Monday, July 21, 2014

Date Nights do Matter.

With everything going on Sean and I decided that we needed a date night and we needed it bad. We needed a timeout to make nothing matter but the two of us. We take our date nights rather seriously whether it's to a movie, dinner, staying in for a home cooked meal, watching a couple of movies through Redbox or on Netflix. Whatever really. It's something we both really enjoy so we try to make a point to have date nights often.

At first, with everything going on we decided it wasn't important in the grand scheme of things. We realized quickly how very silly that was of us. It IS important. Working on and being in this relationship is important to us. And so we went out to Melt even though we told ourselves that we'll only go for celebrations since it isn't the type of place one goes to on the regular, at least ones like us. Read it isn't exactly cheap.

The thing is that although it didn't feel like we were celebrating, we in fact were.

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We are celebrating this life that keeps us on our toes. This life that can have you in smiles and hyperventilating tears in matter of minutes. This life that you never know what's coming but you pray that it'll be good. But also taking comfort in knowing that if it isn't good, God handed it to you because he knew you would handle it like a boss. This thing we call life is a celebration. So we proceeded to have the most fun on this night, more fun than any date night we've had to date. It was just different because things are different. And although I've shed quite a few tears in the last few weeks, I've also had moments of hope and joy because I realize that no matter what cards we're dealt, we're alive and that is a gift in itself.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The 4th continued.

Please pray for both my family and Sean's family. We're going through such a trying time and our families need all the prayers they can get. I'm still baffled with everything going on around me. Attempting to be strong, having faith and being prayerful. There is a lot of God, please, please!

But I also find myself in uncontrollable tears that hits me at random times. I usually hope it is when I'm with Sean that way I don't have to explain myself. Even as I write this post I can't stop the tears, it's just a hard time.

My blog interaction and my blogging is going to take a big hit at this time but I don't want to stop altogether as blogging is special to me and a true outlet. But you'll see less of me until I feel that I am in a place where my thoughts are not overshadowed by all that's happening around me.

I want to stay thank you for the prayers, friendships and support, they mean so much to me.


When I last blogged, I shared part of our 4th of July.
Here's the remaining pictures that I still want to document on this blog.
I hope that you all have wonderful weeks.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Scenes from the 4th.

Last week, Sean and I were given news that shook our cores. I was told while at work and I completely broke down at my desk. It is a hard pill to swallow but we're looking up and praying and knowing that we serve an awesome God and He can do all things. Although, I'm not yet ready to share the news, this weekend really made it easy to see just how much we have to be grateful for.

Every year that I've been with Sean (minus one year), I've celebrated the 4th with my in-laws. This year, Sean reached out to a lot of his family members and a few friends and invited them to our 4th of July celebration. Growing up, since my parents are from Ghana we didn't have extended family gatherings. It was just me, my parents and my sisters. And now, it's just so amazing to me to have nieces and nephews who call me Auntie. To see all the cousins just hanging out and having the best time together made me thrilled. My sister, Priscilla, use to live in Albany so she would often attend a lot of these gatherings with me but when she moved it stopped. Sean invited her (and up to the day before I still wasn't sure she was going to come) and I was so, so happy when her car pulled up to our campsite. Best feeling ever!

The day was just perfect and I believe it is because family gatherings make me the happiest. And I often want to freeze certain moments which is why I believe I take as many pictures as I do. I want to remember every detail, every moment and when I look back at the pictures I can remember the feelings that day. I took too many pictures (no surprise there!) so I'm thinking I'll break down this post into two just not to overwhelm you all.

I pray and thank God for my family by blood and my family by marriage, every single day.



We drove to my in-laws Thursday after work and that drive was pretty scary.
The storm was insane and we couldn't even see while we drove.
When it finally began to clear, the sun and then a rainbow greeted us.

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My in-laws were suppose to stay at the campsite Thursday evening but because of the storm, electricity was knocked out
and basically the campsite was a muddy mess.

So we headed to the campsite Friday at 10am in hopes that the campsite was not a disaster.
A little muddy (oh and still no electricity!) but nothing we could not handle and it turned out to be a beautiful day.

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I attempted to be all festive with my cake baking. I did two vanilla layers and in the middle I placed red frosting. Well, the red frosting spilled over onto the bottom layer and I ended up having pink frosting. #FAIL! Oh and then on the drive over the cake toppled over (in its container) and I was sure that it was a sign that we shouldn't have my cake. Well, in the end it didn't look that bad (just some frosting missing on top) and tasted great.

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The campsite is absolutely stunning.
As you will see, I could not stop taking pictures of the view.

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Yes, I agree.
It's time to start adding some pictures of my niece and nephews.


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My sister and nephew are here!
Not sure why he looks so "thrilled" here.
And then so excited.

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My sister calls him dramatical.
He so is!

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OK, I'll stop here.
I agree that it is a bit much.

I hope that you all enjoyed the long holiday!