March 12, 2015
by Angie Brown
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Fresh Salsa + My Fav Tee

Chips and salsa is seriously like my favorite food ever. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Oh and snacks too. This is my total version of comfort food. Yummy. Crazy. Irresistibly. To Die For. Good.

If you chat with me on Facebook or Instagram you know I love chips ad salsa. I make salsa at least every week or every other week. My husband and my kids love salsa too! It makes a large jar but goes fast in our house.

So today I am sharing my recipe.

3 house tomatoes

1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 medium purple onion

3-4 cloves garlic

1-2 jalapenos, seeded (I use two)

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tsp lime juice

1/2 cup cilantro

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend your little happy heart away! I use a mix of fresh tomatoes and canned since tomatoes are not always fresh or in season. Blend as smooth or chunky as you want.We like it somewhat smooth with a little chunk since we have picky kiddos.

Dump it in a pretty jar or a bowl and scoop away. Enjoy!!

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March 4, 2015
by Angie Brown
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Unveiled Wife Book Review

Marriage is a mosaic you build with your ­spouse—millions of tiny moments that create your love story.  – Jennifer Smith

I have been following the Unveiled Wife blog for quite some time. I love Jennifer’s daily prayers for our husband and her books. She has such a way of expressing her heart into words and sharing with others. I was so excited when I received an email that I was going to be receiving her newest book The Unveiled Wife to read and do a review.
Since I received the book I have consumed myself in her words with the little time I have with my busy schedule. Each time I picked up her book I was so touched and moved by her transparency and authenticity.
Just a little bit about Jennifer to get to know her and her book.
About Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith began UnveiledWife.com, a web-based ministry for wives, in March 2011. She publishes weekly marriage articles including encouragements, devotions, and prayers of the day. She authored The
Unveiled Wife, Wife After God, and 31 Prayers For My Husband. She is passionately devoted to encouraging wives all around the world to develop God-centered marriages. Jennifer and her family reside in Central Oregon.
Social media is a large part of Jennifer’s ministry for Unveiled Wife via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, where she serves a community of over 450,000 wives. Connect with Jennifer on social media @unveiledwife!
A little about the book:
An Open Letter From A Wife
I was thrilled to become a wife and live an extraordinary life with my husband. However, when expectations were left unmet, my dream of happily-ever-after was crushed by reality. Bitterness and anger grew in my heart toward my husband and toward God, and the result left me feeling isolated and lonely. This book trailer is a heart-felt letter I wrote that sums up much of my journey in The Unveiled Wife as a bride being transformed by my experiences in marriage.
My husband and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year. Wow to look back is amazing to see how far we come, how much we have grown, the struggles we faced, our prayers, and our family. We have had many struggles and many blessings along the way. Marriage is hard and I was so disappointed at some of the struggles that we encountered and sometimes I feared if we could face them and have a marriage that made us both happy. I realized though along the way that my marriage is a choice and loving my husband the way he needs to be loved and he loves me is a choice. Facing this and being able to pray over my marriage in this way allowed my heart to understand the unrealistic expectations I was placing on my marriage and my husband. Reflecting our last few years I am so thankful that God has built-in us the foundation that we need to grow and love each other more deeply.
While reading this book I was totally taken back with feelings that I had felt once before, expectations that I had once placed on my marriage, and the struggles that we embraced. I was reminded of how far we have come and how far we can still go. I felt like parts of the story of her past, her feelings, her struggle with feeling worthy, was a story about myself. I didn’t feel alone.
I was inspired to take a look at my marriage and my relationship with God in a new way and to dig deeper. I am so thankful I was able to relate with her struggles and her victories. Sometimes we feel alone and it’s hard to talk to friends around us. I highly encourage reading her book. You may not relate to some of her struggles or you may have faced each one she has. You will be refreshed, encouraged, and the truths that she shares will pierce you heart to dig deeper in your relationship with Christ and your husband.
Where darkness had once overshadowed many of us, the radiant light of Christ exposed the truth that not one of us is truly ever alone.
It was truly an honor to read her book, to follow her bravery that it took to share the utmost deepest parts of her life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being you.
Order your copy today!!
http://shop.unveiledwife.com/products/the-unveiled-wife-embracing-intimacy-with-god-and-your-husband-by-jennifer-smith

February 23, 2015
by Angie Brown
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Stirring of my heart

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{Music really speaks to my soul and is a huge part of my faith}

Lately I have been thinking a lot about how distant I have been from sharing my thoughts here. I miss it. I crave it. But I know God has seasons for us to share where we are at and seasons where we sit quietly and try to soak in as much as we can so we don’t miss the big picture. Doing this requires our attention and our full focus. Lots of prayer and quiet time that is really hard to get. Especially being a mom and wife. But God is good and he always provides. These last few months of my quietness I struggled. I struggled hard. Trying to balance the time I needed to spend my time with Jesus yet make it through the day. There were days where I didn’t get any time other than the whispers of my heart and cluster of noise in my mind is what he hears.

