Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Today, I decided to link up with The Pleated Poppy and do her What I Wore Wednesday (well, what I wore yesterday or the day before that...because I'm pretty sure that today, I'm wearing my gym clothes...).

Lately, on my gym days, I've been staying in my gym clothes and not showering after class because we've been walking to school to get Kensington and playing at the it just doesn't make sense to get all cleaned up only to get dirty again.  I love this nice weather and time with my kiddos, so I'll forgo personal hygiene a few afternoons a week to really enjoy it :).

That being said, what have I been wearing on the other days?  Apparently, I've been wearing pretty much the same thing every day...

Well, I've been wearing this striped shirt a lot lately!  I shared these tees with you guys back in February...I loved my first one so much that I bought two more (they come in 20 different choices).  Perfect for layering and will be great with my shorts this summer.  Apparently my look right now is pants, tee and jacket.  Plus, I've been wearing my favorite sandals (in the third pic) almost every day...they are so comfy!

My denim jacket can be found here.
My jeans in the third pic can be found here.
My sandals can be found here.
My necklace can be found here.

Love these tees :).

You know how much I love my chambray shirt...


Well, I found this one and thought it was a very fun take on the basic chambray...

It's purply!  So fun, right?  I saw this shirt online and it came in basic chambray plus 9 fun colors, so I bought the purple gust color and love it!  If you're looking for a basic chambray, they have it...if you want to spruce things up with some colors, check those out as well.

As you can at the Shull house is pretty boring...workout clothes and some basics on repeat.  That's what I wore this Wednesday.  What about you?  What are you wearing?  What's your spring go-to?  I would love to know!

In honor of crazy April 1, I'm doing things backwards and serving breakfast for dinner.  Click here to see my breakfast for dinner menu on my foodie blog.

Happy April 1st!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fifty Two Shades of Shay: Finding Faith

A few years ago, the most common questions I received via email were about Sean...and then, after a time, the most common questions I was asked were about infertility...but I would say that over the last year and a half or so, the most common questions I receive every single day are about my faith.  So, in honor of Easter this weekend, I thought it would be a great time for me to answer a few of those questions here.

Here are some of the questions I have received in the last week alone...

1. How do I start my relationship with Jesus?
First, you have to acknowledge him and ask him to live in your heart.  Just simply pray and tell him that you need him...that you want him to be a part of your life forever.  Don't wait until you feel like you have all of your stuff together and you're on the road to perfection...Christ isn't looking for perfection...he'll take you just as you are.  He's right there waiting for him.

From my personal experience, I do not know what I would do without my relationship with Jesus.  I have walked through some really dark days in my life, but I always knew that I wasn't alone.  The peace, hope, joy and love that comes from having a relationship with Christ has kept me going.  

2. Now what do I do???
Thank goodness my friend Kelly wrote this amazing post several years ago about what to do after you establish you want a relationship with Jesus but don't know what to do after that.  I bet I've emailed this link out to hundreds of people.  Click here to read Kelly's "Now What?" post.  

3. What version of the Bible do you read?
I really like the New Living Translation.  If you don't have a Bible, you can always download the Bible app for free!  I use my Bible app all.the.time.  Within the Bible app, you can pick your  translation, get a verse of the day, do Bible studies, just read through the's 2015 and sometimes the best way to do things is the techy way and the Bible app is perfect for that.

It looks like this...

4. What Bible study should I do?
I like the daily devotional Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  I typically read the little one minute section every day before doing my actual study.  There are so many good studies out there!  Here are just a few I love...

Let's All Be Brave by Annie Downs 
Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel
Radical by David Platt
God is Able by Priscilla Shirer
Pray Big For Your Child by Will Davis Jr.
So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore
Breaking Free by Beth Moore
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

5. I want to start reading the Bible.  Where do I begin?
I always encourage people to begin by reading one chapter of John a day along with one chapter of Proverbs.  As you read, really ask God to help you understand how you can apply these scriptures to your life.

6. How do I find a church?
Ahhh....well, seeing that it's the week of Easter, you're in luck...this is the best time to try out a church!  Sometimes, you don't find the right church right off the bat and it takes some church hopping.  When we lived in Detroit, it took us about 3 months of hopping until we found one where we just automatically felt like we belonged.  We enjoyed the sermon, the music, and the other people there just felt like a match for us.  Don't get discouraged...and don't give up.  When we moved to McKinney, TX, we found the perfect church for us on the first just have to get out there and try to find one.

