Friday, May 31, 2013

One more left!

Happy Friday Morning!!!
Kevin and I are off enjoying our first year of marriage! YIPPEE!!!
But before we left, we made time for the second to LAST newlywed Game!
That's right, next week will be the very LAST time to link-up and get your hubby to answer questions!


 
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The Newlywed Game #19 
ONE:Would your spouse rather be blind or deaf?
Hhhmmm I think blind because he loves listening to music? BUT then he wouldn't be able to see me anymore so that'd be sad for him ;)
My spouse would rather be deaf because she is a visual person which is why she became an interior designer. (TRUTH! #IDlifeproblems... this comment still works for this answer, YAY)

TWO: Who wears the pants?? ;-)
Oh let's see, I was thinking he does in certain areas and I do in others. Like he wears the pants in our finances ( I don't get him to budget much there) but I wear the pants when it comes to things of the home and design...and clothes lol
Uhhhmmm I guess Veronica wears the pants because I'll do pretty much anything she says if she says it sweetly.(haha partly true....)

THREE: What do you think was your spouse's best subject in school?
I think math...gross!
Art, obviously. (I knew he was going to choose that)

FOUR:Is there any significance to your spouse's name?  Were they named after anyone?
I don't think so...at least none that I've heard.
She was named after the comics, Archie and Veronica. (I was names after the character Veronica from the Archie comics...he didn't quite the title of the comics right.)
  
FIVE:What quality does your spouse have that you hope your future children will inherit?
I hope they have the cute, sweet, silly nature Kevin has! And will learn to love by the way he shows love to me, which he learns from the Lord.
My wife has many qualities I would want our children to have but one of the uncommon ones is organization. I think they will inherit her kindness, hospitality and overall gentle nature just by being around her. (awwww)

SIX:What musical artist do you listen to that your spouse hates?
ANY of my country favs...minus T swift...he loves her.
I've been enjoying some top 40 music from the UK which is more electronic styles. Veronica doesn't really appreciate it as I do. (this is true)

SEVEN: What do you both want to do when you retire?
Beach in FLORIDA.
Vacation! And live on a beach. (yes and yes)

EIGHT:What is your favorite tradition that you share together? Or maybe one that you both started together when you got married?
I love all the pictures we take and how we celebrate each month of marriage. We did both of these before we got married too.
I enjoy our morning cuddle time, we set our alarm 10 minutes early and enjoy 10 minutes together cuddling before we get up and take on the day. (sweet man)

NINE:What is your spouse's favorite app on their smart phone (if they have one)?
Probably one his sports ones? Or maybe his article reading app but I think that's on his tablet...umm I really don't know. He likes apps A LOT! He says he would go with TWEET caster on his tablet or feedly on both devices for reading my RSS feeds.
Veronica instagrams pictures all day everyday. (I do not all day everyday! but I do a lot, that much is true)

TEN:Have you & your spouse dressed up for Halloween together?  If so, what was your favorite costume?
AH costumes! You see being in Phi Lamb meant we got to dress up way more than just Halloween! So here are our favorites in a college!
Were not big Halloween people but my favorite would be when I was Prince Phillip and she was Sleeping Beauty. (this is the BEST)



The FINAL set of Questions for the LAST week of the newlywed game:
1. What would your spouse be happy doing for hours on end?
2. If you had the money, what would you buy for your spouse today?
3. What show is your spouse currently loving on tv?
4. What is your spouse's favorite (all time or currently) youtube video? Share it with us!
5. Do you and your spouse plan on doing gifts for anniversaries based on traditions? Like the paper for one year etc.
6. How many kids does your spouse want? And if you could only have boys or girls which would your spouse prefer?
7. Would your spouse want to live in the city, country or beach?
8. What is a book you and your spouse have read together that you would recommend to other couples?
9. What is your favorite engagement picture? Wedding picture?
10. What is one piece of advice you would give to those dating, engaged and or newly married?

