Monday, April 14, 2014

Our First Wedding Anniversary...

I wish sometimes I could slow down time. It's seems as if the LORD made me wait forever to be united with my soul mate, Justin. Then we were married, and time seems to fly by so fast, my head seems in a whirl some days! I am just so thankful for GOD's perfect timing in our lives, and for the time we are given to spend as husband and wife.
We celebrated our first wedding anniversary last weekend...

Riding to the beach on Saturday...
Eating the most amazing fresh, doughnuts from a local shop. They are so good, we waited in line for 35 minutes...

Time to marvel at GOD's creation together...

And what's a better way to end a day at the shore than to stop by a local market and bring home some fresh oysters to roast...

We re-created our first kiss on Sunday...

Then my wonderful sis snapped a few pics, for us to remember the day by...

After pics, we went out to eat at one of our favorite restaurant's, Outback Steakhouse. We started talking about how wonderful a year it had been and we cannot wait to see where the LORD will lead us. We dreamed of land of our own, children, and more time spent together. I told him, how I sometimes fear the future. And then Justin said the sweetest thing ever to me, "No matter what happens, I'll be there by your side". :D

Little did I know that I would need him by my side so soon. When we arrived home, I looked over to where I had my 3 week old chicks in their pen, and saw the wire was pushed in. With my heart sunk down to my stomach, I ran over found none of them in the pen.

Four of the five were gone. With a dog to be the primary suspect in their deaths. One had managed to hide, and ran to me when it heard my voice. I know they were only chickens, but to me they were my pets, and I had loved and cared for them for those three weeks, as if they were my children.

Through all the tears, my sweet husband was right there with words of encouragement, just being the support and love I needed at that moment. And even though it was painful, I don't know what could have been a better way to start year two of marriage. :)

"As much as you want to plan your life, it has a way of surprising you with unexpected things that will make you happier than you originally planned. That is what you call GOD's will."

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thought For Thursday: A Strong Woman

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Warmth Equals Flowy Skirts

Oh, you would not believe how wonderful the weather has been this week! Temps have been in the mid 80's and the sun has been shining so gloriously bright! And just as the arrival of warmer weather comes every year, so does my desire to wear flowy skirts and feel all feminine while I am out and about. :D
Wednesday is grocery shopping day for me. This whole winter I haven't taken the time for my appearance while running errands, as I would like. My goal when the weather is cold is to stay warm ,and not really care how I look as a lady. But this Wednesday I took advantage of the warm weather, and decided to dress like a lady.
I purchased this brown maxi skirt, and a blue one just like it a couple of weeks ago at a little mall boutique. The price was great, and the comfort of these skirts is amazing! I feel so lady like wearing them!
The shirt came from Loft. I love their clothes! However I'm not too crazy about the prices. They did have a sale a few weeks back, and I was able to get several shirts for 50 % off. :D

Oh warm weather, how I love thee! :D
Well, I'm going to get off of here for now. There is laundry to do and a weightlifting session to complete. And oh yes! Justin and I's first anniversary is Sunday! I hope to post about that soon! :D
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lifelong Commitment to Health

 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

I’ve been going through a transformation in my life over the past year. I have begun a journey that has led to a lifelong commitment to health. I have resolved to become more aware of the type of nutrition I am giving my body, as well as Justin’s.

Ever since high school I have been very self-conscious of my weight. I gained quite a bit between the ages of 15 and 17, and began to hate how I looked. The January after I turned 17, I said no more and put myself on a strict low calorie diet, and started exercising daily.

I lost the weight and loved how I felt. And ever since then, I have exercised off and on, and have not allowed myself to gain much weight.

In December of 2012, Justin proposed to me. Knowing that I was going to be standing in front of A LOT of people in a few months for my wedding, made me very determined to be “slim and trim”.

While I did lose weight, and was quite pleased with how I looked on my wedding day, I look back now and realize I did not go about my weight loss the healthiest of ways. I exercised harder than ever before, and cut way back with meals, focusing on a very low calorie diet…

The first few months of marriage, I began to eat a little more. And unfortunately I cut back on exercise. With that decision, the scale started to creep up and I started feeling sluggish. So, I once again upped my exercise and cut back on calories, never once giving a thought to what my body truly needed.

