no man is poor

No man is poor who has a Godly mother.

– Abraham Lincoln


Happy Mother’s Day!

It gives me great joy every time someone says they see my mother in me. One day when I have children, I pray I am at least half the mom that she is. It is truly the richest of blessings to have a godly mother who loves and serves her family well.

Thanks, Mom. I love you.




Normal people –> live in same city, date, get engaged, take engagement photos, get married.

Stephen and I –> short time in same city, move to different states, get engaged, live in different states, still be engaged, look for jobs in same state, still be engaged, elope?, maybe get Brett Photography to snap some shots after the fact. I apologize if you aren’t getting cute engaged photo Christmas cards from us, but this isn’t our first Christmas as fiances (here’s hoping it will it be our last!!) and our only photos are instagrammed. So, from both of us to all of you . . . Merry Christmas.



give thanks – day 27

I had a late night, an early morning, a day of class, then work. I was exhausted and possibly even a bit grumpy.

Then I arrived at work to find a beautiful poinsettia arrangement at my cube. I opened the note and it read: “Hang in there. Love, Mom and Dad.”

Nothing profound. Nothing life changing. Not the secret to the lottery numbers for tonight. However, those little words and that little thought brought so much joy and encouragement to my day.

I’m so thankful for people in my life who encourage me. However big or small the gesture, it is so appreciated.

I enjoy receiving encouragement. I’m sure others do too. Note to self: pass it on.

give thanks – day 21

Right now I’m thankful for my sky bed. For those of you who don’t know. I sleep on a half lofted custom made bed, compliments of my Uncle William. It’s beautiful and full of storage areas underneath. Sometimes I fall off or drop things off of it and complain how i am still a student with a lofted bed, but on nights like this when I’m exhausted….I love it. And am thankful for a warm place to lay my head and rest.

give thanks – day 20

I know it’s a bit early, but since my family celebrated Thanksgiving last weekend, I have been in the Christmas spirit!

The trees are lit and decorated and I have dusted off all my Christmas CDs and found all my holiday playlists.

I love to sing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and all the artist variations of classic holiday hits. However, I find myself focusing and thinking on the lyrics of several others “Mary Did You Know,” “O Holy Night,” “A Baby Changes Everything,” “O Come Let Us Adore Him,” and even “Little Drummer Boy.”

I am reminded of the true reason of Christmas. My heart is full of joy and my eyes of tears with gratitude that God has given me the greatest gift of all in the form of a baby in a manger. Not only that, but that Jesus agreed to step down from heaven to become a humble servant in order to tell of the Father’s love, be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, and allow us a way to be reconciled to God.

That is something to be thankful for. Thankful for Jesus’ ministry of reconciliation. Thankful that The Lord orchestrated that good news to be shared with me. Thankful for the opportunity to be Christ’s ambassador in a lost and broken world.

I pray as artists record and perform the Christmas songs this season that they would understand what they sing, and that the Lord breaks their hearts and draws them close to Him.

give thanks – day 17

Thankful for my incredible family, the memories, and the traditions.

Today, we went to the tree farm, got a Christmas tree for the house. Then we started the process of laying out all the lights for the outdoor tree. Halfway through we left for thanksgiving dinner with the family. Finished the day the lighting of both the indoor and outdoor trees.

The star on our outdoor tree has been in the family since my dad was in 1st grade. It’s been on top of a Bowles Christmas tree every year. Today was the 25th anniversary of the lighting of our outdoor tree and the 50th anniversary for that star.

It was a full day, but I have ended the day with such a full heart. I’m thankful for my family and all of the weird, awesome, and slightly redneck things we do.

They are my favorites.