Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Live in Thanksgiving Daily

We love Thanksgiving. When I married Brad, I was especially impressed with his ability to live in Thanksgiving daily. He is truly grateful for all things and notices the small and simple things around him, recognizing them as great blessings. I am so grateful for all of the things he has taught me about gratitude and Thanksgiving.

One thing we have been discussing recently is the importance of expressing that gratitude. We are so thankful to many people around us, but we don't always tell them so. Perhaps they are feeling down and unappreciated, since no one bothers to thank them, when really we are so very grateful and need but say a quick thank you.

So I make these little printables. We cut them out and glued them to colorful cardstock and wrote little notes. They would be just as cute cut out and left alone though, with a little note of gratitude written on the back. We feel so strongly about sharing our gratitude with others, that we wanted to say thank you to all of YOU for your love, friendship, and involvement in our lives. We also wanted to give you all the opportunity to express gratitude to others as well, so if you are interested, click on the links for your own printable version.

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of the bounteous blessings which God has bestowed upon us all.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Guest Post: Pre Wedding Jitters

It's wedding week for Ashley over at Girl Talk, and I'm so happy to be helping her out with this guest post so that she can just sit back and enjoy the festivities.

Here's a little sneak peak into my guest post. You can read the full post here.

Leading up to our big day, I had some pretty crazy pre wedding day jitters. Now, I'm not talking second thoughts here. I was 100% certain that I was making the right choice marrying Brad. I thought then, and still think now, that Brad is absolutely perfect. Having met in preschool and been best friends ever since, we had each seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. We knew what we were getting in to, and I was jumping in with both feet. I was beyond excited.

But those pre wedding jitters. Let me tell you, I had some weird ones. Today, I'm going to share 5 of my strangest Pre-Wedding Jitters with you all.

Check out my odd jitters over on Ashley's blog.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Stay-At-Home Homecoming

Last month marked 10 years since Brad took me on our first date to the homecoming dance. The day before the dance was my 16th birthday. We went to the homecoming parade, carnival, and game that day and the dance the following day. Not only was this my first date with Brad, but my first date ever. This is what I wrote in my journal about it:

October 23, 2005
Yesterday was the dance! It felt weird to be on a date, but being there with Brad was just right. It was absolutely amazing. I loved every minute of it! I am so blessed to have Brad for my best friend. He is so wonderful!

Well, Brad remembered the 10th anniversary of this first date and really knocked it out of the park on this one! As part of my birthday present, he invited me to Pew Homecoming 2015. He had prepared a card with our homecoming picture and included tickets to the dance which was to take place the following night in our living room.

The next day for dinner, I made chicken cordon bleu, which is what we ate on our big night 10 years ago. I also wrote Brad a little note and found some old and new pictures to put around. 

After getting the baby down for the night, we got all gussied up and recreated our high school homecoming date.

The theme of our Sophomore Homecoming was "There's No Place Like Home." How fitting! 10 years later, Brad is my home, and there is truly no place like it. I love him so much. He is my rock, the love of my life, my best friend, my everything. 

Brad had prepared a playlist with the top songs from 2005 from magical slow dances to the Macarena, cotton-eyed joe to N*sync. We danced the night away in our living room and had a ball. It was so much fun to reminisce about our first date. We talked about how nervous we each were, how excited we felt, and how happy we made each other. It was fun to remember how Brad asked me to the dance and how I answered him. And it was perfect being together now and dancing as husband and wife. We enjoyed romantic slow dances and silly line dances. Then, Brad ended out playlist with our wedding song. Perfection.
 It was such a fun date and we highly recommend it. 

If you didn't know each other in high school, it would still be fun to recreate a homecoming dance in your living room. And if you did know each other then, you will have memories that you share. Find songs from the time you were in school and make the most of it. You don't have to go out of the house to have a good time! I've provided some free printables for you to invite your spouse to your own stay-at-home homecoming dance. I've also shared Brad's playlist with you for if you were in high school in the early 2000s. If not, make your own and enjoy a trip down memory lane. I hope you have fun and enjoy a special night! 

Click HERE to download your free printable

2000's Dance Playlist:

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