Wednesday, March 31, 2010

25 things

SO... I totally forgot about this from facebook , over a year ago, this little game was going around. I'm pretty sure that I was unemployed at the time and did one.. I thought it would be fun(ny) to share. I would say most are still true. Not sure if I would still pick all of them as 25 things.. maybe there is no order and never was but here are: 25 Random Things (about me from 1 year ago):

1. I have the most amazing God who has made me and my life what it is today. The amount of things I have experienced because of Him is unreal. I have met amazing people, been changed and felt His unfailing love. My goal everyday is to strive to serve Him and pursue growth in my life.

2. I have a fiance who I fall more in love with everyday. Seriously. There is no other explanation of why we are together other than the Lord bringing us to one another when His timing was right. He makes me better and is my very best friend and most favorite.

3. I think that my sister is the coolest girl I know, I want to be more like her. I love when we get referred to as the "Reilly sisters" or something of the like.

4. I believe that singing at the top of my lungs is the best cure for anything. My girlfriends and I in high school used to do this multiple times a month.

5. I can't imagine Brian and my kids going to any other high school than Sunset.

6. I have a fatty birthmark on my wrist.

7. I was born in New Jersey and often think about what my life would be like if we had not moved to Portland. I wish I had a Jersey accent and think that Glen Ridge/Montclair are some of the cutest towns I have ever known.

8. My sister and I are pretty convinced that my dad is in the Mafia and most all of his best friends in NYC are as well.

9. My dad was an Olympic fencer and my mom was a model in New York City-- Anna and I got nothin...

10. I lead Young Life at Sunset and I love my girls so much. If I was a junior in high school they would FOR SURE be my best friends. They are so rad.

11. My neighbors were my family. They moved away and I miss the amazing times we used to have as kids, I treasure all of them and will forever, and our fabulous summers playing outside until it was dark.

12. I think that my house is located in the most terrific place ever. In Cedar Mill, off of Burton with Hartung Lake in my backyard.

13. I am obsessed with all things having to do with water.

14. I HATE the cold and being cold more than anything.

15. I absolutely loved high school. Besides struggling being a teenager at times, I was so blessed with great friends, community, church...

16. My world was shattered when all of my best friends went to different states for college. Just recently in the last year have I been able to deal with change. I still wish sometimes it was senior year again and my friends and I were all together again.

17. I am still in love with Mary Kate and Ashley and wish I could be best friends with them,

18. My sister legitimately thinks that if Lamarcus Aldridge met her, he would want to marry her. I agree.

19. I keep things written on 4 calendars-- not because I will forget but I just want to be organized.

20. Making lists is my most favorite thing. Along with making collages

21. I think the magazine Real Simple will forever be 2nd to the Bible.

22. When I was little, the only thing I ate was rolls.

23. Relationships are my number one priority. My love language is quality time and God has placed MANY people in my life whom I love where that is not their love language...

24. Any night that I felt lonely in high school I would watch The Labyrinth by myself ... a Jim Hensen movie from the 80's starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. My sister and cousins and I adored it.. and still do.

25. I am absolutely obsessed with FRIENDS and wish that I lived that life with best friends like they do. I laugh out loud multiple times in each episode.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

2 things I love around my home

YAY I'm excited for another round..   I let my husband pick these this time because our house is messy and I didn't feel like picking up to get the things I love.

1.  This vase and flowers (not sure why exactly... he did inform me though that he hates this picture frame... good to know??)

2.  Our built-in shelving unit. We LOVE this. It's easy to decorate and change. Here it is right now for spring and also how we decorated for our first Christmas

What are 2 of your favorite things in your home? Be sure to link up here.  Thanks Kassi!


SISTER! Thanks for sharing this! Let's stop wasting our time saying FML and get some GMH!!!!

