Thursday, February 4, 2016

What IF I actually lived...

like I have been rescued and redeemed? Because, friends, I have. After IF: Local, I feel like I'm still processing all that I heard and all the wisdom that was offered to me.

It's not about who knows me.

What if I used my passion for things like sharing grace and working on racial reconciliation rather than trying to build up my own name and worldly treasures? 


Everything you just read has been in my drafts since IF last year. Now, here we are, on the eve of IF again. 

I still remember last year's IF being amazing and challenging and just more than I could have hoped for. 

The enemy has been working overtime this week to ensure that I (and some of my friends) are distracted or discouraged. Here's to shaking the devil off and clinging to the life and hope we have in Jesus. 

Whether you'll be at IF: Pinelake or IF in Austin or at another local event or in your living room live streaming, rest in the truth that God has for you. 

It's going to be a great weekend getting to know more about Jesus. 


Monday, February 1, 2016


Two Saturdays ago, we went to the shelter to see a dachshund we had seen a picture of. We met him, but there wasn't a connection. Then we saw her. Mocha. A little chihuahua mix. 

We had Shaw outside in the dog park, and Mocha was ushered outside to meet her. She was happy to be outside, and just pranced around sniffing. Shaw just wanted Jordan or I to hold her. She wasn't interested in being on the cold ground...or, now we realize, expanding our family. She looked annoyed, but she didn't seem angry or aggressive towards Mocha. We took it as a sign that she wouldn't really mind. 

We applied and were told we could adopt Mocha. We planned to pick her up on Friday. 

We bought new collars and a leash. We decided to call her Mimi. 

On Friday, before we went to get her, we bought blankets and toys just for her. We arrived to pick her up. We noticed on the contract that she was a little younger than we initially thought. (We heard 1.5-2 on Saturday, but she was actually only 9 months.) It wasn't a big deal. It was going to be great!

We left the shelter, and she ping-ponged around the car. We knew she was a different dog than Shaw, and we hoped for the best. 

Saturday, we went and bought new lawn chairs as our early Valentine's gift to each other just so we could be in the yard while she played. 

Mimi is super high energy, which is fine. She's a puppy and a high energy breed. However, Shaw isn't a puppy or high energy. We've had a challenging weekend to say the very least. 

When Mimi lunges and barks trying to play, Shaw sees it as signs of aggression. She bares her teeth, snarls her nose, and quickly runs away from her. Mimi has even chased her down the hall where Shaw cowers by the front door. 

After three days of this behavior, we can't do it. The look in Shaw's eyes is desperate. 

So many people have told us this is natural and to give it more time, but we can't. We feel like the best thing for our family, for Shaw, is to be a one dog household. 

We are literally heartbroken. We wanted to do a good thing. Please just keep your should-haves and would-haves to yourself. If you know me at all, this is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to go through. I love my animals like children, and this is the worst situation for me to be in. Obviously I care what everyone thinks way more than I wish I did, but this situation is hard enough on its on. Maybe we shouldn't have tried to expand our family. It certainly would have saved us both a lot of tears. I just pray that Mimi finds her real forever home fast.

I just keep ugly crying and telling her "I love you for always". 

This sucks so much.  I don't remember the last time I was this sad. (Even the way she spins in circles before she potties makes me sad now.)

I believe He is near, even if we brought the heartache on ourselves. Thankful for that grace to get us through. Thankful for encouraging words from friends who know my heart. 

Happy February,

Monday, January 25, 2016

Warby Parker

I've been a fan of Warby Parker for years (as in before everyone and their brother had them), so I was honored to be ask to review their Spring Collection! Be sure to read all about it here.

I've been wearing glasses since 4th grade, and I feel like they are a real part of my personality! I've never ordered from Warby Parker, but by March or April, I'll be up for some new frames! I was trying to select five to order for their at-home-try-on, and I couldn't even narrow it down!! Here are a few of my favorites from their newest line. 

I really like that this one comes in a variety of colors! However, I like the crystal with a color around the lens best! There are three of those to choose from!

These are light and girly and make me so ready for spring!! The pair pictured is in Bellini.

I couldn't choose between the Peacock Green and the Tea Rose Fade. SO gorgeous!

This Canton Blue color is to dye for. (Get it?)
Have you ever gotten your glasses from Warby Parker? Let me know in the comments or Tweet me!

Happy Monday, friends.
Hope yours is bright!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

2016, so far.

Happy 2016, friends and readers. If you've somehow stumbled here on accident, I'm Jessica. I'm trying to be better about prioritizing my blog this year (and yes, I've said this every year, it seems).

What is 2016 looking like for you? What are your goals? What are you saying yes to? No to? I want to know!!

My year is looking like this: bright colors; Powersheets; my planner; and Fervent (my Bible study group is starting reading it this week)!

Also, can we talk about my May Designs x Emily Ley notebook?! I'm OBSESSED with it. Pretty sure it was the first thing I ordered with my monogram on it (after three years of marriage)! Best part? You can choose what the pages are like!!!! #notebookobsessed

I hope 2016 is going exactly how you've planned/hoped/wished. Here's to a bright, beautiful year for all of us.

If you're new here, introduce yourself in the comments below. Let's be friends.

Love always,

Friday, December 11, 2015


I've picked a word of the year for 2014 and 2015, hope and purpose respectively. The other day, it was clear what my word should be for 2016. 


I've spent so much time being too fearful to take chances. I'm not a huge fan of change, and I am a huge fan of comfort zones, get the picture. 

It makes me wonder how much I've missed out on from the Lord. I don't want those questions in my life forever, you know?

I want to be hopeful and live on purpose for a purpose greater than myself. I want to be unafraid. I want my fear to shrink back when faced with my faith. I want a growing faith, not a dormant, faulty one. 

Here's to 2016. Lots of grace and lots of brave. 

Lots of love, friends. 
Happy 2016!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

How was your weekend?

I just wanted to share some snaps from mine!

You are SO loved!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Fa la la la la, la la la la!

One of my favorite things about Christmastime is the music!!! Jordan and I played several albums the other day as we decorated our tree (pictured below).

Some of my most favorite Christmas albums are as follows:
*NSYNC - Home for Christmas
Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas
Justin Bieber - Under the Mistletoe
Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped in Red

What are your favorites? Anything I should be listening to? Let me know in the comments below, or send me a tweet @jesstinybird!

Hope your December is off to a spectacular start!
You are SO loved.