Wednesday, April 2, 2014

hello, april.



drinking coffee out of my cute new texas mug. i'll show you a picture soon, don't worry. 

appreciating road trips and the inspiration they bring.
watching stuff on my laptop because i got rid of my tv last month. (not missing it at all.) 

laughing at the fact that we went rollerskating last night. i busted. you're welcome. 
eating green chili hummus. i mean. one thousand times, yes. 
dreaming about the glampout. pretty much constantly. have you signed up yet? 

waiting is not my jam. but it's the story of my life right now.
planning is also not my jam. 
sleeping is always easier in the morning than at night. 
brainstorming new blog topics. geek, huh? 
wearing tassel necklaces on the daily. and maxi skirts are making a comeback in my wardrobe. #notjustforafrica
making some purging efforts. 

remembering to oil pull most days.
feeling excited for the new inspiration that comes with a new season.
getting the farmhouse ready for some guests next week:) 
loving the old dresser i recently updated.
listening sufjan steven's casimir pulaski day on repeat. and then i proceed to cry every time because it's so sad and perfectly beautiful. 
enjoying taxes. april fools. 

thankful for the friends in my life who speak life to me. and get mad at me for my self deprecating humor. you know who you are. :) 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Today is 41 Day!



Hi friends! Today I wanted to share a little with you about No.41. Maybe you caught that I said I lived in Rwanda last year, and No.41 is why. It's a sewing school, founded by my friend Tara. We took girls (in their early 20's) from the orphanage and local village and taught them the culturally relevant trade of sewing. They make bags, we call our Signature Bags- and now they've expanded into making aprons and Christmas stockings, with some other exciting things in the works:) The profits from their sales go back to them, and also fund a feeding program in our local village. I wrote more about it here, but honestly couldn't process it though words last year, but those are some of the photos I took the day our program started. We thought we would be feeding 250 kids when the whole thing was just starting out- but it kept growing. The day of feeding- it became 870 kids. Today, we're at over 1,100 children who are getting a hot, healthy lunch. (And let me say, it's pretty delicious too. One of our sweet cooks makes sure we eat as well!) 

Today, 41 day is about fasting for the 1,100 children in Rwanda who are eating and would have otherwise gone without. I'm not sure that's even something we can fathom here in the states. Today is about praying (if you're the praying type) for Him to turn our fishes and loaves into full bellies for another year. (And then some..!) 

I know not everyone can GO right now. (Believe me, I'm tying this through tears of the fact that I'm not there right now.) But there are so many ways you can get involved. 

Donate the price of lunch you'd be having today. (25 cents feeds one meal. Yes, really. Skip your $10 lunch and feed 40 meals! Or "take your coworkers out" and donate the price you'd be paying for that meal.) 

Purchase a bag or apron. Our feed bags feed 240 meals, which is the price to feed a student for an entire year, and also provides a sustainable wage for our sweet ladies

Sponsor a child for a year. $60 covers one student eating a hot, healthy lunch for one full year. 

Contact tara@no41.org for more information on how you can be a campus rep or hold a trunk show. And of course, feel free to email me if you have any other questions at all! (alisonholcomb1@gmail.com)  

Let's feed some kids today!!! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

freeway


a few friends and i started the bible study, freeway and we are about halfway through it. here's a little bit more info about it.. if i'm being honest- it's totally been kicking my butt. in a scary way. things have been brought up from the past that i need to deal with and truly get free of- and it's been hard, but it is so.. exciting. i'm ready for the change and weight to be free and gone, and so pumped to see where He's taking me. i am also thankful i have these sweet friends to walk through it with. i'll share another review at the end, and i won't be so vague. but if you're looking for a study to do with your friends, this is it.


just a few of the group! love these girls. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

the beloved society

oh, my.

have i even told yall about the goodness of the beloved society? my friend beth and i started it at the very end of january, and it's been such a fun adventure already and i would love it if you would follow along over there!


we just announced our royal daughter's glampout that will be happening in august, and we are beyond excited about it. we will be glamping in tipis, tents, campers.. whatever you want to bring! bring a group of friends and head to fredericksburg, tx to hang out for a weekend filled with digging into the word together, worship, new friends, yummy food, good wine, campfires and s'mores. it's going to be crazy beautiful, friends. and i can't wait to see y'all there! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

empower// my word this year.

