Friday, December 20, 2013

Real Marriage

Marriage is work, hard work.

It takes effort everyday to be a wife.  Just like it takes effort every day to be a Christian.  It's not something that always comes naturally.  I have to remind myself to do certain things, to refocus my mind, to remember to show gratitude and be thankful, etc.

And it's work to do all that!  But it's work that is worth it.  And when my husband and I have a fight, it's not only looking at his fault, but looking at myself too...what could I have done better?  What do I need to apologize for?  It takes two to have a marriage.  And I'm so glad I have found the right man to do marriage with.  We are learning that's for sure!

And here's a fun little photo from Christmas two years ago, before we were even engaged! :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

100 Days of Real Food

I've been following a blog called 100 Days of Real Food.  It's pretty cool!  Someone at church told me about it, and it's full of good, wholesome recipes.  I haven't actually made any of the recipes yet, just reading the recipes and admiring the photos of delicious looking food. :)

I am hoping to try the Whole Chicken in the crock pot one first.  We will see how that turns out whenever I get around to it!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Perspectives

Only God can take something mundane and turn it into a breath of fresh air.

I've been working at the same office for 4 years and 5 months now. It's been my one and only real, full-time, salary job in my major since I graduated college. I made a deal with myself that after working here 3 years, and after living in the same city for 3 years, and if I hadn't gotten married, then I would move on to something else. Well, those 3 years came, and went, and I stayed.  In my fourth year here I got married.  And after my fourth year here, my perspective is starting to change.  I'm beginning to understand my strengths in my job. I'm beginning to find joy in what I do. And I'm beginning to accept that I might actually be in the right career...BEGINNING to accept. I'm not all the way there yet, but I'm headed in the right direction. It is such a joyful feeling and a burden lifted to not have to worry about my career, my job, finding a plan B, etc.  Right now, I feel as if I'm where God wants me, and tomorrow if He wants me somewhere else then He will help make that happen. I'm not worried right now. I'm not fretting. :)

Thank you Lord for presently changing my perspective on my job and my life. I'm learning to depend on you, and not me. Please continue to be patient with me, and in turn I choose to be patient to those around me who are also struggling with how You fit into their lives, and Your plans for their lives. Thank you for restoring joy to my job, and for your everlasting Hope. You are worthy to be praised!

And lastly, thank you Lord for Christian men who run the office I work in.  Their leadership points directly to you, and bless them and their families for their boldness as Christians in the workplace.  I am greatly blessed to work under them. 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Change. Transistions. Adjustments.

Change.  Transitions.  Adjustments.

Don't we all go through them?  And no matter how great we conquer them, they continue to come, they continue to happen.  We can't stop change.  It's like the seasons...and the seasons are absolutely beautiful.  Yes they take adjustments, and new routines, but it's beautiful.

Being married is so great.  I can't explain in words what it feels like.  It's so great when you find your best friend and you get to live with him for forever!  It is so great to find that person with which to experience any and all changes with for the rest of my life!  It's so comforting and secure and lovely.

It reminds me how God is.  He helps us through change--He makes it comforting and secure and lovely because He is with us during it all.  I didn't have to find that special someone to go through changes/transistions/adjustments with...God has been with me all along to help me through them.  :)

But it is nice to have that special someone.  It reminds me that my husband is a beautiful gift to me from God. God has blessed me with him, and I'm so thankful everyday for him.  My husband helps me overcome so many changes with excitement rather than fear. He believes in me, and it makes me believe in myself. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Fear Quote

"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what MUST be done does away with fear."  Rosa Louise Parks

Saw this quote on 375 square feet's blog and had to post it for myself to remember. I've been learning how to conquer fears and stop worries, so this quote is appropriate for where I am in life.

Thanks Carrie for snapping a shot of this and posting it to your blog. :)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Railroad Park

I went to Birmingham recently on a Sunday for a wedding shower, only to get there and find out the shower was already over! It was on Saturday afternoon, not Sunday afternoon! I had been planning to meet up with my friend and old roomie after the shower I just gave her a call and we met up earlier. We went to the fairly new railroad park in Birmingham, which was awesome! While living in Birmingham, I had seen plans for it, and seen the construction start, but had never seen the finish product. It was pretty cool!! Such a mixture of people there too! It ended up being an awesome day-trip to Birmingham soaking up the sun with a friend at Railroad Park :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Wedding Details galore!

SO many details!  Details details details!

♥ Pick a date.
♥ Pick a venue.
♥ Agree upon a budget.
♥ Make bridal gown appointments.
♥ Mail in the venue deposit.
♥ Decide if the ceremony and reception will be at the same venue.
♥ Research photographers.
♥ Take engagement photos.
♥ Decide what do wear for engagement photos.
♥ Decide where to register.
♥ Register.
♥ Create a guest list.
♥ Calculate amount of people/invitations to send.
♥ Buy postage.
♥ Order save-the-dates.
♥ Buy postcard stamps for save-the-dates, not regular stamps.
♥ Pick out china.
♥ Try on wedding dresses.
♥ Pick a bridesmaid color.
♥ First, ask your bridal party to be in the wedding.
♥ What color flowers?
♥ Make sure flower color goes with bridesmaid dress color.
♥ Buy a wedding dress.
♥ Email bridesmaids about their dresses.
♥ Buy a slip, veil, and preserving kit for wedding dress.
♥ Call Mom.
♥ Call fiancee's Mom
♥ Coordinate wedding shower date with fiancee's Mom at their church.
♥ Fill out forms.
♥ Fill out photographer contract.
♥ Mail photographer contract with retainer fee.
♥ Pick a time for the wedding.
♥ Coordinate that with photographer.
♥ Do we want to see each other before ceremony?
♥ Research caterers.
♥ Florists.
♥ Cake people.
♥ Grooms cake and wedding cake?
♥ Music at ceremony? At reception?
♥ Pick vows.
♥ Pick officiant.
♥ Buy ring insurance.
♥ Buy wedding bands.
♥ Decide what invitations to buy.

And on and on and on....

Yes, it has been fun planning this, dreaming it all up, making it all happen, anticipating the big day, etc.  But the more and more I get done planning for this big day, the more and more I am looking forward to it being over.  Not in a bad way...of course I will enjoy my big day!!  But in the end, the big day doesn't mean's the marriage that follows that counts.  I am looking more forward to unraveling the details to my marriage than the details to this wedding.  I cannot wait to be married and start a routine life together!! :) The wedding will be beautiful and I will have many memories from that day for the rest of my life, but the marriage will be that much better! :)