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the front

Right now, our house is white with green trim. We hated the color when we first moved in and for some reason have started to like it more? I think we are just fooling ourselves. We don't want to re-paint the entire house but would like to make some small changes. I found this on design sponge and thought it was gret! Just a little bit of a color change can make a hosue look so different. I love how they used the light aqua color along with the ... black? navy blue? (not sure what it is exactly..)

What colors would you reccomend to accent a white house??

Monday, March 29, 2010

i want to own this

{from here, saw them here}

my life's seasons

I've been wanting to document my life in scripture, Joy encourages me to do so, we always talk about our life verses or them verses, but what they really are seem to be season verses. I've decided to start putting them into order. We know how much scripture shapes our life situations. When we are struggling with anything though of this world we need to combat it with scripture (eph 6:17). At different points in my life where I have used different scripture, together they tell a little bit of a story of my life. Here it is so far: (will probably edit/add etc..) 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path

Luke 9:24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

2 Corinthians 3:17: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Hebrews 12:1-3  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Psalm 62:5-6 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
John 15:1-8 I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Eph 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

exodus 13:17-18 "It so happened that after Pharaoh released the people, God didn't lead them by the road through the land of the Philistines, which was the shortest route, for God thought, "If the people encounter war, they'll change their minds and go back to Egypt." So God led the people on the wilderness road, looping around to the Red Sea. The Israelites left Egypt in military formation." (message version)

what are some of your "season verses"?

Saturday, March 27, 2010


everyone, Hope your weekend has been great. I'm excited for church tomorrow with 2 of my great friends home finally from Spring Break and Maggie being in town for hers!! Then my brother-in-laws 7th birthday bowling party!! Great day ahead.

Friday, March 26, 2010

mini makeover.. one room at a time

I had a little inspiration from this from Real Simple:

to redo my laundry room. It didn't seem worth it to do a whole bunch to it but this is enough that it makes it a little bit more enjoyable/organized (if you can't tell we're on a kick in our house to make everything look a little nicer.... hence this and this).

Finished product:

I love my

Fridays make me happy... here are a few other things that are making me happy today! TGIF

Diet Coke

Miley's look at her premier for the Last Song
Maggie coming home last night

PeachWave- new self-serve frozen yogurt place in Cedar Hills. INCREDIBLE. I've been 3 nights in a row... (probably shouldn't admit that)

What's making you happy this Friday?!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


SO: even though we're back to rain in Portland today, I am going to stay optimistic and that we are on the uphill to Spring. I love these Pottery Barn tables. They have a way of making you want to actually be in the pictures. I want everything that I see and for this to be my house and my life. It's hard to get their catalog every few weeks and not be so envious... I can't afford much from Pottery Barn but a girl can dream right? Someday my house will look JUST like this (or maybe a cheaper Target/Ikea version??)  

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

spring is here??

Ran outside - check
Did yard work- check
7:10 pm and still light out - check
Want to eat dinner outside -check
didn't turn the heat on today- check
Layed in my backyard and got pink cheeks- check

couldn't be more happy...
what are you excited to do when the weather is nice?!


Loving these trends today..  simple, but with a little something fun.
{via: {thisisglam}, Alice+Olivia, Alice+Olivia, DvFvia}


des·per·a·tion   /ˌdɛspəˈreɪʃən/ Show Spelled [des-puh-rey-shuhn] noun
1.the state of being desperate or of having the recklessness of despair.
2.the act or fact of despairing; despair

des·per·a·tion  Pronunciation: \ˌdes-pə-ˈrā-shən\ Function: noun
1 : loss of hope and surrender to despair
2 : a state of hopelessness leading to rashness

This is the heart of my week this week. I think it's from a combination of this post, this message (Part 10) at church last Sunday and my time at campaigners Sunday night reading Jeremiah 17:5-8.
I want to live each day in desperation for Jesus. Each minute. The more we don't need Him, the more we are blindly leaning on our own strength. We lie to ourselves each day when we think this will work, when we think we can be the best versions of ourselves without Him being at the center, without Him ruling everything that we are. If we really think about it, we are desperate for him. Without Him we are at a state of loss of hope and surrender. He is our hope and our salvation. If we beleive that then why don't we live that way each day?

