Exciting Things Ahead!

{1 year of marriage shoot with Ashley Lauren Photography}

{1 year of marriage shoot with Ashley Lauren Photography}

“Start by doing what’s necessary;
then do what’s possible;
& suddenly you are doing the impossible.” 
– Saint Francis of Assisi

This quote reminds me of
Caleb & my 2014 plans.
The Lord has given us plans to
finish what is necessary,
so we can move on to do what is possible {news we CAN’T WAIT to share with you all!!},
and finally, He will help us to do what is impossible.

Right now we are just tying up some lose ends
before we announce the big news
the Lord has in store for us.
{no, we are not pregnant}

{2013 in Newport Beach with the family}

{2013 in Newport Beach with the family}

Each year of life keeps getting better.
The Lord has taken me, a broken individual,
& has made me whole.
He has given me a new life.
He has given me a partner, a best friend,
who enjoys adventures as much as I do.

{1 year of marriage shoot with Ashley Lauren Photography}

{1 year of marriage shoot with Ashley Lauren Photography}

We would love to have you join us
on this next adventure in 2014!
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{2013 Newport Beach with the family}

{2013 Newport Beach with the family}

During this holiday season
we are spending less time on the blog
and more time with family and friends.
Posts will return to being regular
in the new year!

{Brooklyn Bridge in 2013}

{Brooklyn Bridge in 2013}

Our hearts are overwhelmed with thankfulness
for what the Lord has done in 2013.
We cannot wait to see how He works
in 2014.
His plans always far exceed my own.

We cannot wait to share with you His plans for our future 🙂

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”
Proverbs 16:9

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Life Begins When…

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The more I study the Word and the more I release the firm grip I have on my life, the more I get it. I mean really get it. I’ve never really shared my testimony and maybe one day I will. My fear in sharing it is that someone will read it and think to themselves ‘well if she did that and now loves Jesus, then I have time to live my rebellious years too.’ But honestly, we aren’t promised tomorrow.

Right now I am overwhelmed with what Yahweh is doing in our lives. This weekend I had coffee with a sweet friend of mine. She made a statement that I could not agree with more. She said something along the lines of, ‘I just want to scream it on a mountain top! I wish everyone could understand and know the joy that comes with following Jesus!’ I have said some variation of this exact line to my husband at least 10 times over the past 2 weeks! If you haven’t already given up {or at least have began to loosen} that grip you we  all desperately try to have on our lives, give up! The good news is He wins! Which ultimately means we win! Can I get a hallelujah, praise Jesus?!

I’ve always had a plan for my life. Where I was going to go to college, where I would move after college, the company I would start after college, the time I would get married, and so much more. Well, the Lord has laughed at my plans {praise Jesus} and has given me even better ones.  When I saw a glimpse of the actual plan He had for my life I began to make more plans. Plans I thought complemented His plans. Again, the Lord laughed. And again He has provided bigger and better plans than I could have ever fathomed! He has changed my heart and I am continually praying for His direction and for Him to be the sole meaning of my life. I want every aspect of my life to bring Him praise. I cannot wait to share with you all the plans He has for my husband and I, but the time isn’t right just yet. But I will ask for your prayer and support. We are excited and nervous at the same time. Our Abba is good and we cannot wait to walk in His will!

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
Proverbs 19:21

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Love Letter to Husband

{Ashley Lauren Photography}

{Ashley Lauren Photography}

husband,

i cannot believe it has been a year since i walked down the aisle to the man of my dreams!! our first year truly flew by! it has easily been the best year of my life because i have been by your side the whole way. i am blown away by God’s goodness and faithfulness.

thank you for continually encouraging me and loving me- even when i don’t deserve it. i could not have asked for a more wonderful man to live life with. you are the best roommate i have ever had 😉

thank you for the sweet little things you do for me.  they aren’t little to me and i don’t tell you enough how much i appreciate them. your passion, thoughtfulness, and love for others astound me. you are always putting others needs and happiness above your own. you are the most amazing, selfless man i have ever known. thank you for including me in every decision- no matter how big or small. i am so thankful that the Lord made us for one another and i am blessed to be your wife.

thank you for always knowing how to calm my anxious heart and for loving me not only with your words, but with your actions as well. you are by far the biggest/best blessing the Lord has ever given me. i cannot wait to see where the Lord brings us over the next 10, 30, 50 + years!

i thank God for you every single day. i love you so much!

love always,
your wife

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First Year of Marriage :: What I’ve Learned

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I cannot believe today marks ONE YEAR since I walked down the aisle to such an incredible man. I am blown away by God’s goodness and faithfulness! Our first year truly flew by! We got to spend the first 8 months together 24/7 while studying the Word and I would not trade that time with him for the world. I am blown away by God’s goodness and faithfulness. My husband chose Philippians 1:9 to be the verse that guides our marriage. (read more about why here).  My prayer is that your love may abound more and more… Our prayer was that we would fall more in love with our Heavenly Father and each other daily. That prayer has been answered more than I could have imagined! I can’t believe it’s already been one year since I married such an amazing, loving, Godly, selfless man. This year has reminded me not only how blessed I am, but it has also reminded me how much continual and undeserved grace The Lord has poured out over me.

