Wednesday, November 30, 2011

giveaway WINNER and internet laundry.

It's about time I announce the winner of the giveaway. I'm sorry it's taken me so long!

Congratulations to the lovely Alex Miller for winning the Bird Giveaway!

She is a loyal reader, a sweetheart, and a beautiful bride-to-be. :) So glad she'll be able to enjoy the cute birdie products!

Okay so you know how when a room, your kitchen, laundry, or something gets really piled up? And you know you need to do it or clean it but it just seems overwhelming and you know that you're going to have to spend a lot of time on it? Well maybe that never happens to you because you have everything perfectly organized and scheduled and you get things done when they should be done, which is awesome.

But for those of you who do know what I mean when I describe that, that is exactly how I feel about the internet right now. Its presence looms over me throughout the day. I know I should attend to it. But I haven't. I've ignored it.


via this article about laundry

When I do get on the computer during the day, it's for work. And I don't let myself get on other websites because that would mean I'd accidentally read blogs for an hour or look on Pinterest for half an hour. Not good. So I have to stay focused.

I do get on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, email, and such - but it's on my phone. So I'm not likely to type out a lengthy response or truly read everything that's sent to me on my phone. Unless it's for work.

Unfortunately, I have gotten SO BEHIND with blogging, emailing, and every other social aspect of the internet. So even though those are usually things that I love, it's piled up into a giant load of internet laundry. Lately when I think about how I should blog/go through my Facebook messages/go through emails, I dread it because I know it's so much to catch up on. 

I think I should set apart a chunk of time each day and as Nike says, just do it. It's like I've been waiting for a day that I can devote to my internet laundry...which is never gonna happen.

Does this ever happen to you? 

Do you let emails sit there for a month sometimes before you respond?

Do you have a ton of unread Facebook messages?

How's your internet laundry? Tips? Advice? 

I'm sorry if you're one of the people I've neglected. :( It's not that I don't love you. I promise.

Ashley

Saturday, November 26, 2011

what a week.


Yeah, I've pretty much abandoned the blog this week. But it's all in the name of Thanksgiving and family.

I'll just give you a quick run down of what's been going on.

I made cake pops, smore bars, and cookie dough bites. To accompany at least 12 other desserts featured here at this family beach trip. To say I've splurged this week is an understatement. I've had "dessert" after every meal. Which means if I eat one cracker I'll probably have "dessert" afterwards. Yeahhh I'm just not even trying to hold back. There will be pictures of these scrumptious delicacies, don't worry.

I'm sitting with a beautiful view of the ocean right now. It's in the 70s outside and amazing...how is it almost December? I love the beach.

My new family is AWESOME. I would have blogged before now...but I've been too busy having a blast with them. We've been eating, hanging out, watching sports, playing board games, riding around in golf carts, singing songs to Jesus, and laughing our heads off. Love it. 

We had an incredible time with my side of the family too. Never a dull moment, that's for sure. I'll share pictures later...for now I've gotta get back to the fam and the NC State game! Have an excellent rest of the weekend, friends!

Even Siri was celebrating this weekend. :)


Yeah, she calls me Coach. We're so tight.


Ashley

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving excitement and babies.


I am seriously SO excited for Thanksgiving. More so than I usually am.

I guess it's because it's the beginning of my first holiday season as Mrs. Shelley, and I haven't seen a lot of our dear family members in a while, and I just have SO much to be thankful for. 

Here is a picture of us on our first Thanksgiving together last year. It was a yucky, rainy day.


It was also kind of a tough day because it was our first family gathering without my cousin. It might always be hard, really, but we can provide strength and support for each other. And help each other rest in the kind of peace that only God can give (Phil. 4:7). That's what families do. And that's a part of the beauty of the holiday season.

