Sorrow, satin, and finding joy in the little things

Have you ever been so stressed and then suddenly the weight of the worry lifts? Then joy floods and you are in a state of…. thankfulness! It’s like the rainbow of God’s promise after a storm. ⛈ 🌈 That’s how I’ve been feeling lately and I want to tell you a little bit about it. Maybe I’ll say more later, but for now… a little bit. 😘

Our family has felt like we are in a flash flood lately, but I didn’t come here to complain about it… I came to encourage you in your storm. You see, lately I’ve come to understand that life truly is difficult. BUT no matter how hard the wind and rain try to break you, there’s nothing like hiding under the Solid Rock for safety. And yes, when I write, “solid rock” I mean Jesus.

Our world felt like it was about to cave in at any second, but God saw us in our helplessness and He not only showed us repeatedly how much He cares, but He showed me that no matter what happens, He is still good and still has good plans for me & my family.

Our son has a health condition that puts him at a heightened risk for something horrible. I can’t even write the word right now. Every few months we have to monitor his abdomen for tumors. When the doctor called a few months ago telling us they found a spot on the ultrasound we were beyond worried while we waited for the next ultrasound. I like to control things and fix things and it was something I could neither control nor fix. All we could do was turn to the One who controls the winds and the rain. That was a very difficult month this summer.

Then there was the inconclusive job search. Endless applications and phone calls. Interviews and waiting. Hoping. Waiting. Praying and praying more. Still waiting and looking.

The retail job I took in the meantime (while also trying to grow my business at night) was excruciating for a few reasons, but I was happy to be there if it helped my family. Until I nearly passed out from exhaustion, and suffered from inexplicable leg weakness and shaking. There were trips to the doctor to rule out anything serious. Tests and more tests. Still tests.

BUT GUESS WHAT?!? It’s those difficult times in the storm– the health scares, the job insecurity, the longing for the thing you want most– that teach us to be better people who are stronger and more empathetic. But only if we choose to let God take the sharp, broken pieces of our souls and rebuild them into something better. We can’t do it on our own, we need the ultimate Creator to come and remake us into a colorful mosaic… one that tells a story of triumph and love.

Life is hard. And I wish I could make all of the worries disappear, but life can still be beautiful and full of laughter once you find your strength in Christ alone. I know that’s the only way I was able to get through this summer and even now as we continue on an uncertain path. 🙏🏼✨💖

Now for some girl talk… recently I was feeling like I needed to wear something a little special, but I still wanted to be comfy. Do you ever feel like that? I skimmed my closet, forgetting about this lil number and was delighted to see these dainty little polka dots on the soft satin fabric! It’s absolutely a delight to toss on this gorgeous champagne blouse from Shein! So comfy!

This top is found here: https://us.shein.com/Mock-Neck-Polka-Dot-Satin-Top-p-770011-cat-1733.html

Use code Q4TheClassy15 for 15% off the site from now until Dec 31, 2019!

I am wearing a size medium, which I think fits true to size. I especially love that the sleeves are long enough for me because I’m 5’10”

I’m not perfect, my life isn’t perfect, I’m not a saint, my kitchen usually isn’t this clean, I say what pops in my head too often, and my hair isn’t usually done, but from one flawed girl to another, we’ve got this one life and it will be hard but we can still have JOY!

If you are going through a storm right now, I’d love to hear about your journey and what you are learning through it. I’d also love to pray for your strength in the difficult times.

Xo,

Kellie

Mixed prints for spring

Top of the day to you! 😁

Today I wanted to share my favorite spring outfit that takes me through these crazy fluctuations in Minnesota weather! Next I have been dying to tell anyone who will listen about our double stroller because we’ve had it a few months now and still absolutely love it! Finally, I wanted to give a bit of a life update to tell you a few things you didn’t know about us lately.

First, my long leopard cardigan sweater and buffalo check tee are both from Shein. The buffalo check top is literally under $6 now and it’s probably my most worn top and I highly recommend it. I think mine is a size medium. They were gifted to me by the company awhile back and I still wear them all the time! I think the top is a few years old now! The denim shorts are from the Universal Thread line at Target and they work so well for me and my after baby body. I feel like they are long enough and fit the right way to hide some of my baby weight, yuh know?

Our stroller is the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight and it is the best inexpensive double stroller ever! It’s sturdy, relatively light, folds up well, and has a cup holder! Plus, one of the biggest things about it for me was that it can hold a lot of weight so I don’t have to buy a new stroller as the kids get bigger. Oh, and the wheels work SUPER WELL, which was not our experience with our more expensive single stroller!

In other news, have you heard about our new business venture over here?! It’s an art subscription box called Classy Artist Box! Each month we send out supplies and access to a video lesson on our new site! This was our first month and I feel such a frenzy of nervously working out a few last minute kinks. BUT it’s so exciting to be able to do what I love and pass that joy to people around the country!

