To be the spouse of a grad student is one of the hardest things, yet one of the most rewarding. As many already know, my husband is in the DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) program at Duke University. To give you a picture of what our current life looks like: Nathan wakes up SUPER early … Continue reading To be the spouse of a grad student…
He isn't who I fell in love with 4 years ago. And for that I am grateful. Over the years he has matured in numerous ways. His priorities have shifted. His compassion has grown insurmountably. His love is like a mountain, un-moving and always seen. His focus shifted to God's calling on his life. People … Continue reading He isn’t who I fell in love with
Dear Nathan, I love you. I love you for all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will be. We have had so many amazing memories since 2015. We have also had the type of memories that are lessons learned. I am grateful for them both as they have taught us … Continue reading On this day, I said “I do”.
To me there is nothing more attractive than a Jesus-loving man. That is the number one most attractive quality about a guy. I love to see men surrendering themselves to the King of all Kings in prayer, worship, and daily living. However, there are many more qualities I find so attractive about my husband, qualities … Continue reading That southern man..
It's hard to be content when we are constantly looking ahead at the next phase of life. For years on end I have found myself doing this. Ever since graduating high school, I have always looked for contentment in the future instead of in the present. For me, high school was easy. I loved my … Continue reading Learning to be content
Today, lets talk about marriage. I am totally 110% enthralled in the idea of marriage, the actions of marriage, the everything that encompasses marriage. I love being married. I love the sweet talk that makes others gag. I love the snuggles. I love the fact that I have a helpmate available around the clock. I … Continue reading Consider these 7 things before considering marriage
Many things are tempting in today's world. One of the largest tempters I see today (in my opinion) is pre-marital sex, but among many others. Guys, temptations are real. In no way do I deny that. I have experienced them just like every other human. No one person is exempt from temptation. Even Jesus was … Continue reading Today’s Temptation
All the time Nathan & I both hear "You're married!?" "You are so young" "You're too young!" Literally. ALL. THE. TIME. So let me speak for both Nathan, myself, and anyone else who gets comments like these. We are not too young. I would say "I do" to my Nathan 1 million more times. I … Continue reading “Man you are so young…”
Dear guys, Meet her needs. A relationship works two ways. She meets your needs and you meet her needs. It isn't a give and take, a 50/50, or a I will if she will. It's an "I choose to love her in this way because this is what she deserves." It is learning to put … Continue reading Dear guys…
Hi friends! So, I have had a few different jobs since I turned 16. I have worked at McDonald's which I hated with a passion. I was just thrown in the mix and never trained. On top of that it was the busiest McDonald's on the East Coast, supposedly, so that didn't help the not being … Continue reading Flipping patties, slinging grocery, & corporate meetings
Guys, I have been married for 9ish months. That is literally so little time, but I have felt the most intense lesson in these past months, one that Nathan and I have taken SO SO seriously so that our marriage will thrive... for 108 more years, haha!! It is so fun to go on dates … Continue reading Dates, arguments, & kisses
This week I've been at CARE training all week as part of my job & internship & I have LOVED it. Seriously the best training ever like way better than a class I've ever took. It's interesting, educating, and enjoyable. Anyways that has nothing to do with this really. So today I was told "you're … Continue reading Catching the right little things
I cannot quit thinking about the new law that has been passed in the state of New York. I have spent so much time in the past couple of days reading the law, reading people's opinions about the law, reading medical professionals comments about it and so on... Never in my 21 years have I … Continue reading With the passing of the NY law, my arms opened & my table extended.
Merry merry merry Christmas!! As the Christmas season comes to an end, I reflect on it all. I have found pure joy in celebrating Jesus' birth by just being at peace, laughing so hard with family, and even taking a nap on Christmas Day. I mean c'mon, God rested on the 7th day of creation, … Continue reading Managing the Christmas Season
One of my most cherished belongings is my box of special letters I have received over the years. This box includes cards from my grandparents, my parents, drawings and notes from my siblings and cousins, and love letters from my man whom I cherish. Every year I can count on my Dad sending me a … Continue reading Are hand written letters old fashion?