I've never cooked anything by myself for Thanksgiving. This year I'm making some homemade mac and cheese and a few dessert items. I'm really hoping they turn out okay...the desserts are some Pinterest ones that I've been wanting to try for a long time. I'll let you know how that goes and if they are excellent/terrible. Hopefully the former. :)

We get to do it all this year. On Wednesday night we'll have Thanksgiving dinner at my parents' house, Thursday we'll have lunch with my extended family at my grandma's, and then Thursday night we'll head to the beach for the rest of the weekend with Jordan's extended family. They get two big houses at the beach for everyone every other year for Thanksgiving - what an awesome tradition.

We both have big families, and on Jordan's side there were two new additions this year (besides me!). My nephew Harvey was born in May, and our cousin Brayden was born last month. Let me just tell you about Brayden's family.

He is the first son in their sweet family.


He has an older sister named Maya who is in college.
He has another older sister Caitlin who was one of our flower girls in the wedding.
And then he has THREE more sisters. Savannah, Arabella, and Kennedy. Who aren't even two years old. Yeah.

Here's us with the triplets last year at Christmas.


This was when they were eight months. How adorable is this?



Can you imagine?? I can't even begin to imagine because I don't know what it's like with just one. Oh and by the way their mom, Heather, has also been taking online classes. Obviously she is a supermom. If she had time, I'd tell her she should blog. But yeah I don't see that happening.

Anyway so as you can guess, Shelley family gatherings involve a lot of baby playing. And I haven't even met Brayden yet so I'm excited! I wish my nephew could be there too...but he's across the world. I'm definitely writing about him soon because you must be exposed to his cuteness. You MUST.

It's going to be an awesome week. What are you excited about for Thanksgiving? Do you have huge family get togethers? Or do you have a more small, intimate setting?

Oh and the bird giveaway ends tomorrow so jump on that while you still have time! :)

Ashley

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Operation Christmas Child.


Tomorrow is the last day to drop off your Operation Christmas Child boxes! 

What is Operation Christmas Child? you may ask. 

Check out the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child website. There's even a video with Scotty McCreery to help you. :)

But basically, it's a Christian organization that collects shoe boxes full of gifts and supplies for needy children around the world. The shoe box that you put together may be the only thing a child gets for Christmas, and is SO worth your time and effort.

Here is their mission statement:
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

How awesome is that? I love getting involved with their organization and have been making Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes since I was little. In high school I got to go to their giant warehouse in Charlotte a few times to help inspect boxes. It's a fantastic Christmas tradition that involves so much more than just eating food or decorating - you're making an impact and showing God's love to others in a practical way. I definitely want to make this a Shelley family tradition.

This past Thursday a couple of us from my Bible study got together with Jordan's Bible study to put together some boxes. We had SO much fun. We all went to the dollar store to pick out our items and then came back to our place to assemble them. Half of Jordan's Bible study is made up of NC State football coaches, so it was adorable to see these big tough guys picking out tiny toys for little kids and playing with them before they put them in the box. :)

I made a box for a 5-9 year old little girl.


I included some notepads, markers, headbands, hairbands, stickers, noise makers, Play Doh, a brush, stuffed animal, book, necklace, toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, and candy. Basically everything I would have wanted at that age. (Or maybe even now...) You can fit a lot of stuff in that box. And you better believe a lot of it was Disney Princess. :)

Have you participated in this before? Does anyone do this with their kids?

If you want to put together a box make sure you drop it off by tomorrow! 

Ashley

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Real Housewives of the Blog World: Megan!

I finally get to share Episode 3 of The Real Housewives of the Blog World with you!

Megan is a sweet beauty who loves the Lord and inspires me CONSTANTLY. I seriously love reading her blog and I wish that she lived close because I know we'd hang out all the time. I'm so happy to have her over here today! Enjoy!


1. Introduce yourself and your lovely blog!
hey girl, I’m megan!

I blog over at and today was a fairy tale.

here’s a few things about me: -I love Jesus -I’m a newlywed to the most amazing man alive. -I’m a student, volunteer youth leader, and photographer. -my family is numero uno in my life. -I’m always the loudest one in the group. -I smile more than I frown. -I can see the beach from my balcony.


