I recently saw this pin on Pinterest and loved the idea of keeping track of how many states you’ve visited. However, I couldn’t justify buying a giant map to keep in my house, especially since most of my walls are already covered in pictures. So I improvised.
I decided to make it a binder…1) because I like binders and organization way too much, and 2) because it fits nicely on a shelf somewhere without being a giant, confusing distraction on the wall. I printed out a free map from here, and I three-hold punched it along with some plain copy paper to get started.
We decided to only count the states Andrew & I both have been to together, and they only count if we have photo evidence. (For example – we’ve been to Kansas, New Mexico, and a few others on drives to various places, but we don’t have pictures since they weren’t our main destination. When we visit them again, we’ll do something worthy of a picture, and then they’ll count. Haha.) Using 3×3 prints, I used a couple of my favorite snapshots from each state and attached them to different “state” pages with washi tape. I printed out a quick travel quote typed up in Photoshop for the front of the binder. Wal-Mart had little star stickers that were small and easy enough to mark which states we’ve visited.
I think it’ll be a fun project to continue when we have kids some day. Obviously, we have a lot of traveling left to do. :)
Change can be good. We are embracing “the new” around here.
-Andrew is really enjoying his new job so far, including his free once-a-month Hideaway pizza. (I’m thinking of applying for a job there now.) Doesn’t he look cute in his casual Friday garb? ;) Haha.
-Jack now has his own Instagram because I’m a hopeless dog person. You can follow him here.
-We took advantage of the super brief warm weather last weekend by taking new pictures.
I am so thankful these boys are so attractive. Makes my job easier. ;)
-I’m about to embark on new adventures when I turn 24 in less than two weeks! I’ll be posting a new bucket list for year 24 later this week.
-We rearranged some furniture, FINALLY moved Jack’s crate out of our bedroom, and replaced it with an end table like normal people put beside their beds. We’re gonna try to transition Jack into sleeping on the floor and buy him a bed when he promises not to eat it. (The score so far is Jack: 3 – Plush Beds: 0) We had a pretty productive snow day yesterday, and I hope to do some updated house pictures in the near future!
I am looking forward to new warm weather, new shoots coming up, and new adventures. :)
Happy Monday! Stay warm!
I was nominated for the Liebster Award by sweet Rachel from Our Yellow Door! Basically – people answer fun questions, write new questions for their nominated bloggers to answer, and bloggers get to know other bloggers. It’s great fun! Here are my answers to Rachel’s questions.
1. What’s your favorite hot drink of choice?
Oh, the embarrassment. I don’t like any hot drinks. If I’m freezing cold, I can bear to drink hot chocolate and feel a tad better, but I’m just not a coffee or tea drinker. I kinda wish I was, because I feel so unsophisticated. ;)
2. What is your favorite version of the Bible and why?
I grew up with the NIV, and I love it. My Dad is big on the King James Version, so I know some memory verses from that version, and it does always sound poetic. ;) I also love the New American Standard because I’ve heard it’s pretty darn close to the original Hebrew.
3. Best childhood Halloween costume?
I’m so glad you asked. I’ll never top this one.
4. Why did you start blogging?
I started this blog as a way to keep track of newlywed life and memories. It’s also a wonderful creative outlet because I’ve always loved writing. I like to think it’s a place that I can come back and reminisce in the future.
5. If you could have been present for any event in history, what would it be and why?
This is a tough one. My first thought was the resurrection, because obviously that had to be epic. Haha. I also would’ve liked to have been around in the days when everyone rode horses everywhere. Cars are lame. And I feel like morality was more present back then.
6. What has God been putting on your heart lately?
Oh, heavens. Where do I begin? Through all of the uncertainty we’ve had lately, trust and patience have been a huge thing. God’s been teaching me to let go of my plans and realize how much better His are for me. He’s been teaching me to ask what I can do for Him before I try to plan out my days in my calendar. Romans 8:28 has been a big thing on my heart lately as well, and I’m learning to trust that ALL things work together for good.
7. What are you most excited for about 2014?
SUMMER. I want warm weather ASAP. I’m also excited about Andrew’s new job. :)
8. Favorite book? Why?
I simultaneously adore and abhor Redeeming Love. It was the hardest book to read, but so moving and such a great picture of Christ’s love for us. And I love The Hunger Games series, of course. My favorite book in high school was The Cay. My favorite little kid book growing up was definitely The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy.
9. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I definitely was planning to be a zookeeper for my first 12 years of life. I then changed my mind to a dolphin/sea lion trainer. Then I met Andrew, and I found something more practical that let me get married as soon as possible. ;)
10. What is something you’ve created recently that you’re proud of?
Our 2013 yearbook! It makes me happy.
I nominate my sweet blogger friend Rose at Freeman Fugue! :)
And my 10 questions are:
1. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
2. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
3. What’s your favorite animal?
4. Who has inspired you the most?
5. Describe your perfect day.
6. What is your favorite book of the Bible?
7. What is your favorite color and why?
8. Favorite movie?
9. How many children do you want?
10. What are you looking forward to the most about 2014?
Happy Friday, loves!
Winter months can get mundane, but every now and then in Oklahoma we have a glorious glimpse of spring. Sometimes, you just need to break your baby sister out of school and take her to the zoo on these days. (Don’t tattle.) And sometimes when you do, God sends surprises your way at the zoo. ;)
We picked Wormy up after lunch and we were off!
This cutie was howling! It was the first time we’d ever heard them howl in all the years we’ve been to this zoo.
I loved this little dude.
And this big one.
I would like to request a red panda for my birthday coming up.
Meerkats are forever my favorites.
I wuv her.
When we made our way to visit the sea lions, Andrew got a phone call. Alyssa and I continued to take pictures, goof off, and try to get the sea lions make their funny roaring noises.
When Andrew came back from talking on the phone, he announced that he’d been offered a job! ONLY GOOD THINGS HAPPEN AT THE ZOO. The job was for an underwriter at a credit union that he really liked. The location is good, the people are super nice, and the job is at a great company. We praised Jesus, rejoiced and made happy phone calls, I teared up a tad, and then we took celebratory jumping pictures. ;)
So proud of you.
Thanks for taking these silly, giddy pictures of us, baby sister. :)
God is good. All the time.
Thank you all for keeping us in your prayers the past several weeks. We are so thrilled that the job search is over, but so thankful that God brought the perfect one to us in His perfect timing. Andrew went for his first day yesterday, and it went very well. We found out that with this job, he gets free pizza once a month (JEALOUSY doesn’t even begin to describe it), he gets two free movie tickets on his birthday, and we get a free yearly zoo pass. Pizza. Movies. The zoo. It’s as if God held this job in His hand specifically for us. ;) Please continue to pray for us as we adjust to a new routine and for Andrew as he goes through training.
And pray that Jack can adjust too. ;)
Happy, happy, happy Thursday. :)
I intended to bring you some good news tonight, but it’s just going to have to wait. I have heard so many sad stories over the past two weeks, and my heart is aching for all the families that are grieving right now. Lost children, lost husbands, lost fathers, lost mothers, lost wives…I am overwhelmed by how much sadness has already worked its way into 2014. :(
But in sorrow, I know there is no comfort but Jesus. There is no hope but in Jesus. There is no peace but through Jesus. I’m surrounding all of you that are grieving with prayer. And if you aren’t already on my list, feel free to leave a comment or email me, and I’ll be glad to add you to our prayer list.
“The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me.” -Psalm 116:6
“In your distress you called, and I rescued you.” -Psalm 81:6
“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.” -Psalm 71:20-21
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves.” -Psalm 68:19-20
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Thankful for all of you. I’ll bring happier news tomorrow. :)
You guys. Saturday was a heavenly, springy, beautiful temperature of 70 degrees. Today, we just hit 35. Oklahoma can be so cruel.
I’m working on rapidly finishing up my 23 While 23 list, and we knocked two off this weekend since the weather was so perfect – stargazing and baseball. WOOP. Only 7 left, and I’ve already got plans for most of them!
It has been SO long since I’ve played baseball, and I’m mildly embarrassed by how wretchedly I did. I partially blame the sun for being really bright. ;)
Victory drinks. Or something like that.
In other news, I went to the zoo with these babes last week. BUT I have a whole post brewing for that some other day, because it’s going to be grand by itself. :)
Also, Jack says hi.
Happy Monday, loves!