Stepping into Eleven

Year #11. It takes some getting used to in order to picture myself having a decade of time behind us as married folks. We were just reminiscing today about our wedding day.

Rarely known fact: It rained the morning of June 28, 2008. And that little known fact really has seemed like good luck as they say. Call it luck, a good omen, or a silly wives’ tale, but I understand what is truly going on. It’s only the power of Christ in both of us that has made a decade go by in a flash, even with its peaks and valleys. I am so grateful to have been on this journey with Logan walking next to me.

People say their wedding was the best day of their lives. I do look back on that season of life with fondness, but in my opinion, my wedding day was far from the best. If that was the best day of my life, what does that say about our marriage? My goodness, I have had so many best days of my life after my wedding day…

Countless days when we’ve taken long walks around our neighborhood with blue skies and 75 degrees of air. Bunches of days when I’ve sat by him and smiled at the camera during a special event. Days when we’ve found something so funny I can’t stop belly laughing. Days when our kids show kindness to others and finally make us think they have a hope of turning out okay someday. Days spent on getting away, in a foreign country, on the road, in the yard, at the park, at a friend’s house, in ministry, finishing a difficult project, enjoying a meal together, anticipating a date, praying together, planning for the future, reflecting on our goals, hosting people, dancing in the living room, being with our families, losing weight, staying up late, eating a snack, playing with our kids on the carpet, sleeping in, hammocking, sitting on our red couch watching something… and I could keep going to infinite.

The truth is, there have been lots and lots of best days of my life with Logan. I am one “lucky” lady. And Lord willing, there will be a whole slew of best days to come. Happy “one-one” anniversary to my bestie!

We had a great night celebrating together! First stop, Robby’s Famous Cheesecake for a fantastic dessert, then on to get our rings cleaned. Later, we joined up with Unite Salina. Fun fact: Unite Salina was hosted at Heritage Hall tonight. It was pretty crazy to think that 11 years ago tonight, we were at our wedding reception, dancing the night away at the same Heritage Hall. Kinda warmed my heart. 🙂 Thank you, @jadecreates for taking a few photos after the event! You are too kind and so talented, my friend!

10 Things I [Don’t] Hate About You

The day of love has come and gone. As I sit here eating Sour Patch from my Valentine box this evening, it occurs to me that I always write a Valentine post. Can’t break a tradition, so this year I’m going all lovey-dovey on you.

I decided to make a few lists (in honor of the epic chick flick starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles… tell me you didn’t forget) of 10 Things I [Don’t] Hate About You. And by you, I mean Logan and Evie. They are my loves. These are some of the little things I love right now about the loves of my life.


  1. I love that you make the bed each morning. Your quiet service to me never goes unnoticed, and the list is long.
  2. I love how you build me up and encourage me. Even when I am literally looking/acting like I came out of the pit of Hades, you find ways to compliment me.
  3. I love how you are so knowledgeable. What you don’t know, you find out. I admire your zeal to learn.
  4. I love that you start my truck and load all my junk in it every morning. I’d be late a lot of days without you here.
  5. I love how we are equals. You lead our family with humility enough to shove out dominance. I love working together alongside you.
  6. I love that you are an optimist in the midst of my negativity. Thank you for pulling me toward the light.
  7. I love how you’re not afraid to get in the kitchen and cook a meal. I’m dazzled at your ability to follow instructions! You make great spaghetti, and I was really impressed that you knew to add extra cheese to make our frozen pizzas a little tastier.
  8. I love how mindful and protective you are of our family time. I can see your priorities loud and clear in our home.
  9. I love how when Evie and I get home from work, you come meet us at the truck. Evie looks forward to seeing Daddy at her window each day! Oh, and so do I.
  10. I love that you love Jesus. Make no mistake, his central presence in our relationship is what makes this love thing work out.