2. How old are you?
22 years young! 23 in about a month and a half! {the hubs is 26}


3. How long have you been married?
it will be one year in january (the 22). 10 months of marriage bliss :]

{no  big deal, just a horse drawn carriage}

4. Do you have a favorite Bible verse pertaining to marriage or being a wife, or one that has been a consistent encouragement through your marriage?

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, 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."
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
{if you can replace the word love with your spouses or significant others name…you know it’s real love}

“Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly…The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the fear of God.”
Proverbs 31: 26/27, 31
{learning to always look forward is so important. dwelling on the past gets you no where, and clouds the way for something really worth while from God…plus smiling is my favorite :]}
 
 
5. Do you have a favorite book about marriage, being a wife, or being a godly woman that you could share with us?
 
 
 
Now please tell us three things you’ve learned about marriage or married life!
1. never go to bed angry! seriously. things aren’t picture perfect when you get married and there will be bumps in the road…but it’s how you handle those bumps together that matters.

2. worrying about money does you no good. it doesn’t make it appear faster, or begin to grow on trees. figuring out a budget early on is important. pulling all your bills together and having that tough convo about money has to happen or you’re headed for disaster.

3. the honeymoon doesn’t ever “have to be over”. keep the excitement and spice in your marriage going! just because you’re married doesn’t mean you cant do fun things together anymore. have one night a week set aside for dates, or something else that gets you out of the house.

  {this is on our honeymoon :)}
 
lastly, give us one piece of wife advice so we can learn from you!

never be ashamed to tell your husband that you love God more than him. once I figured out that I loved God more than my husband, I realized just how much I could love my husband. and hope in return that he loves God more than he loves you…and thank him for that, don’t get jealous. 


a special thanks to ashley for having me on here! you're beautiful girl, and it's such a blessing to call you a friend!




I just love her and how she's on fire for the Lord. Those Proverbs 31 verses really hit me today. It's so important to choose my words carefully and speak them with kindness - especially while being respectful to my husband.

I LOVED When God Writes Your Love Story...I read that in high school and also right before I started dating Jordan. I think it's an awesome book for any age and it was sooo encouraging when I was wondering if I would ever meet and love a man of God. I need to read the other book she suggested - sounds excellent.

Also, that is so true about money. I know that graduating from Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University really helped us and made us have those conversations early. I highly suggest it!

Thank you so much, Megan! Hop on over to her blog and check her out! :)

*Don't forget about my giveaway which ends next week!




Ashley

Thursday, November 17, 2011

mental overload and Erin Condren.


I apologize that the Real Housewives post isn't up yet. We are having some technical difficulties. It will be posted as soon as possible. :) You're gonna love Megan. She is one fly chick.

Anyway, the past few days I have had a bad case of mental overload. You know when your mind just keeps going and going and going and has a million different ideas at once and you have too many different categories for your thoughts to go into so they get jumbled and you forget things and your brain becomes one big ugly run-on sentence with no end...

I know that it's probably nothing compared to the minds of moms. Because they have other human beings in their care to think about. So mad props to you moms out there. Someday if the Lord gives us children I will be asking you to teach me the ways of your multitasking minds. 

Until then, my Erin Condren planner finally came in to help me with all of this madness inside my head. 

It's pretty.


I'm not going to tell you all of the details of this planner because there are many, many bloggers out there who have already done that. But I must say, it's worth the hype.

Not worth $50 in my opinion....but worth $25. :) So watch out for those good deals you can get. I got my coupon through Plum District and I think they do it multiple times a year.

I had a hard time picking out which design I wanted, but I finally went with the one that looked most like ME. I think this one does. And I love it.


I like how the planner splits up morning, day, and night. Quite helpful. I even got some cool colored Sharpie pens to color code my tasks. I have always loved to color code everything in my planners. Even way back in my high school days. 