Another awesome timer shot..Chicago Trip May 2013!

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

This is Casey's Story

Good morning lovelies! I'm off enjoying our first year of married life this weekend with my husband so I've got some more sweet stories for you!
Today, I have Casey from Aslan's Auspicious Albany Adventure. How cool is her blog name? Seriously, I think it's just awesome. Casey is a new blog friend of mine. I met her through her first link-up with the Newlywed Game I host with Karla on Fridays. She's lovely and I pretty much adore her.
I've asked her to share her story today, because I've loved reading already on her blog about her heart for the Lord and her heart to touch lives. I pray today that as you read this you are touched, you are encouraged and you know how loved you are. God doesn't give us an easy cheesy life sometimes, as Casey talks about, but it's certainly better than anything we could do on our own.


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I was elated when Veronica asked me to guest post along with some other fabulous bloggers while she is celebrating her first full year of wedded bliss! How exciting!

Today I want to talk to you about how the journey as a Christian is not always an easy one. Did you know that being a Christian is supposed to be uncomfortable? It's supposed to be hard?
Here's an example. Remember that wonderful woman who was chosen to be Jesus' mother?
Put yourself in her shoes for a moment.

You're thirteen years old, and engaged to a man who believes you to be a virgin.
You have never once spent the night with your "fiancé" and yet an angel appears and tells you, that you are to have a child, you are pregnant right now, and that you will name your child Jesus.

Talk about terrifying.
How do you know what you just saw was real?
How are you going to explain to your fiancé that you're pregnant?
How are you going to tell others in your life what has happened?
And you HAVE to name him Jesus?

Mary had absolutely NO choice in this matter, yet she was honored, willing and thankful to have such a monumental event literally thrown upon her.
Most importantly she had faith in herself, faith in her Lord, and faith that those around her would be understanding.
What if that happened today?
What if that was you?
I personally would be terrified and would constantly have to justify myself in todays society.



Lets talk about relationships and mirroring Christ's grace.
This is something I struggle with immensely.
I currently have a loved one who has struggled with a lot of psychological issues in her life.
She is undeserving of her incredibly hard past, and she suffers daily with negative self talk, and turns to material possessions and substances as a coping mechanism.

Throughout the years there have been many interventions, many long talks, numerous nights staying up to make sure she would be ok.
Unfortunately our relationship has morphed into more of a mother/daughter relationship.
I hate that I am someone who makes her look at her flaws, but I also refuse to let go of being her accountability partner.

There have been plenty of times where I have wanted to throw in the towel because our relationship causes each other more angst than laughter and good times. I find myself worrying about who she surrounds herself with and if she is creating poisonous relationships for herself.

I have recently had a moment where I told my husband that I just want to be done, that I know I can't fix her and I just want to stand on the sidelines now and no longer be the bad guy.
I want to be the one she comes to in good times, and not only the bad times. I want her to love me as a friend, not as a mother figure. I want her to know that my life is in no way shape or form easier than her's, and I want her to know that I battle some of the same demons.

Thank goodness for my amazing God fearing husband.
He looked at me and said, throwing in the towel would not be mirroring God's grace.
Don't you think that God feels the same way you do right now?
He guides us, carries us and always watches over us. He advises us, and STILL lets us choose to love Him.
When we take it upon ourselves to decide what is best in our lives over and over again, don't you think God ever wants to throw in the towel?
Do you think he becomes frustrated that we are choosing sins of the flesh over His will?

I will tell you that I was speechless, and tears began to stream down my face. My husband was absolutely correct. How many times have I taken my own life into my own hands and said, this is how I want it to be.
You know what ALWAYS happens? My choices are usually wrong, and yet God isn't standing there saying "I told you so".

I would absolutely be easier and more comfortable to stand on the sidelines and watch my friend make her own choices. But, I'm being called by God to continue to be an accountability partner. Sure, I may be ridiculed, gossiped about or even called a crazy Christian. But I would be heart broken if anything ever happened to my sweet friend, because it was easier to just lay low rather than continue to show God's grace upon her.

