Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 In Review


Ronnie and I were talking this weekend about how 2014 was a BIG year for us. It didn't always feel big, especially during the mundane, every day moments but when we started recapping the things we did, I knew that this year was a special one where we accomplished much, and we overcame even more.

In 2014 ...

I hosted an Online Bible Study with a group of bloggers who desired to draw closer to the Lord


I attended the Build Your Blog Conference 2014 with Karissa and had the absolute best girls weekend away with her and even learned a few things about blogging


Ronnie and I celebrated our first married Valentines Day quietly at home with a heart-shaped pizza, a slice of cheesecake, and a glass of wine.

We celebrated Ronnie's birthday on a weekend trip to Seattle and had the best time exploring the city, drinking delicious coffee and spending time together.



I crushed a big career goal of mine-I studied for and passed my PHR exam!

I won tickets to sit in the front row and meet Lady Antebellum, one of my favorite bands!



I ran a St. Patrick's Day 5k with my bestie, Karissa.





I visited one of my very best friends and her new baby boy in Arizona.

We visited Chicago, and were able to spend time with family, our best friends who left us moved away in 2013, AND I met Lisa, my blogging friend turned real life friend!



Ronnie started school and we successfully have paid for two semesters (and counting) of school without student loans.

I also won tickets to see a private concert with Eli Young Band (my favorite band of all time) and got to meet them backstage as well!

Ronnie started a new job and just a few weeks later, I started a new job as well.

We celebrated our first anniversary with a dream vacation to Kauai.



Oh, and we MADE A BABY!!!!


I am still dreaming and trying to envision what 2015 is going to hold for us, aside from the HUGE (little) addition of our new baby. The past few weeks I have wrestled a bit with what place blogging has in my life going forward, but one thing I am sure of is I love having this place to document and collect memories of our growing family. 



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas






Merry Christmas from our growing family, to yours! 2014 has been a whirlwind of a year for us, and I can't help but look back on the months with contentment and gladness in my heart. It was a year with great joy and trials alike, and through it all, God's provision and care for us is so evident. 

2015 will hold even more incredible blessings, the most exciting of them all a baby joining our family in June! Everyday I thank God for a healthy pregnancy and a growing baby and loving friends and family who have already shown us their unconditional love and support for our family.

Merry, Merry Christmas friends. May you always remember the gift that is Jesus Christ.



Monday, December 15, 2014

Baby Rasmussen | Frequently Asked Questions





Thank you all so much for your kind words last week on our announcement. I was almost in tears reading through all of your comments on the blog, Instagram and Twitter. Since then, I've been meaning to update you guys with more details but last week the week just got away from me with work, babysitting, and church events each night of the week! Today I thought I'd share some more details with a little FAQ. If you have any other questions I didn't cover, feel free to leave it in the comments! Thanks for being so excited with me as we embrace this new journey!

How far along are you?
13 Weeks, 2 days officially. My doctor moved my due date to June 20th the day after I announced the pregnancy online.

How are you feeling?
The first few month or two was ROUGH. I was extremely sick every day and started a new job so I had no choice but to suck it up and rally. I don't want to complain though, but I definitely had my fair share of morning sickness. As of a couple weeks ago, that mostly has passed and I just occasionally feel nauseas until I eat in the morning. 

When did you find out?
The Monday after we came home from Hawaii.

How did you find out?
Well, my period was extremely late which is rare for me, so I stopped by the dollar store and took a dollar store test. When it was positive, I thought "surely this cannot be trusted, its from the dollar store" so I made Ronnie bring me home another test. $12 dollars later, I sort of believed I was pregnant but it wasn't until our first doctor appointment that I was convinced.

Were you trying?
While I find this question extremely personal from anyone except my besties and family, it has been asked more times than I can count and I've embraced it. Nope, we weren't trying. But we weren't actively preventing either. Baby was a happy surprise.

Are you going to find our what you're having or be surprised?
I am going to be surprised on January 3rd at our gender reveal party. 

Do you have any gender preferences?
I know I should say "I just want a healthy baby" and thats VERY true. But there is a small part of me that has always wanted a big family full of little girls, so I definitely would be thrilled if this baby was a girl, but still just as excited to have a boy. 

Do you have any names picked out?
Well, I have names picked out. The real question is does Ronnie agree on those names? NO. We have approximately zero names we both like for either gender. This is how people go five days past birth without naming their child! Ahh it gives me anxiety already.

