Philippians 4:6 says not to worry, but instead to go to Him with everything.
I love this. It’s reassuring and calming, like so much of the Word. The thing is, worry is a part of everyday life. And while I am not one to worry, I know people that are.
And this is where Jesus comes in. And prayer. And God. Don’t worry, instead go to Him with everything.
In your prayers, thank God for everything He has done for you. And pray to Him about everything you want Him to do. Prayer is how we communicate with God, and he is always listening.
As you pray (and go through your day,) pray as if you already have what you’re praying for, as if your prayer has already been answered. This is faith.
Speaking life and what we want from life is the most important thing. If you don’t want it, don’t say it!
I just want to take the time to pray for you if you’re reading this:
Dear God, We thank you that we can come to You and that You know our hearts. We are glad to know that we can always speak to You and that You are always listening. We thank you for Your peace and joy. We thank You for encouraging us to come to you in prayer whether we are sad, happy, upset, annoyed, hurt, or worried, because You will take care of all of it. Thank you for taking our worries so that we don’t have to carry them. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Otherwise known as our life. And we leave in less than two weeks! (Actually move from our apartment in South Florida to become gypsies, digital nomads, or like I like to call it, Airbnb’ers!)
I can hardly believe it. What once was a thought of, talked through, pipe dream is fast becoming our reality, and I cannot wait to tell you about it.
First things first, a little about my story. My hubby and I are anything but traditional. We moved and lived to Panama for 6 months early in our dating life. We came back and got married on the sly. And then, once we were back (home,) Nick found himself his dream job and we left and moved to Florida.
And today, we are coming up on almost three (HOT) years in Florida. It’s really crazy how fast it went. Wow.
And now, we’re on to the next!
We plan to spend most of August and September back home (in Wisconsin,) almost all of October traveling, November back here in the Florida life and by Christmas we will be to my mom and step dad’s in Arizona. Whew!
From there, we plan to spend most of 2019 on the west coast. We have lots of love for California, Washington and Oregon, and are excited to visit new states and areas, too!
The end of this year will go fast and there are so many things I am looking forward to. A Brewer’s game back home, seeing friends and family, walking on the lake path in Lake Geneva and my favorite egg rolls ever are just the beginning.
Maybe I should back up and preface all of this with, both my husband and I have the ability to work remotely. Travel and seeing the nation (and the world!) is on both of our hearts and with the remote work option, neither of us can say exactly where we want to live “forever” or where we want to be even for now. We want to see, and be, in it all!
We talked about this life, this dream, this possibility..all the way back when we lived in Panama. Truly, that feels like a long time ago. It’s crazy how much time has passed, how many things have changed, and all that has happened to us in the last five years.
And now, we both are in completely new professions that hold our passions and allow us to live out our other passions, too, like spending time with our people and traveling.
Life has not always been easy and sometimes, it still isn’t. But things happen and you have to be flexible, and be as positive and patient as you can!
I am so excited. It’s hard to believe. But for now, I must go. I need to pack my life, my place, and my suitcase! (We’re off to Vancouver Canada at the end of this week for 10 days,) and we move three days after coming back. Oy! Oh yes, and don’t forget about that work life, too!
Thanks for reading and do me a favor and put in a prayer for us! Life may not have turned out like we “wanted it to,” or even how we thought it would. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t turned our exactly how it was supposed to.
I can’t wait to share this journey with you and all of my continued love for natural everything, delicious food, God, workouts, friends and family, travel and everything else Emmy!
Breakfast foods are so good, no matter when you eat them! And you know me, I just love anything homemade. These came together so quickly and cooked up fast, too. These Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties have just a couple spices in them and a great flavor!
Give them a try and let me know what you think=)
Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties
1 pound pork sausage
a pinch of red pepper flakes
a pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon powdered sage
1 tablespoon avocado oil
Mix everything together (besides the oil) and form into circular rounds. Add the avocado oil to a skillet on medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes per side until browned.
Makes 8-10 patties
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Here are 33 facts for my best friend’s 33rd birthday:
Her birthday is July 5, 1985. She is 9 months younger than me.
Jill loves the Fall.
Jill has lived in CA for the better part of 10 years.
Jill is from Wisconsin.
We met freshman year of high school, she was 14, and I was 15, almost 20 years ago!
Jill loves cheese.
Jill hates coconut and mosquitoes.
Jill loves Lake Tahoe.
We used to pass notes back and forth in class in high school, I still have some of them!
We have been in St. Louis, MI, Jacksonville, Miami, and Delray Beach, FL, San Antonio, TX, Las Vegas, NV, San Diego, Novato, Los Angeles, Petaluma, Sonoma, and Napa, CA together. And so many other places=)
Her favorite color is blue.
Jill loves to read romance novels and Jodi Piccoult.
We take walk and talk dates when we’re together.
We both love Reece’s Pieces.
Jill’s favorite animal is the elephant.
Jill always thinks she wants highlights in her hair but she never likes them.
Jill’s middle name is Gail, after her mom.
Jill got straight A’s her first semester of grad school.
In high school, Jill was a swimmer and a soccer player.
In high school, Jill and I rode the bench together during basketball.
Jill is married with two fun, spunky, and beautiful little girls.
Jill calls me Emily Louise and has since high school.
Jill “stole” my boyfriend in high school. Well, she didn’t really steal him but she dated him after me, and for a while. Oh, high school. HAHA
Jill married her coast guard sweetheart in Las Vegas, his hometown.
Her motto- “Treat everyone how you want to be treated.”
We love Chipotle.
Jill and I have the same dragonfly tattoo, along with three other friends of ours from high school. We all got a different color.
Jill grew up in Delevan, WI, and that’s where we met.
We both love to watch lifetime movies, comedies, rom coms, and scary movies. We like movies.
Neither of us likes clothes shopping.
Jill hates the heat as much as I do but is cold whenever there is a breeze.
Jill loves HGTV and spends her free time “dreaming” and looking for houses realtor.com.
Jill is very close to her family and the best friend ever!
Give me BFF the happiest of Happy Birthday’s! This girl would do anything for anyone, and is an amazing mom and friend.
Who loves lemonade? I do! I love limeade, too. But there’s something about lemonade!
Lemonade tastes so bright, it’s like your drinking in summer. It’s refreshing and delicious and one of my all time favorite summer drinks! Speaking of all time favorites, Happy 4th of July! Well, almost, tomorrow!
The 4th of July is hands down my favorite holiday. Why? Fireworks, that’s why. This is our last 4th on the beach in FL and hot as it is, the fireworks show is amazing! Because you’re on the coast, you can see up to five fireworks shows at once! The coolest.
Fireworks are my favorite! The way the gold ones drape and fall like an elegant chandelier is so beautiful and the grand finale is like the celebration of all things fireworks! Anyhow..
back to lemonade.
This recipe is tart and crisp with a sweetness, and berries, too! This 4th of July lemonade is perfect for your festive celebrations and everyone will love it!
4th of July Lemonade
5 cups cold water
1 standard-sized tray of ice cubes
4 lemons, juiced
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, sliced
Stir together with whisk, dissolving the sugar. Add the blueberries and strawberries and enjoy!
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