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The Floral Lumberjack, What does she Collect?

So…I may have a slight problem….

I LOVE Journals.

I collect them (If you can’t tell)

What can I say I fill em up fast!

Beauty & the Beast Used to be my favorite movie & it still holds a place in my heart all for the same reason. I. Wanted. That. Library. I mean who didn’t?! I used to dream about that library. Psshh bring it on Beast just be sure to lock me up in said Library. As long as my “want list” is for books I want, I had a beautiful thought of what if that library was filled with things that I wrote?

I know what your thinking who the heck would want to read a library full of stories about yourself & to that I reply…WHO WOULDN’T?! Haha Kidding (to an extent)

One of my many goals for this year is to Document more, I believe Journal writing is SO Important.

There are so many reasons to Journal, One of which is one of the many reasons I chose to blog.

Right this second or years, even decades down the road

Your Story is key that can unlock someone else’s prison…

I am a believer in that. There are so many times someone has said something or shared something that someone else has said that they have written down & shared & it was exactly what I needed to hear, & that has happened to me way more times than I can even count.

Something that I write in most if not all of my hard copy Journals is this

Knowledge carefully recorded is knowledge available in time of need, spiritually sensitive information should be kept in a sacred place that communicates to the Lord how you treasure it. That Practice enhances the likelihood of you receiving further light.

-Elder Richard G. Scott

This right here, I have practiced & put into practice the exact things it says to do, to record, keep it in a place that is important to me where i have access to it all the time & Yes as I write & record things, whether I have a journal out at church, at general conference, at a funeral, at home, while reading scriptures, or preparing a lesson. By practicing writing things down as they come to me or at the time I feel as if the words of someone else are speaking to my very heart I record it. & as promised any other time I whip it out, which most of the time I flip it open wherever I am & hold a pen in my hand. Something, even if a simple phrase or sentence or a long quote or even talk, will touch my heart & I go to writing. Even more so I will have it out with pen in hand & something will come to mind & my hand starts writing & sometimes it has nothing to do with what is being said, it is just something the spirit needed teach me that day. That on numerous occasions I am able to refer back to & it impacts me in the same way it did when my pen first touched the paper.

Here are some other quotes that have inspired me

Sometimes a single phrase of testimony can set events into motion that affect someones life for eternity

– President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Never Delay a Prompting. By becoming the answer to someones Prayer, we often find the answers to our own

-President Dieter F. Uchtdorf


BE STRONG. You never know who You are Inspiring

There are several Journals I keep & So Do You!!

Most people don’t even know they are journaling

Thanks Social Media!!

Yep Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, Yes Even Youtube, it counts!!

We frequently document milestones, funny & sad moments, Goals, Travels, loves of all kinds, interests, & life experiences. Well Dang we are already off to a great start!!

I am old fashioned when it comes to things like books, Journals, talking to people, movies, etc… I like hard copies of things, or doing things in person or by hand, i know technology is great but there is something about hard copies of things that makes it nostalgic if that make sense. But that is me personally, But I mean if you’re a Techie By all means that is Fantastic!! I may get there someday but for now I’m kickin it old school.

Some hard copy Journals I keep & some ideas if you in need of some inspiration are

