Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

I hope you all are having a blessed Christmas season!

Though I have yet to update my blog with the latest happenings, know that I do have lots of pictures to share with you. [grin] I was able to take a very special first anniversary trip with my man, after which we flew home for two weeks to celebrate Christmas with family. What wonderful, special times! Dan and I are in Nebraska for only a few more days, so I'm trying to make the most of our time here and getting on the computer is very low priority. Which means you can look for oodles of pictures and updates in January! So stay tuned...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Loving you

is like counting the stars...

Just when I think I've discovered
all the reasons to thank God for you --
I realize I've just begun.

Happy anniversary, Dan!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Really?

Seriously?

Has a year flown by already?

Was it really only 365 days ago that we were running through the wedding ceremony, making sure everyone knew where to stand?

Was it really a whole year ago when the long countdown was finally over?!
--and here it was, the day before our wedding!

As I look back, I can't help but think of all our precious family and friends who blessed us in so many ways. They helped pull together so many details and truly supported us with their love, counsel, prayers, and excitement.

And yes -- we were excited, too!

After the rehearsal, the Beasley's had prepared a delightful supper and evening. What a precious time to sit around and reflect on what God had done to bring us to this very day!

Dan's Uncle Doug entertained us with a lively rendition of "Good Morning Life" that captured our excitement perfectly...


Good morning life!
Good morning sun how are your skies above?
It's great to be alive and in love!
Good morning life!
Good morning birds sing out your happy tunes --
Feels so good because I'll be seeing her soon!

Last night she said she loved me
What a pity to part
I slept with both eyes open waiting for today to start.

Good morning life!
Good morning world how are you happiness --
All at once I know what livin' can be.
Its' life, it's free, its someone waiting for me
Who'll someday be my wife!
Good morning life!

Monday, December 13, 2010

1 Corinthians 11:1




"...imitate Christ."



If people cannot see Jesus in you and me, in whom will they ever see Jesus?
-Mark Cahill





Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
All His wonderful passion and purity
Oh, Thou Spirit divine,
all my nature refine
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me!
-Albert Orsborn



Friday, December 10, 2010

It's a boy!

I have a little nephew!!

Edmund Nathanael Beasley
-- born December 9, 2010 --

Congratulations Caleb and Abby!
I'm looking forward to seeing the lil' man in a few weeks and getting to hold your precious bundle!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

study...study...study...

My man has been putting in huge study days the last few weeks, and now has a three hour final tonight and another on Thursday evening. Would you join me in praying for him?

Monday, December 06, 2010

Blessed be His name

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
He changes the times and the seasons;
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those
who have understanding.
He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.
Daniel 2:20-22





When it comes to serving God, we must never focus our attention on the size of the task, for it will squash our vision and enthusiasm. We should always place our eyes on the size of our Lord. What He says will happen always takes place in His perfect timing.
-Brother Yun

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Currently reading

There is one book that I am always reading through: God's Holy Word. My structure for devotions occasionally changes, and in January Dan and I committed to reading through the entire Bible together in our first year of marriage. What a blessing it has been!




I'm also currently enjoying several other books:

I just started The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen. Though I've only read a few chapters, this book has already deepened my appreciation for what our Founding Fathers really did when they wrote our Constitution. I'm fascinated with history and am looking forward to growing in my understanding of the events that surrounded the birth of our nation.

I love reading miraculous accounts from the Bible about God's mighty acts on behalf of His people. I'm encouraged when I read about missionaries and heroes of faith who saw God's powerful hand at work as they pursued fulfilling the Great Commission. I also find it very exciting to find books that record stories of how God is working TODAY in such amazing ways across our world -- and For the Love of my Brothers is definitely one of those books. It is actually a continuation of the dramatic story of Brother Andrew's work among the suffering church. (His first book is God's Smuggler. If you haven't read either of them, I highly recommend that you do so).

At a slower pace, my husband and I are reading Conquer Your Fear, Share Your Faith together. We have been given so much and truly want to make the most of every opportunity the Lord sends our way. Desiring to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us, we ordered a few tracts and are enjoying reading this book by Ray Comfort to better equip ourselves.

Also on my 'to read' list is Blog by Hugh Hewitt and Wrestling Prayer by Eric and Leslie Ludy.

What are you currently working through?

(I've gotten several of these books for next to nothing thanks to paperbackswap. If you are unfamiliar with how it works, I highly recommend that you check it out!)

Thursday, December 02, 2010

2:17pm

Home from the grocery store!

I stopped at two local grocery stores and Rite Aid. The total came to $72.75, but after coupons I only spent $19.65!

I'm stocked up on meat so only needed milk, eggs, fresh fruit, and a few vegetables. All of the pasta, cleaning supplies, and candy were completely free after coupons. (My man will be excited about the candy...he has a sweet tooth that especially likes anything fruity and chewy!!) And just in case you counted the ten boxes of pasta, it is definitely more than the two of us can use -- so I'm excited about donating most of it to our church's food pantry!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

This is my Father's World

...I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas,
His hand the wonders wrought!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Using coupons just got better...

