Tuesday, December 30, 2008
We wish everyone a Happy New Year and a blessed 2009!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Kevin and I wanted to wish everyone a joyous Christmas and enjoy being with your family, friends, and remember the reason why we celebrate. God gave us the greatest gift of all...our Savior, Jesus Christ!
The perfect Christmas tree! And yes, it is real.
This is our fireplace, as you can tell.
1. Bring God your GOLD at Christmas. Your gold is something that you treasure and is something that is the best of life. God wants you to give it to Him. He wants you to serve those that He served, to love those that He loved, and to get out of your comfort zone.
2. Give God your CIRCUMSTANCES at Christmas. Give Him all your dreams and aspirations. Give Him everything that is going on in your life whether its good or bad.
3. Give God your MUD at Christmas. Give Him all your sins and mistakes and repent from them.
With this gift exchange, He will gladly, willingly take it all and in return He'll give you the gift of salvation and everlasting life. Can't ask for anything any better for Christmas, now can you?
Once upon a time...............
It was December 20, 2007, Thursday. Kevin was coming up that next day to spend the weekend with me and family and we were going to have Christmas. Then I would come down that week to spend Christmas with him and his family. Anyways, I knew that a ring was on it's way, but I thought that it would come that Friday. Well, I was babysitting my cousin Emily for the day. We were hanging out and doing Christmas things, like making a gingerbread tree, which wasn't the prettiest thing in the world when we got done with it, but it was very colorful. Well, earlier in the week my mom had said that on Thursday, we would do something special for my dad's birthday. See, my dad's birthday is on the 21st of December. We always go to eat at Red Lobster for his birthday, that's his favorite place to go. So, my mom said that instead, let's do something different and go down town Greenville to eat. She told me that I had to be dressed and ready to go by 4:30. So I get home, get dressed and we leave. We get down town and were riding around looking for a place to park and a place to eat. I kept on suggesting places, but my parents kept on turning them down. Well, we pulled up the Westen Poinsett Hotel and we stopped. There were some people crossing. All of a sudden my car door opens, and my dad says "hop out", I looked and it was Kevin. I was in total shock! Well, silly me, I thought for some reason that he was going to get in the car with us and go eat somewhere. Nope, I got out and my parents drove off. I asked Kevin where were they going, and he said to eat a Red Lobster. Well, then it hit me as to what was going on. We stopped in front of this hotel, because during Christmas and New Years, they have carriage rides. They will take you down town and it's so pretty because everything is all light up and glowing. The carriage wasn't there yet and it was so cold. Then it started to rain, so we stood inside this flower shop to wait. I had figured out why were were standing there and noticed that it was raining. I new what Kevin was up to, so I started to pray that we would still be able to go on the carriage, because I knew that he had put a lot of thought and work into this and I didn't want it to be ruined for his sake. And of course I was excited too, but also a little nervous. Finally, the carriage shown up. The man made us wait, and he put up the top, which made it look like Cinderella's carriage. Even though it was raining it was still perfect, because now the carriage was more cozy. We went along down main street and when we got to the bridge that goes over the park, Kevin got down on one knee (in the moving carriage) and proposed. And of course I said "yes". We finished out our carriage ride. I found out that Kevin had already arranged this with the man, and that he knew it was a proposal, and even though it was raining he let Kevin use it. It was so sweet and so romantic! I couldn't have of thought of anything any better. We had been on that carriage ride the first Christmas that we were together, so I guess that's where he got the idea. The other twist to the story was that the ring came in the day before Kevin proposed. He got to Greenville 3 hours before he was going to propose to pick up the ring. Thankfully everything was okay with it, because it was a special order. I am so excited about our first Christmas together as a married couple!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Here is a quote that I saw once in college and I liked it so much that I use to keep it written down on an index card and I had it posted in my room. Now I have it written in my Bible.
"I believe in Christ as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything."
This week the focus was on how to love your spouse unconditionally. You should think of your spouse and their needs before your own. You should learn what makes your spouse happy and try to please them and make them happy, even if you are not. You shouldn't just go through the motions of loving your spouse, you need to do it with all your heart, soul, and mind. No matter if they say "thank you" or not.
