Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Challenge for you!


Yesterday was a horrible day. I'm not going to lie. It was one of those days where everything and everyone was getting to me in some way. I was feeling very unhappy with my job and education, I got very emotional and just wanted to cry...I worked 11 hours, then when I finally got home we recieved some news that totally bummed us out ...I was ready to just go bed, I so badly wanted the day to end.

When I got in bed I started to think that even with all my personal problems and the tough things I am being faced with, my life is good. It is SO good. I have the most amazing husband in the world, I have the sweetest pup who loves us even at our worst, and my family is nothing but supportive. I have a beautiful house over my head, food in my fridge, and atleast I am working even though it's far from ideal.

This song has been my go to song lately when I am feeling down. The lyrics fill my heart...

"You must, you must think I'm strong to give me what I'm going through.
Well, forgive me forgive me if I'm wrnog but this looks like more than I can do on my own.
I know I'm not strong enough to be everthing that I'm suppose to be I give up, I'm not strong enough....
Hands of mercy won't you cover me, Lord right now I'm asking you to be strong enough, strong enough for he both of us"

Today I am challenging myself, and you, to....

-Take the time to tell someone you love them
-Give someone a hug
-Appreciate the little things in life
-Help someone in need
-Smile at a stranger, you may be the one person to make their day
-Be thankful for all the blessings God has given you

One line of that song, which is also from the bible, that I keep close to my heart is

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things, through Christ who gives me strength."

Today I am really trying to focus on being postive, and to not dwell on the negatives in my life. I am confident in God's plan for me, and I know everything will work out in the end.

Jamie Leigh

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Beautiful Winter Wedding

This past weekend my beautiful sister in law tied the knot to her sweetheart!! Their wedding was very small and intimate, and instead of the typical reception they had a fancy dinner at a high end restaurant. It was the perfect night! Here are some pictures!

My cute nephew!!

our  nieces!

Cute favor!
My sweet friend Ria photographed the wedding! So fun to see her :)
Beautiful bride!

Happy couple!
MIL :)

I just love weddings! They are always so full of love and happiness, who doesn't LOVE love and happiness? Congrats again to Brenna and Luke! 

Jamie Leigh

Monday, January 23, 2012

Prayer Request

For some werid reason my computer isn't letting me view most of your sweet blogs this morning, so sorry for the lack of comments from my end!

Today I am keeping it short! I am asking for prayers from you all for my mother in law. She is having surgery today, so prayers that everything goes smoothly and she has a quick recovery!

Psalm 28:7
"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him"

Stay tuned for tomorrows post on my sweet sis in laws wedding!!

Jamie Leigh

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tagged, and TGIF!

Happy Friday! We have finally made it and have a beautiful weekend ahead of us! This weekend will be a great one for a few reasons:

-My sis in law is getting married tonight! WAHOO!!!!!!
-We don't have many plans, which means lots of relaxing with my hubby and pup!
-2 mornings to sleep in! That has been practically unheard of in my life recently!

Moving on...I was tagged by two of my favorite blogger friends! Laura at learning to love and Shannon Marie at More to Hollywood! If you haven't checked out these ladies blogs you definitely should! Alright, lets get started!

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you've been tagged.
4. Tag eleven people and link them in your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!!

11 Facts about myself:

1. My 3 sisters are my best friends!
2. I am a huge animal lover, and wish I could rescue them all!
3. I dream of traveling all over the world
4. Fall is my favorite season hands down! It is so beautiful
5. The first thing I do when I get home is get in my pj pants and slippers!
6. Dessert is my favorite part of a meal
7. I love interior design, HGTV is amazing!
8. When shopping I am always drawn to the basic, gray, cream, white, boring am I?
9.I am addicted to my cherry carmex. I get panicky if my lips are chapped!
10. One of my favorite foods is salad, however with the toppings and dressing I like they are completely unheatlhy!
11. Family and friends mean the world to me!

Since I was tagged twice, I have chosen a mixture of both their questions to answer!

1. What's your guilty pleasure?

I would have to say my guilty pleasure is reality TV....I don't know why I like to watch shows like The Bachelor, Teen Mom, and Jersey Shore..but I do!

2. What's your favorite brand of makeup?

Bare Minerals! It has done wonders for my skin!

3.If you are at a bar, what drink do you normally order?

I usually order something delicious and this!

4. What color is on your nails right now?

Gray, but they are horribly chipped and not looking so hot!

5.What does your ideal Saturday afternoon look like?

Either shopping and grabbing lunch, or relaxing at home maybe baking and walking the pup!

6. Sweet or Salty?

Depends on my mood, I crave them both...and they are delicious together!

7.What is your biggest pet peeve?

Rude people..ugh!

8.Where is your dream vacation?

Anywhere tropical...I just want to lay on the beach with a Pina Colada and my hubby!

9.What is your favorite pair of shoes you own?

The tan heeled boots Sean bought me for my birthday!

10. If you could travel back to any decade which would it be?

The 80's for sure! Love the music and the funky style! We tried to bring it back with my bacheloretter party which was a blast!!

11. What's your favorite past time?

I honestly love just being home with my family....Whether we are cooking, being lazy, or having people over I LOVE being home!

Now for 11 Questions for YOU to answer!

1. What is your favorite sport?
2. What is your go to store when you need a cute outfit?
3.Your favorite beverage..cold and hot?
4. Sledding or swimming?
5. What is your favorite flower?
6. What was your first car?
7.If you could have any job what would it be?
8. What is your favorite type of food?
9. Your biggest fear?
10. What do you most look forward to in the future?
11. Are you a skirt, dress, or jeans girl?

And the bloggers I tag are......

