6.15.2014

Learning To Let Go

extensions: tressmerize [use code LIY10 for 10% off] // romper: in bloom boutique 

A few things to mention tonight as I reflect on where my mind has been at this weekend. For starters, let's get the elephant out of the room--those are extensions in my hair. While I wish I could sleep with miracle grow on my hair and wake up like this [anybody else now singing "I woke up like this"..cool me too] I can't. And so that's where these clip in extensions come into play. Within a matter of 2 minutes I have real hair that I can actually do something different with. I had honestly forgotten how to turn on a curling iron after I snapped these suckers into place and wanted to pretty them up. Long story short I am all sorts of excited to start pinning braids and updos and all those other fancy things you long haired people do. Check out Tressmerize asap on how to get your own set and we can be pinterest worthy together. Also, I should mention here that I always said I would never have hair extensions. Bieber was so right when he said never say never, it's almost scary. 


And now, onto other news--I've been realizing more and more with each day passes recently how I am a lot of things that I never thought I was. Starting with patience. It turns out when our house is for sale, I am anything but. I have always been one of those people who prided myself on how patient I am. "Look at me! I am totally patient! See that car in front of me going 12 miles per hour...I am enjoying it!" I'm either learning a lesson on humility or ignorance right now, I'm not sure which one, but it is most likely both. Nearly every other second I am waiting for a showing to be set-up, a call from our Realtor to come, or a car to pass by our house to check it out. And when these things don't happen, my stomach starts to hurt. Because here's the thing--I have absolutely no control over any of this. Going into the situation I was telling everybody "I am completely happy with whatever happens--I am not going to worry or get stressed out about if whether or not we are able to buy the house we really want. If it's supposed to happen, it will...and if it's not, it won't." While that theory would have been a great one to hold on to, this large part of me is suffocating the situation wanting it to happen so badly. I think sometimes I need to get to these points to fix my eyes back on the one who has control over everything. That cliche yet so true saying of "let go and let God" is ringing in my ears more than ever. I have to move out of the way for Him to make a move. Just typing the words makes my stomach feel more at ease. 

It's ironic how you think you know how you will act in a certain situation, until you are directly in it and the way you envisioned to react is the complete opposite of how you do. A very real and awe inspiring example of this is Jacqui over at Baby Boy Bakery who lost her son a few weeks ago. She has been on my mind daily since Ryan was taken away from her ...reading her raw honest thoughts while seeing her live loudly for her son is inspiring and has been forming that ever unknown question of "could I be that brave?". What I am going through is so minor next to her situation and thousands of people everywhere. What I am thankful though is that no matter the size of the circumstance, He is the answer. I don't have to know what will happen with our house, He already does. And I promise you, whatever happens--it will be good. 


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28 comments:

  1. Well hott damn! Look who looks like a freaking bombshell with long hair.

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  2. we are living parallel house selling lives. I know there is good waiting for me wherever we end up, but good grief would someone please buy my house because keeping it clean with all of these small people is driving me bonkers! Good look. From the pictures I have seen, your house is stunning.

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  3. I am loving the extensions! I think if you layered them through it might blend better.. :) You're always so gorgeous!

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  4. Oh my goodness, extension perfection! You look stunning!

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  5. What a great reminder, "Let Go, and Let God"! It is hard to do, but so rewarding when you trust in his plan! You are rocking the long locks, Lady!

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  6. I love the long locks Erin! Though it might be awkward when the wind blows your hair once you move here to Hawaii and oooof! Off flies your weave. Not that that has ever happened to me at all...ever.

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  7. Loving your long hair! Patience? What's that? That's something I have to learn! :/

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  8. Our house has been for sale for 8 long, grueling months of last minute showings, throwing crap in closets, and thinking this showing is the one. We have to sell before we can build. I feel your pain.

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  9. My sister is trying to sell her condo right now, they had a buyer and so they are closing on a new home. Their buyer fell through due to some legal issues with their association! They are doing their best to find a new buyer.
    I actually just wrote a post on my blog about letting go and surrendering to the plan which has been laid out for you. (Great minds think alike :-)) Erin, I think because of your great attitude and introspection you will get exactly what you are hoping for. Best of luck!

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  10. you can rock long and short hair- that's for sure!
    I think about Jacqui and Ryan often- even if I don't know them personally. She is handling everything so gracefully, I'm just not sure I could.

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  11. "He makes all things work together for His good." It's sometimes so hard to actually practice what we preach. We must remember it's all in his perfect timing.

    Jacqui's story has touched so many people. I don't know her, but I do think of her often. I'm not sure I could be that brave either. She is definitely an inspiration.

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  12. Matthew 6:34

    Worry is like a rocking chair - it gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere.
    :)

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  13. I'm almost positive I couldn't handle that situation like Jacqui is. Every time I look at my boys I think of her often even though I don't them personally either.

    We looked for a new house for 14 months and mostly while I was pregnant with #2 and we lost 13 houses to people outbidding us. Took 6 months off, had the baby and started looking again. The first house we put an offer in we got and it had EVERYTHING on our wish list and more. it was solely based on timing. You'll get there, and in the mean time, just whip your hair around like Willow Smith and sing that song cause girl you look hauttt!

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  14. I have always been envious of your short hair - it's SO perfect but I totally get the "wanting to do more with your hair" feeling - these extensions look great on you - what a different look! I love that we have again, as women embraced all there is to offer in the beauty world - natural is amazing, trust me, but branching out and having fun with beauty is also very liberating as well!

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  15. Long hair, don't care! You look fabulous, darling! And I totally understand about the house situation. I am dying to put ours up on the market, but terrified no one will buy it. God's plan, honey. That's all I can say.

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  16. I absolutely love this post! Oh, and the extensions are pretty rockin, too. :)

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  17. in high school my youth pastor's wife always told me not to pray for patience because God would show it to me. she was right :) I don't think we can gain qualities without being tested in them first. so after this season then you can say you are patient because God gave you plenty of opportunities to learn it!

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    1. Wow, I love that! It reminds me of that phrase, 'Worrying is like praying for what you don't want.' I'll have to think of that next time!

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  18. Beautiful words. I often wonder the same thing when it comes to my situations. They seem so small compared to other people's situations. But at least I know He is my answer, it's hard to remember sometimes. Happy Monday friend.

    xoxo Allison over at Allison's Eye

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  19. Great post ! Everyone has their ups and downs. God bless you Erin. And I'm loving your hair. Fabulous.

    xoxo

    Nicholl
    http://nichollvincent.blogspot.com

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  20. Beautiful post! I dont know Jacqui personally, but think of her often. Her story has touched so many people and she is definitely an inspiration.

    Sending lots of positive thoughts to you! xox

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  21. I have never tried hair extensions! You are rockin them! :) and He will give you patience. Things will all work out!

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  22. oh, i can totally relate to this! i'm still learning the whole patience thing, but i think i'm on the right track!

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  23. I find it difficult at time to let go and let whatever will be, be. I'm a doer, a fixer, and figure it outer. When things are out of my hands I always think there has to be something I can do, anything right? Your post has come on a perfect day for me to remember to take a breath and just enjoy this beautiful day I've been given. Life may not be perfect, but it's perfectly beautiful. Even those things that are outside of my control.

    Brooke
    http://brookewithaquestionmark.wordpress.com

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  24. You seriously resemble Jennifer Aniston to a tee here... and as I think she's a goddess, well...

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  25. Love the extensions girl!! They look great on you! And you're right, HE is in control and has great things in store for both you and Jacqui.. even if it doesn't seem completely obvious at the moment. Hang in there! He's always got your back. oxoxox!

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