Rainy Days


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^^^Awkward jumping shot that makes me laugh^^^

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// Boots // Jeans // Hair Product //

This whole week has been nothing but grey skies and rainy days. But even in the midst of the storms wild flowers are showing up all over our yard, it’s wonderful. Reminds me that God works through our lives in all seasons. Because it’s been raining non stop I did get to pull out this cute pink umbrella so that’s plus. Yesterday we ran outside to take a few snapshots because my replacement camera lens came in the mail (thank you amazon 1 day shipping!)  Needless to say I’m pretty excited to have my camera working once again! There’s nothing worse than having to stop doing what you love for a two weeks. I’ve got some fun posts for all of you coming soon, including the second part to our wedding vows. You can read the first part here. Life has been crazy busy around the homestead, with some new and exciting changes on the horizon. I can’t wait to share some of them with you soon! So as the rainy days continue in my part of the world I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

On a non related note I simply cannot stop online shopping for swimsuits… Does anyone else have this issue? What are some of your favorite places to shop swimwear at?

 

xoxo stephanie


 

 

4/4/15


I just wanted to pop in quickly and say I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting lately.

The Cowboy & I lost his Mamaw recently and it’s been very hard on our family. The day before Easter was a blur for everyone, as we watched our sweet Mamaw slip away into God’s arms. She got to spend Easter Sunday in Heaven, can you imagine that? Celebrating Jesus’ coming back to life with all the angels in Heave! Even though times like these are often hard for those who are still here on Earth, and frustrating, I wanted to thank you so much to all of you who have prayed for us, and kept us on your hearts. Your prayers have meant the world to us. Throughout the past week and a half our Pepaw has constantly reminded us of the following passage. The other night before we all sat down to eat he read this passage out loud, he shared with us how this has been his “go to” scripture through all of this. I just wanted to share this with you tonight.

 

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Psalm 30 (NLT)

1I will exalt you, LORD, for you rescued me.

You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.

2O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,

and you restored my health.

3You brought me up from the grave,a O LORD.

You kept me from falling into the pit of death.

4Sing to the LORD, all you godly ones!

Praise his holy name.

5For his anger lasts only a moment,

but his favor lasts a lifetime!

Weeping may last through the night,

but joy comes with the morning.

6When I was prosperous, I said,

“Nothing can stop me now!”

7Your favor, O LORD, made me as secure as a mountain.

Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.

8I cried out to you, O LORD.

I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,

9“What will you gain if I die,

if I sink into the grave?

Can my dust praise you?

Can it tell of your faithfulness?

10Hear me, LORD, and have mercy on me.

Help me, O LORD.”

11You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.

You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,

12that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.

O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!

So no matter what you may be going through this week remember our Lord is a might one, and he will turn our mourning into dancing, isn’t that amazing?

PS. I love these joyful dancing photos of Mamaw, Pewpaw, and The Cowboy at our wedding!

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XOXO,
Stephanie

Miss Rodeo USA 2015 Pageant

Wow.

You know when life happens it happens all of a sudden, it doesn’t give us a ten second warning, or even five seconds. One moment your schedule is flowing, for once, and the next moment your driving to Oklahoma City trying to grasp what a “rodeo queen pageant” is.

With that being said I deeply apologize for letting The Cowboy & I slip to the back burner. But wait till you hear all about my crazy 10 day adventure!

This year my sweet new aunt, Sherry, was the official photographer for the Miss Rodeo USA 2015 Pageant. That’s a big deal, I didn’t know that at first. Faith, her daughter, and I were suppose to meet her at the end of the week to see the rodeo, and the crowning ceremony. This is where life happened, Faith got an amazing opportunity elsewhere, which gave me the opportunity to spend 10 days in Oklahoma City with Sherry! Side Note: This all happened within 25 hours, yikes! Within those 24 hours Sherry texted me and informed me that instead of helping her with photography I was going to be the videographer, say what!? How was I suppose to video tape events I knew nothing about? I’m not going to lie to y’all, I was scared and nervous. But I knew God had a plan for me within those 10 days and I didn’t want to miss it. So there we were driving to OKC and Sherry was explaining all that was going to happen.

