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Promises.

“And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord shall do this.” 2 Kings 19:30-31

Take root downward and bear fruit upward. 

I Left My Heart In Denton Texas

Some people only know how to bake their cake and throw it on the ground (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GROUUUNNND).

Other people know how to bake their cake and eat it too.

And REALLY AWESOME PEOPLE know how to bake their cake and share the slice with the most frosting with me.

That last one is my friend Rachel.

She makes and creates, then gives me a slice to try. I love her for it.

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Rachel and I met the summer after I graduated from High School. Florida girl meets Texas girl. We were both living in Branson, Missouri for 3 months with 70 other crazy college students, packed into an old hotel, working at theme parks for some summer moolah, and (for  me) unlearning Christianese and learning Jesus together. I was scared out of my mind when I pulled in to Branson. It was my first home away from home. All the other 70 people had at least BEEN to college and had already started finding themselves and I had just stepped off the graduation stage and hugged my mom goodbye for the first time.

That’s why I’m grateful Rachel is one of the first people I met and really connected with, because she took care of my frightened-and-shaky-like-a-chiwawa self. She also made me laugh a lot. She has a gift for giving of her creative talents as well as a gift for loving maternally. And that’s what I needed straight out of my mother’s arms.

Our work schedules were different, but our jenky hotel rooms were right across from each other, and there were a lot of nights she would sit on my bed while I fell asleep, singing me Mary Poppins’ “Stay Awake” and stroking my hair until I fell asleep. Such a selfless, kind, and sweet way to love someone. Her simple love and loyalty have left an impression on me forever. I’ve also turned into a much more touchy feely person since knowing her (Stacie pre-college was only a side hugger and fist bumper).

We’ve been a jenkified version of PenPals since then and I couldn’t be more grateful to have someone cheer me on from afar as she always has. She encourages me and makes sure to ask me how I’ve been even if I forgot to respond to her last message. She and her husband, Walter, are abroad in Prague teaching English, researching crazy Physics things, traveling, and taking really fun pictures all the time. She just launched an Etsy store called With Love From Prague and was SO kind to send me something special from it, made just for me. I cried and screamed when it arrived in the mail! She knows me too well; my heart is definitely in Denton. Good thing I live here.

Go check out her shop, she’s got the cutest, nerdiest, and prettiest embroideries!

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That one time I yelled at Ryan Gosling.

It’s true, I really did yell at him.

In 2008. My Freshmen year of college.

WHAT I yelled at him is probably what any young fan would yell if they’d pulled up next to him at the same Hollywood stop light they were stopped at, his car windows rolled down (his scruffy dog was in the backseat sticking it’s head out the window). I giggled with my friends at how cute he was and I yelled like a free Texas-meets-California/Driving-through-Hollywood-with-your-windows-down freshmen girl would:

“I LIKE YOUR DOG!!!”

And that was it. He looked over at me, smiled and nodded. The light turned green and he was gone.

All I did in that moment was inform Ryan Gosling that I had a liking for his dog.

Yeesh.

You’d think I would have said something, ANYTHING, other than “I like your dog” to the one and only Ryan Gosling, but the thing is, my friends and I didn’t know it was him until a week later when a girl on my hall ran into my dorm room and showed me a picture of that same guy, in the same t-shirt, with the same scruffy dog, taking a walk through Hollywood. It was Ryan. We both fell on the floor screaming and freaking out and I immediately thought…. of all the things to say to Ryan Gosling I told him I liked his dog.

I could have at least said, “If your a bird I’m a bird!”

I wouldn’t have minded going for “Marry me Ryan Gosling, I’ll babysit your dog — I mean, our dog– while you’re filming your movies!”

That was back then of course, when I was a frivolous giggling freshmen. If I saw him today I’d probably say, “Ryan, I haven’t seen you in so long, I’m a bird if your a bird.”

What I love about yelling at Ryan Gosling, is that I feel this slight connection with him that’s incredibly insignificant and totally not reciprocated in any way at all.

I know more about him than he knows about me. I remember him, and I can guarantee you he doesn’t remember me. I can look him up on google and read all about his life or watch him play different characters in movies, but he’ll never have the inclination to look me up on google or read my blog, and even if he did, he wouldn’t really know me.

