Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Microadventure Mondays.

{July 14th, 2015}

This summer has been much busier than anticipated. 

Isn't that life, though? :) 

While our time has been filled with lots (and lots) of good things, it's also nice to take a step back and, ahhh...breathe.

AC was reading on one of his favorite sites, The Art of Manliness, on a Sunday afternoon when he said, "tomorrow we are going on a microadventure

So we did.

"Adventure is a state of mind, a spirit of trying something new and leaving your comfort zone. Adventure is about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness, and curiosity..."adventure" is not only crossing deserts and climbing mountains; adventure can be found everywhere, every day, and it is up to us to seek it out." -Alastair Humphreys, Microadventures

 I tell ya, being married to someone with a heart for adventure is such a gift.

And this view? Such a gift as well.

What adventures have yall taken lately?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Women in the Word.

{June 16, 2015}

I've really been enjoying She Reads Truth's newest Bible reading plan entitled Women in the Word.

This has been a new (exciting and challenging) season for me and I've loved being able to dig in to Scripture and in to the devotionals that point to Christ through the different stories of women in the Bible. The month of June covers women from the Old Testament, while July studies women from the New Testament.

A friend gifted me with a BEAUTIFUL printed version of the devotion which I have loved using. The paper quality, the photos, the space to journal and doodle and highlight has been wonderful (thank you!). However, you're also able to follow the plan using your phone or tablet and your own paper journal (if you so choose). The devotions provide the scripture, a short commentary, and then a place to read the thoughts of other subscribers.

I loved this quote from a day in early June, regarding Noah's wife:

"But God called her to wait patiently, even as the waters rose and the earth gave way (Psalm 46:2). He called her to believe the storm would clear and that His covenant was true (Genesis 6:18). Noah and his wife were in the middle of a storm they did not understand, but they waited for the Lord, trusting Him to be their refuge and strength. God invited them to simply obey, and He was faithful to deliver them. We serve a God who fulfills His promises. Even before the floodwaters swell over our head, He has already prepared a safe passage."

Hope y'all have a great day!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This Sweet Story. I Can't Deal.

{June 10th, 2015}

A friend just shared this story with me:

As you can see, the story is about a man with Autism who graduated law school and is now a licensed attorney. And well, I just need to make a list:

1. THIS GUY. "I want to help others with special needs to exceed their own expectations." Wow. What a humble spirit coming from someone who has beaten all the odds...AND HELLO: passed the California Bar (beyond difficult. 55% passage rate, people) on his first try. What a baller.

2. THIS MAMA!  "Embrace the child that you have and maximize whatever that potential's going to be..." as ya know, she DROVE her son to law school every day. I cannot even imagine! After years of therapy..and IEP meetings...and closed doors...and I'm sure lots of tears. She never gave up. Y'all. She drove her son to law school and sat in the lobby (and believe me, law school can be the pits). What sacrifice. What LOVE!

3. How can I better aim to teach, encourage, and instill this same truth of YOU ARE MORE THAN A STATISTIC to those with special needs in our community (and their families)? Really to anyone who is struggling that crosses our path? To help them exceed expectations? Or to even see past the limitations placed on them? How can I better rally behind those I love? So much to reflect on...

4. Parents of special needs children and adults, special education teachers, therapists, and support staff, advocates and cheerleaders...I love ya and am rooting for ya. Keep fighting the good fight. What you do is making a difference. You truly matter.

5. Is anyone else a little teary while watching this? Especially at the end when his smile is beaming and he thanks her?! Has anyone else watched this five times (three times alone then twice with their husband)? Just asking for a friend...;)


Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer, I love ya.

{June 1, 2015}

 Summer is here and it makes me so happy! 

We had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend kicking off our favorite season.

Our parents came in town to visit and we celebrated A's promotion, explored some fun spots around town, and of course, ate some really good food. It was great to get to spend such quality time together!

On Monday we honored our fallen heroes and prayed for their families. We also continued to pray for our nation's leaders and those who are serving! So thankful.

Then with the day off work, we were able to sneak a coffee date. :)

We also made it to Michael's and took advantage of the Holiday sale. I finally have a front door wreath! Only two years in the making...:/

We also finally framed the flag that was flown in front of Tillman hall and given to Andrew when he graduated from Clemson. Only four years in the making...:/ laughing...

Last Saturday we ventured to our favorite little waterfront spot in town. I'm looking forward to spending lots of time here! Then we stopped by the farmers' market before heading home to grill.

Summer, here we come. :)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Worship Collective.

{May 31st, 2015}

Hey friends!

Last Thursday, our church hosted it's first-ever "Worship Collective" and it was really special! The "tagline" for the night was, "feast, edify, worship". We ate a delicious meal of street tacos, talked with and got to know other members of the church production team (those who serve in the band, behind the scenes, in the kids' ministries, and their spouses), and then met for an intimate time of worship and singing!