Are you going to work or stay home with the baby?
As much as I desire to stay home with the baby when he/she comes, right now we need both of our incomes so I will be going back to work after my maternity leave.

So there we have it-a few updates on Baby Rasmussen. I have been meaning to take a little "bump" picture but I have been really unhappy with the ones that I've taken and just feel blah lately so that will have to wait. There's not much to see right now anyway. :)


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shine Bright In Holiday Photos


Our Christmas cards were delivered on Friday and I was giddy with excitement when I opened them. I love everything about this season, but Christmas cards are one of my favorite traditions. I love receiving them from friends and family near and far, I love taking special pictures for them, and sending them out to spread some holiday cheer to those I love. This year Erin designed them for me and I love how unique and personal they are to us and our family this year. We even got to include our baby announcement photo on them which will be so fun for all our family who doesn't check in on social media often to see. I will be sharing our card soon after I get them all sent out!



Holiday photos don't always have to be done with a hired photographer-you can use a tripod, or ask a friend to take some in front of your Christmas tree. This year we were able to get together with our wedding photographer Carli to take our anniversary pictures which we also used for our Christmas card and the day after, we had family pictures with my family. Of course, I scoured Pinterest for days trying to figure out the perfect color scheme for our outfits, and we picked some gorgeous locations, but the secret weapon for a picture-perfect holiday photo is of course, your smile.





Before any big events and especially before Christmas card photos, the first thing I do is run to my nearest Target for a box of Crest Whitestrips. Target is my go-to place for Whitestrips because not only am I always there, especially this time of year, but they frequently have coupons too! Right now you can get $7 off your purchase of Crest 3D White Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips at Target.com.


Crest’s best whitening system gives you professional results for a flawless holiday smile--right at home. I swear by them for a white, sparkling smile. They are cost effective and they work just as well as professional whitening treatments! They are perfect stocking stuffers too. My husband always is stealing packets out of my box to whiten his own teeth, so this year he may find some of these of his own in his stocking!

I try and wear mine while getting ready in the mornings-its so easy to put them on and let them do their magic while I blow-dry and straighten my hair, get dressed and pack my lunch. By the time I am ready for my morning coffee and breakfast, its already time for them to come off. I love how easy they are to use and how quickly I see results! For someone who drinks as much coffee as me, these are a necessity for a beautiful smile.


This Christmas season, don't be afraid to show your beautiful smile. If you want it to be extra sparkly and bright, definitely take advantage of the $7.00 off coupon on a box of the Crest 3D White Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips.



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, December 8, 2014

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage....


My quietness and random posting schedule over the past few months can finally be explained:

Happily sharing this news with you friends-we're expecting our first baby next summer!
We couldn't be more excited and I  can't wait to share more about this gift God has blessed us with in the days, weeks and months to come. 

"Every good and perfect gift comes from above..." - James 1:17



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Currently | December Edition

Is anyone else wondering how in the world it is already December?! 2014 has been a wonderful year but it has absolutely flown by! Its time for another Currently Link Up, hosted by Jenna from Dearest Love one of my favorite link-ups of the month!



LISTENING | Although I am married to the world's biggest Christmas music fan, I admit its not always my first choice even during the Christmas season. Right now I have Elevation's "I Will Look Up" on repeat-throughout this year, the lyrics I will look back and see you are faithful, I will look ahead believing you are able has been my mantra, my prayer, and what I've clung to in times of uncertainty and change.

 WATCHING | Too much Gossip Girl! I am rewatching all the seasons, and somedays I come home from work, turn on my electric blanket, put on my pjs at 4:30 and crawl in bed and watch it until Ronnie comes home. #NoShame

 WRAPPING | Shamefully, NOTHING. I've purchased a couple gifts but I am really slacking in this area. I hate crowds, so I need to finish my shopping online or on my lunch break here really soon so I can get started wrapping!

 MAKING | Over Thanksgiving, I made some delicious food including my favorite Sweet Potato Casserole but now, I am really wanting to try Jenna's Pumpkin Chai Cookies and try my hand at some sugar cookies with Royal Icing. If they turn out, I will be sending them in my Christmas Cookie gift packages for our family members afar.

