Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Stitch Fix No 18 {and a fun new announcement from Stitch Fix HQ}


 First let me say,  this isn't the fix I was all excited about the other day when I posted a picture of the my beauteous teal box.  I'm once again behind on sharing my fixes with y'all.  THIS fix is number 18 and 19 combined.  I'm hoping to share Fix Numba Twentay  in a week or so with y'all.

And don't forget to check out the big news from Stitchfix at the bottom of the post too!  It's exciting!

Without further adu  here is Fix number 18 which arrived at my door in the beginning of January.


I've wearing three of the pieces that were in my fix in this pic:
1. This classy navy and white top. ( it's sheer...forgive me for not throwing on a cami underneath when I snapped these. yikes!)  I think it's gonna look so darling with my white linen pants and flip flops (that I intend to pull out soon).
2. This necklace.  Super simple and chic. It's silver and gold mixed so I can wear it with everything. And I love the length.
3. These jeans. I didn't like them at first.  In fact, I "check out" and had already "returned them" and then snapped these pics before throwing what I wasn't keeping back in the return envelope to mail later that day.  But after trying them on with stuff, I realized how super duper stretchy and comfortable they were. Plus so many of my jeans are distressed and full of holes.  This was a nice change. So I ended up emailing the customer service and telling them I wanted to keep them.

 Here I am the next day wearing them on the way to a party....


 ....for the sweetest and most beautiful 80 year old I know.  I wish everyone had a Mama Rob in their life.

Here I am in the jeans and necklace but with a different look.  This is what I wore to town the same day I did this little shoot.  Love the jeans and necklace.  The top is from my way back in my second fix and its still a favorite of mine.  The jacket was a gift from my mom who is one of the most stylish 70-somethings I know.   She bought herself one too and she rocks it way better than me. ( I believe she bought them at Target)


The last two pieces that were in my box were the things I decided not to keep.
4. This burgundy long sleeve top.  The back was open which was kinda neat. But it was short on me and my long torso.
5. This aztec sleeveless cardigan thingy.  Didn't care for the sleeveless part and I already have a sweater very similar to this.

So I popped these babies in the postage paid envelope and dropped then in the post office. Easy Peasy.


This last pic was snapped with my phone at 4:30 in the morning in the AIRPORT because I was about to catch my VERY FIRST FLIGHT to go be there for when MY GRANDAUGHTER was born! EEEP!  That is a whole other post in the works.

But I am wearing Stitchfix from head to toe and it was a Friday but I was too excited about all that was happening and forgot to post for Stitchfix Friday.  Y'all know about that right? Post a pic of you wearing your stitch fix on instagram and use the hashtag #stitchfixfriday and you could be chosen to win the $50 credit they give to someone each week!   Whoop Whoop!....Do it girl.

Anyways, here's my total stitch fix outfit:
  • My new necklace from this fix 
  • My jeans and sweater from my fix 15 
  • And the only thing I kept from Fix 19...this burgundy dolman sleeve knit top.  I love how my stylist builds upon the things that I have already kept from previous fixes.  I really love the way it looks by itself but it was a little cold that morning so I threw the sweater on top. Can't wait to wear this one too with my white linen pants and thinking it will be super cute with my white denim boyfriend jean too.  Hashtag hurry up Spring.


 Well there you go for fixes 18 & 19.  Now for the announcement I was telling you about!

Stitch Fix just got better!
Now introducing Maternity and Petites!
For you sweet pregnant mommas, you need to update your profile with your due date, let your stylist know what you are looking for and then she will take it from there and have you rocking that baby bump in no time!   You can read a little more about it here.


All of you sweet petite girls can read all about it here to get all the scoop on what this means for you!

I'm so excited about how they are expanding to reach the needs of more ladies. Who knows....maybe plus sizes will be next!  Hope so!

If you ready to take the plunge and give Stitchfix a try then just click the pic below and let's get started!  And as always, you can email me with any questions.  
honeyholden@gmail.com

                                                     

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Saying yes to the Ms Dots in your life



There is a hashtag going around on Instagram called #thestoriesofourhouses. My wise friend Lori (environmentsofgrace) started it to encourage us to share the memories attached to our houses, furniture and special pieces in our homes.  That is right up my alley because  pretty much all my stuff comes with a story.  The one I wanted to share about today was  apparently three sentences too long for Instagram  and there was nothing in the story I wanted to cut out so here I am.... forced to blog. lol.

Anyways, thank you for taking the time to pop over here to read it.  I pray it blesses you.  

Years ago when Nick was called to his first church, there was a sweet lady who lived in the community named Ms Dot. She and her husband were very active at a church in town where they had been members  for many years. I would stop by to visit them from time to time to check on them and was so drawn to Ms Dot's demeanor. She had a quiet spirit, the most inviting smile and always had a twinkle in her eye.

She would call me often to invite me to the ladies bible study that her church had each week and always mentioned it when I stopped to visit. But as a brand new pastor's wife with young children and demands of our own church activities, I would always decline her invitation. Ms Dot never gave up though and one day she caught me in a "weak" moment and I said yes.  Mad at myself for adding yet another thing to my over committed schedule, I begrudgingly kept my promise out of my respect for Ms Dot and went with her. 