The band was on the floor with us (as opposed to the stage) and we stood around in a close circle. I'm so grateful we were invited to such an encouraging, refreshing, and FUN event. And Andrew did a great job on the bass...;)

I wanted to share one of the songs we sang together, which is a current favorite of mine.

"You are perfect in all of your ways!
You are perfect in all of your ways!
You are perfect in all of your ways, to us!
You're a good, good Father
it's who You are
it's who You are
And I'm loved by You
It's who I am
It's who I am..."

Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Destin Days.

{May 4th, 2015}

At the end of April, my parents invited us to join them in Destin during their vacation. It was so relaxing and fun, and I'm so thankful they let us come hang. :)

We had wonderful weather...

We were able to spend lots of quality time together...


 We listened to great music...

Had a birthday celebration...

And of course, ate some really good food!

 Hey, C-130!

Can we go back now? ;)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Twenty-Seven- So Good to Me.

{May 1st, 2015}

 Birthday Celebration #27 (April 21, 2015) was one of the most special and here's just a few reasons why:

AC surprised me with homemade breakfast and coffee (my favorite!), a mani-pedi gift certificate (my favorite!), one of his famous (to me) hand-written, thoughtful, funny letters (my favorite!), and grocery store flowers (my favorite!). Oh, and lots of hugs (my favorite!). HE IS MY FAVORITE. Love 'em so much my cheeks hurt.

After my parents made their traditional early-morning birthday call filled with singing (my favorite!) I headed to work, where I was surprised throughout the day with all sorts of happies from my wonderful family and friends.

Cookies at work?! My first time ever. Everyone should get cookies at work on their birthday!

Several packages, cards, and more hydrangeas (my favorite!)
 Also, please die laughing at the card one friend sent. (insert crying-laughing emoji 1000 times)

THEN! Lucky me, my birthday happened to be on a Tuesday aka GIRLS' SMALL GROUP NIGHT!
All my Tuesday favorites came over and didn't allow me to lift a finger! They each brought a dish (or several). Basically, they catered a birthday party, because the food was THAT delicious. The best kind of food too, finger foods and salads (my favorite!) and good wine (you're getting the theme by now, my favorites!) We didn't even make it to the table. We literally stood around our kitchen counter talking, laughing, and eating. The best kind of get-together! They even made me a pound cake birthday cake (with no icing!)- so incredibly thoughtful!

AND someone (mama not pictured) brought their month-old nugget that we got to pass around and ooh and ahhh over! This whole "doing life together" thing...the messy, the hard, the fun, the celebratory, MAN it is truly the best.

Precious, beautiful, chunky babies!!! My favorite!!

Thank you so much, you kind and wonderful family and friends. My birthday was just perfect. There was nothing elaborate, yet there was SUCH big love shown in such special ways. It is truly wonderful to know that people have taken  the time to know me and love me. Y'all truly make my heart so full.

I love you all so much and remember this season with fond memories forever!

Friday, April 17, 2015

IF: Gathering {Austin, Texas}

{April 17th, 2015}
Still doing some catch-up posts. Thanks for stickin' with me!

Several weeks ago I traveled with two great friends to Austin, Texas to attend the IF: Gathering. This was my first time experiencing IF (and my first time experiencing Austin- wowee) and I loved every minute! An overflow of encouragement from authentic women of God, fun friend time, amazing worship, big city life, and lots and lots of Tex-Mex? Yas, honey.

Gorgeous scene at Austin City Limits.
Christine Caine, everybody! 
"(Speaking from Joshua 1) In transition seasons, Satan puts in fear. We are on the edge of the river, but we are still there- there are things we need to do. What's dead in your life that God has said is dead? Leave it at the foot of the cross and MOVE towards God's destiny for you!" -CC (love this little firecracker so much!)

 Magnolia Cafe, South Congress Cafe, Guero's Taco Bar, Annie's, just to name a few...(drool)

Shauna Niequist and her lovely mother, Lynne Hybels.
"Watching her walk her journey gave me permission to walk mine. Watching her struggle back to the faith was a blessing to me." -Shauna, on watching her mom while growing up (powerful!)

We were poured in to my so many other women of faith: Jennie Allen, Amena Brown, Lauren Chandler, Susie Davis, Debbie Eaton, Margaret Fienberg, Shelly Giglio, Jen Hatmaker, Esther Havens, Rebekah Lyons, Lindsey Nobles, Bianca Olthoff, Jo Saxton, Angie Smith, Laura Sobiech, and Ann Voskamp! There was also a guest appearance by Bob and Maria Goff! It was incredible.

annnnd of course, the Tex-Mex ;)

I'll leave you with this..Amen!!

xoxoxo, y'all!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

So Pull Me a Little Closer.

{April 15th, 2015}

Some Wednesday morning thoughts for y'all.

