Friday, July 29, 2011

"Til Foxtrots and Final Roses Do Us Part...

Marriage is full of compromise.

"What do you want for dinner?"
"I was kind of wanting Mexican food."
"Oh, I had Mexican food for lunch....could we ever do burgers?"
"Yeah, I can do a burger."


"I've been dying to see Bridesmaids! It looks hysterical!"
"You know, that sounds like a perfect girls' night in the making! Why don't you and your girlfriends go have a fun night together and see that?"
"Done and Done!"

You see? Compromise!

Before we got married we went through a 12 week pre-marital counseling class through our church. It was absolutely wonderful. We had topics like dealing with conflict, in-laws, finances, family (having children/not having children, how many, how we wanted to raise them, etc), "sex-pectations", communication, etc. It was really nice to sit there with couples who had been married 20+ years and talk realistically about things that would inevitably come up in our marriage. But they forgot one topic....Reality TV and Remote Control. And by remote control, I actually mean who controls the remote. The answer during prime time obviously ME, no?

We got married before I was introduced to So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars, so I'll give him that. He was blindsided. But the Bachelor/Bachelorette? Come on now. This is nothing new. I've been sucked in since Andrew Firestone. I've even hung in there through Prince Lorenzo Borghese, whiny-boy-Jake and Brad Womack....twice. So it's safe to say that my Monday's are a lock.

For the record, my compromise is Swamp People marathons! You need subtitles to understand what they are saying for sobbing out loud...I'd say we're even.

Don't even get me started on sports. In his defense, I'm a huge sports fan too, so I don't mind endless football Saturdays. In fact, I do that with or without him around. But golf...6 hours of golf on a Sunday...I'd rather go to the dentist. That's 3 weeks of the Bachelorette rolled into one afternoon!

+1 Point: Tiffany

So you see, marriage is full of compromise. You win some, you lose some. But a very wise poster that hung on the side of my 7th grade science teacher's desk once said, "Stand for something or you'll fall for anything!" So I stand for Monday nights with Chris Harrison and Wednesday nights with Cat Deeley. :) (And certain times of the year, Tuesday nights with Bob and sue me!)

*This was Melanie and Neil's contemporary piece from Wednesday night and it.was.amazing. When she literally FLEW at him in the end...chills.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tiny Miracles...

Over the past 2 years I have been reminded of the miracle a child is. People always say it. I mean, I always say it, but the truth is that the full reality of that never sank in.

We always hear, "children are a gift" and when a friend has a baby we say things like, "What a precious miracle!" But I have never felt stronger about those statements than I do right now. Children are a precious, priceless, undeserved gift from God and they are, without a shadow of a doubt, a miracle.

Some dear friends of ours were expecting their second little girl this week. My husband has grown up with the expectant father and they have been dear friends since childhood. David talked to him this past weekend and they discussed the fact that their little girl would be born sometime this week and he would call David when she made her debut. Dave I both received a text on Tuesday evening and we were expecting that this sweet girl had made her arrival. Unfortunately, we received news that you hope you never hear.

Just days before her due date, our friend found out that she lost her sweet girl.

David and I have been beyond heartbroken for them for the past 36 hours since we learned of their loss. We have hardly talked about anything else. I have hardly prayed about anything else. I cry at inexplicable times because God gives me teeny-tiny-fraction-of-a glimpse of their heartache. I count that a privilege. It leads me to pray for beg God for grace, strength, peace, comfort...will. Will to go on. Will to keep taking breaths in and out and to begin to plan for their daughter's burial. Will to walk out of that hospital without their baby girl.

Children are a precious gift. An incredible miracle. And when a child is conceived, as it develops, when it is is a sight to behold and a praise worthy event. Life is one more more blessing we are given by God. We're so privileged to be a part of His miracles every day.

If you feel led, please pray for our friends. These next few days will be very difficult for them as they leave the hospital, plan their daughter's burial and begin a life very different from the one they were anticipating. Thank you...I'm so grateful for your prayers for them.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Amen and Amen.

