"Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture..."

Monday, November 4, 2013

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"So I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn." ~Leo Tolstoy, to Nikolay Strakhov

Life has been a bit on the crazy side as well as sssslllllooooowwww. I have gone to two appointments for le bebe, heard the heartbeat, and now this child loves moving around and kicking...both my stomach and turning the opposite direction and kicking whatever is towards my back. It's a very strange yet amazingly wonderful feeling knowing that MY baby is in there and I'M going to be the mother. And, in a week we get to figure out if Ewok is a boy or girl!! Super psyched about that!! 

Anyhow, the past few months have been filled to the brim of celebrating birthday's at my family's house (six!), spending the whole week with them, gearing up for cooking food for the BIG evening meal at Reformation Day 2013, getting back home to clean, read, eat and MAKE FOOD!!! I'm so happy that I only feel sick in the mornings until noon.....this way I can actually make my husband dinner! And, that makes me so very thrilled! After getting home I came down with a head cold that's been running through our church back in IL and then last Sunday Garr caught it. Both of us are out of the nasty part of the woods, but sniffles and coughs have taken there toll on us. Oh, and now for a month Garr comes back to have lunch with me!! I'm super thankful for the extra bit of time I get to spend with him during the week.

So, without further ado...I give you a post FULL of photos in a random order because it doesn't like to upload the way I want it! ;-)

 One night we had Ice Cream topped with Irish Cream and Dark Chocolate Shavings...super delicious!

It's cold enough in the mornings now...frost covering the grounds in the back.

I made a Spanish meal one night:
Judias Estofadas Con Chorizo and Patatas Pobres
a.k.a-Bean Stew with Chorizo and Poor Man's Potatoes

We've had plenty of storms the past week!

This past Sunday after worship we went home to have a lovely lunch and then Garr took me to Eagle Creek Park to hike the wooded trails! Yes, we got plenty of looks because of the way we were dressed! =D What can I say....we're just that posh!

My love and I.....

Yes, he's very strange and weird...but I like him the way he is!

This is what I miss back at my parents place. The colors, water and fall beauty everywhere! Not to mention the country...

Garr has an eye for artistic shots!

Sisters! Crazy....but we both LOVE each other! Can't you tell??

One night we had Bacon Corn Chowder with Cheesy Bread. It was super good!!!

The beginnings of Reformation Day 2013. So glad we were able to attend!

Abigail and a friend running their craft booths...

Grace and Em...love them!

The first leaf on our small deck. Fall is here.....

Well, that's it for now! I'll post an update when we know if Ewok is a boy or girl! 

I pray y'all are blessed this week and during the Thanksgiving celebrations! 
Y'all come back now, ya here?!?!?

"To the lamp of love: may it burn brightest in the darkest hours and never flicker in the winds of trial." ~Author Unknown

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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It's been awhile since I've posted....but I promise I have a VERY good reason!! 

Between morning sickness, bed rest, traveling, having siblings over to help me out and so forth I lost a bit of weight and my strength to do anything was down the drain. Thankfully, the Lord has sustained me through the first trimester and as of last Thursday little Ewok is the size of a peach and I'm finally into the second trimester!! That doesn't mean that throwing up, nausea, headaches and so forth have stopped. To some degree they have! (Which I'm ever so thankful for) But, through that whole trial I was constantly reminded by my mother and mother-in-law to turn to the Lord in prayer for this little one growing inside of me. I have to say I've fallen short of doing so many times breaking down in tears as I run to the porcelian throne to make yet another visit wondering when it would be over. But, it was a constant reminder of the blessing God has placed in Garrison's and my life.  As frightening as it is knowing that we are responsible for such a small soul..I take comfort that our Lord and Savior will be there right alongside us teaching us as we travel down this new path. Not only that, I have Garr to lean on, and Christian family as wonderful examples which makes me feel tripled in blessings!

So, now y'all know we're still alive!! You may now breathe a sigh of relief...;-) I'll try to get some more photos up when I get the chance!!

God bless and y'all come back now, ya hear?!?!?

"The world will never starve for want of wonders...."

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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"but only for want of wonder" ~ G. K. Chesterton

My life has been a whirlwind of courtship, engagement, preparing for a wedding, getting married to the love of my life, a honeymoon, moving to a different state, settling down, having family out, cook-outs, going to a fair, 4th of july, having my two sisters visit, a random photo shoot, and...a big surprise at the end!!! =) So...here are a BUNCH of photos to get y'all caught up on my life....ENJOY!

I seriously love my sister so much!

We went to Pacific City, OR for part of the honeymoon...did I ever mention how much I LOVE the ocean??

My husband is a good photographer!! =)

Haystack Rock...it was right outside of our window!

Yes...we are happy!

Not long after we moved in we had family come visit us!! I was very thrilled...=D

And more family came to visit...this time we brought them to the river for a picnic lunch and fun in the water! It was icy cold.

Jael Mercy....my new niece!

Hadassah Evangeline...my other new niece!!

Our group! =)

We went to Garr's parents house for a cookout and they had sparklers waiting!!

Yeah....we both make faces! *cheesy grin*

My sweet sister-in-law with a gorgeous smile!!

At the fair...poor Garr rode the ride by himself because I'm terrified of them!

Happy Fourth of July y'all!!! My sisters! <3 p="">

My wonderful parents....I'm so thankful for these two! They raised me to be who I am and I couldn't have asked for a better life!

My husband and new brother-in-law! Love them both!! <3 p="">

Abigail....doing what she loves best!! 

The two girls! We got so many looks from people passing by!! =)

"Adventure is out there!!" Grace loves the outdoors!

Two sisters.....

"A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost."  ~Marion C. Garretty

And of course for the end of my post! Garrison and I have been living life to it's fullest! Exploring our surroundings, furnishing our home to create an atmosphere of love and friendship. We've had our ups and downs....but we communicate with each other which is a BIG thing when one is in a relationship! I am forever grateful to God for sending me the perfect mate...the one who knows when I'm sad, when I don't feel well he does all he can to help me feel better, when I do ditzy things he smiles or laughs, he makes me happier than I could have ever imagined my life could be! I love him more than I did the day I married him...which is completely amazing because I didn't understand it when older people said that about their spouse! I have had blessings poured out upon me and God continues to do so! And....last but not least; I'll quote this little ditty to reveal the BIG surprise in my life! 

"First comes love, then comes marriage, then a baby in a baby carriage!"

Y'all be blessed and have an extraordinary week!! Y'all come back now, ya hear?!?!? *big smile*