7. What does your daily "quiet time" look like?
I did a post on my daily quiet time last year.  Each morning, I sit down with my Bible, my Bible study, my coffee and prayer time with Jesus :).  You can read that post here.

This week, as Christians come together to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I hope that you too can have the peace, hope, joy and faith in the Savior of the world.  If you have any questions not answered here or just need someone to email, please feel free to contact me ( As much as I love blogging about my life, my travels and my food...I spend more time communicating with people about my faith...and for that, I'm extremely grateful.

And because Easter is know I have to share a few more Easter recipes :).

Today, Easter Macaroons.  Yes.  You need these.  Click here for the recipe.

Monday, March 30, 2015

April Goals

April is going to be a busy month around the Shull house.  Andrew celebrates his birthday on the second, we have Easter, Andrew is going to do mission work overseas, my kiddos start swim lessons and baseball season begins.'s going to be a good month.

Since Andrew is going to be a gone a good chunk of the month, I kept my goals simple.  Before we get to April though...let me recap March...

1. Actually celebrate our 11th Anniversary: Yes, we did!  Thanks to our wonderful babysitters Tab and Erika, we were able to enjoy dinner on our anniversary.

2. Make appointments for everything and everyone: Yup, done, done, done.  We visited the pediatrician, the dentist, the dermatologist, my hair gal...we checked everyone off our list. 

3. Invite 2 families over for dinner: We did this one too!  We invited one familiar family over for dinner (the Slaughters...and we ate Pulled Pork), and then we invited our pastor and his family over for dinner (we ate Beef Enchiladas)...which was a little more out of the box (because we had never had them over before).  Both suppers were really nice and I'm so glad that I followed through and did this.  You really get to know people over supper at your kitchen table.

4. Go to the Perot Museum with Smith: Doing that today!!  Smith, Ashby and I are headed to the museum this morning.  We're all excited about this :).

5. Have a lazy Spring Break: Well, thanks to a little snow, a lot of rain and cold weather...we had a lazy Spring Break.  The weather kept us in (except for the one nice day when we went to the zoo!) and we had a great week!

So, what's on tap for April?  Here you go...

1. Spring Clean: I need to go through my closet and each of the kids' closets and clean out clothes and shoes that don't fit any more, donate them and reorganize for spring and summer stuff.  I also need to clean out my pantry and fridge and get them in shape for spring and summer food too.

2. Clean up yard and patio: Now that our winter weather is over, I need to clean up the dead plants, make room for new annuals, sweep off my patio, clean off my patio furniture and make our outdoor space nice for pretty weather.

3. Buy Swimsuits: My kiddos all start swim lessons this month, so I need to round up some swimsuits for them.  We've never started swim lessons this early before, but I wanted to get it done before the end of school so that once school is out, we can dive right into summer and not have to pause for swim lessons.  (Thank goodness our swim instructor heats her pool!)

4. Run Outside: I used to run outside all the time.  In fact, a long time ago, I was a long distance runner and ran marathons...but now, I prefer classes at the gym.  That being said, the weather is going to be beautiful this month, so I need to embrace the weather and skip the gym a few days and hit the outdoors instead.  Am I the only one that gets inspired by the Athleta catalog?  Seriously, every time it shows up in my mailbox, it makes me want to be a better person ;).

5. Watch Baseball: My world becomes complete once the Red Sox are playing.  I listen to New England Sports Radio all day, I watch every game, I read the Boston world just makes more sense when the Sox are in season.  My goal is to watch as much baseball as I can...but most importantly, enjoy this guy playing baseball the most...

And one last thing...after over two years of Pin-spired...

...Mel, Sheaffer and I have decided to switch things up and do a new linky party instead.  New details are coming, and we think you'll like it even better.  Thanks to everyone who always linked up to us!  You made Pin-spired so much fun over these last two years!

  Don't forget, Meal Planning Monday is on the foodie blog today...

...five simple suppers to make your week a breeze!  Click here.

Happy Monday!

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