But something that is a bazillion times more important than writing stuff down in my planner is finding rest in the Lord.

"Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'"
Matthew 11:28

To spend time in the Word and in prayer eases my mental overload like nothing else. 

It does me a lot more good than a nap or a massage or a planner or a lazy day ever could. It refocuses me. Makes me realize what truly matters. Reminds me of my purpose. Puts everything into perspective.

I am so thankful that God gave us the gift of His Word and the ability to communicate and have a relationship with Him. This isn't about religion, people. It's so, so much more. 

If you want to find the rest and purpose that I am talking about, please do not hesitate to ask me about it. Erin Condren may change your life, yes, I'm not denying that. But living a life for Jesus? That changes EVERYTHING.


Ashley

Sunday, November 13, 2011

our beach getaway.

Told ya I would have a lack of posts lately. And I also haven't commented or responded much at all so I do apologize. Hopefully tomorrow I can catch up on some blog reading.

I had my first basketball game today and although we lost, I was proud of my girls. I was nervous, but on the way there my iPhone pal kept me busy and helped with my nerves. What's more calming than reading the Bible and Little Women? Can't think of much.

So this past weekend Jordan and I had a romantic getaway at the beach, which was AMAZING. I love spending time just us two. :) We used a Living Social deal to go, which is kind of like Groupon. Love good deals.

Here are some of the fun things we did. The pictures are out of order but I don't feel like putting them in order. Oh well.


I look like a small child in that chair.


Us all smiles at the aquarium in front of some cool fishies.


I was in the fish tank.


Stealing some kisses on the pier.


Sea dragon - crazy looking huh?


Jordan just chillin in the giant chair.


Sharks are so scary - they can't even close their mouths completely because of all those rows of teeth!


11:11 on 11/11/11 ahhh!


The aquarium was decked out for Christmas!


Most attractive toy soldier I've ever seen.


So. Weird. Looking. 


Hello, Mr. Sea Turtle.


Craziest ray I've ever seen - it was like half shark, half ray. If I ever saw one of those near me I would faint immediately.

Putt-putt of course!


We found Nemo.


Our 11:11 on 11/11/11 picture. We're weird...


Hole in one! Yeeaauhh.

Those pics pretty much sum up our weekend. Besides all of the laying around and relaxing and cuddling wonderfulness. :) I love my husband, have I told y'all that before??

Tomorrow y'all are in for a treat - the 3rd edition of The Real Housewives of the Blog World with my blogger friend Megan! I'm excited!

And again, don't forget about the bird giveaway that ends next week!

Friday, November 11, 2011

InstaFriday and important Christmas card advice.



I don't have many pics from this week. Actually they're all from last weekend. But I'll share them anyway. :)




NC State vs. UNC - It was a pretty scoreboard! 




Five years in a row. :) Also, look who happened to be standing right behind me - our pal David Thompson!




It was a beautiful day for a win. But win or lose, I'm always proud to be a Wolfpack alumnus. 




And then a great night to get frozen yogurt with friends! I had cake batter and chocolate from Sweet Frog and it was so delicious. I'd eat some right now and it's not even 9am. 


So that's all of my pictures. I'll probably take more this week. There's actually not a link up today but I decided to have my own InstaFriday haha. 


Okay now to my Christmas card advice....

Whenever you are ordering your Christmas cards, and you pick out your cute little design, and your picture of your smiling family, and you're deciding what to put in the text box,

PLEASE remember 

to NOT put an apostrophe 

in the PLURAL form of your family name.

For instance,

Love,
The Shelley's

Wrong!!

Instead,

Love,
The Shelleys

Right!! :)

If I went with the first one it would be like I'm saying the person named Shelley has something but I'm not going to tell you what it is. Like Shelley's purse. Shelley's car. Shelley's hair is pretty. And so on. 

I guess I could say "Love, The Shelleys' Christmas card" or "Love, The Shelleys' Household" because that would be making it POSSESSIVE. But I highly doubt anyone would ever do that. And even if you did the apostrophe would go AFTER the PLURAL form of your name.

