When Dreams Come True

Monday, August 14, 2017

WARNING: this is a long post, filled with pictures and possible gushing of emotions.

On May 6th, I married my best friend. It was a crazy day, filled with nervous butterflies, the biggest smiles of my life, and visiting with friends and family who came to town for the occasion. We are now renting on old farmhouse on a cattle farm and loving every minute of our new life together. Between me finishing nursing school and my hubby working ten hour days, it has been a crazy adjustment, but one that we love. I honestly couldn't ask for a better man. He has stood besides through so much and helped me graduate from nursing school on August 5th. I can't begin to say how much I love that man.

What is new with you, lovelies?

I've Found the One Whom My Soul Loves

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

On January 21st, 2017, my best friend asked me to marry him.

And I said yes.

The past month has been a whirlwind of planning and school and enjoying the knowledge that I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. He loves God with his whole heart, he makes me laugh, he makes bets that I can't finish the 4 for 4 deal at Wendy's (I won the bet by the way), and I know he loves me.

When I was a little girl, I used to dream about this time of my life. I still can't believe it's happening to me. All those years day-dreaming on pinterest don't even matter. Who cares what the wedding colors are, what shoes I wear, or any of that--I'm in love with the most wonderful man in the world. It's crazy to look back and see how far we've come and how our love story unfolded. I mean, I just got used to saying "boyfriend" and now I get to say "fiance." I can't even begin to say how blessed I am that he's all mine!

So I may or may not be seen in the blogging world for a while. Between wedding planning (two months to go!!) and nursing school (graduation=5 months), I'm running around like a crazy person. But it's the best type of crazy :)

Remember how I said I had a feeling 2017 would be a good year? Well I guess it turned out to be the best year.

How have you been my lovelies?


2016 >> 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

Well. Another year has come and gone. It seemed to go faster than any other. What can I say?

2016 has been one of the best years ever. So many answered prayers. So many laughs. So many happy memories. Sadly, I didn't cross everything off of my bucket list last year. But ya know what? That's okay. 2016 was full of too many good things to be upset about not getting everything accomplished. My boyfriend and I were able to cross off a ton of things off our shared bucket list. And that makes up for everything I wasn't able to do on my own.

2016 Bucket List

Finish Out of the Ashes and continue to edit Beginning of the End

Write more letters

Workout everyday - if not everyday, then at least twice a week

Wear more dresses (because they're adorable)

Practice piano and voice everyday

Sing a solo in church (3 times - not as scary as I thought)

Teach myself to play my ukulele

Go to the drive-in movies

Read 20 books (pathetic, I know. but hey, my college schedule is crazy!)

Learn how to drive stick shift (eh, kinda)

Learn how to change the oil in my car

Start one of the novels on my To-Write list (other than my trilogy)

Make one new recipe a week

I was able to get through my first semester of nursing school. I met some amazing people this year, and I can't imagine my life without them. One of my goals for 2016 was to be able to do at least one chin-up before the year was over. I didn't do it before the year was over, but I did do one on New Year's day -- so I'm pretty happy.

My one word for last year was Live. And that so perfectly sums up 2016. It was the type of year where I have to just sit and think, "Wow. I am so blessed." I haven't always been thankful for it. But God really went above and beyond this year. Every good gift is from Him. And I have to give Him all the praise.

A lot of thought has gone into my word for 2017. There are so many things I want to focus on. And that's when I knew what my word was. Focus. This year I really want to stop and focus on enjoying the moment. To stop, look around, and count my blessings. Even when I'm feeling overwhelmed, I have an incredible amount of things to be thankful for -- and I want to focus on that. 

So even though there are things that I want to do in 2017, I'm not making an official bucket list or resolutions. I'm going to enjoy my year and the people I'm spending it with. Happy 2017, everyone. Let's make this year great.


Beautiful People // September Edition

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

After a far-too-long break from writing, I am back at it! Kind of. I'm linking up with Beautiful People this month as I focus on my newest novel, The Scars We Choose. This book has a special place in my heart because 1) I love psychology and 2) this book is from the perspective of a nurse. I've always wanted to write a medical type story since I'm a total medical geek. TSWC is going to be one of the heaviest, most emotional books I've ever written, which makes me nervous (because I'm normally a happy person, y'all). To help me with that, I'm going to try writing this story by hand, because that always makes me take my time and put more emotion into my work.

