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Six Years Ago (Yesterday) :)


Our First Date 🙂

Six years of dating, and he still gives me butterflies!



Reasons I know he’s the one:

After six years of dating, he still opens my car door.

After six years of dating, he has never once raised his voice at me.

After six years of dating, he still tells me he loves me like ten times a day.

After six years of dating, he still holds my hand.

After six years of dating, he still buys me flowers and writes me love notes.

After six years of dating, he is still my best friend.

After six years of dating, he  is actually excited to live with me.

After six years of dating, he loves my cooking (even if I KNOW it didn’t turn out right)

After six years of dating, he still takes me on romantic dates.

After six years of dating, he still tries to make my life better in any way he can.

After six years of dating, his hug is what I look forward to as soon as I get off work.

After six years of dating, my friends and family have fallen in love with him too 🙂

After six years of dating, I’ve seen him grow into the most compassionate, patient, loving man I know.

After six years of dating, he still wants to marry me!!!!



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Is it enough for you? Is HE enough for you?

So yesterday we took communion in church and I really focused on prayer during this week.  I didn’t look around (I know, sometimes I’m guilty of not being focused), and I just prayed.  I prayed for direction, strength to get through this semester (because it’s killing me), for Brent and my relationship, for my family, for my friends, for our church, etc. 


And while I was praying my stomach was growling, like a lot!  And I cought myself thinking this “ug, I really wish that bread tasted better,” and “I wonder what I’m going to eat for lunch.”  Sad, I know.


But I remember this one time after Bible quiz practice, Grandma Jessie (a wonderful lady who use to help us, and bring us snacks) had a short communion time for us.  At that time we were studying about communion.  She had bread and grape juice for us.  When we were done, we were all like “okay, now what’s for snack?”  Then she asked us, “Isn’t that enough for you?  Isn’t Christ’s body and blood enough for you?”  We were all pretty shocked, and embarrased for wanting more. 


So I thought about this as the bread was coming around.  I asked myself if He is enough for me.  I found myself more focused, and more determined to pray.  It was a short time of closeness with God, and I thought I should share it.  Communion is an important time of reflection, repentence, and reverence to Christ and what he did for you. 


I encourage you, next time  you take communion, to ask youself: “Is this enough for me?  Is HE enough for me?”

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What I Think Today…

I think some people are put in your life to show you how to act.

I think some people are put in your life to show you how not to act.

I think that weddings are overated.

I think that a cake for a wedding should not cost $500.

I think that finding a hair in chicken soup sucks.

I think that people need to act their age.

I think  know that I am marrying the most amazing man ever.

I think that God will reward patience.

I think that water with no ice is bad.

I think that everyone should think before they speak.

I think that text messaging should be illegal.

I think that organic food should be cheaper.

I think that wedding music is difficult to pick out.

I think that my mom is my best friend.

I think that snow is beautiful.

I think that snow on top of snow is unnecessary.

I think that when you’re ready, you’ll know.  And if you donn’t know, then you’re not ready.

I think that my job is amazing.

I think that God is to be praised in all circumstances.

I think that trying to please people only works out to your disadvantage.

I think that some professors just don’t get it.

I think that everyone should get a snuggie…if you call right now you can get two for the price of one.

I think that Liana Bumstead is amazing.

I think my wedding band is prettier than anything.

I think that Sierra Mist (with tons of ice) is the best drink ever.

I think know that I am in love with my fiancee.

I think I should stop using so many post-it’s.

I think that life would be less complicated without technology.

I think life would be more difficult without technology.

I think that I will faint when I get a job that allows me “vacation time”.

I think I need to watch more movies.

I think I should try harder at my school work.

I think that Ohio should sell Ketchup chips.

I think that I need a vacation…

I think that smiley faces are amazing.

I think that wine is fine.

I think that tennis shoes should be free.

I think I ate too fast.

I think I will try again tomorrow.