{thanks Joy for the definitions}

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

city living

I love this blog post. Thanks for sharing it Liz!  I love our home so much but its when I hear weekends like this that I wish we lived in the city. Sure we can do all of this but when you're feeling lazy on a weekend, it is a lot harder to make it happen as opposed to it being outside your doorstep!

waking up

Not sure if I just slept in too much this weekend or what? but I can not wake up..  Good news is that it's a super slow weekend around the office so I am hoping to get to leave early today :) FRIENDS and my couch sound just OH so nice right now.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

favorite people

My husband and my sister are my best friends. They are 2 of the greatest people that I know. I love when I realize how young we are; there is so much life ahead of us, we get to have so many years together with our families and I can't wait. I am excited for her and her husband to live close to us, for our kids to get to go to Sunday school together, for Brian and her husband to be best friends and to get to grow and love and support each other for the rest of our lives.

I feel so grateful and blessed to have a sister who lives life like I like to live it as I realize how different we could be if we didn't both love the Lord and how much harder that would make our relationship and our future. It was my freshman year of college when I really realized how important having a sister was, how special and how blessed I am. She HAS to be my best friend, she has to love me no matter what, she has to be there for me, she has to help me raise my kids, she has to let me borrow her clothes.  (I realize she doesn't have to but I'm the only sister she has too so she has no other choice if she wants the same in return) . Friends will come and go (hopefully not all but some) but a sister is forever. I always tell Brian that I hope we can have 2 girls so that they understand the bond 2 sisters can have. I realize that my sister and I really get to experience all of this because of Jesus and what He has done in both of our lives to let us be on the same page, and THAT is why I am grateful.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I love my

cherry blossom in my backyard. spring is here, and I couldn't be happier. I love portland with all of my heart but the winter is too long. I need some sun, I need some daylight and dry ground. It's supposed to be 70 degrees today (global warming??) and I am so excited.

Friday, March 19, 2010


I've been sick for the past week so I have no excuse for wanting the weekend, I only worked 3 days this week but.. I REALLY WANT THE WEEKEND. I'm excited to relax in the sun, continue to work on projects around the house.. maybe play a little volleyball outside! SO excited. Have a great Friday everyone

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

A few favorites from being an Irish girl myself...

1. The Secret of Roan Inish: great movie with a classic legend from Ireland

2. Irish Soda Bread: incredibly amazing..

3. Four Leaf Clover: how pretty is this?

4. The Reilly Family Crest: love the history, story and legends behind it.

5. Potatoes: a food favorite

6. The Countryside: Although I've never been to Ireland, I hope to some day, I am captivated by these images of the countryside. My dad has lots of pictures form traveling over there with relatives and their cottages looking similar to this, so enchanting.

What are some of your favorites? Irish or your family's heritage?


GLEE IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

2 things I love around my home

Playing along with Amanda today at the Newelly-Weds and looking around my house for things I love..  I feel like I have so many but I really want to pick 2 for now (I have trouble with these kinds of games.. I never want to play 'Would you Rather?' because it always just feels too real and committing) ... SO today:

1. My inspiration board in my laundryroom. In an attemtpt to spruce up my boring, white laundry room and having this old bulliten board from middle school... I put this together. Maggie, one of my best friends and I, love collaging- we've spent HOURS cutting things out of magazines and making journals, books, cards, inspiration pages. It is still something I love to do but I always seem to just tear things out of magazines and do nothing with them. This was my "doing something with them" :

2. I'm not totally sure why but I am loving this right now. The chest is from Brian's grandma and I love it. It's the place I keep all of my decor that I'm not using (something I think I got from my mom) -- vases, shelves, candles etc.  The lamp I love and had it all throughout college, the vase my friend Jenna and I bought in college on a Target raid, the candle sticks are from my dad's best friends, a gift for our wedding. The big picture is from our engagement shoot that Brian had framed as a Valentine's gift last year and the small frame is engraved from my dear friend Amanda (who was my intern in the dining hall when I was on work crew) and her husband Matt, with our wedding date.

