Allison Ramsing

#ramsingmarriage – Shoes

By September 22, 2014 #ramsingmarriage

The Ramsings show off their cool wedding shoes.

Peter and I love fun shoes and fashion. I think it might even be one of the things that sparked our interest in each other initially (well and our love of God). Planning the details of the big day was colorful and planning out our shoes was no exception.

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#ramsingmarriage – First Look

By September 19, 2014 #ramsingmarriage

Today, I’m excited to finally post #ramsingmarriage photos on the blog! (If you’re wondering why I’m using the hashtag #ramsingmarriage start here first). Yes, I’ve been making you wait because I hadn’t even taken the time to view all of them for more than a couple of seconds until recently. Peter and I got them back as we were landing in Iowa and we impatiently waited through the hour-long drive home to view them (not enough cell reception in Iowa to view them as we rode to my childhood home). We quickly viewed (really, only a couple of seconds per photo) all 649 of them the night we arrived home. It was well worth only getting 4 1/2 hours of sleep to view all of our pictures before we were up and off to set up for our Iowa Reception.

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My Story is Beautiful, Hilary

By September 18, 2014 My Story is Beautiful

Hilary shares her story.

“Am I doing it right?”

I remember hearing the phrase on a daily basis in Beauty School. Whether it was about eyeliner, teasing hair, or choosing the right colors for your skin tone- I, the wide-eyed cosmetology newbie (who was instructed to “fake it till I make it”) was searching to answer questions I didn’t have answers for.

“How are you supposed to do this?” “I just can’t seem to make it look like the picture.” “Why can’t I do it like they do it?” Read More

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The Perfect Fall Polka Dot Dress

By September 17, 2014 Fashion

Happy Wednesday, readers! One of my favorite times of the year is quickly approaching, the start of school. Soon the leaves will begin to change colors all over campus almost as fast as the students return. With the change of seasons comes a change in weather and adjusting the wardrobe. As the seasons change, no longer do sleeveless dresses keep you warm unless you have a blazer or cardigan to pair with them. Today’s dress is the best of both worlds weather wise, as the sleeves can be worn rolled up or down with no jacket needed. As we transition into the depth of fall it can be worn with tights and boots or like today’s post enjoyed with fun heels before the weather completely shifts.

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Willamette Valley Wine Tasting

By September 16, 2014 Travel

A wonderful way to spend a Saturday in September in the Willamette Valley is to go wine tasting with friends. We visited three of the many wonderful wineries in the Valley on our adventure. Today I’ll share what we loved about Emerson Vineyards, Airlie Winery, and Harris Bridge Vineyards and a couple photos from our excursion.

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Pick the Next Review Book

By September 15, 2014 Books

Readers, today I’m needing you to help me pick the next book to review on the blog courtesy of BookLook Bloggers. I have narrowed my choices down to three different books this month, but they all look amazing. Take a look at the ones that I can choose for my next books to review and let me know if one catches your eye.

So, which one gets your vote?

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Option 1: Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet

QUICK OVERVIEW:

Sara Hagerty masterfully draws from her own story of spiritual and physical barrenness to birth in readers a new longing for God. With exquisite storytelling and reflection, Hagerty guides readers to a tender place that God is holding just for them—a place where he shapes the bitterness of lost expectations into deep, new places of knowing Him.

WHY IT APPEALS TO ME:

The theme of celebrating life in the midst of the chaos.

Option 2: Lean On Me

Lean on Me

QUICK OVERVIEW:

In Lean On Me, Anne Marie Miller takes us along as she sets out to dig below the superficial and explore what choices are necessary to find intentional, vulnerable, and consistent community. Jesus was passionate about truth-speaking relationships. And with Anne Marie’s narrative and practical insights interwoven together, you will feel more equipped in your quest for these types of relationships as you seek people to lean on and as you pour love into those around you.

WHY IT APPEALS TO ME:

The theme of community.