 Well, that bible study turned out to be a game changer for my entire life. It was the first in-depth bible study I had ever done and God used it to ignite a flame and passion for His word that I had never experienced before. This became the foundation for all that I am and all that I am still becoming in Christ today!  I am forever grateful for Ms Dot's quiet tenacity and persistence to not give up on the young new preachers wife down the road.  

Now how do these peacocks fit into this story??  Well, a few years later Ms Dot's husband passed away and she decided to move into town to be closer to her church family. Our church bought her house and  it became our new parsonage. When we moved in, I found these little beauties in a box out in the shed that Ms Dot had made years ago.  They became instant treasures of mine...reminding me of Titus 2 & the role we as women of God, have to mentor and invest into the next generation whose coming behind us. 

"Tell older women to live their lives in a way that shows they are dedicated to God.  Tell then not to be gossips or addicted to alcohol, but to be examples of virtue.  In this way they will teach young women to show love to their husbands and children, to use good judgment, and to be morally pure, Also, tell them to teach young women to be homemakers, to be kind, and to place themselves under their husbands' authority.  Then no one can speak evil of God's word." Titus 2:3-5


Maybe you have a Ms Dot in your life that you have been putting off because life is just too busy to add one more thing. Girl, when you have a woman whose willing to make time to pour into you what God has taught her through the years from His Word along with her life experience, she is worth her weight in gold!  Make the time. You won't regret it.

 And maybe some of us are supposed to BE a Ms Dot to a young woman in our lives. Not only is that a privilege, it's a command for us in God's word. It's how we help make the Body of Christ beautiful and  powerful  and functioning the way God designed.  
Make the time.

#sayyestoyourMsDottoday #beaMsDot

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Gorilla and the Pig {repost and update}


Today is my big bro's birthday.   
There is so much I could say about him.   
If you know him personally then you know what I'm talking about.
He's a mess in the best kind of way.  
But this blog post from three years ago popped up on my Time Hop app and it made me smile reading it.
I thought I'd just share it again...it might make you smile too.


And....when you get to the end of the post, I share a recent funny story about the three of us and a few favorite updated pics of us.  :)

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This here is my big brother.
His name is Marvin and it's his birthday tomorrow.

Here he is trying to aggravate me...he still does this hand on my head thing.
When I was a little girl, he dubbed me with the nickname "Sow".
So I've been called that my entire life.
Except when he calls me, Sowpig, Swamp Sow (yeah..I dunno about that one, I guess cuz we're from Louisiana), Momma Sow, and my new favorite....Sow Maw, which he is trying desperately to get my grandkids to call me. 

He's not into my fab themed birthday parties I throw.
In fact, he told me this year they're stupid.
So I'm not gonna throw him a party this year. 
Nope. Not gonna do it.
Oh and he really hates that I take pictures all the time
He never cooperates.  
Like this, for instance...

and this..
Oh, and he REALLY hates when pics of him end up on my blog or on fb.
So PLEASE, don't tell him about this one ....
or this one..
 or this one.

Even though he can be a pain
He really is a great big brother.
I love him to pieces.
We usually laugh a bunch when we're together.






And I'm incredibly proud of him and how the Lord is using him.
I mean, everyone who is saved by God's grace is transformed,
but some of our transformations are a little more outwardly noticeable.
Like my brother for instance.
This is before Jesus interrupted his life...
He used to be a high school drop out drug addict.

And this is what God did...
He went from being a high school drop out to seminary graduate.
He delivered him, transformed him, and then called him into the ministry.
That is what grace looks like.

His passion for people and desire to see them know Jesus inspires me.
Don't tell him, but I think he's one of the most awesome guys I know.
We tease each other a lot but I'm so proud I'm his sister and he's my big brother.






Oh....and about the title "The Gorilla and the Pig"...
Well I've had to live my entire life being called Sow right?
So.... when the Lord blessed me with grandchildren, I taught them to call him Gorilla!
And they do!




Ahhh...revenge is so sweet.

Happy Birthday Gorilla!
This little pig loves you :)
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The pic below is my all time favorite picture of him.  It was taken when we he and Nick both preached at the Louisiana Evangelism Conference last year.  I snapped this as we were walking in the building and was just overwhelmed thinking about our lives and how the Lord has changed us... our family.  
Just him. By himself armed with God's word.  Step after step,  day after day,  year after year sharing the gospel, spreading hope, bringing truth to those who are still in darkness like we once were.
I need to frame this I love it so much.

I cry almost every time I get to hear him preach.
God changes lives people.  He transforms marriages. This guy right here is living proof.
 I'm literally in tears as I type this thinking about what all He has done in Marvin's life.  In our family.  It's so good to remember.


