FUN MUGS

Coffee + a Fun Mug makes me HaPpY HaPpY HaPpy! 

First, if you know me, you know I LOVE coffee! 

It is literally what gets me out of bed in the mornings. The thought of that first cup of coffee...

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Coffee and Jesus is the best way to start my day!

And yes, I like my creamer with a little bit of coffee. 😉

One of my favorite things to collect are fun mugs. I have collected them from when we have travelled as a family on vacations or when I have travelled for mission trips. I have been given mugs from friends and family for lots of occasions - birthdays, holidays, souvenirs - I love them all! I am not a big collector of things and I am not sentimental about very many things, but I love that my mugs remind me of special people/memories. 

Here are a few of my favorites!

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Several years ago I did a bible study with some close friends. It was a special time to encourage one another, lift each other up, and be in God's word. Studying scripture with friends and being vulnerable and open with where you struggle and sharing prayer requests is a special time. I cherish those friends dearly! At the end of this particular bible study, the hostess gave us each a mug with a verse on it. Every time I use this mug, I pray for those friends, their precious kiddos, spouses, and families. 

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I picked up this coffee mug on a weekend getaway with Mark. I remember seeing it and just feeling encouraged. Be your own kind of beautiful. Wow. Don't we all need that reminder? 

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This fun mug was a gift for my birthday from my sis-in-law, Karen. #truth

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I found this one while on vacation at Padre Island with our sweet friends Randy and Amy. We took their two kids (they now have 3!) and our 4 kiddos and spent the week in a condo on the beach. It was SO MUCH FUN! I love that this mug reminds me of those precious memories when our kids were little. It's been 7 years and seems like yesterday! Randy and Amy are dear precious friends who we don't see often enough. They have two kiddos adopted from Russia and one child of their own. This mug reminds me of the Barfields. 

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A Halloween gift from my sister a few years ago! 

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I travelled to Thailand for a mission trip with our church in 2010 and brought this travel mug home. I collect mugs/travel mugs from the countries I visit. This visit was extra special because at the time my older brother, Jeremy, was living in Thailand and I was able to see him on this trip. It had been many months so I was VERY excited to meet up with him for a few hours before we headed back to the states! 

Our layover was in...

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So I grabbed this at the airport. 

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My Father-in-law brought this mug back from Russia for me. 

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And he brought me a Moscow mug from his 2nd trip. 

My sweet friend, Brooke, went on a mission trip to New York City and brought me this mug...

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...with a cute taxi on the back!

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Visiting NYC is on my bucket list! 

Our daughter, Alyssa, travelled to Israel this past summer. I love the mug she brought me, especially now that she is back at college. Miss that girl so much! I pray for her specifically every time I use my Israel mug. 

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I saved THE BEST for last! A few years ago, I opened this mug for Christmas from the four kiddos. 

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Alyssa wrote on the mug and then Conner, Carson, and Cutter helped wrap it. 

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Sadly, the back of the mug didn't do well when I washed it. 

It's still my absolute FAVORITE! 

Those are a few of my FUN MUGS! 

This sign is on my coffee bar.

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I read it every morning while I wait for my coffee to brew. I love how God can use simple things like coffee mugs to remind us to pray for others. People all around the world need Jesus. Our families and friends need Jesus. I need Jesus.

I am a huge believer in prayer and if I can be a prayer warrior for you, please let me know! You can comment on this post or email me at simply_tish@yahoo.com.

I would love to hear from you and lift you up in prayer today! 

Have a blessed Wednesday!

XO