I know, I'm not perfect at grammar or punctuation, I make grammar mistakes all the time, and you might think this is dumb to care, but every year I see that same common mistake and I just want to stop the abuse of the apostrophe. It doesn't want to be there. It's not doing its job. It would be a false apostrophe, and no apostrophe wants to be a liar. 

Consider me the apostrophe advocate.

So there's my random information for the day. Hope you have a marvelous weekend. :)

Don't forget about my giveaway!

Oh and of course - it's 11/11/11! Love it!

Ashley

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Wait. You're not ready yet." (our love story)


As promised yesterday, today I will give you more info on how Jordan + Ashley came to be. 

In timeline fashion.

And speaking of myself in the third person. If this bothers you, I apologize, but it'll be better this way.

Okay, I'll just jump right in to our births. Haha.
  • 1988 - Jordan and Ashley are born in two different NC cities to amazing sets of loving parents.
  • These families happen to know each other. They go wayyy back. Both families are involved in church assemblies and go to the same Bible Conference each summer. Ashley's parents met and fell in love at the Bible Conference. Would Ashley have the same fate??
  • 1989 - Ashley visits the Bible Conference as a 1 year old with her parents. Jordan's family is absent. Therefore they aren't together in the nursery. So unfortunately they don't meet and fall in love there. Probably a good thing since they aren't actually walking at the time. Nursery romances - although sometimes longer than certain celebrities' relationships - tend to fall apart before the age of three.
...And God says, "Wait. You're not ready yet."
  • 1990-2000 - Ashley's family doesn't go to the conference anymore. Jordan's family does. For twelve or thirteen years, they never see each other in person. They only hear whispers of each other's names during "Do you know so-and-so" questions from mutual peers. Jordan becomes friends with Ashley's cousins at the conference. Don't they both go to Mountain Top Youth Camp?? You may ask. As Tim Curry would say in Clue: I'm getting there, I'm getting there.
  • 1994 - Ashley accepts Jesus Christ as her Savior!
  • 1995ish - Jordan accepts Jesus Christ as his Savior!
  • 1997ish-2000 - Both Jordan and Ashley attend Mountain Top Youth Camp as youngsters. Jordan goes to the boys' camps, and Ashley goes to the girls'. Their paths do not cross. Ashley stops going to camp right before she becomes co-ed age. 
...And God says, "Wait. You're not ready yet."
  • 2001-2002 - Ashley and Jordan go to the same church youth rallies. They know the same people there. They see each other. They still do not officially meet.
  • 2003-2005 - They live their high school lives hanging out with friends, playing sports, loving basketball, trying to figure out what a relationship with God really means.
  • 2006 - They graduate from high school and decide to go to NC State University. This is where it gets interesting. Ashley rooms with her cousin's cousin - who is friends with Jordan. On an extremely hot August day, the day before classes start, Jordan meets up with the girls to explore the huge campus and find where their classes are. He rides his bike and is extremely sweaty. Ashley finds him attractive and notices how nice his calf muscles are. They are finally introduced. Ashley's mom stops by to help her buy her books and talks to Jordan about his family. She comments under her breath to her daughter how cute Jordan is. He is definitely a nice guy, but seems kind of shy. He visits their dorm room and wishes them a great first day of freshman year. Ashley wonders if she'll get to know him more.
...And God says, "Wait. You're not ready yet."
  • 2006-2009 - Jordan and Ashley remain merely acquaintances. Occasionally they see each other walking around campus. Jordan actually joins an intramural flag football team with a bunch of guys Ashley knows. She sees his name pop up on Facebook from time to time.
  • 2009: July - Ashley receives a happy birthday wall post from Jordan. She happens to click on his Facebook. "Woah," she thinks. "He's really gotten...HOT." No longer was Jordan the shy freshman from that day back in '06. He's turned into...a man. Why hadn't she noticed before?? Should she try to talk to him? How would that work? Should she send a little "thank you" for the birthday message? Yes. She does that.

