Monday, June 27, 2011

2 Years. Schwoah.

Today is our 2-year anniversary.

I can't believe that we've already been married 2 years. Yet, at the same time, it feels like we've been married forever =) Can you say that?

Our first 2 years have been, well, interesting. Our first year was housed in an apartment off the lobby of a freshman boys dorm at Mount.....THAT was exciting haha. And this past year has been full of moving, support-raising, and living with our parents.

So, you can definitely say that we haven't had the most conventional 2 years. But, we've experienced more blessings than most, I like to think.

Year 1 - Yes, we lived in a dorm and yes, we got woken up in the middle of the night because of fights, thefts, kids rocking the vending machine etc. =) BUT...we got to have an apartment in the middle of campus where community happened. Where we could cook for people, and love on people in such a unique way. Our apartment was almost always full. Full of people, laughter, girl's bible studies, boys screaming at each other while playing Mario Kart at 1:00 in the morning....yeah, we have awesome friends.

This was such a beautiful time in our lives to experience the joys of ministry as a married couple. Polar Pop dates, walks around campus, dinners in the cafeteria...we were livin' the high life =)

Side note: I also struggled with body image at a more intense level that year than any other year in my life. I was so ashamed of my body that trusting Nate with the way I looked was very very difficult (And P.S., in case you're wondering, this is DEFINITELY not something you can just fake). Nate was wonderful in affirming my identity, continually learning new ways to help me to feel beautiful and to point me back to my Creator who is also captured by my beauty. He will never realize the depth at which he helped begin the process of pulling me out of such a negative and destructive view of myself.

Year 2 - Yes we lived with our parents. No I wouldn't recommend this to every newly married couple. BUT, we got to make such special memories with our families that most people never have the time to after college. We were able to become such a more natural part of each other's family; we got to spend time with our sisters as they are still living at home, and have both quickly become young women. And most of all, I got to get somewhat tan living in Florida =) =) =)

This past year I got to see Nate so clearly lead me as my husband. As we are support-raising, he has been the rock in our marriage, encouraging me and helping me learn so much more about the character of God than I ever have.

We have continued to compete with each other, laugh with, but mostly at each other, and love each other like crazy. The Lord sent me a husband perfectly suited for my weirdness (and Nate a wife suited to his haha). I could not asked for a sexier man to spend the rest of my life with.

I'm super pumped he picked me =)





Monday, June 20, 2011


God has been so incredibly good to us. We are officially 'In Contract' to become homeowners =) I literally started crying when we got the call.

I have no idea how this happened aside from God's amazing faithfulness. We literally bought this house for almost $15,000 less than the asking price. SCWHAT?!?!?!?!? The Lord is good....that's FO SHO!!

And I can confidently say that getting out bid on our first two houses was a God-send, because this one is soooo much more suited for us. It is much more than we thought we could ever have as a first house and sooo much more than we deserve. I'm sensing a pattern here...

This process has most definitely stretched and enriched my faith in God's timing as a whole. Some may call me stubborn and impatient but God is showing me over and over again that in every area of my life, my timing is almost always wrong. Thanks Jesus =)

I struggle with wanting support-raising to be done, um, yesterday. But, I am confident that the Lord knows the exact day we will finish and it will not be a single day late.

My dad and grandpa always say the point where you're tempted to roll your eyes:
God is never late, rarely early and always on time.
But it's true. So here's to resting in the fact that the Lord is faithful and works for our best, EVEN when we can't always understand what's He's got in that universe-creating, super huge mind of His.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Waiting Game

I am not a very patient person. I can fake it actually really well but deep down...not so much..

Nate and I have been house shopping for a while. We've put offers in on 2 houses and gotten out-bid at the last moment on both.

We went 'house shopping' again this past week and found a house that I immediately fell in love with. Kirkwood =). It's perfect.

Here's the thing. It's a little out of our price range. We had to apply for another type of loan so if we do get the house, we can put a new roof on.

All this amounts to, you guessed it, waiting.

It makes me soooo nervous to think that we may find a wonderful house and have it slip out of our fingers yet again.

Side note: I love how in the Psalms, David often starts out telling God his reality, talking to God about his fears, frustrations, all kinds of emotions....and yet almost always towards the end David is praising God for who He is.

Kind of my inspiration for this format. I'm super scared that we won't get this house and will have to begin the search party that's not really that fun of a party all over again.


I am so thankful that God has the house out there for us that will be in our best interest. He has our best in mind =) God is so good.

Wait patiently for the Lord.Be brave and courageous.Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Psalm 27:13-14

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,for my hope is in him.
Psalm 62:5

For since the world began,no ear has heard,and no eye has seen a God like you,who works for those who wait for him!
Isaiah 64:4

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I Heart Spray Paint

This is a bit overdue =) Story of my life.

