Friday, July 29, 2011

A big reveal is coming...

This is me today guys. Well, really this is me for the next few days! My computer and a cup of tea will be my companions at all times, and my fingers just might be numb from typing by the end of this weekend! I have something very exciting to reveal this Monday, but it still needs a lot of work first! Just to give you a little insight, me and a few other people have been working on this project since March. It's been a long journey but we are almost ready to launch! I am beyond excited.

I would greatly appreciate your prayers as I finish a few last things. I am really praying that God uses this in a powerful way.

Stay tuned for the exciting reveal on Monday!!!!

PS: Don't forget to think about sponsoring my blog for August! Each sponsor will help me get to Ethiopia!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sponsor for Ethiopia

All sponsorships go towards my trip to Ethiopia.

I have finally decided to accept sponsorships for The Blair Affairs. I am very excited to promote your blogs, etsy shops, and photography sites. I am thankful for how this blog has grown in the past few months and I want to use it to glorify Jesus, not only by what I write but now in sponsorships. Even after my trip, I plan on using my sponsorships for missions around the world.

Each sponsor will get a spot like the one below, and a summary post.

Contact me for more details at

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I'm a mountain woman

Do you ever feel so immersed in the beauty of nature that it takes you to a dreamy sort of state? On our vacation I almost felt like I could inhale the mountains with the breeze. I don't think I could ever become so accustom to the sound of a babbling brook or a cascading waterfall that I didn't take a few moments to soak in the beauty and peacefulness. Sure, I love the beach but there is just something about the mountains that leaves me so refreshed and so in awe of the Creator.

One thing is for sure, I'm a mountain kind of gal. After this vacation I'm convinced we should move to the mountains. This summer has flown by so quickly (can I get an amen?) and this trip was just what we needed. I needed to clear my head with the cooler air. I needed to hike a mountain to reach a waterfall. I needed to simply be still, instead of always on the go. Everything I needed to do was left behind and I took the time to be free with the ones I love.

Jonathan's Dad's side of the family goes to the same spot Smokey Mountains and now I see why! I hope we can make this our family's summer tradition!

What about you guys? Are you a mountain or a beach person?

Oh, stay tuned for our our mountain trek to a gorgeous waterfall!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Now Availible at Eagle Eye Outfitters!

Guess what?

You can now find my braided fabric headbands at Eagle Eye Outfitters! (For local readers)

Just look for this basket!

If you aren't local, you can always order online through PayPal!

Disclamer: You can donate as much as you'd like (which is why it says donate), but the headbands are a minimum of $20. I will not send a headband for under $20. Thanks!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Faith Spotlight: The Soul Anchor

Hey guys! I am very excited about today's post! Scout from The Soul Anchor is here today to share her heart. She always has very heart-felt posts. Though I haven't met her, I can really see her heart for Jesus through what she writes. It is really neat that she chose to talk about this topic, because God has really been convicting my heart of the same thing. If you read anything on my blog this week, please read this!

Hello everyone!  I am so honored to speak to you through Jennifer's "Faith Spotlight!"  I've loved reading the words of other women, and hopefully I can be a blessing to someone as well.  The things God teaches us are so individual and personalized, and I love that God works within each of us in the unique ways that we need.  I wanted to share with you one of the biggest lessons God has been teaching me this past year.  It's a lesson I'm still learning in new and developing ways.  I hope I never stop exploring this lesson either!

God has really molded my heart in the area of generosity.  If you look through the stories and words of wisdom all throughout the Bible, God is a HUGE fan of giving, of serving others, and of people who have a generous spirit.  There's a lot of examples I could point to, but I think the most famous verse is still the best:

"So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver."  2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV)

To be honest, I used to be a pretty selfish person.  While I was a child, my parent's made me tithe 10% of my allowance, and I did so very grudgingly.  When I was young and I needed to buy birthday presents for a friend, I always wanted to keep the gift myself -- or at least buy something in addition for me too!  Growing up, I was always thinking about me, me, me.  When I got older and could be more responsible for myself, I stopped tithing.  I was kind towards people, but I was in no way truly generous.  But then, last year, I went through some very huge events full of trials and heartache.  Last year, I was stripped of almost everything I had.  Literally.  I lost the place I was living in and I began staying with friends and eventually my parents because I had nowhere else to go.  A mere two weeks after I had to leave my home, I lost my job.  I was unemployed, no place of my own, and hardly any possessions.  I had my car, my clothes, and my cat.  That was about it. 

It was then that I truly experienced the generosity of others.  People and then my parents let me stay with them out of the goodness of their heart, gifts came from unexpected places, and bills that I had no money for were somehow paid.  My dear friend, Laura, told me this saying that I will never forget:  "When you're in need -- give."  That thought rooted deep within my heart, and I decided to try it.  I had less than $20.00 in my bank account, but I went to the store and bought a $5.00 Starbucks gift card and a .99 Hallmark card, and in it, I wrote a note saying that the person who found this gift card is a valuable person, loved, and greatly cherished.  I didn't sign the card, and I left it randomly in the mall food court for someone to find.  And then I walked away and never saw who found the giftcard, but that was the point.  That was the beginning of the Lord teaching me that to be truly blessed, I must be willing to be a blessing to others.

