Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Coffee Talk

Sovereign Over Us

I have been reading through the Pentateuch (Genesis – Deuteronomy) as of late.  I hate when people say the Old Testament is boring.  (I will admit Leviticus, and Numbers were not easy).  If I really look at myself, though, I find that I identify greatly with the Israelites.  That’s scary to write, because they were awful to God and each other, but it’s true.  I find myself reading it, and seeing them turn from God.  All I can think is, ‘PEOPLE!  COME ON!  Do you not see what an awesome God you serve!  Is His power, and presence not perfectly evident!?!’  It’s so evident to us because we see the bigger picture in their story.  We know they eventually make it into the promise land that God had promised.  The waiting is the hardest. Then again, I look back at myself.  I am impatient…extremely impatient.  I know what God has called me to do, and I want to do it, but I am in a waiting period.  For whatever reason, He is wanting me to wait right now.  It’s actually been about a year and a half, which I know does not seem like a long time, but this waiting has been hard at times.   Heartbreaking actually.  Sometimes I even start to doubt His calling, much like the Isrealites who doubted God’s plan as well.  He is using this time to prepare, and refine me for what He has called me to do.  I was listening to Aaron Keyes song ‘Sovereign Over Us’ in a particularly  doubting moment a few nights ago, and was reminded again of God’s unfailing promise.

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
Your with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever, perfect in love
You are Sovereign over us (Aaron Keyes)

Much Love,


Monday, January 7, 2013

Beautiful Words

I look towards the wintering trees
To hush my fretful soul
As they rise to face the icy sky
And hold fast beneath the snow
Their rings grow wide, their roots go deep
That they might hold their height
And stand like valiant soldiers
Through the watches of the night

No human shoulder ever bears
The weight of all the world
But hearts can sink beneath the ache
Of trouble's sudden surge
Yet far beyond full knowing
There's a strong unsleeping light
That reaches round to hold me
Through the watches of the night

I have cried upon the steps that seem
Too steep for me to climb
And I've prayed against a burden
I did not want to be mine
But here I am and this is where
You're calling me to fight
And You I will remember
Through the watches of the night
You I will remember
Through the watches of the night

-Kristyn Getty

I heard this poem last night and had to share it.  I would highly recommend listening to it by the author on youtube.  She has an amazing voice and awesome Irish accent.  

FYI...I plan on coming back to this space more reguarly but I am still working out what I want this space to be like.  

Much Love,


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hello 2013!

I think it's going to be a good year.  The second half of 2012 ended up being so crazy with the move, new roles with work, travel, and buying a house.  I finally feel like things are calming down, and I am looking forward to the new beginning.  We just moved into our house a week ago (after 5 months of waiting) and I am happy to get back into the groove of our old routine.

Here are my goals for 2013:

1. Be more thoughtful
I feel like I am pretty thoughtful when it comes to gift giving, but besides that I often just forget to do certain things or run out of time.  I often think of thoughtful things, but hold off too long.  No more of that!  When I see a present that would be perfect for a friend I am going to go ahead and buy it instead of waiting for their birthday.  Also, more hostess gifts.  Always forget about those!
2. Learn to sew…FINALLY
It didn't happen in 2012, but I have a good feeling about lucky '13.  I am also just a few minutes away from my mom now who can teach me.  
3. Decorate and Furnish a house on a budget
Like I said...we just moved into our first house.  After graduating and only living in a small townhouse, we have a lot of work to do.  Not only do the walls need paint and light fixtures need updating, but we only have furniture for the family room and master bedroom right now.  We have a ways to go.  We are  not in a rush, but there are several more items we need to make this place feel more homey.  I plan on documenting a lot of our decorating on the blog.  Including many DIYs and inspiration boards.
3. Get back into a routine
Since we have lived with my parents for the past 5 months, we have lost our typical routine.  I also started working from home which has thrown me off as well.  It is nice to start over and rethink our old routine, but I am ready to get back into some kind of routine.  I am ready to feel settled and more organized in general.  Some areas I would like to improve on are: my quiet time, exercise, blogging, taking more pictures, and a better eating schedule.
4. Work on making new relationships and building up ones already made
Since we have moved back it has been hard making friends.  I work from home so I have not had a chance to really meet anyone, and at church I teach middle school (which I love), but it has not been the most conducive to making friends my age.  I also did a HORRIBLE job keeping in touch with high school friends so that does not help my friend count.  I am not sure how this goal is going to pan out.  Maybe it will just mean me being more open to different situations.

I am always the optimist so I have a good feeling about this year.  Happy New Year!

Much Love,


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ahem!!! I am Back!!!!

What’s happenin’

It is hard to blog when you feel so unsettled.  These past 8 months (OUCH!  That is an embarrassing amount of time to be absent from here) have been crazy. Well I say that, but it’s been more like a 'hurry up and wait' situation.  You know, when you have so much to do, but you are still anticipating much more to come.  Since I last blogged, in April, I finally learned how to style straight across bangs, then decided to grow them out again, changed my position at work, moved back to Georgia, started the whole work from home thing, started traveling for work, found/bought our first home, and lived at my parents for four months as we waited to move in, learned to crochet.  I have been meaning to start blogging for awhile, but I never knew what to say, after such a long break.  There really is nothing to say, except, we have just been busy!  I started this blog, not really having a direction, and I still don’t really have a direction, but I am content with that.  Here are 3 photos from the past 8 month...haha.  It looks like I am out of space and need to upgrade my storage!! 

Trip to Charleston
First Crochet Scarf :)

Here is what I do know:
I want this place to chronicle the fun adventures Ryan and I have.
I want this to be a place where I put things I love (music, movies, food, clothes).
I want this to be a place I can share my faith. 

***I know that is a sad amount of pictures (been slacking on that as well).  You can follow me on instagram for, perhaps, a better view of my life lately.  Meredith Yackel…there’s only one of me!!

Much Love,


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Bangs

So I go the bangs...Pretty happy so far.  Lots of options.  My favorite would have to be my hair pulled back though.  

I will say they are a little tricky to style somedays.  It's pretty much hit or miss.  Any pointers?

Much Love,