Archive for October 2013

Our love story: Happy Two Years!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013




Ben,

today marks TWO years of marriage
some days I wonder how it's already been two years,
other days, I feel like we've been together forever 

I don't know why the Lord decided to bless me with such an amazing, loving, God honoring man 
one who makes me feel beautiful and cherished 
but, I am forever grateful that He did  

The last two years have been a roller coaster and not every day has been butterflies and rainbows
but, you and me baby, we're in this for the long run 

I can't wait to watch our relationship evolve soon as we become parents
you're going to be a great daddy 

thank you for loving me so well 
for being quick to forgive 
and always first to apologize 

I will love you forever!  



Our sweet vows:

Because God has brought us together, and has established our love, and our relationship, I Ben take you Leah to be my wife.  I will love you as Christ loves His Church, through whatever joy or trial we face.  I determine this day to walk the way of the cross before you, living with you in an understanding way.  I promise to honor the Holy Spirit’s guidance, so that I may lead us in God’s way.  Because I believe in God’s promises and God’s power, I here and now give you everything of myself, that I am and shall be. In Jesus name.”

Ben, I also believe it is God’s perfect desire for me to become your wife.  So I, Leah, receive you as my husband.  As you have committed your life and love to me, so I too give you my life.  Where you go, I will go.  Where you live, I will live.  Together we will serve our Savior.  Because I believe in God’s promises and God’s power, I here and now give you everything of myself, that I am and shall be. In Jesus name.”




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Our Love Story: First date and Engagement

Monday, October 28, 2013

I tried to write out our first date and engagement and had such a hard time writing it all out
so, we decided to make two videos talking about our first date and our engagement 

hope you enjoy   

First Date

video

Engagement 

video


p.s. making videos of yourself is pretty awkward!  But, I'm glad we have our story documented for years to come :) 



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Our Love Story - He asks me out

Thursday, October 17, 2013


            One week later, after the young pros ministry, a big group decides to go eat at IHOP.  My sweet friend, Megan and I are excited to finally be getting plugged in and meeting new people.   We sit down, order our food and enjoy getting to know the people around us.  About 30 minutes in to the meal walks that guy from the pumpkin carving party.  He squeezes in just one seat away from me.  We all eat and laugh and have a good time.  As we leave, that guy asks us what our plans are for the weekend.  Megan and I shrug and he invites us to a party.  He asks for one of our numbers so that he can send details and I blurt out mine is xxx-xxxx.  (sidenote: I am not a bold person, not at all). 
            Friday rolls around and Megan and I attend a benefit event she has tickets for and decide to head over to the party after.  We socialize with everyone and have a good time.  That guy and I have a good conversation, but it’s short and sweet.  Then we all play that guy’s favorite game; the question game.  It’s a game where you sit in a circle and ask hypothetical questions and everyone goes around and answers. Questions like “what’s your biggest regret.”  Turns out that guy wants to play this game so he can get to know me better and ask deep questions fast without seeming like a creeper.  Before we leave the party, that guy asks what I am up to tomorrow and invites me to a going away party for one of his friends.  I feel a little hesitant to go to a going away party for a person I don’t know, but he assures me there will be lots of people there, so I reluctantly say yes.  I ask my friend Katie if she’d like to come along.  At this point in the game, I think he is cute and funny, but I’m not sure if he’s in to me or is just being friendly.
            Saturday night rolls around and Katie and I head to the party.  I bring along my “book of questions” because I really think that guy will like it.  The party is fun and there is lots of yummy food.  There are some awkward moments, like when they ask everyone to gather and tell their favorite memories of Matt (the man of honor for the going away party).  Umm… I don’t know Matt?  But luckily it never comes around to me.  What I do notice is what a strong community there is here.  People who really love, support, and push each other.  I’ve been looking for a community like this and I am excited to see it here. 
I have some really good conversations with that guy and tell him I brought this book I have called, “the book of questions.”  Since I left it in the car, we decide to go grab it.  Once we get to the car he says, want to go for a walk?  I say yes and off we go.  We spend the next 2 hours walking and talking about the Lord, our plans for the future, our dreams.  We even lay in the road (don’t worry, we were in a quiet neighborhood) and gaze at the stars and dream.  It’s crazy and it’s magical and I have butterflies.  Our dreams and goals are so similar and my mind is racing thinking, is this guy really who he says he is?  Because I’ve met some guys who seem to say all the right things are turn out to be real jerks.  It’s such a great conversation and I wish we could just talk all night, but I am feeling really guilty for leaving my friend Katie behind and so we decide to head back to the party.  Just before we reach the door, he stops and asks if I’d like to go on a date with him sometime?!?  I am taken back big time!  I am definitely super interested, but I just didn’t expect him to ask so soon.  Turns out he has planned to ask me out the whole night and even had some guys pray with him before we go for a walk… all details I am oblivious to, but find out about later.  We agree to go out Monday night. 
            I go home on cloud 9.  Did he seriously just ask me out?  Is this “the one”?  I mean it could be?  My mind is racing and I am freaking out… what am I going to wear?!?


