White Oak Designs

I have always loved to create things.  From crafts to sewing to anything under the sun, it has always been a passion of mine. I’ve done a little business stuff with my crafts but not a lot.  So after I sent out my wedding invitations, I started receiving tons of compliments on them.  I liked them a lot myself, but hearing comments from other people really BOOSTED my confidence in how great they looked.  I’ve always loved stationery and paper goods but never thought of turning it into a side-business.  I’ve also loved looking at homemade invitations.  So after receiving the compliments I decided I could make it simple if I wanted to do more creating of invitations.  So I decided to sell them digitally.  So here is my etsy shop.  Just getting started again.  Etsy is a hard place to sell.  It takes lots of time and effort to get traffic looking at your shop.  It’s hard to get started but I’m marrying a man who is an expert in marketing and dedicated to help me get it started!  White Oak Designs is the name.  It’s country and its general so if I want I can decide to add or take away what I’m selling and the name still works.  It just fits my new family (of two, bride & groom).



another journey is starting

Fellow blog readers,

Wow I cannot believe it has been almost a year since I have posted anything on here. I should get going again.  I think I got tired of writing or something.  Yes that’s it. Well, I decided that I wanted to blog about wedding plans and post photos of what I am crazy-busy with: MY WEDDING! 

Ya, I’m getting married!!  I still cannot believe it myself.  I have been dating Chris for 9 months now and we both knew from the beginning we were both looking for our spouse.  No dating to see if we liked each other.  But dating to grow in love and with each other for the purpose of engagement and committing our lives to each other in the near future.  Saturday July 13th, Christopher totally rocked my world.  At the end of our picnic night, he proposed.  In fact, he completely surprised me by coming to Nebraska for the weekend, a weekend in which we weren’t planning to see each other.  I was such a happy girl when he surprised me by waking me up from my nap! Reality took a while to hit!

Well, instead of me rambling, I have decided to start taking some great pictures of everything I am doing for our wedding (October 19th, 69 days to go!)  I need a reason to use my good camera again! It has been a while.  

To start, here is my beautiful ring he put on my finger.

haiti [ayiti]

Ashley and Regina (above) kissin’ each other. I love these girls.
Belinda, the newest and cutest addition to the family/orphanage/children’s home.

A view of Haiti.  We took a trip up to the mountain to talk to one of the children’s mother.

At least 30 kids came from the neighborhood to Children’s Church while the team of 5 from TN was here.  They did VBS with them every afternoon.

The team went and bought wood and paint for the new cubbies for the children.  Each child now has their own space to hang their clothes and shoes and stuff, instead of a box under their bed!

Yves and his “devil” look.

The girls left home from school.  Gerlanda didnt have the right shoes so she couldn’t attend that morning.

I love this photo.  Silly girl.

Ashley and Kerlinda. Adorable.

The kids running in the door from school! I get lucky cause I get a kiss from each one of them!

They are sooo cute in their uniforms!

how many kings step down from their thrones?

Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe, after all we’ve projected,
A child in a manger?
Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother’s shawl –
Just a child –
Is this who we’ve waited for? ’cause…

How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Bringing our gifts for the newborn Savior
All that we have, whether costly or meek
Because we believe.
Gold for his honor, and frankincense for his pleasure
And myrrh for the cross he will suffer
Do you believe?
Is this who we’ve waited for?

All for me…
All for you…

Everytime I hear this song, I am driven back to the passion I have for my Savior Jesus Christ.  It reminds me of all the other religions and gods of this world that people worship.  We all think that the god we worship is the right one.  Right?  I know for a fact my God is true and real and alive.  But so do those who practice in other religions.  This song makes me realize how great our God really is.

Did your god step down from his throne?

Did your god abandon his home?

Did your god become the least for you?  How many religions can answer this question with a yes?

Did your god pour out his heart to romance this world that is torn apart?

Did your god give up his only son?

I know mine did.  And because of that, I will praise His name forever and ever.

Africa Cookie Cutters


Are these not the coolest cookies you have ever seen?  I mean talk about being called to Africa since I was 17, planning on going long-term within the next year, and then seeing SOLE HOPE has made Africa-shaped cookie cutters!!! I have such a good idea for using these!  Also, how in the world do they make their frosting look so perfect and beautiful!!?

home from a summer in haiti

Im so thankful I made it back home in one piece.  After a miserable night slept in the airport, a great time spent with my sister Kendra in Nashville, and then arriving home, it is nice to finally not be living out of a suitcase anymore.  It is nice not to always feel dirty and sweaty and to even have a comfortable bed to sleep in.  And even though I miss all these “comforts” of home and am thankful for being home again, my heart is still yearning and desiring to live a simpler life materialistically and instead give all to serve Jesus Christ. But even though it is challenging to live in another culture, and to live in a different way, what is it that really matters?  Does it really matter that we have cold showers (which I liked in the heat) or that not only do people live in our house but little furry mammals too?  Does it really matter if its horribly hot all day or our clothes get all stretched out and stained?  OR does it really matter that we crave our own american food and desire to have variety? Haha, at the time yes, but when it all comes down to the purpose of serving people and living for the Lord, none of that matters.  People matter.  How did I impact the people I lived with, if I impacted them at all?  If I didnt serve my purpose as a believer in Haiti, then what was it all for?

You know, every transition back to the States from a different country has its own challenges.  I know mine pretty well from before, but I feel like this time it’ll be different.  Im challenged materialistically.  And by God’s divine appointment, our Bible Study is on Daniel and the culture he lived in was just as materialistic and self-absorbed as ours today.  How to not let this poison my mind and my life is challenging since we are completely surrounded by it.  How to live more simply? Does that mean getting rid of my stuff that just sits in my room?  Does that mean to not buy new clothes but wait till all mine are completely worn out?  Im not sure actually.  But I do know the Lord is here to help me in these challenges.

I’ve made a firm decision to go to Africa full-term.  I was accepted as a full-term missionary with Africa Inland Mission back in June but I didnt start anything because I was in Haiti.  Now that Im back, my next mission is to pray and figure out exactly which country and city and ministry I’ll be serving in.  That is a challenge cause there are so many open and I wish I could be at more than one place at a time!  But I know this decision didnt just come from me.  Ever since the middle of the summer I’ve been feeling the calling and desire to go again.  And this is joy people! After one long year of living in confusion and distraction and complete stress on my body and soul, I have finally come to know where I am headed.  I can breathe now. I can relax and prepare for my next step of this new journey.

missing a few lil ones

Mirlandia, Gerlanda, Jemett, Dajna, Love, Regina, Ashley, and Kerlinda, you will never know the impact that you had on me as a person.  You are all so precious to me and there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you and wonder what you are doing in that moment.  Thank you for praying for me when I was sick, jumping and climbing on me, reminding me to pray before I eat, teaching me the language through repeating and hand gestures, peeing on me, letting me brush your teeth and help you bathe, and of course letting me love you as Christ first loved us all.