Monthly Archives: February 2014

helpful hands

I am so thankful for many helpful hands that have helped making the process of wedding planning FUN! My mom has demolished linens for table, elements for the tables, stamps, her outfit. Jamie, Randi, Sara, Jill too…. Sara got her  dress! Last night we spent the evening trimming ALL celebration cards and RSVPs cards and she added stamps to the envelopes and RSVPs. Josh has folded return addresses, given input on all invites…. its been so wonderful. My God, thank you for giving us so many special, helpful, selfless, excited people in our lives. Josh and I are so blessed. Guide us to be those people for others.


Saturday – Pre-marriage class

Unlike most Saturdays, Josh and I woke up around 8am to be at class by 9am. Starbucks pitstop (and a breakfast pizza craving) before arriving at class and taking our seats. We spent time sharing answers to our homework the night prior (I teared up. a lot. after hearing what josh remembers being impressed with after meeting me (a genuine sweetness and knew we’d remain good friends) and the first time he remembers really wanting to tell me he loved me and the faith section of our workbook (he asked how my kidney transplant impacted my faith (i answered that God’s timing is perfect. trust in it) We also listened to Dr. Cloud on building a safe and hearty sexual relationship, reviewed our Prepare & Enrich score (we were both surprised Josh was somewhat connected and surprised that I scored so lowly on being Pleasing in the relationship), had lunch while answering questions about our wedding day (that I just remembered we haven’t shared with one another yet!). Ended the day with discussing likes/needs/wants from men and women. Pride ripples out of me as I look across the room and see my attractive, respectful, clean-cut, and confident Joshers. He is so attractive and humble it makes me melt. After that, Pastor Pat wrapped up with abstaining, treating the promise with such sacredness and specialness because it is a gift unlike ANYTHING ELSE. Protect and safe guard your love. He pushed us to consider moving out or not sleeping together to renew and focus on the promise we are about to embark on. I will be staying at home a little more—no extra nights at Joshs— as we only have 9 weeks to go!

Class was so worthwhile (got a devotion and a crazy book.) and we ended the day with more fun! Headed to his parents for a little bit then to Penelopie for my first blow out! The volume! the curls! the gorgeous interior! gah! and then met at Outback Steakhouse with my parents. After eating steaks and talking about how emotional Josh will get (swoon), we headed back to his place and ended up moving the organ downstairs. Ufdah! I snagged Joshs Trader Joe’s brochure and cuddled up on the loveseat downstairs. As I was drifting off, Josh spooned me. Life is good.

Friday – Pre-marriage Class

Staying in Love forever.

Philippians 2

Imitating Christ’s Humility

2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

We discussed this in detail while watching Andy Stanley. Submitting and serving, just like Christ did, is exactly what we are called to do. Do not compete, serve, be humble. Its actually what will grow a relationship, create safety in a relationship and MARRIAGE and will teach our children how to behave in a relationship. Lord God, we are called to love and live like Jesus did. Help us imitate this in our marriage. Give us strength and patience to serve and love endlessly so we reflect your love for a lifetime of love.

you da boom

you da best
you my favorito

josh responded: yous da boom.

we’ve been using “boom” a lot. 🙂

Home. Nevada.

I am so thankful for nights at home with my parents. After not being home for 5 nights, there were meatballs and smashed potatoes waiting for me. Lots of conversation about our tasting at Embassy, desserts, invites, shoes, Moms necklace, plans to meet up for dinner in DSM on Saturday and McCoy. He got his first daycare day wrapup sheet… so cute. I will forever be grateful for them and this time spent together. I am so very blessed to have their welcoming arms accepting me back into their home… built a stronger relationship in such a unique time in my life and saved a lot of money. Such a blessing. God’s timing is perfect.


haircuts arent HIGH priority for me. BUT. yesterday. yeeesterday.

after an entire day in meetings for travelzoo, I skipped out at 4:40 and headed to Bombshell. Ellie treated me to a beer and trimmed and colored! It was PERFECT. I loved her sense of humor, her confidence in giving me something different and making recommendations and walked out with a haircut i just love! I also got fun gel-like nail polish and 2 new hair products…. We made an appt for a week before our wedding to touch up and Im already looking forward to it! Her head massages…. oh to die for. I also think I need to take a little more time for my hair and treat it better…..

10 weeks to go — Superbowl weekend

“U should stay tonight”

Oh Joshers…. Its really hitting me lately how much of our norm is going to change. Josh is used to many nights alone, separate, independent from family, from me, from any plans. And I am used to doing my own thing, with my own money, eating weird meals, packing and planning in 2-4 day spurts. I am so very excited to plan for longer stretches, really settle in OUR home. Its surreal. There were a couple ocmments this weekend that caught me—made me savor—made blink in and memorize my surroundings, the excitement that surges through me—to look through the tears in my eyes and not blink them away….. our lives are changing. our love is changing and becoming bigger, all encompassing… He will be my team mate and have my back and I will reciprocate that.

“this will all be yours!!” from josh when eric thanked me for all the shots and I deferred to joshers and his bar.

“you’re the best hostess” as I was getting things out before guests came for the superbowl.

“you have to have my back and i have yours” after the night was over and we were wrapping up.