You know when you meet someone for the first time and you introduce yourself but then don't know what to say after that? Yeah, that won't be happening here. If this was real life, it would've been awkward. But in blog land, where I have time to write and rewrite and rewrite some more, I'm going to be able to say everything that I want to. I think.
My name is Anna. My friends will tell you one of two things about me: I am creative person or I really love to eat. Both are correct. I graduated last December with a degree in Visual Communications (a fancy way to say graphic design) from University of Texas in Arlington. I now work as a graphic/web designer for a marketing firm. I am also a self-taught sewer/quilter. My love for sewing began when I wanted to make my baby boy a quilt and from there it grew. By God's grace, I ran and operated a sewing business for 4 years. It allowed me to stay home part time and go to school part time. I no longer run this shop because I now work full time but I do have plans to continue doing SOMETHING. Not sure what that looks like but that's a fun part of the journey. I am obsessed with all things natural: food, cleaning products, hygiene products, essential oils, etc. I can spend hours researching about this topic. Although I believe in living the all natural life, I will eat the heck out of some concession stand hot dogs and popcorn. If I'm going to eat bad, I'm going to eat really bad and have no regrets afterwards. Winky face. I am an introvert that craves being social. I get tongue tied very easily. I really only let my true colors out when I am with my closes friends and family. And although I do love a good spontaneous adventure, I am a very cautious and careful person.
I am married to Ben, my best friend, for almost a year. I have been with him for over 8 years, basically all of my 20's. He is the opposite of me in almost every way. Laid-back, Texas boy who is fanatic for all things sports and hunting. He loves being a dare devil and is so good at talking. You know, the type of person who just always knows what to say and who is really quick on his feet with punch lines and jokes? We have opposite interests but I like it that way. It is nice to not be with someone who doesn't need to be creative 24/7 like myself. It allows me to take a break. And the same for him. The things we do have in common? Being rooted in Christ for ourselves and for our family and loving every person that comes in our lives. We both also love to go camping and be outdoors and we dream to one day own acres of land with a little house on it.
We have an almost 5 1/2 year old son, Gavin. Yes, do the math. Not the most ideal situation to be pregnant in but God was in control the whole time. Gavin was the baby I never knew I wanted. I know God has mighty plans for our little man. At this age, he loves everything superhero, building legos for hours, and playing and running freely outside. He wants a dog so badly and a little brother to play with (maybe one day soon).
So what will this blog be about? Ultimately the whole reason I am blogging again is because God had laid on my heart that it is time to share my story. The story that He is writing for my life. Of how I knew the goodness of walking with the Lord but I decided to throw it away because I wanted to control my own life. And when I was deep in my disobedience, He never left my side, my heart, my soul. I could hear him whispering my name for 5 long years to come back to him. And then how he changed my husband's heart, something that I have tried so hard to do on my own but couldn't. So when I finally surrendered my family to God, he saved us. It's a long story so I will write bits and pieces of it through out the year.
Oh, and I also want to start sharing free sewing tutorials and free prints and just a bunch of free stuff. Speaking of free, writing a quilt tutorial right now to share with you hopefully in the next day or so!
Photos by my good friend Jennifer from Unearthed Photography!