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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

spring has sprung!

IT IS SO STINKIN' BEAUTIFUL OUTSIDE AND I LOVE IT!!!

I love the beautiful weather, the chirping birds, the pollen nasty mess (sorry to people that have allergies), and EVERYTHING about Springtime!!!! Spring has definitely sprung :)

I think I also love March more than most months out of the year :) 1. because it's my birthday and it's true, I do love my birthday. 2. because it warms up consistently (ignoring this past random hot winter) which means you can get a tan (don't judge me. it's nice to have rosy cheeks after sitting outside all day). 3. Spring Break (which is a perk of working on a college campus). 4. this march means we are LESS THAN 6 MONTHS FROM GETTING MARRIED!!!... overall? I'm loving this springtime.

to catch up: I turned 23 and I think I might deem this as one of the best birthdays everrrrr.  Andrew, and my family, and my friends and co-workers, made me feel so special and loved and it was SO fun to play all day long!!!  I haven't been in town (usually in Honduras for Spring Break) in 5 years for my birthday so it was super fun to see people throughout the day :) :) Andrew got me some suh-weet running shoes and an even suh-weeter... wait for it... BB GUN!!!! If you don't think those two go together, well maybe the police showed up at my house because of the gun and so next time that happens, maybe I'll just run away in my new shoes :)

You might ask, "oh keela, you said you had Spring Break? What did you do? Go to the beach? Go on a mission trip?" and to that I respond with "nope. I had a big fat STAY-CATION and it was awesome!!!"

I had the whole week to myself and it was more than glorious.  I got to read a lot, see my parents (aka eat at Sammons and Dairy Queen), ride my bike, go on lots of walks, and read a little bit more :) :)

Here are some pics to review this wonnnnderful month :) :)

Pre-March is Grady's birthday so we celebrated in Cinci :) :)


I would almost bet some money that at age 52 Andrew will take the same pictures :) 
and I LOVE THIS PRECIOUS LITTLE FACE!!! He is already 6 months old!!! Crazy.


Todd and I share a birthday (which is awesome) and Hannah had everyone surprise him at Crow's nest! :) So fun :)

Dr. Seuss day was WONDERFUL with my sweet Jenna Bug reading to me via FaceTime! this is definitely a perk of technology.  I can't believe she is already 6 1/2. Wow.


 We hosted a shower for the beautiful brides-to-be, Kaitlynn and Maegan, this past weekend :) 
It was such a blessing to do that for them (and conveniently enough encourage us to clean our house :)





Loved 'Draw Something' on my birthday :)


Proof that I'm a pretty good shot with my BB gun :) :)



I hit the bullseye later in the day. Just to clarify :)


I also killed a bird. I know that's terrible. I cried right after it happened (and wanted to when Andrew threw the poor thing in the bushes when I thought we were going to bury it) but now I'm kinda over it. 
Bring on the blackbirds that eat our trash and wake us up.

Happy Wednesday :) :) enjoy the beautiful day :) :) :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

hard questions.

There are sometimes (as I have most likely mentioned before) that my brain literally thinks so hard that I feel physically exhausted.  Today has been one of those days for SURE.

My friend Louisa asks a gajillion questions and she answers every question with extreme detail... this is seriously one of the things I love the most about Lou. I love listening to her stories and hearing the details of what she learned or hearing about the little things that most people skip over. I love that!!!

Questions are such an intentional way to show someone you care and just to LEARN.  Last night I got to spend like 16 hours (ok really only 3 but it was a while) with one of my new best friends and it was SO cool to just pick her brain and ask her about her story and testimony and life and marriage and children!  I love when other people want to ask questions and learn about different perspectives :)

I have had such a wonderful, hard, amazing, wonderful, interesting, thought-provoking, challenging, enlightening, frustrating, joyful, and blessed day.  I couldn't be more thankful for the place I work at and the people I work for/with.  What an amazing group of people that desire to serve the Lord and glorify His Name above all things.  I feel so blessed... and exhausted.

Happy Monday at 6:20pm with the sun still up, and tulips & March flowers blooming, AND my birthday so soon (I couldn't resist).  Happy happy blessed happy week :)

keep asking hard questions :) :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

amazing season of life.

Wow. What a season of life this is... I feel so blessed and thankful and joyful and excited and thoughtful and ahhh sometimes I think my heart or brain is going to overload and just burst.

I think sometimes I look back on a season of my life and think "wow. I miss that season and things were so good then and I was learning so much..."--- then sometimes in the MIDST of a season I wish it away and think that things are hard.  Right now? I can absolutely feel and see how good of a season this is.

Being engaged has been so so so wonderful for me and Andrew. I think part of me (well, really every time I thought about being engaged) thought it was going to be SUPER hard and stressful for me and Andrew. I thought it was going to create stress and tension... and maybe it will eventually... but it's been SO fun to be looking forward to our marriage together and our commitment to God and each other. It's been such a blessing to get to plan our wedding day and plan our future with each other.

Work (granted, it's March and things are about to get crazy) has been such a blessing and I feel more confident and more thankful for this job than I ever have.  I feel like our team and the entire University is going through so many learning stages and it's been such a blessing to get to be a part of this community.  We have some great things happening on this campus and have been so blessed by leadership and authority to be where we are now!!! So thankful to be a small part of this place.

Only 32 days until sweet Baby Girl Kyndall is born and I can't wait to meet her!!! It's been fun getting excited about having her here and I'm glad Tara is feeling better!  We got to see Kyndall's nursery last weekend (on our way back from Cinci) and it's SO beyond so cute. Hopefully my dearest Sister will help me and Andrew in 12 years when we are ready to have kids (that was terrifying to say out loud. me? a wife? a mother?? haha no way.)  She is THE most beautiful mommy-to-be!! I can't wait to be an aunt!!! :) :) :) :)

also, My sweet mother-in-law-to-be made Kyndall the CUTEST diaper stacker and it was so fun for me to sit and visit with her :) I couldn't ask for more wonderful in-laws and I can't believe that I get to be in their family!

Faith=LEARNING STAGE. I feel like sometimes my brain and heart (as mentioned before) wasn't prepared for this job/stage of life/looking forward to marriage/everything to be learning as much as I am right now.  I feel like everyday God is blessing me with something else to learn and know about Him and where HIS heart is.  It's been amazing to be learning from different friends and mentors about life and especially about marriage and future.  God is so good!!!

I also feel so much brokenness with friends and families that I know.  A dear friend's baby passed away this week and I just feel that brokenness with them so badly.  A student from Harding passed away in an accident and I just hate how quickly things can change.  There is definitely evil in this world but God is so much bigger (sorry for the soapbox).

I'm thankful and am loving these days of life.

also--- countdown update? we are less than 200 days away!!! 199 days from today, I become a wife. Wife? Wife. Wife... wife?!?!?!? Wife! (that's literally how I feel and think about it)

Happy Wednesday to all :)