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Friday, July 18, 2014

Mud Day

We've had SO much rain lately!  

It was one of those really quiet relaxing days with my family.  No work, lots of rain, yummy grillout, no makeup.....yup, I need those days. :-) 

Yes, I went.....uh....wading in the mud.  It was fun.......mud on the face on the shirt on the arms....everywhere pretty much :-) But you HAVE to have fun sometimes.   

Monday, July 14, 2014

Our Own Place

Well, so we have ourselves a PLACE!!!!!!

After doing some looking a few weeks back, we finally decided on the apartment we liked best.  And today, we went and actually made it official. :-)  We were a little worried when we saw online that the rent had gone up like $100 since we had last looked.  Before going in to actually sign the lease though, we just sat in the car and prayed fervently over the entire situation; that God would allow us to have the apartment for the same price we had originally planned on paying, and that the landlord would be willing to work with us.

Literally like ten minutes later, we were sitting in front of the landlord hearing that the rent was the same as it had been when we first looked (i guess the website was wrong?!) AND the first month of rent would actually be free because of a summer special they were having.  God is good :-)  


It was so surreal to be standing in our apartment.....OUR APARTMENT.....and be thinking, wow, in less than a month we're actually going to be here.  Wow.  Such a huge change.
With keys in hand, we just sat down on the living room floor and prayed together.  Prayed over our apartment, our relationship, our marriage, school, work, the gifts and talents God has given both of us that we so desperately want to use for Him.  It was really cool to be able to do that before we move in, before we even start our lives just commit it all to the Lord.

We did so much today. 

 Went to school and got my nursing classes all signed up and paid for.  Literally ran hand-in-hand from the leasing office to our new "home" with keys in pocket, just so excited to have a place we hardly knew what to do with ourselves lol. Sat down at Starbucks to write out our official monthly budget.  Laughed ourselves silly at dumb little things that just make us laugh because....well....*sigh* you had to be there.....  Panicked after whizzing by a police car like 15 mph over the speed limit (maybe the officer was sleeping? didn't seem to notice) and then tried to understand the logic of a closed-down border patrol checkpoint.  Had long, honest conversations.  Asked forgiveness, learning to communicate better as we venture into difficult territory surrounding big life decisions we need to make together.  Turned the music up as loud as it goes to sing TobyMac at the top of our lungs.  Ate McDonalds and took dumb pictures of us next to the giant dinosaur statue that's right next to the building. 

In a nutshell?  

Had another amazing day with David.  Each day we get to spend together is better than the last!  These times together are so special and I want to enjoy and appreciate each one as much as I can.   We are getting so close to the wedding - just a few more weeks!!!!!!   

It's a wonderful place to be in, loving God so much and having a fiance who loves Him just as much as I do.  That connection is irreplaceable.   Its huge.  Its the #1 thing that draws us to each other, that makes us really "get" the other person.  Without the  Lord.....we wouldn't really have much a relationship.  Jesus is what bonds us together.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Back Home Safe / 40 Days

Wednesday night at 8:25 pm I was SO EXCITED to pick up the most amazing man at the airport :-)  After 3 weeks, David finally came home from Brazil!   Afterwards we went for dinner at Olive Garden.  I may or may not have gotten lost trying to chauffeur him there...*cough*...hey, it was dark, I was....well, slightly distracted, there was a moon

 Praise God, David made it back home safe and sound.  We have a lot of catching up to do!  I did a lot of the wedding planning while he was gone so i'm having to bring him up to speed on where we're at with it all.  These last few weeks have been some of the longest and hardest ever, wanting so much to talk to your best friend, your fiance, and not being able to because he's...well, in another country.     But in the end, he's back.   Thank You Lord!

Welcome home babe :-)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

He's Coming Home / Countdown!

Tomorrow, finally........

DAVID is coming back.

This girl's excited :-)  

And....42 days til' we get married!!!!!

Dove Commercial

I totally forgot we kids had made this movie last year! Haha it was one of those browsing the old computer afternoons.....and I ran across it......and man, good times.

Monday, June 30, 2014

When I'm Afraid

"When I am afraid, I will trust in you.  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid."
-Psalm 56:3-4

Fear has always been a huge part of my life.  Seasons of life come and go; with it has always come worry and anxiety - that sickening knot in the pit of my stomach that cripples my faith and makes me incapable of moving forward with what God has for me.  Holds me back from stepping out and doing new things, taking new journeys, walking new paths.

Fear clouds everything.

When I'm afraid I've had to learn (and am actually very presently learning) to stop.  To go back to what I know is truth and stand on that.  Not on worries, speculations, what-ifs, nay-sayers to my present circumstances, or the dangerous unknowns.  

"Into Your hands I commit my times are in Your hands."
Psalm 31:5, 15

Everything is in HIS hands.  The Sovereign God who put me where I am today, Who has led me and cared for me faithfully the last 21 years of Rachel's life, will do the same tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that.    Jesus, the One who has been with me from the beginning, will be with me every single day of my life, to the "end of the age" (Matthew 28:20).  In the ups and downs, the good and the ugly, the beautiful and the incredibly painful.  

He is there.

Because of this, I am free to embrace the unknown.  To run with reckless abandon towards God's calling on my life.  To smile with peace at all the what-ifs.  

He is there.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

"Be Patient, Self."

THREE MORE DAYS!!! Until this amazing man comes home :-)

I am so SO ready to have David back.  It's been a really loooong few weeks.  Apparently distance strengthens relationships or in this case I'd say ours is like cast iron by now or somethin'.  

Just dying for that moment when I pick him up from airport.....