{3} years ago today I married the love of my life.

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I am so very grateful to have found this amazing man at such a young age is such a blessing—well, to have found him at all is a blessing, but to have few to no scars on my heart before meeting him is even more amazing.

I love you, Andrew Paul!

I love Andrew



Hurt feelings suck.  I’ve been doing my best to “suck it up” today and just get over it, and succeeding in some moments better than others.

When I got home tonight, Andrew wasn’t home and I found that it is very easy to dwell on those hurt feelings and wallow in self-pity when you’re by yourself (I know, shocker).  So in an attempt to cheer myself up, I began looking for funny things (after some of them fell into my news feed).

From a coworker’s facebook page: “Be strong like the weeds and pebbles… for they grow without help and do not break when stepped on”


Thanksgiving at Our House

My co-chef

This year we celebrated Thanksgiving at our house, combining both sides of the family and maximizing our time.  I was nervous about cooking for so many people (20, to be exact), but it ended up being so low-stress!  My mother-in-law, Rebecca, made a bunch of side dishes and pies, and Andrew’s brother-in-law Nick made the turkey.  My mom contributed to the centerpieces, tablecloths, ham, and an appetizer.  I made two desserts, side dishes, a duck, and a rabbit.  Yes, we went unusual this Thanksgiving; but it all turned out pretty well!  The only negative is that I wasn’t able to get pictures of everyone seated at the table, ready for the feast.

Andrew getting the rabbit ready. Turns out, rabbit doesn't taste all that great.

Rabbit's ready to go in the oven!

Sweet potato meringue pie... it tastes better two days later.

Getting the duck ready; it turned out a little bit dry.

Table for twenty

Namecards---courtesy of the maple tree in the backyard


My sweet siblings--Kelly and Stephen

Andrew's aunt, Janet

Not the best picture... but Heather with her kids, Pops, and Andrew's dad

Max LOVED Harrison

Sweet crawling boy

Me with sweetie pie Max

Grocery Shopping for 20


Not pictured: turkey, ham, duck, salad, rabbit, and other ingredients for side dishes that other people are making


The other day I went grocery shopping for our Thanksgiving dinner.  We are having about 20 people over, so we will understandably need a large quantity of food.  However, while grocery shopping for said large number of people, I realized a few things.

1. Most (if not all) of my organic buying conviction went out the window when I calculated the cost of organic lettuce I would need for the gathering. Nope, sorry guests, I just can’t do it.
2. Grocery shopping for 20 is exhausting. My cart was so full with supplies for just one meal that I felt like I was shopping for the Duggar family.
3. I really need to renew my commitment to couponing, especially if Andrew and I plan on having a large family.

By the time I got home and unloaded everything, I was ready for a nap. I know, I’m a wimp.

A Reminder

We went on vacation this past weekend with some friends for Andrew’s birthday, and it reminded me of something. I really like my husband.  Don’t misunderstand me, I absolutely am in love with him; but I also really like him.

Our lives are so busy on a daily basis with him studying so much and me having long hours that we don’t get very much quality time.  But this vacation reminded me that I really need to make more of an effort to spend some qt with this man that I love so much.

And so that is one reason why I am going to a documentary tonight that I don’t feel particularly feel compelled to watch after a 12 hour shift. But he is worth it.

I really love my husband.

The Story of Beautiful Girl

I picked up a copy of The Story of Beautiful Girl at the library about a week ago when I was selecting books to take with me on a little road trip, and didn’t know quite what to expect.  It’s the story of a girl who lives in an institution—you know—one of those places families used to stick “the feebleminded” before society at large realized that people with special needs have value.  “Beautiful girl” or Lynnie spends most of her growing up years at this school and ends up escaping for a few days with another student so that she can give birth to and hide the baby that she is carrying.  She ends up being caught, but not before she is able to hide her day old baby with an old woman who gave her shelter.  The story follow Lynnie, her fellow escapee, and the old woman for the next thirty years as she raises the baby and as Lynnie grows older and wonders how her little daughter fared.

This book could have been terribly graphic and depressing, but it turned out to be a wonderfully well written and inspiring story.  As the story progresses the reader is able to follow specific stories, as well as America’s story related to people with disabilities.  It’s really amazing how far our society has come with how we view people who are deaf, mute, autistic, physically disabled, and people with other special needs.

It’s funny that I picked this book up when I did, because Andrew has been reading about eugenics in one of his classes, so we’ve had several lively discussions about it, including forced sterilization of people who were once considered “feeble minded”.  It’s also funny that this book comes on the heels of my trip to Malawi where I encountered so many of the attitudes that are discussed in the book.  My trip and this book really forced me to take a good look at my attitude and views of people with special needs; not all of them were pretty or correct, but I’m so glad that God chose to confront me the way He did.

I would really encourage you to read this book.  It’s really good!

The Christmas Singing

The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall is a love story about Matt Eash and Gideon Beiler, a young Amish couple torn apart by a lie on Christmas Eve.  A few years later they are forced into one another’s company again, but Mattie is still hurt by Gideon’s lie, even though she has tried desperately to rebuild her life again without him.  And Gideon is still hopelessly in love with her.  But can Gideon humble himself to tell her the truth and allow Mattie to make her own decisions?

I really enjoyed this story, and honestly, I forgot that it was about an Amish couple many times during the story, not that that is either good or bad, but it was just an all around good story.  It’s a quick read and perfect for the Christmas season!

You can pick up a copy for yourself at Amazon.com!  You can also read the first chapter for free on their website.  Don’t forget to rate my review on the Blogging for Books website!

I received this books for free as part of the Blogging for Books program at WaterBrook Multnomah; all opinions are 100% mine.









Before Meets After



Rough draft

10.5 inches off to Locks of Love!

A little intense while the color was setting

Sporting my new do with my fabulous stylist, Christina!!

I love my new hairstyle!  It’s still taking a little getting used to—but I love it all the same.  And if you need a hair cut, call up Christina at the Disney Contemporary Resort Salon; she’s great!