Jesus Calling today reads:

"TRUST ME and don't be afraid. Many things feel out of control. Your routines are not running smoothly. You tend to feel more secure when your life is predictable. Let Me lead you to the rock that is higher than you and your circumstances. Take refuge in the shelter of My wings, where you are absolutely secure. When you are shaken out of your comfortable routines, grip My hand tightly and look for growth opportunities. Instead of bemoaning the loss of your comfort, accept the challenge of something new. I lead you on from glory to glory, making you fit for my kingdom. Say yes to the ways I work in your life. Trust me, and do not be afraid."

And this.

"So pull me a little closer
take me a little deeper
I want to know your heart
I want to know your heart
cause your love is so much stronger
than anything I've faced.."
"Closer" by Bethel Music

Life is good, but life can be hard. Situations can be difficult to face. We may not know what the day, or the week, or that "something" way off in the future might hold. We can feel restless. We can feel afraid. Things may not go as planned. Our hearts may be troubled. Yet, Jesus says come to me. He cares for us, he loves us, he goes before us...His love is stronger that whatever we will face.

I'm not going to pretend to know your struggles, but if you're there in some capacity today, could I encourage you today to simply ask Jesus to pull you a little closer?  To show you his love and his goodness? I promise He'll show out.

Go forth with confidence today, friends! I sure love ya!

{ps mug pictured above is my favorite- from anthro!}

Monday, March 23, 2015

Two Years.

{March 23, 2015}


Two whole years of soaking up life with this guy.
Two whole years of utter joy, the deepest laughter, and handfuls of kitchen dance parties.

Two whole years of adventures, hardships, triumphs, and lazy snuggles.

Two whole years of wonderful memories...and just plain-out-BIG-OLE-LOVE.

Amen amen amen.

Many say, "your wedding day is the best day of your life!". Indeed, ours was an incredible day. The worship, the sight of my groom, the sweet vows, the laughter, the presence of family and friends, the twirls and the dips, the twinkle lights, the sweet little details, the kind words and tight hugs, the beautiful location, the beautiful day, the amazing band and the packed dance floor... everything was just PERFECT. I sure wish I could go back.

 But today, today is the best day of our marriage. Every day can be if we choose it. The past two years have been full of the best days. The marriage is even sweeter than the wedding (harder to believe, I KNOW it, girls. Especially those in the midst of planning.) So yay for beautiful weddings but an even louder praise for marriage!!!

Marriage is the best gift. Don't let anyone let ya think otherwise.

Thanks to all of y'all for your wise counsel, prayers, support, and examples you've given to us.

And biggest thanks to you, Jesus, because as we all know, "We love because you first loved us!"

Love y'all lots. Off to sushi!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Playing Catch Up.

{March 19th, 2015}

Hi everyone! How is it already March 19th? 

Here's an attempt to catch y'all (and myself) up to speed with what's been happening at this house the last several weeks.  And yes, they all involve pictures of Scout. What's not to love?

AC started his Masters this semester. His gals couldn't be more proud of him! We try not to sneak in to the office while he's working so diligently, but alas, it's just too hard sometimes. (especially since he's just so cute...and his feet are so comfy?)

I feel the need to clarify that he does indeed have on shorts in the above-picture. Laugh.

Small groups are still the highlight of our weeknights. Our "co-ed" group (I blogged about it here one time) is still going strong and loving Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human by Judah Smith. Such a great book! Then on another night, A gets together with some guys from work and I hang out with some of the coolest chicks on the block. I'm so thankful for the amazing friends we have here in town. So many meaningful conversations and belly laughs (and GOOD food. amen.). The other week, the girls decided to switch it up and take a barre class lead by one of our friends, and I loved it! I came home and had to lead some of the new moves. "Ok let's give me six more!"

As mentioned previously, we were thankful to tell some sickness bye after several days. After returning from the DR, we both felt sick, yet tried to "ignore it" and push forward at full speed. Needless-to-say... that didn't quite work. The next Saturday, I spent pretty much every minute on the couch with achy bones and no voice, but a lot of Netflix and hot tea. I at least had the sweetest little bedside nurses!

 Daylight savings time- amen! I'm so happy for longer days and coming home from work in the sunshine! Our long walks have returned and I'm so thankful. This nugget is, too...

I've been keeping up with my goal of reading 50 books this year. I really need to get on the ball and do some reviews for you guys, but clearly, the blog has been a LITTLE neglected recently (my bad). I finished Free Fall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons on our DR trip and I MAY be reading it a second time. SO STINKIN GOOD, Y'ALL.

This guy and I celebrate TWO YEARS of marriage on Monday!!
 Ah yeeeeea cel-e-brate good times, come on. Thank ya Lord for my little family!

Who else is happy to shake off the winter blues? {raises hand}

I realize life isn't going to settle or slow down anytime soon, so I'm trying to be more intentional about writing all our happenings down, even if seemingly mundane. Life is TOO good not to, ya know?

Would love to hear what's been happening with y'all, good or bad!

Love ya, mean it.