September 30, 2011

September 25, 2011

weekend of blessings

Weekends are for restoring. Weekends are for fun. Weekends are for blessings and spending time with people you love. I went to Disney Land for the first time in four months with my Mom and my sister on Friday and had a blast. There is nothing like going to Disney when the Fall decorations are everywhere and the feeling of family and magic is in the air! And to kick off the Fall season Steve and I saw Moneyball in the Saturday afternoon and headed over to get some Italian food before the game. Basically a baseball filled weekend but fun nonetheless. Today, is church day and I should be heading out soon to teach my little ones about Noah's Ark. Here is our weekend in pictures! :)








Hope you all are having a blessed weekend as well. Here is a bit of inspiration for your weekend...Michael Frost speaks of "who is the greatest." here.

September 23, 2011

marriage box




Having a marriage box is something my Grandma did when she was engaged and I think following in her footsteps is always a good idea. She told me stories about how when she was engaged ( for 4 years, yikes! ) she had a marriage box that she would put house hold items like dishes, sheets, cooking things that she would buy when she had extra money. So far, we have a george forman grill, a crock pot, a bundt cake pan, baking sheet, dish rack and TODAY I bought the cutest measuring cups/spoons from Target. It's part of the Vintage Charm collection...they look completely antique with beautiful detail at the top and very round edges. You could swear they look like antiques and I can't wait to actually use them someday in my own kitchen! ;) I like feeling prepared. We don't have much, but we will have one killer kitchen!

September 21, 2011

bindi lu rocket

Soo....I've been saving money and got Stephen and I a beautiful Nikon Coolpix P500 camera! My dog Bindi was my very first subject so she enjoyed getting a little blog post in her honor. This camera has a very useful and very cool setting for pet portraits. This, is very awesome because most pictures we've taken of our dogs looks like a furry blur and a nose somewhere in the middle. I love our new camera and can't wait to use it more. :) Hope you are all having a wonderful week.

P.S Isn't she beautiful? She's my favorite. Yay for new cameras and my pretty doggie!

September 20, 2011

Air


Photo of a big bunny  rabbit!
Photo of a big bunny  rabbit!
Photo of a big bunny  rabbit!

Photo of a big bunny  rabbit!
Photo of a big bunny  rabbit!
Photo of a big bunny  rabbit!

Photo of a big bunny  rabbit!
These photos were taken by Tim Barber. Amazing photography that makes me breathe in crisp air by just looking at these photos. Don't you love them?

P.S I hear fuller, 80's eye bros are now in....what do you think?

September 17, 2011

Patience is Love



We have been engaged for ten months now. It's been hard seeing a bunch of Stephens peers get engaged before or the same time as us and they have already gotten married. Most of the people he knows are married and to say the least, it annoys me and I don't like talking about it. I find it very troubling that some people can get engaged and then get married whenever they want;and what seems to be like their dream wedding at that. I simply come to the Lord and ask Him to wipe these negative and hateful emotions out of me and help me see that God has (unfortunately) called us to be patient at this time. I love Stephen and I love our engagement but we are ready to fly and make our new home and it's such a bummer we have to wait because we are not yet financially ready. Nine out of ten married couples I've talked to were dirt poor and started in an apartment (even studio) with no furniture and no dishes or some worse yet..not t.v! I know my family wants me to be taken care of but they aren't willing to help financially then what is it their business to tell me when they think I can get married and when they don't? So ladies, I am starting my wedding planning. We actually picked a date (my parents don't know yet so we'll keep it quite) and I have made my guest list and my engagement pictures are TODAY! I talked to Stephen and we both agreed that we don't know what we were waiting for in all the planning. We were too scared to make a date because we weren't sure if we'd be financially ready but guess what? If you don't light a fire under your behind and don't set a date...it will never happen! I've been bringing home Bridal magazines to make my mom look at it and she's willing to help me with ideas which is what I really need right now. I'm just going to really trust the Lord that He will put this together. We are doing it on our own and I'm praying we will continue to be patient with each other and enjoy our engagement for what it is. This isn't a race but a journey. Maybe 20 years from now I will be the comfort to another bride and tell her that we didn't get married for 2 years either and we had to do it by ourselves. There is always a reason for everything.

Lord, please continue to give me the patience and the strength to plan this wedding, stay pure in our actions and patience for my family during this time. Help me see that your hand is in this no matter what and that there is a reason for all you do. Father, help Stephen and I learn from this engagement what you intended us to learn. We've come so far with surgeries, insecurity meltdowns, traveling, cooking, new cars and all of the above. We thank you for bringing us together Lord but we just ask your hand and your blessing. Help us to do whats right and help us plan this wedding with ease.
Amen.

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

September 9, 2011

WARNING: Rant

I've never publicly voiced my new found disgust for my skin but I'm so upset today at everything that I just need to let it out. So here it goes. I can’t get over these scars. I had perfect, beautiful, stunning skin. That was one of the top things people would compliment me on. Now, after mistakenly taking a generic medicine…I have acne scars. Small dark circles on both my cheeks. No foundation makes me feel confident or happy. They always show no matter what. I hate this so badly I can’t even not cry when I think about it. I hate my pharmacy and my doctor for ruining my life. I took such pride in my skin…and now it’s ruined forever. I can't not wear make up anymore. I have to wear make up now, no matter what. These damned things will never go away and they will probably look even nastier when I get into my 30's. Joy.

before

after

My doctor gave me medicine to try and fix the pigment but it’s been 3 months now and nothing. I feel disgusting and worthless. I’m usually not this insecure and dramatic but I am so stressed right now and have my engagement pictures next week and I can’t get this scars to not show. I’m so sad. Stephen pretends and swears on his life that he doesn’t see anything. Either hes a terrible liar or he just thinks I’m stupid and will believe he really doesn’t notice. I’m so lame to even be writing this. The End.

September 5, 2011

The Getty!

A long week has officially paid off. Our work schedules completely overlap now so having the same weekends have been truly a blessing we've never experienced before. "I'm taking you to The Getty sweetheart." (Jaw drop, hugs and kisses) So in honor of our first weekend together...we went to The Getty in Los Angeles! It was beautiful, inspiring and romantic. Looking at photography of the revolution in Cuba, gazing at ancient Japanese artifacts and admiring intricate French paintings from the 1800's. A beautiful day and feeling blessed we have the weekend to spend quality time after a long work/school week. Thank you God for this three day weekend!