He knows our thoughts and prayers even before we tell him.

I’m praying for guidance, lightness, and wisdom. I love how over time my prayers change. My prayers change with each season I am in but I do find myself praying over areas I have prayed years before. God answers our prayers in his time but sometimes our prayers change in ways to grow us each season. That’s where I am at. I have prayed for a long time to change my husband, my marriage, my relationships, my motherhood, but I had to change my prayers to where God is needing to work on ME….so guidance, lightness, and wisdom. That’s where I currently am.

I am an over thinker, people pleaser, and passionate kind of girl. I can cry easy, want to save the world, yet I want to hide in my bed to just think. The news overwhelms me. I love to laugh. A lot. All of this together is the real me. From the big things to the little things. I care deeply.

Ya’ll this world is deep and heavy. It scares me. Especially as a mother. I want to keep my kiddos in the house all the time. I pray for through the darkness in this world Jesus light will shine. And it does. But the world still needs Jesus. We all do. Not to be perfect. We are all sinners. But to experience the amazing Love that Jesus has. To experience the light that he shines down on us. We all need the light. We all need hope. We could get down about the brokenness or we can share the light. I choose to share the light and have hope.

I want to dance to the beat of God’s goodness and grace. I want to soak up Jesus’s love and shout it out to the world so others may be in awe of him too. Although each day won’t always be an upbeat day I can choose to thank him though the burdens I face and the world that’s in our face. I can thank him through it all with hope and light that he gives us. When I dig deep inside and bare my soul I confess that most of my daily sorrow is what I have created to deal with my own comfort and the real struggle of this world I love in and the love of Jesus.

Take this world and give me Jesus.

I feel this stirring in my heart lately to share more, be passionate about his love and share with everyone around me. I want to grow in my relationship with Lord to do his good works. I feel this stirring to be a wife and mother in a way that only Jesus can have the glory. I want to share his love with you. I feel this stirring in my heart to shift the ways I see the world. I want to dance to the sick beat of God’s ever-loving goodness and grace that overflows each and everyday.

 

 

January 27, 2015
by Angie Brown
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Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

Hey Friends! I promised this recipe weeks ago and I completely forgot with being mom, haha! No seriously with work and illnesses that hit our home it slipped my mind. I am sorry! Here ya go as promised though. Enjoy!

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Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

2-3 chicken breast

1 can ranch style black beans, undrained

1 can of rotel

1 small can of red enchilada sauce

1 white onion, diced

1 1/2 cups frozen corn

1 tbsp. cumin

2 cups chicken stock

2 cloves garlic, minced

crushed tortilla chips

salsa

Mix all ingredients in the crockpot. I use “better than bouillon chicken stock base” once opened you refrigerate. You mix by the ratio listed with hot water. I heat up the chicken stock and add to the crock pot. Cook on High 6-8 hours or Low 3-4 hours. Once cooked through, shred chicken in crock pot. Ladle into soup bowls, add crushed tortilla chips, salsa, and any other ingredients your heart desires.

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January 25, 2015
by Angie Brown
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Personalized Art

   Hello Friends!!

I have a treat for you today. April over at Personalized Art has shared some FREE printables with you!! Last year she was encouraged to pick a verse for her boys and use it as prayer for them for the entire year. I love this too! This is the verse she is praying over her sweet boys this year. She created these adorable printables and framed them in their rooms. TODAY she is sharing with us so you can print these too and frame over your sweet babies or in your home. Whatever you would like to do with them. Just download below and enjoy. Please visit her ETSY store too and like her on FACEBOOK. She creates my kiddos birthday invitations each year and the year before she did our Christmas cards. {I totally ran out of time this last Christmas to even think about Christmas cards :(} These are sized as a 4×6 and you can save the individual pictures below or click on the numbered picture and go directly to her Facebook page and contact her for a file.

FREEBIE choices

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Hope you have a fabulous Sunday and enjoy these free Printable today!! Give April a shout out!

January 2, 2015
by Angie Brown
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Hello 2015, Being Quiet

Wow! I still can’t believe it’s a new year already! Happy New Years! I have been reflecting back on my 2014 year and I am just in awe of how my year really lined up with my One Word I focused on. I had chosen Brave last year and we had so many changes that definitely took some bravery.

