January 30, 2011

La Belle Vie

New knit pullover from La Belle Vie ( beautiful living ) and a French perfume bottle and jewelry stand from Michael's. :) Happy night shopping with Mom.

January 29, 2011

Hello Washington State

I've missed you...I'll be there sooner than you think.

Leaving for Washington in two days. I will be there for nine. Praise the Lord for another trip with my dear fiance.

January 25, 2011

Meet Cody! Our newest dog!

His story written by his foster mom:
"Cody was adopted!!! Cody came into our lives almost 3 years ago when we rescued him from a hoarder in Lancaster. The condition Cody spent his first couple years in were deplorable... Cody and around 300 other animals were kept outside in cages with no protection from the weather and little food. Any human contact these animals received before the day of their rescue was abusive and cold. When Julia and I went up to help with the situation, we saw this terrified german shepherd pressing himself against the back of his cage. People were trying to get him into a crate so they could take him away from the awful place but Cody was too scared to trust anybody... after seeing the state of these dogs, we couldn't blame him. Julia and I helped get Cody safely into a crate and a couple days later Julia went to visit him at a sanctuary that was temporarily housing some of the animals. Cody came back with Julia that day and became a part of the ADLR family. This poor dog was scared to be touched, scared of any noises, scared of his own shadow but he always had a sweet soul. We knew he just needed time and TLC. Cody had never been out of this cage so everything was new to him... we watched as he learned to play with dogs, walk up and down stairs, and he loved that he had toys and would hoard them on his bed:). Over the years Cody made many friends that would specifically come to visit him at adoptions, he was an amazing big brother to many young foster dogs and cats over the years and he has a big place in the hearts of all of ADLR's volunteers. We are all so happy for him because today he got his family. He has a mom and dad and sisters (plus 2 doggie sisters:) and a loving home to call his own. I had the pleasure of being Cody's foster mom and I will miss him but I'm also so grateful to his new family. He's a special boy and deserves a special home (and he got it:) "~ Alli

January 24, 2011

waking up to flowers & chinese food

just because...

I have a wonderful man.

More House Stuff

As you know I already bought a few cutesy baking items and I think I'm pretty much obsessed with thoughts of buying cute things for our future house. ( When I should be thinking thoughts of savings. ) I saw these super fun stuff on Modcloth.com. I'm sure you've heard of this website only because they are so popular now. I just love this dish wrack and the cute mismatched utensils!! But anyways, these are just a few things I'd want for our house. I've always told Stephen I want to decorate as cute and vintage as possible and if we have enough space he can have his man cave or manly man corner or something haha. I think he agrees with the vintage thing...anyways...he's the one who's been obsessed with Roy Orbison this month. I think we make a perfect couple.

January 22, 2011

anniversary, cake, picture

Made a cake with my new pan and got a little crazy with the frosting but in my eyes...the more frosting the better! Stephen took me out for lunch when he should have been sleeping but maybe our anniversary got him up on his toes bright and early. We relaxed and watched X files and just enjoyed each others company ( we watch a lot of X files. ) Anyways, I really can't believe 10 months today we were sitting on the beach and he asked me to be his girlfriend. I was a little frightened at starting a serious relationship but boy was it worth it! I love thinking about the first dates when I still didn't know him, when I was still a little unsure if this would be it. So now, 10 months...we are engaged and completely in love and ready. So happy! Today was a really good day. Excited for church tomorrow and can already taste the big nap after service. :)

January 21, 2011

Kitchen Savvy

Now that I have my new love ( money! ) I went to Target today after work and bought some super cute baking items for my future house with my future husband. Although it won't be for awhile I thought it might be smart to start buying household/kitchen stuff in preparation for when we get married. This stuff is in for Valentines Day but the colors are perfect and I thought they would be cute for all time use! What do you think?

P.S This is my 200th post! Wow!

