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Photo-73Hello beautiful friends! I’ve been taking a long hard look at my (lack of) blogging schedule this summer, and am working on planning some fun posts as we head into the fall. But for now, I thought I would share some fun, random facts about myself to say hey and introduce myself a little more, and also just because. It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these posts. You can read the last one here.

1. I hadn’t been to Starbucks in over two years, and I have now gone twice in the past week, and it really bums me out. Small town coffee shops win! Also, I used to work for Starbucks.

2. I could eat pickled ginger all day every day.

3. I moved into my house last November, and I’m slowly realizing that I’m decorating the entire thing with Scripture prints. I happen to love it–truths declared all over my house. I sometimes wonder if it’s a little like walking through a museum of Bible prints, but I also hope that it’s kind of like walking through a museum of Bible prints. Lindsay Letters is my girl!

4. I check behind every door before I go to bed because I’m paranoid like that. And every time I think to myself what I would actually do if I found someone behind the door. I still don’t know.

5. I just (as in the last two days) had my bedroom painted the same exact color of my childhood bedroom. I was ready for a fun change and to personalize my bedroom, and found literally the same color once again. When I walked into the room at the end of the day to see how it turned out, I cried.

6. I currently cannot stop watching “Parenthood” on Netflix. I don’t know where I was at when it was actually on the air, but it so good! And whoever decided I should have Netflix was not very smart (ahem, me!).

7. I have a list on my phone of all the countries and places that I want to go to. Feeling the travel bug like CRAZY lately.

8. I constantly reread books that I love. I’ve been told that is weird. But they are so good.

9. Growing up, we had just one full bathroom in the house. Whenever I would get out of the shower and the bathroom was all steamy, I’d write different Scriptures on the bathroom mirror before the steam would disappear. Evangelism at its finest, folks!

10. I love listening to worship music in the car. Sometimes I just get so into and passionate about it, I wonder what it looks like when people pass me and I have one hand raised up in the air (and the other on the steering wheel of course). Which is kind of funny because I’m not much of a hand-raiser in church. Also, I drive with my knees a lot and not my hands, which really has nothing to do with this, except it frees up both hands and probably isn’t safe.

What are some of your random quirks? I’ve been learning so much about celebrating these little idiosyncrasies of mine that just make me unique and make me me. Sometimes I find myself shaking my head at myself at different times. You ever have those moments? But then I remember that God knew all of these little things about me before He even made me. And when He makes His people, He calls it good.

  1. Ashley

    August 18th, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Number 10. That’s me too! Although, I’m totally a hand raiser-sway back and forth-really into the music kind of worshipper outside of my car too!

    I just realized that I haven’t been to starbucks in 2 weeks and that is a record from me. After returning from Rwanda and feeling the call to go back full time I have been doing almost everything I can to try and save money and the first thing to go was my starbucks habit. Go Jesus cause kicking that habit I thought would be hard but it wasn’t.

    Also, we were chatting before on one of your posts about the Christy Miller series. Did you read the one that just came out?! SO GOOD. And so weird to have them set in the now.

  2. Kelly

    August 18th, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Hi Ashley!!

    Rwanda?! I want to hear about that! Please let me know how I can be praying for you.

    And no, I have not read it yet!!!! I have the feeling that it will be in my mailbox today. I am reading the one before it right now because I will always read these books over again 🙂 So glad that you loved it!! And yes, it is so weird that they’re now set in our present time, like they have made the transition with us. I love it! It makes them feel like my real life friends, and also because I used to live right at Newport Beach and now live in another place that is mentioned all the time in these books! So funny! Makes me want to find another Todd on the beach! Here’s hoping!!

  3. Ashley

    August 19th, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Rwanda. There are a million words but I still struggle with getting them out fully. Travelling there a few weeks ago changed my life. I have known since I was little that the continent of Africa had captured a piece of my heart even though I had never been there. I felt the Lord tell me at a young age that I was going to be a missionary. Long story short I end up on this trip to Rwanda and it was like all at once I knew, knew that everything I had ever wanted in life, everything that I have ever asked for, every desire, every dream was this. This beautiful country that stole my heart with its beautiful people and gorgeous scenery. I prayed so hard for clarity on this trip and that the Lord would help me figure out my next step. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it because Rwanda is a dream. And it’s crazy that this dream I’ve had since I was 6 years old is coming to life before my eyes. I don’t know exactly what I will be doing yet (I mean I have this even bigger-than-me dream of starting an organization that will essentially help keep families together by helping teach a skill to the parents and the goal would be for it to help employ local people to do the teaching etc), I just know that as the Lord keeps opening doors in front of me I will keep faithfully walking through them. I have absolute peace about ending up there long term. Right now it’s a time thing because I am in some debt from foolish decisions I made.

    But it’s crazy and awesome and all totally Jesus. I’m on board though. And ready.

    Yay! I hope it is in your mailbox (yesterday.) I haven’t read the newer ones more than once but I devoured the Christy Miller series and the ones after. Sooooo good.. That’s so awesome, I’ve never been to Newport Beach or Hana (but I put Hana on my bucket list after seeing your post). It was just interesting because in the book Todd reads from the Bible App on his phone and it got me thinking about the older books and how that wasn’t even a thing then!! 😛

  4. Kelly

    August 19th, 2015 at 10:46 am

    This was just such a blessing to read, I have to tell you that! It is amazing to me how greatly God works, and that this is something that He is calling you to! I love how He works in each and every one of us so intricately and intimately. How He brings dreams to life in ways so much bigger than we ever dared to dream. I am so excited about all of this for you, and will be praying for you as well. In His perfect timing and will, He will bring you back. I’ve been constantly coming back to Ephesians 3:20 lately where it says that God will do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever as or imagine. He is going to do that with you, friend! So blessed by your heart!

