Sunday, November 15, 2015

Roses are red, Dresses are blue...

You remember about ten years ago when we were just on the beginning of our loving Blake Lively phase and starting to grow out of our calling Alexis Bledel, 'Rory' in everything she played phase? That was the year that we also got Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I never read any of the books, because honestly I don't remember being a big fan of the movie. But I do remember just how magical I thought it would be to have a glamorous long distance friendship with fancy pants. The early 00's were notorious for romancing long distance friendships. I blame the up and coming fascination we had with texting in 2005. 

Fast forward to December 2012, Sarah Doell buys an adorable dress for the holiday. It's short and simple and blue and flouncy (for lack of a better word). It's the best little dress. It's a shade of blue and a style that is flattering for anyone...and, apparently, it fits everyone. Having the world's most versatile dress means one thing is for sure: it will get passed around. And sure enough. One by one, my friends would wear the dress to fancy events. Sarah VandaVeer wore it for her birthday one year, I think someone wore it to the Mozarkian one year, and now me. 

I finally got the chance to throw that bad boy on this past weekend. It was a little weird. I mean, we borrowed clothes all the time during college. It's not a big deal. But for one dress to fit so many different girls and be flattering on every single one of them is weird. But the magic of the dress prevailed. 

Me feat. the Magic Blue Dress

So I got to thinking, my dreams have come true. "The Magic Blue Dress" (as it is affectionately called) is our version of the jeans from the movie. Now, we don't write on them and we definitely wash the dress (I think...). The dress reminds me of the good old days, when we all lived in the same place. Although we have only traded the dress off a few times over the past three years, it's been a symbol of our friendship, and more recently a symbol of our long distance friendships. I'm nostalgic, almost to a fault. So to say that I don't miss skipping class for personal snow days at Auburn House or movie nights at Pike House would be a lie. Being so close to my girls was one of the best parts of college. But now we're working through transition--in different stages of life and in different places. Springfield, Bolivar, Saint Louis. For now. Single, engaged, married. Still in school & teaching. Working. Applying for graduate school and medical school. Looking at moving vs. thinking about staying put. Last year, learning and living in the same place was already hard. Now we're doing it with distance between us. 

Ultimately we're learning what it looks like to rely on the Lord for comfort and support. These girls are good at reminding me about that. I'm thankful for conversations with them. The conversations are challenging. I think we debate via group text better than most presidential candidates.  Even when the texts come out of order or worse, I'm gone for 2 hours and miss 40 texts (Sorry for whoever works a 9 to 5). We talk a lot about God, food, trips, and current events. I'm challenged and encouraged by them daily. 

So far, more than half of us have worn the dress. I don't know how long we'll pass it around. Probably until all of us wear it at least once. And hopefully someone will use it as a bridesmaids dress because it's actually perfect. 

"So could say we bleed blue. " -Abbi 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

6 Hobbies I Tried to Have

6 Hobbies I Tried to Have: 
This is a semi-humorous account of 6 hobbies that I attempted to have. Some of them I still would love to be able to master, and then some of them I'm completely over. But I was feeling nostalgic, and it seemed like a good way for me to share a little bit of my life with you.

1. Cake Decorating: Have you ever been to a wedding and seen a beautiful cake and thought, "I can totally do that!" Welcome to the club. The summer after I was in 10th or 11th grade, I was all into weddings and I wanted to be able to do all inclusive planning. So that included the cake. Plus, I learned that you can make fondant from scratch and that's just dope. So I wanted to learn how to make those cute scalloped patterns and pretty roses on cakes. I never made it to the class. I tried to make icing myself one time and that was it. It was mostly sugar and some vanilla I think, but I couldn't figure out what made icing thicker (mind you, I was just guessing because this was still a little before Pinterest). I also thought that I could ice 96 mini cupcakes in one afternoon, but that is another story. (See number 5).

2. Sewing: When I was like 9 my mom signed me up for a sewing class. Mind you, I'm left handed, so cutting in straight lines didn't really go well for me anyway, but then I tried to cut stuff like fleece. If you look up nightmare in the dictionary, it's a picture of me trying to cut in a straight line.  But after a few weeks, I got pretty good at cutting. But then we had to do the actual sewing part. I was okay at it, but then we skipped from making very simple coasters to A REVERSIBLE TOTE BAG. I mean it had so many steps I am still recovering. There was a plastic mesh bottom piece that I remember having trouble with.I had to sew it inside the bag. How on earth people make clothes is unknown to how. I haven't gotten past the fleece blanket. It was at that moment, I knew I was done. It was sad. But, in happier news...I got that sewing machine back. Old Faithful. So here's to trying my hand at sewing again (Stay tuned. This could be laughable.)

