One down, a lifetime to go!


365 days ago, I said yes to my best friend. I still find it strange sometimes that we are married. Our journey started in the fall of 2001. Not many people you know have had a 14 year engagement right? Well us either haha. But although our road hasn’t been as easy one, in fact pretty darn difficult if I must be honest. I wouldn’t change one minute of it. 

I absolutely love the man that Courtney is today. I love all of his annoying habits. For instance, the fact that he doesn’t dry his hands after rinsing them or the fact that he can live all day, very happily actually without stressing whether or not the bed is made. I love all of his great qualities too. The ones that most people don’t see in him. The ones that even he doesn’t realize that he carries. 

I envisioned a blog of “Do’s & Don’t Do’s” in the first year of marriage but who am I kidding, we have no clue what we are doing. We have no idea if we are doing anything right or if we have it all wrong. Not too mention this first year of marriage for us hasn’t exactly been honeymoon bliss. For instance, the first 2 months in fact I had bronchitits and he slept on the couch because my snoring was horrendous.  He also had a job for the majority of the year that demanded him to work 100+ hours a week so we rarely saw each other. 

However, we have managed to learn a couple of things along the way.  First, we learned to not compare our marriage to our friends marriages. Every marriage is different. And what may work for our friends, doesn’t work for us.  We’ve also used the word “intentional” quite often this year.  It’s so easy to get so busy with the duties of life, work, children that you forget that your spouse needs attention.  Although we would love to have more time with each other, we strive to be intentional with the time that we do have for one another. 

Also, we’ve learned that every day that we wake up to each other, we make a decision to love one another and to make this thing work. We choose each other every single day.  And I’m looking forward to a lifetime with him! 

Happy Anniversary babe! xoxo

Photo credits: Meshali Mitchell 

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The other day Caleb and I were in Target and this little girl, couldn’t have been older than 3 got away from her mother and started running and scream, playing. Her mother started chasing after her, telling her to stop and not yell. Caleb and I just stopped and watch this go on. Then Caleb turned to me and said, mom are you ready for that? In a “I’m not sure if I’m ready for that” voice. 

I smiled big and said, I can’t wait.

Let’s be honest mamas, how many times have our kids thrown a tantrum in public and you thought to yourself, oh Lord this child is going to make me go crazy? Or how about, I will leave you here and let someone else take you? Ok maybe that was just me. LOL

God has a funny way of showing you the beauty in all things and in all seasons. It wasn’t until I heard the words, “he may have trouble reaching his milestone” did a tantrum look so beautiful.

The truth is, we don’t know what our future looks like. The doctors could be right. But God could also prove them wrong. But whatever the future holds, I have learned that every single moment with my children, is beautiful. The good, the bad, the ugly, the tantrums, all of it. 

Enjoy your children today. Cherish those moments, all of them.

“But I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more.” Psalms 71:14

Pizza Night

Summer is coming to an end, thankfully but we are trying to take advantage of our grill as much as possible.  And there is nothing better than grilled pizza!

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Courtney had an evening off and we put him to work! Caleb of course wanted just cheese and pepperoni but Courtney had to spruce his up.  He made a pesto, grilled some peaches, tossed some arugula & goat cheese on top and drizzled a balsamic vinegar reduction (if I don’t say reduction, Courtney will get me) over the top.  It was so delicious!

The best thing about pizza’s is that you can basically top it with anything hanging around in the pantry or refrigerator.  Just let your creative juices flow!

#MasonJarMondays

I’m not sure if you’ll find anyone more obsessed with mason jars than me! I mean, it truly is a problem. One that seems to be rubbing off on my husband too. These jars are everywhere in our home, from our fridge to pantry to the bedrooms.

So of course I had to celebrate them today on #MasonJarMondays! Here are just a few ways that they are used at our home. How do you use them?

Special Announcement

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I am so happy to announce that Courtney & I are FINALLY tying the knot! And yes, I said finally.  For those of you that are tuning in for the first time or don’t know all of our love story, well stick around because boy do I have a book for you! 🙂

Last Christmas, my family and I were sitting around the table and I’m not sure if anyone else’s family is like mine but lets just say we don’t exactly sing Christmas carols, drink egg nog while enjoying everyones company.  Quite the exact opposite actually.  It’s always a discussion of who is going where, what are we eating, what time are we eating, I don’t want to go there, they don’t want to come here.  So as we were summarizing the days events, I asked my parents how they felt about starting a new tradition.   Instead of wasting money on gifts that no one likes and ends up repackaging next year, let’s go on a family vacation Christmas week instead.  I would much rather make memories with my family then blow my money on something they don’t ever wear or even like for that matter.

So it was agreed upon that Christmas 2015 we would spend Christmas in New York!

Well Courtney and I had been talking about getting married and what we envisioned for our special day.  We both agreed that we didn’t want anything too big but we agreed that we wanted it to be special.  So one day, as we were talking about New York I turned and looked at him and said, let’s get married in New York!  And his eyes lit up like a Christmas tree.  Needless to say, we didn’t have to discuss further.  It was set.

Now, for those of you who don’t really know our history, (which I’ll get to that another day) I had told Courtney that a proposal and a ring was not important to me. An engagement was not important to me.  The whole hoopla before the wedding is not important.  In fact, the wedding is not important.  What is important to me was that we were married, our marriage would be centered around Christ, that we were both ready and that this time around we would do it in a way that God would be honored most importantly.

Well it was Monday July 6th and my parents had just left town and I was really disappointed because I thought Courtney hadn’t spoken with my dad & mom about “us”.  So I was out running errands and Courtney was at my house with Caleb.  I got home and went to my room and Caleb & Courtney walked in.  He asked Caleb & I to have a seat so we did.  He got down on his knees and he began to tell us that loved us so much, and that He wanted us to be a family, officially.  He asked me to marry him.  And I remember turning and looking at Caleb.  And the look that he had on his face was priceless.  That moment was priceless.

So there you have it.  We are officially going to be a family.  We will be having a small ceremony in New York City on December 21.  Once we are back in Texas and the weather clears up, we will have a big party for all of our friends and family.  We are so excited to begin this new chapter in our lives and we want to thank all of you who have prayed and encouraged us.  We love you. xoxo

Check out our wedding website for more details on our special day,

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