Hi Friends! I thought I would take some time to share some tips about wedding planning that we learned by planning our wedding. So here it is: DON'T STRESS! It is one day, one of the most important and special days of your life. Everything will work out and if something doesn't I guarantee it will … Continue reading Wedding Planning Tips & Tricks
Friends, Do you ever feel weighed down by all of the "I am ____" statements floating around in your head? By the "You are ______" statements thrown at you by others? Yeah, I understand. We are pretty good at stealing our own joy and allowing ourselves and others to tear us down. Let's be real. … Continue reading I am _________.
On this very day three years ago, Nathan came to pick me up for a football game a few hours away. Not only did he pick me up, but he met my ENTIRE family at one time. Y'all my family is huge & my Pa grilled him. But he made it. The game was good. … Continue reading Our story
"For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." (Matthew 12:34) Friend, what is your heart full of? Is it joy or anger? Contentment or desire? Bitterness or forgiveness? I've been through a long season of learning these things and how to cleanse my heart from all things that do not please the Lord. … Continue reading What fills your heart?
Hey guys!! As many of you know mental health awareness is becoming a more "popular" topic now a days. Which is good because it is necessary and real. Tonight I am choosing to talk about anxiety. Many mental health issues exist, but for now this will be the one we discuss (I want you to … Continue reading Destroying the stigma
'Tis the season to think of all the things we are thankful for! Last night I randomly decided that I was going to deep clean our home, I'm talking like Spring clean kind of deep, but... it's not even spring. Y'all, I bleached EVERYTHING. I bleached our floors, our sheets, our counters, and burned candles … Continue reading Thankful for Bleach
Dear Soul Sister, I see you crying in your car trying to get yourself pulled together before getting out where all can see you. I've noticed how quiet you have gotten lately and how your bubbly personality has been diminished. I see the weary, sad, and tired looks in your eyes. I see that you … Continue reading Dear Soul Sister
Happy Sunday Friends!! So today, our pastor said something that got me thinking hard. Well, actually pretty much all of what he said today was like on point, but I just want to focus on this one point he made. It was something like this, that girl you see on instagram with the bun on … Continue reading Vulnerably Beautiful
Dear Church, I love you and adore you. I love your compassion for others. I love your welcoming arms. I love the way you live your life to reflect Christ. I love the environment that you create. I love how you encourage growth. What I don't love is hearing some of the reasons why people … Continue reading A letter to the church
There is something so special and intimate about knowing each night I get to lie down next to my better half. I get to embrace his snuggles and feel whole. and then a few minutes later make him steer clear of my 3/4 of the bed so I can get my beauty rest 😉 This … Continue reading Special bed
Y'all I can be so crabby. I'm talking look at me and catch the death glare for no apparent reason besides rolling out of the bed on the wrong side or hormones raging through my body. But my loving husband handles every ounce of crabbyness with grace. He does all he can to make me uncrabby even … Continue reading Radically high love
Imagine a world where we all saw with judgement free eyes. Imagine that you heard someone speak to you, but you could not see what they were wearing, what color their hair was, or what type of fashion they were into. What would you see? A friend? Someone you can talk to without other thoughts … Continue reading What do you see with your eyes closed?
Do you ever feel so lucky to have grandparents? Like they are some type of magical people that God gave us to guide us through life, make incredible food, and be our best friends. My heart hurts I love my grandparents so much. They have been their for me in every milestone of my life … Continue reading Our Magical People ❤
I've been married for two months. Most people say the first year of marriage is the "honeymoon phase," but I've heard others say it's the hardest year because of learning to live in sequence together. Yet, for us personally, I don't really think it's either. This life we are living feels like a fairy tale. … Continue reading The “Honeymoon Phase”
Two weeks of marriage and I have already learned SO much. Even when you spend majority of your waking hours together before marriage, your living schedules are not synced together yet. Be patient with one another as the two of you learn a new schedule and way of life by living together. Ladies, smile and laugh … Continue reading What to Expect & What Not to Expect