Monthly Archives: August 2013

relationships to learn from

Im thankful for my Dads quiet patience… I’ve learned so very much from watching the way my parents interact, how my Mom verbally or physically responds and how my Dad then reacts. Its interesting and I am a better partner because of it. I love watching other couples… Rich and Randi, Shelly and Bruce, Gma and Grandpa, etc.. God places these individuals in our lives to learn and love.


place + plans to glorify God

Lord, please help me stay positive. I thought I was positive but I quickly realized last night at the Mary Kay party that I am the first to point out a negative, poke fun at an annoyance or roll my eyes. That is not Godly.

Its wonderful how the Lord God places people and events in our lives. Last night I DID NOT want to go to the Mary Kay party. Ya know? It was fun. I loved the products. and Most of all, after mentioning “paying off debt!” Leanna, Kelsie and I spread the word about Dave Ramsey’s total money makeover. Its so moving and wonderful to feel God moving in our lives!!! We are so blessed!

God provides

I am so thankful that God places and plans events and people and love JUST when we need them. Last night, Josh and I met up with my parents at Jethros. He was having a crappy couple of days… frustratino and stress with money, work and technology. New work phone, ipad that wasn’t working, high water bill, and an over involved boss. He woke up with a stomach ache. I pray for Josh. I pray for his peace, for his health, for his heart. Lord God, please be with him!!

What we prioritize, we serve. This is why the size of my ring and the size of my wedding DONT MATTER. The size of my heart, the amount of compassion and the amount of love Josh and I share is where its at.

summer walks

Thank you Lord God for hot sweaty walks, ab workouts and sunshine to remind us of your EVERLASTING LOVE!


Lord God, please grant Josh and I the patience and understanding to discuss with one another. Our differences, our preferences, our unique opinions sculpt us into being two different people. I hope to respect that and APPRECIATE his uniqueness. Give me the knowledge, the open and understanding mindset, clear thinking, patience and love to discuss finances (our future finances really), as well as our future home and who “owns” it. I don’t understand the home buying realm all well and am hoping to learn more.

two families

I am so thankful for the two best families a girl could ever be blessed with. Rich told me earlier in the weekend that he has been thinking a lot about the fact that it is so nice to have me with them because with me, their family feels whole. What a beautiful thing to hear….. thank you Lord God for picking two beautiful families to be a part of.

Half day at work

God guides, provides and sends His peace. I am so thankful!!!!! I am thankful for a quick half day at work and then we’re headed to Algona!! relax, reconnect, slow down, count my blessings.

blessed evening

what a BEAUTIFUL evening. Lord God, thank you thank you for blessing JOSH, ME, US with so much love, your presence and YOUR PEACE that is changing our lives as we speak….

Joshers was in a great great mood. It was adorable. sing-songy, flirty- and extra physical. The positive bright tone in his voice as he answered “good!” to how his day went was wonderful to hear! He explained how he is praying more and more ‘thoroughly’ and realizes it can’t be taken too seriously. He visited a clinic that he usually gets to see 1 person, if that. He met a doctor in the hall, Jen inside talked about God’s guidance for her daughter and then a doctor who he never sees brought his computer back to him and they talked about her being a twin. It was a great morning for him. I find it so so attractive to hear his fascination and fear of the Lord. God has blessed me with someone who will only strengthen my relationship with the Lord.

He had finished gluing the tiles and was trying to clean up everything before I got there. i caught him a little early and we chatted while he washed a few and plucked the last few spacers out of the grout lines. Out of the blue, he turned to me and said, “OH! I looved that salad you made last night. Id eat so much of that!” so so sweet. It just donned on him. oh, man, it made my heart soften. He is so sweet and respectful and caring. I had made a tomato + spinach + cucumber + cold pasta salad with evoo, blk pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic, and vinegar. While he showered, I prepped BLTs, peas and made MORE SALAD for him. It was a delicious dinner. He was uber helpful in the kitchen. We are so alike… as we began to sit down, he was still cleaning up the counters and whatever other dishes he could. I commented that we are so alike in that way. Usuing every last second to clean and make sure things are tidy. I pray for God’s patience and appreciation so in 20 years Im still thanking him, understanding him and cherishing that a. we are similar and b. he is so helpful.

After eating and cleaning up, we watched a little Big Brother and went on a short walk. As he packed (he’s headed to Algona tonight and Jill and I arent going until tomorrow afternoon) I got ready for bed and ironed 3 shirts for him. He is very appreciated and I LOVE helping him.. I know he doesn’t totally dig ironing and its the least I can do when Id just sit in bed otherwise. …and without my glasses. im blind!…

What a blessed evening we had. Thank you, Lord God, thank you!! Continue to send down your spirit and command our hearts minds and mouths.

quiet peaceful mornings

I have been squeezing 2 minutes out of every minute in the mornings lately and was yearning for a calmer, organized and prayerful ¬†morning. On Sunday night, Josh explained to me that he needed to be at Panera to pick up coffees before 7. That meant a 6am alarm. I was so thankful. We both woke up early… me, a tad later. I cuddled in Joshs warm spot and he squeezed me as was going to get dressed.

The morning was quiet, filled with a good breakfast, proper cleaning aaaand early to work! it was wonderful. I am thankful for a Joshers that is ambitious, so commited to doing the right and good thing, never wastes hours, puts his time in and dresses really well while he is at it!

Listening to God’s word and music totally redirects my day. Josh also inspired this as he has started reading the bible in the mornings and he exclaimed, one day, rather astonished, that “starting the day with the Lord HAS to be why his morning went so well.” Now THAT is attractive. I feel God in the sunshine and ask for Him to command my heart, my words, my heart, my thoughts. I want what He wants! I am so thankful that I can call His forces and His army to fight for me. Thank you, Lord God for blessing me so!

With this inspiration, I’ve gotten up earlier this morning and I was ¬†on time with a quiet morning in a cute outfit. Utitlizing things in my closet that I havent worn in a while! win win win

diamonds II

I am thankful for Josh and my improved communication… after a FUN evening eating at Champps and ring browsing I’ve learned a lot. I’ve really tried listening and digesting ….

– the stone is important to Josh. He will think about its quality each time he will look at it.
– the engagement band signifies that someone is married to Josh more than a simple band
– band looks modern… are you taken? a lesbian? keep your last name?
– he wonders whats up when only the band is worn… but understands when periodically it isn’t worn like a trip to Lowes
– its an investment.. if he is going to spend that much it will be a good good stone
– diamonds and mens band seem to be significant to marriage vs. a smoky quartz
– princess cut solitaires look more modern and he is more drawn to them than round

reality vs. expectations: “you want a 1.5 carat ring…. you’ll get a 1.51 carat ring!” oh what a cutie