Friday, June 24, 2011


Nathan and I just got back from a very busy weekend in New York and it was wonderful! Believe me, we were exhausted afterwards, but it was so worth it. We were in New York to do the photography at a friend's wedding  and while we were there we got a chance to catch up with her, as well as some other friends.
Being there and seeing all of our friends made me realize how much I miss them all. After graduating from the Bible Institute, we all went our separate ways. Some of us went to school, some moved back home, some got married, and some even had babies! We have kept in touch with most of our friends over Facebook, but its not the same. At WOL, we all took the same classes together, sat together for every meal, studied together, exercised together, and even went to Wal-Mart together! Back then, I used to wish I could just get a minute alone with Nate. That is probably why ever since Nathan and I got married, I have been content to just stay home and be with him. I didn't usually feel the need to hang out with friends or spend time with anyone else. He was my best friend and he was all the company I needed. But now that I've had that little taste of being with our friends again, I miss it terribly! I definitely don't want to go back to being single or in school, but I kinda wish we could back to being young, dorky, carefree students for just a day. Don't get me wrong, we are still young and dorky, but now we are dorks with full-time jobs, an apartment to clean, bills to pay, and dishes to wash. Being grown-up has its perks, but it has its responsibilities, too.
Right now I'm wishing that I could combine the best of both worlds. What's the plan? I plan on moving all of our friends to the same apartment complex so we can hang out whenever we want! And instead of regular jobs, we will all just be in a band or something! Our kids will grow up together and marry each other and then we will all be family! And for old times' sake, we will still carpool anytime we go to Wal-Mart! Sounds awesome, right?!
So, in other words, David, Steffany, Alicia, and Derek....pack your bags!! I need you to move to Florida!

Monday, June 13, 2011

My Mother's Daughter

So, I had a moment. You know, one of those little moments that were the reason I decided to write a blog. One of those moments that lasts only a few seconds but will leave an impression that I hope to never forget. Tonight after I finished washing the dishes, I rinsed out the sponge, cleaned the counters, and then made my way over to the stove to scrub the top of it. As I was leaning over the stove, I immediately thought, "Gosh, I feel like my mom!" As soon as the thought crossed my mind, I thought it was kind of funny and wondered why cleaning the stove would make me feel like my mom. But I think I've figured it out.
You see, doing dishes was the daily chore that I shared with my sister, Kristy. Oh, how we hated doing the dishes! To this day, I would rather clean the bathroom then wash the dishes! Ah, but alas, I am married and my mother and sister no longer live with me, so washing my own dishes is the fate to which I have succumbed! :) Anyway, when Kristy and I would finish doing the dishes, that was it- we were done and we were not going to do anything else that afternoon except watch Sabrina the Teenage Witch and have an afternoon snack. When my mom washed the dishes, however, she would proceed to wash the counters and scrub the stove. She didn't just wash the dishes, she cleaned the kitchen. This must be why cleaning the stove triggered the immediate "mom" feeling in me.
This is just one of the many reasons why I love my mother and am lucky to be hers. She is the hardest worker and most selfless person you will ever meet. I'm telling you, you won't ever find a person who knows my mother, who doesn't immediately praise her at the mention of her name. My mother is amazing and wonderful!   So I suppose that growing up and becoming my mother isn't such a bad thing. I can honestly say that I am proud to be my mother's daughter!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Very First Post!

Wait, what?! I'm blogging?! A few months ago, I didn't even know what a blog was! After stumbling upon the Pioneer Woman's site, I started following more and more blogs and soon I was hooked. Then I came across a blog ( in which the author stated, "Perhaps its frivolous; painting, photographs, writing it all down. But what if I wake tomorrow only to have forgotten everything?" That got me thinking- my life is so wonderful! I don't want to forget a single second of it. Even in the hardest moments, I've learned the lessons that are most important to remember. I have had so many amazing experiences and I don't want to forget the magic of any of them.
Of course, thoughts like these are bound to make me think of The Notebook. Like Allie, I want to preserve my story through words and pictures. I am going to try to retell the beginning of my love story as accurately as possible and will continue to tell the story of my everyday life here. This is an exciting new adventure for me! I will need to start carrying my camera in my purse again. I haven't done that since college but I think its about time to start up that old habit! 
Even if my story and this blog never inspire anyone else, I think it will inspire, encourage and motivate me and that is all the reason I need! 
Welcome and enjoy!