I hope you take this message and pray to God asking him to always direct your path.
Lean not your own understanding. If we acknowledge him, He will always direct our paths.
This should lift some anxieties from your shoulders. Give your lives to the Lord and you no longer have to "do life"on your own.


A big thank you for letting Veronica share what is on my heart today. 
You can find me over at the Aslan's Auspicious Albany Adventure.

And as always, from our home to yours,


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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

From ONE year to BEYOND {A marriage link up series!}

Ladies, I have the best thing to introduce to you today! Check it out:

Calling all engaged and newlywed gals! 

What would you say if I told you 10 newlywed bloggers are linking up to bring you an entire year's worth of marital advice for a one time only June series!? Whelp, get excited! 

Meet the forever newly wedded Brides!


Each of the 10 Brides shown above have been married exactly one year as of June 2013. We will be posting each Wednesday during the month of June on 4 topics of marriage, while including our trials, triumphs, and all that fell in-between. The goal of this link-up series is to encourage the pursuit of love, joy, and hardships within a sacred marriage, all of which are completely worth each minute the Lord provides with our better half. 

If you are engaged, or married, we invite you to write on the topics with us and link up your posts. It doesn't matter if you are engaged and planning your big day, are a newlywed, or if you have been married 25 years... All the marital advice contributed, all the better for everyone involved! 

Visit our blogs today to meet our spouses and learn about our weddings! 

The Topics: 

June 5- Funny Moments From The First Year
June 12- Hardest Moments From The First Year
June 19- What Have You Learned From The Unexpected and How Have You Grown as a Couple During The First Year
June 26- Anniversary Celebration Recap 

We look forward to reading about your engaged, newlywed, and marriage journeys! If you have any questions feel free to email Kalyn here




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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Chicago! {part one}

Gracious it's taken me a long time to get this up and running!
We went into busy beaver mode upon our return home and then last week was a whirlwind (you can read about our experience here) and it just didn't feel right to post all about a fun vacation yet.
So here we are, nearly two and half weeks later. oops

Burns May Vacation

On Monday, May 6th, our vacation began! We had to finish up packing and get Paisley ready for her week away. Before we dropped her off (shortly before lunch) we took her for her first walk on our beloved campus (which you've already seen).
Then we headed home to wrap up the packing, eat a quick bite and make the drive to the airport for our FIRST non-stop flight since I don't know when! You have no idea what a ridiculously happy small thing this was for us.

We arrived late to Chicago and ordered Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza to be delivered to our hotel room, as specifically recommended by my sweet friend Holly.
IT WAS DELICIOUS and we are totally hooked!
We spent the entirety of the next day exploring as much of Chicago as we could. We walked over 9 miles (as my awesome pedometer told me), and took a 2 hour segway tour...it was a FULL and wonderful day!
We took a BILLION pictures so today I'm just sharing a few:


We rode the train from the airport to our destination...



pretty flower boxed outside our hotel
























*more pictures to come!
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Satan really sucks...

Satan really sucks but my God is a really great GOD!
(Pastor Clark)

On Friday, the lovely Holly from Oklahoma Pepplers wrote about where she was, what she remembered, what her day looked like on May 20th, 2013. 

I had kind of been wrestling about whether or not to post about the tornadoes that went through Moore, OK that day. Many of you have written about it and I didn't feel I had much to add. I did slip in a little snippet at the beginning of all my posts last week letting you all know we were okay and safe and ways you could help but I wasn't sure how much more I wanted to elaborate on that.

After reading Holly's story, I decided I did want write about that day. Thankfully, I do have my home, my workplace, my neighborhood grocery store, and all those I love but that doesn't mean the tornado did not affect my heart. It will forever be a part of my life's story.

