Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Once again, Carrie has shown me a new blog for me to follow (the blog isn't new, it is just new to me). It is called "A Joyful Chaos" (boy doesn't that sound like life!) She is having a giveaway and one lucky person will win this book! I think it would be a great read...and if you know me at all you know I am slightly obsessed with Amish and Mennonite culture! Visit her blog here to see how you can enter to win this book!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Tom ran along the sandy shore as fast as he could. But his little boat soon slipped out of sight. All afternoon he searched for the boat. Finally, when it was too dark to look any longer, Tom sadly went home.
A few days later, on the way home from school, Tom spotted a boat just like his in a store window. When he got closer, he could see -- sure enough -- it was his!
Tom hurried to the store manager: "Sir, that's my boat in your window! I made it!"
"Sorry, son, but someone else brought it in this morning. If you want it, you'll have to buy it for one dollar."
Tom ran home and counted all his money. Exactly one dollar! When he reached the store, he rushed to the counter. "Here's the money for my boat." As he left the store, Tom hugged his boat and said, "Now you're twice mine. First, I made you and now I bought you." "
Isn't that just like the Lord? First He made us. After years and years of sinful man pushing God away, He sent his precious Son to buy us back to Him! I am twice His! First He made me in my mothers womb, and then He bought me with His precious blood! Thank you Lord!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I have to say that for the longest time, people have jokingly called me "Anna Nicole Smith" because my name is Anna Smith. I also must admit that I am oh so excited that I will only be Anna Smith for 2 more months! HOORAY!
Monday, March 22, 2010
I got my very first official wedding gift since being engaged! My Aunt Brucie and her daughter Lauren can't make it to my bridal shower since they have a wedding to attend that day, so they presented me with a $75 gift card to Wal Mart (I am registered there and Bed Bath and Beyond)!!! I was so excited!! Dusty and I are planning a Wal Mart date soon so we can get something fun and exciting with this gift money!! What should we get?? Any suggestions?? That's a lot of money to spend LOL!
Things are just moving right along for us. A group of guys at Dusty's church informed him that they would be willing to play some of their good old bluegrass music for our wedding ceremony and reception! FOR FREE!! How exciting is that? My barn chic dream wedding is just falling right into place! I'm so thankful for that! God is so good to me, even when I deserve the exact opposite.
We had a new addition to our family about 2 weeks ago! My brother Christian and his wife Stormy welcomed a sweet baby girl into the world! Her name is Lilei (pronounced lily) Marie. She is so sweet and calm. I believe she has already chosen her Aunt Nina (that's my name to the nieces and nephews by the way) as her favorite!
I hope you have a wonderful Monday!
I just found this blog through Carrie at Farming on Faith! I got excited about this giveaway since I will soon be moving into my own home and cooking for my husband (=!! YAY!! Gail at Faithfulness Farm is celebrating her 100th post with a giveaway. You can check her out here!
Have a happy Monday!!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
THE HIM LIST
1. His other love
- He must love the Lord with all his heart (CHECK)
- He must serve the Lord in some way (CHECK- I will tell you about this later)
- He must be a spiritual leader (DOUBLE CHECK)
- He must be willing and able to lead me, teach me, and grow with me in Christ (CHECK)
- Funny, witty (CHECK CHECK)
- Adventurous (CHECK)
- Family Oriented (CHECK)
- Hard-working (CHECK)
- Enjoys playing games (CHECK)
- Likes cats and children (CHECK- he can do without cats but doesn't hate them)
- Likes camping (CHECK)
- Good with big crowds (CHECK)
- Deep thinker (DOUBLE CHECK)
- Emotionally in touch and open (TRIPLE CHECK)
- Respectful and Chivalrous (CHECK- I have a funny story for this)
- Committed (CHECK- I have the ring to prove it HAHA)
- Honest (CHECK)
- Likes my big family (especially my mom and dad) (CHECK CHECK CHECK)
- Kind of nerdy (HAHA...UMMM...CHECK!)
- Likes being outdoors (CHECK)
- Laid back (someone has to balance the control freak in me) (OH MY WORD! CHECK!!)
- Educated (CHECK)
- Do-it-yourself-er (CHECK)
- Wants to live on a farm, or at least in the country with some animals and a garden (hey a girl can dream!) (CHECK)
- Wants to have a family (CHECK- we have a head start on that one)
- Dreams of living a (close to) primitive, non-materialistic lifestyle - such as living off the land, and off the grid (CHECK)
4. Physical Traits
- In good shape for hiking, running, etc. (tree climbing is bonus points) (CHECK CHECK)
- Handsome (OH CHECKITY CHECK CHECK CHECK hehe)
- Good smile (LOVE HIS SMILE)
- Has loving, soul-searching eyes (CHECK- OUR EYES ARE THE SAME COLOR!!)
- Can dress GQ for church and rugged outside of church (HAHA...CHECK)
So here is my funny story about Dusty's chivalry. My mom and I were walking into the store to pick up my wedding dress and I stepped aside and waited for her to open the door. Not because I expected my mom to do that but because I have become so accustomed to waiting in the car to have my door opened and stepping aside for him to open the door for me! It's really quite wonderful!!
I am so happy and I am so sure that this is the will of God for my life! I wanted everyone to know a little bit more about my man so that you could see why I love him so much! (= He's pretty lovable.
"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." 1 John 4:11
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
It was brought to my attention that the pictures I put up came across the wrong way. Apparently the portrayal of affection was such that it gave an appearance of wrongdoing in our relationship. I want to assure everyone who reads this that Dusty and I are saving certain things (this is hard to convey without being too forward) until marriage. If my engagement pictures gave the appearance of anything else then I am truly sorry. We were trying to convey our love through the art of photography and we had my mother with us the whole time. We are doing our best to live for the Lord and we never want to bring dishonor to HIS name. I have removed the pictures until after we are married if I feel led to continue blogging. Please pray for us in these next 9 weeks until the wedding.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
So here is what we have done and are working on so far: we have made the layout for our invitations and are going Monday (Lord willing) to take pictures for engagement photos, the background of our invites, and our wedding favors. My mom came up with the genius idea of giving out wallet sized photos of the married couple with the date and their names as wedding favors. It is inexpensive and it's not just something that will end up being clutter! It was a hit at Melanie's wedding. So, that is fun and exciting! I also have picked out my dress and it is sitting at Poffie Girls in Gastonia waiting to be picked up for alterations! I am really excited about that!!
We are going this week to look for dress patterns for my girls. I got Dusty's outfit (a purple gingham button up shirt and flat front khakis) today for only $45!! Amazing!
There is so much to look forward to and the Lord has been with me so far! I am thankful that he is such a loving and faithful God who likes to spoil his children sometimes!
"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Psalm 37:4
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010