These are just a few moments in 2014 I had to pray, practice faith, and be brave.

I went back to work after being a stay at home mom for eight years and working mothers day out with my kids.

My kids started the school year at a new school where I am working.

With taking a new job I had to leave my mom’s bible study group since it was weekday mornings.

We left our church home to attend a new church.

I prayed for lots of contentment.

I had major surgery in the summer which required a lot of help. We made it through it and I am feeling great.

another year of healing and hope through grief.

I am so grateful for all that God has blessed our family with last year. He challenged me in so many ways that at the time I really didn’t think I could do it. Looking back I am so proud of overcoming the challenges I faced. Even behind all of the accomplishments there are struggles that we all face and we should all be proud of ourselves. We didn’t give up and we keep praying and giving our all.

I am thankful for GOD always pushing me, being patient with me, loving me, and never leaving my side. Especially when I felt there was no one there.  He has place me in a season of quietness through all the changes that came about. It’s funny looking back how my word was BRAVE. One thing I am absolutely terrified of is public speaking and God has even given me the courage a time or two to speak. Lots of Bravery. Looking at how my year ended and how this year is starting though he has placed lots of stillness and being quiet.

One area of my life and faith that I struggle is letting go of control. I always feel like if I have control I have security. But if I am honest there is no security. It brings anxiety, stress, and I lose focus on God. I am slowly learning that when I let go of being in control I can see my surroundings more from his eyes than my own. Letting God be in control frees me of the stress of what if’s and I can enjoy the moments more. Although I can’t control all the things that come my way each day God reminds me of the things I can control.

Forgiveness

my actions

my attitude

second chances

a choice to love

If you set New Year’s resolutions or goals I hope you reflect back on how far you have come since last year. How much you have overcome and everything you can set you heart too.

I have been thinking of what word I will reflect on in 2015 and the first word that came to my mind was Fierce. I want to love fiercely. I want to be fierce with my intentions. I want to be fierce in giving. I want to be fierce in being quiet and still. But God keeps whispering be quiet.

Pressing forward in 2015 with being quiet.

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December 6, 2014
by Angie Brown
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Failure, Motherhood, and Faith

Failure….

I confess I feel this way sometimes.  I struggle with teaching my kids right from wrong, manners, or am I just plain screwing it all up. I pray daily that God will orchestrate my parenting through his ways not mine and to show me how to love them, instruct them, and guide them through Christ instead of this world. I may struggle but God is my rock and he has caught me every time I have stumbled. I know my kids may fail or stumble but our God is bigger and I know God will teach me how to be the best mother they need, to bring them closer to him, through my accomplishments and mistakes, and through this awesome journey of motherhood.

We live in such a world of chaos that motherhood can often feel just as chaotic in a  messy way in our own little worlds. I know mine does. But as I trust God more in my walk as a mom to these little souls and trust hin him more and more each day, I find it to be less chaotic. Still imperfect but less messy. When I seek our Lord and pray for his guidance and direction on decisions for our family it literally feels like the weight is off my shoulders.

Does this mean my children will not make mistakes? That they will not make choices that I will not be pleased with? Absolutely not. They will stumble and fail and God and myself will be there to love them and help them up. We are imperfect humans needing lots of grace and lots of love. It won’t be always be an easy ride but it will be pretty amazing and I know God is with me and my children every step of the way.

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October 21, 2014
by Angie Brown
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Do not let comparison steal your joy.

I posted this two years ago and stumbled across it this morning…..I have come along way but still need the reminder in this world.

How many hours yet days have you wasted comparing yourself to others? I can ask you this because…honestly…I have done this. This used to be one of my biggest joy thief’s, as I like to call them. Our minds are so filled with comparison that it steals us of our joy. Why? I can’t speak for others but I can share with you mine. Maybe you have felt this way.

Unworthy. Unloved. Worry. Fear. Shy….my list goes on.

This was detrimental to my self-worth but I was paralyzed trying to be someone else only to keep losing myself. Maybe I should dress differently. Change my hair. What if I could speak up like her. What if I could be more outgoing as her. If only I could be as happy as her. As happy as she looked. or appeared to be. I wish I could have it all together with my kids like she does.

I didn’t realize I had this problem with comparison {not judgement} for a long time. I love people. My love for others though was a hard thing to deal with internally. In quiet times alone. Just myself and my thoughts. When I realized this was a problem I knew I had to change myself in order to be pleasing to God. God wanted me to shine through my heart. Not my image or status. I had to be different then the world around me. I had to change myself for God’s glory.