Below are 6 things the Lord has taught me about marriage this year.
{Do you have any tips or things you wish you had learned earlier in your marriage? I love hearing others wisdom!}

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1. Marriage is fun

You know that quote ‘Life is better when shared’- well it is true. Marriage is fun. Who wouldn’t want to have a sleepover every night, random dance sessions at breakfast (or anytime/anywhere), and go on adventures with their best friend every day? We sure do- you can follow some of our adventures here. Marriage is fun. You just have to keep dating!

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2. Don’t sweat the small stuff

Life is too short to sweat the small stuff. Life is a beautiful & fleeting gift. I don’t want to miss the blessings because I am too focused on the small stuff.

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3. It’s okay to go to bed flustered

My husband is the best husband in the world- seriously, he rocks. I on the other hand, can be a big time stinker. Prior to getting married I kept hearing people say ‘never go to bed angry.’ Honestly, I kind of disagree. Usually if we get in a disagreement it is because it is late, I’m tired, and I’m being selfish. Sometimes I just need a good sleep to realize how ridiculous my frustration was. I say kind of because if the disagreement is earlier in the day then we need to take time, think on our own, then come together and talk. But we never let a disagreement last longer than 24 hours. If the situation happened over 24 hours ago and it has not been brought to the others attention, we can’t bring it up. Why waste time being angry when we can focus on the blessings? (side note- people often use Ephesians 4:26 as a reason not to go to bed angry, but in reality that is taken out of context. When written in Greek it has a different meaning- but that is a rabbit trail for another time!)

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4. Conversation is crucial

I tend to be one of those people who bottles up my frustrations then let them all out at one time. Worst. Idea. Ever. But with the help of our weekly questions (HIGHLY recommend them) we have wonderful, open communication. Every Sunday we go over our weekly questions and sit down and go over our budget- thank you Dave Ramsey & Financial Peace University! (Again, a definite recommendation!) These dates may sound mundane but we truly treasure these times. These dates are really fun and stimulate great conversations!

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5. Always build each other up

My husband is seriously the best at this. Words of affirmation are incredibly important. Always make a point to encourage your spouse. Never tear them down- to their face or behind their back.

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6. You need Jesus

Seriously. As incredible as my husband is, we are both broken sinners. We need Jesus to lead us and to be our example. Just as the Lord shows us grace & agape love (even when we don’t deserve it), we must show our spouse grace & agape love. Christ must remain the center of our relationship. We cannot make our marriage about us and our feelings but rather we must make our marriage about Him and bringing Him glory.

 Honey- I am so thankful to be your wife! Thank you for loving me with not only your words, but your actions as well. The Lord uses you to tangibly show me His love for me daily. I love you so much and can’t wait for every year of marriage to come! xox

Thank you to my family for putting countless hours into preparing for the wedding day and for the years of prayers preparing us for one another. My heart still overflows with extreme gratitude when I think about our wedding, it was truly like a dream. Thank you a million times over to everyone who celebrated with us! We appreciate the countless prayers and love that has been poured out onto us through out the past year! Marriage is such a precious gift from God!

The Wedding in Review

{highlights & photos}

The Proposal

Invitations

The White Dress(es)

Rehearsal Dinner

Getting Ready

Daddy’s First Look

Our First Look

Pre Ceremony

Ceremony

Reception

Details

The Video

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Designed to Be

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My husband and I love adventures. Earlier this year applied for something (sorry to be vague, we are still prayerfully deciding before share this information with others). If I am being honest, I completely forgot that we had applied because we applied so long ago. Well, we finally heard back. We are currently prayerfully deciding our next move. The impulsive, dreamer side of me wants to jump in and say ‘Yes! Let’s do it!’ But the Dave Ramsey, nerd side of me is thinking purely about the finances. (Anyone else out there the nerd? If you have done the Financial Peace University you know exactly what I’m talking about- if you don’t check it out here, it is well worth the time and money)

One of the things that I love most about my husband is that he is so intentional about pursuing the Lord’s Will for our lives. Yes, I want the Lord’s Will- but my husband is so good about looking to Him first. I have visions in my head of what I plan and what I expect, but this process is helping me realize how small my idea of great is in comparison to God’s idea of great! I’m learning that I have to let go of what I think my marriage and life should look like and start focusing on what He has designed them both to look like. Our marriage and life together has already surpassed every dream I could have ever imagined. It’s time to let Him continue designing and writing the script in our lives. His work is always the best. I want our lives together to be everything He designed it to be.

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