    Also, I totally want to visit! In the past few years, Africa has become a whole new dream to me. I feel like it is a place that I need to see so badly. Experience the wild ways of God in that place!

    This may sound totally out of nowhere, but would you like to share your story on my blog? I have done story features in the past, and am trying to line more up again to bring the feature back in the fall. I know your story would bless so many people, and also provide even more prayer support. If you’re interested! I know that you are processing so much, but if you feel like you want to share some pieces of your heart and testimony, I would so love to have you!!

    Also, no book yesterday. So sad! I pretty much sprinted to the mailbox last evening after finishing the book where they go to Africa for Katie’s wedding, convinced it would be there and that I could just continue from one book to the next, but no such luck! Hopefully today!! But so funny that Todd was reading for a Bible app. I remember when he didn’t even have a cell phone!

  5. Ashley

    August 19th, 2015 at 11:27 am

    YES! Such a wonderful verse! I agree with everything you said.. It is absolutely mind blowing that he gives us these dreams, he plants them in our hearts from the start and then all of the sudden it’s like we realize that it was there all along we just may had been too blind to see it. Thank you for being willing to pray for me! I am so appreciative of that and your beautiful encouragement. The Lord just keeps putting people in my life to encourage and support me. I have no doubts that all of this is of Him.

    I so encourage you to go! There are so many countries in Africa too, of course I’m quite biased to the one that holds my heart but I’ve also been to Liberia. Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia are all places that I want to travel to but I imagine it would be much easier once I’m living there since they’re all closer to Rwanda than Pennsylvania! 😛

    Really? That would be such an honor!! I would love love love to share my story on your blog. And I would love to gain more prayer support. That’s the most important thing in all of this. That and that Jesus would be glorified most.

    Hopefully it comes today! 🙂 The ones that have Katie and Eli in them are kind of my favorite. Although, Christy is still and always will be my favorite character of all! I know, right? Robin has such a beautiful way of telling these stories.

  6. Kelly

    August 20th, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Oh my goodness friend, you will absolutely be in my prayers! I can’t wait to hear more about the journey and what God does through you!

    And I would absolutely love to go to Africa! Kenya for some reason has always been at the top of my list. I’ve just known so many people who have gone and have followed so many people’s journeys, that I just have to go. I have to.

    Yayyy so excited for you to share your story! Here is the link to the post that kind of tells that details about it. Basically I give everyone the same interview questions (they are in the post) and ask for 3-5 photos to go with the feature (including a nice portrait so that people can put a face to a name). Also, share any social media accounts/website/anything you want people to be able to follow along with. I’ll share it on all of mine, and it will be a fun way for others to get to know a little bit more about your heart and pray for you throughout your journey. I can’t wait!!

    http://kellyhalsch.wpengine.com/uncoveringbeauty-share-your-story/

    And I have been STALKING my mailbox the past two days. Still not here! Reallllllly hoping today is the day. I need to read what is happening in Christy’s life! She’s one of my best friends!!

  7. Ashley

    August 24th, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you! I appreciate the prayer and the thoughts! 🙂 You’re such a sweetheart!

    I think that if it’s a desire the Lord has placed in your heart then he’ll make a way for you to go! I think I fell in love with Kenya through reading about Katie and her adventures there with Eli.

    When were you thinking you wanted me to have it done by? These next few weeks are crazy busy for me and I want to pray and give lots of thought into my answers. I mean I know it’s my story and I’ve lived it but I want to make sure I pour my heart into what I say. If any of that makes sense! Also, I need to get some new pictures taken of me! I’m excited to share!

    Did it come yet?!?!? And if it did, did you finish it already? 😉 I found all of my old Christy Miller books the other day. Back when they were sold individually. I decided that even though they were a huge part of my childhood (the paperback books) I need to try and sell them on eBay so that way I can have money to buy the Kindle versions. I figured I still love to read and reread them so it would make sense to have them on my Kindle so that way when I do move to Rwanda I can just take them with me! 🙂

  8. Kelly

    August 25th, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Friend!

    Sorry for the slow response–been hit with a bit of a stomach bug this week related to all my autoimmune problems.

    I want this to work on your timeline, so please don’t feel stressed to get anything to me! It looks like this whole series will be starting up mid-September, and I’m hoping to have some lined up ready to go before I officially start posting (and plan to post one every other week). If that works for you, or by the beginning of October, that would be great. But like I said, please don’t feel stressed! If you need more time, I completely understand! You can also email me at kelly@kellyhalsch.com to talk more (or if email is easier).

    And YES! I finally did read the book! It was sooooo good, although not at all what I was expecting! I think more than anything I’m sad that Doug and Tracy moved away. Everyone is gone! But it was such a great read, and I really hope that she continues writing more. I NEED to know where the story goes from here!!

  9. Ashley

    September 4th, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Hey there! I sent you an email in response to your last comment? Did you receive it!? If you did and just haven’t had a chance to respond that’s totally cool! I just wanted to make sure I sent it to the right place! 🙂

    Ashley

  10. Kelly

    September 7th, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I did get it! I’m so sorry, I have a ton going on. Will reply ASAP.

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