Monday, May 20th, I was at work going on as usual. My coworkers and I had our weekly Monday morning  meeting and discussed the events of the previous day, Sunday tornadoes went through Shawnee and Carney and did some extensive damage, and how each of our families took shelter during that time. We talked about the sheer terror one might feel, and the sense of loss...and how we just couldn't imagine what that must look and feel like.

The rest of the day continued as normal, we worked on our projects, took lunch break and around 2:30 or so a rep came in to show us some new flooring, shortly into her presentation the tornado sirens went off, we looked at each other and jumped away from the table. I went to Kevin first, via gmail chat, and asked what was going on, while everyone else ran to the computers/phones to get some other information. The rep was greatly concerned, confused and didn't quite know what to do at this point. We had kind of abandoned her at the table.

Kevin told me there was a tornado and it was headed towards Moore. With this new information, one of my co-workers, who lives in Moore and who's children attend a daycare there, grabbed her purse and fled the office. 

We didn't know much at that time even still, we hadn't seen any news coverage and we were very much unaware of the danger she was driving into.

The rest of us pulled the news up onto the computers and couldn't believe what was coming and where our friend has just left toward. I sent her a text telling her to please be safe, that it was headed in her direction.

Our intern was stranded without her car and wanted to get her dog. Since she lived really close and storm was still far from Norman, we drove the 5 minutes to her house and got her sweet dog (Paisley's playmate, aka puppy besties) and made our way to OU's law school where we knew we could hang out in the basement (our office didn't have a basement).

I texted Kevin telling him where I was headed and asking him what he was going to do but wasn't receiving anything back from him.

We were safely in the building and sitting near some televisions which had no sound, only subtitles. Without the sound on, it felt easy to ignore, maybe not ignore but not really take seriously or pay attention closely. I'm not sure how to describe it exactly, I knew what I was seeing was live and real but for some reason it just wasn't sinking in. I wasn't feeling it and my mind was distracted about where Kevin was.

My phone wasn't connecting well in the basement but I managed to get a text out to some family members and told them I was safely in a basement but I still couldn't get a hold of Kevin, to assure them he was safe as well. I kept telling myself it was fine and he was fine. He was home, since he doesn't work on Mondays. He was home with our puppy and last I knew, didn't have a specific plan for where they were going to go. I called, I texted, I used gmail chat...and I was continuing to get no response. 

Our intern and I sat there with her fiance and puppy for probably an hour, just watching, talking, trying to understand the horrifying images on the screen, and talking myself into Kevin being fine but busy answering so many other's concerns (when you're a meteorologist you get a lot of questions when bad weather is near).

We saw the Moore Warren movie theater we attend regularly over and over again, surrounded by destruction yet still standing itself. That's when we felt how close it was. Too close to home. We recognized that place, and we knew it's surroundings well but the images on the screen showed nothing familiar apart from the theater still standing. 

Finally, I receive a text message, coming from Kevin's email... he told me his phone had no service but we did have internet at the home and he was "home now." Since I was unaware he wasn't home before I was surprised and somewhat frustrated but mostly thankful. Thankful he was safe, thankful Norman was safe. He let me know it was safe to go home.

This is the footage he got, not far from our home, but safely far from the tornado. You can hear Paisley howling along with the sirens (she does this regularly on Saturdays-they go off at noon every Saturday).


I left to see blue sky beginning to show again. I drove home and my cell phone also lost connection about halfway home and I didn't get it back again until late that night. I came home to Kevin and our friends just sitting and watching the news, the destruction, the hurt.

The schools. That's what they talked about most. It was beyond sad to hear, it was heart wrenching.

Without my phone connection I had no way to get a hold of anyone to find out if my coworker had in fact made it to her children safely. I had Kevin searching her address on google maps and trying to see if her home made it safely. A little while later I found on facebook that a friend had posted that she and her family, and even their home was safe. That's when relief really hit me. I felt better about it, about all of it, in that moment. (I found out the next day that her husband had thankfully managed to talk her into stopping in Norman before getting on the interstate. While he had managed to get their dogs and drive away in time to the safety of the daycare parking lot, where he watched the storm turn by but not hit.)

