Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I danced with Cinderella!

Go ahead, "Ooh & Ahh"!
One of the biggest reasons of why I hate living away from my family is missing big moments.
 I made this big moment.
My baby sister's first prom.
Granted, it's not her junior prom, but this is the prom that I will be here for.
The prom that I got to do her hair & makeup.
The prom that she wore MY prom dress.
The prom where I helped all of her friends.
The prom where I helped with a fancy dinner.
The prom where I got to dance with her & twirl her around.
{Even if she didn't enjoy it as much as I did in high school, she was a great sport as I dolled her up and was all giddy about all of it.}  
She was absolutely breathtaking.
Doing hair & makeup with her friends.
Her gorgeous hair!!
Fluffing the dress.
Posing with Cinderella herself.

{Looks green in this picture, it is definitely turquoise!}

Now before anyone can make fun of me, I was forced to go to help my mom chaperone the prom for an hour. But I did take advantage of it. As my sister and her friends were walking off the dance floor when a slow dance came on, I had to make Cinderella dance! So, I grabbed Kenzi and twirled her around. We shared a lot of laughs as we waltzed around the dance floor together.
Thank you sister for sharing the memories of your first prom with me. I'll cherish them forever!
I love you!!!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Eeeeek! Two months & many blessings down!!

Two months down.
EEEEEEEEEEK! {Shouting from the mountain tops}
Seriously--that means we only have six more months of this deployment season. And really, the past two months feel like they have flown by.
It feels like yesterday that I woke up completely heart broken not knowing how I was going to say goodbye to my Husband for eight months. Knowing that I was only going to survive this with God holding me tight throughout the whole thing.
 I want to take this blog post and go over what I have been going through & what the past two months have taught me.
Two months of not living life hand in hand with my Husband.
Two months of not being with my best friend.
Two months of not cuddling.
Two months of barely communicating.
Two months of not seeing each other.
Two months without going to sleep in each other's arms and
two months without waking up to see my Husband's adorable face.
Two months without kisses.
Two months without my Husband holding me.
Two months of lonely nights.
Two months without my partner in crime.
Two months of no dating.
Two months of only laundry for one.
Two months without physical intimacy.
Two months of watching Mallow miss her Daddy.
Two months of not cooking for my Husband.
Two months of missing my own house.
But with all of these "Two months of not"...
I have had a million positive "Two months of..."
Two months of growing closer to God.
Two months of being extra independent.
Two months of writing love letters.
Two months of learning that I can do it.
Two months of butterflies.
Two months of family.
Two months of celebrating birthdays.
Two months of meeting new people.
Two months of adventures.
Two months of learning more about Scott.
Two months of making & sending care packages.
Two months of anticipating his phone calls.
Two months of making every second count.
Two months of trying new things, teaching for the first time.
Two months of only doing laundry for one (such a difference.)
Two months of memorizing Bible verses.
Two months of amazing conversations with people.
Two months of letting things go.
Two months of trusting God, no matter what.
Two months of keeping in touch.
Two months of girl time.
Two months of cuddling Mallow more.
Two months of time with Grandparents.
Two months of dreaming about Scott.
Two months of reading my favorite books over.
Two months recognizing the complete support I have.
Two months of encouragement.
Two months of smiles.
Two months of NOT crying myself to sleep.
Two months of watching myself grow so much stronger.
Two months of best friend time.
Two months looking forward.
Two months of blogging.
Two months of mountains.
Two months of taking in moments & looking at pictures a little longer.
Two months of falling in love all over again.
Two months of fervently praying.
Two months of falling deeper in love.
Two months of being more positive.
Two months of dreaming about the homecoming & our first kiss.
Two months of capturing the little moments.
I could go on and on..
but I think that this post would be the longest post if I did that.
But I just wanted to journal these thoughts down and maybe encourage myself through the process.
This deployment season is just that,
It is going to be over sooner than I think, just like when Autumn suddenly comes and paints the mountains all different colors.
Then I want to look through all of my deployment posts and God will reveal that Scott & I were at the right place at the right moment.
And we will be stronger because of this season!
At first I might have wanted time to go by quicker,
but I am enjoying my time in Utah.
I am enjoying all of the extra time that I have with my family and friends. I am loving that I am able to be here with them. I miss Scott more than I could EVER describe, but I am loving the time that his deployment allows me to spend home away from home {my husband's arms}. I am taking all of this as a blessing, especially being married. It is rare that I am able to spend four months with my family, after moving to the East Coast.
So, thank you the first two months of this deployment season for teaching me so much. I can't wait to see what I learned after the SEVENTH month and my Husband is about to come home!!!!!!
Probably that I have never been so excited to clean, workout, and decorate my house. Haha but seriously.

