In The Word // Proverbs 19:21

For the past several weeks I've been feeling a little dry on my In The Word writing. Dry in a sense that I haven’t been watering my heart with His word like I should. It is a blessing to have this time every week to write about His goodness and His love because if I were completely honest, the only time that I have been digging deeper during my weeks is in preparation for the weekly post. So yes, it is a blessing… but I should be digging deeper every day.
I’m going to go ahead and speak for Cassie and say that she has also been struggling recently. We have some exciting things planned for August which makes my heart feel so happy. I know that the water is coming. I can feel the dry and achy parts of my heart that thirst for His word and I can’t wait to feed that part of my self. I can’t wait to give that part over to Him.
The anticipation is everything. 
The excitement to spend more time at His feet. 
The hope to bring Him more glory every day.
But, I can't help but think that these plans we are working on aren't our plans at all. They are His! He has moved our hearts and pulled us to this place together so we can create something new and wonderful. So we can worship Him more. That is such a beautiful feeling!! We know that His plans will prevail, we are just thankful to be a part of His plans. Plans to make His name known.
As we are working on the exciting changes coming soon I ask that you pray for us. Pray that we will keep His word our first priority. Pray that we draw closer to Him during this time. Pray that we open our hearts to hear His will during this time. Pray that we honor His plans.
Share with us what He is doing in your heart!
We love to hear from you!!
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100 Days of Happy // pt.8

Not much longer to go....
my happies from days 71-80.

71// flowers in a can from a friend
72// sangria on a girls night
73// fresh coffee from my hubby
74// watching Germany win
75// heart shaped earrings to match my eye glasses
76// our pretty Honeymoon book from Shutterfly
77// sushi date with my guy for our 6 year dating anniversary
78// hotel searching for our Boston trip
79// rainy fridays, second day curls & polka dot shirts
80// crocheting on a rainy saturday

pt.1 // pt.2 // pt.3 // pt.4 // pt.5 // pt.6 // pt.7

Sipping in Kansas City.

Several weeks ago when we were in Kansas City for Cassie to become a wife we ventured out to Bridgers Bottle Shop and I completely loved it. I had one of those, love at first sight, kind of moments when I walked in. It had that laid back feeling, the food smelled amazing, and there were fridges lining the corner of the restaurant right when you walk in. It was like a grocery store that only sells beer which instantly made my heart happy. Then my heart skipped a beat when I realized there was one specific fridge that solely held sour beers. When we went to the register to ask how the restaurant worked and how to purchase the beers, I learned that I apparently I ran towards the fridge with a huge smile on my face. The guy at the register said something like, "I could tell you both had never been here and I was going to come help but I didn't want to interrupt when I saw your excitement for the sour section.". Talk about awkward moment. What can I say... I love my sours. We searched through the options after he explained that you can purchase the bottles at two different costs, a price to drink it there, and then a price to take it home. Such a neat concept! In the end I went with a sour that they had on draft since it was almost perfection with the first taste. 

my sour and my sweet ;)

Beer // St. Louis Gueuze
Notes // golden amber color.
light bodied, refreshing.
tart sour, with a hint of funkiness
and a pinch of salt.
no head retention.
apple cider vinegar notes.
much more tart than sweet.

Ratings, out of 10 
Sour // 8
Drinkability // 8
Peter's overall // 7
Cassie's overall // 9
{obviously, I loved it a lot more than Peter!}

Mmm, mmm, mmmm! Good to the last drop!!

& if you missed it, see our full trip to Missouri HERE.

When Life Gives You Tomatoes.

For two garden growing people that don’t really enjoy fresh tomatoes, we always have a TON of ripe tomatoes and not much use for them. Over the 4th of July weekend I made a big bowl of bruschetta for an appetizer and had a small bowl leftover. I then had one of those light bulb moments when I thought, “hey! I’m going to bake chicken with the left over bruschetta since that husband and I both enjoy COOKED tomatoes!!”, and it was such a wonderful idea. Peter said that it reminded him of chicken that tasted like pizza, only healthier. It was one of the first times in a looooong time that I didn't run to pinterest to check on a recipe and I'm so glad I didn't. I just went with my gut and made up my own recipe and of course I have to share it with all of you!! So, if you want to eat chicken that tastes like a pizza (seriously, who doesn't want that?!?) then this is what you need to do....