Did you know, as contestants you are not aloud to have your cell phone for over a week, or talk to your parents? This thing is intense people!

Needless to say as soon as we hit the land of Oklahoma are feet were running. With set up, and preparations the day before, and then straight into the Miss Rodeo USA 2015 Pageant, it became go time immediately. I would not change any of the craziness for anything. What an amazing experience and opportunity. Being apart of the media team, Sherry and I had amazing access at the rodeo, and not to mention it made me feel real cool.

I’m struggling here to explain all that happened, in one simple post. Maybe there will be more to come? But for now here’s some amazing shots Sherry got during the week. I wasn’t able to take any of my own, but rest assured I’m right next to her video taping!

 

XOXO,
Stephanie

Six Lessons In Six Months

Six Lessons In Six Months

Today is such an exciting day, six months ago The Cowboy & I said our “I dos” and turned the chapter into married life. First we lived the magical life in Disney World, then after a 5 hour lay over reality set in. I arrived to The Homestead jam packed with boxes, a piano, and furniture all over the place. The honeymoon phase quickly faded away for me. It was that first week when I realized there would be some tough times ahead. Six months later I’m looking back at some of those lessons, grateful for such an amazing husband, and the trials of growth that I faced. So here’s to six lessons in six months.

1 | I’m Not Too Hot At Communicating

There it is, I said it I’m not that great at communicating. Boy did I think I was though, then I got married and my whole world changed. Some days I feel like a little kid trying to communicate my thoughts and feelings to The Cowboy. Other days I just want to give up and stay curled up in my bed forever. I’ve realized though that communicating, although may be difficult, is key to a healthy marriage. I’m defiantly not perfect at it now, six months in, but I can look back and see where I’ve messed up. Moving forward I know my flaws and what I can do to try and make them better. This was a hard lesson for me to learn, but I know it’s one of the most important ones.

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2  | Being Married Is A Blast, If You Want It To Be

I know it seems crazy but I’ve seen married couples who are simply choosing not to have fun. And on some days I’ve noticed myself make that same decision, but what kind of life is that? We are only here for a short little while and I want to make every moment of my marriage a blast! Every date, every cuddle, every meal, every last second of each day is a blast if you simply choose it to be. Just because he works, and the house seems to always need to be cleaned, isn’t an excuse not to have fun while being married.

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3 | Different Isn’t Bad

Although The Cowboy & I both grew up in good homes, we were raised in two different regions of America. This can cause major head butting! Thankfully The Cowboy &  I, more so The Cowboy, have tough heads. Right away I realized different isn’t necessarily bad, but that’s way easier to say then to act upon. Every day is an adventure understanding the”why” behind the little things we do. And it was hard for me to realize my way isn’t the only way (did you catch that?) There’s multiple ways to skin a cat, and it’s ok if we do it differently.

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4 |  You’re Married, Not Roommates 

The Cowboy & I both can sit down and tell you hours worth of crazy college roommate stories. The good, the bad, and the ugly, we have experienced them all when it comes to roommates. Sometimes people refer to being married as your life long roommate, and I have to disagree with this idea. Your roommate isn’t your family, you don’t have to spend time with them and you don’t always have to check in with them. When your married the goal is to grow together as one, not as two separates. If The Cowboy puts his dishes in the sink without cleaning them, I can’t just leave them there in anger thinking he will clean them. I mean I could, but that’s not what being married is all about. You can’t jut coexist as a married couple, you have to work together to build a unique relationship as ONE.