Eventually we had to turn it off. The news was never-ending, heart-breaking images and stories, and I was so tired of reporters asking people, sitting on the ruble of their homes, "how does this make you feel?" I felt like shouting, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL?! I couldn't take anymore.

This was Wednesday, it grew even more just come Thursday morning!
My church posted instantly that night that they were open as a shelter and accepting donations. Can I just say, I love my church? As if you hadn't already heard that enough from me already, or seen it here.

I packaged some food and clothing and blankets up the nest morning and Kevin took them up to our church.

Upon my arrival at work, I found most of my office sitting in our waiting room, long faces, just talking and being assured that everyone in our office were safe.

There wasn't a lot of work done that day. I mostly responded to emails from other professionals in our field asking if everyone was okay, answering facebook friends concerns, and posting like a crazy person about all the ways to help. And wishing just to be home with my husband and puppy, just to sit with them, hold them and be near them.

All day, every day this past week the news only covered the disaster of this tornado but something that has truly blow my heart away is the way my church was represented because of their immediate response. My church was one of the first places spoken about on the news as a donation and shelter. 

I can't begin to explain how amazing it feels to watch and be a part of your church responding in such an amazing, selfless and giving way. Our pastors rock! Our members rock!

 On Wednesday, Kevin and I were able to serve in the kids (for me) and on the media team (for Kevin) for the worship service Journey put on to give people an evening to worship and remember that God is still good and He is present and He still loves.

On Thursday, I was able to go in and help out at the church. I sorted donations, I organized trucks to be sent out with supplies and I welcomed more donations in. I watched people from the church, outside the church and those partnering with the church in every way helping, giving, being THE CHURCH.

If I truly wrote out everything I saw, everything I felt and everything I took in, this post would be incredibly long so I'll leave it to this: my heart is overwhelmed and I am so incredibly proud of my church! I've cried tears of sorrow and hurt, but also tears of joy and unbelief at the way people have responded here, at the way people are helping and giving and just the sheer selflessness exampled.

On Sunday we went to Journey for church as we would any other Sunday, ready to worship the God who gives life and blesses life, the God who cares for us, the God who has served us and the God that meets all our needs. Pastor Clark delivered an amazingly simple yet spot on message that truly encouraged my own heart and I just want to share pieces of it here. However, for those of you wondering, hurting and questioning about how or why God "allows" this hurt watch the message here (look for I heart this city message 4).
I've already shared this photo but as I was studying this morning I read it 
again and realized it is absolutely no coincidence that God put this verse on 
my heart none other than Monday morning! God will provide all the needs of all
 those hurting and in need through this traumatic tornado. He will supply ALL 
the needs! ALL of them! Not some, ALL! We serve an awesome God. 
He is good all the time, even in the moments we can't see it, understand it or feel it. 
He is moving, He is going, He is doing because He LOVES!

Many ask why, and I believe our pastor (and our small group friend put it this way as well) explained it best: we live in a fallen world, and a fallen world is sin and death. See God did not create this storm, he doesn't bring death, He brings LIFE and life abundantly and the devil destroys (John 10:10). God is faithful and good and He will bring us out of this hurt. He will use this hurt to work in your heart and the hearts of others. 

I'll trust God through all this because He has over and over again proven himself trustworthy, as I wrote about not too long ago, and because His promises are true and good. Proverbs 3:5-6 beckons us to trust beyond our understanding. I don't understand any of this hurt,pain, and destruction but I know God is at work. It's evident in the incredible display of people serving and giving this week at Journey (and everywhere), Acts 4:32 describes what Journey has been this past week and what it will continue to be as the months of rebuild take flight.

Finally, Pastor Clark shared 4 ways that our church, our people, will help in this tragedy, with the final way being rejoicing. Philippians 4:4 tells us to rejoice always! In the hurt and and in the joy, we rejoice because we know our God is there and He is caring for us.