Part One // the bruschetta
extra virgin olive oil
balsamic vinegar
basil leaves
fresh mozzarella
1 clove of garlic, minced
sprinkle of Italian seasoning
1// slice as many tomatoes as your little heart desires into tiny pieces
2// chop 5-6 fresh basil leaves and add to the tomatoes
3// normally I use the minced garlic in a tube for recipes, one squirt was plenty. Otherwise, mince one clove of garlic and add to the bowl
4// slice as much mozzarella as you want, I typically eye about 1/2 the amount of tomatoes
5// add a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
6// stir and refrigerate to combine all the flavors or eat fresh


Part Two // the chicken
left over bruschetta from an epic party (or fresh if just made)
chicken breasts
extra virgin olive oil
balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper
1// drizzle olive oil and balsamic to coat the bottom of a baking dish
2// place the chicken in the baking dish and add a dash of salt and pepper to each side
3// continue to flip and press the chicken in the balsami & oil mixture until it soaks in, normally for 2-3 minutes
4// pile on the bruschetta goodness
5// bake in over at 350 for 30 minutes
6// slice chicken to confirm it has fully cooked
7// enjoy the yummy, cheesy, juicy chicken

A Story About a Skirt.

For the past few months I've wanted to try out a skater skirt and  I was pleasantly surprised when I found this one at Forever 21 (where else can you find awesome buys like this skirt for less than $9, right?!?) and I knew this skirt had to be mine. After typing that sentence, I've realized that I have some kind of theme here whenever I speak of F21. See it - want it - need it - buy it. But, hey... it works and I'm not going to try to fix something that isn't broken. Especially when it doesn't break my wallet. It just makes sense all around, right? So anyways, this skirt. I love it! It is so comfortable and light weight, throw on a chambray button down, tuck that baby in + some jewels and cute flats and you're ready to go. This little ensemble will most definitely be in my suitcase for our beach trip in August!! Only 22 more days, but who's counting...?

shirt: Old Navy, skirt: Forever 21, sandals: Francesca's
earrings: Old Navy, necklace: boutique in Charleston

for the weekly trend, chambray.
Thanks ladies!!

Six Years.

The picture below is the first photo that Peter and I ever had together. My mom found it a little while ago in her old emails. Of course I sent her a photo. I was smitten! 
This photo was before our first date, before the first kiss, before everything...

But today, Wednesday, July 16th, we celebrate a very important day! The sixteenth marks six years since the first date with the most wonderful man I’ve ever met. I remember vividly that night six years ago….

I was waiting patiently in the living room of the apartment where my mom and I lived. I had my favorite maxi dress on, lipstick was ready and I could smell my Victoria’s Secret body spray. I fiddled my fingers and checked my face in the mirror several times, while I waited as patiently as I could. This was the first time that Peter had ever picked up a girl for a date. I remember texting him and telling him what time to pick me up and he said; you don’t want to meet there? I replied with something like, no… if this is a date you can pick me up. I was bold and I was persistent but thankfully that worked for him. When I heard the knock on the door I felt my stomach drop because the most handsome (sexy) man that I’ve ever met was waiting on the other side of that door to take me out for sushi. When we arrived at the restaurant and the hostess walked us to our table I instantly wanted to turn my back to the entire room so I could focus on him and because I have an annoying habit of intense people watching. I didn’t want him to think I wasn’t interested. Apparently he had the same idea because he pulled out the chair that was facing the entire room for me, which of course meant I had to sit down. He pulled out the seat for me!! A sexy gentleman, that one. As we sat at the table and enjoyed our dinner and learned about each other I was pretty sure I hit the jackpot. He was funny and he made me laugh but not in that "this is a first date, so I have to laugh" kind of way. He made me really laugh which was so refreshing. And when he would laugh or grin and flash his dimples... man, I thought I would slide right off my chair and melt into a puddle of first date gooeyness. It was a good night.

Thankfully the nights have only gotten better. I learned that I didn’t need to pursue a man, that I should be pursued instead. And I learned that my timing isn’t as important as God’s timing. A lot has changed in the past six years. There were a lot of dates, some no dating, even dates with others but I’m most thankful for who we have become through all those dates. Our heavenly Father has guided us to this point and I could not be happier with where we are. I still think Peter is the sexiest man alive and those dimples still make me want to melt, just in a different kind of puddle now... more of a, is this guy really my husband puddle, which is honestly so much better than those first date puddles. You may think it is strange to celebrate a dating anniversary but I like to think that even after you are husband and wife, dates are still important. Even more important, so I’m thankful that I get to date this guy forever and I’m completely fine with the fact that sushi will always be our favorite kind of date night.

& just for fun, here's the Almost Two Years post
and the Five years post
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