 ANTICIPATING | Getting our Christmas tree this weekend and decorating for Christmas! We always do it the day after Thanksgiving but this year, the weekend got away from us and we've had other commitments each night this week, so I am hoping we will have it no later than Thursday!  Also, there is something exciting coming to the blog next week and you will NOT want to miss it. My lips are sealed for now though, but I am counting down the days!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Excess



Coming off of a four day Thanksgiving break should be easier right? Getting back to work and back in the swing of every day life should be a breeze after a restful weekend with friends and family, but alas, I am on the struggle bus a little bit today. Not because I didn't have an amazing weekend, but because I wasn't quite ready for it to be over.

This weekend was incredible-Thanksgiving I ran the annual Turkey Day 5k, and then we went over to my brother and sister in law's house for Thanksgiving dinner. I always love spending time with my family but it had been awhile since we all got together and we had such a good time eating all the amazing food, talking, laughing, playing with my precious niece and nephew and watching football. Well, the guys watched football and us girls chatted. We had such a fun time together I forgot to take one picture but thats okay because sometimes the best memories are kept in our hearts.

Aside from a brief stint of Black Friday shopping, I spent the majority of the weekend in my flannels reading, blogging, entering giveaways and watching gossip girl. But after church on Sunday, I decided it was time to start tackling one of our guest rooms that became a poorly organized storage closet for all the items that I didn't want to deal with over the past few months. As I started organizing, the pile of things that we never used started growing, rapidly. And I found myself looking around my house. My guest room, my closet, our pantry, and our garage. I saw a fridge  that was full of food that sometimes, goes bad before we could eat it. I saw an overflowing closet of clothes I don't wear. I saw bags and purses stacked at the bottom of a storage tote, long forgotten about. I saw a whole lot of excess, a lot of material things that at one point, I thought I needed but as soon as something newer came along, I quickly discarded.

I was again, like last week, reminded of just how privileged and blessed I am to live the life I lead. I felt a tugging at my heart to reduce, to simplify, to let go of my need for material things. To pursue finding my joy and contentment in Christ alone, instead of in things that can't possibly fulfill me. I pray, especially in this season of Advent that Christ alone can be my portion as clothes and food and comfort always fall short.

This month, I plan to study Gods word diligently, going through an Advent study, while praying for Him to heal me of my greed, my materialism, and my selfishness. I plan to focus on ways I can give, instead of what I can buy to fulfill my selfish wants. I hope to rid my home and my life of the excess and donate it to a charity so it can bless others. I plan to live for something bigger than my own happiness.

Tell me-is excess something you struggle with? How do you break the trap of consumerism? 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Dreaded Financial Hangover


The holiday season is such a fun and special time of year with so much to celebrate. I love driving through town and seeing Christmas lights and hearing Christmas music wherever I go. I also love all the delicious holiday treats and big family dinners on Christmas Eve. But, with the holidays can also come some stress, some chaos, and even some financial woes, especially come January when the bills start rolling in from your generous Christmas giving and you feel the weight of throwing that budget out the window in the name of the Christmas spirit. Today I have a few ways to avoid that dreaded Financial Hangover in January.

Get in the habit of paying yourself first

My parents always taught me that it was important to pay myself first when it comes to savings account. Its easy to tell yourself that you will save whatever money is left over at the end of the month, but I find myself spending whatever I have in my checking account. So, whenever we get paid, I first put a small amount into savings, and then I pay bills, go out to eat, get a coffee, buy gifts, or whatever else I have planned. We have learned to make it a habit to save a portion of our income and then force ourselves to live on whatever is left over. That way, we always have that savings account to fall back on in cases of emergencies. Emergencies don't take a break during the holiday season, unfortunately! Just in the past month we've had to replace my car tires and I've had some medical expenses come up unexpectedly. Having a savings account, even a small one gives me a peace of mind.


Write Christmas Gifts into Your Monthly Budget

If you are already using a monthly budget, and I hope you are, one really great way to be financially prepared for Christmas is to set aside a Christmas Gift portion of your budget and save a little bit of money each month or paycheck so when Black Friday rolls around, you can snag up some awesome deals with cash in your hand!

I would recommend setting aside about $25-$30 a month for your shopping, depending on how many gifts you plan on buying. If each month you set a little money aside, you won't have to feel the pressure of buying gifts for everyone with no money saved.


Keep Track of Your Expenses & Income
I use an excel sheet to keep track of our regular monthly bills, our income including blog money and side jobs, and any unexpected things that come up like car repairs, medical bills, etc. Each month I analyze our spending to see where our money is going, and where we could cut down. We leave room in our budget to treat ourselves, but it helps me to know exactly where our money is going. Putting a dollar amount to our "treats" really helps put it in perspective and makes me more conscious about our spending. This helps me make better decisions for the upcoming months, and it allows me to prepare for the big ticket bills that only come up rarely, like our HOA dues or our Insurance which we pay biannually. Being aware of your finances, of where your money is going and what is coming up is a big part of having financial peace.

