A Book You Need to Preorder!

I've come out of blogger retirement, folks. It's that good. A fellow alumna and friend from way back when has written a book and I'm super pumped to be on the launch team!

Micah is a ray of sunshine, the type of woman you look up to. It can be so easy to be envious of the woman who seems to have it all together. What's her secret?? This secret isn't so deep or hard to attain for yourself. She reveals her weak with God and her thoughts about her personal relationship with an Almoghy God and friend.

As part of the launch team, I'll preview an early copy and report back to you my thoughts and an honest review.

Here's the description online:
Problems can make you feel like God is far away, but they can also be the very things that bring you closer to him.
Anchored In isn’t a book of Christian cliché’s or sweet stories to warm the heart but rather an authentic look at the hard parts of life.  It challenges us to stop running from and clinging to the past, and to grasp tightly to the only unshakable Anchor that is able to sustain our souls through the storms of life. 
Micah shares personal stories, such as her father’s abandonment of her family, and couples them with biblical application to offer real-life glimpses of God at work. She offers inspiration to live a life full of God’s power rather than one that causes us to turn away and be paralyzed by problems. 
Living anchored in God’s presence is a beautiful gift that few truly experience simply because they do not understand the key to God’s power – surrender. Or if they know to surrender, they do not know how to let go of the problems that consume their lives. Through simple, tangible steps learn to surrender in every season of life.
Hearing from God is not reserved for a chosen few, but rather promised to those who believe. If you are longing to experience God’s power in a deeper way, this is a journey for you.

Click that pic to preorder! 


Casual, Well-Traveled Living Room

My future living room is going to be so much fun to put together. I've kind of got this idea in my head of what I want it to look like, but I need to be in the space to really envision the look I want. I'm calling it the casual, well-traveled living room. I'm waiting on the rug I ordered to arrive and then I will test paint samples on the walls. Eeeeeeek! So excited to get this party started.

The curtains pictured here are the similar to what I already have in my living room. They are cream with a really cool Boho look to them. That lamp with the pineapple base is what I'm currently crushing on. My current lamp will have to stay for awhile though. Other rooms need more attention for sure.

I'm still brain storming media center ideas. I want something a little more modern, because while I looooove vintage, I don't want a museum for a house. It's good to keep things a little fresh and up-to-date, and technology seems like a practically obvious choice.

Casual, well-traveled living room

Overall, I want the living room to feel relaxing, inviting, comfortable. The clutter needs to be kept at a minimum, but 2 little boys in the house, I'll be fighting that battle valiantly. Just picture me with a roman centurion get-up on clearing clutter and shouting, "For the family!" or something.

So what do you think? Do you have any rooms that really hard to decorate? What have you done to fix this in your home? 


A Chair of Another Color

So I'm a thrifting failure when it comes to a dining table and chairs. We had one set given to us (ugly), one set from Craiglist (ugly), and one set bought from Kmart. Yes, you heard that right, Kmart. It's solid wood and simple lines, so I bought it. It made hubby happy. It was functional.

I just could not bring myself to buy a nice table until we got a house. Kind of like we were living temporarily.

The table has gone through a few makeovers, leaving me never satisfied with the end results. It was painted white to over compensate for my poorly lit dining/living room combo we got going on. Meh is how I felt about it.

My favorite thing to do with the table is cover it up.


The Story Behind the Name: What Does Clear Cut Crystal Mean?

Have you ever heard the phrase, "There's no clear cut answer?" or "yeah, I get it, it's crystal clear" spoken with a hint sarcasm?

When I picked my name, I wanted something with my name in it, something alliterative, and something that could grow with the blog.

Clear Cut Crystal. That's me. What you see is what you get. I'm never one to sugar coat and I'll never tell you what you want to hear just to make you feel good. I'm usually pretty blunt.

That has rubbed many people wrong over the years, but I just don't know how else to be. I'm me and I'm not sure how to change that.


What to DO When God Says Wait

Mr. ClearCut and I were talking about life and how excited we are to FINALLY move into our new house, when he said something that blew me away, "I feel like I've been living temporarily for years now."

I've actually had this thought many times in the last couple years. We never fully embraced our apartment, never really decorated until recently. We lived in a temporary world. Someday we will have a house, someday we will put down roots, someday we will...and so on.

We lived in "after the house" world. I joked with my husband that we lived in this rosy world where all of our troubles would be over "after the house".

After the house we will have parties. After the house we will buy that (insert something we should probably buy, but we are being way too frugal right now). We will take that trip "after the house".

But you know what? I'm kind of proud of us for having HUGE goals, dreaming for the future, and then executing those goals with laser-focused intensity!  We did it, baby! It's very emotional for both of us.

Delaying pleasure for future gain = being an actual grown-up.  :)

This memory came up on Facebook on June 11 and I just had to share it. My heart was so full that day. It's a beautiful story that I had to share again.