Today is an exciting day for us because in a little while we are launching our little kids boxes with options for preschoolers and elementary age kids! More on that soon, but for now here’s a link to our shop!

I love the kids boxes because it’s such a great way to spend time with your little ones in a way that you both can enjoy. Plus I’ve done all the shopping and creativity for you so you don’t have to come up with it all on your own!

Now I’m gonna go and start making the kids examples for our June boxes!! We are starting with fish related projects and I’m so excited to make them with Wolfie (who turns 3 this week)!!!!

Xo,

Kellie

wear something you really love this spring

My goal for you after reading this post is that you would be able to wear something you really love this spring!

kissy face wear what you love this spring 2019

What I really love this spring!

Are you a fan of sequins?! Great! This sequin and snakeskin tee is my fav and only $11 + use SH4131 until march 31st for 15% off!!!! Use the link above or look it up with code 635419 from Shein’s main site, here.

Let’s be honest though, you may not love snakeskin and sequins as much as I do and that’s 100% ok! As someone who now feels comfortable in my own style, I’ve embraced the fact that my style is often classic, but sometimes a little wild. What do you like?

Diversity of style and low cost is just one of the many reasons I love to shop at Shein online. When I go to their site, I always know I can find some classy or fun pieces– not just for my closet, but to wear everyday while I do life! Because of that, the low prices make me feel more comfortable painting and doing projects in my clothes, but the great styles help me feel myself and put together while dealing with the messy side of life– art and motherhood!

artist fashion wear what you love

Spring is close!!!

Honestly, the idea that it’s almost spring (13 days away!!!) is crazy to me right now. Apparently it was the snowiest February on record and it looks like a winter wonderland out our windows. But all that snow doesn’t stop me from dreaming of warmer weather, few layers, and bright pops of color!!!

What about you, what do you really love?

What types of spring clothes do you enjoy wearing? I personally love to wear loose button downs, jean shorts, espadrilles, and coordinating sunnies! I feel like this year everyone will be wearing kerchiefs in their ponytails, wouldn’t that be lovely? Better stock up on your silk scarves now!

sequins wear what you really love this spring
wear what you really love

You do you and wear something you really love this spring! It doesn’t have to be a big expensive overhaul either, just find a few tops that make you feel amazing!

Xo,

Kellie

Special thanks to Shein for partnering with me on this post so I can show you some of my favorite things for spring!!!

snakeskin blazer & pushing forward in stress

About this Blazer:

Can you tell I’m a fan of snakeskin?! Yes, it’s trending right now, but I have to say I love it no matter what! I never met an animal print I didn’t like as long as it’s done in a classic way! and what is more classic than this $22 blazer?! (ps. if you can’t find the blazer with my link, use search ID 628289).

Use code SH4131 for %15 off, no limitation, valid until march 31st, 2019!

Shein has one of the best selections of animal print that I’ve ever seen and this blazer is just one of the many items I own and love of theirs! Yes, I agree that if you’re looking for classic pieces on their site, sometimes you have to wade through a slew of neon, barely-there “party dresses,” but I’ll tell you it’s worth it!

My favorite way to search is from their homepage and go to the dropdown titled “CLOTHING” and “Blouses.” Then select from the “elegant” or “preppy” categories, though the casual section hosts many great options as well.

I also like to browse their “casual,” “maxi,” and “elegant” dresses because they have great options for everything from hot summer days to fancy weddings.

Speaking of animal prints, my Leopard Print *actual art print* is just $20 over on my shop!

Life lately:

Have you missed me? Yes, I’ve been a bit MIA, but it’s because I’m constantly working on a secret project. So far, I will say that it’s honestly the biggest, most difficult, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my entire life — other than motherhood. In my mind, I keep comparing the work I’m putting into it on the time and effort I spent on my Master’s degree, which scares me a little because that stress reminds me of grief.

If you knew me back when I lived in Sweden or afterward, you would know how important Sven was to me. He was an orange rag doll who behaved more like a dog than a cat, and I cared for him like a child. So when he suddenly passed away one Friday morning — in the midst of all of the work, writing, teaching, and research — I grieved very hard.

So now when I have times of intense stress, sometimes my mind reacts by feeling like it should go into grief or survival mode. Instead of focusing on the next steps I need to take, sometimes I start worrying about the what ifs and the future. I’m no psychologist, but I know that’s unhealthy and unbiblical. God’s Word tells us to not worry about anything… to not worry about things because God loves us even more than we imagine and He’s like a Father who wants us to run to Him so He can protect and teach us.

It’s a conscious decision for me to focus on my tasks at hand instead of worry, but I know it’s the right decision.

What makes you worry? How do you actively work to combat those negative thoughts and press on toward your goal?

Xo,

Kellie