Four months!

So yesterday was our four month anniversary! I know, I know…it is only four months. Not even half a year. But, who doesn’t love a reason to celebrate?

I made Tyler’s favorite (of the moment) dinner- taco lasagna. He just loves that stuff and raves everytime I make it.

I also picked up a special little dessert from the Walmart bakery. They have the best little servings of yummy stuff. We had a chocolate cake that was creme filled! It was so good (sorry I didn’t take any pictures).

We also got Pearl Harbor in on Netflix. I’ve never seen it. You can gasp now. I know it is shocking I’ve never seen one of the best movies of our time. But I haven’t. Long story short, there were a few years of my life when I was performing in Branson that we just didn’t see many movies because I did shows at night. So I missed a lot of great movies that came out during that time period.

Well we started Pearl Harbor (and hopefully we will finish it tonight…it left me hanging!) and just enjoyed each other.

I am so thankful for Tyler and his sacrifices for me. Right now, he drives an hour to work and back each day just so I can finish grad school. He NEVER complains about it. Not ever. I know he is so tired from working 10-7 every day and just wishes home was right around the corner from his shop, but he is so great to sacrifice for me. I know in this season of life, he is giving so much for me, and I can’t wait to be able to give back for him. Right now, I’m trying to make the best of it by having a wonderful yummy dinner ready for him every night when he gets home. He likes to eat, so I think it makes him happy!

Anyway, yay for four months! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us! We have had a blessed few months for sure!

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

This weekend, me and three girlfriends went to Branson. This is Kayla (laying down), me, Hannah, and Beth. We had THE.BEST.TIME. So many laughs and memories. We got so many great deals too, as my mom has some business contacts in Branson. It was great!

One nice perk was seeing a show for cheap, so we chose the Haygoods. They are a group of 7 brothers and one sister that have performed in Branson for like 13 years. We remember seeing them at Silver Dollar City and falling in love years ago. So we went back to relive our teen years and scream for these cuties.
Michael was and still is our favorite Haygood. Hannah felt a connection and we had the best time just being silly and screaming for him and making jokes about him being Hannah’s soulmate. Then at intermission, she added him on Facebook, and right before he left town….he friended her! Eeek! We just screamed like giddy girls! ha!
The last act of the show was the brothers tap dancing. Ok, I am a married woman, but these guys were hot. They had on really nice dark jeans and tightish t-shirts, and they were tap dancing! Beth leaned over and said, “Tap dancing! Good God!” and then she leaned to me and said, “That is kind of sexy” and I said, “Understatement of the century!” Maybe I will make Tyler learn to tap dance! Ha! Yeah right…
This is Hannah with Michael. She is so beautiful, I wouldn’t be suprised if he fell in love with her instantly then and there. This pic will go in the wedding slideshow! ha!
All of us with Tim Haygood.
Then, we went on a traditional drive around down Branson. Music blaring, windows down, and lots of car dancing. This is Beth and Kayla during Britney Spears “Stronger” So fun! We caused quite the scene down the Branson strip.
The next day, we went to Silver Dollar City.
We rode rides….this was on Thunderation.
We ate our favorite “city food”….BBQ, skillet succotash, corn dogs, homemade potato chips, Dippin Dots, and Icees. We pigged out a little bit. We even went to the candy shop before we left and indulged in a little chocolate. I bought my fave- chocolate covered potato chips for all the girls to try! They are sooo good!

We relived some childhood memories and dipped candles in the candle factory too! We all remembered doing this as kids during trips to Silver Dollar City.
And we had to take a picture in the most photographed place in the city…the city jail. ha!
The trip was so fun! Much needed girl time and laughter and great memories! We want to go back in the fall and do our Christmas shopping and see the Haygoods again! 🙂 I love these ladies so much!

Favorite Bible Verse

Kelly’s Korner is having a blog party of favorite Bible verses. Mine is Psalm 16. I love the entire Psalm.

1 Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.

I have always loved the Psalms, and I’m sure I read this one many times, but it became my favorite verse during my first summer at Centri-Kid Camp.

2 I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”

Camp is hard. As a staffer, you give 100% from 7 a.m. till bedtime. You pour out love and energy and everything you have for those kids. You try to be God’s love for them. It gets tiring.

3 As for the saints who are in the land,
they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.
4 The sorrows of those will increase

who run after other gods.
I will not pour out their libations of blood
or take up their names on my lips.

I was beaten down. Satan was attacking. We had a morning quiet time every morning at camp, and I remember laying on the floor of the gym at Mississippi College and reading this Psalm and just crying.

5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

surely I have a delightful inheritance.

I felt so secure. God had ordained me to be there. He secured my lot. He would keep me safe from the Enemy. I read the second verse: apart from God I have no good thing. Here at camp, I was immersed in God and his word and his work. Even though this was wearing me out physically, I was in the middle of a good thing! A great thing!

7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.

He would give me everything I needed to be love to these kids and be God’s hands and feet.

8 I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

I come back to this verse often. It helps me in rough times because I feel like if I seek God, He will keep me safe, and guide my path. And the last part of the Psalm is the best because after it all, we are reminded to praise. My tongue rejoices and my body will rest (sometimes rest is praise! Amen! Dr. Duvall in undergrad would tell us “sleep is spiritual.” I believe that) because of the great things the long has done. He guides me, protects me, and gives me reason.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the grave,

nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
11 You have made known to me the path of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Give it to me now!

Well, after class today I ran around all over town and the next town up. Target, TJ Maxx, Kirlands, Pier 1, Hobby Lobby (actually 2 of them), Oops, and Sam’s Furniture,


Well, here is the backstory.

Tyler got a ticket when we first moved in. The police in town are kinda crazy. Anyway, he took the ticket to court. And if he won, he got $125 fine. And if he lost, it was going to be like $1500. So he decided that if he won, he was going to do a few things.

One of them was for me. He wanted to buy me a leather storage bench we found at TJ Maxx last Sunday. I wanted it for the end of our bed.

I was so excited! It was the sweetest thought of him to do that for me! So after court, we went to TJ Maxx…and it wasn’t there. Sad day.

Well, I am a “I want it now” kind of girl. Not quite like Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka, but close. Since the hubs said I could have this trunk (and he would pay for it!), I want one. But NOBODY has one like we found at TJ Maxx.

Well, I found one just like it online, so we will see if Ty wants to order it. That would make this girl very happy. 🙂