The Gardener {Phillip Writes}

We are back home from our trip and have enjoyed a beautiful Easter day with family and friends. When I was in Ohio talking to Phillip over the phone, he read me a poem he had written. I asked him if he would mind if I posted it here on the blog, because it seemed so fitting to share with you today. Source   On the pages of my heart is written a story of encouragement, benevolence, and unconditional love.    The gardener who was walking through the graveyard of death … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Epilogue}

If you need to catch up, click here for a listing of previous chapters. Phillip and I have had fun reminiscing and talking about the things we were thinking and feeling at different times in our relationship. Our love story is something that I hold near and dear to my heart. It is also an important layer in the foundation of my faith because I see God's hand so clearly at work throughout my life, both in preparing me for and leading me to marry Phillip. We have often wondered why we … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 7}

If you need to catch up, click here for a listing of previous chapters. It's a cold winter morning in February of 2012. Pitter-patter...the sound of little feet running down the hall, golden curls bouncing with every step. With his big brown eyes and rosy cheeks, he looks just like his Daddy. Following close behind is his big brother. Decked out in his Superhero attire, he looks up at his mama, his blue eyes reflecting hers. At the breakfast table, his tired eyes meet hers and they share a … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 6}

If you need to catch up, click here for a listing of previous chapters. The stained glass cross glowed in the darkened sanctuary as the sunlight streamed through, casting glorious hues of color on the altar. Candles twinkled and doves cooed as he stood there, waiting for his bride. He looked around the beautiful old church that his grandfather had built. The walls of this sanctuary had witnessed so many of his family and friends pledge their love and their lives, and now it was his turn. He … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 5}

If you need to catch up, click here for a listing of previous chapters. It was a hot evening in August of '02.  In the sixth grade classroom up the stairs and to the left, a once red-cheeked boy nervously knelt in front of an excited, and still a bit frizzy-haired girl. With a trembling hand, he held out the most beautiful ring she had ever seen. He tells the story best... We walked up the stairs of the school building that was so familiar and it seemed as if nothing had changed in … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 4}

If you need to catch up, click here for a listing of previous chapters. In was a cool day in October of '01. After attending a community college for two years, she was settling comfortably into her new routine and making friends at the Christian university. She woke up and headed to chapel in the large auditorium, sitting in the balcony on the right side. Unbeknownst to her, he was sitting directly across from her in the balcony on the left. As chapel was letting out, he caught a glimpse … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 3}

If you need to catch up, click here for a listing of previous chapters. It was a hot night in May of '99. Around the pool at a fellow classmates house, the new graduates celebrated. He had spent his Senior year homeschooling while doing mission work with his family, but had come to cheer his former classmates on and to celebrate with them on their graduation day. She had greatly missed him that year. No one could make her laugh quite like he could. School just hadn't been the … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 2}

If you missed Chapter One, click here to start at the beginning. It was a hot day in August of '97. In the eleventh grade homeroom in the little metal building, a much taller but still red-cheeked boy sat behind a curly, but still a little bit frizzy-haired girl. His glasses fit his face much better, and she had since found contacts. He was still funny. She was still a goody-goody. Four years had passed since they had last seen each other. After completing sixth grade, she had went on to … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 1}

It was a hot day in August of '92. In the sixth grade classroom up the stairs and to the left, a red-cheeked boy sat behind a frizzy-haired girl. They each wore glasses far too large for their face. He sneezed six times and she rolled her eyes. Little did these two sixth graders know that they would someday become husband and wife. He was a funny kid, always making jokes. She was a good girl. A goody-goody if you asked him. When told to pass their papers to the student behind them for … [Read more...]

DIY Headboard & Bedskirt

Have I ever told you what a great husband I have? Not only does he help with the kids and the house, love to shop at thrift stores, and watch Grey's Anatomy with me...he is also a very thoughtful gift giver. Prior to Christmas, I told him that I really wanted to redecorate our Master Bedroom after the holidays. I say redecorate, but it has never really been decorated in the first place. Our Master Bedroom has always been the neglected space. Since we have been married, we have never purchased … [Read more...]