January 20, 2011

Every Blessing

"A man died and went to heaven. He was met at the pearly gates by Saint Peter who offered to show him the home God had prepared for him. The man's excitement grew as he and Saint Peter passed a street lined with beautiful mansions - but they did not stop. The man was still enthusiastic as he and Saint Peter walked by a street lined with smaller but still lovely houses, but they did not stop. The man began to wonder just what kind of home was waiting for him when Saint Peter stopped in front of an attractive but tiny house. "This is your home," Peter explained. Even though it was not a spectacular mansion or magnificent house, the man was thrilled. After all, the little house was in Heaven.

The man's excitement faded as he opened the front door of his heavenly home. Instead of beautifully furnished rooms, he saw stacks of unopened boxes. In fact, every room was filled with boxes stacked from the ceiling to the floor. When the man asked Saint Peter what was inside the boxes, Peter smiled sadly and said, "These are the gifts and blessings God had for you on earth" The now very confused man responded, "Why didn't He send them to me?" Saint Peter smiled sadly and said, "Because you never asked."

January 19, 2011

Time Capsule Wednesday: Bathing Beauty

1950's. Grandma at the beach.

Grandpa Turned 80!!!!

Which means great Italian food...

January 17, 2011

Do All Men Cheat?

"These headlines are recent but men who cheat aren’t new news. For many years, I struggled with an intense fear that my husband would cheat. That fear was reinforced by a dad who cheated and tales of infidelity even among my Christian brothers and sisters.

Fear left unchecked can wreak all kinds of havoc on our hearts and lives. In my case, the fear that my man was destined to stray led me to be clingy, accusatory, anxious, and worried.

During that season I kept stumbling across verses like Romans 8:15 which states, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear but you received the Spirit of sonship” and 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” These verses made me want to deal with the fear that was gripping my heart (and my marriage), but I didn’t know how. The fear that my husband would cheat wasn’t something that I could just talk myself out of. It’s a fear that didn’t unravel until God started exposing the lies rooted to my fear.

I realized that my fear was based, in part, in the lie that all men cheat. The media portrays men as unable to control their sexual appetite. I just assumed that if given the opportunity, my man would cheat out of an inability to control himself. This lie has dangerous ramifications far beyond a fearful heart.

The truth is that men are no more carnal than we are.

Titus 2:11-13 says, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Girls, we don’t have the market cornered on self-control. The same Spirit that is at work in our hearts is at work in the lives of the believing men around us. Men aren’t the animals we see them portrayed as on T.V. and the big screen. They aren’t perfect, but that doesn’t mean that the entire gender is destined to ditch their marriage vows.

Sometimes I think we see ourselves as more spiritual than our male counterparts. The Truth is the Holy Spirit lives in men who know Jesus as vibrantly as He lives in our own hearts. Men aren’t given an extra dose of the sin nature any more than we have been given an extra helping of self-control.

Is your man doing his best to live out his faith in Jesus? Has his love for you and commitment to your marriage kept him faithful? Don’t wait in anticipation for the moment he will fail. Thank him for serving God by faithfully loving you."

As you know from blog posts from the past year...I was very insecure and I couldn't seem to pinpoint how to escape my insecurity from society/media. I have the most trustworthy man on this earth and although he had shown me no signs whatsoever of looking at other women or indulging in worldly media....I would flip every time my insecurity got triggered. I had fear that he was too good to be true and that he would inevitably cheat on me or do something horrible. Like this woman from the article...I thought all men were designed to be sexual beasts who can't control themselves. I thought every guy viewed those images in the media to be "beautiful and desirable " But boy was I wrong. There are amazing Christian men out there. Godly men. Who actually turn their heads in that awkward movie seen and don't go for that second look at the girl in the mall. Men who know what true beauty is because they themselves know through Jesus Christ. There are men out there who love their wives unconditionally. They are out there and I was so silly to let my heart be replaced by fear. Insecurity, the feeling he'll cheat...it is nothing but not trusting God and letting yourself side with the Devil. I have done a lot of spiritually healing when it comes to not comparing myself to women in the media but this article really lifted me up regardless.
( Article taken from True Woman )

