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sugar, i'm done with you.

hi, my name is aly. and i'm an addict.

there i said it. that makes me feel better. and i'm dead serious, though some of you may giggle, roll your eyes, scoff, or even feel relieved when i tell you that:

i'm addicted to sugar.

those of you who will scoff and roll your eyes are either addicted yourself [but you're not ready to face it yet], or think that i'm making a big deal out of nothing. alcoholism, eating disorders, pornography... those are real vices. come on Aly, stop trying to make yourself out to be someone who struggles with some huge secret sin when you don't. i get it, i understand what you're saying, and i would agree with you except that you're not inside my head. you have no idea the grip this has on me.

the ones who feel relieved, it's because you think, oh good at least it's not anything serious. and i understand what you're saying too. and i think because a sugar addiction and really food addiction of any kind doesn't alwa…

[young love part 6] aka: longest, most vulnerable post ever.

if you're new to this series, start here:  part 1  |  part 2  |  part 3  |  part 4  |  part 5

so, by now you know that he told me he loved me twice within a few months' span
and i didn't say it back either time.
well, a few weeks after the "second time" occurred,
we were sitting in my room and he was making me laugh as always. [remember, he was funny?] in the midst of laughter, i just blurted it out:

haahaha, i love you, haha...

and we both paused.
and panicked.
i didn't even intend to say it, it just came out of my mouth and now i can't take it back!?!

and i'll never forget the look of disbelief, coupled with relief, in his eyes. i can see it right now in my mind and it still makes me melt. like i had just made his entire year. his entire life. by loving him back.
i'm pretty sure it was very quickly after that i knew i was going to marry him. crazy, right? fifteen years old and i already know who i'm going to marry? yeah, call me crazy. i …

instafriday #21

i think i've missed the last two instafridays, so i've got three whole weeks here for you!

all these faces are too sweet.
easter basket and easter egg hunt. she kept asking about the easter bunny though. i told her he had lots of eggs to hide, so he couldn't stop and say hi. she wondered why he leaves eggs and not carrots.  good question!
i've been eating a LOT healthier [more on that next week] and juicing everyday. i do feel better and have a lot more energy... the weight, however, is not falling off like i thought it might.  oh well, that wasn't the real point of me doing it anyway.
my girls on Easter. what a relaxing day!
this is a recipe i tried the other day for a bar-type breakfast thing. i like them, but both my husband and daughter spit it out! so, if you dare, here's the recipe.  [i omitted the brown sugar and used applesauce. i also added some flaxseed meal to it.]

love my new necklace from the honey pot. it says "i sing because i'm happy. i…

when it just hits you

today i had one of those crazy shifts in perspective. do you know what i'm talking about? all of a sudden i'm standing there cutting up the pork shoulder to stick in the crock pot and it hits me:
i am so blessed to be doing this. all of this.
this morning i woke up like any other. you know, an eleven week old baby, crying and hungry.

we went downstairs and i made some fresh juice for Reese and myself.  we had orange-pineapple-apple. seriously delicious and refreshing and perfect.  it struck me how much joy i actually get from taking a few pieces of fruit and juicing them up into something yummy and nutritious. something that Reese begs me for every day.  i get joy from that.  i think it's two-fold: that i even have access to nutritious food for my family,  and also that i don't mind doing the work of cutting and peeling and juicing for what would seem like little return. for me, it's a huge return-- nutrition.  and i finally realized in that moment how much joy it a…

no more generic iPhone cases

i have to tell you something really fun. you know how i'm starting to really get the shop going again? as in, designing lots of new prints and really trying to promote the shop? and you may remember that i have my designs on right here?

well the other night i posted this print on instagram because i love it and it shows off the new color-combination which i think is totally soft and feminine and romantic and lovely. don't you?

and two sweet friends saw it on instagram and asked if i had it available as an iPhone case.

the fun part? i was able to resize it and upload it into the store as an iPhone case within a few hours. and they were able to buy it! no more generic iPhone cases, my friends.