The main verse for this lesson was: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
"...Love never fails...." (vs. 8)
" And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." (vs.13)
This chapter is so powerful. Kevin and I have 1 Cor. 13 engraved on our wedding bands. I think this verse is so powerful, because it tells about the love that God has for us. How He loves us and tells us how we are to love not just our spouse, but everyone. God is love and He created it. We wouldn't be here without His love. We wouldn't have a hope of heaven, for those that are saved by His grace and through His son Jesus Christ, we wouldn't have a reason to live, without love. We all need love in many different ways and there are many different sides to love.
Something to think about: Do you know how to love your spouse unconditionally?
Fire Proof Recap: To end this bible study, today we gathered with another Sunday school class that was also going through this study and had the opportunity to renew our vows. Kevin and I did not, only because we had just married 5 months ago. I think the thing that most of learned was that by this study, we are not fireproof and have not fireproofed our marriage, but hopefully we know where the fire hose is when we see a small spark and take care of it before that spark sets a blaze.
This week talked about forgiveness and the ability to forgive your spouse when they do something to you. Some things are easier to forgive than others. Sometimes just a sincere apology will do, other times it may be a daily act of forgiveness. Why forgive? Because we were forgiven the day that Christ got on that cross and took all of our sins upon himself. When we sincerely ask for forgiveness from God, he does. He doesn't say, " Okay I will let it go this time, but not next time." or "Do you remember when you did this? How can I forgive you now?" When God forgives, He remembers the sin no more. I know that something Kevin and I learned in a marriage conference that we went too last year, was that when you are arguing or at a disagreement, or apologizing, never, never bring up the past. You need to just focus on the problem at hand, and your goal should be to get to a solution.
Something to think about: Is there something that you need to forgive your spouse for doing? Is there something you need to ask for forgiveness for?
Focus this week: Breaking Free "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." 1 Corinthians 10:13
This week was talking about temptations and addictions, no matter how big or small they may be. For this week's lesson, we broke up into groups with girls in one group and the guys went next door to another room. The biggest temptation that was discuss in the book that is talked about in the movie was pornography and adultery. Those seem the most obvious to us, but those two sins cause so many break ups of marriages and families. Our flesh is so weak, but we must find the strengthen that God can give us and flee from this type of immorality. It talked about how "parasites" can get into your marriage and parasites will slowing eat away at you, until there is nothing left, but you and that sin. Some other parasites that were common in marriage were: eating disorders (whether it's too much or too little), Internet-based addictions, gambling, alcoholism, and drug addiction. Of course you and I know that there are many, many more, but these were the ones that the book mentioned. It discussed how to flee from sin. You can either take yourself out of the situation, or destroy the sin it's self. Something we discussed in the girl's group were that there were all kinds of sins and everyone has something that can take the place of putting that sin above our spouse. We have to been on our toes at all times. The Devil makes sin look so good and it will seem satisfying. I compare it to a candy bar. (Chocolate is a food group as far as I am concerned, which is something I struggle with). But that candy bar looks so good, it smells heavenly, and the taste, there's nothing like it, but in under 5 minutes that candy bar is gone. What are you left with? Sticky hands, dry mouth, trash, and a few days later, you are needing a bigger size in your pants. The Devil will go after your weakness. He's like an opposing team, they will watch your tapes for days, weeks, months, and can pinpoint your weakness and will strike just at the right time. You have got to be aware of the enemy.
Something to think about: Are there any parasites in your marriage that you need to confess to God? To your spouse? Admit to your self?
Sunday, December 7, 2008
You know you are a teacher if..... (From Jeff Foxworthy)
1. You can hear 25 voices behind you and know exactly which one belongs to the child out of line.
2. You get a secret thrill out of laminating something.
3. You walk into a store and hear the words "It's Ms/Mr. _________" and know you have been spotted.
4. You have 25 people that accidentally call you mom/dad at one time or another.
5. You can eat a multi-course meal in under twenty-five minutes.
6. You've trained yourself to go to the bathroom at two distinct times of the day: lunch and conference period.
7. You start saving other people's trash, because you can use that toilet paper tube or plastic butter tub for something in the classroom.
8. You believe the teachers' lounge should be equipped with a margarita machine.
9. You want to slap the next person who says "Must be nice to work 7:15 to 3:15 and have summers off".
10. You believe chocolate is a food group.
11. You can tell if it's a full moon without ever looking outside.
12. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says, "Boy, the kids sure are mellow today."
