Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Recap

"Home of the free, because of the brave."
To all of the people who have and continue to defend our country,
thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your service is appreciated.

I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day yesterday! To those of you who have lost loved ones, my heart goes out to you. Memorial Day has really taken on a whole new meaning for our family ever since my Dad passed away. He was a Navy veteran and even though he didn't sacrifice his life while serving three tours in Vietnam, his life was certainly taken from him because of time spent overseas. You see, my Dad was exposed to a nasty chemical known as Agent Orange while he was over there. It was because of that exposure that he developed esophageal cancer, which later spread throughout his entire body. Sadly, he lost his battle last June. I still cannot believe it's almost been a year. I miss him.

We spent the day at my brother's house. There's nothin' like a backyard BBQ with your family. Good food, good laughs — and piƱa coladas — We had a great afternoon and the weather was gorgeous!

chloe dog // boys being boys // nephew // strawberries // yummy shortcake // my sunshine

Thursday, May 23, 2013

What I Believe

Faith shared this post a few months ago and I decided to make one myself.
I believe in God.
I believe Jesus died to set me free.
I believe in finding beauty among chaos.
I believe in laughing until my cheeks are sore.
I believe in trusting God in all seasons of life.
I believe in my husband's ability to protect me.
I believe that our fur-babies are our children.
I believe that miracles still happen.
I believe in speaking the truth, even if it's hard.
I believe in smiling at strangers.
I believe in sleeping in on Saturday mornings.
I believe chick flicks and ice cream make anything better.
I believe happiness is a journey, not a destination.
I believe that you can never take too many photos.
I believe in having deep conversations over coffee or tea.
I believe that Disney is, in fact, the happiest place on earth.
I believe in lending a helping hand to those in need.
I believe in waiting on God's timing instead of rushing things.
I believe that love is a commitment, not a feeling.
I believe in having joy in every situation life throws my way.
I believe that society's perception of beauty is flawed.
I believe in showing love and extending grace to everyone.
I believe in working hard for the things that I want.
I believe that God is the only one who has the right to judge.
I believe the bathroom scale is my arch-nemesis.
I believe in stepping out of my comfort zone on a daily basis.
I believe that filling up a blank canvas can be a stress reliever.
I believe in sarcasm for the sake of a laugh.
I believe that homeschooling is the way to go.
I believe in making mistakes and learning from them.
I believe I was born to make a difference.
I believe that the name of Jesus holds inexplicable power.
I believe in making traditions.
I believe in people watching just for the heck of it.
I believe in being thankful for all of my blessings.
I believe in myself, finally.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

strangely dim

Y'all, this song is so encouraging to me right now! I had to share it with you guys. God totally knew I needed this. No matter what the circumstances may be, God is still God and He has it all under control!

I've got all these plans piled up sky high
A thousand dreams on hold
And I don't know why,
I got a front row seat
To the longest wait
And I just can't see
Past the things I pray

But when I fix my eyes on all that You are
Then every doubt I feel
Deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim
All my worries fade
And fall to the ground
Cause when I seek Your face
And don't look around
Any place I'm in
Grows strangely dim

Sometimes where I stand
On this narrow road
Is in a raging storm
Or a valley low
But oh

When I fix my eyes on all that You are
Then every doubt I feel
Deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim
All my worries fade
And fall to the ground
Cause when I seek Your face
And don't look around
Any place I'm in
Grows strangely dim

I don't know, I don't know
What tomorrow may hold
But I know, but I know
That You're holding it all
So no matter what may come

I'm gonna fix my eyes on all that You are
'Til every doubt I feel
Deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim
Let all my worries fade
And fall to the ground
I'm gonna seek Your face
And not look around
Til the place I'm in
Grows strangely, strangely, strangely dim

I may not see my dreams coming to pass right now. I don't know what tomorrow has in store, but I do know that God's working behind the scenes of my life. I shouldn't be afraid, or worry myself to death about things that are simply out of my control. I need to keep my eyes focused on Him and everything else will fade away ♥

"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."
Corrie ten Boom

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cheers to 3 Years

We're back home from our little trip. G and I celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary yesterday. It was nice to get away for a couple of days for some 'us' time. We only live about an hour and a half away from Orlando, so we decided to head over there for a few days and visit Universal's Islands of Adventure. I hadn't been in years, and it was G's first time. I'm glad I was able to experience it with him. He really loved it and seeing him happy made me happy.