When Justin and I were first engaged, I started charting my menstrual cycle. I have continued with that habit into our marriage. With that being said I knew very well how high and long my post ovulation basal body temp would be. In about our third month of marriage, that temperature stayed higher and longer than I had ever known it to. I began to suspect I was pregnant…

With that thought I knew that a healthy lifestyle was going to be critical in order for me to have the most natural pregnancy that I have always desired. I immediately began researching the best foods for pregnancy and decided to drastically change my diet. I wanted to provide my child with the best start to life as possible.

But within a few days, my temperature dropped, and I found out I was not pregnant.

More than likely, I will never know if I was pregnant until the day I reach heaven’s shores. But I do know one thing, I will NEVER be caught off guard again when it comes to taking care of my body, for my future children.

As I said at the start of this post, I have become so much more aware of what food I fuel mine and Justin’s bodies with. I now no longer see food as a “calorie” but as fuel for our days, and whether or not it will be helpful or harmful to our bodies.

I’ve switched to primarily organic fruits and veggies, as well as meat. I’ve done a ton of research into herbal remedies, and use them on a daily basis.

It’s not been the easiest thing in my life, beginning this journey of a lifelong commitment to health. But it has been a joy. Joyful and exciting, because it gives me a greater sense of awe and wonder at how the LORD has provided everything that we need to sustain our bodies in nature.

It’s also been exciting in the fact that no longer has exercise become a chore to lose weight, but a pleasant habit that makes me feel great! No, I don’t enjoy it every day, but I know that it is what is best not only for my body, but for the children I hope one day to bear.

I do realize that no matter what steps I may take to keep my body healthy, anything can happen when it comes to child bearing. I have just become more determined than ever to take care of this holy temple the LORD has blessed me with, and to do so for HIS honor and glory alone.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
So what are your thoughts on health?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I'm A Mommy! Sort Of...

I am a chicken mommy! Two weeks ago, Justin and I decided to adopt 5 little chickens.
Aren't they just the cutest!
Whoever said a dog was man's best friend never had a pet chicken. I mean, can a dog lay eggs for you?

It's so exciting having these birds! While I was growing up, my family always had chickens, and I cherished every moment of raising them. That was one of things I missed the most after getting married. But now, Justin and I have started a flock of our own! It's just plain exciting ((SQUEALS)) ;)

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ice Storms and Time

Oh what a beautiful day it has been is here in my neck of the woods! As a matter of fact, it has been a beautiful past few days. The sun has been shining brightly and temps have been in the lower to mid-70’s. It has been so wonderful after such having days last week in the forties. Thank-you LORD for this beautiful day!

So how has life been for each of dear friends? Life’s moved merrily along here. Busy as usual, but wonderfully blessed.

We had a bit of snow in January. It was the first time it has snowed in this area in almost 3 years. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of snow. Mainly because it’s cold and wet, and this southern belle despises being cold. ;) But seeing it lay so beautifully on the ground was a nice a change of scenery.
 We had an ice storm hit about two weeks later. That however was no fun at all. We lost electricity for 3 days. Thankfully Justin’s parents had a kerosene heater, so we were able to hang out at their house and be somewhat warm for a day. The next day Justin had to go to work, so I took advantage of the cleared roads and headed over to my parents (who only lost power for 3 hours) for the day. And oh how wonderful it was to be warm! :D

Those few days really tried both mine and Justin’s patience, but thankfully we survived it with no injuries, and no major damage. It made us all the more thankful for the luxury of electricity when it was finally restored.

Other than that, life has been fairly normal. My job teaching K-3 has been going well. Each child has been doing fairly well, and there have been no serious behavior issues. Although lately it seems as if they are all pretty short with one another. Not sure what’s going on there. Prayerfully it won’t last long and everyone will get along better.

And of course there have been the daily chores of keeping the house clean and hubby and I fed.
I can hardly believe it, but Justin and I will have been married for 1 year on April 6th.
Time has just flown by! And I don’t know how it is possible, but I daily fall more in love with that amazing man!:D

Well, I’ve got to get off of here for now. Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

I Will!