3. Interior Decorating: I can't even remember how this was a thing. I know that I come from a long line of house lovers and HGTV watchers, so that's probably it.  But I definitely had this software called Home Designer. That's it. Home. Designer. But let me tell you, I could create a killer two-story home with furnished BONUS ROOMS. Dining room tables, game rooms, kitchens. EVERYTHING. Now, this dream job/hobby is a little bit hereditary. I come from a family of Model Home tourists. When new neighborhoods go up, we would go visit the model homes and dream. I grew up watching Trading Spaces. We even DID Trading Spaces at my house. My sister decorated my room and I decorated hers (Complete with teams and paint and furniture. Thanks, Mom & Dad). That being said, I still really love house stuff, but I can definitely go to a department store and not have to go walk past the pretty beds. (JCPenny Home Store, I'm looking at you.)

4. Fashion Designer: I also went through the fashion designing stage, but also who didn't. But if you remember from my sewing days, I can't cut. Also, if you know anything about me, you know I can't draw. I still love fashion and clothes so very much, and shoes even more. But the whole designing thing didn't last. I did once try my hand at paper dolls, but it also didn't work. Just know, there was a lot of zebra print involved. A good amount of neon colors also made an appearance. Just imagine.

5. Cupcake maker: For a few months in high school, I considered not going to college so that I could open  a cupcake shop. It was going to be adorable. I'm not sharing the name, because on the off chance I decide to follow that dream I need to make sure no one has stolen it. But although I don't dream of owning a cupcake shop anymore, I still love baking. Don't worry, that passion will never go away (hopefully).But there was an attempt one February, where I wanted to make some mini cupcakes. If you have ever been curious about how many cupcakes you make with one box of cake mix, let me help you out... it is no less than 96 cupcakes. Yes, exactly, FOUR LESS THAN 100. And you know how long it takes to ice them? WAY LONGER THAN A SUNDAY AFTERNOON. You will have to freeze half, and ice them over the course of the next few months. Unless you have a deep freeze, don't bother.

6. Dance: I did in fact take dance lessons. If you've ever seen me on a dance floor (or any floor for that matter...) then you've probably wondered, "Is this girl professionally trained? She's a natural." I would be inclined to agree. I feel like I do pretty well with dancing. I remember my dance days well, age 2 (or 3). My first dance recital involved the world's most uncomfortable costumes. A cardboard box (I was a robot) and something teal with sequins (because WHY NOT). I also remember being picked up by a boy (totally not my jam, don't touch me, kid.) and I also remember something about being in a bridal themed number. Those may have been the same thing. I also remember that I had flat feet, so it completely negates the whole "point your toe" foundation of ballet. So that was technically impossible for me, because my foot was literally without an arch.  So dancing fell by the wayside, and when Just Dance entered the scene of video games, I picked back up this hobby. Whether or not I discontinued this hobby, well...I'll see you on the dance floor.

I like looking back on those fond memories of attempting to sew, and that time our kitchen was just cupcakes. Now that I'm all grown up (HA), I can see how my old hobbies have grown me into the person I am today. So that's pretty cool. I love dancing at parties, baking and decorating cupcakes and cookies, buying clothes, and perusing home stores. I hope you enjoyed my tiny trip down memory lane. 

(I just really like this photo and need to put it in a blog post). 

Friday, March 6, 2015


Welp. I haven't made just a Trinkets post since like July. What in the world? What happened? Good grief. I need to get my life together.  It's crazy how fast these days are flying by. Senior year has been good to me.

photo credit: By Heart Photography 

Christmas break was nothing short of magical. I slept so much it's insane. I caught up on sleep from like sophomore year of college. Just in case this Christmas break could be my last, I wanted to make sure it was absolutely fantastic. Which meant a lot of sleep and a lot of Netflix. I adventured through St. Louis, spent some time finding new places in Belleville to hang out, and spending some time with friends. I'll be honest, I did an unhealthy amount of Netflix watching over break, but I did read some books that I have been wanting to read for YEARS. I finally bought the end of a series I've been wanting to finish since 7th grade (yeah, I'm that behind.) and I also "bought" all of the A Wrinkle In Time series. My little fairy tale loving heart was SO excited.

One of the best parts of Christmas break was travelling to Colorado for Natalie and Isaac's wedding.  Morgan and I got to be adults and fly on planes and unnecessarily early hours all by ourselves and take sketchy taxis back to the airport at 4 AM. I loved every minute of it. I got bit by the travel bug and now I just want to plan road trips for DAYS.

The St. Louis Art Museum has my heart. And historic St. Charles has the cutest little shops.  

