Monday, January 3, 2011

Bringing in the New Year well! :)

It has been almost 3 weeks since I have last blogged.
So many things have happened since then! This has been such a beautiful time so far and I am doing my best to enjoy every part :)

My sister is one that can not stand change so this Christmas was one full of lasts...

... our last Christmas morning as sisters...

...our last Christmas eve and day as husband-less cousins...

In my mind, it was just another celebration of the end of a chapter :)

My sweet aunts threw a shower for me the day after Christmas. It was so great to see all of my aunts and cousins. I was so blessed by their love and support of hubby-to-be and me :)

I started 2010 with a quote from our pastor, Dr Michael Youssef. He said,
If you do one thing this year worthy of all eternity say; 'Lord give me undauntable faith and Lord give me irrepressible commitment to see lost people come to faith,' and He will do the rest!
I lived this past year by that quote and hope I will continue to live that way.

As the new year begins, and (relatively) normal life continues, I have been thinking over the things that are most important to me and that I want to especially remember and work on developing this year.

The first item that came to mind is that I don't want to pretend I have all or even many answers to life, but I do want to be confident in the things I know. I know the Lord is the author and perfecter of my life. I know that the purpose of our marriage is so that we might serve the Lord's purposes for our lives better than apart. And I know that no matter what I do, there is nothing I can do to escape the Lord's loving hand.

The second is that I don't want to try and be the perfect little wife. I am a very performance driven person and know that if I try to fill a role by comparing myself to others I will drill myself into the ground. Not only will I end up completely exhausted and never succeed, but I will not be serving the Lord in the role He has created me for. Make no mistake, I want to serve my husband and do the best that I can to make a home, but trying to do it like other people is the wrong way to go about it.

Finally, I want to serve the Lord in all that I do. I hear that so often sometimes it seems rather trite to say, but I mean it one hundred percent. This Sunday our pastor spoke on John 17. He said that the only way we can truly have unity in our relationships with each other is if we are seeking a relationship with the Lord, filled with His word and His plan. I had heard that so many times, in so many different ways, but it stuck with me especially this time, and I want more than anything to apply those words well!

I would love to have a new quote to write on the front cover of my 2011 planner and look at everyday when I am going about my routine. I am sure it will come, through reading and learning as this year progresses :)

362 more days of 2011 and 95 more days until our wedding! :)


  1. What sweet pictures! So exciting that your wedding is less than 100 days away!

  2. hi there. thanks so much for the follow!! can't wait to see all that you have planned for 2011. congrats on getting into PT school. i know that is such an incredible feat. Looks like we may need to share ideas on making the most of our "new-to-us" furniture. haha. look forward to getting to know you better.
    jenny beth.

  3. You have the most important ingrediant in the recipe for a successful marriage and that is a deep rooted faith.

    Blessings to you!