Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Simple Things


Today, my thought process for "What I'm Loving Wednesday" is a little bit different. Yes, I still love my husband, my new nail polish, that Brad picked Emily, etc...but today is different. Today I am content.

I spent time with some of my best friends from college yesterday, along with their sweet babies. It was simple. It was joy. It was life, pure and sweet. 

We sat on the back porch, we watched babies shriek and squeal and play. We kissed scrapes and bumps, we ate pickles and cookies, we felt the sun on our skin. We blew bubbles and watched the babies try to catch them. We talked about life and marriage and God...we lived the way that life is supposed to be lived. Slow and simple, with lots of joy. And it was good. Life was good. No technology. Just us, sun, grass, and sky. Life from a babies view is so much sweeter. 


A smile just isn't complete without cookie crumbs.

Clothing optional (for the babies).




On the way home, I heard a song that I've heard several times. I've sung along to it before. This time, I heard it differently. God laid it on my heart...I sung it as if my life depended on it. 

Sometimes I,
I just want to close my eyes
And act like everyone’s alright
When I know they’re not.
This world needs God
But it’s easier to stand and watch.
I could pray a prayer and just move on
Like nothing’s wrong.

But I refuse.

‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care.
I don’t want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to
Sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse.

I can hear the least of these
Crying out so desperately,
And I know we are the hands and feet
Of you, oh God.
So, if you say move,
Then it’s time for me to follow through,
And do what I was made to do.
by Josh Wilson


That is my desire...to stop living selfishly and live as God has called. To spread His word and help this hurting world. I am blessed. Not everyone is so blessed. 

If you haven't heard this song, I highly recommend it. 

Love, love. 


Friday, March 11, 2011

Honeymoon #2


Happy happy Friday!! : ) I am off all day today and so far I have enjoyed sleeping in, watching tv, and blogging! : ) What are y'all doing today??

So, let me tell y'all a little story about our honeymoon. I haven't really talked about it yet on here or posted any pictures, but I have some important (aka exciting) news to share today!! 

We went on our honeymoon on October 3 last year. We were *supposed* to go to Sandals Negril in Jamaica. When we arrived in Jamaica and went to the Sandals desk, we were informed that a tropical storm had hit Negril and the resort was flooded/damaged. They told us that we would be going to another Sandals in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Now I know that this is not really horrible news, but I almost burst into tears. For one, we had spent FOREVER picking the perfect Sandals and we loved Negril. Also, I am a big baby and I was freaking out that my parents wouldn't even know exactly where we were anymore. 

Needless to say, I got over that real quick. We were still in Jamaica going to a fabulous resort for our honeymoon! We were thrilled...a beach is a beach and all inclusive is all inclusive! : ) When we arrived at the resort to check in, the manager asked to speak with us. She informed us that because of the issue and their inability to tell us before we arrived, we would be getting a voucher for another vacation! Hello!!! A free vacation!!! Does it get any better than that?? Thank you, Sandals!!

We recently sent in our voucher request and I just got the confirmation email today!! My adorable hubby and I will be going on our second honeymoon for our 1st wedding anniversary! HOORAYYYY!! We are going to Negril. We spent a lot of time trying to decide where to go and almost picked St. Lucia, but I just feel like we were *supposed* to go to Negril, so we should go there. It is stunning (in the pictures I've seen). It is also rated the best beach in the Caribbean. We are literally SO SO excited and grateful that we will be able to make this trip. Thank you, Jesus, for Your sweet blessings!!

Here are some pictures of Negril, all from the Sandals website:



The room we will be staying in is the beach front swim-up suite...aka amazing and fabulous. 





Ahhhhh, I can't wait...only 6 more months!! : ) 

Thanks for sharing in our excitement. I love you, blog friends!

I need one more favor. A couple that we know is in the process of adopting a baby boy from Ethiopia. They just received news that Ethiopia is considering decreasing adoptions by 90%. This will definitely delay their baby boy coming home...and stop many other couples from being able to adopt. A petition has been started. If you feel so inclined, I'd love for you to click here and sign the petition. If you don't want to sign, please offer my friends and ALL the orphans in Ethiopia up to the Lord for prayer. Thank y'all so much!

Love, love!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hott with Two T's


Last summer, July to be exact, we took our engagement pictures. We obviously were not thinking clearly. It was July. It was hot. It was Louisiana. 

It was 99 degrees, with a heat index up to 106. 

We took them outside...of course. Aren't we smart??

Needless to say, everything started out great, but about 30 minutes in we were literally sticking to each other. Not out of love...out of sweat. Yum. My makeup was running, my face was sweating, and my hair was frizzing. For two seconds, I almost cried. Then, my sweet love smiled at me and we both started laughing our butts off. We ended up having SO much fun. Neither of us had ever done any kind of photo shoot, so it was quite the experience. I don't think I could ever be a model. The "serious face" and my face do not agree. 

I got to choose two outfits and I let my hubby choose one outfit. Y'all can guess who picked what. 

Our amazing photographer was the one and only Brandon O'Neal.

We credit him for somehow hiding our sweat. 

Here are a few of my favorites. 
(Photo overload below) 

This is one of my favorites. 


He's a doll, huh?




Bling, bling!








I think this one is my favorite. 




If you made it here, you are awesome. : ) Thanks for checking out our pictures. 