God can do anything you know, far more than you can ever imagine, or guess, or request in your wildest dreams, He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us. Deeply and gently within us... Ephesians 3:20

From my facebook this week: So incredibly proud of the church home I serve here in Norman for all they've done already and will continue to do. JourneyChurch.tv, you never cease to amaze me! My heart is completely overwhelmed and overjoyed to be a part of the amazing work you're doing for Christ.
Go and be the hands and feet friends!!!

Just so incredibly blow away by the outstanding giving of this community and other communities outside this state at JourneyChurch.tv ...the donations, the people, the worship tonight...just wow..it truly is mind blowing and heart filling. Absolutely so blessed and proud to be a part of such a giving, selfless church! Way to go Journey!
Just wanted to add how absolutely beautiful it is to see THE CHURCH as a whole band together...I know several Norman churches are here at Journey serving right along side each other...not separate churches but ONE!

You can find all about what Journey church is doing with the organization, HelpMooreRehuild, and how you can help HERE.

And this article written is wonderfully written about the spirit of Oklahomans and I really enjoyed it.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

How you can help OK & NWG#18

How you can help Oklahoma:
On Monday a terrible, terrifying, tornado ravaged through Moore, a city just 5-6 miles north of me. Homes are completely gone, schools flattened, buildings demolished. Many have lost loved ones and more have lost just every type of worldly possession. If you want to help please see below:
  •  This link takes you to a list of supplies needed at my church, which has become a shelter for those in need. You can also donate money there. 100% of it will be give to those in need, or used in a way to help those in need.
  • If you would like to buy this t-shirt, 100% of  the proceeds will go to helping those in need!
  • When you buy this necklace...ALL the money goes to the Red Cross! not just profits, ALL! Plus this necklace is beautiful! It's got a pearl, what else do you need?!
  • You can text message the Regional Food Bank to donate $10: Text FOOD to 32333 *charged to your phone bill.
  • If you would like to buy this tank, 100% of the money goes to the Red Cross! not just profits but ALL! It's super cute!! (SOLD OUT as of Wednesday)
More and more ways to help are coming all the time. The University of Oklahoma has opened it's dorms to families in need and are taking donations as well. Let me know if you have any questions.

And now for the Newlywed Game...can you believe there are only 2 more left?! Oh what a fun journey it's been with you Karla!!!


 
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The Newlywed Game #18 
ONE:If your spouse could have one thing in the world (besides millions of dollars) what would it be?
Hhhmmm just me. :) lol but really he'd say something sweet like that... thinking materially, maybe like some kind of neverending ticket to his favorite sports games? Or a movie room in his house?
Veronica would want a house set up and designed exactly as she would want it, with an unlimited budget. (TRUTH! #IDlifeproblems)

TWO: Is your spouse an early bird or a night owl?
Oh EARLY BIRD hands down. When we first were married he'd set alarms even on Saturday mornings when we would sleep in (before he started his professional meteorology job)... how crazy is that?! Now he works Saturdays so he's always up at 5:30... thankfully I've convinced him to sleep in and go to the second church service on Sundays.
Veronica used to be more of a night owl but with our work schedules she's become more of an early bird but she doesn't like that but she doesn't stay up late either so maybe neither now....(okay this isn't true, exactly...see I used to stay up late working on projects...it's what you had to do!  And I would still call myself an early bird, I can get up out of bed in the morning without to much trouble, without any coffee, and be happy so that's an early bird!)

THREE:Does your spouse do anything weird or silly when they are nervous?  If so, what?
I feel like I know the answer to this but I can't think of it.... he taps his foot if he's sitting ...or if standing moves it back and forth, you can see this in our wedding video.
Veronica used to blink a lot when she was nervous but I never really noticed and haven't seen that in a while so I guess she plays with her hair a little bit like twirl it around her fingers? I don't know. (oh the habits we pick up from our mothers...)

