Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 17} Married Christmas!

Pic by Me!

Goodness!!!  Sorry I'm getting this up so late!!!  At least it's still friday, right?  :-)  Today's Friday Favorites are a combination of pictures I took and pictures my Dad and sisters took.  Hope you enjoy!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 16} Twas the week before Christmas...

I love our sweet little tree in our dear tiny apartment.  The LED lights look blue in all the pics I took, but they are, in fact, very white.  :-)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Recipe Time: Breakfast Pockets!

This recipe is SO fun and easy to put together.  Andrew loves when I make this meal and I really enjoy it too!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 15} Rain and Christmas Trees!

What a good week!  Had some ups and downs, but still such a blessed week!!

Sunday morning it rained... and the trees looked SO cool through our car's windshield.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Recipe Time: Crumby Chicken!

 Need a yummy and easy chicken recipe???  I've got one for you that my family has done for years!  It is SO easy and fun to make!
And it's called Crumby Chicken... how great is that?! 
And, believe me, the name describes what it looks like, not how it tastes!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 14} Beginning to look like Christmas!

Not really outside... no snow that has stuck yet.  But that's okay... there's plenty of Christmas inside to make up for it! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 13} South Dakota!

LOTS of pictures today from my AMAZING trip to South Dakota!  Andrew and I drove out with my friend, Hannah, to stay with friends, Jake and Mikayla (and their new baby, Lydia!), for the week of Thanksgiving.  What a fun time!

Monday, November 26, 2012

beautiful spontaneity

Last week one of my dear friends spent an evening with my family.  It is so wonderful to just enjoy life with people you love...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 12} Living the Dream

This week's pictures hold memories that will be with me until the day I die.  On Wednesday I travelled with my Mom, two of my sisters (Jessica and Natalie), and a group of dear friends to see "Les Miserables" live at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago.
Yes, I believe in dreams coming true.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Baby, it's cold outside

The first snow has come and is almost gone.

My husband and I were staying with my younger siblings while my parents were on a weekend trip.  My youngest sister was snuggled up in bed with me when eight-year-old Samantha came into the bedroom to wake us up.
"There's snow outside, Rachel!"
Bekah's eyes flew open and I knew it was time to get up.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The First Kiss... from a girl who waited

"I now pronounce you man and wife," the pastor and father said, a smile on his face.  Then he turned to look at the groom, "Andrew, you may now kiss my daughter."
To the surprise of all, the young couple turned away from each other as the maid of honor and the best man each squirted a few sprays of breath freshener into the bride and groom's mouths.  Laughter rippled through the guests.

Friday, November 9, 2012

What a sweet yesterday... Natalie's Birthday!

I spent yesterday afternoon and evening with my amazing family (including my grandparents), celebrating my lovely sister's birthday.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Five Months

For me, the most amazing thing about being married is
I know, sounds silly... like, "well duh, Rachel!"

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 10} Senior Year Photo Shoot

These pictures weren't taken this week, but I know that sharing them is long overdue!
My sister, Jessica, is wrapping up highschool this year and I asked her if she wanted to do one huge photo-shoot with a couple different outfits OR multiple shoots during different seasons throughout her senior year.  She opted for the latter (my preference, YAY!).  So, here are my favorites from our first photo-shoot of Jessica's senior year!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

DIY Sweatshirts-Restyled... Four of them!

I LOVE sweatshirts.  When the weather turns cold I am ALL about staying warm!
I also LOVE cuteness.  When the temperature drops I am ALL about staying warm AND cute.

So... I would like to share FOUR ideas for restyling a sweatshirt so you can be cute and warm at the same time these autumn and winter months!!!  These are all VERY easy.  I'm only capable of the basics when it comes to sewing; if I can do this, so can you!

Friday, October 5, 2012

O Lord...

... You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

Friday Favorites {No. 9} Oh, the Outdoors!

What a fun lot of pictures from this past week!

Old hotel balcony...
Love this place!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Modestly Monday {No. 9} The Wild Blue Yonder

Quite unintentionally, both of my outfits have a color theme of blue and grey this week!
And, as a special treat, there is also one more outfit worn by my lovely sister, Natalie.
Hope you enjoy!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 8} Festivals, Babysitting, and Sisters!

What a fun week!  Busy at times... crazy at times... but really good!

Samantha, Natalie, Jessica, and Josh with two of our friends who took part in a reenactment last weekend.  The whole festival was great; very crowded and so many things to see!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


... Pumpkin Spice Latte, how you charmed my palette yesterday evening after thrift and craft shopping.  You warmed me from my lips to the very ends of my toes, reminding me why autumn is my favorite season.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Modestly Monday {No. 8} I Dreamed a Dream

This week's outfit has a bundle of pictures to go with it!
My sister, Jessica, took so many shots that turned out so nicely that I couldn't get it down to the usual three or four.  :-)  She did such a good job of capturing the mood and style of this outfit that I had to share!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 7}

This week's pictures are fewer than usual,
simply because my week has been crazy and
 my camera hasn't gotten as much use recently.
Still, I hope ya'll enjoy these pics from my week!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 6} Crazy Assortment!

This week's group of pictures covers a range that made it quite impossible for me to come up with a title to tie it all together!
Hopefully the diversity will be enjoyable!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

life lessons

I'm learning so much about life...

that it is not always perfect hair and makeup, a dreamy look in the eyes, the perfect kiss, mouth-watering food, hot coffee, and pleasant and profound words...

that sometimes it is frizzy bedhead and worry lines, weary eyes, missed moments, not knowing what to make for dinner, the coffee getting cold again, and nothing much to say...

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 5} Of Weddings and Family

Last weekend my dear friend, Caitlin, was joined in marriage to her true love, Zach.
I wasn't able to sit terribly close to them, but I did want to share some of the pictures I took at their lovely wedding.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 4} Of Family and Fishing

One of the pups from the most recent litter at my parents' house!  Besides being a homeschooling, stay-at-home wife and mother, my Mom also breeds Golden Retrievers!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

From my Journal... prayer of the backslider

this is the title of the prayer my little black book flips open too.
This book has been an amazing source for me these past six months or so.  Now it hits me hard with the first word I read.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Something MUCH more important than Friday Favorites...

My little sis
has officially freaked me out by turning
seventeen today!
My mind is whirling, thinking,
"Hey, wait a sec???  Didn't I just turn seventeen?".
Apparently, without my awareness or permission,
the years have continued to fly by and now my
sweet, adorable, loving, crazy, awesome
sister, Jessie, is having a birthday.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Favorites {No. 3}

At home, at the beach, at the antique store...
so many amazing places to take pictures!

My sweet, handsome hubby!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Modestly Monday {No. 2} I Feel Pretty!

I have two different outfits again!
I was hoping to share a third, but time got away from me.
Hope you enjoy!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Favorites (No. 2) Warning: Picture Overload!

This week I went on a picnic with my family at a lovely park!
I was able to get Fall Pictures for the school year of all six of them, which was SUCH a blast!