Wednesday, June 29, 2011
On this blessed day, a few years ago... (or so) ;)...you were born. It was a good day.
You showed the world the true meaning of adorable.
Seriously...please be cuter. I'd like to see you try.
You also showed the world what mischievous looks like.
The tie makes all the trouble you got into, okay. :)
Thank you for being born.
Thank you for TRULY being, the most WONDERFUL Dad a girl could ever ask for. (and more)
I am reminded, daily, how blessed I am to have a Dad like you.
Thank you for loving me UNCONDITIONALLY since the day I was born.
Additionally, thank you for your genes...because I was a pretty cute baby, too. :)
Thank you for being a Christ follower, and for faithfully serving and leading our family...day in and day out.
Thank you for ALWAYS being intentional with the time we spent together, and thank you for including me in your life passions and adventures.
Thank you for investing in me.
And thank you for treating my husband the same...
Thank you for being goofy, and teaching me it's OK to do the same. :)
THANK YOU! For loving mom, and treating her like the queen she is. Thank you for being an example of what a humble, gracious and godly husband looks like.
Thank you for being a master story-teller
Thank you for being a teacher.
Thank you for teaching me mad skillz on the dance floor. ;)
and for always making me feel like a princess, always.
Thank you for believing in me, and thank you for my education.
Thank you for standing in the "doorway" when Jen and I started dating these guys. Thank you for interrogating them and putting them through a rigorous approval process. Thank you for caring enough to do so.
Additionally, thank you for approving of them and loving them as if they were your own sons.
Thank you for loving my sister.
And thank you for loving me.
Happy Birthday, Dad.
You. Are. The. Best.
Friday, June 24, 2011
It's the sermon "My King" by S.M. Lockridge...have you heard it?
It will rock your world.
It's one of the most powerful things you will ever hear.
It's complete truth.
It will empower you.
It will give you goosebumps.
It might make you cry.
It will bless you with Christ's grace and mercy.
So take 3:20 minutes out of your day and listen to it, you'll be glad you did.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I love this song because it came out on the radio during a time in my life when I really needed to hear it.
I needed to hear that Christ had a purpose for my life and that his purpose for me was so much greater and beautiful than the things of this world.
I needed to hear that it was okay to feel dissatisfied, and that I was feeling dissatisfied because I hadn't yet figured out his purpose for my life.
I needed to hear that I was worthy and treasured, by Christ-because from the world's view-I didn't feel that way.
I needed to hear, that from the very beginning, Christ was mapping out a plan for my life.
I needed to be reassured and trust that I would find HIS plan for my life.
I needed to hear that Christ was by side every step of the way.
That is what this song did for me, I hope it can bless you in the same or similar ways.
"The days will come when you don't have the strength
When all you hear is you're not worth anything
Wondering if you ever could be loved
And if they truly saw your heart they'd see too much
You are made so much more than all of this
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His
I'm praying that you have the heart to find
Cause you are more than what is hurting you tonight
For all the lies you've held inside so long
And they are nothing in the shadow of the cross
Before you ever took a breath
Long before the world began
Of all the wonders He possessed
There was one more precious
Of all the earth and skies above
You're the one He madly loves
Enough to die
In His eyes"
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Just cruisin' was the theme of the Opie family reunion cruise in 1989.
I was 2 years old.
I had a fever of 102 most of the trip.
I don't really remember the trip, but the pictures are AWESOME.
Correction: the hair-do's in the pictures were awesome.
I wish I had a picture to share with you of that epic cruise, but I don't. Maybe I'll make my mom's day and go rummaging through her photo albums so that I can share a picture with you. One picture in particular comes to mind...of my mom, sister and me-walking on the beach- wearing matching swimsuits.
It. Was. Awesome.
Matching swim suits just make sense.
Life is good, and my kids are going to wear matching outfits until they're 18.
You think I'm joking, but I'm not.
That is all.
Just kidding. This post is ACTUALLY about the cruise Jonny and I just took in May!
And...IT WAS AWESOME!
Here are some snapshots from our trip!
**Ok. I don't have an excuse, except to say- I'm just not disciplined with taking pictures. So I'm sorry. This isn't a documentary, but more pictures taken here and there when it was convenient for me. Thanks for accepting me the way I am, flaws included.**
Formal night. Ok. I just have to celebrate the fact that I haven't been able to wear this dress since freshman year of college. AND even better, it was a little too big. Whew! It feels good.
Hang gliding, on a cruise? Thanks, but no thanks.
Well, that was our cruise! Hope you enjoyed the pics!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
All kidding aside, we had a wonderful weekend celebrating Jonathan David's day of birth. Jonny's parents were so kind and gracious to let us use their lake property. We had friends join us on Saturday for some fun in the sun; filled with water sports, food, cute dogs wearing life jackets, more food, and LOTS of country music. It was heavenly. Here are some pictures of the memorable weekend.
Warning: I love taking pictures of my husband. Especially when he does cool things, like wake-boarding. Especially when my brother-in-law let me use his SWEET camera. Especially since I think he's hot.
There he goes! Hi Josh!
You are my stronghold, and encourage me when I think things are impossible.