Thank you everyone who has helped me in one way or another. I don't like asking for help and I am so grateful that I have received it without my asking. So, thank you so much. If you can see someone is hurting and needs your help, don't get caught up in asking.. just find a way to help.
One last thing, thank you for praying for Scott & I. We can definitely feel them and appreciate it if you would continue!
Thank you!!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Journey down the Romans Road.

The Romans Road.


For whatever reason, I don't think that I was ever taught the Romans Road. This past Sunday at my mom's girls bible study my friend taught all of the girls (me included) the verses to the Romans Road.
We were talking about the movie "God's Not Dead" and were each challenged that if we ever had the opportunity to share the good news with someone, could we do it?!
My challenge for you (yes, you--the one who is reading right this second) is to keep reading this blog post and watch "God's NOT Dead".
What is the Romans Road?
It is an amazing tool for Christians to lead others through Salvation, using only the book of Roman.
 {Now, that is only one way to lead someone to get saved.}
So whether you are Christian & want to learn this tool {Our mission in life as Christians are to teach others about Jesus and share the gospel with EVERYONE, so that they might be saved- Mark 16:15}, or if you are an unbeliever and want to learn about Jesus and how to be saved I want to take you on this journey down the Romans Road.
If you have a bible, grab yours and a highlighter.
If you don't have a bible, I am going to go through all of the verses here. (And then encourage you to buy a bible and explore it.)
These verses are from the NLT (New Living Translation).
Let's begin this journey.
1>>> Romans 3:23-
"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard."
For all have sinned.
We ALL sin. We ALL fall short. Every single day.
There is no one without sin, no one besides Jesus.
2>>> Romans 3: 10-18-
As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God. 
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.” 
“Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.” 
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
 and the way of peace they do not know.” 
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
What sin is.
NO ONE is good by themselves.
3>>> Romans 6:23-
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."
Wages of sin. The payment is death.
But God gives us a FREE gift.
We DON'T work for it. {Ephesians 2:8-9}
4>>> Romans 5:8-
"But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners."
Jesus died for us.
He paid the price.
For every single one of us!
5>>> Romans 10:9-
"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Confess that Jesus is your Lord & Savior.
Then you will be saved!!!
6>>> Romans 10:13-
"For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Call on God.
This gift is for EVERYONE!!
7>>> Romans 5:1-
"Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us."
This is the results of being saved.
Peace. The kind of peace our world yearns for.
8>>> Romans 8:1-
"So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus Christ." 
There is no condemnation, no hell.
We belong to Jesus.
9>>> Romans 8:38&39-
"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow---not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love."
Hallelujah, PRAISE THE LORD!
Eternal security.
We have nothing to worry about, our future is with God himself.
Those of you who are Christians already, I pray that you will have the opportunity to share the good news with someone in your life! This is such a great tool, requires only the Bible. When you get down to number 9, you can encourage the new believer to start reading the book of John.
Those of you who are new believers or just curious, I pray that this has helped you immensely. Having a relationship with Jesus is the best thing you can have, I promise. He will never leave you, nor forsake you {Deuteronomy 31:6}. 
One of the books that you can start reading is the book of John.
New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, & then JOHN.
If anyone has questions about the Romans Road AND/OR have any questions about being saved or being Christian...
 Write a comment.
I will answer and pray for/with you! 
Mark 16:15
"And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone."
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