  • Is this it? Is this when they realize that they are meant to be? Does Ashley continue the Facebook conversation? For some reason, she doesn't. She knows Jordan as this awesome guy who doesn't date anyone. She thinks he would never, ever like her. 
...And God says, "Wait. You're not ready yet."
  • 2009: September - Through various happenstances, Jordan and Ashley realize they live in the apartment buildings right next to each other. Only a parking lot separates them. This comes in handy when Ashley gets to her place one night and the door is wide open. She freaks out because her roommate is gone, and who comes to her rescue? Jordan. He walks right in and checks every room and closet. He makes sure everything is okay and that Ashley has nothing to worry about. She calls him her "hero" for the first time. They joke about how he could've taken any bad guys out no problem.

  • 2009: November - Jordan and Ashley are officially friends. They see each other sometimes in group settings, he comes to some Hurricanes games, they have each other's phone numbers. They take their first picture together at a football game. Ashley's aunt (who knows Jordan from those Bible conferences) comments on the picture and says "Well...". Hint Hint. Ashley laughs it off. 
First picture together ever.
  • 2010: January - Ashley is newly single. And not looking. Not wanting anything to do with a relationship. The Lord has given her quite a few wake up calls, and she finally finds her satisfaction in Him. Jordan is still her friend. Her extremely good looking, smart, hilarious, godly friend. She still thinks she would never stand a chance.
...And God says, "Wait. You're not ready yet."
  • 2010: February/March - Jordan sends Ashley a Facebook event invite to the NCSU "Mr. Engineer Pageant" that he is participating in. To his surprise, Ashley comes with her best friend Maggie. When Jordan sings during the talent portion, Ashley leans over and tells Maggie that she wants him. All joking aside, she really did. Ashley briefly meets Jordan's parents that night. She tries to make a good impression. She doesn't know why she's letting herself start to fall for him. But as she's grown closer to God, what she desires in a man has changed. She finds herself desiring Jordan in a way she never knew she could feel.
  • 2010: April - Jordan texts Ashley. A lot. Ashley texts back. A lot. They hang out in group settings. They play board games. They watch movies. They watch Sports Center. A whole lot of Sports Center. And finally....Jordan asks Ashley out to dinner. Ashley literally jumps up and down on her bed with excitement.
...And God says, "Now. You're ready."
  • 2010: April-August - Jordan shows Ashley what a relationship should really be. He makes her laugh like she's never laughed before. He spends quality time with her, getting to know everything about her. She becomes more honest with him than she's ever been with anyone. She opens up and although it scares her, she falls harder every day. Jordan accepts her for who she is, treats her as his sister in Christ, and forgives her for her mistakes. He takes time to read God's Word with her and pray with her regularly. He helps her through one of the hardest times of her life. She learns that being treated with a godly love is far different than anything this world offers. She tells him that he's her "hero". Jordan tells her that she is a treasure and worth being cherished and respected. They never use the L word, both having made the commitment to save it for their future spouses. But even though they don't say it, they know.
  • 2010: August - Jordan realizes that he wants to marry Ashley, talks to his family about it, asks her dad, gets a ring, plans a trip, and surprises Ashley with a proposal in Boston all in a week. Shock of Ashley's life. He tells her that he loves her. She tells him right back.
...And God says, "This is what I've prepared you for your entire lives. Unite as one, and serve Me together."
  • 2011: March 19th - This is it. After all those times of missed opportunities, after the many years of obliviously walking past each other, after all of the days wondering why they couldn't find "the one", God puts them right where they belong. At the perfect time. 

You see, if Jordan and Ashley had met in the nursery, or at camp, or the youth rallies, or if their friendship had begun that first year of college, they wouldn't have been ready. God knew that a lot of refining had to take place. In HIS time. He knew that they would finally come together on this very day. He had it all planned out. He had to make sure they were ready. And on March 19, 2011, the Shelley family was established. The love story was clear. Our Lord proved His complete sovereignty and grace. 