i know i'm a little late to the game, but i wanted to share my word for this year. god has put the word empower on my heart for months now. and seriously i feel like it has come up everywhere, and been reiterated to me in so many places already. when he first put it on my heart, i was like- hey god.. isn't this what we were doing last year? cause you know i have to question everything apparently. and then.. guess what? .. he totally showed me what it was about.

empower bracelet from the shine project 

for years, i was a young life leader.. 10 if we are counting. i walked along side so many precious girls, and loved on them, poured into them the best i could, and above everything- my goal was to show them that they are adored, loved and valued by our heavenly father in such a huge way. somewhere in the mix, i have felt women especially need to know these truths. when i got home from africa in july, i started noticing that women- no matter if they're in america or africa are so dang busy. not all the time, but lots of the time, they go under the radar and they are undervalued. and they are so dang tired. it hurts my heart, and makes me want to look every woman in the eye and tell her... you are lovely. you have value. and your to do list most definitely doesn't have to be completely checked off in order for you to hold that value.

in december, i was telling wynne and jenna about this during our baking day, where wynne encouraged me to reach out to beth and tell her what was on my heart. i just knew she would think i was a complete weirdo for writing an email containing run on sentences and a little of my messy heart. guess what? she didn't. instead, she sent me a photo of a painting and said that god had inspired her to paint of me. and then she sent me a picture of it.. and then i cried a little.. not just because it was incredible and she's clearly super talented, but because he was definitely up to something.


since then, it's been awesome and somewhat crazy to see what he has already done since placing this word on my heart. in just one month from the first email with beth, we started a blog, called the beloved society that we hope will speak life into women. and, in a few months- we will add something else to the mix that we are super excited about. cause clearly he's doing something through all of this.

my challenge for you is that you will take a few minutes out of your day today and spend some time alone with him. ask him to reveal some beauty and truth and start weeding out some of the ugliness around your heart that makes you believe the lies that you're not valuable. it will be hard.. i get it. and you'll have to be vulnerable, but it will be worth it. as a girl who has listened to the lies and struggled for years with insecurity and believed i have no self worth for years (years, people!!!) let's decide to declare that OVER and done with, friends.

you are altogether beautiful my love; there is no flaw in you. // song of solomon 4:7

Monday, February 10, 2014

37k in 37 days// the stepan family

let me introduce you to my friends, the stepans.


sarah and i met through a mutual friend, and she hasn't been able to get rid of me since. we both think it's kinda funny that we hadn't had a chance to get to know each other very well before i moved to rwanda, but somehow god totally wanted our friendship to work, because we actually became really close when i was there. when i came back, she was there with the group to greet me at the airport. i've so enjoyed getting to know sarah's heart and her sweet family. something i admire about them that i've experienced are that they are prayerful and so dang intentional about decisions.. and really, just about life.

the stepans met the boy they're in the process of adopting when our friends, the harpers hosted him for the summer from china. the stepans fell in love with him, and started intentionally praying for what is happening now. we are so excited for their family, and can't wait for yuan li to be here!!

Please consider being a part of the Stepan's adoption story. This is an amazing family, with amazing hearts & an incredible love for God. Let's get this little man home so he can get the medical care he needs & join his FOREVER Family!


*****CLICK HERE***** 
to read the next chapter of this sweet boys story
and DONATE to the Stepan Family Adoption

You can follow their blog over at:

sarahstepan.com/blog

**If you are in the Midland/Odessa area, Sarah is an amazing photographer & is doing sessions to help raise money for their adoption.**

Book your session soon
& get your 
family, senior, baby, spring photos taken!

PHOTO SESSION CHALLENGE


to schedule email her at: 
sarah@sarahstepan.com



"And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me 
~Matthew 18:5

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

UPDATE on the gully family adoption//12k in 12 days!

i've been in such a slacker land that i didn't even update the excitement of the gully family adoption! i can't even get over how God totally provided for their family, and how people in our community and online blessed them in such an incredible way!


so this is totally stolen from wendy and wynne's blogs, but..

