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10 Ways To Love

LISTEN: without interrupting.

But there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother Prov.18:24

SPEAK: without accusing.

Everyone should be quick to listen,slow to speak, and slow to become angry. John 1:19

GIVE: without sparing.

All day long he craves for more, but the righteous gives without sparing. Prov. 21:26

PRAY: without ceasing.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying about you. Col.1:9

ANSWER: without arguing.

Better a day filled with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. Prov. 17:1

SHARE: without pretending.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ. Eph. 4:15

ENJOY: without complaint.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, Phil.2:14

TRUST: without wavering.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1Cor.13:7

FORGIVE: without punishing.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Col. 3:13

PROMISE: without forgetting.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Prov.13:12

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Christmas is my favorite holiday! It’s almost as if the world turns into a chaotic world of sparkle and I love it! Sure, you have to wait in an hour of traffic to get anywhere but, my heart is filled with joy. I can’t help but to let in two, three, ohhh go ahead, four cars in front of me because I am in the Christmas spirit!

Here is a list of a few things that make this season and holiday magical for me!!

Christmas lights! Wouldn't it be just sublime if our world was ALWAYS lit up at night! Like the Eiffel Tower!

every year my husband and I buy each other an ornament. Disney is always close to our hearts as we went to DisneyWorld for our honeymoon!

baking! this is something that is new to me now that I am married! So much fun!

mmm, I love snuggling up together with some hot chocolate on a cold day!

The Nutcracker! My mom and I go every year. This year my husband and his parents came too! It was wonderful!

watching Christmas movies!

snow days!

I Will Follow You

Being married to my husband is definitely something that brings me so much joy. My husband inspires me to be a better person. My husband lifts my spirits almost instantly after a bad day. My husband has more patience and genuineness about him than anyone I know. When I look at my husband I remember what I first saw when meeting him for the first time and I can also see what beauty he possesses today.

When we got married I said in my vows “let your burdens be halved, let your joys be doubled”, and how true that has become. After we were first married I went through a hard time that lasted several months. My husband was there for me every single day. He held my hand, he cried with me, he helped me laugh. He did not just watch me walk down a dark path by myself. He walked with me.

It saddens me to say that my husband is going through something similar now and there is not much I can do to help. As his wife, all I want to do is make everything better for him. I don’t have all the answers, but what I realize is he just needs me beside him, as I did. So, I will follow him into the dark and I know that God will bring us back into the light.

Today Is A Gift


Can you believe that November is at its end and we are about to wave our mittens to December?! I can’t! It seems to be flying by! My husband and I were so happy to be able to spend Thanksgiving together this year, as we were apart, due to work last year. Some of my best friends came into town and we were able to go to dinner with them and visit. We stayed up late baking cookies and an apple crumble pie. We woke up early and made about a 45 minute drive to be with some of my family and then we were soon on the road again and headed back to Brandon’s parent’s house. We had the BEST food ever! Our tummy’s were full and we were happy. We decided to go back to our apartment to take a nap because we would soon venture out into the cold for..dun..dun…dun…black Friday! It was Brandon’s very first black Friday experience. We waited two hours in line at Target! We decided instead of buying each other gifts this year, we would buy a new T.V. Our first flat screen! (haha) We actually had a lot of fun doing our Christmas shopping together and were definitely grateful to be home hours later!!

I would say I loved seeing my friends, I loved seeing my family, I loved eating so much wonderful food, but the best part of this last week for me has been the Christmas tree! Last year, again, my husband’s job kept him so busy at this time, we were barely able to spend any time together. My mom was sweet enough to come over and help me put up our first Christmas tree. But it was so special this year to be able to have the time to enjoy that moment together. Sure, we are enjoying our new Christmas T.V. but the best gift of all are these moments. Laughing together as we’re forcing ourselves to bake at 1 A.M., running through the parking lots on Black Friday, and unwrapping our ornaments together as we put together our tree for the first time.

Our Christmas Tree 🙂

And Many More….

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Yesterday was my 28th birthday. It feels very surreal turning 28. I think in my mind in some ways, I still feel as though I am 18. I feel young at heart and hungry for life. I am thankful my heart is filled with such feelings. I also can not deny the wisdom I have acquired over the years. When I was younger every moment was so fleeting and that was never given a second thought. I feel now with 27 years passed, I am more aware. I notice the small gestures, I observe the little details, and I acknowledge each wonderful fleeting moment. I know that I have much to learn in my years ahead, but I am grateful for what I have now, and I am looking forward to another year of life.

I’m so lucky. 🙂

Wherever you are. You are here ❤

Life Is But A Dream

DREAMS ARE WELL – BUT WAKING’S BETTER

Dreams are well-but- waking’s better,
If one wake at morn-
If one wake at midnight-better-
Dreaming-of the dawn

Sweeter-the surmising robins
Never gladdened tree
Than a solid dawn-confronting-
Leading to no day

-Emily Dickinson

My mind is full of dreams. I am constantly daydreaming during my day and excited to paint my dreams with vibrant colors as I drift into slumber at night. Dreams hold so much possibility. A perfect mixture of the obtainable and fantasy. I love dreams, but today I actually had an “ah hah” moment. There are rare moments in life when you realize something while it’s happening. Most usually we look back and wish we could have realized whatever truly was resonating within us within those moments. I realized today that I am happy. My heart feels warm. I feel the sweet comfort mixed with the anticipation of adventure that seeps into my veins right before I dream. Yet I am awake.