Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tater Tot Casserole

This recipe is brought to you by my momma.

*1/2 Cup Chopped Onions
*1 Ib. Ground Beef
*Salt & Pepper (to taste)
*1 Package (16 oz) Frozen Ore-Ida Tater Tots
*Shredded Cheddar Cheese
*1 Can (10 1/2 oz) cream of celery soup

1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2.) Grease Shallow 2 qt. baking dish
3.) Brown beef and onions. Spoon off excess fat.
4.) Season with Salt and Pepper
5.) Spread meat mixture in baking dish and cover with undiltuted soup.
6.) Top with cheese, then top with single layer of frozen tater tots.
7.) Bake for 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly in the center.

You can add more ingredients (that I'm sure would be fab), for example:

Sour Cream
Red Pepper

Yum, yums. We were supposed to have left overs for the next night. That did not happen.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Faith

Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

As we talked today about how to be a "light" in the world, a question was asked that really stuck with me.

"If you were to go on trial today, would you have at least one person testify that you are a Christian?"



I am not the perfect Christian. I am a person of faith in the good Lord & Jesus, however, not many around me would probably even know I am a Christian - since I don't bring it up unless someone talks to me about it. I haven't read the bible and many of the chapters are unknown to me. I don't do daily devotions. And I have even done things in the commandments where it states that I shouldn't. I told Travis, that if we were to go on a mission trip, I don't think I would be ready because I don't know enough about God to be able to spread his word.

However, I feel like I am growing in my faith. I have always known God, but I haven't actually lived in his word. I would die for my faith, but I am not a person who "promotes it" and tells everyone that their way of living is right/wrong. I don't want to be a judgemental type of person (even though, I can be). 

Not too long after I graduated and I was working and putting clothes away while working at JCPenney, a random person came up and found me (I was hidden in the distance) and said something I will never forget. "Jesus loves you." He proclaimed with a smile on his face and walked away. 

That moment may have been awkward to many, but to me, it was the moment that changed me to become a stronger believer. I needed that. I was having a difficult time in life. This random guy, who I had no idea who he was or what he did, but he told me the words I needed to hear. My eyes started watering, and I needed to take a breather. This was a message for me.

Now, I didn't go all crazy Bible-hugging after that. No, I was too obsessed with certain things in my life to really truly want to learn anything. I just knew that Jesus loved me and that I had a purpose - that God made me to do something.

What that something is, I'm not really sure. However, although I haven't heard God's voice, I am pretty sure that he wants me to somehow to help others. I believe I am meant to adopt and to love others who doesn't have a chance of love by others.

I am not a leader and I am horrible with my words and writings. I would seriously probably have a heart attack if I had to speak in front of others and was put on the spot. That is not me.

I am a follower though and I may not speak the words out loud, at least I surround myself in that sort of home. I want others to be able to reach out to me one day if they'd like. And I want my kids to know and want to learn about Jesus. I want our family to go to church and be able to pray for each other, without feeling the need of being embarrassed.

I want to be a good Christian.

And the only way to do that is by to set an example, than I am willing to do that because you never know who may be watching you.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Our Beginning

How we could have met:

Travis & I could have met in many different ways, but our paths didn't cross until in April 2009.

*We lived only a few minutes from each other. The road between us, allowed us to attend different schools for elementary and middle school.

*We did however attend the same high school together and although we graduated in the same class, we never met. Later, I found out one of my friends in high school had a crush on him and would talk about him all the time, but for some reason I never even seen him.

*We both went to my best friend Kate’s wedding and sat only a table away. There is literally a picture taken, where Travis looks like he is looking at me in my direction (so my mom says). Not to mention, his date at the time, is blocked out in the picture by someone at my table. Nice, huh? LOL.

*Apparently we did cross paths at my friend Lisa's house, but I was leaving for the night, and he was just arriving. It happened to be a quick hello-goodbye along with the introduction with many others that night. 


Luckily, while I was over at a friend's house, our mutual friend, Kate was there. She was telling stories about this guy in her class named Travis. He sounded like a great guy and someone who would be fun to hang out with. I don't even know why I even became interested to begin with because I didn't even hear the whole story, something must have caught my attention to ask who this guy was.
Kate stated, "I'm not into this matchmaking thing, but I think you guys should meet. You'd be perfect for each other." {Who would have known that she was right}  

When she told Travis about me she made sure to point out that, "She is the marrying type." He stalked me through pictures of facebook, while I did the same to see exactly what we would be getting into. There was an instant attraction and we both couldn't wait to meet in person.

Travis cancelled some plans with friends, (another) Travis and Amber, so he could meet me, telling his friend Travis, "If you could see her, than you would know why I'm canceling" and made plans with Kate and Steven to double date and meet up with me. Kate made Travis the deciding factor of where to go and what to do. Travis picked out a place called Trios, a local jazz club restaurant. He was never there, but since Kate made him in charge of picking out a place, he wanted to make sure it was some place that would be unforgettable. 

The First Date:
Travis and I met up with Kate and Steven at Trios. I don't remember too much after seeing him because his smiled instantly stole my heart. I don't know how to explain it. 

Kate and Steven planned on leaving in advance, which they told us each secretly that if they weren’t hitting it off, then we could make the excuse to leave with them. But we didn't, we stayed.

As we were enjoying our time listening to music, Travis shared that before dinner he asked his grandma to show him how to hem his pants because for some reason, Travis felt like he really needed to impress me. The thing is that I would have never even noticed his hem pants because I was already falling in love with his smile.

A band musician fainted on stage {for real people - this was not part of the plan although Trav says he planned it that way, ha!}.  Luckily, since Trav is a nurse, he rushed up to help the gentleman, making him my official knight in shining armor from that night on.  After all the commotion of the fainting musician, we decided to get a drink.  Unfortunately, it was too loud to talk there, so we decided to go to a local school to gaze at stars instead.  :) 

We went to Trav’s mom’s house to grab blankets and spent the rest of the night swinging, chatting, and actually gazing at the stars.  Trav went in for a kiss but got DE-NIED (since I don't kiss on the first night) - although, it would have been uber romantic.  After that night, we couldn't stand being away from each other.

My life forever changed that day upon meeting him.

Fast forward to October 13, 2012 - where we became officially Mr. and Mrs.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Lovely Wedding Photos

So I think that I was overexcited about posting my photos that I actually forgot to "publish" this post of our wedding photos.

I do love to look at them because they make me smile. I'm so glad that we were able to take some photos outside and that they turned out great. I'm so glad that the rain was able to calm down for a little bit, so we could take most of our wedding photos outside. :) God must have wanted us to get married in the church, and then he let us enjoy the beauty of nature outside for our wedding photos.

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