December 16th was day 12 of the Gully Family Adoption Fundraiser. Two weeks ago 5 dreamer girls got together and prayed & believed that God did not want this family to walk this road alone, that God wanted a community to come alongside this family and LOVE them in a HUGE way. After 12 days this family’s adoption has been “FULLY FUNDED.” This local & online community has blessed this family above and beyond what they ever could have imagined and we thank God for speaking to so many giving hearts. Please continue to cover this family in prayer as their adoption of these 6 girls is finalized. We are thankful for them allowing us ALL to be a part of their story.
yes yall!  FUNDED! yall, they received more than they thought they needed….but it’s looking like it was JUST what the needed for now.  [the process might take longer than expected, so they might STILL be believing for exactly what they need in the future] God has provided more than we could have asked or imagined.  He knows every need, and every turn, and He provides!  If you are in the process of adopting, and you are scared [re: all of us!] put your trust in the Lord!  Look to Him, Seek Him, Ask Him.  He is with you and for you!  I am just thankful He brings other people along into the story in a way only He can.
This was a little note from Jody….
Dear friends,
We were so overwhelmed with everyone’s response to our adoption news. Your prayers, words of encouragement, financial generosity, and friendship have blessed us tremendously over the years. We had such a difficult time sharing our story and putting so much out there and yet the response was so uplifting. Thank you for walking through this with us. It has taken so many people to help us on this journey over the years and we could have never done this alone. Love, Mike and Jody
get ready, because we have another local family the “dreamer dreamer” girls are about to blast out!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

hello, february.


drinking lots of coffee. 

appreciating sweet words from fabulous friends who do life with me and love me so well. 
watching the OC. had a little marathon since it was SNOWING this weekend! seth cohen, i've missed you.

laughing about the photo above on a somewhat daily basis. (more about our marfa/alpine trip soon!) 
eating clean..er. (this is a hard one for me.) my dad had triple bypass last month, and his doctor has inspired him to go vegan. he's recruiting a team of us to help with that.. i even made vegan cupcakes for his birthday. (well, supervised my favorite vegan jenna while she made them!) 
dreaming about an outdoor dinner party. 

waiting for christmas. or like 1,000 other life events. 
planning fun posts with beth for our new collaboration blog, the beloved society. i totally biased, but it's dreamy. 
opening old journals. 
sleeping hard. 
brainstorming for a little beginner's photo class my lovely friend sarah and i are trying out. 
wearing these sweats from old navy. and also, colored jeggings from pink tumbleweed
making plans for a DIY collaboration with an awesome company that found this little space. (luckily they're forgiving the fact that i haven't blogged since november!) 

remembering the inspiration that followed our fabulous marfa trip. ready for a creative little season. 
feeling happy in the fact that february is way less crazy than january already. i feel like it was that way for everyone i know! just crazy. 
getting a package together for my favorite rwandans! 
loving that i get to fully participate in girl scout cookie season this year. (scratch what i said up there ^ for now.) 
listening to gungor. we went to their concert last night, and i can't even get over how inspiring it was. 
reading nothing. i wish i would be inspired to start reading again.
enjoying the 70 degree weather, then being traumatized with the snow. 

thankful for my people and the way they love me.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

baking day


jenna + wynne and i had a little baking day last week. baking day in my heart was more like- share your heart, your new dreams, laugh a lot and drink so much coffee you get the shakes day. i'm not a big baker. my sister and mom are both fabulous in the kitchen, so i would rather stage their ingredients to make them look pretty and take pictures of the process and let them do their thing:) i didn't get that chance last week.


okay, maybe i did. but i had to do the actual baking thing as well. our morning was so wonderful. christmas season gets a little stressful, and you tend to have a list going that's a mile long at all times. we were lucky to have had this little morning together to leisurely make our goodies, and chat our hearts out. life is so much better with random little baking days with your good friends, even if you're not a baker.. i promise:)


i made graham cracker toffee, and super easy it was amazing! i'm actually ready for another baking day:) feel free to share your recipes or fun friend traditions with us! xo.