Use your Credit Cards Responsibly

There are two sides of the street when it comes to using credit cards, and I will tell you that we will always be for using them responsibly because in the last year we've gotten some really amazing rewards including free plane tickets and gift cards! The key to using credit cards responsibly is that you commit to paying them off each and every month. It is possible for you to have this intention but then the end of the month comes and you don't have that amount of cash, so stick to your holiday shopping budget, write everything down that you spend, and pay your card off as soon as possible. If you pay your card off each month, you won't pay a penny in interest but you will receive the rewards. Do some research about your cards and if you aren't getting rewards from using it, its time to switch! We pay our credit cards off sometimes immediately after making a big purchase so the balance doesn't get to high, and I make a payment every payday just to be sure we never run into a situation where we owe more on it than we can pay off.


Financial Peace is attainable, even during the holidays! 

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Richy Blessed


Last night I was driving home from work, feeling the weight of the holiday season. That is a sad sentence to type, isn't it? Holidays are about thankfulness and gratitude, about family and celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. But even with the best intentions, for many of us, with the holidays come STRESS. The list of things I am currently stressing over include both small, trivial things like feeling pressured for time to cook the three side dishes I am making for Thanksgiving and having to work Black Friday to bigger things, like worries about medical complications and the bills that go with them.


My schedule has been insane this fall. I picked up a second job nannying on the side and many of days start at 6:30 AM when I leave the house for my day job, and end at about 9:00 PM when I get home from my babysitting job. It leaves me exhausted and cranky, with little time to blog and even less time to read your blogs, friends. But last night, I came home from work, put on my pjs and crawled into my warm bed. I hopped on my computer and for once, sat down to catch up on my blog reading. And then the Lord just broke me and my idols of security, comfort and control. I read Nicole's post about a young couple who is facing a scary cancer diagnosis which is heartbreaking enough in itself, but I read on to learn that they recently lost their home and belongings in a house fire. Nicole is doing a fundraiser to help them get back on their feet after this devastating loss, and I immediately welled up with tears reading this.

I don't know what it is like to lose everything, but my attitude lately has been one of someone that already has. My selfishness, my pride, my need for things has never been so apparent than when minutes after complaining that I don't have enough, I see a family who really has lost almost everything, but still has joy and hope. I am so convicted, sitting in my warm house surrounded by so many material things, that I have never wondered where my next meal was coming from. I've never had to worry where I would sleep at night or if I would have a coat to keep me warm this winter. I've never faced a season of unemployment or lived without my car or faced losing my spouse to a terminal illness. I am truly an American costumer who at times has felt that not being able to buy a new sweater is what it feels like to go without.

Confession: Money feels tight for my husband and I right now. I haven't said that out loud because there is a ugly thing in my heart called pride that doesn't want to admit that, but with our school payment and some unforeseen car and medical expenses that all reared their ugly heads after we came back from our trip, it feels like we've been barely keeping our head above water. But God has absolutely walked this journey with us, hand in hand, and provided us with extra income through this blog, through my babysitting,etc that some months has JUST gotten us by. And even when money is tight, and even when we have to say no to coffee dates or a new outfit, and even when I have to work a second job to make ends meet in this season, I know we have been RICHLY BLESSED. And because of this, I felt absolutely called to donate to this family who needs that $5.00 far more than I do. Reading about Devin and Danielle has been such an eye opener for me, just a day before Thanksgiving. I am so thankful that even in our biggest storms, God is a faithful God who doesn't leave his children alone.

Because of this, I encourage and beg you to stop by Nicole's blog, Bloom, and see if you can donate just $5.00 to help them rebuild all that they've lost. I pray that you can find it in your heart to give up a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha this week to help them experience God's love and the gift of community that joins together to give back. I know this blogging community, and I know how generous and kind hearted each one of you readers are and I ask: Have you been blessed? Can you in turn, bless this couple who is fighting a tough battle?

By donating just $5.00, you are able to enter an amazing giveaway that would probably take care of all your Christmas shopping! There are some incredible gifts from some amazing shops and even a $100 gift card to Target included in the prize pack. Go stop by Nicole's blog and lets rally around Devin and Danielle, praying for a miracle for them and for them to be blessed in a huge way by this fundraiser. I believe God can take our small gifts of $5.00 and MULTIPLY those gifts in a powerful way, if only we can step outside of our own needs and care for others.