I wake up every day and thank God for this love story. Tears come to my eyes when I dwell on how He led me here. I am so undeserving of the love my Savior shows me and the love my hero shows me. Which makes me even more grateful that the love is a gift and has nothing to do with my deeds or merits.

I urge you, reader, to please accept nothing less than this kind of love. First of all, our Savior Jesus Christ is waiting on you with open arms. God sent His Son as a sacrifice - to take the punishment that we should receive for our sins. He rose from the grave and is a living, active God. He offers forgiveness and grace. He wants you to follow Him. He is calling you. He loves you with a love that is not attainable here on earth. Before you can truly experience godly earthly love, you have to be completely satisfied and fulfilled by Christ's love. Which I am still learning about, and will forever. 

Secondly, only give your heart to a man who loves you God's way. Someone who treasures you and treats you like you should be treated. Someone who will lead you closer to the Lord, and who cares about your personal relationship with God more than your romantic relationship with himself.

This song from the movie Tangled gets me every time. I know it's from a Disney movie, but it really does capture how I felt when Jordan began pursuing a relationship with me. It was like "the fog was lifted". Okay I could quote the whole thing but just listen to it and see what I mean.


God authors the most beautiful, divinely orchestrated love stories. I hope that ours can give you hope and show you how His plan is perfect. 


Ashley

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

writing about our love story.


I've gotten numerous emails, messages, and comments asking me about our "love story". 

I know that I've never really laid it all out there in a story format, and if this truly concerns you then I will discuss it with you in detail privately. Haha. But seriously I think it's really sweet that people want to actually know our story. Because it was written by the best writer of all time of course. (If you don't know who I'm referring to then I'll just say it starts with a capital G and ends with an od.)

And I have written about parts of how our relationship came to be, here's a few of the posts:
But ya know, there are just some things a girl's gotta keep private. There are certain circumstances in our series of events that I just don't feel a need to blog about. In order for me to blog about them I would have to include people who may not want to be included. And I don't want to disrespect anyone.

Most importantly, I never ever ever ever ever infinity ever want to disrespect my husband on this blog. If that ever happened I would delete the post, apologize, and refocus my blogging. I'm not one to complain a lot because I think it's a waste of time anyway, but you will not read any complaints from me about what Jordan does do or doesn't do or whatever. Unless it's not serious at all and we joke about it and I absolutely know for sure that he wouldn't mind. (Like when I wrote about little pet peeves.

I don't want to embarrass him, or share too much, or tell you every little thing about our life together. It's just not worth it. I can write that in my personal journal if I want to.

Oh don't worry, I'll tell you all kinds of horrible, embarrassing things about myself that happen as I learn how to be a wife. I just want to be careful when talking about us or Jordan or anything that he would not like to be on the world wide web.

People have said that from reading my blog it sounds like Jordan is "perfect". And they're right. He is.

Haha, justttt kidding. He's perfect for me but he's not perfect. If that makes sense. But I understand why they would say that. Because I don't write bad stuff about him on here!

I don't talk badly about Jordan to anyone, so don't feel left out. Not even my cats. It just shouldn't happen. If I'm ever talking to one of my best friends about something that may be negative in our relationship, it's because I'm seeking advice about how to be a better wife. Some people think "venting" is okay and that you're just getting it off your chest, but I can vent to God if I want to! I'm not going to disrespect my husband by talking badly about him. If I do - call me out on it please.

So ANYWAY, with all that said, I will give you a little more info about our love story. It's not going to be the juicy, scandalous story you're hoping for, but it'll explain more about how we met and how God's timing is perfect and all that. 

So come back tomorrow if you are one of those people who want to know more about our love story! :) 





Thought I'd just throw a few engagement pictures in there for y'all's viewing pleasure. Neil Boyd Photography is awesome.

Ashley

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