what’s in your box?

New York

San Francisco


Cape Cod

Jackson Hole


Napa Valley





These are the top ten places I dream of visiting in the U.S.

I remember being in Sunday school as a little girl and hearing a story that has stuck with me all my life.  Warning:  I will share this story but I will butcher it, that’s why I don’t teach Sunday School, that and other people’s kids freak me out.  The lady explained that God had a little box up in heaven with our name on it.  Everyone in the whole wide world had one.  It was full of our dreams and blessings and all the things we wanted out of life.  All we had to do was talk to God and ask him for these blessings.  But for some reason I’ve always felt it was bad to ask God for stuff.  There are children starving, women being beaten and raped, soldiers leaving their families to fight wars.  Why should I waste God’s time asking for anything, he has plenty on his plate.

But last year when I went through my “thing” I decided it was time to really get closer to God.  This meant sharing all my hopes and dreams with him.  One thing I shared was my desire to have a job that I loved and one where I could use my creativity and my passion.  Another thing I shared was my desire to learn and travel and see more of the world.  Travel is something I have always wanted to do but as an introvert and extreme homebody, travel was something so outside my comfort zone.  That and the cost of travel.  After the bills are paid and the air conditioner replaced and new tires bought, money put away for college, there just never seemed to be enough.

But I asked for that job, and then I asked for new learning experiences though travel.  And God opened my little box up there in heaven.  We were blessed with a job in Dallas last month and tomorrow Christina and I leave for Connecticut to redesign another house.  The best part is we are flying into Laguardia,  and I will be able to see and visit New York City for two days after we complete our job!!!!  See that city up there at the top of my list?  Most of my life I have dreamed of visiting New York City and I’m finally going to see it tomorrow!!!!  I’m completely beside myself, excited, and nervous and thankful.

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I just hope I don’t embarrass Christina by running around throwing my arms around all the New Yorkers I see and buying up all the I heart NY stuff I can get my hands on!!

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What’s in your box up there in heaven that God is waiting for you to ask for?

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7 Responses to what’s in your box?

  1. heather m June 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    “other people’s kids freak me out”…! too funny! I used to be like that too! Then I got a 13 year old when I married his dad! Now I’d rather teach other kids in SS than be around the adults sometimes! ♥
    I share the same unspoken requests I think you had- a job or a business where I can use my gifts and creativity and be passionate about. And at first it does sometimes seem selfish to ask God for it. But I have to remember that he actively wants to bless us- he’s just waiting for us to ask! I’m so glad you are getting to fulfill some of your big box things in work and travel and I hope you have a ball! You guys are so inspiring to me! ♥

    • angela June 17, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

      Thank you Heather! I almost deleted this post because I thought maybe I shared too much or it didn’t make any sense. But then I saw your comment and it totally made my day. Thanks girl!
      lots and lots of love!

  2. this is so great!! ok, here goes… i want to build a tree house village on an island for people to come stay. i want to make homemade cinnamon rolls and mimosas to deliver to their tree house every morning in one of those buckets on a rope. i want people to get to talk to tim about how to love each other better while they swing on a hammock under their tree house. i want to make them a picnic to take to the beach for lunch. oh and you know…world peace. amen.

  3. Brittney June 24, 2014 at 2:28 am #

    Im 31, my husbands 40, married 10 years, 4 kids, between the 2 of us a month ago we had been to a total of 5 states and other than the one we live in weve never been in another state together, and only for a day or weekend at most, we do NOT travel, but so wanted too. Last month pieces fell together just right and we went on a cruise (first) got passports (first) left the state together, been to a total of 7 now, (first) left the country (way first) We realized how blessed we were despite having no money, despite having never traveled, despite EVERY hardship and circumstance imaginable and unimaginable to have hit us in the face the last 10 years. We saw how the crew on the ship leave their families for 9 months at a time, and we barley got threw leaving our 4 kids for a week, how the people of Mexico live on so very little, how a “good” job is 11 dollars a week, how they only have fresh running water twice a week at their home, My box is filled, just not with everything I thought it would be filled with, Im not a lawyer living in England with my 1 child, my business man husband, my bicycle and fish, NOPE Im a stay at home mom (part time sub teacher) with 4 kids married to a poor broke farmer, yep my box isn’t filled but my cup runeth over just the same.

    • angela June 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

      oh my gosh. Tears. love this. thank you for sharing!

  4. Micaela December 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this post. I found your blog quite some time ago when I used to peruse design blogs daily. Lately with six kids, a hubby and extended family to care for I had put my creativity on the back burner. A little voice reminded me of your sweet blog. I have been reading all morning and you have filled my creativity tank. Thank you!

    • angela December 3, 2014 at 1:16 am #

      Oh my gosh Micaela!!!!! You totally filled my tank with this sweet comment. Really thank you. You are awesome for taking care of yourself! Keep that tank full sister!! Wish you lived close by and we could get together!!!
      lots and lots and lots of love to you. Thank you for taking the time to make my day!

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