On This Day

At this very moment, I had a few words with Cookie as the music started to play and everyone began walking in to take their places on the stage and I couldn’t stop crying because I couldn’t believe that I was finally getting married and having a real wedding to boot! Getting married was something I had always dreamed about but never really saw it modeled, so I didn’t think it was possible, but then I met Jesus and He gave me the desires of my heart as I walked in to the room and professsed my love for you in front of our closest friends and family.  The ceremony ended with our first kiss, but that was just the beginning! We danced, I fell, we visited with our friends, we ate a little, and we helped clean up too, we celebrated becoming one and I am so grateful to you for making me your wife! 

On This Day

8 years later, William, I want to say thank you for loving me, and for fighting for our marriage! Thank you for being the best husband you know how to be and for your continued efforts to be even better! We have been through so much in these eight years and yet I still feel like I  have barely scratched the surface to your heart. William, you are an amazing, complicated, sensitive man and I promise to always put in the effort it takes to love you better and love you just the way you are! I love you today and always and am truly honored to be your wife!! Happy Anniversary my love!! I am glad to be on this grand Jesus adventure with you!! 

Happy First Birthday, Kobi!

Y’all we made it! Kobi is officially one year old today!! I have so many emotions running through me but I haven’t had time to process them all because I was too busy getting everything together for her birthday celebration that we had tonight. But I’m sure things will come rushing in soon enough.

Kobi has grown so much over this pass year it amazes me every day! She is starting to walk a little bit with assistance, she loves eating real food (we had pancakes earlier today as a birthday tradition and she ate pasta and rolls, for dinner) She loves music, dancing to music or singing to the music. She knows how to clap, and she loves animals (we’re hoping to take her to the zoo tomorrow if the weather cooperates). She’s gone from a 2lbs. 11 oz. baby to a 24lbs. infant… she’s getting tall and she just wants to see everything and figure out how things work (we think she might be an engineer). She likes watching t.v and spending time with her daddy. Kobi loves to laugh and has such a big smile, Oh and she has two teeth now!! It’s so fun to hear her crunch on different foods.

Y’all my baby made it! Despite everything that happened to get her to this point we made it and I am so thankful and grateful to my God who kept her, and us! Thank you to each and every one of you who said a prayer, who brought food, who shared kind words, who rallied around us this past year. Thank you for your love and support and for cheering us on, you are loved and appreciated and I hope that each of you get to see Kobi one day in real life!

Here are a few pictures from her celebration!

Love Y’all,

Terri

My First Gray Hair!

Y’all I got my first gray hair and I am so excited!! When I found it yesterday morning my husband asked me how do I know it’s my first one and I told him well it’s the first one I’ve seen so to me it’s my first! I even got to show my mom when we video chatted last night and we were both smiling and laughing and celebrating it!

There was a tinge of sadness but it only lasted a moment. And then I thought about what could have caused it and how long it takes for a gray hair to appear… I told William that this gray hair was the fruit of last year, but really it could be the fruit of the last two years!! Either way whatever caused it I survived it and I feel just a tad bit wiser for it even if it’s not true.

I’ve always loved gray hair. I feel like it’s regal and represents a life well lived so I will gladly welcome the gray hair because to me it means that I’m living life well!
When was the first time you got your first gray hair and how did you feel?

My 2017 Theme

This year’s theme is pretty simple and yet it’s something I’ve struggled with for a while so it’s definitely time to make a go at it. My one word them for 2017 is HAPPY! 

I want to do things that make me happy, like:

Coloring more

Reading for fun

Playing/Coaching volleyball 

Travel

Take pictures 

Blog

Make family memories

Start traditions

Try new recipes

Spend good quality time with William

Spend time with good friends

Drink Coffee 

Play my violin and the piano (if only for 15 minutes a couple times a week)

Spend good quality time with Kobi

Have good in depth Jesus time

Treating myself (and learn not to regret it)

Give gifts

Eat Ice Cream

I also want to learn how to relax and use the above mentioned things to do so. I’ve had to be the responsible one for so long I don’t know any other way to be but I want to try and be a bit more carefree I want to live my life in all it’s wholeness with way more happy and less worry and routine. I want to continue to find out what makes me happy and do those things. 

