Friday, May 31, 2013

I survived ...

my 6th year of teaching!

It is officially . . .
I am ready to sleep in, do some crazy cleaning in the house and the yard, get a tan, spend extra time with Chris and hang out with my friends and family!

Hope you all have a wonderful summer!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Child-like Faith

Leave it up to kids to remind us of what we as aduls often forget!

This is a conversation I had with a kindergartener the other day . . .

Her: "Dollars are not that important!"
Me: "They kinda are!"
Her: "No, the only thing that is important is Jesus, God's son! It's all about what he did at Easter!"

Here is a little video I recorded of the nephew, Levi, on the way Nina and Papa's house after church on Sunday . . .
Me: "Levi, what do I need?"
Levi: "You need Jesus!"
*When I usually ask him this question he responds with "A kiss!", not this time! :)

But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children."
Matthew 19:14

Sunday, May 19, 2013

6 years ago today

I married my best friend!

In honor of our anniversary I thought I would tell our story :)

I was a senior in high school and working as a teller at the bank inside Wal-Mart.
Chris is 2 years older than me so he was out of school and was working at that same Wal-Mart.

After I had been working there a few weeks Chris began to come up and talk to me, throwing out facts about my high school football team and trying his best to make small talk. He would go on his lunch break when I got off work and would be sitting outside waiting for me to walk by so he could tell me good night. He even went as far as to open an account at the bank so that he could talk to me (after we started dating he fessed up and asked me to close that account since he never used it).
In October I transferred to a different bank at a new Wal-Mart (I didn't say good bye).
Chris said one day he came in and I was gone!
He figured that was it.
Then one day his sister (she also worked for Wal-Mart and transferred to the new store when I did) told him "That girl is at my store, do you want me to get her number?"
Behind my back, one of my co-workers gave his sister my number and she then passed it onto Chris. He gave me a call that evening and well . . . the rest is history! :)

We officially started dating on November 24th, 2004 and that month we had our first kiss in my old red truck on his lunch break! :)

A month later he told me he loved me one night while we were sitting by the Christmas tree at my parents house.

Skip ahead a few years to October 22nd, 2006 . . .
After dating for about 3 years (2 of those years I was in Oklahoma for college)
he popped the question.
I remember that day like it was yesterday ...
It was a Sunday night, I had come home that weekend from school and was going to head back that night. About 2 hrs before I was suppose to leave Chris asked me to go have a picnic with him.
We grabbed some snacks and a blanket and headed to the park in downtown Plano. While we were hanging out and talking Chris started to tickle me (I'm super ticklish) and as I was laughing and squiring to get away I turned around and he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand. I got a huge smile on my face and tears in my eyes as he said the words,
"I love you Bethany, will you marry me?"
I responded with, "OF COURSE!!!!" and he slipped the ring on my finger as I wrapped my arms around his neck!

I planned the wedding while I was finishing up my Associates degree and in May I graduated, through everything in the back of my little truck and headed home to Texas. I spent that next week running around getting everything and everyone organized and ready for the BIG day.

 On May 19th, 2007 at Abundant Life Church in Garland, Texas we said, "I DO!"

We have had MANY ups and a few downs over the past 6 years but with everyday that passed our relationship only grows stronger and I can say without a doubt in my mind that I love him more today than I ever thought was possible!

Only God knows what the future holds for us but we are excited and ready for whatever lies ahead!

Happy Anniversary Babe, I LOVE YOU!!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Debbie Downer?

After read this I thought, "Dang, I really hope that's not me!"

I was thinking about the last few blogs I've posted and they are all, in a way, sad/negative and even though I think I kinda have the right to be a little upset a times over-all I am blessed and have a LOT to be thankful for! After all the title of my blog is Life is Good!

So here are some things that make my life truly good . . .

1. God - His unfailing love, acceptance, and forgiveness!

2. Chris - He is so strong and has such a loving heart. I could NOT have asked for a better husband! He has seen me at my best and at my very worse and yet still loves me unconditionally.
I am one lucky girl!
3. George - I know he's "just" a dog but he's my baby :)
*this is the most recent pic I have of Chris and George so I had to use it.
George's birthday was in Dec.

3. My Friends and Family - I don't want to start listing them because I know the list would go on forever and I would inevitable leave someone out, so you guys know who you are.
I am surrounded by an amazing group of friends & family that I can come to with ANYTHING and they are always there to love and support me!

4. Collin Creek Church - My home away from home. I have been going to this church for over 15 years now and I am thankful for the people there that have helped me grow in Christ.

There are many things in this life that I want and don't yet have but I already have more than I'll ever need, so Life is Good!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

I hope all the Mama's out there had a wonderful day yesterday!

Special shout out goes to my beautiful mother!
She is beautiful inside and out!
My mom is an amazing women of God and a great example for my sister and I of how a mom and wife should be as well as what my little brother should be looking for in his future wife!
My dad is a lucky guy! ;)

Yesterday morning before church I got this text from one of my best friends . . .
Even though it made me cry, surprisingly they were not sad tears they were hopeful tears because I know she is right! Even before Chris and I were trying to conceive she knew my heart and my desire to be a mom and she has always said, "God already has your baby picked out we just haven't met him/her yet!" and that has always brought me comfort!
Thanks, Amy!

Later that evening I found this video that I thought was pretty cool . . .

Happy Mother's Day to all the women out there
whether you are holding your baby in your arms, womb, or heart!

Monday, May 6, 2013

"If You want Me To"

Overall I'm not a negative person and I usually try to find the positive in every situation but as each month passes it seems to get harder and harder to find the positive when I see another negative pregnancy test. 
This time around was no exception, and even with all the love and support I received from my family, friends and especially Chris I was definitely in need of some encouragement. This past Sunday morning, after Chris left for work (at 4:45am), I couldn't fall back asleep and as I was laying there an old song popped into my head. I began to sing through the words in my mind and almost immediately began to cry (AgAiN!). The words were exactly what I needed ...

If You want Me To
Ginny Owens

The pathway is broken and the signs are unclear
And I don't know the reasons why you brought me here.
But just because you love me the way that You do
I'm gonna walk through the valley if you want me to.

Cause I'm not who I was when I took my first step
And I'm clinging to the promise You’re not through with me yet.
So if all of these trials that bring me closer to You
Then I will go through the fire if you want me to.

It may not be the way I would've chosen
When you lead me through a world that's not my home
But you never said it would be easy
You only said I'd never go alone.

So when the whole world turns against me
And I'm all by myself
And I can't hear you answer my cries for help
I'll remember the suffering that your love put you through
And I will go through the valley if you want me to.

No, the pain and heartache did not and has not magically gone away but the words of the song and the verse below (that came to mind later that day) did make it a little easier to deal with!

Here is the song, if you would like to check it out!