PS: I'd like to add that Nicole didn't ask me to post this today, and she doesn't even know I am sharing the giveaway information. I truly believe God intervened in my life, when I was feeling the heavy weight of trivial things, to show me just how blessed I am, even when life seems overwhelming or hard. I believe because we've been richly blessed, my response should be to bless others when and however I can. I'm not always obedient to this but God used this story to touch my heart and call me to action, and I hope it touches yours too.



Friday, November 21, 2014

If You Didn't Know Already...


Woah-Friday, where did you come from? Don't get me wrong, I couldn't be more excited but it happened so fast because I was BUSY this week. Monday-Wednesday I worked all day and then babysat til about nine and came home and crashed every night. Last night was my first day getting home before dark and I was just beat from such a busy week.

Anyway, today I thought I'd  just share some things you may or may not know about me because I know there are some new faces around here and I haven't properly introduced myself to you all! If you're new, thank you for dropping by and I can't wait to meet you. Leave your blog URL in the comments and I will come stop by and say hello!

If You Didn't Know Already...

I am a Idaho girl married to my husband of one year and (almost) two months.

I work full time in Human Resources and a few nights a week I babysit after I am done with my day job.

My husband is going to school and working full time, so between the two of our schedules, we're always busy and always tired it seems!

I love the holiday season but I don't love winter or snow or cold temperatures. I feel like Idaho's fall was about a minute long, and I blinked and it was gone which makes me sad.

My electric blanket is probably my most treasured possession.

Every day the first thing I do when I get home from work is put on my yoga pants.

I am a total book worm and LOVE to read. I am into girly, emotional love stories and a lot of the younger teen popular fiction, like Twilight and Hunger Games and Divergent I am all over that too. If you have any recommendations on a book I must read, please let me know!

We have a dog and a cat but you won't ever hear me call them fur babies because that just makes me cringe. Our dog is an Australian Shepard named Jak and he's the golden animal but our cat Ollie is quite the terror who enjoys jumping on surfaces such as counter tops and night stands and knocking down everything on top of them.

I am a lover of coffee, sleeping in, running, and Gossip Girl binges on Netflix to name a few things.

That is all I have for you today friends. Happy Friday!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Coffee Date


Today would be the perfect day to be having coffee together, in our comfiest clothes, curled up on the couch with oversized throws on our laps and a holiday candle burning. It has been snowing in Boise for the past 24 hours, and the roads here are treacherous. Its below freezing so the snow just kind of turns into ice on the roads, and then more snow covers it and its just a big mess out there. Thankfully, I am working from home today and can avoid driving all together.

If we were having coffee today, I might be drinking tea. Ever since I came down with a bug and have been sick, the thought of coffee kind of makes me stomach churn. I am finally starting to feel a little bit better, but I haven't been brave enough to give coffee a try again yet. The thought of a Peppermint Mocha in a red cup from Starbucks is quite tempting though and with the weather the way it is, today might be the day.

If we were having coffee, I would confess to you that starting a new job has been wonderfully hard. I am so thankful for my new job and am excited about all the new things I am learning, but change is not something that comes easily to me. I am a creature of habit, of routine and I don't really like unknowns. So learning a whole new industry of work ,getting to know my new coworkers and boss, and figuring out the workplace norms and culture is challenging. I miss my coworkers who knew how I took my coffee and who knew who I was outside of the office. I also miss working in the same building as my husband. I would tell you that I am happy about my new job, but the adjustment period is just that-an adjustment. And every day I feel a little more at home there.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that over the past few weeks, I have seen my husband in a whole new light. He is one of the hardest working individuals I know and he relentlessly serves me and loves me, even in my darkest, grumpiest, and irritating moments. I have them, trust me. He makes me want to love not only him, but others better and continually shows me what it looks like to love sacrificially.

If we were having coffee, I'd share with you the way my heart has been breaking for children in foster care, or children who are headed that way. With a job in the law enforcement industry, I have seen and heard stories about broken families that absolutely wreck me. I can't share these stories because of privacy requirements, but I've been praying for all the little babes who don't feel safe or secure in their homes, who feel unloved or unwanted, who don't have  beds to sleep in or warm coats for this winter. I am still working through what part God wants me to play in all of this because I know when He places something that weighs so heavily on our heart, our response should be more than prayer but also action in obedience. I am working through it now, and while it is absolutely heartbreaking it also gives me hope to know that I can make a small difference in a child's life.