maybe you're not in love with this particular design, but if you see any design in the shop that you like, please email me, and let me know which one it is, and what product you'd like it on. if you want an iPhone case, an iPad case, a magnet, a mug, a journal, a sheet o…

love notes: [young love part 5]

if you're new to this series, start here:  part 1  |  part 2  |   part 3  |  part 4

so i don't know about your high school, but we went to a small christian school that's affiliated with a baptist church.  which meant no dancing [secretly a relief for me, right? because if you've been reading, you know i dislike dancing because i'm terrible at it.] you could dance, but the school could not sponsor or put on an event that included dancing. so that meant there was no prom or homecoming dance or sweethearts. so what do the baptist high school students do? we have "banquets". we dress up pretty and take pictures and ride in limos and go eat. for real. that's it. all of you who went to CHS is nodding your heads and giggling a little. luckily [for everyone else who enjoyed it] someone always had an after party  where the dancing happened.
but needless-to-say, for girls who didn't have prom, banquet was very important. remember how i stayed with my freshma…

the big plot: [young love part 4]

if you're new to this series, start with:  [part 1]   and   [part 2]   and   [part 3]

his birthday was october 29, not too long after we became "official". another chance to see the whole family. but it was getting easier each time, and besides,  they were some of the nicest people you could ever meet and none of them were shy.

i got him a quicksilver t-shirt for his gift. lame.
that was the hardest part about it.
what do you get someone you've only known for 2 months
but he's your boyfriend and you should be able to think of a really awesome gift?

that same weekend there was a halloween party. yeah, remember how i said i was socially awkward and hated parties?
especially dance parties? it was a dance party. my saving grace? he had broken his shoulder a few weeks earlier and had three pins sticking out and couldn't do much. we went to the party but we didn't have to dance. yay!

however. i had no idea about the huge plot that was taking shape behind my back.

O death, where is your sting?

2000 years ago today... the world was forever changed death was defeated. the grave was conquered. Jesus Christ rose triumphantly to life just as He said He would. Hope is the victor. Life is ours to receive. 
abundant, full. Peace is ours to experience. 
liberally, daily. Grace has been poured out.
 freely, without limit. Joy comes in the morning. i hope so much that you've believed, trusted, received. He did it all for you.
i feel lighter this morning. like a burden has been lifted all over again. do you?  Hope has risen from the grave: alive, victorious and seated at the right hand of Almighty God, actively and constantly interceding on our behalf.oh, how he loves us.
See, what a morning, gloriously bright,  With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light,  As the angels announce, "Christ is risen!"  See God's salvation plan,  Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,  Fulfilled in Christ, the Man,  For He lives: Christ is risen…


have you heard of the new(ish) album, "The Story"? well, it's a compilation of many songs and artists, and each one sings from the perspective of a specific person in Scripture. it's chronological through the Bible, and the idea is to tell a story through the music. thee Story

this particular song is by Natalie Grant, and she's singing as Mary Magdalene. it's called "Alive".

Who but You
Could breathe and leave a trail of galaxies
And dream of me?

What kind of love
Is writing my story till the end
With Mercy's Pen?
Only You.

What kind of King
Would choose to wear a crown
that bleeds and scars
To win my heart.

What kind of Love
Tells me I'm the reason He can't stay
Inside the grave

Is it You?
Standing here before my eyes
Every part of my heart cries.

Alive, Alive
Look what Mercy's overcome
Death has lost and Love has won!

Alive, Alive
Halleujah, Risen Lord
the only one I fall before

I am His
because He is

Who could speak

facebook and zazzle

hey friends! so i'm officially on Facebook... not me personally, but blossom & vine. right here.
would you mind heading over there for a quick sec and clicking "like"? i would be so happy!!  [there's a coupon code for you over there, just look at the very top left]
and then take a little look at these new prints. i can't stop:

i know, technically this isn't brand new...  but i changed the regular stripes to chevron stripes and it's just so much more awesome.
so don't forget to "like" the fb page.  i'm thinking some kind of giveaway will be in order when we reach 100 or something fun like that. 

the other cool thing, that you may have recognized over on the sidebar, is that you can now buy my designs through i have a store, and you can get cool stuff like mugs, poster size enlargements, canvases, necklaces, iPad cases, magnets... and SO much more, all with blossom & vine on it. i have to say, the website looks a littl…