This whole Ryan Gosling thing really alludes to (ready for the curveball?!)… Jesus. Can’t you tell? What I love about Jesus, is that he lived 2,000 years before Ryan Gosling and I know him like one of my closest and most cherished friends. He’s someone I really care about and need in my life every day. What I love about Jesus, is that he knows me better than I know myself. He loves me in no way Ryan Gosling, my husband, my family, or friends could love me. He knows every thought I think (the good ones and the terrible, awful, and no-one-should-hear-those-thoughts thoughts) and still tells me He’d do anything to be friends with me. He died so we could have a friendship that lasts forever, actually. I don’t have many friends like that.

Jesus is a celebrity I don’t even deserve to be friends with, but He really cares for me, so He is always available for me. Always ready to listen, comfort, rejoice, mourn, and dance around to techno music with me. He is patient with me when I’m a frustrated mess that can only offer rude sarcasm to my husband. He is never rude and sarcastic to me. He is only firm and loving. I am in awe of His loyalty and dedication to help me maximize on my strengths and gifts. He’s like the best barista ever because He not only fills up my coffee, He makes sure I have enough all the time. My mug is always overflowing with the best of the best roasts. When I go through my days feeling as if I’m not enough, He reminds me that His friendship and love for me is enough.

Do you only know facts about Jesus, just like you know facts about Ryan Gosling? Or, have you ever taken the time to know Jesus and His love for you?

I’d love to help you find the answer to that question if you ever want to go get coffee… I know a really great barista to hit up. 😉

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This picture was LITERALLY taken the day I saw Ryan Gosling. Crazy huh?

International House of Princesses Photoshoot


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March’s Pinterest Attempts

Here’s a recap (really a comedic commentary) on March’s Pinterest [in the kitchen] Attempts:

KALE CHIPS

We made Kale Chips over spring break (chop the leaves off the stem, olive oil ’em, put ’em on a baking sheet all spread out, bake ’em in the oven for 10-15 mins., then add salt to taste) and they were the kind of green I regret missing out on until now. I’m not sure Kale and I had ever crossed paths in the past, but I’ve seen Kale Chips pop up on Pinterest a few times this month, so I thought I’d try them out. I’m the product of a microwave generation, so waiting for something in the oven FEELS LIKE FOREVER, but these are perfect for a snack on a Saturday afternoon.

I was eating the Kale furiously and ferociously and accidentally had a Kale Fail…. on my foot.

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BANANA and OAT COOKIES.

Our friends Kelsey and Josh came over the other night and I popped these in the oven real quick before they showed up. I’ve heard from people who actually bake that you really shouldn’t try recipes you’ve never attempted on dinner guests, but I’ve been a DEFINITE rule keeper my whole life, so I decided to rush into rebellion on this one. This recipe’s a healthy-ish one. And it certainly tasted like a healthy-ish one. It’s easy: two bananas, cup o’ oats, and chocolate chips in the oven for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. I could definitely see myself making more of these and eating them for breakfast alllll the time. But with this particular recipe I would recommend using three bananas, not two. maybe adding in a little bit of vanilla or Greek Yogurt to the mix if you want them sweeter, moister and yummier.

CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL COOKIES:

To balance out what I’d consider to be healthy snacks, I made chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for my sister-in-law’s babyshower, but I forgot to take them to the Baby Shower, so then I tried to pawn them off on my college students at a movie night we hosted, but my college students FAILED ME and DIDN’T EAT ALL OF THEM, so then I just picked at that plate of cookies on my coffee table for dayzzzz until they were all gone.

To be honest, I didn’t get the recipe off of pinterest. I just looked one up on the internet. Google: an interactive system that produces a zillion chocolate chip cookie recipes on a daily basis. Check it out sometime.

And to be HONESTER, I can’t remember what recipe I used, but I took a pretty picture and decided to share it with you. cookies

I hope you-wall are having a darn toot’n great week. We’ve had beautiful clouds and grey skies in this here part o’ Texas and all the baptists and grandma’s are uh’pray’n for some rain in this here dry land. I’m watching Forever After right now while I take a gander at cleaning up my office. Until next time!

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DIY Centerpiece: Liiight BUUUULB.

I’m bet the original Pinterest Project back in the olden days of Four Years Ago was accidental just like my project below. For a Harry Potter program we put on a month ago, I filled some empty glass containers from our wedding centerpieces (originally purchased at Hobby Lobby– not Hogwarts) with glitter to make the event decorations seem more magical. But after the event was over, I just left the glitter in there and decided centerpieces should be magical every day.

This DIY is as easy as Wengardium Leviosa.

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100 Posts!

Today I’m celebrating my 100th Stine Way post!