Thanks for bearing with me on a couple of "heavier" topics that are on my heart this week, friends. I always feel a little lighter after releasing these things onto paper  a screen. Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Linking up with Jenna from Dearest Love.

Monday, November 10, 2014

When Blogging Seems Like A Daunting Task


I don’t know if it’s starting a new job or if it is my second job that keeps me out of the house from one to three evenings a week, being so sick for the past almost two weeks that I immediately crawl into my bed when I get home from work and stay there until I rise for work the next morning, or if it is that coming back to real life from vacation blues, or a combination of all the above but I have found myself in some sort of funk and in the meantime, lost my writing mojo.

I know I don’t owe an explanation about why I haven’t been blogging regularly BUT I personally don’t like not showing up here. Not because I feel like I have to, but because I want to. I want to write and process and connect with you who make me feel not so alone when you say “me too” to my craziest thoughts. But lately, showing up has seemed like a very daunting and overwhelming task. (Unless I have anniversary pictures to share)

Whenever I start to feel stuck, when I find myself in somewhat of a funk or just notice that overall, physically, mentally and emotionally I’m feeling off, at some point I have an A-ha moment and ask myself “what is different about the past few weeks?” I’ve examined my life lately a little bit and asked myself what I am doing more of (working, learning, adapting to a lot of change) and what am I doing less of. I’ve noticed that A. I haven’t worked out ONCE since I got back from Hawaii and B. I haven’t written a real blog post, one that really allows me to pour my heart out and process whatever feeling I may be having. Duh you might say, we’ve covered you haven’t blogged. But I think for me, writing is more than publishing a blog post to check it off my list. Writing is therapeutic; even when my blog post sits in drafts indefinitely and no ones eyes ever see it besides my own. Writing, much like running, helps get my crazies out of my head and helps me make sense of the world. My head can be a scary place sometimes-so full of all of these thoughts and what ifs and what’s next that I have to find a way to get them OUT. Running helps me name my feelings, writing helps me sort them out. And I haven’t done either in a few weeks.

So, I don’t know what the next few weeks will look like for my blog but I have made a commitment to myself to get out and do some sort of physical exercise AND to write five times a week. I bought myself a new pretty journal for the days that I don’t have a blog worthy topic to give myself permission to just write without feeling the obligation to post what I write. To write about my day, my feelings, my fears, my failures, my hopes, etc. I don’t want to feel pressured to write something I deem blog worthy OR to publish something crappy that even I wouldn’t want to read, I just want to start putting words on paper (or a computer screen).

 I’ve also given myself permission to do whatever kind of exercise feels good. Although I hope to not be feeling so crappy this week as I did last week, if all I feel up to is a 20 minute walk, I am going to make that a priority. If I don’t feel like going on a three mile run but I can handle a relaxing yoga class after work, then that is what I will do. Somedays the thought of a 30 minute run is overwhelming so I choose to stay on my couch versus even taking a simple walk outside. My body needs the endorphins and it seems like I need the process of writing just as much. Its only taken me three weeks to figure out what I need to do to get out of this funk, but I really think this is a step in the right direction.

Also, a side note is that have you ever noticed that when you sit down to write, even when you think you have absolutely nothing to say, once you get started, the words come? Sometimes they are words you want to publish (after some serious editing business) and sometimes they aren’t suitable for the whole world to read, but the words do tend to come once you start writing. So that’s my hope. That I start exercising again, and I start writing to find those words and my mind will settle and my heart will feel a little more at ease.



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Anniversary Pictures

Ronnie and I hit the photographer jackpot when we met our wedding photographer (and her husband!) I knew from the very beginning that we wouldn't be saying goodbye at the end of our wedding but "see you later" because I knew they would be in our lives for a long time. We were lucky enough to get to spend an evening with them in October shooting these gorgeous fall anniversary pictures and afterwards we went out to dinner and enjoyed our time with them and their new baby Carter. 

If you are in Idaho and are getting married or want some gorgeous photos by an amazing photographer, you must check Carli Hobson Photography out! 
Her husband Beau is also an incredible videographer and I would (and do) recommend them to everyone I know!

Onward to the pictures: there are a LOT that I love, so I picked some of my favorites but I suspect there will be a round two of these pictures because I have even more favorites I want to show you! The hard part will be choosing one for our Christmas card!