  • Priesthood Blessing Journal- when given a blessing practice listening to the words spoken & if anything or all of it sticks out go record it, it will help you then & maybe in the future get through what was difficult then
  • Blessing Journal- Count your blessings is a great practice, it is so easy to get down in the dumps but this helps you to remember life isn’t so bad
  • Missionary Experiences- I love this one, I have some good ones & there are times I didn’t write some down & i can’t remember them well, but these are great to learn from, to share, & one day when your kids are learning to share they can see that yeah even mom & dad were scared to go up to someone & talk to them or share the gospel, its just an all around lovely thing & to remember how you felt doing it.
  • Fast & Testimony- Got to share your Testimony this fast sunday? or not? or are you super afraid of getting up in front of people? write down what you said or take time today to write down your testimony or if you are fasting write what you are fasting about and why. This is great to see how your testimony blossoms or if it goes in the other direction you can refer back to a time when you were stronger & maybe even a time when you fasted for the strength to strengthen a testimony
  • Bucket List- Oh yeah this is a fun one!! As simple or crazy as those bucket lists may be make one!! make a ton!! Then whether its traveling the globe or eating at a yummy restaurant a few counties over write what you experienced & how it feels to scratch that off your bucket list
  • Travels- Similar to the Bucket List but can also be a bit of a travel log/scrapbook. Include a picture or few & write how much fun you had or even how much fun you did not have, any flat tires or hilarious over flirtatious locals write it down. It will serve as something to reminisce or to make a goal to return or never go back again.
  • Spiritual/Insights- This is one I have the most of, as touched on previously, these are the ones i write down promptings of the spirit in, quotes, sayings, etc..
  • Quotes- I know you love pinterest, or have seen a quote someone posts on facebook, Keep inspiring quotes & quotes you love in one place!!
  • Goals- simple enough, write down goals & then record when you achieve them how it felt to achieve it
  • Dreams-Have dreams of starting a business or going to school or a mission etc.. write in here & you can keep quotes or phone numbers of contacts or anything that will help you achieve said dream
  • Journal for Each Child- I have not started these yet because well I don’t have any kids yet, but i love the idea of writing while pregnant or while each kids grows write things to them that you are proud of or heck even times they drove you up the wall so one day they can read & see how much you had to put up with (Ha!) But also to see how proud of them you truly are. You could also do this as a wedding gift for a fiance or keep one for your husband.
  • Trial Journal- This is a great one to keep. to look back & see how you overcame/overcome trials, date trials & update. Go back to each trial & record how you are dealing with said trial or how you overcame that trial & things learned.
    • This journal is NOT meant to drown in sorrows but to remember & focus on our strengths we receive from trials & heaven forbid we experience a trial more than one we can see what helped us overcome it & gain strength from advice we experienced ourselves.
    • This also can be beneficial to your children in them knowing they are not the only one going through trials, You too may have been through it as well, we know as stubborn as kids are they think “You have no idea what I am going through” But as much as they maybe won’t listen to you as an adult they may be more receptive to you as your younger self recorded & read in your journal by your child one day
    • When keeping a Journal like this remember not to Dwell in the past but learn to talk about your blessings more that you talk about your burdens

I could go on this topic for a while But I mostly wanted to share something about my self that I collect & that I am passionate about. I have a grandmother who always journals & I guess that is where I get it maybe.

If you do take anything away from this no matter word for word or almost to nothing remember to WRITE IT DOWN.

Do you keep a Journal?

Do you have one or many?

What kinds of Journals do you keep & why?

How do you Journal (writing or typing)?

When I look for journals I look for ones that will last, No flimsy ones, I like all sizes because some fit easily in my purse & I can keep with me at all times & others are larger & i can fit more in. Most if Not all of mine have come from Barnes & Noble, Home Goods & Marshall’s.

Here are some of my favorites I have found recently,






Oh Change how we know thee well…

Me & the hubby are too familiar with this lovely word, good & bad we know it well. We recently have been faced with a sudden change that is here before for us like a zit, you knew you were expecting it someday just not so soon. But I will get onto the changes at a later time once we get a grasp of things ourselves.

With the stress & excitement & intimidation of this soon to come Change, we needed some stress relieving. This sounds awful but luckily the Hubby got sick this week (poor hubs) & we both have just been lazy bums & honestly it has been just what we both needed. We are still like AHHH with everything but, rested up & more energy & clearer eyes, we now feel ready to take on these changes (or so we think we feel).

So the first day Chris was sick he slept most of the day. I have a room full of decorations for my house that I’ve been making smaller & smaller by fixing & beautifying our home by hanging things up & such. Well a couple weeks ago I found some frames & made a collage of them in the store on the floor & I was inspired…

What happened next? yep new sheets, a side dresser, a throw, blanket, & a couple throw pillows. I already had the curtain rod from the tapestry I had hung on the wall previously over the bed, the lace curtains my mom mailed to me when we lived in Utah & I was saving them for someday. I also had already purchased the lamp & shade, the big quatrefoil mirror, the Bison skull, most of which were just sitting waiting to be used in my “storage room”. I found the frames & a side dresser & I was inspired & thought of the decorations at home that would blend well with my vision. So this past Thursday while trying to take my mind off things & relieve stress the guest room got a re-transformation.