Love, love



Monday, March 7, 2011

Favorites


I decided to create a post about my favorites. Won't you play along? Pretty please?

Favorite time of day - I'm a night owl

Favorite season - Fall, hence the October wedding

Favorite month: November...it's my birthday month

Favorite holiday: Christmas

Favorite subject in school: Science

Favorite channel: Lifetime

Favorite color - Pink (so typical, I know)


Favorite song - "I Cross My Heart" by George Strait (our 1st dance song)

Favorite movie: Serendipity and Armageddon - tied

Favorite celebrity: Taylor Swift and Gary Allan

Favorite kind of music: Country all the way

Favorite tv show: Grey's Anatomy

Favorite thing to do: Blog, obviously

Favorite place in the world: Home is where my heart is

Favorite hobby: Read and scrapbook

Favorite kind of animal: Cashmere and Diesel (aka dogs)


Favorite place to live: I'm happy where I am now (Louisiana)

Favorite place to vacation: ANYWHERE! I'd love to go to Europe (Hint, Megs!)

Favorite restaurant: Currently Cheddar's...it changes all the time

Favorite food: Dessert : )

Favorite thing to cook: Can I say nothing? Haha. 

Favorite drink: Diet coke

Favorite chore: Vacuuming

Favorite makeup: Bare Minerals and Covergirl

Favorite hair products: I buy something different every single time

Favorite lotion: St Ives Whipped Silk

Favorite perfume: "Very Sexy" by Victoria Secret

Favorite memory: October 2, 2010


Favorite blogger: Ahhh, I'll never tell ; )

Favorite thing to blog about: Anything and everything

Favorite books: Wicked, The Other Boleyn Girl, Redeeming Love

Favorite Verse: See yesterday's post

Favorite thing to wear: Dresses

Favorite kind of day: A lazy, snuggly day at home with my loves

Favorite job: I love being a nurse, but hopefully I'll get to be a SAHM one day!

I'm going to tag Michelle, Melissa, Megan, and Rebekah to do this, too...if they want! Really, I'd love for anyone to play along and do it! Let me know if you do! 

Happy Monday! Love, love! 

PS: I'm about to start recapping our road to "I Do." Finally! : )

PPS: Look for a giveaway tonight or tomorrow! 

PPPS: I'm skipping "This Blog Rocks" today. 


Monday, February 28, 2011

Puppy Love


Today, something terrible happened. I hit the blog brick wall. I went to write a post...and nothing came out. Seriously. I am going to chalk it up to working a lot lately and this cold that I have. It's yucky...snot x 1 million.

So I was thinking, what should I blog about? Then, my little bunny bears started barking at the burglar (which was actually only the wind), so I figured that I would write a little about them.

Cue happiness.

I have two dogs. Diesel is a blue pitbull and Cashmere is a yellow lab. They are both almost two years old. I picked them up on the exact same day and brought them home together. They have been best friends ever since.

Diesel was the runt of the litter and was sick after he was born. Nobody wanted him and he was the last one left of his litter. They actually didn't expect him to live. He weighed 5 pounds when I first got him. He has been a little sicky ever since. He has had to have eye surgery and a spinal tap. Plus, he just finished heartworm treatment. He doesn't know that he's ever been sick though, so shhhh, don't tell him. He weighs about 80 pounds now and I truly think he would've died if I hadn't taken him. He is a total mommy's boy and would love to be a lap dog if it wouldn't smother you.

Cashmere weighs about 76 pounds and is the crazy, hyperactive dog. She never EVER stops running, jumping, panting, sprinting, etc. Endless energy, I tell you. I wish I could bottle it up and use it. She follows Diesel's lead and is definitely the laid back one. I taught her to "shake" one day and now she does it all the time. No lie. If you even talk to her, she tries to "shake" with you so that she will get love/treats/praise. : )

Here are a few pictures of the lives of Diesel and Cashmere. (Okay, a LOT of pictures.) If you don't like dogs, just skip this post! : ) (But you should love them.)




Bringing Cashie home.

She was so little and fluffy.















Diesel's first bath.

I think he looks like a rat. Ha.

















Playing together.

They were instant best friends, but Cash had a rough first few nights. She whined and cried through the night for about 2 days. It was so sad.















It was a long and rough first day together.






















A fluffy little bunny.
































Getting so big.

















































We take them to a ballpark sometimes to let them run and play.























I was laying out one day and looked up to this.
























They have made lots of messes.
















They've taken lots of naps.



































They've taken trips in the car...which always ends with puke.

(These are my two favorite pictures of them...little angel bunnies!)





They've snuggled with daddy.




















Diesel has endured this evil contraption...twice.
(After eye surgery)













The rocking chair is Diesel's favorite place...just like mommy.

We fight over it. He usually wins.




































Their first Christmas.














Just hanging out.














They celebrated their first birthday together!

They've gotten really dirty together.

Then had to endure the horrible cleaning torture.

We have had lots of fun in our almost two years together. Here is a current picture of the bunnies:

Diesel.

Cashmere.

Sorry if that was torture for y'all. That's what happens when you hit a brick wall. : )

I'm going to blow my nose now. Goodbye.

(PS: Please forgive the crazy picture layout in this post, I couldn't get them all aligned, then I just gave up.)

Love, love.