Looking Into The Future

looking into the futureIn my grandparents’ living room, there’s a wall where big 11×14″ picture frames of each of their grandchildren are hung. I distinctly remember sitting there with my sisters and cousins, as a middle schooler,  looking into the future. Talking about how amazing it was that we had no idea who we were going to date, what we were going to major in, and where we’d be in 10 years from then. High school seniors seemed SO old, but we were excited about the future and loved dreaming about who we’d become.

Fast forward 10+ years…

Looking into the future, who would have guessed that the girl who had a Xanga (anyone remember those days?) would have a real blog a decade later? That the boy across the table from me in 6th grade “English Explosion” class would ask me to marry him? That I’d still be wearing the same pair of shoes I did in 8th grade? (Don’t worry friends, I got rid of my so-called “duckbill platypus boots” this year after much convincing from my sisters ;).

But seriously, who knew?!

Here’s little ol’ me, sitting in a cubicle every day at a marketing/PR job. Coming home to my best friend. Wishing for the weekend. Wanting to be “young” again.

But for some reason, looking into the future still excites me. Yes, I wish I could go back and replay my life all over. Knowing that some things that seemed awful at the time actually turned into good things. And that missing Summa Cum Laude by .001%, and crying about it, would not make any difference whatsoever. And most importantly, that choosing to spend time with family and friends over doing something I thought was more important would be worth it 100% of the time.

But then I realize…I am STILL young. I have a whole future ahead of me even now (and even if you’re 60, you do too). And I have the opportunity to choose whether I want to live in the past, wishing I could have a do-over on the million mistakes I made — or whether I want to live in the present, making the most of each moment and being excited for what’s ahead.

Proverbs 31:25 says “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

Ya’ll know I love Proverbs 31…oh how I desire for that to be me. To be without fear of the future, and to love every part of who I am right now because I know it’s who God created me to be. Who knows…maybe in 10 more years, blogging as we know it will be non-existent. Maybe I’ll have three kids to drive around in my big green van. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to find those duckbill platypus boots at Goodwill and wear them again.

It’s fun to dream. :)


Christian Dating Advice

Christian dating adviceToday on the blog, we have a special guest post from a Christian Dating website :) Please note, this is a sponsored post and we have not personally tried the website, but we can attest to the good principles and godly morals listed in this guest post. They definitely have helped keep our relationship strong!

What makes a relationship healthy?

Relationships don’t just happen. Okay, sometimes someone comes out of the blue and all of a sudden love is in the air.  But even then, in order for any Christian relationship to develop from a vulnerable sapling to a strong sturdy tree, you need the guidance of God.

To make sure that a relationship is thriving and healthy, the following Christian dating advice may help.

Don’t forget God

There is plenty of Christian dating advice in the Bible about how to conduct Christian Dating and relationships in a healthy way. Church groups and mentors can also be invaluable resources to support anyone who is struggling in their relationships.

Sure, it’s great to be in that head-over-heels state of being in love, but that’s when it’s most important to keep both feet on the ground.

Adhering to Christian principles won’t put a damper on romance. On the contrary, those values will more than likely deepen the relationship as a connection with God can encompass and enhance the bond with a romantic partner.

Don’t be alone

Before two people can meet, fall in love and talk about building a life together, they need to have friends, family, church duties, and hobbies – plus be happy with who they are.

How often do new couples spend so much time together that other areas of their lives end up suffering and their other relationships lose their strength?

By all means, enjoy one another, but also enjoy togetherness with family members and friends. Maintaining contact with these people ensures you will always have a support network if times get tough.


The fun of romance can be very absorbing, and so it should be. But partners should sit down from time to time to discuss their values, where the relationship is going, and their connection with God. Be honest. In order for a relationship to thrive, healthy and honest communication is so important.

Keep in touch

If the relationship is serious and leading towards marriage, it’s a great idea to get pre-marital counselling and talk to Christian mentors who have already walked that path with God.

After all, there’s strength in support to help you foster a truly healthy relationship on all levels.
Hope you enjoyed this Christian dating advice! If you have some of your own, leave it in the comments below! And go link up for the Totally Awesome Blog Hop like we did! :)


Learn From Your Mistakes


I have made a lot of mistakes in my life. The good thing is that you can learn from your mistakes. So I thought I might get a little vulnerable this week and share one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made so you can avoid the same dumb decision.

I was 10 years old and playing basketball in the backyard with my brothers. I am the middle child of three boys (Yup, all boys and no sisters. My poor mom). All of us loved sports and would have epic showdowns of backyard basketball, where we thought that touching the net was the same as dunking.

After a couple of intense games of knockout and “horse” (my older brother would always try to convince me that horse was spelled without an “e” when he was winning), we decided to take a bathroom break. Now for 3 brothers growing up in Lancaster, PA, any bush or tree makes a good toilet. So with that being said, we all picked the nearest bush…

The only problem with this particular bush is that it contained a very large beehive! I didn’t realize our mistake until my older brother started jumping and yelling like a cat being dipped into water. Then my younger brother stared the same routine. Not wanting to be outdone by my screaming brothers, I started jumping and yelling too, although I had no idea why! And then I saw them, dozens of bees, upset that their home had been so rudely defiled by me and my brothers.

My older brother and I bee-lined it (haha) straight into our house, locked the door, and stripped off our clothes as bees flew out of them. That’s when we realized that my younger brother — who was 7 at the time — was still outside, trying to fend off the bees himself. My older brother and I couldn’t help but laugh watching him run around our front yard, attempting to outrun a swarming mass of bees. I remember my older brother saying “What an idiot, why didn’t he just run inside?” It was then that we remembered that, in our own panic, we had locked the door behind us (I’m not quite sure why we locked the door. Like bees really could get through an unlocked door?)! We then started laughing even harder (sweet brotherly love), and opened the door for him.

Despite about a dozen or so stings, there was no real damage done. My brothers escaped with swollen faces and hands, — and I just escaped with a good story, because unlike my unfortunate brothers, I somehow managed to escape without a single bee sting!

So now is the time where I tell you all about the value of choosing to learn from your mistake and how I have grown from my experience. Well, I’m not really sure what to tell you. I could try to come up with a moral and say that I learned not to follow the crowd or never leave a brother behind, but that would be too big of a stretch. So I guess the only profound moral of the story is this: the next time you are in a dire situation out in the woods, don’t pee where you can’t see.