*PS...Pinterest never gets old...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Summer Lovin'...

See the curtains hangin' in the window, in the evenin' on a Friday night

A little light a-shinin' through the window, lets me know everything is alright

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind

See the paper layin' in the sidewalk, a little music from the house next door

So I walked on up to the doorstep, through the screen and across the floor

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind

Sweet days of summer, the jasmine's in bloom. July is dressed up and playing her tune
And I come home from a hard day's work, and you're waiting there, not a care in the world

See the smile a-waitin' in the kitchen, food cookin' and the plates for two

See the arms that reach out to hold me, in the evening when the day is through Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind ~ "Summer Breeze" Seals & Croft

I hope you're enjoying your summer and looking forward to a great weekend! XOXO~ Tiffany

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

You Can Skip This Post if You Want...

Because I have nothing of great worth to say. Not that I ever have anything of great worth to say, but I'm feeling especially "worth-less" today. So I will tell you some very trivial things going on in life right now...

I'm absolutely loving My Chihuahua Bites and can't seem to talk my nails into anything else.

The good news: I'm obsessed with Pinterest. The bad news: I literally want to re-do my entire house!

I cannot keep my succulents alive for the life of me. Dad-gum drought!

I can't stop eating. I must get "back on track" but all 105 degrees keep talking me out of running and into ice cream!

I made PW's meatball sliders for dinner on Monday night and Dave wanted to kiss me, they were so good!

Dave and I have planned a "staycation" for mid-August and it can't get here fast enough.

All week I've been thinking it was a day later than it really was. That works great when you think it's Wednesday and it's really Thursday, but it's not as fun when it's the other way around...womp, womp!

I want to print recent pictures and refresh all of my frames, but that takes time, and I'm being lazy.

Lastly, (I know this post has been riveting but I have to wrap-up sometime...) I finally read The Help. I know, I know. I'm always late to the party. But it was just as wonderful as you all said it was going to be. Now I can't stop watching the movie trailer. Austin girls, be watching your email for "dinner and a movie" invite!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

One for One...

I have gotten a couple of emails from people saying they didn't realize TOMS was now carrying sunglasses! I linked to the eye wear line in my previous post and also linked to the reason behind the mission, but here is a short, wonderful explanation of their passion to bring sight to the people of Nepal.

It is well worth your 110 seconds of time to watch it!

Pretty powerful and wonderful isn't it? So let's all put TOMS sunglasses on our birthday and Christmas list! :)

What I'm Loving...

I decided to play along with Jamie today and tell y'all what I'm loving...

I'm loving pool time with these knuckleheads...

I'm loving my new popsicle molds I found at Target for $3.99!

I made Crystal Light Lemonade and pureed fresh strawberries. Filled the molds with both and Dave and I are loving our refreshing evening treat.

I'm definitely loving that they are about 20 calories each!

Rookie is loving his new puppy pillow! Nope, he's not spoiled. Not.At.All.

I'm LOVING this fabric I found this weekend. Trouble is (if you read my post from yesterday...) I've met my quota on fabric/recovering for the next, oh I don't know, 2 years. But this would be sooo cute in my upstairs living area...In person this is a light coral, light blue and light yellow pattern.

And finally, I'm loving TOMS eyewear. I absolutely love their mission. The fact that they are literally out to change the world one pair of shoes and one eye exam at a time is remarkable. When they announced they were carrying sunglasses and will provide someone with an eye exam, eye surgery, or glasses... I'm not gonna lie, I cried! Pardon the cheesy pun, but what amazing vision for their company. Making a difference in people's lives.

Not to mention, the styles are super cute!

What are you loving these days?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lemons and Lemonade...

I had a really great weekend. There wasn't really any one thing that made it great it was just a bunch of little things bundled together that equated to goodness.

