Tuesday, April 15

the ring.

After some adjustments that had to be made in Fremont, Michigan, I was thrilled to receive my engagement ring in the mail yesterday, and put it back on my finger! 

Thursday, April 10

All of the Time.

 Peplum top--Rugged Warehouse, Skinny Jeans--American Eagle, Sandals--Payless, Necklace--JcPenney

It's almost half-way into April and I'm still counting down every second until Josh comes home--I miss him so terribly.

Before he left, I discussed with him the idea of taking a few trips while he was away, as a means of keeping myself busy and to sneak in a few, no-stress vacations.

Later this month I'll be flying up to Michigan to visit with my Grandma, and possible assist her with moving out from her home into a retirement home.  I know it will probably be best for her, but I grew up loving that house...it will be hard to see it go--so many memories.

Last night I went out for coffee with a dear lady from our church.  She runs the children's ministry and I've been privileged to be an assistant to her for the better part of this past summer.

Anyway, that coffee date went from 9 pm-11 and I walked away from it feeling incredibly blessed and very loved.
I haven't always known just how to express how much I miss my man or what all I've been going through, but somehow, she understood everything.  She could even relate to the military aspect of it because she had grown up a military brat.

I was encouraged to stay strong while Josh is away, and find peace in the Lord's Sovereignty and his goodness.

While driving away from that coffee date last night, I thanked the Lord that he hadn't ignored me, or turned a blind eye to my struggles.   He saw every one of them.  And he put a sweet lady from my church in my path, just to remind me that He has always been there for me, and that he always will be.

God is good, all of the time.

Wednesday, April 9

Five Favorites: a movie list

Pride & Prejudice
I've watched every version of this movie that exists but I'd have to say that this one is my favorite.  The cinematography is gorgeous, as well as the beautiful sweeping scenery, sound score and of course, the delicious story.  

A Man Called Peter
This is on the top of my list for inspirational films.  The movie is amazing and the book is as well.
Based on the true story of a young Scottish lad, Peter Marshall, who dreams of only going to sea but finds out there is a different future for him when he receives a "calling" from God to be a minister. He leaves Scotland and goes to America where after a few small congregations he lands the position of pastor of the Church of the Presidents in Washington, D.C. and eventually he becomes Chaplain of the U.S. Senate."

Little Women
I grew up on the version of this movie that had June Allyson in it (lovely version!) but again, I like the newest one the best.  A sweet tale of family, the things that pull them apart, and the love that brings them all back together again.

Home from the Hill
This movie is amazing.  I put it on my list because of the character of Rafe Copely, played by George Peppard (also had leading role in Breakfast at Tiffanys).  The movie talks about some not-so-pleasant realities for the southern Hunnicutt family--a husband that is a womanizer, a wife that doesn't try to love her husband, and a boy that loves a girl but runs away after he finds out she is pregnant (here the movie throws in a twist).  It's a pretty terrible situation, but enter Rafe Copely, the illegitimate son of the womanizer.  He was the half-son and wasn't treated with any of the luxuries that his brother had, yet, he cared about his brother and looked after him when he was sick, he even cared about his 'no-good' father, what's more, he didn't leave the young pregnant girl to fend for herself when everyone else left her and looked down upon her.  
The grace shown by Rafe Copely's character is overwhelming beautiful, and it reminds me that all of us have made choices in life we are not too proud of--but God is willing to wipe our slate clean and look past all of our mistakes.  

Sound of Music
Yes, I had to list this film.  I grew up on Maria's optimism, her beautiful grace and tomboy-ish charm and ever since I was 5 years old, I've been singing her songs.

Although it's not quite Friday yet, maybe you could put one of these movies on your list of "must-watch" films in the mean time, and when the popcorn starts popping...you can start watching.

Monday, April 7

some favorite things / blog purpose

The purpose of my blog is to encourage, inspire, share and interact with other bloggers.
It's really pretty simple.  I've been blogging for years, but since at least last summer, this blog as experienced a sort of hiatus.  Life has changed a lot for me (I'm getting married this fall!!) so I expect to see this blog take form on it's own and shape itself as time goes by.  I look forward to blogging about my journey, wedding, and married life--it will be quite the adventure!  Please join me--I'd love to get to know you. :)

Fun Facts About Me-

I love to:

write poetry
watch old Hollywood movies

dream of traveling around the world

read historical fiction and missionary biographies

take long drives on summer days with the windows down and the music turned up

do 'artsy' things  (crafting is awesome)

research...I love looking things up :P 
explore old buildings
read other style blogs

Favorite colors:


My Camera:

A simple lil' iPhone4

Monday Snapshot

The breezes had swirled these pretty blossoms together and tucked them away to a little sidewalk corner.  

Friday, April 4

Bee-Happy, It's Friday!

I've lived in the south for over three years now, but I can't get used to, nor do I like, all the bee pollen that coats *everything* this time of the year!  
All the cars look dusty and old from the pollen and the roads have a fine dusting of bee-yellow.  I actually went home in the middle of my work day to hose down my car real quick --couldn't stand how bad it looked!

Now to be positive, at least I'm not allergic!  I can't imagine... 

(Yes, this is my Lumberjack stance)
gold sandals -Target
 skinny jeans - Kohls, Lauren Conrad brand
blouse - Target
necklace -  I can't remember

Big thanks to my 8-year old brother, who took these photos for me this morning (even if they are a tad blurry *wink*).  

Things still look a little messy outside, but it's been cold for such a long time --can't wait for super green grass (without yellow bee-pollen)--and lots of sunshine, to work outside!

earrings -JcPenney, Liz Claiborne 

So if you haven't noticed, I'm definitely a skinny-jean kind of girl.   My safe, 'go-to', uniform-type outfit would have to be skinny jeans and a loose, flow-y blouse.   Every time.

This is what I threw together for work this morning.  I typically prefer closed-toe shoes since I work in an office (plus it's always cold!), but I hurt my foot pretty bad a couple days ago so I can only wear sandals for now --a limp is so attractive, is it not?  Ah well.

The good part is it's Friday and tonight I'm going to see Captain America 2 in theaters.  Woohoo!

How about you ladies?  Any plans for the weekend?  Let me know if you go and see the movie!

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, April 2

a new season

The trees are so pretty near my workplace, this time of year.

Why, hello there!  It's been quite some time since my last post here.  Oh how I missed this blog.
I created another blog in the meantime, thinking I'd start from scratch, but honestly, I just missed this one too much.

Since my last post, I've gotten engaged!
In six months, I get to marry the man I've fallen in love with.  He is a JAG officer in the United States Army and is currently serving overseas for four more months.  I miss him very much.

My sweetheart proposed to me in 18 inches of snow (yes, he took a knee in 18 inches!) and asked me to marry him on Christmas Eve, in front of a manger scene.  It was beautiful.  At the time, I was visiting his family up north so I found out via telephone the next day that my youngest sister also was engaged!  She was proposed to on Christmas Day.  Talk about a busy holiday!

maxi dress, Charlotte Ruse--necklace, JCPenney (MixIt brand)
--sandals, Payless (American Eagle brand)

My sister was married in March, and I was a bridesmaid/Maid of Honor for the very first time.  
Certainly much as changed; my little sister no longer lives in a bedroom next to mine for me to pop in and say "hello" to, and the man I'm in love with is thousands of miles away from me.  
There are things I miss, but also things I look forward to.

As I look to this new season of life ahead of me, I'm reminded of God's faithfulness, his grace, and his love.  He's been with me every step of the way and by faith I know that He'll be with me still.