Over the course of the next few months and into the following year, God taught me many lessons about the blessing of tithing and investing in the community I call my church, of picking up the tab for a friend at the cafe who you know is struggling and seeing the relief in their eyes, and of ways to be generous outside of money as well.  I have learned about the generosity of my prayers -- not focusing so much on my needs and my hurts, but of raising the name of others before God as well, of taking the time to volunteer and help out someone who needs it.  Whether it be mowing the neighbors lawn, taking the elderly lady across the street grocery shopping, watching the kids so a tired mom and dad can have a night out, or helping a teenager become more confident in their schoolwork, there are SO many ways that we can demonstrate a generous spirit. 

God asks us to be a cheerful giver -- he doesn't want us to give of our money, our time, or our efforts because we feel we HAVE to.  He wants it to be the joy of our hearts, and I can totally see why!  When you give freely of whatever you have to offer, you are opening yourself up to others.  When you give something up for someone, you become vulnerable.  In the same way, when you're willing to receive from another, you are opening yourself up to vulnerability as well.  Creating this space between two people opens the doors for love, for compassion, for an increased sense of community, and a common experience of blessing each other.  People who have generous spirits draw closer to each other, and those who are generous in the name of Christ also draw closer to the heart of God as a result.  I think it is beautiful that the word "charity" also means "love," and they should truly be thought of as one and the same.  To give cheerfully is to learn to love others, to validate their worth as fellow human beings, to acknowledge the interdependence that exists between communities, and to focus on the fact that what we have it not our own anyway.  All that we have is a gift and a blessing from God, and the best way that we can say "thank you" to him is to pass it on and be a blessing to others in His name.


Please check out her blog! You will be greatly encouraged by this beautiful young woman!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

We're headed...

...on vacation!!!

Can you guess where we are going? If you said the smokey mountains, then you were right! I haven't been to the mountains in years, so I'm so excited. Hiking, white water rafting, sleeping, exploring, spending time with family and just chilling out are all on the adgenda. Wahoo!!!

See all you lovely soon! What do you lovlies have in store for the weekend?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A little beach celebration

A few weekends ago, me and a few of my friends went to spend the day at the beach. We were celebrating my friend Leigh's upcoming marriage. In fact, she is getting married this weekend! How wonderful.

It was a perfect day of relaxation! We ate a little lunch, talked, walked, looked at magazines, read and took a dip in the ocean. The waves were very strong that day though! I almost lost my beloved fedora...I found it but it is beyond fixing. (Sad day.) A few of the girls lost their sunglasses to the tumult of the waves as well. All in all, it was wonderful to be with the girls for a day. Everyone lady need a girl day once in a while!

Oh I almost forgot! (Cue funny story.) The night before this little celebration, I broke out in a weird rash on my lip. It's happened to me before and it was horrible. My lips were one huge rash. Pleasant, I know. Anyway, my sister and I got up at 6 to get ready and make it to minute clinic guy that Saturday. We finally found one after riding around town forever. Stupid me failed to remember that I would need a shot in the butt, and wore a one-piece! Ha! The poor (male) nurse! I said, "Um, I am going to have to change!" Ha! When he came back in my sister and I had changed suits and outfits! So funny. We laughed about that forever!

Anyway, I know Leigh will be a beautiful bride this Saturday! I hate to miss such a God-honoring and gorgeous wedding, but we are headed out of town. (I will reveal Friday. Bonos points if you guess where!)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

WIRED Week 2011

Well, this past week was simply amazing. I've been holding off on writing about it so that I could process all that happened. I still can't adequately explain everything, but here it goes! Basically WIRED week is about bringing the local church together to serve and worship in unity. We had 40 something youth groups and over 1000 kids. Everyone stayed at host churches in the area (one of them is our church) at night, and during the day we came together for worship, Bible study and serving the community through various mission projects. Believe me, it's awesome.
Our worship band for the week was DecembeRadio. Let me tell you, they are one talented group of people! Cody Deese was the speaker and man, he brought it! He certainly wasn't afraid to say what needed to be said!
The theme was "Under Siege" and it was all about spiritual warfare. It's kind of funny because one night the power went out completely. It was hot and dark but we still had worship!
My sweet sister also came into town for the week to help with a VBS track group, and also to keep me company while my husband did all his assistant camp director things. He basically lived at the church for 3 joke.

I was also able to help at this booth! We sold these bracelets to raise money to build safe houses for victims of sex trafficking. This is the group I will be going to Ethiopia with this fall!

Speaking of Ethiopia, you should check out my vintage-inspired headbands that I'm selling to raise money for the trip!

Everyday, I helped deliver lunches to sites. For the first 2 years of WIRED I served as a track kind of made me miss it.
It was so good have my sister here all week! She is the sweetest girl ever and I'm so glad to call her my family! She was good to wear my headbands a lot to help me promote them...and of course, I wore them too!
By the end of the week there were over 150 people who committed their lived to Christ. And that was just from the WIRED participants! There were lots more at our sites! It is so neat to be a part of a generation who is rising up to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We aren't content with doing things simply because they've always been done that way. We are questioning. We are trying to make our lives line up with scripture, not tradition. I can't wait to see what the church will look like in the future. I have great hope!

WIRED Week, I will see you next year!


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