P.S Hope you were blessed by this post...I was surely blessed by it. Hope you all have a good day. :)

January 15, 2011

Being a Nanny

It's been my third day being a Nanny for the Trinh family and all I can say is...I can't wait to go full time! Right now all I'm doing is chores. I so did not sign up to be a housekeeper ( not to mention that I suck at it ) but I love the fact that they want to spend time with their babies as much as they can right now. They are super good parents ( a little bit on the neat freak, germaphobe side ) but they are awesome people and I'm so glad I work for them. I think they are pretty much happy with me but for some reason I feel like they think I could do better. I've tried my hardest to meet their needs but there is just something in my gut that tells me I'm doing something wrong. I can't put my finger on it but I pray that the Lord will give me strength to fulfill their needs to the best of my abilities. That I can show them my faith through my actions and my words. God, please help me have a good attitude at work and guide me throughout the day. I may not be as wonderful and perfect as Mary Poppins....but I hope God can teach me how to be the best Nanny ever.

Gag Me With A Spoon

Stephen and I got "Best Legs" back in high school. I can't believe I'm like, gonna marry my high school sweetheart. Isn't that, like, adorable?!

Me, gabbing on the phone with Stephen...hours on end. Those were the good ole' days.

January 12, 2011

Time Capsule Wednesday: Captain Hook's

Disney Land. Early 1970's.

My Mom and Grandma on Captain Hook's Pirate Ship.

January 10, 2011

Stephen's 24th Birthday

Happy Birthday Honey! Love you so much and hope you have a great Birthday! Muah!

January 8, 2011

Elle a dit OUI ! !


My Dream Wedding Dress

I haven't set colors for the wedding in stone but I do know what kind of wedding dress I want ( and can afford ). I adore the simplicity, softness and fluidity to this dress and I've been wanting soft colors and pastels for the wedding so that light sash at the waist is perfect! I also know I want a 40's style head piece as opposed to a long veil. This is perfect!!! I hope this style looks good on me...I don't need to try on dresses yet...not for awhile but I'm so curious and excited to just put one on. Hmmm. Maybe I'll ask mom to take me just for fun?
What is your dream wedding dress/style?

January 6, 2011

Budget bride...

is an understatement.