This month I'm focusing on my kind-of-main character, Alexander (or Alex) Lucas. He was active duty in the marines until he was diagnosed with PTSD. Now he's at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda.


1. How did you come up with this character?
I've always wanted to write a novel about PTSD and I've always wanted to write about the present day military. So I joined the two ideas together. I just brainstormed about what the most relatable character would be and Alex popped into my head.

2. Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?
While Alex has never been legitimately starving, the closest he came to it was on a mission where he went two days without food. He ate the first edible thing he came across -- instant food packets that you mix with water.

3. Do they have a talent or skill that they're proud of? 
Alex can burp the alphabet. He's quite proud of it.
On a more accomplished level, he was the best sniper in his unit.

4. List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.
a) seeing someone disrespect the flag or the military fills Alex with a rage that he didn't know he had
b) bullies -- especially when they prey on the weak ones who can't fight back
c) people who don't fulfill their duties

5. What is their favorite type of weather? Least favorite? 
Alex used to leave the heat, but hates it ever since Iraq because it brings back too many memories. His favorite weather now is when it's numbing cold and snowy.

6. What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?
His MBTI personality is ISTJ - Introvert, Sensing, Thinking, Judging. One of the major characteristcs of this type is a strong devotion to duty. They say people with this personality type excel in the military, which is exactly what Alex did.

7. Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?
Alex can't really think about the future or the present. He's stuck in the past, replaying what happened over and over again. The prospect of any type of future scares Alex, because of what he's seen and done. He doesn't think he'll ever be able to get over the past.

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8. What is their favorite thing to drink?
Ever since high school, Alex makes himself a kale smoothie every morning. He tosses some almond milk, kale, protein powder, celery, and one raw egg into the blender. He claims it's delicious, but no one believes him.

9. What is their favorite color? Least favorite?
Alex absolutely hates yellow. He says it's obnoxiously bright. What he doesn't say is that the color reminds him of his best friend in Iraq, who had a canary yellow shirt. His favorite color is olive green, like the color of an army truck.

10. What is a book that changed their life?
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. Alex's nurse, Ellie, recommended the book to him. She read the book after her brother's death, so Alex decided maybe it would help him. It did. He bought a copy and wore the spine of the book out.

Anyone else doing Beautiful People? Who is excited for NaNoWriMo?


On Being Overwhelmed

Monday, August 15, 2016

It happens. Life keeps marching on and all of a sudden, you are adulting. Fun, yes. And also no. Along with growing up comes stress, bills, college, bills, work, and bills. I'm not complaining. But today as I was sitting through the first day of my nursing program, it hit my how overwhelmed I was. I hate to admit this, but I felt like crying. I suddenly started to wonder if I could do this. Then it hit me:

I couldn't do it.

I can't do nursing school. No way. It's too hard.

At least, it is on my own.

But then I remembered the last part of John 15:5: "... apart from me you can do nothing." 

I know I'm not strong enough to do this on my own. And whatever you're going through, whether it be school, or work, or whatever is overwhelming you -- it's okay to admit that you are weak. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says that God's strength is made perfect in our weakness.

So how do we stop feeling overwhelmed? Give it over to the Lord. That's easier said than done, especially if you're like me, who wants to fix everything myself. Trying to do things myself will just lead to burnout. Here's the cool thing, though. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philipians 4:13). We have free access to Christ's strength, if we ask for it.

I wish I could say that I practice what I preach when I'm stressed. But I'm still learning. Something that helps me is listening to songs that remind me of God's power. The most crucial thing I've learned though, is to constantly be in the Word. Reading the Bible and talking with God at the beginning of the day is a must for me. I can tell when I skip, and I'm pretty sure my family would say that they can too. Find verses that will help you when you feel like you can't go on. Some that have helped me are Proverbs 16:3, Matthew 6:33, Isaiah 41:10, and Galations 6:9.

Don't get discouraged when you feel overwhelmed. It's completely normal. It's good to realize that you can't do something on you're own. That's what keeps us humble and ultimately, what makes us realize that we need a Savior.

What do you do when you're overwhelmed? I'm open to advice!!