For those who use swagbucks and print coupons, you can now earn swagbucks for printing and redeeming coupons! Since I get several coupons from the internet every week, I'm very excited about this!

Here's how it works: head to swagbucks.com and in the header look for the tab that says "earn", then find the "coupons" link -- which takes you to the page to print coupons. These coupons are hosted by coupons.com and you'll earn 10 swagbucks for every coupon you print and redeem. It may take up to eight to twelve weeks for the swagbucks to show up in your account, so you will have to be patient.

If you still haven't begun using swagbucks yet, I highly recommend beginning now! We've been able to purchase most of the necessary law books that Dan needed for school this year for free, plus something special to decorate our home with!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

1 John 3:24

"Whoever keeps His commandments abides in God,
and God in him."

It's not how many times you've gone through the Word of God,
but how many times the Word has gone through you.
-DL Moody

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Christmas is coming

...and I'm so excited! Tonight I placed an order to get the Willow Tree Nativity Set mailed right to my door -- and didn't have to pay a penny (thanks to swagbucks!)


I already know where I'm going to display it during this joyous time of year when we celebrate Christ's birth.

Do you enjoy decorating for the season? What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happily ever after

TJ and Susan have been married for seven years and have four spunky, photogenic, adorable children. Susan is a photographer and I think she has some pretty cute lil' people to photograph. (This is a definite advantage to having children -- there are always priceless moments and expressions to capture!)

But this photo session was for the parents, who are still very, very much in love.

I want to be like Susan someday...
Seven years and four children later,
she wore her wedding dress and looks absolutely gorgeous!


Their children are blessed beyond measure to grow up in a home where they have an example of a husband and wife serving God together, enjoying life and each other.
I know, because I grew up in a home like that, too.


Photobucket

It is a marriage like theirs that really exemplifies Christ and the church.


TJ and Susan -- you are a beautiful picture of what God intended when He created marriage!



"The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17

Friday, November 12, 2010

Orange















Wednesday, November 10, 2010

quick candid

enjoying the autumn weather
and such bright smiles from lil' Joanna!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

6:47pm

Monday, November 01, 2010

Exodus 19:5

"If you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant,
then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people;
for all the earth is Mine."

We must never try to make our dreams for success or accomplishment God's purpose for us. God's end, His purpose for us, is the process. God's training is for now, not presently. What men call training and preparation, God calls the end. His purpose is for this minute, not for something in the future. If we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment is precious.
-Oswald Chambers

Monday, October 18, 2010

The better-than-perfect camping trip

What gets better than having this view within yards of our tent?!

And this handsome man with-whom-I'm-madly-in-love to camp with?!


Dan had a three day weekend (due to our nation celebrating Christopher Columbus' discovery of America!) and we wanted to make the most of it. We made plans to go camping on Assateague Island, bought a tent, and made the necessary preparations.

Except...we forgot to reserve a campsite until two days before we were hoping to be there!

Dan called and everything was packed. "Yes, there are always a few cancellations, but there is no way to be put on a waiting list." As we wondered what to do (and began mentioning different camping options), I prayed something would open up and that we'd be able to reserve it. As I made supper later that night, Dan checked the website. And sure enough -- a campsite was open!! And we jumped on it with excitement and thankfulness!

And we had such an incredible, incredible weekend.

We pulled in around 2 on Saturday -- and with the sun shining and perfect weather, we couldn't resist running to play in the ocean's waves.
Okay, so it started out as a walk on the beach, but soon someone threw the other person in. [grin]

Supper on Saturday evening.

Devotions on the beach.
Windblown smiles!

Drawing in the sand...

And yes, we saw the wild ponies!

Cruising in the convertible!

We visited Chincoteague Island one afternoon, which was made famous by Marguerite Henry's book "Misty of Chincoteague". It was delightful to see the small, cozy town where so many stories took place that I'd read about as a young girl.

We had lots of time to relax, talk, read, sit around the campfire...
Sunday night we took a moonlit walk on the beach (talk about romantic!) then went and laid on the sand and enjoyed looking up at all the stars and naming constellations.

"The heavens will praise YOUR wonders...
For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD?

O LORD God of hosts, Who is might like YOU, O LORD?
YOUR faithfulness also surrounds YOU.
"

One afternoon as we sat on the beach, we were greatly amused by this little fellow. Someone had stepped on his home and he was busy clearing sand out. It was funny watching him bring up a claw-full of sand and pitch it away from the entrance to his home.

"You rule the raging of the sea;
When its waves rise, YOU still them.

The heavens are YOURS, the earth also is YOURS;

The world and all its fullness, YOU have founded them."


And our last evening there we had some surprise drop in company!
A mare and her foal stopped by as we were grilling supper, and they thoroughly sniffed everything. We were enjoying having them visit until they tried to eat our supper. Dan came to the rescue and guarded the food -- while I continued taking pictures.

Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
They walk, O LORD, in the light of YOUR countenance.

In YOUR name they rejoice all day long.

YOU are the glory of their strength.

Psalms 89

Thank you Lord, for such a precious weekend!