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{the lucky one.}

20 Apr

Can I just tell you how excited I am for this weekend?!  Opening of “The Lucky One”!!! Every-time I see the preview on tv, I become mesmerized.  Even though I feel like I’ve seen the preview over 100 times, I still find myself stopping whatever I’m doing to get lost in the 2 mins of preview time.   Most would probably think it’s because of Zac Efron, BUT I have to say it’s not.  The previews of this movie make me think of Patrick & our love story.  While it’s very different from the plot in this movie, just the overlap of the military story reminds me of my man, and how excited I am for his return!

::He makes me the lucky one!

{Anthropologie blazer, Madewell jeans & tee, Jcrew flats, Jcrew bracelets, Target necklace}

Just a few other things in life that make me the lucky one::

::my faith.

::awesome parents. always by my side full of love & support.

::the sister & brother. they make life so much fun!

::amazing soon-to-be in laws.  Patrick’s parents are the best.  Love our skype dates!

::a new sister!  Love ya Rach!

::girlfriends that I couldn’t imagine life without! You girls know exactly who you are.

::my job.  love getting to train these athletes!

::Beau & Bella

::exciting adventures to come with Patrick.  can’t wait to see how our story turns out!

{Shabby Apple}

13 Apr

I want to introduce you guys to my new sponsor: Shabby Apple.  It’s an adorable online boutique geared toward the American woman!

Their motto::

“Every woman deserves to feel beautiful in a dress, but not all of us look like runway models.  Shabby Apple celebrates the short legs, curvy hips, straight waists and flat chests in all of us.”

Click below to go shopping!

Dresses from Shabby Apple

Dresses from Shabby Apple

{1st signs of springtime…}

2 Apr

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

{bedside blooms}

{new growth on the bushes}

{new blooms on the flowering tree}

{bumble bees}

{herbs coming back in}

{green starting to pop up in the sea of brown}

{countdown begins}

9 Mar

The day is here…deployment day. I’ve spent many days & nights trying to mentally prepare for this moment. There have been moments of sadness & fear to moments of strength & bravery. The two things I fear the most are 1. the danger and unknown of Afghanistan and 2. how badly I will miss Pat! In all of these moments, I’ve been really battling one thing…LETTING GO! I have this huge constant battle in my life, and that’s letting go of having control over everything. (good thing I have solid people around me to call me out!)

In the last few days, the Lord has really done a number on reminding me to JUST HAVE FAITH. Why is that so hard sometimes?! I am so grateful for the convictions & reminders that He is in control. He is the creator, protector, healer, comforter, giver & friend (among many other things). All week small things have happened that have really challenged me to evaluate, “have I let go?”, “am I trying to control this?”, “do I have faith that everything will be ok?”. Although, some of these moments have been very emotional, it’s really challenged me not just to say I’ve given up control, but to really truly do it!

I know the next nine months will be a challenge for Patrick & I, but I am so blessed to have him, and excited what these months will teach us. There will be many moments I know I will struggle with this control issue, but if you could pray with me for myself, but most of all Patrick & the other men! For their strength, safety, focus & encouragement in the moments they spend away from everything they know.

This song played on my run Monday and I just had to laugh…another way God told me to let go::

Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

A funny thing Patrick’s sister Rachel reminded me of: Deployment is 9 months, so is pregnancy…bring on the 1st trimester!
PS: check out our wedding website {here}

{my apologies}

23 Feb

I wanted to start off by updating you all on my blogging life…I have been quite MIA recently.  I’ve had so much on my mind…

In the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about what direction I want to go with my content.  I definitely don’t want to walk away from my blog, but I do have to step back a bit.  I’ve made so many great relationships thru blogging & I don’t want to walk away from that!! You guys have been so encouraging & helpful.

With all this said, you will be seeing less of me as I figure things out, BUT I can assure you, I’m not going away.

Last week I spent some quality time with my fiance {who is about to deploy for awhile}.  Needless to say, it was an emotional weekend, but we had a BLAST!  I wanted to share a few moments we had together::

{Pikes Peak}

{the Incline hike}

{the view from up top: Colorado Springs}

{Colorado College vs. U of Nebraska-Omaha}

{Wolf Center}

{gorgeous animals}

{drive to the mountains}

{Breckenridge, CO}

{one year from today…I marry my best friend!}

{Color Palette}

25 Jan

As I read & re-read the wedding planning “lists” & timelines, one of the first things it say for a bride to do, is choose her color palette.  I love blush, champagne, gold…anything in these color families.  Haven’t nailed anything down yet, but I love playing with the Color Palette Generator


{God Gave Me You}

16 Jan

I couldn’t have dreamed this day up any better in my head!  Friday the 13th will never have the same meaning to this girl!  My dream came true on Friday, January 13, 2012.  Pat & I have the sweetest & most romantic engagement story to remember forever.  It was perfect.  Wanted to let you all know I will be spending the rest of my life with my best friend!!  I feel so blessed to have such an amazing man to call mine!  Ahh…I’m getting married!

Here are a few details from the big event::

{His hand painted sign}

{Thanks to Emilee Chambers Photography we will remember this moment forever} 

{Gerber Daises}

{My GORGEOUS ring}


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