Happy Friday: Life Update

Somehow I cannot keep up with everything going on lately! There’s just too much going on at the moment. But I absolutely love it! So I figured a major update was due, so this post is going to be rather scattered. But since it’s been so long, I figured this was a good way to catch up on everything, and then start with a new clean slate!

Work: Since I last posted (which was in May – major fail on my end), I finished out the school year at Arcadia and began a new job right away being a Special Education Adult Transition teacher! I am absolutely loving it! It’s definitely a switch from my old job, but change is good. And I figure, why not change my job while everything else is changing!

Wedding: Everything is slowly coming together for the wedding. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like the wedding is happening because I’m not sitting down and pounding out a wedding. We have so much time before the actual day of the wedding, that I’m just keeping busy with work and life and when my roommate Rachel tells me I need to get some planning done, I sit down and do some. Between Pinterest and my family, I have a lot of help for ideas and actual help, but planning a wedding is still a ton of work! But at least I said “YES TO THE DRESS!” More on that another day…

Life: Life as I’m sure you can tell, is just plan ‘ol busy. And I honestly feel bad that if my friends don’t live within a 1 mile radius, I honestly have the hardest time keeping in touch with them. And it’s horrible! I used to be so good at keeping in touch with friends, but somehow (especially in the summer) our year has been so insane, that I’ve been having to schedule time to hang out with people MONTHS in advanced! But I also guess that that is just life. I definitely do want to be more intentional with my friendships though.

Blogging: I have so much I do want to share with you all so I am hoping that as I am working on getting used to my new schedule, I will be able to spend more time blogging!

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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