Posts tagged #The Mister

Father's Day


I posted this on Father's Day on Facebook, but I just wanted to actually capture it here on the blog as well. I am seriously SO thankful for the men in my life who have fathered me and/or have been great examples of what a father should be.

"To the fathers in my life, thank you for being awesome dads who refute our culture's stereotype of men. You are neither stupid nor lazy. You treat the women in your life with dignity and respect, and you treat other men as brothers with kindness, rather than threatening competitors. You love your families and provide not only material security, but spiritual guidance throughout our lives. Thank you for living lives of integrity and giving me a kind glimpse of how my Father in heaven loves his children. It's something on most days that I take for granted and should not... So today we honor you. And I thank you for the impact each of you had on my life. Happy Fathers Day!"

So to the men in my life... I love you. I hope you had a wonderful Father's day!


Much love,

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Posted on June 18, 2013 and filed under Family, Ordinary Life, The Mister.

Baltimore or Bust.

baltimoreSo every couple needs a getaway weekend every now and then. Am I right? But for real... it. was. time. Don't get me wrong, the Mister and I are SUPER fortunate to have a group of family and friends who watch the girls for us when we need a quick date night... but there is something about leaving for a WHOLE night or two that is just so rejuvenating! So this mama and papa peaced out for a few days and did a lil exploring in the great city of Baltimore. I don't know what I was expecting... but Baltimore definitely surpassed my expectations. WOW - that Harbor is beautiful!!

So I brought my big fancy camera along and took a whopping 0.0 pictures. Disappointing. I know. But thanks to our fancy phones we captured our trip with Instagram and the Vine.

Side Note: I'm not sure if you're familiar with the Vine or not... but it's a video app a lot like instagram, but with videos instead of pics.  I'm becoming semi-obsessed with it... so you should probably just download the app and join in on the fun.  And evidently you can embed VINE videos now into your blog... but my blog won't let me. :( So if you want to see them... you'll just have to click the hyperlinks.  ;)

So back to the trip... I will say that we had one minor hiccup during our trip... and that was the hotel that I booked. I may or may not have booked the cheapest hotel I could find AND it may or may not have been a complete bust. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the MISTER!!! We've come to celebrate!!! In a hotel with holes in the sheets, no air conditioning, and rust on the towels!!! yikes. In my defense, their website happened to leave off those few minor details. In fact, the pics and description looked beautiful... Le sigh. Needless to say, we only stayed there 1 night and then found a different hotel the next night. :) Whoopsies. My B. But no worries... that didn't stop us from having fun.

 We had a BLAST just exploring the Inner Harbor & walking around. We got to visit with some sweet friends who just moved to Baltimore to start a church plant - they are awesome people and I adore them. It was so refreshing to get to walk around their neighborhood and see their new life and home. I love being able to picture where they live now!


 And then after we said goodbye to our friends, we just explored the city the rest of the time. We took a speedboat tour of the Harbor, ate at fabulous restaurants (ok, but for real... Miss Shirley's... O.M.G. DELICIOUS)...


Are you drooling yet? HELLO french toast cinnamon rolls...WHAT?!  GLORY. Hallelujah. and Amen.

 Then on our last day, it was a little rainy so we visited the Aquarium. WHICH I LOVED. Ok but for real... Put me in a room with Dolphins... and I'm going to have a sea cow. I was in heaven. I think I took a dozen pics/videos. I am SO fascinated by marine life. It's an incredibly intriguing world and every time I go to Sea World or an aquarium, I get the sudden desire to become a dolphin trainer (like everyone else there) and then I realize how much I did NOT enjoy science in school... and so going through four years of science classes just so I could hug a dolphin isn't the most rational idea. So I just opt to beg the Mister to take me to one of those "Swim with the dolphins" trips instead. It's going to happen people... it's going to happen.

But for real, Baltimore was a beautiful city, but this mama was READY to come back and see my girls. I thoroughly enjoyed a few days away alone with my best friend, but a few days was plenty... I think I was about to knock over the folks in front of me on the airplane while we were waiting to get off. Upon seeing PIL at the car, I said a quick hi and then TAKE ME TO MY BABIES. Please and Thank you. It was a happy reunion for sure.

Alright... babies are waking up from their naps... so this mama's gotta bust a move, but that's our Baltimore trip in a nutshell! Go there sometime. It's awesome.

Much love to you all,

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"I'll never..."

You know what you're looking at here???


No? Well look again... and look closely. Because these are two pastor's kids.


You heard me. As of today, the Mister is officially employed by The Summit Church and is the associate pastor at the Cary campus.

Watch out for these two yall. ;)

If I made a list of how many "I'll never...'s" that have actually come true in my life... it'd be an interesting one. (That would make quite the entertaining blog post... maybe one day... anyways). Let's just say that this pk said on many occasions - "I will never marry a pre-sem student, seminary student, pastor, etc." Also, let's add "I'm never having kids" to that list as well. Welp. I might not have married a pre-sem student... but I definitely snagged myself a seminary student and here we are... 3 years later with 2 babies and employed by a church.

God has a sense of humor doesn't he?

But let me just tell you something, I couldn't be happier that the Lord laughed at my "I'll never's" and gave me a healthy dose of "Not your will but mine." I'm so thankful that He didn't allow me to carry out "MY plans" and gave me something so much sweeter. We are thrilled and excited to be serving the people of Cary and the folks at Summit.

Absolutely THRILLED.

And a new chapter begins...

I hope y'all have a Happy Wednesday. I'll be spending mine eating crow. ;)

Much love, Picture 3