Monday, July 26, 2010


A few months ago I stumbled over Courtney's blog, Women Living Well, and have been inspired every week since. She's a stay at home mom, loving wife who's living for God and trusting him in every aspect of her life. She's a fabulous Christian woman who you should definitely check out!

At the beginning of June, she started a Completing Him Challenge which I'm completing with her and many others. It's about becoming the wife your husband needs as you follow God's commandment in Ephesians 5:21-24. This can be such a difficult topic that I gladly accept others insight.

This week is challenge #7: Following Your Husbands Vision. Support his vision. Discuss his vision for your family. Where does he see your family in 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years. Share with us how you let your husband lead.

Matt and I talk often about our short term goals because sometimes our "wants" turn into "needs." At that point, we need the other to redirect our thinking to the list:

1. Pay off ALL debt - we have been truly blessed by his family and have been able to tackle our debt as we live rent free in his grandfather's home. A good friend introduced us to Dave Ramsey and we've put into practice his philosophies. We're so close to paying off loan #3!
2. Buy a house - hopefully this time next year we will be debt free and find the house God has prepared for us.

His long term goals for our family include:
1. Trusting God to continue to prosper his law firm.
2. Allowing me to be a full-time stay-at-home mom once we begin to expand our family.
3. Teaching me to become a better cook - I'm a work in progress!

As we grow as a family God has brought our dreams and visions more in line and paved the road to achieve them together. My prayer daily is that he keep us equally yoked on every situation, no matter how big or small. When one of us 'gets rowdy' and begins to pull away, I ask God to give a tug and remind us of that paves road. Sometimes it is hard, but with his guidance and our prayers / faith, I know God's will be done.

I'm off to the kitchen to work on LTG #3. I'm making Thai Tilapia with Peanut Sauce.
Fingers crossed Betty didn't steer me wrong!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

So, it took me a few more 'hours' than I thought to get this up because I'm just not sure what to write about. I'll let you know what we've been up to so far this summer...

Last weekend one of my oldest friends got married! Jenny married a fabulous guy and their wedding was perfect! We jokingly said that she looked like Barbie... but I definitely think it is true. Stunning bride, wonderful wedding, and a GREAT cookie table (sorry, no pictures of that yummy, goodness yet).

One of the best parts about this wedding was the Jenny, Jess, and I were all back together. Jess and I are getting ready while Jenny is taking pre-wedding pictures. It was one of my most favorite wedding weekends, aside from our wedding. I can't wait to see these girls again!

Another great thing is that we welcomed a new niece a few weeks ago. Matt's sister Katie and her husband Tom had their first little one. Faith arrived June 22nd at 6:50 pm, 10 lbs, and 21 1/4 inches.

Charlie loves being a big brother! He kisses her every chance he gets and always want to help out his mommy.

We also celebrated our first year anniversary with a excellent dinner at Mancy's Blue Water Grill and then drove around Perrysburg for our future house. It was a wonderful celebration together! Our little family is enjoying year two.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Time to get serious

Tonight... after we figure out dinner and I work a bit... I'm going to get serious with this blog and make it happen. Come back tomorrow!