One day over Christmas Break it was 70 degrees outside. So naturally we took to the park with Sonic Happy Hour, books, and chips and salsa. Now today it's sleeting and gross and yucky snow is still on the ground. Will it ever be spring? Like it's okay, just somebody be honest with me? WILL I EVER KNOW WARMTH AGAIN? 

One day, Pyeatt and I just drove to Arkansas and went to Crystal Bridges because why not. It's cool there, it's pretty there, and my best friend is pretty. (Everything is awesome).  

Bekah came to visit me and it was the absolute best ever because I love her. 

Valentine's weekend this year topped everything. It was perfect. There was Galentine's Day, hanging out with girls at my house and eating way too many donuts and pancakes. And also chocolate chips and whipped cream. A lot of sugar. Then there was a party with my gals where we played all sorts of silly games and watched The Wedding Planner and ate more junk foods. Basically my Valentine's day weekend consisted of junk food, a lot of laughing, and wearing fun dresses. I wish it was Valentine's all year long. 

Here you can see college seniors in their natural habitat singing  screaming the chorus to 'Let It Go'. #noshame But it was in fact the most fun murder mystery I have ever been to. 

So we had a 90's Country party to celebrate Morgan and Doell turning 22. This was our "pose country" take of the group photo. I don't think we'll ever get this right. 

see more of my #2015trinkets on Instagram 

Monday, March 2, 2015

3 Things I Learned in Kid's Ministry

I'm on the tail end of my undergrad college career. With a little over 70 days until Graduation, I've started reminiscing on my experiences in the past few years. Working with kids has been one of my favorite things for years, and they have taught me exponentially more than I could teach them. But here are the top three reoccurring things that I have learned.  

1. Expect the unexpected. I have been working with the same lovely group of kiddos for almost four years, and no two days of serving with them has been the same. Sundays, Wednesdays, weekends, camp. It's a new adventure everyday. On any given Wednesday night, there could be blood, an toilet overflowing, a kid could eat a plastic bag, or we could have a fistfight. But on the same night a class could have a discussion on the importance of prayer and how amazing God's grace is in our lives. A few weeks ago, I found myself answering the question "Why can't I be good without God?' to a bunch of K-3rd graders. Even when I pray for opportunities to see the Holy Spirit move in the lives of these kiddos, I'm still so incredibly amazed by what the Lord can do. I never want to lose that sense of amazement. I never want to put my God in a box. I want to pull that sort of thought process into my life on a regular basis. Not only to expect the unexpected in what God can do, but also what kids are capable of. Just as soon as I think I know what's going to happen, they surprise me. They make me love living my life on the edge. 

2. When Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" he wasn't kidding. Do not hinder then.The witness they have on their families and each other can be incredible. Just like putting God in a box, I'm sometimes guilty of putting these sweet kiddos in a box as well. The Holy Spirit doesn't discriminate based on age. 1 Timothy 4:12. Just because they're kids, does not mean they cannot witness. Sometimes their innocent outlook on the world is a refreshing perspective on the gospel. They warm my heart.

3. When I declared my major as social work as a freshman, I had no idea what I was getting into. I fell into a season of doubt. I doubted if I made the right decision, if I would even be good at it, or even it was a real passion in my life. One of the most reassuring moments in this collegiate journey took place on a Sunday morning with the sassiest, third grader and our conversation about what happens after death. You can read about that day here. I didn't know how much that day in Kid's Church would impact me. 

A midst all the crazy days serving with kids, I have learned so much. They have an incredible thirst for knowledge. They want to serve the people around them. When I grow up, I want to be just like them. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bye, 2014.

Happy New Year.

Or whatever. I know January is over, but I still hope you have a Happy New Year. My slow processing brain is still trying to file away all the lessons of 2014 in my little brain Rolodex. Still. But 2015 is here! 2015 is one of those years I never thought would come, just because it always seemed so far away. When I was in the 2nd grade, my class all signed a t-shirt with "Class of 07" on the back. I remember thinking how far away 2007 felt. The journey from 2nd grade to 8th grade was a blur and I don't even remember 2007 anymore (except for Fergie's Big Girls Don't Cry.). But then it was 2015. My expected college graduation year. 

May 16, 2015. It's fast approaching. It's going to be crazy. 

So that's how I'm dealing with 2015. It comes in waves. I'm either so excited or so weirded out by the situation that I forget what is happening. But then I start doing stuff like looking at potential Master's of Social Work programs and buying Lisa Frank coloring books at Walgreen's. And yes, those happened in the same day. So I would say I'm handling it very well.