13. You feel the urge to talk to strange children and correct their behavior when you are out in public.
14. You believe in aerial spraying of Ritalin.
15. You think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.
16. You spend more money on school stuff than you do on your own children.
17. You can't pass the school supply aisle without getting at least one thing!
18. You ask your friends if the left hand turn he just made was a "good choice or a bad choice."
19. You find true beauty in a can full of perfectly sharpened pencils.
20. You are secretly addicted to hand sanitizer.
21. You understand instantaneously why a child behaves a certain way after meeting his or her parents.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Well, I finally did it! I finally figured out how to get a video of my pictures to upload to my blog. So here's a video of the bridal lucheon, rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and our wedding day. Professional pictures and honeymoon pictures will be coming soon! I am so very proud of myself!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Clemson 31 Carolina 14
I know, I know, I know, if you are a Carolina fan you are saying, "just wait til next year!". You know we hear that every year, maybe one year it will happen for you. But in all fairness to the Carolina fans, including my husband who is a huge Carolina fan, I do agree that Spuirer should have of taken Smelley out of the game. Smelley helped us win that game. (Thank you!).
Yaba Dabo Doo!
GOOOOOOOOO Tigers!!!!!! C-L-E-M-S-OOO-N!
check out the new Dabo Song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WshOJXEWqQ
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Katelyn waiting for the cermony to start.
Mr. Tim and Kayla before the wedding.
Lily Kate & Kayla: Flower Girls
Kevin & I after the wedding.
This is the fire truck that Kateyln & Ryan left on.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Emily and one of the baby sheep. It took Kevin, Emily, and myself to run him down and Emily was the one that caught him.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
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Friday, October 24, 2008
The study had us focus on whether or not you truly understood your marriage vows and the covenant that you made with your spouse and God on that special day. I remember that Dr. Carswell said that those that were a witness to our wedding were at the birth of a new family, family that until that moment had not existed before. That's hard to wrap your head around to think about. We have a chance to start a new family that taken what we have been given and have learned from our own individual families and combined with our own ideas and direction from God create a family, just the two of us. After only being married for four months, the wedding day is still very real. I still remember my vows and the focus that I had. I really took those vows serious and wanted to make sure that Kevin knew that. However, I know that as time will go on that certain vows may be more of a challenge to uphold. The study focused on a few and explained them.
1. To have and to hold (how well you bonded and "held" to your spouse)
2. For better or worse (how stable is your treatment of your spouse, regardless of circumstances?)
3. For richer or poorer (how well does your marriage stand up to financial pressures?)
4. In sickness and in health (is your marriage affected by health struggles?)
5. To love and to cherish (refer to your accomplishment of the principles in Ephesians 5)
6. I pledge my faithfulness (are you faithful to your spouse, not just meaning looking at someone else or flirting, but being honest and loyal in all situations.)
I know that for us, during the first four months, I guess we feel like we have accomplished number 1. Having been apart for the whole 4 years that we dated, we have spent more time together than ever. Also, having just been married, which I am sure most can relate, number 2 for richer or poorer, mainly means for poor or poorer. Even when you come into an extra surprise of money, there's never enough. I had always had money living at home after college, but now with Kevin and the few bills we do have, we are going from pay check to pay check. But God is good and He does supply our needs. Number 4 is the one that I feel Kevin and have had a real hold onto. I have personally had many illnesses and times when I have been sick and between our two families we have dealt with that too. Just two weeks after we married, Kevin's grandfather passed away. Three weeks ago, I got bite by a spider, which got infected. So I went on an antibiotic and then 10 days after that had an allergic reaction and broke out in hives. Oh and in between my spider bite and hives, Kevin sets a hay field on fire. So the past 3 weeks have been busy for us, and to add school on top of that with the end of the first nine weeks here. It's never a boring moment down here in the country. So, I guess we have dealt with some stuff, but you just laugh at it and move on. But the vows we made on June 21, 2008 were something that you don't just say once, but it's a daily things that you have made a commitment to do. Loving your spouse, in all aspects of that word. It's not just the loving feelings, true love, like we talked about in week 1 comes from really understanding your spouse and seeing them through God's eyes. I guess the one vow that will be a daily struggle for me, is to keep my treatment of Kevin the same in all situations. It's really easy for me to get stressed out and to snap at him for no reason at all. I always feel horrible after the fact and am quick to apologize, but I have tried and need to try harder to treat him with the same love and kindness and tenderness that I would want from him in all situations. But that's a daily thing that I try to work on.
Something to think about: What is one vow that you made on your wedding day that maybe you have been struggling with to keep lately? What could you do to improve it and show it to your spouse?