My family usually puts together a craft for the Mom's of our church on Mother's Day. This year the task fell to Hannah and I. 

Disclosure: I am probably the least crafty person on the PLANET. My gift wrapping looks to be on the level of a first grader. I can't even match my clothes half of the time, much less random colors for some craft project.

BUT...I saw this project on Joy's adorable blog. You need to check it out if you haven't already.  

We started with some Mason Jars that my mom had left over from years and years of canning (P.S. I hate canning with a passion). 

Then we spray painted them some fun colors.

They looked gorgeous!!! We tied some ribbon on them and then let the kids in the church put potting soil and plants in them....just FYI the kids and tons of dirt part was the absolute worst idea for this whole project! Rough. Rough. Rough.

I didn't have time between the kids throwing dirt, spilling dirt, eating dirt etc. to get a picture of the finished product but here is one from Joy's blog:


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My name is, Tressel. Jim Tressel.

First of all, lets be clear. I am not an Ohio State fan. I'm not loyal or crazy. I don't tailgate or pre-game hours before their games. And I definitely don't chant O-H....I-O in random places like 90% of the population here.

But I have related quite closely to their former head coach lately. I really should have written how we were twins when he was still viewed as a super upstanding, and cute sweater-vest wearing, teddy bear of a football genius; but, I've only recently seen our resemblance.

Here's the thing....I Lie. I used to lie a lot. It pains my heart to say that there are some memories that I have recounted so many times, I'm not sure whether it is true or something I made up.

It all started when I was reallly young. I didn't think I was worth people's attention or love. I lied to compensate for my super low perceived self-worth. Plainly put, I lied to make my self likable when I didn't think people would like me otherwise. 

I lied to be funny. To be smart. To be more than I thought I was.

It quickly became a lifestyle. Something that came as easily as breathing. One lie lead to another to another to another. I honestly didn't see a way out. 

The summer after my sophomore year of college I went on a Summer Project. I had never told ANYONE about my struggle with lying. How could they ever look at me the same after hearing that I was a fake? That I was actually a horrible person? That I was a liar?

Then there was this lady. Hope Rose. 

Before I knew it, I had told her everything. And as I looked back expecting to see horror or disgust, she changed my life by looking back at me with love. I will never in my entire life forget that moment. 

She helped me see that Jesus didn't look at me with horror or disgust either. He wasn't appalled by or ashamed of me...she helped me see that all along, Jesus Christ had been looking back at me with that same sentiment: LOVE. And that all along he hadn't been pushing me away, but inviting me back into himself. 

That summer was followed by some hard confessions to professors, friends, my parents, and Nate. And then by more freedom and peace than I have ever experienced in my life. It was wonderful. 

Now we're getting to the Jim Tressel part. Lying will always be something that if I am not in Scripture daily and continually filling my mind and heart with the Holy Spirit, I can easily slip back into. 

And I did. This week. It was so easy. I had forgotten how easily it came. I thought to myself, 'It's not a big deal. No one was hurt and they'll never find out.' I had heard this line of thinking too many times. I knew that if I didn't quickly confess and ask forgiveness from Nate and my parents that I would never do it....and the next lie would come even easier...and the next and the next. 

It was not easy to go back and confess but I am so glad I's the best part. My mom could have been mad. She could have reacted any number of ways. But instead, she kissed my forehead and said "I'm so proud of you." 

P.S. Thank you Jesus for these wonderful people you've placed in my life.

What Jim Tressel did was wrong. VERY wrong. He was stupid and irresponsible. 

But I've been there. When something so small snowballed into something I couldn't control. When something insignificant became something that suffocated and stifled me. 

Remember, I'm NOT an Ohio State fan. But I'm praying for "The Sweater Vest." My prayer is that he has people in his life who are looking at him with LOVE and pointing him to the Savior who is doing the same.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Lovin' my HUSBAND.

Tonight, we were at this rehearsal dinner before our friend's wedding tomorrow, and I just start looking at these two kids (mind you, both older than me haha), ready to get married.

It's funny. I remember that night before my wedding. I was sooo ready and soooo nervous. So full of love and promise. So excited for the unknown.

Yep. Things are definitely different now than they were almost 2 years ago when we got married.

They're better.

Marriage has been the most wonderful adventure. I could not have asked for a better husband than Nate. We fit each other perfectly. Competitive to a fault we can get fight over a Mario Kart race, argue about sports until we are blue in the face, tease and pick on each other...but love in and out of everything.

I have learned to love my husband and serve him at such a deeper level than that night before our wedding. And for sure he loves me better too =)

We are growing with and in each other. It's a beautiful process...annoying at times but I wouldn't trade it for any other life.

P.S. I actually get to see him in a bow tie tomorrow. Super pumped. More pictures and lovey wedding talk to come!!!

This picture was taken shortly after we started dating. I'm thankful that we've never stopped doing this - laughing together.
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