It’s going to be interesting finding the time to do these things amidst all of my responsibilities (wife, mom, work, school) but I’m willing to find the time to help me be great!

So here’s to a happier and more relaxed 2017! 

🌟Terri🌟

Do you have a word or resolution for 2017? I’d love to read what it is! 

Guess Who’s 11 Months Today?

Well of course that would be our beautiful here on earth daughter Kobi not be confused with our in Heaven daughter Kiwi because she’d be two! Anyway Kobi is growing so fast I’m both excited and want it to stop! She loves to eat new foods and I’m not just talking puréed foods (today she had half of a plain slider) her sitter feeds her papas and carne asada (with our consent of course)! She’s eating real food people, real food!!!

We’ve noticed her personality really coming out a lot more lately. She sings, she dances, she absolutely LOVES music, everything interests her to where you know she wants to know more about something. Kobi crawls when she wants to and is learning to stand up. She also takes a few steps when holding mine or daddy’s hands.

She weighs 22.4 pounds is about 30 inches tall and wears a size 18 months!  She loves to laugh, and watch Super Why on Netflix and she is learning to play with other kids her age (thanks Cami). She’s so smart and strong (she can kick me out of a chair if I let her) and she’s really kind and compassionate she always wants to make sure other babies around her are okay when they cry. We have to reassure her that they are okay so she can relax. She is a great communicator and she is rarely upset and she likes most everything except rabbits and guinea pigs (she legit cries at the site of them). Kobi amazes me every day!

Here are some pics of her.

Thanks for following our journey!

 

 

My 2016 was one to remember 

So a lot of people are so ready for 2017 because their 2016 wasn’t so good but my 2016 was pretty awesome so I wanted to write about it. We were able to welcome our beautiful daughter Katherine Obadiah into this world (albeit a few months early). We got to experience NICU life, it wasn’t the most exciting but it definitely taught us a lot about ourselves, each other and our God. We found a new church that we love, and our marriage has improved exponentially! 

I’m a few classes away from graduating with my Master’s Degree. I found a job that helped contribute to the house hold. We found a wonderful person to take care of Kobi for us while we both have to work and she’s become a friend and a huge part of Kobi’s life! I was able to spend six months at home with Kobi, we were able to go to Cali for a wedding, Ohio for the Fourth of July, and Nevada for Christmas! Not to mention Kobi was able to see her uncles, aunt and cousins for Thanksgiving! 

Just seeing Kobi grow and learn has been so worth it! Learning to communicate effectively with William has been great! It hasn’t always been easy or fun but as we learn, things gets better and we’ve definitely given each other more grace and learned to value each other. 

Jesus allowed us to maintain great friendships this year and establish new ones and we were given a car right when we needed it. We both learned what makes us happy and what we need to do in 2017 to maintain. And we are genuinely excited to see what the Lord is going to do with us and through us in this coming year! 

If you’re 2016 didn’t turn out so well. My prayer is that  2017 will be that much better and those things that were taken from you would be restored back to you in this new year!

Our Christmas Family Vacation!

We have celebrated Christmas for the last few years with some great friends but this year they moved across the country and so we were left with a dilemma… What to do for Christmas? After talking it over and checking the budget we decided at the last minute to spend Christmas in Las Vegas with said friends and bonus we had my mom come up so she could finally meet Kobi! It was such a wonderful and much needed time away and time with family! Oh and I got to see one of my oldest friends after 10 years too! We went to the Hoover Dam, and to Red Rock Canyon, and ate really great food all cooked by Holly herself!

Kobi’s first Christmas was great! We snuggled in bed then she sat and listened to her daddy read the Bible explaining the Christmas story and she loved all the paper and actually played with a few toys! She was super exhausted after opening most everything but definitely needed food and a nap before continuing. William and I had a few surprises for each other which was nice because we already knew what we wanted. We decided to remember Kiwi by wearing matching Christmas socks because it’s something simple and we can continue to do that for years to come. And the highlight was seeing my mom interact with Kobi!! It’s been a long time coming and it was definitely my Christmas Miracle!! I hope each of you reading this had a wonderful Christmas celebration. Thanks for your continued reading!

~Terri

Here’s a link to pictures of our adventure!