FOUR:What is the most spontaneous thing you have ever done as a couple?
Made out in the back of Kevin's car in a rainy night at a park... pouring down rain, like we're talking big, bad thunderstorm.... I don't even know why we were out in that!
We are not typically very spontaneous but we have done spontaneous things and I can't remember them, I know we've done like spontaneous photo shoots. (I guess sorta... come on babe, there's the playing in the rain once, the time we pretended I had a serious pregnancy craving for sonic...)
  
FIVE:What makes your spouse different/special from any other person you know?
Everything about him. haha his sillyness, his ability to fake different "accents," his manly cutesyness (yes I'm making that up but in a weird way it describes him)... 
Veronica is very sweet to all people, like I've never met someone who's so kind and loving toward others, even to people she's never met. (awwww)

SIX:In the summertime, does your spouse most resemble a white snowman, a red lobster, or a very tan Pauly D?!
Somewhere between a red lobster and a very tan man?
Veronica is definitely a very tan Pauly D whenever she gets enough sun which I think will become more of a priority after last summer. (I'm a beach baby, grew up on the beach as much as my mom could get me there, I soak up that sun and I just LOVE it!)

SEVEN: What is one thing that people may not know about your spouse?
They never know about his accents until I tell people, and they really don't get it until they witness it, and few people have that privilege.
Veronica is actually an introvert even though she loves being around people. (perhaps....hhhmmm)

EIGHT:What is your spouse’s favorite holiday?
I know this but I don't remember right now so we're going to go with Christmas because there are penguins everywhere, decor-wise...
Veronica's favorite holiday would be her birthday but otherwise I think it's Christmas or Easter...I don't know because she doesn't like Christmas music, but she does like enjoy Christmas and she likes the Easter bunny and she likes Easter times so I'm not sure . (okay true for the birthday... I worked with Santa Claus and heard too much Christmas music a lot! But I have to say that this last Christmas I listened to Christmas music more on my own than previous years.... all that to say I like it!  and I like the Easter bunny? I don't know where that one came from, I don't mind the Easter bunny but I don't like look forward to the Easter bunny... I worked with the Easter bunny too once... Easter is about Jesus to me, and him, so I don't know where that answer came from... silly husband, silly husband)

NINE:There is a table full of food.  Salad, meat, bread, desserts.  Which dish does your spouse devour first?
The meat and bread.
If we're going based on what she likes then she would probably go for dessert first, but Veronica is a girl of order so she'd probably go for the salad first. (good answer husby!)

TEN:I am so thankful that my spouse is ______________ because I am definitely not!
The take-care-of-the-bills kind of husband.
a talented crafter and user of color because I am definitely not either of those things and it makes our house more beautiful. (awww... user of color? We could just as well have said designer, no?)

Many of these were instagram pictures shared this week... For those of you who didn't see them...these picture of rooms are the rooms for my church's kid's area, in these pictures they're stuffed (from Wed night) and yesterday I worked all day there...now you can barely get down that hallway it's so full of donations!
The other pictures you see are of sunsets, every night this week the Lord has given us a beautiful sunset here. It's a gift at the end of every day. Finally there's a picture of the back of my church with their banner up, where I worked all day Thursday welcoming donations and stuffing cars full of donations to send to those who needed it. It was a good day. My heart is so incredibly full. I love the Lord! I love my church! 

Here are next week's questions!! 

1.  Would your spouse rather be blind or deaf?
2.  Who wears the pants?? ;-)
3.  What do you think was your spouse's best subject in school?
4.  Is there any significance to your spouse's name?  Were they named after anyone?
5.  What quality does your spouse have that you hope your future children will inherit?
6.  What musical artist do you listen to that your spouse hates?
7.  What do you both want to do when you retire?
8.  What is your favorite tradition that you share together? Or maybe one that you both started together when you got married?
9.  What is your spouse's favorite app on their smart phone (if they have one)?
10.  Have you & your spouse dressed up for Halloween together?  If so, what was your favorite costume?


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