How We Met (According to Shawn)

Alright, one last little treat for you for the time being! This post is written by Shawn about his perspective of how we met! I’ve also included a few pictures from when we first began dating to share with you all! Hard to believe it was almost 5 years ago that we started dating this week!


If you’re expecting a fairy tale story, you are not going to get one. The evening I met Karissa was strange. I was sitting in an apartment with a friend. The bedroom door opens and out came a girl, who I later learned was named Karissa. She was wearing a blue onesie with pandas all over it. As she was walking past us, I couldn’t help but stare. Not for the reason you might think, but because this 19 year old girl was wearing a onesie. She then disappeared into the kitchen. What follows next, is my favorite part of the story. As I visited with my friend (Karissa’s roommate), the savory aroma of bacon filled the apartment.

After about 5 minutes, I was hungry. Karissa had finished cooking in the kitchen and all I could think about was how much I wanted bacon. Karissa proceeded to march out of the kitchen with the biggest plate of bacon I had ever seen in my life. I was staring again. This reason was different; this 19 year old girl, in a blue panda onesie, was carrying a plate full of bacon. I was staring because I wanted the bacon! This time, Karissa caught me staring. She paused, looked at me, and said, “Don’t judge me!”. And she continued her march back into her bedroom.

It wasn’t until a month later that I became interested in Karissa. After all, my first impression was of this weirdo who liked bacon and wore onesies. During that time, Karissa and I connected on a mutual interest: food. After all, we already had one thing in common, we both loved bacon. Over several meals, we bonded.In case you haven’t caught on, FOOD is a major theme in our relationship.

More importantly, we hope that Christ is a more noticeable theme in our relationship. The thing that attracted me to Karissa the most was witnessing her relationship with the LORD. I watched her as she served and worshipped in Bel Canto, her women’s choir at church. As Karissa and I committed into a relationship with each other five years ago, we also committed our relationship to the LORD. We vowed that we will always try to make everything in our relationship honorable to Him. As five years have passed, we have made mistakes, but this commitment is still very important to us!

Pinterest Inspiration: Cleaning for the New Year

There’s something wonderful about starting a new year (or sometimes just a new season) in a freshly cleaned home.  I love knowing that I’m able to start the brand new year off on the right foot and have things organized in a way that will hopefully help me out in the long run throughout the year.

I’ve gone through Pinterest and found some new organization ideas I definitely want to try to implement in my home.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! After taking almost two months off, due to the craziness of the holiday season, I am back!

After a very crazy year last year, I am so excited for the upcoming year and can’t wait to see what it holds.  I’ve set a few goals for myself, work wise and personal. And I look forward to sharing everything with you all.

So here’s to a brand new year, better and even more fun than last year!

Pinterest Inspiration: Home for the Holidays

The Christmas season is my favorite time of year! And I’m pretty sure I drive all my friends crazy with talking about Christmas and wanting to decorate early. However, I have held off and will continue to hold off on decorating until Thanksgiving break. I’ve compiled some of my favorite pictures from Pinterest that I will be using this year for the Christmas season.

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Weekend Recap

Do you ever have those moments where you want to take a picture of your food but by the time half the food is gone, you remember you were going to take a picture? Well that of course happened to me. On Friday Rachel, Shawn, and I headed out to Venice to go to First Friday’s for dinner.

Saturday Rachel and I headed to craft center (aka Joann’s Fabric Store) and all it made me want to do was get more and more into the Christmas spirit! Now I’m trying to figure out what I could make with this beautiful plaid fabric. So now let the Pinterest hunt for some cute things to make begin! If you have any cute ideas as to what I could do with the fabric, please make sure to share that with me!

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