The first night we bounced around City Walk. Grabbed some dinner + iced coffees, then went to see Iron Man 3 and played a few rounds of putt putt golf afterwards. I had a blast (even though he beat me both games). We headed to the park on Wednesday morning and finally had a chance to visit the world of Harry Potter. It was awesome. And the butter beer? Delicious! We dipped out early on Wednesday, but went back this morning to walk around some, ride The Hulk again and grab lunch / more butter beer before heading home. I gotta admit, it was the best anniversary trip thus far ♥

Here's a ton of photos I snapped while we were away:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Three Lessons in Three Years

Perfect time to share on this topic since our wedding anniversary is tomorrow. Eeek! Marriage is the sweetest, it really is. Our love has flourished so much in the past 3 years. We've had ups, we've had downs. We've both made mistakes, but, we have learned from those mistakes. And, believe it or not, we've had our share of arguments. That's right, we argue at times. Just like every other married couple. But, I know the hard times have only made our bond stronger. Was the first year as hard as they say? Heck yes. There were times that we fought like crazy, but only because we had a lot of learning to do. Once the wedding bells faded and the reality of this new commitment kicked in, it was difficult at times. I'm not going to sit back and paint a pretty picture for you. Marriage is hard. Even the Bible tells us that. I had to learn to be patient, to be respectful and to develop a sacramental kind of love like Christ shows us. People think that love is all about emotion. That is a negative. Sadly, I believe that is exactly why many marriages end up in such disarray.

In the past 3 years, God has taught me:

1. To love, without condition.
You aren't always going to agree with your spouse. Sometimes they'll make you mad, offend you, or hurt you. Most of which is unintentional. You know what you have to do? Love them. Love them past the anger, past the offence, past the hurt. Give it to God. Choose to show grace, to give the benefit of the doubt, and to let things go. Do not hang onto things. If you decide to do so, it will only cause bitterness and resentment to make residence in your heart. Once you reach that point, it's hard to make a come back. Love and forgiveness go hand in hand.

"And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity." - Colossians 3:14

2. To communicate.
Let your spouse know how you feel. Pretty sure you didn't marry a mind reader! And no, they won't just know. "Well, if he loved me he would know". Sorry, ladies. That's a bunch of bull hockey. He'll only know what you let him know. But don't be disrespectful, don't raise your voice, don't point the finger and lay blame. Simply sit them down, state your case(s) and hash it out like mature adults. A lack of communication can be a very, very dangerous thing. It can lead to misunderstandings, assumptions and someone will more than likely end up hurt.

"Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid."

3. To trust.
This has been my biggest struggle. Our first year of marriage was tainted by my distrusting heart. Past relationships left me marred in this area. I still had to break down the walls I had built up before meeting my husband. It took many tear-filled nights, heart to hearts and time in God's presence to get me to the point I'm at today. And I still have my moments! It isn't always easy peasy, but it gets easier with time. I know my husband loves me and I know he would never do anything to hurt me intentionally. I wasn't accustomed to that. It took me too long to let go!

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." - 1 John 4:18

So, peeps. There it is. Here's to the years to come and the lessons I've yet to learn!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

For a Very Special Lady

Happy Mama's Day to all the rockin' moms out there!
I'm forever grateful for the one that God blessed me with.

mama + me // dinner // bro + sis-in-love // family // my sweets

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

He + She

( He )
// is the definition of a brainiac
// can make a killer omlette
// knows everything there is to know about guns + cars
// may or may not be a computer hacker
// cannot stand sports ( which she is thankful for )
// could live off mac 'n cheese, chicken strips & pizza
// is extremely tech savvy
// thinks most television shows / movies are too predictable
// has a deep hunger for knowledge
// listens to instrumental music while playing Call of Duty
// gives the best foot massages, ever
// is a backwoods country boy
// uses YouTube to learn just about anything
// has the biggest sweet tooth of all time
// graciously watches chick flicks with her
// is an incredible husband whom she loves tremendously

( She )
cannot live without coffee //
is borderline shy //
 claims every new show she watches is her favorite //
has a secret crush on Wentworth Miller //
  is freaked out by feet, but loves foot massages //
craves salty / spicy foods over sweets //
is so much smarter than she thinks she is //
can be a tomboy at times //
loves dolphins, owls & anything involving nature //
is obsessed with sushi //
 has a keen sense of direction //
wants to pursue photography as a career //
is a crazy cat lady ( but he doesn't mind ) //
loves to cuddle, but needs her space while sleeping //
is his best friend & the best wife he could ever ask for //
will make a great mother when the time comes //

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Life Lately

Haven't updated in awhile. Maybe it's due to the fact that work devoured the past two weeks of our lives and left us with no free time. But, we're making up for it now! On May 1st, our little family business celebrated 27 years. I know, I know. I still haven't shared about what we do, exactly. It'd probably bore you. I'll post about it soon, maybe. Well, as you can see below, I finally took the plunge — chop, chop — I have bangs now. Still gotta get used to them. I tend to experience haircut remorse the day after.

1. Celebratory dinner at Macaroni Grill
2. Before and after hair transformation
3. Date night attire | rockin' the new do
4. Fuji apple sake, Mexican / dragon roll

Last night was date night. We went to see Oblivion. I suppose it was an ok movie, but I wouldn't watch it again. It was a little too predictable and I could have gone w|o seeing some chick's booty cheeks. But, you may like it. It comes down to personal preference. After the movie, we met up with some friends for ½ priced sushi and sake. So flippin' good.