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100 posts on life, marriage, confessions, beliefs and lots of awkward pictures. In honor of 100 sounding like an important number, I thought I’d post 100 facts about us, the Stines, and our ways, as well as an awkward-ugly-photo-face-off my hubs and I had the other day on our walk to the post office.

1.We are at Starbucks right now.

2. I’m drinking a vanilla latte.

3.I have 24 stars to go till Gold Level. That’s a lot of stars. And a lot of coffee.

4.I don’t think I will ever make it to Gold Level. I’m sweating caffeine just thinking about it.

5. Did you know the Stine Way is actually a play on words? A Steinway is a piano brand. Before we got married, I would refer to Brett as my Steinway every now and then just cause I thought that was clever. But let’s be honest, The Stine Way is one hundred posts closer to not owning an actual Steinway. This blog would be so much cooler if we actually had a Steinway, but I think both Brett and I’s hearts belong to guitars and I think our budget belongs…. to not purchasing an expensive piano for the sake of a cooler blog.

6. I think Starbucks needs to drop the new La Boulange pastries they just picked up and take on whatever bakery makes Barnes and Noble’s pastries… cause those are La Awesomer.

7. I read an article this morning written by a European lady who was baffled by college students in America who wear Chacos all the time…. because they are so ugly.

8. I own and love a pair of beautiful Chacos… Europe lady and I probably wouldn’t get along.

9. My Pandora is usually set to Piano Soundtracks, Edith Piaf, or Miley Cyrus.

10. “100 Facts takes a lot longer to write out than I thought”, she wrote.

11. The hardest conversation I ever had with Brett, was when I confessed to him that I thought he needed to wash his hair more.

12. He laughed when I told him and took it like a champ.

13. He also washes his hair more often these days. PTL.

14. I’ve traveled to Brazil, Nepal, The Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, and California (it’s its own country believe me).

15. Every time I meet a “Stacie” I ask her what her middle name is and 99.9% of the time, her middle name is “Lynne” too, just spelled differently.

16. My sister lives in Amsterdam.

17. My brother and sister-in-law live in Brooklyn.

18. Brett lives with me, in Denton. Go figure.

19. Brett wears his wedding band on his right hand cause it doesn’t fit on his left.

20. Brett’s extended family gathers for Thanksgiving every year. Which really means, Brett’s extended family makes lots of authentic southern comfort food I get to eat too much of every year.

21. Brett’s been to 11 countries. My boo he so culturrrred.

22. He also knows two ancient languages. That’s two more than I know.

23. Brett is the ancient literature scholar equivalent to Einstein.

24. He listens to The Piano Film Score Pandora station too…which makes me think we should get a Steinway.

25. Brett was in a band called A September Renaissance when he was in high school. I tried to listen to their album once.

26. Brett also wears Chacos. Like a boss.

27. Brett’s Chaco’s smell horrific though.

28. Brett enjoys playing ultimate frisbee.

29. I enjoy throwing the frisbee… for funnzies… with zero ultimate competitive components.

30. Brett has a goal to ride every major metro system in the world.

31. I have a goal to get coffee with Jimmy Fallon one day.

32. Brett lost a cap to his tooth once.

33. He never replaced that cap, but he’s one of the most responsive people I know.

34. One of my professors once explained to my class the importance of remembering because all too often we forget the beautiful things about this life. One of the last things she ever wrote to me before I graduated communicated love so strongly to me, “I will remember you.”

35. Brett’s two favorite alcoholic beverages are Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (it’s like a chocolate milkshake for beer lovers) and Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout.

36. When I pray I experience an unexplainable hope and peace.

37. I asked for Caso in California one time and the server brought out a plate with a small pile of melted cheese on it. That’s the day I realized what TexMex really was and what California Caso wasn’t.

38. Next to Chacos, I believe Birkenstocks are the shoes of tomorrow.

39. Elizabethtown is my favorite movie.

40. I don’t think Orlando Bloom was really all that great in Elizabethtown, but Kirsten Dunst was stellar.

41. I saw Kirsten Dunst once at Santa Monica Beach, but didn’t realize it was her until my chance to say “Hi” had passed. DANGIT.

42. About Time is one of the best romantic movies I’ve seen in awhile.

43. Did you know there’s an old school movie called “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” with Danny Kay?

44. Me neither.

45. I wonder what weddings would do without Pinterest these days?

46. Books I think everyone should read in their lifetime are: I Married Adventure by Luci Swindoll and  the entirety  of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

47. One of my biggest fears is getting walked in on by accident in a public restroom.

48. I think it’s funny when my students think they are asking too personal of a question, because my socially intentional self CRAVES VULNERABILITY WITH THE HUMAN SPECIES!!