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 37:4

So what are the desires of my heart? To love and be loved. By God. To have a Kingdom heart. For God. Attracts People with my Faith to God. Strength and Courage. For God for Others.

This was a struggle to unveil my hearts desires. I had to choose each day with God’s strength and grace to not compare myself to others. If I continued to do this I would not be honoring God. I desired a kingdom heart to glorify him and be more like Jesus. I needed to be confident in who God made me to be to share my Kingdom heart.

Be confident. Be courageous. Fall in love with God who desires you. God says you are lovely. I am lovely. I am worth it to God. I am his beloved daughter and so are you.

I am free of comparison because God enables me to.

If you are comparing yourself to others and you feel your self-worth sink a little more. Remember God loves you and it is no mistake the Masterpiece that you truly are in God’s eyes. He created you for his Glory. Do not let comparison steal your joy today. If so, how will you be able to shine in this dark world?

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October 6, 2014
by Angie Brown
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Thoughts

This weekend was pretty much a blur. Horrible illness that took over my son and I which left us in bed for a long time. It wasn’t pretty my friends. I’ll save you the details. It was our four day weekend and we had to cancel all plans. Today was looking up! The rain cleared this morning and we had a lot of errands to catch up on before school and work tomorrow. Plus don’t forget memory scripture, spelling words, and oh yeah clean the germs house this morning (most was done yesterday). So after our 7th stop today and my little main squeeze getting his braces on we were headed home. I was exhausted and my kids had yet to have a meltdown so you know what that means…it was coming.

I was leaving a parking lot me their was terrible blind spots from both directions. I saw a truck to my right and was able to stop but when I started to turn left I saw an SUV coming that turned in. We weren’t even close to coming in a wreck I basically just made her feel that I took her right away. I knew this because of the face she made at me and made sure I could see. I was very sorry. I was heartbroken. Not because it hurt my feelings like I deserve to be treated like anything special but because in the moment these tiny words echoed. Do you do this to others? Ugh I wanted to sink. I am guilty of giving that look like seriously you just did that. Regardless of why or what it’s no free pass to behave that way.

Then I was reminded I don’t know what anyone else is going through. She didn’t know how my weekend went. She didn’t know my to do list after being so sick and having to get all this done. She didn’t know that I was giggling with my kids in the car and thanking God for them after leaving the cement art visiting my other daughter. I don’t know what others are going through. What I do know is Jesus didn’t die on the cross to watch us treat others this way, we teach our kids how to act, how to treat others, and how to be responsible, yet we throw our hands up and make faces to the next adult in the car that may have done something unintentionally wrong. Whatever it may be.

I am sorry to her today. I am sorry I added that frustration to her to behave like that. I am not sorry for the circumstance to be reminded of Jesus and his love on the cross.

Be mindful. Be gentle. Be humble. Be authentic. Be kind. It just takes a spark to start a fire.

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September 28, 2014
by Angie Brown
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Women of Faith Weekend

So lately I have been on here less. My laptop crashed and I just haven’t had time to get a new one. Everytime I try to use my husband’s laptop or even my ipad to post, something crazy happens and my edits get deleted or I can’t log in. Satan likes to make things a lot harder for you when your really wanting to do something. So thank you for sticking around. I love to write and with working full time, soccer, homework, church, school, awanas, and just being a mom that area for me is absent. I pray that God will help me find some balance.

Last weekend a group of amazing girls went to Women of Faith together. It was a weekend filled with fun, faith, fellowship, worship, music, and lots of laughter! It was a weekend of refreshment from survival to revival, which was the theme hosted by Women of Faith. I am sure a lot of our seasons, especially being  a mom, feele like survival. We heard some great speakers, authors, musicians, stories, and more. My favorite part is the worship music. It just speaks to my soul in a way I am moved so heavily in the Lord’s presence. I was able to hear one of my favorite singers, Matthew West. I love his music. I relate to a lot of his songs and the stories that he writes about.

God has me in a season where I am currently not in a group setting for a women’s bible study. The last few years I have been deeply involved in women’s bible studies that this season I am in, I sometimes feel alone, lost, and unstructured. However, God has been evermore present in showimg me ways I can praise him in the ordinary moments of my ordninary days. Being a mom, it’s tough to find alone time to study the word. He has reminded me that it’s about him and not about where I am, who I am with, or what I am doing, as long as I am praising him, seeking him, trusting him, and pursuing him. That’s all that matters.  Here are a few pictures of our weekend and a picture I found on Pinterest that paints a portrait for me in my current season. No matter where you are God just wants you to pursue him, Women of Faith or not, it’s your love story between you and God. HE loves you far more than you can even imagine. You are loved.

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