Option 3: Rhythms of Grace

Rhythms of Grace

QUICK OVERVIEW:

When our lives fall out of balance we lose the rhythm that keeps us in lockstep with God. Kerri Weems helps readers bring that even, steadying pace back to their lives. Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly (Matt. 11:28-30; The Message).

WHY IT APPEALS TO ME:

The theme of rest.

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So, what’s your thoughts? Which one gets your vote for me to review next?

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Before Amen Review

By September 12, 2014 Books
Allison Ramsing Reviews Max Lucida's "Before Amen"

Have you ever struggled with prayer? I really have which is why reviewing Before Amen by Max Lucado was so intriguing to me.  The invitation to review this book included part of the back cover…

But wouldn’t we like to pray . . . More? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency?

My soul screamed yes as I read those statements. Prayer has never been something I’ve been a huge fan of and I’ve wanted to be a fan for so long. I’d get bored while praying and move on to other things or even go days without praying at all. I rolled my eyes when I had to pray for my meal. I knew this shouldn’t be the attitude I had towards prayer, but I couldn’t kick it. I discovered that I wasn’t supposed to be the one making all of the effort to kick it on my own. I needed God to transform my attitude and heart and this book reminded me just that and prompted a major transformation.

I like how this book prompted change but I did find the pocket prayer a bit too…shall I say, simple? Yes, it gets its origins from the Lord’s Prayer, but why change the Lord’s Prayer? If you have found an aversion to the Lord’s Prayer than this might be exactly what you are needing but my heart didn’t latch onto it like Lucado wanted it to. For this, I’m giving it 4 out of 5 ruby red slippers.

Allison Ramsing Reviews Max Lucida's "Before Amen"

Editorial Note: I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of Litfuse Publicity Group.

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My Story is Beautiful, Allison

By September 11, 2014 My Story is Beautiful

Today I’m posting the first in what I’m excited to be sharing with others. The “My Story is Beautiful” series is something that I pray helps many…as I know it will encourage me.

Allison shares her story in the #myStoryIsBeautiful series.

I’m not your average fashion blogger. I don’t post about clothing and fashion daily, nor do I plan to. I tend to describe my style as: classic, modest and comfortable. Fashion isn’t the most important thing in my life, God is.

Do I love fashion, though? Well, I received a degree in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production from Iowa State and now I’m an academic advisor to design and fashion students. I still pick out my outfits the night before and when trying on clothes I don’t just check the fit but I make sure that the 501 seam was done right. As a kid, one of my favorite toys were my dolls which I put in various styles and used fashion stencils to draw different outfit combinations. To say I’ve loved fashion and putting outfits together since I was a little girl is an understatement.

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A Walk Down Memory Lane

By September 10, 2014 Travel

It’s always a treat to be on campus of my alma mater, Iowa State University. While the football game was dismal this visit, the walk around campus never disappoints. Iowa State is ranked as one of the top three most beautiful campuses in the nation. Yes, I just threw in one of my old tour guide facts. I was a tour guide while I worked in orientation my sophomore/junior year of college and for admissions senior year of college. Peter had the opportunity to hear a multitude of my old tour guide facts while we walked around campus and I’ll even put a few into today’s post for you. Enjoy the campus tour via the photos and even a peek at Peter and I’s first time campaniling (even though it wasn’t at midnight, we’ll return for that someday don’t worry)!

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Bridal Shower Committee Gifts

By September 9, 2014 #ramsingmarriage

A couple weeks ago I blogged about my Iowa Bridal Shower and Oregon Bridal Shower. I was blessed to have lots of lovely ladies help plan these two wonderful showers. To return the blessing I felt, I wanted to bless them with a gift as a way to show how much I appreciate them. Today I’ll share a little about mom and I’s bonding as we created these gifts and what’s in them of course!

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Picking out a gift for a little over 20 women is tough. I kept striking out because not many places have 20 plus of the same thing in stock. My mom was gracious enough to help with the ordering of the mugs from the Made In Oregon store and ended up talking with customer service to place an order big enough for our needs. Mom’s rock! So how did we create these awesome gifts? Read More

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