Floral romper plus a bit more please

Finally, I’m wearing a springy colored floral outfit. Now that it’s almost summer. Better late than never, right?

I found this one at Rue 21. They were having a buy one get one free sale last weekend on rompers, so a friend and I were checking out all the rompers. Only to discover it wasn’t all the rompers on the sale, just the ones where the signs were. Grrrr. I had two I wanted originally. However, the shoes were also on the BOGO sale, so I switched out the romper that wasn’t on the sale and got these adorable woven wedge heels instead. Win! My friend left with two rompers a jumper and a necklace. Both of us had the romper I’m wearing today. Not only is it cute, the material is also super soft. I’ll try to not run my hands all over the material while I’m wearing it. Nah, who am I kidding. It’s too soft to resist!

The absolutely adorable heart aviator sunglasses are Betsey Johnson found at TJ Maxx. Because who doesn’t need a new pair of sunglasses every summer?

 

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I love the concept of buying something and getting something free. Who doesn’t want a little more for less?

This weekend, my dad, son and I watched Oliver performed by the Eastside Theater Company. Before the show had even started I had already eaten all my popcorn and was wanting to go out and ask the man selling the popcorn for ‘A bit more please.’ (said in a British accent, of course.) I wanted a free refill – he probably would have told me I could pay for more.

I didn’t do this, but it also got me to thinking, there was no shame in asking for a bit more. If you have billions of dollars and ask for a bit more money, you may need to know when to quit while you’re ahead. But if you are hungry and just need a bit more to fill your belly up, why not ask for more? Many times, I haven’t had enough to make ends meet and ask God for a bit more to pay the bills. When it come to my mom’s cancer or any health issues I, or anyone around me is going for, I often ask for a bit more healing. Or a whole lot more and a miracle besides when it comes to the cancer!

I also find myself asking God for ‘a bit more please’ of things I want, realizing I may or may not get them. Especially if I don’t need them, I just want them. I find that some times I do get some of the things I want. Maybe years down the road from when I want them – by the time I don’t want them that much, but sometimes God throws in things you want as well as need.

I’ll never forget when I was growing up and I asked God for one of those soft floral flannel nightgowns ‘with pretty lace on it’ and a new doll and doll furniture. My family didn’t have a lot of money growing up. We were poor as church mice. In fact, being the pastor’s kids, we were the church mice. Our family was preparing to go overseas as missionaries and any gifts we got from our parents were always the cheap version of what we wanted.

My dad was preaching at a church while we were doing deputation (when missionaries go out and gather the funding and supporters needed to live on the mission field). After the service, they had refreshments in the basement. Lo and behold, they had gifts for us and guess what they were? The exact kind of night gown I was wanting, dolls for each of us and little doll furniture. I had to walk away from everyone because my eyes wouldn’t stop leaking.

I remember similar stories happening after we went to Papua New Guinea. Things I ‘wanted’ showing up way down the road from when I wanted them – mostly because back in that day, the cheapest way to get things to us was to send them surface mail. And surface mail is exactly what it sounds like. From truck to boat to truck until it got to us. No planes involved. Sometimes goodies from the states arrived and mice had eaten through packaging to get to the food inside. Super disappointing. But God never disappointed in looking out for us – not just needs, but things we wanted and missed from home and couldn’t get in a foreign country.

So, those knee high and ankle socks weren’t what I wanted by the time they arrived, and instead you were wanting the mid length ‘scrunchy’ socks that were now ‘in’.Here they came a year or so down the road. The edible goodies came chewed through by mice, but, by golly, they came. And, the Turtles chocolates were wrapped in plastic and still good! The clothes from the States I wanted came in sizes too big, but we could make them work somehow. Perhaps God sent everything just the way He did in the timing He did because after the doll / nightgown incident I got bolder about asking for just ‘a bit more please.’ and He was trying to teach me to be content with what I had because by the time I got what I wanted, it came in a way that wasn’t quite how I was wanting it or I no longer wanted it anymore. But I still see Him providing not just the needs, but some of the ‘wants’ as well.

Not that we should treat God like he’s Santa Claus. He’s not. He’s the other Big Guy. But I never stop expecting the unexpected from God. He’ll answer your prayers in His own time and His own way. My God is a mighty God.

‘If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!’ Matthew 7:11.

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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

 

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How to style spring florals differently

It’s that time of year again. The time where pastel florals are out in full swing everywhere. Some days you’re in the mood for them, others not so much. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against all the pretty floral prints out there right now. I do like floral prints. But I love going against the flow. Doing my own thing. This look is all about florals done a bit differently.

I decided to throw on my black and white floral skirt with a dusty lilac tee with an applique floral pattern on it. Casual yet cute. I found these cute laser wedge sandals at Ross and threw them on with this. Gotta love a good Ross deal! Only $16.99 for these wedge sandals. I find it hard to shop at regular retail stores unless I’m shopping their clearance racks. Ross, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx are my go-to places for new clothes for less.

This does not, by any means, mean that I am not going to throw on some pretty pastel florals at any point this spring. I love florals. I may even have to find some of those gigantic floral print dresses, reminiscent of the 90’s that are coming back in again. But sometimes, you’ve gotta switch things up a bit. You do you, boo.

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