If you judged my life on my last few posts you'd say life is pretty darn good. And in all honesty, I can't disagree with you, but I will tell you there is more than meets the eye. I'm very blessed. I have an amazing husband, a wonderful family, genuine and fun friends, the list goes on. But life is not without it's trials, frustrations, and don't forget the heartache.

I have always heard about Mt. Bonnell. It's a tourist spot here in Austin that overlooks Lake Austin to one side and downtown Austin to the other. With Dave and I both growing up around Austin and now living here almost 5 years we couldn't believe that neither of us had ever taken the time to go up there. So we decided that Saturday morning was just the time. We woke up early (6:30! On our one day to sleep in) and we headed out.

The views were truly amazing! After our morning at Mt. Bonnell, we went and got breakfast tacos, ran errands, he studied, I went to my parent's and swam with the dogs and then we ended the night with a dinner date. On the way to dinner I was thinking that it had been the perfect day!

I really needed Saturday. I had started to feel sorry for myself and there's no time for that! I've been plagued with a series of mishaps that are just life, but I've been letting it weigh on me. In January, we had a huge water leak from our upstairs bathroom that resulted in a lot of damage, we've had a lot of car repairs/general maintenance, my jewelry was stolen out of my checked baggage on our way to Savannah (I know I should have put it in my purse...), I was completely scammed by a carpet cleaning company, and I had 4 chairs there to pick them up and they had been recovered in the wrong fabric. AND, it was my fault. :( I had to repurchase new fabric and have them re-done. Sometimes, life gives you lemons...

And, if you're still reading...and you hadn't guessed by my semi-vague posts before, we have been dealing with infertility for quite some time now. The lost jewelry and the very expensive fabric/furniture mishap seems fairly insignificant doesn't it? Of course it does, and it is all completely insignificant when compared to the one true desire of my heart. I want to be a mother more than anything. I dream about what our kids would look like and what kind of father Dave would be. But I know God is sovereign and He has a plan for our lives.

Here's the facts...some days are harder than others. Some days I just want to go to bed because it seems like "this one's just not in the cards" and maybe tomorrow will hold a different story. But I'm loved, I have friends praying for me and for Dave and for what our future holds. I pray we have a family. I pray on my hands and knees...sometimes my praying is more like begging. But I know that my story is written by the master story teller. And truthfully, in the last 3 months He has filled me with so much peace about our situation.

So tonight, I'm praying for a baby, I'm praying for whoever took my jewelry that was not theirs, I'm praying for my luck to change, and in an effort for it to not be all about me...because really, it should be all about HIM, I'm praying that I will see the beauty in my "average" life. Because He intended for me to live each moment for Him. There are blessings all around me...literally ALL around me. And I'm so's to an ice cold glass of lemonade made straight from those fresh lemons!

Ps...if this entertains anyone even a little bit....Dave is such a good sport. My camera was balancing on a rock and my backpack to take this picture of us on self-timer. He just expects this from me. :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Circling Back Around...

I was diverted from sharing all about our trip to Savannah by that exciting little engagement, so I'm going to circle back around and over share some photos from the trip. I'm a little snap happy and firmly believe you can never have too many pictures. :) After all, how often is my entire family together having fun? Unfortunately, not often enough!

So here we go, Savannah in photographs...

This is the ONE picture I took in Hilton Head...We were only there for a day and a half, but still?

Cast of characters L-R: My husband- Dave, me, my brother- Taylor, my sister- Kristen, my mom, my dad

Day 2 we decided bikes would get us around town a LOT faster! It was so fun/hysterical.

The reason we went to watch my brother play baseball!

Day 3: Back on the bikes! We're basically the VonTrapps...You can imagine how much Big Daddy liked the bikes...about as much as a root canal! ha!

No trip to Savannah would be complete without a last minute stop at Leopold's! It was a wonderful trip full of Southern charm and southern food! I'll write a quick recap post just outling places we ate, houses we toured, etc for the couple of people who have asked. This post is just too long to do it all. If you're still reading, have a wonderful weekend!! XOXO