Its not exactly how I want it just yet but it’ll do for now. I have a lot more things in mind I’d like to add, but things are kind of at a halt for now. Which I don’t mind because I just walk into this room & I am immediately relaxed. I am just drawn to different & Love me some bohemian inspired style. I may not be a gypsy or have had a chance to travel the lands but I wander. In spirit & mind I am always wandering, dreaming up new ideas & goals, striving for new ways to better myself & the life of my family, ways in which even as little as they may be I can make a change & impact the lives of others.

It boggles my mind to think design wise how I have gotten to where I am & shutter to think at where I was. When we first got married I did a vintage style home but I was never happy with it because everything was beige and bland & it seemed more like an antique shop (the bad kind not the good kind) instead of cozy, simple, & refreshing as well as relaxing. & I wasn’t allowed to paint my walls in our apartment so that bummed me out. Then we moved to Texas & lived with my parents for some months & I got to dream up what I wanted our next home to be & I just came back to a bohemian, eclectic, southern, mix of sorts style. There are things I look at that I love & then there are things that I’m just like, I like it but it needs something or a new spot.

***My biggest tip for Decorating fill your home with things you LOVE. NOT temporary things. It drives me crazy when i hear people say well i’ll just get this for now… NO NO & NO!! Don’t spend money on temporary things put that money toward something your Crazy about, save up for what you really want, or hunt on craigslist & make it your own. My goal for my home is to fill it with pretty things whether I find them on the side of the road or I score some more deals at Homegoods. A tip within a tip, choose pieces that tell a story, I found a saying once & it said:

Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, & your house becomes your story.

-Erin Flett

My sole goal for a home is that, & a home of love filled with love & peace & a place where the spirit can dwell. Those are probably the Best tips I could give anyone in regards to decorating & designing your home.

What are design tips or guidelines you go by in making your house a home?

FINDS: (I tried to hunt down online all that I found because everything I purchased was In Store)

Large Quatrefoil Mirror-Homegoods

Side Dresser- Homegoods

Lumbar Pillow- Homegoods

Square Pillow- Target

Sheets, Bed Skirt & King Blanket– Target

Fur Throw- World Market

Alarm Clock- Target

Lamp & Shade– Target

Bison Skull- White Faux Taxidermy

Curtain Rod- Home Goods

All Frames- Sconce, Brassy Blue Frame, small white wash frame, Largest Blued Frame, Small Brass Frame (from homegoods), Gold & natural Frame– World Market

Curtains- Gifted by my momma

Brass Armadillo- West Elm

Frame on Side dresser- I bought two of these, one is the top right one in the frame collage this one on the side dresser both of which are from- Home Goods


Sister Riddle

Sister Riddle

One of the Most Influential Women in my life.

In their journey in serving our Savior Jesus Christ, Brother & Sister Riddle blessed the Texas McAllen Mission & the Corpus Christi 2nd ward in particular with their sweet spirits in 2004

Sister Riddle- Confirmed & magnified my knowledge, love & testimony of missionary work.

Sister Riddle- you Never know what she is going to say… Like when we were taking family pictures at my sisters reception & she was asked to join & she was so excited looking around at us all & spotted my bearded husband & said “OH You, You’re Cute!” we all burst into laughter. OR when she predicts the man you’ll marry on the second day we had spent together in person.

Sister Riddle- who when you see whether every day, or after many years, she is just as excited to see you.

Sister Riddle- her love & hugs, expressions of happiness & gratitude when she sees you can make you feel loved for a lifetime.

Sister Riddle- She Always Cries. BUT that has to be one of my favorite things about her because she is the happiest person I know, & they are Always tears of love, support, happiness, & excitement.

Sister Riddle- She is one of the most Beautiful People I have ever met, Physically & Spiritually.

Sister Riddle- her attitude, her actions, her expressions, her spirit, is pure in Christ.

Sister Riddle- when I think of Christ like love, I think Sister Riddle. How she loves & expresses it, is exactly how I can clearly see & imagine how our Savior would show His love & embrace us.

Sister Riddle- like our Savior & Heavenly Father, I cannot fathom how one person can contain so much Love, but then I think, Sister Riddle.

Sister Riddle- You are the type of Woman all Women should aspire to be, & who I hope I can one day become like.

Thank You, Sister Riddle

♡ Samantha Harris