just little old me.


Today Jean-Luc and I went to our first marriage ministry event/class at church. We sat at a table with couples who have been married for decades and are still going strong--so encouraging! 
It's been almost two months for us.
We've got some catching up to do!

One thing I know for sure: there will never be a dull moment with this man. This was my view from the mirror as I put on my mascara this morning!

A couple weeks before we got married, we made the decision to take a year off of commitment to serving in most ministry--a big, tough decision for both of us! We had been really involved in the junior high youth group with both worship and small groups. The only thing we're keeping for now is the occasional Sunday morning band participation.

God has so clearly placed the call on both our lives to worship ministry. It can be difficult to press the pause button on something we're so passionate about, and to wait patiently for God to beckon us to the next step. Maybe this year will teach us to be content in the off season.
Still, it's exciting to imagine, dream for and pray about the future.
My parents won me recording time at a ministry auction last year, and I have to use it by the end of October. Better polish that song...

Blessings,
Hannah =)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

At my Mother's House.

Mooching internet,
doing laundry,
catching up on Hulu,
sipping coffee and nibbling cookies,
looking for my camera in my old room,
laughing at this picture.

Hmmmmm...

Happy Tuesday.

Blessings,
Hannah =)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mawwage.

"Mawwage is what bwings us twogwever, today."

Getting ready for the first look!

On August 9th, 2014, I married my best friend.

The weather was perfect, the bowties were perfect, everything was just perfect.

His face when I took the blindfold off was so precious.

My heart is so full. The last almost two weeks have been so beautiful, despite some hardships and spiritual warfare that have come our way.

We roadtripped over to Yellowstone after the wedding and spent the week driving and exploring.






I wish I had more words to share with you. Maybe later.
Life is beautiful, God is beautiful.
Blessings,
Hannah =)





 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sneak Peek

Here is a (poorly taken) sneak peek of my dress and funny little bouquet :)
Only 26 days to go!
I just love my 50s style swing dress!

I also love that I'm marrying someone who is on board with my hippie ways! I've been making cloth napkins:
And re-usable snack bags:

The biggest looming project is getting everything moved over to the apartment--I want to have everything over there and be living out of a suitcase by August 1st.
Crazy, crazy, crazy.
In super happy news, God has blessed JL with a full-time job! It will allow us, God willing, to live off of the one income. People still roll their eyes and scratch their heads at our lifestyle choices (stay-at-home wife? Letting God decide when it's time for babies? Whaaaaat?), but who cares what they think?
I hope everyone is having a blessed summer!
Blessings,
Hannah =)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Thoughts.

Here is my long-promised novel of a post, involving far too many opinions, rants, excited ravings, pictures, and plans. You have been warned.

It's official--on August 9th I will marry my best friend, the man who can make me laugh when I have been sobbing for five minutes, the one who thinks I am adorable no matter what stage of looking-like-death I'm in, my beloved worship partner, and the one I can't imagine not sharing my life with. Together we are mature beyond our years yet act like we are five years old. 

Truthfully, we've known since about the beginning of March that we would get married this summer, but it wasn't until May 26th that JL took me to a beautiful trail and found the perfect spot to ask me. 
The thought of having a big wedding quickly proved too daunting, overwhelming, and drama-inducing (between us and others, not between ourselves), so we decided to have a small, intimate ceremony in my backyard with our extended families (blood and honorary).

Preparations for a small outdoor wedding are so much simpler!
Just under 8 weeks to go--no, we don't waste any time!

This past Wednesday marked another exciting milestone--we moved JL into the teeny little apartment where we will start out! I won't move in until after we get married, but we're both on the contract--we've been giggling a little at the fact that on paper we're living together. 
First picture of us in our apartment!!
Wednesday and Thursday were filled with moving things in and unpacking boxes. I packed up and brought in all my kitchen items I've been collecting for so long, and I've been stocking up the cupboards with dishes, glasses, bakeware, and all manner of exciting goodies!
We're so giddy it's not even okay.
But...
Not everyone is.

Here is a snapshot of our lives: We are going to be 19 and 20 years old, living on one hopefully-full-time income for general labor, with one car, and with me as a by-choice stay-at-home wife. We'll be flirting with the poverty line, living off beans and rice and broccoli, and actually listening to God's input on when we should have babies (not just waiting until we think we're rich enough.) Coming from middle and upper-middle class backgrounds, this lifestyle is radical and appears stupid to some. 
But you know what? God has been preparing our hearts for this, and we're ready.
We trust God to provide us with what we need, knowing that He will probably stretch us beyond our limits and grow us in ways we can't imagine. 
So after many tears and rants, we have decided to not apologize any more for the choices we're making. We know that these decisions are between us and God, and even though the world thinks we're stupid and I'm lazy, we know the truth.

"Better a dish of vegetables where love is..."

This is the very premise of my blog title--it's better to have just a little in a house (or tiny apartment) full of love than to have a feast where there is tension and hatred. God is taking care of us and fostering our love.

Actually, my stay-at-home career began at 3pm on Friday, when my job ended. It's a long, complicated story, but long story short I was going to put in my notice that I can only work until August, but they thought I was about to quit and said they didn't need me over the summer. Strange, strange. More time for making cloth napkins and getting rid of all my extra stuff!

Whew. Rants over. Updates pretty much complete.