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Oh The Glory Of It All

Sometimes, when I’m spending time with God, I like to read lyrics to songs.  Usually, I do songs I don’t know because then I’m more in tune with focusing on the words instead of the tune.  But today, I’m in love with God more because of this song by the David Crowder Band…


Oh The Glory Of It All

At the start
he was there, he was there
In the end,
he’ll be there, he’ll be there
And After all our hands have wrought
He forgives

Oh the Glory of it all is:
he came here
For the rescue of us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all
for the glory of it all

All is lost
find him there, find him there
After night
Dawn is there, Dawn is there

After all falls apart
he repairs he repairs

Oh the Glory of it all is:
he came here
for the rescue of us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all

oh he is here
for redemption from the fall
that we may live
for the glory of it all
oh the glory of it all
the glory of it all
oh the glory of it all

After night
comes the light
dawn is here
dawn is here
it’s a new day
it’s a new day
everything will change
things will never be the same
we will never be the same
we will never be the same
we will never be the same
we will never be the same

Oh, The glory of it all is
you came here
for the rescue of us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all

Oh you are here
with redemption for us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all
for the glory of it all
oh the glory of it all


I’m in an emotional mood today…and this song brings tears to my eyes…the beauty of it.  Think about it, “after all falls apart, he repairs, he repairs…” & We will never be the same!


I’m just in awe…

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So I don’t know about anyone else, but lately I’ve been having this weird stressed-out, odd mood kind of thing.  Like, I really don’t have THAT much to be stressed out about, or do I??  I love being busy, it’s what keeps me sane.  But lately, I’ve been anxious and haven’t been able to sleep.  My legs feel tingly and I have to constantly be moving.  Also, my mind literally runs at a million-miles/second.  I’m nervous about everything (like my mom called me last night and I was like omg what happened?, and it ended up that she was just calling to say she loves me).  I don’t feel guilty about anything, and I know I’m right with God.  But what the heck is going on?


Maybe this will help – I’m going to make a list of everything I have done and yet to do for the wedding.  If anyone has any advice, please feel free to comment.





Wedding Coordinators

Wedding Decorator



Bridesmaids dresses

Church Reception Coordinator

Reception Hall




Choice of Honeymoon Location


Not Done:



Music for ceremony


Someone to do my hair

Food for Church Reception

Minor Decorations for church reception

Minor Decorations for hall reception


Aisle Runner


Left to do before big-day:


Marriage counseling

Find a place to live (working on)

Find a job

Not pull my hair out


On top of all this I am planning a 10-year alumni event for my high school (a friend is planning with me, which is a tremendous help), I’m in my cousins wedding, trying not to be bridezilla, and trying to find enough time to visit family & be with Brent.


I think that for the first time in my life, I have anxiety.  It’s not fun.  I am worried. 

I will be memorizing this verse…

Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

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Holy Cow – for Jamie

So yea, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged.  Honestly, I took my Christmas break all to myself and did as much relaxing as I could.  So, I put blogging on the back burner.  Jamie, a sweet friend from class (check out her sight it’s great…on my blogroll), said “how can we keep up with you if you don’t blog?”  My apologies…  🙂


Here’s what’s happened in the past month in a nutshell…

Knee surgery cancelled – stupid insurance

Had a friend offer to take our wedding pics as a gift to us – praise the Lord

Registered for and started my last semester of school!

Started going back to church

Chose the place for our honeymoon – Marco Island, FL baby!

Tried pork tenderloins – yuck!

Started reading a memoir called “Persian Girls” – so far so good

Discovered an organic bakery in Toledo, Organic Bliss – AMAZING!

Possibly found an apartement to move into when we get married – 🙂

Got a raise at work

Am taking a water aerobics class – wahoo!

Made a gazillion cookies – and ate too many of them

Fell more in love with The Office

Gave up pop – lasted about a week 😦

Went to a surprise birthday party

Kissed Brent at midnight on January 1st 🙂

Taught Nina “stay”

Made two snow angels – so much fun

Had an amazing Christmas with family & friends

Slept in until noon twice over Christmas break

Bought the dresses for my bridesmaids!


Learned that with marriage come a personal back scratcher!  🙂


Here are some pics of break…


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