August 29, 2014

Yesterday...


...Phoebe turned 19! :)

Jo (me), Rowena, Phoebe, Abby and Rachel. The two R.'s are our cousins. :)


Even though she is older than me, I still find myself stunned by the fact that she is getting older. Not that she is OLD, but that we more than likely have a short time left together. One or both of us will probably marry, move away, go to college or something of that sort. That, to me, is a bitter-sweet thought. I love Phoebe very dearly! Besides my other sister (and my friend Kathleen), she is my dearest friend. I can't imagine life without her!

The four Kautt sisters

 Life without her nearly constant witty remarks; her techy support; her words of encouragement; her cheerful attitude; her enthusiasm for life (especially sports *think BASEBALL*-- even if I despise pro-sports); most importantly her love and passion for God and truth. Gah, life would be pretty bland. ;)

"Pheebs" and I are practically joined at the hip; twins born 2 1/2 years apart. We are alike in quite a few ways:

  • We are both musically inclined



  • We love taking photos
  • We randomly blurt out movie, book or song quotes/lines
  • We will think of something at the same exact time and usually utter it at the same time. :) We have fun with that one.--- All three of us girls share a room, and at night (we keep our room super dark) we all say goodnight blessings to each other and so since we know Abby can't see us, Pheebs and I will sometimes (sometimes planned, sometimes not) in the same breath say goodnight back to her. Then she thinks only one of us has responded to her. :D We love to trick her! :D 
  • We are both mischievous (believe, the above account only scratches the surface), though I think Phoebe is more clever in her pranks and tricks--- probably because she is so quiet. You have to watch-out when you're around her! :) 

  • I am sure there are other ways too, that I can't think of right now.
  • Oh, we're both pretty sarcastic. ;) And we LOVE to give each other a hard time! 
Ways we are NOT alike:
  •  She's extremely athletic (to the point of intimidating athletic GUYS!! :D) and excels in nearly any sport she tries to play vs. I enjoy sports (*playing* certain sports-- like ultimate frisbee, sometimes volleyball), but am not good at really any. 
Playing ultimate frisbee

  • She is very good at mathematics vs. I like math, but it most certainly is not one of my academic strengths.
  • She isn't a girly-girl at all (she does enjoy dressing femininely, but her version is devoid of pink, frills, etc. for the most part) vs. I am a infamous fashionista (wanna-be, I guess). However, I enjoy getting muddy, going four-wheeling, riding bikes, etc. :) 
  • She is very laid-back (except in large social circles--- well, she's getting better at it. She's rather shy in such gatherings) vs. I tend to get all wound-up easily and too talkative (though I have mellowed in that way too, since we moved to OK and left friends). I hope that is just a maturity aspect. ;) 
All of this to say, I am blessed beyond measure by my darling, dark curly-headed Phoebe Ann! :)

God has been so gracious to bestow her to my family. :) Any guys out there reading this, if you win her heart, you've won quite a treasure. Of course, I am just a *tad* bit biased. ;) Love you, Pheebster!

August 27, 2014

Introducing Jo

Jo and I are 8 years apart, she is my youngest sister, the craft-sy one in our home, smiley and highly talented musically. 

I have asked her to join Phoebe and I on here, so you will now benefit from her blogging contributions. :) 

She is blogging under the name "creativity starts here" - you can distinguish her that way.

I know that you will enjoy her insightful posts about fashion, crafting, and life.  She is a gem. 

August 25, 2014

Dusty Blue {Outfit Post}

Recently, our mom found some really good deals on several clothing items at a thrift store. And combined, they make quite a flattering and modest outfit. So I (Jo) asked if I could snap a few photos of the outfit to share with you lovely readers. Of course, she agreed. ;) 


Doesn't she look positively stunning?! ;) I wish I had gotten a more up-close photo that showed her gorgeous blue eyes-- they really stood out when she wore this outfit. :) 

Weekly Gram


I get to play guitar every Wednesday night, and on Sunday mornings as well. - Phoebe

August 19, 2014

Journaling

a journal entry from over 2 years ago

I have been journaling since 2003, when I was 13 years young.  Which means, that I have accumulated quite a number of journals over the years, well over 20 are kept away in a box.  I will, from time to time, pull one out, and peruse its contents, smiling to myself at my idealism, and dreams, which were so far-fetched and unrealistic; or my rants on topics I was little acquainted with, but my passion oozed nonetheless.  

