Monday, September 15, 2014


Good Morning! Thanks for stopping by! I had this grand post for you today, a home tour post, but I have the greatest news! Aimee from This Darling Day and Prayerful Bloggers has asked me to take the reigns for Prayerful Bloggers! This is huge, and it blessed my socks off more than Aimee knows!
While I'm still wrapping my head around the specifics, I will continue with The Artsy Cajun's blog posts tomorrow. Thanks for being patient with me as a new path that God has laid for me, is merged with my own path!

What does this mean? It means I will run the Prayerful Bloggers blog, instagram, and all other accounts. I would absolutely LOVE for you to follow Prayerful Bloggers and join us (if you haven't already). This is an amazing group that connects you to other bloggers, where we come together for prayer requests, uplifting, and trying to build a godly community! Check out all of the links and follow along!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

FBF & European Tour, Day 11- Pompeii

Happy Friday! I link up today with the amazing Aimee from This Darling Day to share Finding Beauty Friday! I am also continuing with our European Tour and today we go to POMPEII! Check out the past days,

This Darling Day

Continuing our Europe Trip from 2013, 
Check out the previous adventures below: 

This was an all day additional excursion. we left early, about 7:30 am. The rest of the group had a free day in Rome, but we paid the extra amount to go see this, which was about $100 per person.  The bus ride was about 2-1/2 hours long from our camping village to Pompeii, and we went with our tour guide to meet another local tour guide. This was a short, older man, and he might have been the best local tour guide on the whole trip! Not including our Expat Explore tour guide, Ty, who was just awesome. This local guide really painted us a picture of what life would've be like on a normal day in Pompeii.

It was misty raining all day, and to get up into the main part of the city, there was a rather steep incline of cobblestone about 100' of this. You had a rail, but since it was damp, it wasn't much help. We all made it to the top! Hooray! And our tour started. He told us how they'd live daily, we went inside some homes to see the fresco that still were on the wall, even if there gaps missing from the wall, you still felt like you knew how these people lived. We visited a brothel, yeah, that was enlightening. And went through the main parts of town. Then he started telling us the story of the day it went dark. It must have been so scary! I kept telling the Mr., this was so worth the extra money!

Roaming around the ancient ruins, they had these stray dogs lounging around. At the end of the tour, they seemed friendly. So while waiting for the rest of the group to finish up, we were petting them, then worried they'd give us a disease! So we finished up and walked down the hill to go get something to eat. This was after lunch sometime, and we were all starving! Walking down the hill, this guy comes up and coaxes us into his restaurant. Since we didn't have a better plan, we went. Don't eat there if you are ever in Pompeii. It's like a white restaurant, right at the bottom of the hill to the right. I mean, it's right there.  They took forever to bring our foot out, and we were meant to be back on the bus at a certain time, so we were rushing to eat our plates. Now, you're thinking, we're in Italy, all food will be good.... wrong! This plate of spaghetti was so salty, I could barely eat it! And we also paid $7 for a coca cola! There were a couple of tour mates who came in much later and we were worried they wouldn't get their food in time and be late on the bus back! And of course, you remember me telling you that if you were late on the bus, you'd have to get on the microphone and sing for the bus!

After eating, we had about 5 minutes to look at the little market they had set up outside. I don't remember if I bought anything there or not, but it was nice to see what the local people were making to sell, little knickknacks and trinkets.
Then, we loaded back on the bus and headed back to Rome. We did our laundry at the facilities they had at the camping village. It's important to remember that not every place you stopped at had laundry facilities. That being said, when packing and buying clothing for your trip, remember that it could be a week in between laundry. So buy things that dry fast so you can hand wash them in the shower.

Later that night was toga night, where the camping village had a little party for us at the bar/restaurant area. I was totally exhausted, so I used this time to take a long hot shower and relax. Oh, after I wrapped the Mr. in our bed sheets! From everything I heard about the following day, that toga party was a huge success and most of the tour mates were looking like death warmed over the next day.... when we had an early wake up call.... because it was the day we toured Vatican City... yeah. It was exciting!
I can't wait to tell you all about Vatican City, stay tuned!

Oh, this is what Expat had to say about this day," You may want to take a day trip to Pompeii, famous for the destruction caused by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD in the old Roman City."

 Had to protect the tour mate's privacy, hence the smiley faces!

Sorry about the smiley faces. In no way is this funny, but I had to put something over the tour mate's faces to protect their privacy. This was a sobering part of the tour, where we actually saw the people casts.

Anyway, if you're ever in the area, please do yourself a favor and hire a local tour guide to tell you all of the info about Pompeii, it's worth every cent.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Leading a quiet life

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 New International Version (NIV)

11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

What is a quiet life? Is it just the absence of noise and chaos? Or is it a round about way of saying you put your head down and lead a quiet (for this day in age) type of life? Because if you compare me to "Today's generation" of just wanting to take great selfies at the most popular parties and bars and restaurants in the latest fashions, then yes, I lead a quiet life. Some might say boring life. But is that the true definition of a quiet life? Or is that just a personal opinion?

These days, everyone is so obsessed with social media, and portraying an amazing life, that they forget how to live a quiet life, even a good life. They're posting beautiful things, places and gorgeous selfies, but they're eyes are empty.  I Thessalonians 4:11-12 tells us to concentrate on simply living our lives in a way that will gain the respect of others through our labors and in that labor we will not need to rely on others for our daily needs.  But, this will only gain respect to those who believe in the same principals as you do. Does that discourage you, in any way, that not everyone will understand what you are doing? They may even look at you link you're a little crazy. 
The Mr. and I have always talked about living a life where we are on acres and acres of our own land. Where we have a garden, and most of our food comes from what we can grow. The satisfaction of growing your own food is one that I know, but the Mr. does not. Still, it entices him to consume the fruit of his labor, literally.  We are clearing the clutter from our home now so that we can spend $30k on a modern, container home and not live in debt the rest of our lives so that we may enjoy each other's company for as long as we have each other. We dream of days where we wake up when we want to, and have the whole day to do whatever we please. We are not chained to a desk doing mindless drone work for a paycheck. And that paycheck doesn't pay for what we want... open skies, fresh air, days filled with the only worries on our minds are what are we cooking for dinner and what book to read.  Does that qualify as a quiet life? In our opinion, it does. We want to focus on actually enjoying our days, how ever many the good Lord decides to give us. That is why I'm striving for a quiet life. 
What does "Living a quiet life" mean to you? Or do you even want your life to be quiet? Comment below!

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