Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's Out Of My Hands - A Journey Of Sweet Faith


I wish that people could see the world through my eyes sometimes, because then they would understand my heart better.   I love traveling and seeing new places, but even just the idea of an adventure makes me happy.  I am thrilled to just sit around thinking of all the places I want to go and people I want to see.  Tea or curry or chocolate from a foreign land makes me feel like I am on a trip in my own home.  I love knowing these wonderful places exist, and I love planning on going to see them; but if I never make it and just live in a sweet house with Bill and have dinner with our family and friends, and work hard and live basked in simplicity, and invest whole heartedly in relationships, it will be over and abundantly enough.

The world is big and often times overwhelming, and I want to explore it, but it is all nothing without those you love.  I am sure in my time, Thailand will not be the last place I visit apart from my hometown and Bill’s.  I know that I will probably be privileged enough to go on lots of trips and board many a plane and eat tons of crazy food and get lost in a few places.  When I see items like these pictured from World Market, I feel rejuvenated.  Why? You might ask…  Well, maps symbolize the open end to a journey, there is always somewhere else to explore.  Who knows where God is going to take Bill and I!  The possibilities are literally endless.  I love that. 

I love that the plan is out of my hands.  I tend to want control everything and always know what is coming next, but my renewed outlook is taking the approach of sweet faith in God and not trying to make things happen.  As Bill and I get closer and closer to marriage (10 weeks!) and living under the same roof, I am trusting that God has designed us for each other.  While I am aware it is going to be work, I am also aware that my best friend will be on this journey with me in a deeper way.  God has brought us each wonderful friends to go to for affirmation or constructive criticism.  We are so blessed.

Our journey will be one where when we look back, we marvel at where we have come from.  I am sure we will go through all kinds of seasons of change.  I am so excited to travel through this life with Bill, but even more to journey with God between us.  He guides our steps and designs out paths and I can’t wait to see where he leads us!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Penny For Your Thoughts - My Boy & Our Big Day Stress

Alright people, I know you think I should be more stressed out and completely out of my mind.  My wedding is less than 3 months away, and while delegation has been my best friend for a cross country wedding, I think what is most important is the mindset I have adopted over the course of this journey.  Not just a journey to a wedding, but a journey to join my life with Bills.

Our wedding will be wonderful.  Lights strung overhead, a dress I feel perfect in, an amazing man in a dapper suit, friends and family all around, wine, pizza, music, paper lanterns, and so much other wonderfulness.  However, what I am looking forward to is waking up and seeing Bill every morning.  I am looking forward to growing old with him and watching him succeed in every way.  I can't wait to cook him bacon and leave him little notes.  I get so excited knowing I can hug him everyday.  I am looking forward to that laugh and smile that only he has for the rest of my life.

There is no stress when I picture his face.  I cannot help but remember how much I love him and how God sent him to me to calm my heart and bring me peace in the most chaotic of circumstances.  Sure, I am often overwhelmed by all the decisions that I have to make and all the work that needs to be done.  The wedding to-do list seems to only grow.  However, when I come back to home base and remember what the point of it all is, I do not even bat an eyelash.  He is someone I am proud to be with and someone I love being around.  He is generous and caring and gracious and a man of faith.  He is learning what each of those things means more and more every day, but it is all over him.  I love who he is deep down and on the surface.

I can't wait to dance with him, promise him forever, and celebrate with people we love at our wedding, but more than that I can't wait to invite people into our home, show people love that they never expected, and be the best team we can be.

Bill my dear, you are it for me.  I cannot wait to marry you and to be your girl forever. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Good Food Is Better With Great Company

I love good food.  Cooking it, eating it, serving it, talking about it... I enjoy all aspects.  However, lately I have realized that good food is even better with great company.  Sure you can eat the same meal with the same wine and enjoy it, but if you are with people you love, laughing and talking, doesn't that food taste slightly better?  That wine a bit smoother?  I have observed this in others and noticed that celebratory eating also fits this description.  If it is your birthday, you got a promotion at work, or you just accomplished a milestone in your life - food simply tastes better.
 
 
All this considered, my favorite is the regular day to day life that is often times taken for granted.  Spending this past Sunday with Bill was very simple, yet so wonderful because he is the best company.  We grilled a yummy pizza and had blueberry beer and lemonade (which really tasted like juice and was so refreshing).  It was so wonderful to share a meal and drink with him while relaxing on a Sunday afternoon, but that food may not have tasted as good if I had it alone.  Sometimes, it is the fun of doing it together that makes it delicious. 
 
I have experienced the opposite issue as well.  When we are fighting, or I am upset with anyone in general, food doesn't taste as good.  It tastes bland or overwhelming.  All you can concentrate on is the fight ending or the tension fading, not the food you are partaking in.  It can be your favorite meal, but if you are sad or feeling down, it could taste like nothing to you. 
 
What does this post boil down to?  Cook meals with people you love, don't always opp for the easy way out.  Cooking together is like any other activity, it brings you closer.  When you just get food to go and sit in front of the television not talking to each other your heart is not investing deeper and it is causing a rift to exist.  The more you do it, the harder it is to break the cycle.
 
I just want to encourage you to cook from scratch this week.  The sense of accomplishment and the amount you enjoy your food will grow exponentially.  Good food is meant to be shared, don't be selfish :)
 
Eat well friends.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things - Summer Baseball Games

There is nothing like a baseball game.
 
 
I know, I know - you have heard this from me before, but let me tell you, it never gets old to me.  I can't go to too many games.  I want to one day have season tickets with Bill and go all the time: Get to know the people around us, cheers victories with them, and like we are not surrounded bystrangers.  The ambiance, the food, the drinks, and just the attitude of baseball is so fun and carefree.  It is a sport where I feel like the entire time I am watching, I am a part of something so fun and worth my time - it brings so much joy to my heart.
 
This past Friday the Baltimore Orioles were in town, and I always attempt to make it out to support my home team and wear my Orioles t-shirt :)  It was a blast (and not just because the Orioles won), but mostly because it was the best of times with wonderful friends!  I went with a pretty big group (12 of us to be exact) and we laughed and danced and ate and just relaxed.  What a lovely thing to do on a Friday night! 
 
There is something so nostalgic about a baseball game, and I think I will always just love to be at a game waching and smiling. 
 
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 9, 2012

On Location - Free Movie Mondays

I am sitting in my lawn chair surrounded by strangers, sipping wine and anxiously awaiting Billy Elliott to be projected on the wall about 100 yards away. It does not even matter what the movie is, all that matters is being outside, in the open fresh air, with people I love hanging out with.

 

This is the first of 5 weeks that free movies will be showing this way, and to explain the ambiance would be impossible. I'm going to go soak it up now and enjoy my friends and snacks.

I hope you are having an equally lovely evening :)