Enjoy friends :)

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Jamie Leigh

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday Randoms

Happy Thursday friends! We are almost to the weekend, how exciting! My life has been super busy this week, so today I am going to let my mind go and share all the random thoughts going through it!

~ I am offically addicted to Dove chocolate! I don't know if I am more excited to eat it...or to read the sweet quote on the inside of the wrapper! I LOVE this one today! " Discover how much your heart can hold"

~ It was -11, with a -30 wind chill this morning...high of 1 degree today. Yup...hello Winter, SOO glad you finally have joined us here in MN...NOT!

~ We went house hunting last night, and I think we found a strong contender! We are going back tonight to check it over more closely and possibly make an is a little sneak peak

~ I exercised 2 days ago, and can still barely walk today..what is wrong with me? How embarrassing that I am that out of shape, and that I am literally waddling around work.

~ Tomorrow my sister in law is getting married! YAY!! I can't wait to dress up with my hubby and watch her tie the knot. I love weddings!

~ I am LOVING these things..

~ You all are great! Reading your comments always puts a smile on my face!!

Share with me a random thought going through your mind today!

Jamie Leigh

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Money Jar

Before anything today I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your sweet words of advice and encouragement with my job situation. I appreciate it so much, and have really taken it all to heart! I have been praying praying praying and I will keep you posted!!
Last night was wonderful! Sean and I cooked dinner, drank some wine, and cuddled in for some relaxing. It was the perfect celebration of our anniversary! We got to talking about our future dreams and developed the idea of a money jar.
Each week we have decided to put 20-40 bucks each into the jar...and any extra change or cash we may have on hand and don't need. We will just keep filling the jar until we decide its time to fulfil one of our dreams.
One of our dreams is to travel. Neither of us have been to many places, so this is something we would really love to experience. Whether it is packing up and road tripping to the northern part of our home state of Minnesota to explore all the little towns and beautiful nature.....

Or road tripping to our neighbor state to check out the black hills.....

Or hopping on a plane and traveling across the country to Hawaii, or maybe even Ireland or Italy.

I would be happy to go to any of these places with my sweet hubby...I think the company is more important than the location :)

Another one of our dreams is to own an old classic car or truck. Sean has always LOVED cars. He has also always wanted to own a classic to pull out on a hot summer day to cruise around in. I can see us riding around in one of these, this can't you?

Whatever we decide to do with our money jar will be amazing. It is fun to dream of the future and think of things we want to share together. As you can tell these past few days have been full of thinking about my when I opened my Dove chocolate and saw this message today, I felt so much peace and hope.

Bless you sweet friends!! Have a wonderful day!
Jamie Leigh

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A letter to the love of my life

9 years ago today I was having a sleepover with one of my good friends. We were only 14 years old, had no worries in the world, and were giggling the night away. We decided it would be a great idea to prank phone call some people from school....that's when your name came up. I didn't know who you were, so I was game to give you a call....little did I know I was about to talk to my future husband.
I remember instantly thinking you were so fun to talk to, not to mention you sounded SUPER cute :) We talked all night, and you even ended up asking me to be your girlfriend. I had never even met you, but I knew that I wanted to get to know you more so I said YES! Best decision of my life right there...
I remember being SO excited to meet you at school on Monday. We had talked all weekend getting to know eachother more, I felt like you had been in my life for years. Finally I was there, waiting for you by the lockers...I remember you had the most amazing smile and dimples, and you had this long curly hair that was to die for...boy did I have the butterflys! Passing time was so short so we gave eachother a quick hug and were on our way...I am pretty sure I smiled all day long!

I remember always getting so excited for your phone calls, our date nights to the movies (where our parents dropped us off haha) and when you would ride my bus home to hang out. I didn't know what love was or how it felt, but I did know you were something special....and every time I was with you nothing else mattered in the world. You were taking my heart....I was scared, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

High school was full of it's ups and downs. You got a LOT of crap from the guys for not dating around, and I delt with jealousy and felt very vulnerable. We also hit so many milestones during these 4 years...getting our license (YOU could actually pick me up), having the freedom to go where we wanted, getting our first jobs, our first cabin trip and overnight together and of course prom and graduation. I remember always wanting to be with you...all the time just you and I.


We were falling in love more and more every day. I had never had someone I felt so close to or so comfortable with. You were my BEST friend, my protector, my rock, my everything. I remember you always putting me and my feelings first, and you were always so sweet and caring through tough patches in our lives.

Not a day goes by that I don't thank God for blessing me with you when I was 14. You have helped make me the woman I am today, and I will be forever grateful for that. Not many people can say they they have grown up with their husbands, literally, graduated from both high school and college together, and have been together for 9 years when we are only 23. I'm pretty proud of that :)

Not only am I not scared of what the future may hold...but I am excited for it. I know there will be hard times we encounter, I know everything is not and will not be all sunshine and rainbows...but as long as I am with you everything will be good....more than good actually, it will be perfect. I know you will continue to make me laugh, love, and be a better person.

My love for you grows more and more every day. I am so proud of the man you have become, and the things you continue to amaze me with. I don't know what I did to deserve you and to be blessed with such an incredible bond and relationship. You are one in a million babe, and I will NEVER not for one second take you for granted.
Thank you for your unconditional love and support even through my mistakes and low times.
Thank you for always cooking for me (because I suck at it) and never letting me fall asleep without you by my side (even when your not tired). Thank you for putting up with my mood swings and making me laugh at myself when I am being crazy/emotional/unreasonable. Thank you for asking me to be your wife...this is the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I love you Sean Patrick with all of my heart and soul. I cannot wait to see the incredible things our future holds for us.

Your wife :)