I am taking the new year one day at a time. Which is why it is now February 5th (Happy Birthday, Dad) and I haven't really had the time to blog like I planned. Or to read books or play the piano like I planned. I have actually done nothing like I planned. God is funny. He will probably never stop showing me that, because I am a doofus.

#2015trinkets // Trinkets of 2015 (photo credit: Ashley Pyeatt)

So here it is. 2015. Once month down and eleven more to go. I'm taking this year to focus on you guys. I want to dedicate much less of my life to myself and more of it to serving and loving on the people God has placed in my life this season. I want to hear your stories, I want to sit with you and learn about you. I want to serve alongside you and serve you. I want to have people over for dinner, go get ice cream, and also go get corn dogs. Man, I love a good Sonic run. I also want to pray for you. So let me know how I can be praying for you, friends. Let's do 2015, together. 

Demi and Joe couldn't have said it better.  So why not open up that door? It's what we came here for. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Advent & Focus

Happy December, friends. It's my favorite time of year. The Christmas Story is my favorite passage for a few reasons. It was the first passage of scripture I ever memorized. Kindergarten. New Life Christian Academy. Montgomery, Alabama. Luke 2:1-20. Every year I get to remember how five-year old me felt about the Christmas Story. I was overwhelmed by memorizing a whole twenty verses. I was curious. I was excited. I wanted to know stuff. You know? Just exactly how many animals were there? What do frankincense and myrrh smell like? I mean, sometimes I really wonder just how beautiful Mary was? She's the earthly mother of Jesus. I know she was absolutely stunning. Think about that.
Advent season is fun because I go to church and hear sermons on my favorite thing for a few weeks. Such a wonderful time, everything is wonderful. Everyone is happier.  But it's not just that. It never fails, every year I learn something different from the Christmas story. Last year, God reminded me just how glorious he really is. When the angels appear to the shepherds, the glory of The Lord shines around them. I make a feeble attempt to imagine what the glory of The Lord looked like to them and I am speechless. This year, I think Advent is going to be a challenging, reassuring time.

Every so often it is imperative that someone remind me what's going on. Sometimes I get confused. I get confused about where my life is going, where I am supposed to be, and especially what on Earth I am supposed to do. Or worse, I start working on my own agenda. I get cocky and I think I know best. For instance, Thanksgiving Break was great, but by Saturday I was absolutely lost and completely confused about what I needed to do to not fail all my classes. It's like I had forgotten how to actually study, write papers, and complete assignments. But luckily, there's a cure for that. Jesus. And there's nothing like Advent to refocus.

Focus. The entire Christmas story has one main focus. Jesus. The shepherds. The angels. The wise men. Even the animals gathered around to see (or at least that's what the illustrations depict). Even the star. One main focus. The most important day in the whole world and everyone had the same focus. To me, the simplicity of the concept that gets me the most. So much happening, but converging on one marvelous thing. It's that simple. My focus should be on The Lord, plain and simple.
Simpler said than done. We live in a world rampant with distractions. Not only is advent a wonderful time to focus on The Lord, but it is a fantastic time to strip away the distractions in life. Let God be your focus this Advent season. Take every opportunity to be still and rest in the wonder and glory of the Christmas story.

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" Luke 2:14

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Autumn Affair

One of my favorite things to do is plan parties. I love having people over at my house and I love cooking for people. Parties are typically one of the easiest ways to combine the two. This fall, Ashley and I wanted to host a brunch at our house, but we wanted it to be unique. After some serious Pinterest browsing we came up the theme: lumberjacks and pancakes.

All it took was three boxes of pancake mix and two things of syrup. My sweet friends brought eggs, breakfast casserole, and doughnuts and it was perfect.

You put on a flannel shirt and I guarantee you'll start craving pancakes in no time. Throw in some axe-throwing, coffee, and lots of laughs and I give you : The Autumn Affair.

Family Pictures , take 1,000

I will forever love hosting parties with this girl. 

Friends and Walls

Photo Credit: Taylor Smith

Taylor James trying to talk in an accent with a mouth full of marshmallows. 

I love a living room full of people. 

"Once a princess, always a princess." // Photo Credit : Easton Roye

Photo Credit: Taylor Smith

Our kitchen is my favorite room in the house.  
Friends who brunch together, stay together. 

We probably ran the dishwasher three times that morning, not to mention people were washing dishes for us. But it was worth it. My day was instantly made to see people walk into my house wearing flannels and wielding axes (which were immediately put in the backyard because boys are boisterous and clumsy). I am so thankful and immensely blessed to call these people my friends and to live alongside them.

This morning was one for the books. It had friends, pancakes, cozy shirts, and laughter. Pancakes or not, friends, you are always welcome at our house. Don't be strangers.