But I promised you a funny story before I go.  It's probably funnier to our family than it will be to y'all. But anyways, here goes. 
The older I get my girls keep telling me how much I look/act like Marvin.  I usually tell them they are crazy but honestly there are times I will say something or make a face and I totally know it was a "Marvin Moment".  After being in denial of our obvious similarities, it was a trip to our favorite Chinese restaurant a couple of months ago that made me face reality.  

We had a new waitress that none of us knew.  She was Asian and spoke very little English.  Our mom was down visiting and we were all at the table together along with Ms Dianne, Marvin's wife/Nick's mom. (yeah, you read that right. You can check out our crazy, wonderful, grace covered family tree here)

Anyways, this waitress takes our order and then starts patting her face with her hands saying, "Same same."  We were so confused and had no idea what she was talking about so we told her what we wanted to drink again.  And she shook here head and again said. "Same same" , while she patted her face.  Then she kept saying it over and over while pointing to me, Marvin and my mom.  Finally Ms Dianne starts dying laughing and says, "She's trying to tell y'all that the three of you all look the same!"  Well, when the waitress heard that, her eyes lit up and she nodded her head..."Same same!! Same same!"     She was so fascinated with us that a little later, she even came back with another lady, who also spoke little English, to point us out to her!  

I don't know if it's our beady eyes, laugh lines or big mouths but apparently to this total stranger thought we looked....

"Same same."
And I guess I'm okay with that after all.

Happy Birthday Gorilla! I love you more than you know.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Becoming | The Unfolding of You



I've had the pleasure of meeting some pretty incredible women in my life.  And when the Lord placed Jeanne Oliver in my small group last year at Hope Spoken, I had no idea of the sweet friendship that He had just birthed in my heart.

I admire Jeanne for so many reasons.  But what encourages and inspires me most is her love to equip and encourage people to be more.  To become more.  To dream big and then take the steps to make it happen.  I am so blessed to call her my friend and to have her believe in the things the Lord is at work doing in my life and in the life of my family.

When she asked me to be a part of her new video series she would be offering I was so humbled and honored.  She has gathered a vast variety of women all in different stages of life, all with different stories to share about what we are becoming in Christ....The Unfolding of You.



You can check out Jeanne's blog post here that tells all about the course and how it came about.

Here are the incredible women I am joining as we share our hearts with honesty and transparency, as we continue to grow in grace in the journeys the Lord has us all on.



Now, the one thing I am NOT becoming yet is efficient when it comes to time management!  I am such a horrible procrastinator.  Like terrible.   I should have already shared this with y'all forever and ago.  Please forgive me. The course has already begun but it is one you can jump in at any time and watch the videos at your own convenience.  SO... I hope you take advantage of this incredible opportunity.  Jeanne is offering this entire course FREE!  There has been so much work that has gone into it.  I know it will be a blessing to you.  As of right now there are over 5,000 ladies signed up for this series!  WHAT??  God is doing big things and spreading His truth in ways we could have never imagined.  I hope you join us!

AND.....today is the day that my video airs.  Gulp.  I ain't gonna lie.  I'm a little nervous to go watch it myself.  Long story short, and I share a little bit about this in the video, I had a nice polished version of what I was gonna share.  Nick worked the camera.  I looked adorable...as in my hair was washed and I had on fresh makeup.  It all looked great.  But I didn't have a peace about what I shared.  The Lord just wouldn't let it go.  So what y'all will get to see is the raw version right after my morning quiet time with the Lord when I decided to record it all over again and throw my notes out the window and just share my heart.  I fluffed up the front of my hair,  touched up  yesterday's make up, threw on a shirt and sat there in my pajama bottoms all by myself and let it flow.   It's not polished. It's not perfect.  It's certainly not professional. But it's honest and its real and it's where the Lord is using me right now in this season of my life.  

The creative video was just gonna be me and Lydia singing together while Marcus played  his guitar for us but it kind of evolved and I ended up giving y'all a glimpse into Porterville Night.   I wasn't planning on that.  We were gonna be shooting basically just in the living room but ended up in the kitchen....which was a mess.  I still had dishes on the counter and pots on the stove from the day before and here I am in there shooting a video that over 5,000 will potentially be watching.   I should be mortified about that but I'm really not.  It's me.  It's who I am.  More than likely if you pop in to visit, your'e gonna find dishes in the sink and projects sitting on the counter.  

For those of you who are fans of Lydia and Marcus sharing their 15 second teasers of them singing on instagram, I have them singing an entire song!  I kinda feel like a caught a unicorn or something.  You might want to sign up just to watch that.

SO.  I hope you join me.  I pray the Lord uses something that is said over this 8 week course to encourage and equip you on your own journey.  The body of Christ is such a gift and I'm thankful foe these ladies opening up their lives to us.

Here's all the info you need to sign up and get started.


Directions to register:
To join this free study you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com(registering is free).


Once you are on the site you will find this study, free videos (business and art), my Creativity Takes Courage series and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.



You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.



To register for Becoming | The Unfolding of You



1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page



2) Go to the bottom of the course and click “view all” to find Becoming | The Unfolding of You



4) Click on Becoming | The Unfolding of You



3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side



4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set for the study to begin on January 6, 2015





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