Guess what I have done two weeks in a row? I wrote out a menu and coordinating grocery shopping list! Woo-hoo! I feel like such a domestic engineer… ;)

When Justin and I were first married last April, I was all into being the perfectly organized wife, and writing out my shopping list and menus. And then time passed along and, yeah, the enthusiasm was gone (organization has never come easily for me…).

Yes, I still cooked for us, but the meals a lot of the time were planned at the last minute with me asking Justin to bring something home, or me making a mad dash to the store for that last ingredient. Or even to my shame at times asking his parents for that one ingredient I needed to finish up the pizza dough…

With a new year, I am slowly making some life changes. And one of those changes is striving to be organized in our meal planning. That is especially necessary since I am now eating gluten free as much as possible.

No more last minute meal deals for me and the hubby.

Everything is going to be planned out.

I can do this.

I’m a wife. (Mind blown by that fact most days)

I am a domestic engineer, and I will do this!

Or at least by GOD’s grace, I am going to try.

Why? So through HIS grace, I can be a blessing and help meet to my husband. Just as I am called to be.

So off to the grocery store I go. Move out the way folks! I am a wife on mission. Oh yes…

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Something To Warm Ya Up

Hey everyone! Thought I would drop by and share a bright cheery, very warm looking photo from a couple summers ago.  Hope it warms your day up! :D
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Here's a beautiful story showing what marriage truly represents...

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Life, Love, and Deer Hunting

Good day friends and family! I pray you are all having a wonderful day in our LORD! It’s a rainy day here in my neck of the woods. But it sure has been beautiful. It’s like the rain has washed away the summer haze, and allowed the beauty and colors of autumn to burst forth. And it’s been great in forcing me to take care of indoor chores. ;)

So, has it really been over six months since I have given a life update here? I feel so ashamed in how long it has been. I never meant to take such a long break in blogging. I was hoping to have even more time after getting married to blog, but that has not been the case. With daily housekeeping and the huge transition and adjustment it has been in joining and beginning a new life with Justin, this poor little blog has gone neglected.
Justin working in our garden, at my parents during the summer
All excuses aside, I am here now, and hope to get back into the swing of sharing my life with all of you my dear friends, and sharing what the LORD is daily teaching me.

As of yesterday, Justin and I have been married for 6 months. I can hardly believe how fast time is flying by! It has been an amazing time in drawing closer to Justin, and relying on my LORD and Savior in leading our lives. I daily fall more and more in love with this man, and am so thankful for GOD allowing us to come together when HE did.

It’s been a great joy in fixing up the little house we are currently living in.
The kitchen
Our little table
Washing machine and dryer. Also the shelf I painted.
Office room

Living room
It is right next door to his parents, and only 15 minutes from my parents. I am so blessed in the fact I am surrounded by family, and was not forced to move away from them so soon, like so many I know have had to do after getting married.

The only pet I have taken with me is my dog Kaia.
My chickens Rhett and Chantal are still at my parents. I could bring them here, but I’m afraid of the stress it would put on them in such a move. I’ve missed them dearly, but I am blessed to get to see them several times a week. J

I started my fourth year of teaching K-3 this past August. It’s only 2 half days a week, so there in no interference on house work. I have a pretty good class this year. There are 5 girls and 1 boy. Each so far have been pretty obedient, and a joy to work with.

One of my favorite seasons arrived in September. Deer hunting! And guess what? After hunting almost every week last year with no success, look what I got last Tuesday evening…

Oh yeah! Fresh meat for the freezer and some antlers for d├ęcor! :D

Well, I better get off of here for now. Justin walked in the door from a long day at work and this wife needs to get busy and feed her man! :D

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Worth It.

A friend asked Justin and I a question soon after our wedding. They asked “If you had known marriage was this good, wouldn’t you have gotten married sooner?” I laughed about it at the moment. But then went to thinking more about the question later. Would I have wanted to get married sooner?
And I can honestly say no.
Justin and I were friends for about 3 years before beginning a courtship, and then courted for almost a year before engagement. It might seem like a long time to some, but to me it was perfect timing.
GOD had our story wrote out, and because HE wrote it, it was perfect. Even though it was hard waiting at times, I’m glad we did.

When I look back at those days of waiting, and how hard they were, I’m thankful for them. A love this sweet, is worth the wait. J

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!