Thanks Amanda for that fun game :) Who else wants to play!? Post yours to Kassi's page

p.s. It's 6:36 and still light outside: I am really enjoying this!!!! I just cut flowers from our yard and put them all around our house! YAY

favorite place

I love Paper Source. There is a location on NW 23rd here in Portland and I could spend hours in there. The colors, pounds of paper, stamps, cut-outs; I love it and want it all. I never know what I will actually do with it all.. I enjoy crafting but I don't have specific projects in mind to work on. Maybe I just need to buy things there which would then force me to actually do something with them.

What I really want is to display everything in a craft room; to have a desk to work off of with everything organized so neat a nice. THIS would for sure make me want to do crafts :)

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Monday, March 15, 2010

complete desperation

Unashamed Passion
Reckless Obedience
Complete Desperation

Brent Cunningham is a great friend of mine. He was my workcrew boss at the Canyon summer of '05 and that is where we first met. This man is incredible, he is so faithful and dedicated. He really loved me like a daughter. I got to spend a month with him, his wife and 2 girls whom are all incredible. He taught us to receive Christ's love; to really receive it, proclaim it aloud and to our Lord. This was so big for my relationship. Such an important piece of my foundation in my relationship with Christ.

Brent came to visit me in Eugene when I was a freshman. It was such a sweet time we shared together walking around campus. I shared with him my struggles as a freshman in a new school-- feeling like my relationship with Christ was all I had. He was such an encouragement and literally walked through it with me.

It's special when you don't see someone often but have spent a month becoming family and that's how your relationship always feels- full of unconditional love and "sweet reunions" as Brent would say. This is the beauty of workcrew, the beauty of the Kingdom, the beauty of real life and the beauty of fellowship.

Also during his visit he shared this vision with me: Unashamed passion and reckless obedience in relationship to my (our) walk with Christ. He encouraged me (us) to live this way. It is something that has stuck with me ever since. It's an important saying to me and encourages me every time I recite it. Being completely unashamed of the love you have for Christ. Having a passion in your heart that is so large and you aren't one bit ashamed of it. Being completely and ridiculously obedient. Obedient to the point that it seems reckless. I LOVE this. If we truly lived each day this way, think how much more we would stay on His path for us, and think how much more he could teach us; with the ears of our heart obediently wide open.

Last year I added Complete Desperation to the end of it as I felt like this was something I needed in my life as well. As a controller, I can't fully give myself way to God unless I am in complete desperation, on my knees, striving for Him each day. At a place of brokenness and acknowledging that brokenness daily is when I am fully living for Him.

Friday, March 12, 2010


this week has been tough. Some of our best friends are going through the hardest time in their life. They are missing their dad right now. It's been a week of prayer, sadness and reflection for Brian and I. I am so impressed with everyone in the way they are seeking the Lord first. It was inspiring to be with a group of believers in our community on Wednesday to pray for their dad and pray over them. We put our hearts out before the Lord acknowledging that He is Lord first and foremost. When a tragedy hits so close to your life it always makes you think of your own family and people you love in your life.

{via we heart it}

My heart has been consumed in thinking about all of the Wangs' whom I love so much and are such a blessing in Brian and my life and to wish I could do something to take away the pain they feel right now, thinking about appreciating every moment I do have with my family, as well as prayer prayer and more prayer. We have a God who loves us and wants to pull us through anything the world throws at us.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

psalm 62:5-8

this scripture has been on my heart all week.

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.


I could watch this everyday of my life.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I am craving everything coconut right now... not sure why. I want coconut ice cream with coconut chocolate bars with a coconut latte. Is it because it's the afternoon??


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