49. When I look at you, I visually see your name in 3D written across your body… because I’m a visual learner.

50. Words can be life and death for me. Mainly life.

51. I used to go on ski trips with my church in high school every winter. I hated skiing so I just went for the Colorado coffee shops and snow ball fights.

52. I met Tony Hawk on one of those ski trips.

53. I have a really great Ryan Gosling story. Ask me about it.

54. Modern Family is where it’s at.

55. So is Downton Abbey.

56. And Sherlock.

57. I used to watch The Bachelor in my Hall Director’s apartment every Monday night two years ago… he made a bracket for it, just like basketball. I don’t think anybody’s bracket got very far BECAUSE REALITY TV RUINS ALL MY HOPES AND DREAMS.

58. Ironically, I think it would be fun to be on a reality show… probably Fear Factor. Oh wait, that’s not on anymore? Phew….

59. Brett loves making stuffed french toast with cream cheese sauce and fruit.

60. I love eating his stuffed french toast with cream cheese sauce and fruit.

61. I keep UNO cards in my purse just in case I need to have emergency fun.

62. I played Captain Hook in Peter Pan once…

63. They made me chop off my hand to wear my Captain’s hook.

64. I liked how the hook looked, so I just left it there.

65. Writing a blog has been such a beautiful challenge…. while wearing a hook.

66. I will probably die from eating too much movie theatre popcorn or too much cheese.

67. I don’t really have a hook. I have two hands.

68. The first time I ever had a pedicure for prom I kicked the pedicure lady in the face on accident because whatever she was doing tickled A LOT.

69. I know how to operate theme park attractions (aka roller coasters).

70. That really just means I know how to press a green light and give a thumbs up.

71. Our friends Matt and Kelsey came over to watch The Sound of Music Live with Carrie Underwood and we decided her name should be changed to “Carrie NUNderwood.”

72. I believe it is wise and good to reflect on life in order to make change, grow, and move forward.

73. JK Rowling’s Harvard commencement speech changed my life AND made me cry AND inspired me to fail well in life. TED TALK IT NOW.

74. Yesterday I was hanging out with one of my bosses, Eugene, and he said something I really liked. It went something like, “When you lose, make sure you don’t lose the lesson.” As in, you WILL fail, but positive learning and growth is produced from failure.

75. I really enjoy interior decorating and fashion and sometimes wish I would have pursued those things.

76. I sometimes still think about pursuing interior decorating and fashion. Who needs one calling? I’ll take a million different callings.

77. When I started dating Brett he really taught me how to love-not-judge people just by how he lived his life.

78. My sophomore year of college my brother flew out to California and took a two day road trip with me up the Pacific Coastal Highway. That’s one of my favorite memories with him.

79. I am grateful my husband shows emotion in front of me. I love that his tears usually fall when he hurts for me or is talking about how much he loves me.

80. Shoooo

81. Whapppp

82. Bahhh

83. Doooooo

84. Beeeee

85. Doooooo

86. I am grateful for the sheer amount of adventures I’ve been given the opportunity to go on in my lifetime.

87. I usually start my mornings off journaling and reading because it gives me time to decide who I want to be that day.

88. Sometimes I wonder if I would have the same personality, character, and interests if I were born 300 years ago. Have you ever thought that?

89. My parents fell in love in Mexico at a point in in their lives when they least expected it.

90. I am taking a Biblical Counseling Course in the fall with my mom. I’M SO EXCITED!

91. My goal is to open an etsy shop or something like it in the sooners rather than the laters.

92. I secretly hated overnight church lock-ins or sleepovers because I really just love a good nights sleep.

93. I am sometimes still scared when I flush the toilet that toilet will somehow, in a Space Jam sort of way, suck me down into the pipes.

94. One of my favorite memories was watching my Grandma get married after my Grandpa died to a nice 80 year old guy named Al.

95. My friend Julia taught me my sewing machine is my friend, not my enemy, no matter how angry it makes me sometimes.

96. My current boss ate a meteorite once.

97. I like hanging out with people who eat meteorites.

98. No game makes me LOL better than Quelf.

99. I keep singing “yourrrrr crazy and I’m out of my mind” to Brett. That’s what happens when they start playing John Legend on the radio.

100. Thank you, for being a part of the 100 posts and beautiful moments in my life. Thank you for loving and encouraging me by reading what I write about our lives. We are the Stines, and these are our ways.

Here’s our face off:

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Clearly I won the variety competition. I guess Brett could win the Zoolander competition.