Series disclaimer:  You are getting the highlight reel.  Our love story was truly special and such a sweet time.  But, let’s get real… We don’t always get along.  In fact, right now I may or may not be glaring at that guy across the living room because of an earlier argument.  Just want to keep it real :) 

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Adoption Update

Monday, October 14, 2013


Adoption Update 

The past few weeks have been filled with lots of excitement and movement forward!  We received our profile books and sent them off to several agencies last week.  This means we could get matched at any time!!

You may be wondering how the process works...  The agencies that receive our profile will contact us with available adoption situations. In the email, they attach information about the expectant mom, her due date, medical/social history and her preferences for the level of openness for the adoption.  It also contains a breakdown of fees.  We are able to review the information and pray about whether or not we would like to have her view our profile. The expectant mom will then review several profiles and choose which family she would like to parent her baby. 

Also, because we are working with an adoption consultant, she sends us several situations weekly to consider.  We have already received situations in the last few weeks.  However, most fees were more than what we have in savings at this time.  

Fees vary anywhere from $20,000-$40,000.   You might wonder why there can be such a big range in fees and I had that same question myself.  The fees for situations vary depending upon the state the adoption takes place in and what the agency working with the expectant mom charges.  Fees go toward things like the expectant mother’s medical expenses, to counseling she receives before and after birth, to the lawyers who work to finalize the adoption.  There so many people involved in the process and each deserves reimbursement for their services.  

We are so excited to finally be at this place in the process and ask for your prayers and we consider situations and continue presenting.  This stage of the process is an emotional roller coaster, as we read about potential situations and decide whether to present.  We recently presented to a situation over the weekend and just found out we were not chosen.  It’s tough y’all.  Like really tough.  And I am sure there will be many more no’s before we hear that YES.  It's just hard not to get emotionally attached to potential situations.  Pray for our hearts during this time!

We are so thankful for your continued prayers and support and we move forward to this new stage in the process!  We are getting closer!!! 

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Our Love Story – We Meet

Friday, October 11, 2013


After ending a relationship, finishing graduate school and starting my first big girl job, the crazy whirlwind of life changes were finally settling
and I was adjusting to my new ‘normal’

It’s October, and I’m feeling settled.  I’m meeting new people at my new church and I’m starting to make a few friends
One of these friends is connected in the young professionals ministry and I tell him I’m looking to get plugged in.  He invites me to a pumpkin carving party

I meet a bunch of new people and sit down to start carving my pumpkin
then this loud, funny guy catches my attention
I’m secretly laughing at his jokes in my head
And might be crushing a little bit from afar

A few minutes later, he is looking for a corn hole partner and I boldly volunteer myself
I single handedly lose the game
But, turns out he’s crushing a little too

I head back over to finish carving my pumpkin and end up getting stuck
in an awkward conversation
I don’t know how to get out of the conversation, so I smile and nod
I’m feeling a little bummed that I didn’t get to chat with that funny guy some more
But, I’m excited about all the new people I’ve met

Later that night, I go home and facebook stalk that cute guy
Turns out, he’s facebook stalking me too  

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A little mini series

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


October is my favorite month
i love the weather, changing leaves, layered clothing, chilly nights, football, and everything pumpkin
it’s also the month that I met the love of my life
then one year later (almost to the day) married
in honor of my favorite month I am going start a little mini series called,
Our Love Story

you see, I love our love story
from the day we met
to the day we said I do
it was such a precious time
a true gift from the God

and so in honor of my favorite month I figured I’d share our love story with whoever reads our little corner of the internet 

Stay tunned…

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