Monday, March 19, 2018

Enchanted Rock: March 2018

Enchanted Rock is located near Fredericksburg, Texas and is what Kylie & I like to call a "Texas Mountain." It is certainly a great day trip for any and everyone.

 Enchanted Rock has been a very special place for my family and I for years. We have been several times, but this was my first time going as not only an adult, but well, the only adult on the trip. For those of you who do not know, this sweet gem in all the pictures below is my cousin, Kylie. I have a very close relationship with my cousins, but especially this one. She is smart, quirky, sassy, funny, kind, and beautiful. I truly look at her as if she was my niece or little sister. I have been wanting to take Kylie here for quite some time, and this Spring Break we finally made that happen and it was the best day I've had in a long time.

Simply Beautiful

The moment I saw this church when we arrived in New York, I knew I'd need a picture of it at some point. I remember making Dominic run through the snow to take this picture (I wasn't wearing water resistant boots) and it came out better than I could have hoped for. The timing of this photo couldn't have been more perfect; the way the sun was setting in the background was absolutely breathtaking in my opinion (photo is completely unedited). I can say without a doubt, this ended up being my favorite photo from our whole trip. 

Upstate New York is Breathtaking

I want to start off by saying, this post will be lengthy to say the least. Our most recent visit to NY (December 24th, 2017 - January 6th, 2018) was a two week trip so there is many photos and memories to share. 
For those that do not know, Dominic was born and raised in Upstate New York. Both of his grandparents reside in Germantown, NY, which is where majority of the photos are from. I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to not only experience the beauty that Upstate NY has to offer, but also for the time to grow closer with his incredible family. 

This view is outside the home of Dominic's grandmother, Toni, also known as the beautiful and brilliant, Nana. She's a life-long blogger and poet. Show her some love & check out her blog here

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Take Me Back to Colorado

I still have so much traveling in the U.S. that I want to do, but I don't doubt that Colorado will always be one of my favorite places to visit. I have only been twice thus far, but I suspect many more trips in the future. My first time was for my cousin, Kayla's high school graduation a few years ago, and the second time was a friends trip in December of 2016. Most of these photos will be from our most recent trip, but I'll probably throw in a few of my favorites from the first time too! Crazy how much time has already passed since then, but I love looking back at these wonderful memories!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Detailed Blue Apron Review

Dominic and I were fortunate enough to have a friend of ours send us free meals through Blue Apron to try it out (Shout out to Araceli & Hunt - we love y'all!). We were able to either get two meals for free or pay $14 to receive three meals total for two people. We decided that was too good of a deal to pass up so we took advantage of that and chose the three meal option. 
One of the first pros I want to point out to Blue Apron is that you have the unlimited option to skip weeks when either they don't have meals you're interested in, or you'd prefer to shop on your own, or if you have other stuff going on that week. 

Tennessee Dreaming

One of my sisters lives in a small town about an hour outside of Jackson, Tennessee. And not to brag, but she has a gorgeous piece of property. I’m always just in awe of the view from her front porch – there’s nothing like seeing her horses in the pasture that’s surrounded by beautiful tall trees. 
For those of you who do not know, this lovely sister of mine has seven children, and now one grandchild as of February 2017. And you’d never guess she’s had that many children – tip top shape… probably because those littles of hers keep her on her toes! Haha. Anyway, this is the most recent family photo they took for their 2017 Christmas cards. From left to right: My Brother-in-law, sister, four of my nephews, my twin nieces, my oldest nephew, his fiance, and their sweet boy - my first great nephew! They are such a beautiful family, right?! This picture was taken on their pasture. 

Mozambique, Africa

Back in the summer of 2008, my mom and I attended a mission trip with True Vineyard Ministries to Mozambique, Africa. While this was not a recent trip, I figured this was a good place to start with my blog because it’s a trip I will never forget. The purpose of this trip was truly to share the word of God with those that had never heard about Him before.

As I sat down and realized I wanted to write this post, my mom and I decided to go over it together as it's been almost ten years (whoa) since we went. In a way, we could relive the memories and piece together anything that I couldn't remember as clearly. With that said, my mom made the comment that truly sums up this experience;

"They were truly hungry for God. They have little to nothing and God is more than enough for them. We have so many materialistic things here, and sometimes God isn't enough for us. I'd rather have 'nothing' and have God, than to have everything and not have God at all."