The Newlywed Life: My Favorite Night of the Week

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Being married is awesome for many reasons. In my top 10 would have to be it’s basically a permanent sleepover with your best friend – sharing a sink would not be in my top ten, let the record show. Besides the unconditional love and live-in sounding board factor, it’s nice to have someone share the not-always-exciting-and-glamourous life stuff with me, i.e. laundry, cleaning the house (Taylor handles the trash, PRAISE), paying bills, budgeting, taxes, grocery store runs….the list goes on and on. Sure, there is beauty in the every day and sometimes mundane but there’s something to be said about setting aside a time each week to just focus on each other. To stop going and doing and just be together.

Before we got married Taylor and I promised each other we would try our best to set aside time for a date each week, no matter how busy. Now in year two of our marriage, we’ve noticed it’s gotten harder and harder to stick to our one date a week plan but we still make it happen. Why?

It’s a time for US to be together without anyone else.

It’s all about FUN.

It’s a time to TURN OFF our phones.

It’s a time for ROMANCE.

It’s a show of our COMMITMENT to each other.

It’s a time to TALK and LAUGH and FLIRT with each other.

It’s a time to wear something other than YOGA PANTS.

Keep in mind, dates don’t always have to be extravagant, adventurous nights out. Not into tandem sky diving? Me neither. Try a new restaurant. See that movie you’ve both been wanting to see. Grab gourmet ingredients and cook a meal together at home. Grab coffee or ice cream and head to the park. Bust out the board games and popcorn. Make out. The opportunities are endless and there aren’t any rules. Remember: It’s not what you do, it’s the spirit you bring to it. Happy dating! xo

Simple Moments, Extraordinary Blessings

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Is it just me or is it sometimes easier and more socially acceptable to complain about the trivial annoyances throughout the day than to be thankful for the special little moments? Sure, I feel 100% calmer and happier when I focus on the blessings during my day but some days I let busyness or a Negative Nancy steal my joy. Not cool.

All of this leads me to a book that I read with my dear friend Ashley last year that forever changed my attitude and thought process – One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Have you read it? Ann does a beautiful job of wrapping personal stories and scripture to wake you up to all the blessings, big and small and in between, God gives freely each day. Ashley and I followed Ann’s lead and chronicled our gifts daily until we reached one thousand each. The coolest part for me was looking back through my list at all the amazing ways God had blessed me in the past months. All of these big and small and weird and seemingly boring items were extraordinary blessings God had been gifting me. How had I missed the beauty in these simple moments before?

Sunshine beaming through the kitchen window while making breakfast

A rainy afternoon

Fresh flowers

Being raised in a Christian home

The sound Buddy’s paws make on our wood floors

A sweet note from a friend

The smell of clean laundry

Missing my husband as soon as I pull out of the driveway

When we show genuine gratitude to our Creator, whether we’re in a sunshine and rainbows season or a grin and bear it season, we are choosing to live an abundant, joy-filled life because we are loved in an extraordinary way. If you ever find yourself doubting God’s goodness, look around you. Spend a day paying close attention to all the blessings only God could give. xo

Up to Speed

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I’ve been MIA. Away. Off the grid. It’s been a crazy past couple months and life has been like a book I just couldn’t put down. Being a wife, friend, publicist, pregnant person, preacher’s wife and house hunter has taken all of my quickly-depleting energies so you can imagine how much I didn’t think about spending extra time on my Mac writing after an already full day. It was a good break and a necessary one but you know, I missed sharing and creating and laying it all out there. So now I’m back, with plenty of inspiration stored up and so much new stuff to share I’m practically bursting at the seams. If you stick around you’ll also start to notice some subtle but important changes to both the layout and topics I share. It’s high time for a blog revamp after almost five years – I feel old! – so I’m looking forward to the transitions and updates.

Since we’re human and want to be well aware of what we’re getting into, I want to make some promises right here and now of what you can expect moving forward:

  • Fun, fresh content about life, love, faith and everything in between with a healthy dose of humor.
  • More content on faith and a relationship with our Creator. My faith is the biggest part of my life so why haven’t I been sharing it more in this space? I’ve been scared of not saying the right words or not being on the level of other female bloggers with much larger platforms that I adore. Terrible excuses, right?
  • This will not become a pregnancy blog. Just like it didn’t become a wedding blog as I was planning our wedding, this will not become a space where I only share everything you may and may not care to know about my “pregnancy journey.” No thanks. While I will share some highlights here and there, scouts honor that’s as far as I’ll go.

Questions/Comments/Random Thoughts? Send em’ on. Thank you for reading! Sincerely, it’s so awesome to share and connect in this space so please know I appreciate you! xo