Sunday, July 4, 2010

head over

hey ya'll:)
head over to my more current blog:

it's got more updates and more on the ministry Ryan and I are involved in. This blog isn't kept up as much, because, well, I get around to updating my kBr blog more often:). hope to see you there! Feel free to follow kBr... I love to hear from you!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

2 1/2 days

that's right...that's how far it is till:

- 6 am runs
-taking the time to cook a good dinner for my husband-no more rushing dinners or late ones
-bike rides to get where i need to be-because i can take the time to leave earlier to get there on bike!
-shorts, tank tops, and summer clothes every day-no work clothes for 2 1/2 months
- sunny days to play outside and get a tanner tan
-freedom to spend time with people
- bummer thing: no beach here.
- getting to see my husband more during the day, visiting him at work!
-time to read Love and Respect, Fresh Wind Fresh Fire, Percy Jackson & and the Olympians, and the remainder Harry Potter books
-another bummer thing: no pool unless you want to pay like 15 bucks each time
- visiting the garden and picking fresh vegetables from it
-baseball games in the evening; complete with concession stands and cheering fans
-visiting Kansas to see the mom B, sister Katie, and Grandma O
- taking pictures in the sun
-wearing flipflops or going barefoot in thick green grass
- cold treats: smoothies, frozen berries, yogurts, and skinny cows

so many goodies in the summer.
So many things to look forward to.
I can't wait!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

dear mom. from child #2.

There's this woman, who loves the Lord. She loves the Lord so much that she gave up everything she had for her three girls. She dedicated her life to be the mother and nurturer for them, choosing not to work outside of the home, but using her life to invest and teach her girls at home in every moment of her day.

This woman saw her call of being a mother as the greatest privilege the Lord had given her, and loved her role as she was involved in every area of her girls' lives. She became her daughters' wise counsel, because she not only spoke the truth of God's Word, but she lived as an example of it. She taught so many life lessons, and shared times in God's word with her family, both at the start of the day and the end of the day, and because of that, her girls are following the Lord.

She doesn't take prayer lightly-she prays diligently everyday for her family. Her little girls would wake up and see their mother in God's Word and in prayer every single day. That memory is still ingrained in these girls' minds.

She taught her girls to love each other, to respect others, to spend quality time above all, with their family. She showed these girls to respect and love their daddy so much, because of the love and respect she showed him at all times. Their love for each other is so evident.

This woman's strength, love, and character strengthened this family even to this day. She never stops caring, loving, and nurturing her girls and husband. She always told the girls how she treasured them, and although so many women complain about their husband and kids, this mother never did. She always loves her family in her words and her actions, whether the family was present or not. She was quick to discipline in love, and point her girls in the right direction when they made mistakes or disobeyed.

This woman is also such fun to be around. Her laughter is contagious and brings belly aches of laughter to the family. Because of this mother and her husband's effort and love, together, they made family time more desirable and enjoyable than anytime with anyone else, just the way it should be. This couple established family nights, family devotions, and family prayer to the lives of these three girls-and today, these three girls are following the Lord personally.

This woman is the most loving, amazing, and incredible mom-I can testify.
this woman-is my mom.
I love you, mom.
thank you for the example you set for me as I have started my own family.
You showed me how important it is to take care of my husband, and of others.
You showed me how to nurture and love.
You showed me the importance of a clean clean house and good yummy food.
My husband and I appreciate you, because what you've done has spilled over into our own family's life.

Thank you for loving the Lord, mom. Your godly ways has made me fall deeper in love with my Savior, Jesus Christ.

I love you.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

next step up

this is the next step i want to take in pictures and good blogging:). it's not quite an SLR, but definitely not just a point and shoot pocket camera.
the pictures it'll take our crisp and vibrant.
it's just a dream right now-cuz we're being careful with the finances God's blessed us with. But hey, i can dream (and maybe even hope for this for my birthday;)).

Monday, April 19, 2010

the last songs

I did not have high expectations of this movie. I LOVE the book, which my husband surprised me with when it first came out, but when I saw Miley Cyrus was the gal, i didn't have much hope that the movie would be as good as the book. it took a whole week for this movie to reach storm lake, so ryan and i went and saw it at matinee price:) (well, since i was taking ryan, i wanted to make sure that if the movie stunk, he didn't have to suffer twice with paying for this movie and then sitting through the movie:))

but i freakin' LOVED the movie. I was in tears for most of it, and (shhh) so was my sweet husband. it hit him in a soft spot. both of us were pretty touched by it. So yes, go see it if it's still at your theater. it'll make you wanna hug your momma and daddy as much as you can, and for me, it made me completely homesick. the gorgeous south was more than evident in this movie, and seeing the beautiful ocean, palm trees, and moss, was unmistakably southern beauty. driving through corn fields and smelling cow poo rather than salt air, definitely did not help. I left the theater longing to go home to SC.

[here's the last time i touched the warm sand of our beautiful sc beach.]
oh well.

Friday, April 9, 2010


more packages please.
i loved this.
the contents were wonderful.
and yummy.
and the letter from the Philippines was just precious.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

losing it.

i have lost NINE POUNDS since i started working out and eating well.
whoot! still going, and trying to lose the last 11 pounds.
Post-marriage weight gain, my butt-not this gal;)
post-marriage weight lost-hallelujah.

Monya, Sophia, and Anya

Monya, Sophia, and Anya
asking for prayer this week for them...