Thursday, September 25, 2014

Recent, Random, Favorite Things

Since my name IS Maria, I of course know the songs from the Sound of Music...Actually, I get to hear "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" decently often. Seriously, there must be something about the name because there are lots of songs about various different Maria's. I feel special. 
Umm...rabbit trail. All that to say, the song from the Sound of Music that goes "these are a few of my favorite things..." and then lists a lot things that the singer likes...that is kinda what I'm trying to do in this post. Here we go:

My verse of the summer. Seriously. Read it out loud. There is something so strong and powerful in the words.

 Since Melvin (my happy little bug) broke down, my dear brother Logan has been letting me borrow his truck. And I love it!!! So does my friend Jess. We roar around to lots of places.

 Current favorite song...I think. I have this problem of liking a song and listening to it over and over and over. And then it becomes redundant. So far I still like this one.

A favorite pin from Pinterest. So true. I'm not always the most confident person ever...But I try.

 Ahhh...the warm days of summer...coming to an end. Here is a grainy cellphone picture from a few weeks ago after we got done washing our trucks in the sunshine. That's Brock, me, Sharla (our good friend from NY), Shan and Trent on the mower.

Another pin...what can I say...I heart Pinterest. I also heart these shoes. I want them.

 This photo is one my best pal Sherri took the other day. We went on a photo shoot, which was a lot of fun and I really like the way the pictures turned out. Check out her face book page: Sherri's Photography
Btw. Notice my purse. I'm very proud of it. My dear friend Jess surprised me with it a couple of weeks ago. It's lovely and perfect and smells like leather.

 And this. This happens to me at work. A LOT. Maybe I should pay more attention???

This picture is my recent favorite because it has 2 of my dearest, closest friends in it; Jess and Sherri. They keep me balanced. Jess is the voice of reason and the BEST encourager like ever. Plus she laughs at my jokes. Sherri keeps me from getting too sad, depressed or serious. She is hysterical. I feel sorry for people who don't have friends like these. 

This is from Pinterest...yes. But it was the inspiration for....

...this outfit: (Picture by Sherri, of course.)

Sunday, August 31, 2014


This past Sunday my church had an outdoor service and a whole entire day of fun. It was epic. (Overused word, I know.) Games were played. Soft ball. Volley ball. Prisoners base. Frisbee. There was lots and lots and lots of conversation. And singing. And laughter. We crack ourselves up over how completely hilarious we are. And there was sunshine. Most of us got burnt like toast. Have I mentioned that it was amazing?! There is just something about a group of people who love Jesus and love each other. The joy is overflowing.

 You have to hear this group. They sound amazing together. And that's my own Jess on the far right. Gorgeous Rosanna with the golden voice is next to her, with her handsome husband, Bradley. That is Silas on the left. All of these grand people that I am proud to know.
Father and son moment.
 Jeremy and Jared...brothers who are talented like you wouldn't believe. They have their own music cd out. In fact, more then one.
 The bubble machine was a stroke of genious. Who doesn't love bubbles floating through the air?!
This is me, of course, with my second to youngest brother Trevor (on the right) and his very best friend, Kurt. They are a month apart in age and have been best buddies since they were born. 
Just had to put this picture in. Here is Dominique. Really, you have to see him in real life. His eyes, his hair, his adorable little outfits. He is like a baby model. Melt-worthy!!!

This is all of us wonderful people at the service in the morning. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Although I don't do it nearly as often as I used to, when I'm not waitressing, I do still babysit. The 3 on the right are foster children and I have soft spot in my heart for them. 
 I love these kids. And most of the time they love me. 
I can't say I am an expert at childcare. Or even very good at it. But we have some good times. Like when we sing along (loudly and off tune) to songs from Frozen and Tangled. Yes, I do resort to bribery in the form of popcicles when the occasion arises. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I don't care how cliche matching outfits are. There is just something about wearing the same shirts as your best friends that makes you feel special. To me anyhow. 
On Sunday Jess, Rosanna and I wore polka dot shirts. A great find from Target (which we all love). We were called the triplets. Ack! I'd love to look like either one of these beautiful ladies. But I'm pretty decently happy to just be friends with them. And wear a matching shirt. =)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Jess!

 To celebrate my friend Jess's birthday, a bunch of her friends got together and we spent the day together just having fun. We shopped. We ate. We laughed. We sampled ice cream. We saw some falls. 
 It was a nice relaxing day. 
In the evening the guys joined us for supper at Olive Garden...those bread sticks. Ack! I love them!
We then went and played Laser Tag. It was my first time, but it will not be my last!!!
 A happy birthday to my dear friend Jess!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

23 Pictures

Today is my birthday. I am now 23 years old. Crazy, eh? In honor of becoming this outstanding age, here are 23 lovely little photographs from my past year. They are not organized according to how things happened and I apologize for repeats from past posts. 

1. Trotting around Europe with these lovely people. It was indescribably amazing. 
2. I love wild and crazy friends. It adds a certain spice to my life. 
 3. I went skiing. Twice. And caught cold and was sick for a good long time. 
 4. Drove my beloved 'Melvin' around. That car. The cause of a lot of stress in my life because of certain random breakdowns. But I'm quite attached. 
5. My church moved into a new building. This is from the dedication. Something I love about Cornerstone is that there is a lot of prayer. This year I saw so many different prayers answered. It's changed my life. 
6. Shopping with the coworkers. Truly love these girls!!!
7. One of my best friends ever. Jess is an inspiration to me and I trust her with my deepest darkest secrets. 
8. I went to New York for a wedding and got to see old friends and make new ones. My favorite thing to do. 
9. I had a lot of ice cream and coffee and work de-stressing with this pal. We are actually 6 years apart, but our hearts are the same age. =) Sherri is one of a kind.
10. Jamming after church. Because my church is cool like that. 
 11. I can't tell you how much I love my friends. Beka is one I couldn't live without.
12. Sylvia...we've known each other for probably the longest of all my friends. And Sophia and Sarah are perfect baby size, aren't they???
13. A snowy afternoon picture. Believe me, there was a LOT of snowy afternoons this winter. 
14. There were a few evenings in which we all got together and played volley ball. 

15. Shopping with my little friends. Both of them. =) 
16. I worked. A lot. Still doing that. Some days are good. Some days are bad. 
17. Out with the pals. Some of my best memories are with these girls. 
 18. My sister got married. We all got dressed up. Here are the results. 
 19. A quick weekend visit to these folks. 
 20. My friend and her baby. Both adorable.
21. I spent a lot of time with these people. Especially my sister-in-law. My brother was incredibly smart to have married her. 
22. My family. We laugh a lot. Over inappropriate things. We fight a lot too. But then we start laughing again. 
I don't know what this year will be like. No idea, in fact. But there are amazing possibilities out there.