We Can Never Say It All

A good friend and I were talking the other day about life – the good, the bad, and everything in between.

I love when I can have real conversations about real life.

We talked about depression, anxiety, loss, love, growth, passions, opportunities, and struggles. And after we had talked for a while, I said, “Man, we could talk forever and we would never be able to say it all.”

I was talking about Continue reading “We Can Never Say It All”

A Little Friendly Competition

My husband decided that tonight would be date night.

We used to really suck at setting aside time to do something out of the ordinary and spend quality time together, but we’ve tried to make it priority every week, and it’s been really good for us.

He made plans to spend our evening playing Continue reading “A Little Friendly Competition”

Are We Married or Are We Roommates?

Have you ever heard of the honeymoon phase?

I really hadn’t heard of it until I was engaged. I remember, excitedly, telling people that I would be getting married, and I remember being met with this phrase: “Oh, the honeymoon phase is so sweet. Just wait 5 years. Just wait 10 years. Just wait 25 years. It’ll pass, then see how excited you are to be with him.”

Hearing people say that was disappointing to say the least. Marriage was supposed to be fun and full of love, wasn’t it?

We are four years in, now, and I am confident that attitude and communication make all the difference. Looking back, I am glad those people said what they did to me because they showed me exactly what I didn’t want for my marriage. Continue reading “Are We Married or Are We Roommates?”

18 Years Already

Today is my sister’s birthday! I can’t believe it’s been 18 years already, but that’s how time works.

It seems like yesterday that we were all begging mom not to name you Darrylle. I begged her and begged her to give you a girl name. Haha. I can’t imagine you with any other name, now. I remember anxiously awaiting the one who would make me a big sister. I was so excited that I colored a full size Continue reading “18 Years Already”

Dee Graduated!

My husband and I drove up to my hometown this weekend to celebrate my younger sister, Dee’s, graduation.

All of my siblings were there: Bob came from Vegas, Joe, Ashley, and Olivia came from Arkansas, and everyone else lives in town. It’s been quite a while since we were all together at once.

We caught up on what’s going on in our lives and spent some good time together. We were up pretty late on Friday going through old pictures for Dee’s photo board. We were all really cute kids, and we all had at least one awkward stage.

The graduation party was on Saturday, and there were a lot of people that came to celebrate Dee. Continue reading “Dee Graduated!”

What Made You Feel Loved?

Last night we had a bonfire with our small group. After everyone had left, my husband and I sat out by the fire and talked while we waited for it to die down.

We have these kinds of talks pretty frequently, and I’m glad we do. They are simple, but I think they are really helpful for our marriage.

He asked me, “What have I done lately that has made you feel Continue reading “What Made You Feel Loved?”

Made From Scratch – My First Dress

My younger sister is graduating this year (eeek!!), and she asked me to make her a dress to wear. Her party is on saturday, so I had a week to get it done.

I’ve never made a dress before, so I said, “yes,” when she asked because I like to try new things. That’s why I haven’t blogged for a few days.

I bought a pattern and planned on following it, but the more I looked at it, the more I wanted to change, so I probably used 40% of the pattern and did the rest myself. It was a challenge and made me a little crazy at times, but I think it turned out really great!

A Guide to Garage Saling

Our city holds city-wide garage sales twice a year, and my husband and I get so excited.

I am by no means above pre-owned anything. If I can get something in good condition for a great deal, I don’t care if I’m the tenth owner of the item, so garage saling is totally my thing!

This year I got something amazing!!! Continue reading “A Guide to Garage Saling”

His Thoughts

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9

I don’t always like to admit when I don’t know all the answers, but I have to say, knowing that my God is bigger than I could ever imagine, knowing that He is never surprised, is a comforting feeling. I’m thankful that even when I lack understanding, He doesn’t.

The 10:00 Prayer

My husband and I make a really great team. We are on the same page with everything that matters and most things that don’t (with the exception of his baseball card collection and a few other things:)), but marriage is still a tricky thing.

Before my father-in-law died, my husband’s parents would wake up every morning at 5:00 and pray together. They did that for years. They would pray over their family and friends, over the government, and anything else they felt led to pray for. I admired that so much. I have always wanted to be the couple that would spend hours in prayer together, but so far it hasn’t happened.

Although we aspire to spend lots of time in prayer together, aiming for that much of a commitment can be Continue reading “The 10:00 Prayer”