Hatch Chili Festival

It has been one busy weekend around here!!!

I have lots of updates to share from just this weekend…we went to a new park, visited the Hatch Chili Festival, and celebrated my birthday. Whew!!! This should keep me busy blogging for the next week.

Knowing that we’re only going to be in El Paso for another year, we decided this summer that we really want to be intentional about getting out and enjoying life here! We’ve researched some fun things to do as a family for the fall and the Hatch Chili Festival was one of those “fun things” that were on our list.

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The town of Hatch, New Mexico is known for their “world famous” Hatch Chilies. They have both red and green varieties and they are delicious!

We thought this was going to be just a small town festival, but it was so much bigger than we thought it was going to be! It actually took us about an hour and a half do get to the festival after exiting the interstate…something that should have just taken a few minutes without traffic.

Thankfully, it was a drive we enjoyed with lots to see in downtown Hatch.

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Once we arrived we were all starving and beyond ready for some lunch.

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They had so much to choose from! We ended up getting cheese and chili quesadillas and ate them while we got our bearings.

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After lunch we enjoyed walking around the fairgrounds and looking at all the vendors and displays.

One of the highlights of our day was the girls participating in a watermelon eating contest.

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Of course, Will was having NONE of that.

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Despite their valiant efforts, the girls did not place in the watermelon eating contest. But we did come home with participant ribbons.

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I believe Keith’s highlight was the Old Fashioned Soda he got in a stainless steel mug.

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We also enjoyed watching the band play. The girls even got up and danced a little jig.

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What a fun day!

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This is exactly how I want to spend our last year in El Paso…truly enjoying and experiencing the culture.


Wednesdays in the Word: Bible Journaling

I have discovered an amazing way to incorporate worship and creativity that I am so excited to share with you!!!

A couple of years ago, my mom gave me an ESV Journaling Bible for my birthday. I immediately loved it, but didn’t know exactly what to do with it, so it sat on a shelf.

Then last spring I pinned a post by Shanna Noel on her Journaling Bible.

I was intrigued by the idea, but like too many of the ideas I pin, I didn’t do anything with it.

That is until last week when I read this post by Heather Greenwood. In it Heather displays the cover of her journaling Bible and gives an invitation to those interested to join a Facebook Group for Bible Journalers.

Then I was truly inspired and took action.

I pulled my ESV Journaling Bible off of the shelf and began covering it.


I used painted canvas on the back and the sides and I designed the front cover in photoshop using the Mixed Media Monthly Subscription kit and printed it out on cardstock. I also used washi tape around the edges to help hold everything together.

I couldn’t wait to begin my Bible journaling journey.

On Saturday night, I pulled out my limited art supplies, put on worship music and worked on my first page in my Journaling Bible.


Of course, it was from Phillippians 4:8, my focus verse here at DailyDwelling. This is really a verse that I keep at the forefront of my mind and meditate on often.

This morning during my quiet time, I worked on journaling a page from 1 Peter 2:9-10.


I designed this card in photoshop and attached it to the page with washi tape. I’ll be doing many of my pages this way as it leaves more room for personal journaling (on the back of the card) and more space to journal other verses.


Here’s the card that I designed to “tip in” to the page.


This verse speaks to me of how much my life is different before and after Christ. Before Him I was nothing…I was lonely, sad, desperate and angry! I was NOT A PEOPLE and now I am GOD’S PEOPLE!!!

I am going to be devoting Wednesdays here to being in God’s Word by sharing pages from my Journaling Bible or other things that I am learning from my time in God’s Word.

I am so amazed by the amount of people in the Journaling Bible Community who are getting excited about reading their Bibles for the first time, or the first time in a long time. Many are purchasing their first Bible and planning to open up their Bibles and read them for the first time. This makes my heart so happy!

All scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:16

God’s Word is alive and active.

God’s Word changes lives.

God’s Word brings us to repentance.

God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our paths! (Psalm 119:105)

I am so thankful for God’s Word and its work in my life and in the lives of so many others who are being transformed by the renewing of their minds!


Daily Life {Documented} 2014 Week 26


Thanks for joining me for another week of Daily Life {documented}!

I completed my layout for week 26 using Amanda Yi’s Going Places.

This kit was so perfect for documenting our journey back home from South Carolina this summer.

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Go Places - Amanda Yi Project Grids - Amy Martin

Go Places – Amanda Yi
Project Grids – Amy Martin

We spent Sunday going to church with my family and enjoying our last day at my parent’s house.

The traffic going through Dallas was the worse ever!!! Seriously…that’s one city I never want to live in just because of the traffic. The pouring rain didn’t help, although after living in El Paso I don’t complain about rain, or at least I try not to. By the time we made it to our hotel, there was no way we were going to go back out for dinner, so we ordered pizza in and had a movie night.

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My husband has an instagram account full of McDonald’s. He thinks they’re cool and loves taking shots of the different ones….I’ve learned that they’re all really unique. We saw the coolest one during our drive out east in Vicksburg, MS.

We were all so excited to get back home to Cupcake. I had a petsitter coming in to check on her and play with her while we were gone, but she definitely missed us!

Keith had a few days off of work after we came home and he was very intentional about spending time with the kids. He took Will hiking and he and MC went skateboarding together. Well, he skateboarded and MC rode her scooter. They had a blast together!

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Having our weeks documented in this way is such a treasure!


One of Those Days

Today was one of those days.


You know…the kind of day that leaves you collapsed in a heap at the top of your stairs because you cannot take another step.

And then it’s all giggles because your husband snaps a picture with his phone, the cat looks at you like you’ve lost your mind, and the kids are talking about jumping on top of you.

So you get up and you take that next step.

And you get ready to face another day with love and grace.

Because that’s what you do.

I take such comfort in knowing that I’ve been called to this life I’m living.

The day may leave me exhausted, but I know the One who restores my soul.

It is His comfort that I seek and find at the end of days like this.

I pray that you find comfort and peace in His presence if you’ve had one of those days!


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