Monday, October 8, 2012


sweater, tee, & leggings: forever21, cape jacket: thrifted, boots: target, scarf: h&m

Well, it turned winter in about one day here. I can't tell if I'm actually loving the cool weather or if I'm just pumped to be wearing boots again. I'm thinking it may be the latter. (boooooots!)
There has been a lot of change lately and not just in the weather! Isaac and I recently moved into a new little house close to the Drury campus in Springfield. Its a cute little thing. Moving is always a little stressful, but we've loved the process of going through all of our belongings and getting rid of a lot of stuff. And I mean a lot. This is the first move we've made together as a married couple. Somehow we packed so much into our loft apartment and when it was time to actually pack up and move, we realized that a lot of our things (mostly mine) were things that we weren't really using and things we really didn't need. They were just sitting in a box not being touched and a lot of it was even forgotten about! I have tendencies to be a pack rat. I think. I hold onto things that had even the slightest bit of sentimental value or things that I think I could potentially use in the future. But after these few weeks of getting settled in, I've been able to get rid of several, several things. Clothes and shoes, furniture, decorations, art supplies that I  n e v e r  used, and more clothes. And then my brain says, "but wait, you might use/wear that someday!" And that's when I stick it into a corner because I think I'll use it eventually. And then I don't. There is a time to hold on and a time to let go. This has been a season of letting go. They are only worldly possessions. What can we hold onto in this world that is of any value? 

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven... For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." 
Matthew 6:19&20

Having said all of that, this is still a lesson I'm learning and not something that is easy for me. And don't get me wrong. I still like clothes. And shoes. And cute house things. Duh, I'm a girl. But there are times when I have to step back and realize that having these things is not what brings real, everlasting joy.

And thank you to the best husband who speaks truth and encourages me through these changes. Love you, babe.


Elsie Larson said...

ooh! that means we live close together. :D we will invite you guys over sometime, i promise!

excited to see your new home. you're adorable!

Emilyann Girdner said...

So true Anna. It is so difficult to remember that "things" are not what we need to focus on. Thank you for the reminder.

Love these cute pictures :)

kandice said...

your shoes and your hair (well... everything.. but those, especially)

i just love them.