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5 | Listening Is Key

I know these lessons may seem generic to you, and I thought I had them down pat before getting married, but for me everything changed after July 12th. Communicating is a two-fold lesson, at least is has been for me. Not only am I learning to say what I mean, I’m also learning to listen to my own tone in which I say things. Listening to The Cowboy, and what he is saying is extremely important, don’t get me wrong, but I’m learning that listening to how I say things is also important. When I speak sometimes I forget to think, or listen, and my words can come out rather sharp. I’m learning to listen to how I speak, and make sure my tone is in check.

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6 | It’s A Journey

I’m a slow learner, and I learn things the hard way 99.9% of the time. But my favorite lesson that I’ve learned these past six months is that The Cowboy & I’s marriage is a journey. I’m not going to wake up tomorrow and become the perfect wife, and he’s not going to wake up tomorrow and care about which shoes match my top, and that’s ok. I’m learning that it takes time to communicate smoothly with each other, and that we’re not always going to like the same movie. And when we have little spats here and there, it’s normal and not the end of the world. When I said “I do” it was for forever, an adventure, a journey of a life time. I’m extremely blessed to call The Cowboy my husband, and I wouldn’t want to be on this journey with anyone else!

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Happy six months of marriage dear!

XOXO
Stephanie 

2014 In Review

2014

I can’t believe 2014 is almost over, is it me or did this year just fly by?

 

January

  • I switched from Android cell phone to the iPhone
  • Started my last semester before graduating college
  • Wrote this blog post on in response to an article based on “23 Things To Do Instead of Getting Engaged”

February 

  • February 2nd my Mom was diagnosed beasts cancer free, and we ate cake to celebrate.

2014 in review 3

  • The Cowboy turned 22 and in his honor we listened to Taylor Swift’s song 22 on repeat.

March

  • Spring Break? More like plan as much as your wedding in one week.
  • Had way too many giggles with my roommates.
  • Mamma Bear and Papa Bear celebrated 30 years of marriage!
  • Created this meme of my roommate.

2014 in review

  • Lead an acoustic worship set with The Cowboy for DNow
  • Spent the day in the ER taking care of one of the students who broke his clavicle during a church event.

April

2014 in review 2

  • Moved back to Indiana

May

  • The Cowboy & I was created.
  • The Cowboy & I had our Tea Party themed wedding shower!
  • Sophie Nicole was born (on the same day as the wedding shower! girl wanted to party!)

June

  • DQ came out with a s’more blizzard and it was amazing.
  • Road trip to Arkansas with my Mom.
  • Third wedding shower.
  • Second bachelorette party!

July

  • Cavenders asked to use my Instagram photo (insert squeak)
  • 4th of July festivities! Including, food, fair, family, friends, and everything America!
  • The Cowboy & I got hitched! (July 12th <3 )

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  • Disney World honeymoon!
  • Moved into The Homestead

August

  • Growing accustom to the farm noises begins.
  • Working for the church.
  • Shake It Off was released (yes this is a highlight)
  • My Mom visited us for the first time in The Homestead!

September

  • I discovered this vine, which I then quoted the rest of the month

  • David visited us for Labor Day.
  • Posted The Cowboy & I’s first home pictures.
  • Continued to have amazing small group nights with our 7th graders.
  • My 21st birthday!
  • Won a 4.5 hour game of Monopoly!
  • Watch our pastor’s kids for the week.

October

  • The Cowboy threw me a surprise birthday party!
  • Preached at Momentum Youth.
  • The Homestead received wifi!
  • The Cowboy chased away cow with a bebe gun at 2am.
  • Out Of The Woods was released (yes this is also a highlight)
  • Went fishing, and actually caught some fish. Love having family time.
  • Won a Halloween costume party!

2014 in review 4

  • Taylor Swift’s CD 1989 Released

November

  • Road tripped to Indiana for two weddings!
  • Let the Christmas shopping begin!
  • Jurassic World preview released.

  • The Cowboy & I’s first Thanksgiving together!
  • Weekend in OKC with family <3
  • The Christmas Experience at Momentum Youth.

December

  • The Cowboy’s work Christmas party.
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