Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Big Heart

A while ago, Trav said the sweetest thing, as we laid in bed, laughing about our day's experience.

"Your heart is bigger than your brain... That's a good thing."

I laughed. I didn't even have to say anything before he continued.

"Look at what you do for Gracie, for wanting to adopt kids..." he named a few other things, but I wasn't concentrating on it, instead I was more focused with the statement, thinking this man is crazy. If this man thinks my heart is big, he has no idea how much bigger his heart is.

He is everything that I want to be. The reason for trying to be better. I just want to follow his lead on how much he loves people, how compassionate he is, and how sincere he is. He is the one with the big heart, not I. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trig's 4th? Birthday!!

Triggy turned 4! Well we think. We're not really sure. He honestly have no idea abut how old he is. We say he's a little younger than Tatum because he's just more immature, but in all honesty, Tatum acts like he's an old man.

Trig's allergies have been REALLY bad this year. We can't afford to take him to the vet to get an allergy test {we plan on doing that once Trav graduates}. We have changed his food, gave him allergy pills, etc. The thing that seems to work the best is actually coconut oil, which you can just buy at any local store. {You can read more benefits of coconut oil here} Tatum and Gracie LOVE it and will start to drool once they it come out of the pantry, but Trig on the other hand {who needs it the most}, doesn't care for it. He still eats it most of the time, simply because he doesn't want the other dogs to have it. LOL. 

Anyways, although Trig LOVED Tatum's cake {you can see it here}, we had to do something different for Trig because it was full of grain. So, thanks to Pinterest, I found this recipe. It literally is the easiest: an egg, peanut butter, half an apple, and baking powder. It didn't make much though, BUT, there was enough to make 3 little muffins. 

We tried getting Trig to sit on the kitchen chair, but he would jump off right away. So we just sang him happy birthday and he was just happy that he was finally able to eat his muffin. And it was gone in two seconds flat. I was lucky I was even able to get a picture of them eating - good thing dad broke it up to make it last a second longer.


Happy birthday Triggy Wiggy! :) We love you and so glad that you are part of our family!

P.S. The cats did celebrate with us as well, but for some reason I forgot to take a picture of them with their treat.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Indiana Corn Roast

If you told us about attending a corn roast in our young twenties, Travis and I would give you a look of insanity. Indiana is full of corn, and you think we would want to celebrate that by eating just corn? Really?! No thanks.

Things sure have changed since we have reached our mid twenties, because things that we would have no interest in doing, now sounds like fun. We decided to give it a go when my parents suggested going because the band from their wedding was playing. 

Although it rained most of the day, by the time we needed to leave, the weather cleared up and we headed a long way to the middle of nowhere Indiana {I'm pretty sure my dad was driving for what seemed like hours - although it wasn't}. Surprisingly, many people had the same idea, because we pulled up with quite a bit of people. We were curious to see if it was any different than what we were thinking it might be.

Nope. It was just what it is called: a corn roast. They roast corn. LOL. 

There was corn EVERYWHERE. People were waiting in line to get corn. Right next to the corn stations, there were these huge containers of melted butter to dip your corn in. So you can only imagine how truly healthy it was. But man, it was good. And of course, to go with the corn, was beer. What a perfect combo right? Hahahaha.

We probably ended up more corn that day, than we have in our whole twenty some years of living.


My parents told us the story of that at the time when they wanted to book the band This End Up, they were already booked because obviously, they were the best band in town and EVERYONE wanted them.

So my parents booked another band instead. One day, they got a call saying that they were now open on their wedding date, so my parents in turn booked them and canceled the band that they were originally scheduled with. And after listening to This End Up, my parents band was pretty awesome! {Although some of the members aren't the same} I could only imagine what a great time they had at their wedding, because nobody wanted the band to stop playing.

We had such a great time with the parents, eating corn, dancing and listening to their band. I see another corn roast in our future. :)

P.S. Oh yah, just a biggie, but, we came into town because Trav went and did his first job shadow!!!! Can you believe it??! It went well and Trav has high hopes. He was also told to contact them in December, or who knows, maybe in January, he'll be doing an interview. And how crazy would that be if he had a job offer in the beginning of the year. How awesome of a year beginning would that be? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PRETTY.FREAKIN.AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

My Favorite Verse

Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

When I first heard this verse, I feel absolutely in love with it. I love God, and love that his love for his children is so, so, beautiful. I am thankful to have such a wonderful Father. What an angelic love.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#TBT: Little Ashley

My mom was telling me the other day that they found a picture of me when I was little. I was surprised she sent it to me, and in turn, I sent it to Travis.

Travis kept telling me, "You are the cutest little monkey in the world!" And then later, "I seriously can't get over that pic and how cute you are." LOL. He makes me blush.

But the fact I can't get over: how much hair my dad has! LOL.

One thing we agree on is that when we see pictures of each other, all we want to do is just act like a parent with a child. :) I don't know if that's normal, but we just can't help it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ohio State Wreath

Not only is my best friend, Kate, beautiful {inside and out}, she is so, so, so talented. She loves crafting. One of the latest projects she has made was an Notre Dame wreath.

When I showed Travis the picture of her wreath, he exclaimed, "I want one!" Of course, it wouldn't be Notre Dame, but instead of Ohio State. I told Kate that she would have to help me make one for him, because my talent doesn't go as far as hers. 

One day as I came home from work, there was a big box at the front door which would be hard to miss. I knew immediately that Travis needed to open it when he got home, but he was studying until midnight. He opened it first thing in the morning, before we made breakfast.


He was so excited and looked like a kid on Christmas. Look at that grin! :) One thing that I love about Travis is that you can still see a childish {not in a bad way} part of his personality shine through.
{Even the dogs were excited AND Jax adored the wrapping paper!}

Trav ordered me "Don't put it outside." He doesn't want it to get ruined. {As you can the other wreath behind it Kate made it, and it was too pretty to put outside}.

As I gave the images and thanks to Kate she wrote back, "You're welcome, love you guys. You'll have to fluff the bow up looks like it got a lil crushed. I had to ship it promptly after I finished it because I don't think Steven wanted 'that thing' in his house. LOL." 

Kate is a perfectionist. I hope I fluffed her bow good enough {if not, when she comes over, she will fix it, lol}.


This is our favorite wreath. Who would have known that this wreath is made with a pool noodle? Awesome, right?

Thank you Kate so much! You are so beautifully talented. We LOVE it!


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