Evie Lynn

  1. I love how you blow kisses from bed. As many as you can squeeze in before I pull the door shut. It’s so darn sweet, girl.
  2. I love how you are obsessed with listening to music. I love how you ask to listen in the car by saying, “Can I listen to music on the top [I guess the music sounds like it’s coming out above her or something]?” and when Twinkle Twinkle comes on you say, “This is MY SONG!”
  3. I love how you are always wanting to “play a game,” even though it just means messing around with all the pieces.
  4. I love how you always want to come with me to my classroom.
  5. I love how you find it within yourself to ask at the dinner table, “How was your work?”
  6. I love how you act like you’re still my “little tiny baby” sometimes. You ask to be swaddled, rocked, and given a fake bottle. Your little “wa” is so soft and gentle. I especially love how you still love to be wrapped up this way after your baths.
  7. I love how your sweet little voice says all sorts of sophisticated things like, “This place stinks to high heaven! Pee-ew!” or “I need to see the moon.” or “You’re feeling a little bit sick? I’m going to call the doctor. Here’s some medicine, you’re all better now!”
  8. I love how you love going on walks. This is one of our family’s favorite pastimes.
  9. I love how you treasure our family being together. “We’re all together!” is something you notice and strive for.
  10. I love how you care deeply about the feelings of others. Your poor little baby dolls, stars and pillow; when one is left behind, you are so in tune with its loneliness and the amount of crying that the object is experiencing. Or whenever Silas is getting in trouble by his mom, you run to his rescue, coming between him and the “source of evil” and saying, “NO TARA. DON’T.” Sorry about that, Tara.

I’m lucky in love.

(I guess Logan and I think alike… we were working on sending these Red Stamp creations to each other at the same time on Sunday morning while I was home with a sickie Evie and he was sound boothing all morning. Happy Valentine’s Day… ha ha!)

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The Big 30 For My Main Squeeze!

Logan’s birthday is here! And it’s not just any birthday… it’s the big three-oh! I had quite the time trying to dream up the perfect milestone birthday moment… I mean, really, 30 is like, the prime of life, right? I can’t just make him breakfast in bed and call it good. No, no. I can’t do that.


For the last year or more, Logan’s been going gah-gah over this whole 3D printing deal that’s seeming to hit the nerdtech world pretty hard. I have been nay-saying it for quite awhile, trying to see if this itch was one that would go away. Well, it didn’t go away. And it actually kind of started itching me too. Don’t get me wrong, I really wasn’t itching to get one. But the creative possibilities were pretty cool think about. So I started thinking about it.


These printers aren’t cheap. There’s no way I would buy one out of our own budget, that’s a fact. So I enlisted the family. Those family members, they always seem to pull through, don’t they? We pooled all our birthday-money-for-Logan funds and were able to buy the 3D printer Logan had wishlisted! As of last Friday, he’s been creating things left and right, and loving it. Win!

Since we celebrated his birthday with all the family a few days early, I had to think of what to do on his REAL birth day, July 28. I decided to go with a few rhyme-time riddles to solve throughout his day, planning out some fun things to do between his working. Carol Lee Donuts was a must-stop shop for breakfast. We strolled on over and got ourselves some fried dough before he headed out the door to work. At 11:30, we met our friends (who are getting married sooooon!) Cameron and Stephanie for a lunch date at Blue Skye, along with a fun tour of their future home together! YAY! So excited for them!

After lunch, the next riddle led us to Sweet on You, a local chocolate shop downtown. Can’t wait to try those fancy candies! We came home, put Evie to bed, and then he was off to Starbucks to hang with his best buddies for a drink.

I hope he had fun. I did! Ha.

The evening consisted of our Grow Group fiesta… and how fun it was to celebrate with Amy, who turned 18 on the same day! What are the chances that two of our members would be celebrating milestone birthdays on the same exact day? Enchiladas, chips, salsa, guacamole, rice, and fried ice cream topped the day off well. I am so full. Of food. And joy.

Happy birthday, my love! Thank you for putting up with my silly attempts at making you feel celebrated. You are loved so very much!

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