For me, keeping a journal serves two purposes: Firstly, it helps me to clarify my thoughts, since I find that I can understand something more clearly after I have thought it over, and recorded it on paper.  And secondly, to keep a record of life events, quotes, struggles, and musings, which are private, but which I wish to record for the future.  

I currently have two journals which I write in on a regular basis - one is my personal journal, where I write about my life, and focus my writing on working through problems, recording prayers, blessings, joys and sorrows.  The other is my 1000 gifts journal, where I record, the blessings, magnificent and mundane, with which God has blessed my life.  This is the second time I have gone through the 1000 Gifts journey, and I highly recommend this exercise, as thankfulness is one way we can worship our great Jesus.  

One thing I have learned from my years of keeping a journal, is that it is not wise to write when I am angry or upset, because I inevitably write things I later regret, things which need only be poured out to my Abba, in heart-wrenching prayer.  

If you don't keep a journal, I would encourage you to do so - even if it just a prayer journal, it can be so helpful to see what your heart is wanting to say.  I find that often my words are best expressed on paper, not audibly.  

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I pour out my soul in words. Desperate to be able to understand life, embracing its ups and downs. Each day is a gift, another opportunity to bless, to smile, to share, to extend mercy, to truly love. Release your fears to Jesus, and find peace in Him. 

August 18, 2014

Weekly Gram



"Choose well, your choice is brief, and yet endless." - Goethe

 {Lots to still be learned; make sure it's the right kind of knowledge}

August 14, 2014

Falls Creek 2014 pt. 2


On the way out Saturday morning, I snapped this picture of the fossil-laden rock near the road.  I'm sure it would be interesting to go and take a closer look at the Davis mountains, geologically speaking. ;)


You could see for miles, and had it been a clear day, I'm sure it would have been all the more spectacular. 


An old barn near our friends farm in Perkins, OK.  


The Cimmaron river (I believe)


Pretty little Perkins 

Those are all the pictures I am going to post, as I didn't take any others that trip.  But I would like to share with you some thoughts from my week of camp.

This was my first time ever, to attend youth camp.  I didn't grow up going to camp each summer, unlike a lot of kids in our society.  I'm glad that I got to go this year, for two reasons: firstly, because there were kids from our church attending, and I saw it as an opportunity to connect with them over a period of several days, since I really don't speak with them much outside of Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.  And secondly, because I was looking forward to being fed, to experiencing a time of spiritual and physical renewal after a long, hard year, full of changes. 

I think the high-light of my week were the times of worship.  I enjoyed the music, it was meaningful, but I think it was more so because I was able to be a part of the congregation, which is not something I get to do on Sunday's since I am on the worship team at my church.  

I also was challenged each time we had our small groups, because I was co-leader, and as such, I had to be prepared to answer questions, and have discussions which stretched me and my knowledge of the Bible.  The first night, I had the opportunity to share my testimony with the girls in my group, which was a great experience.  I would love to do that again.  

All in all, I would have to say that my week at camp was great!  I hope that I will get to go again as a sponsor and leader, because I was pushed out of my comfort zone, and learned so much not just from the lessons, but from the kids I was there to help.   

August 6, 2014

Clothed

I love the combo of grey and moss green 

Favorite flats of mine which I picked up off the closeout table at Wal-Mart last summer

I like when my hair cooperates ;)

Phoebe and I all dressed up for a tea party

Rolled up style 

This is a really comfy top 


A tiny owl 

My boho outfit 

I made the infinity scarf from the bottom of a hippie skirt 


Picked up these boho ("hipster") shoes at the thrift store for $3

Blue beanie 

This is just a slice of everyday and Sunday wear.  I dress for comfort, workability and modesty.  Most of my clothes are from the thrift store.  I love thrifting! 

August 5, 2014

Flora and Fauna

Mimosa flower

The delicate leaves of a Mimosa 

Green against the sky 

Three cherries 

Red and ripe 

A baby watermelon (they are much larger now) 

Hidden in the deep green 

Summer squash 

Lovely roses 

August 4, 2014

Once and for all




Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

Hebrews 7:23-28 

But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

 Hebrews 9:11-15 

Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Hebrews 9:23-28

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:
“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me. 
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin
You had no pleasure. 
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—
In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God.’”

Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

Hebrews 10:5-17 

Jesus uttered those most famous and meaningful words just as He breathed His last on the cross:  IT IS FINISHED - He died ONCE for all the sins of mankind.  He finished the work of atoning for our sins by that one act.  Hallelujah!

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.   (John 19:30)