The date we have in mind is not for another 9 months but things are looking very grim even with my new job. Everyone says it should be fun and la la la...don't be a bridezilla Danica....have a good attitude! Well, pardon me but I don't give a damn about what you think. A good attitude isn't going to erase the dollar signs off my Dad's face. And I can't seem to erase them either. I feel bad for him I really do...I'm sure he's regretting not having two boys right about now....but it seems like Stephen and I won't get married for another 2 years if we do it on our own. This calls for a lot of prayer and patience because I know my sinful nature and my sinful nature is to be sad and give up. I'm trying... well, sorta. Maybe one day I'll look back on this sad night with a baby in my arms in my small apartment with my husband...but the dollar signs won't let me dream that far again.
I've been dreaming about my wedding since I was a old enough to think that "Billy Bob" was sorta cute in Kindergarten. ( I hope Steve doesn't get offended by the sentence. ) I wanted huge chandeliers and a big castle, a huge ball gown that takes 3 people to hold and lots of people cheering and crying. I understand now as an adult I can't have everything I want and how I pictured it. But no princess gown, fancy cake, Paris theme and decor is going to make my marriage. The older I get the stronger my relationship grows and I understand what is really important. As an 18/19 year old when the economy starting going down I understood I would have to be a budget bride and I was more than okay with that. All I wanted was a church wedding, lots of kids running around under my dress, guests getting a burned CD of our favorite songs and finger foods. Obviously...as I've grown up my ideas of my dream wedding has changed along with my dreaming scale but I don't know if we can do it in a decent amount of time. My dad is a good man but I think my best bet is to wait longer to get married and do it on our own. Yea, maybe we won't be able to afford food, or a reception, or all those pretty flowers but it will be better than having to rely on my parents. And it will also be better than settling for a courthouse wedding. ( which is way out of the question, even for Stephen. ) I really hope whoever is reading doesn't get the wrong idea and I honestly feel like Drew Barrymore in the movie "Never Been Kissed" when she writes the newspaper article at the end. haha. But anyways, Stephen and I are going to have to work very hard. First saving for an apartment and then the wedding but by Stephen's encouragement and God's grace I think we can make it.
As I'm freaking out by my dad's answer to everything wedding or budget related, as I'm freaking out picturing signing papers and then leaving, as I'm freaking out about money, as I'm freaking out about everything spiraling down to nothing I pictured and a bridezilla moment....Stephen. My wonderful fiance encourages me and stops me right in my tracks. He reminds me of an all mighty God. He reminds me of patience. He reminds me of old fashioned work and savings. He is literally God sent and my hero. He say's I deserve a wedding gown and to feel like a Queen. He insists we can do it on our own no matter how long it takes. He's not only taken initiative to plan the wedding but he's the one calling the shots. I couldn't be more surprised and thankful by this. I'm sure most men would want nothing to do with it and would rather sit on the couch and watch sports than help with wedding planning...not my man! As you've seen how my writing has changed from the beginning to now...that's exactly how I think and talk. I freak and lash out with negative and sarcastic remarks and then I slowly realize how I'm acting and being perceived and then I whip back into shape. I love the Lord with all my heart but I refuse to let people think I'm perfect. I'm not. This wedding planning thing is way harder than I thought and I no longer care how long it takes...Stephen and I are going to do this. It may take awhile but we will have fun and it will be stress free because we are going to do it on our own time and in God's name.

The End

-Budget Bride and proud of it.

January 5, 2011

Time Capsule Wednesday: Mother & Daughter

My mother before her mother. A Summer day in the early 1970's.

January 2, 2011

My Year:2010

2010 was possibly the best year of my life and I will tell you why. When my birthday last year came around everyone said it was to be my golden birthday because I was turning 20 on the 20th. I am the last person to believe in luck or fate but I was certainly anticipating 2010 to be fabulous for many a reason. It's funny that when I turned 20 I jokingly thought I would meet my future husband. I did. God lead me to my home church now ( Voyagers ) where I serve full time, have lots of support and friends....I love my church family and I have grown so much because of what Christ has done there. Of course without me knowing I met Stephen at church and thought he was the cutest thing ever. We wrote letters, glanced back in forth ( which seems like yesterday ) and now I'm engaged to him...living my happily ever after. A few months back when things seemed grim and I changed my career goals ( which seems out of nowhere ) with no steady income, no car insurance no nothing. Now, I have a steady job as a nanny, I'm close to purchasing my own car insurance and I look forward to figure out how to plan a wedding! God keeps opening up doors and I'm ready for some to close and for some more to open again. 2010 was amazing and I couldn't have wanted it any other way. Now with 2011 arriving at full speed...I will hopefully be getting married this year and having my first legal alcoholic beverage! Planning our engagement party now too...any invitation ideas? I'm wanting a Vintage/French/Country theme to my party and wedding. Seems easy enough...vintage and French are never out of style. The date will be January 17th so I have a couple weeks to get things done. So much to do! So excited!!

What I'm looking forward to this year so far:

1. Planning our engagement party.
2. Being old enough to order wine at dinner ( which I won't like anyways but I want to surprise people because I look like I'm 16. )
3. Opening a savings account with Stephen
4. Having dates at Disney Land
5. Going on vacation to WA to visit/meet Steve's family.
3. Making a steady income: More money=married faster. :)