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10 Inspiring Quotes

Hello there beautiful blog readers!

It’s that time of year again, school is starting back up and everyone is ready to seize the day with enthusiasm! Well maybe not everyone… but a few of you are!

For those of you who are not so excited, or who just need a little inspiring boost for this week I collected a few of my favorite inspiring quotes! And if you love them as much as I do jot them down on some note cards and post them on your desk, or in your office break room! Inspiring words help me get through the day, I hope these do the same for you!


“The time to be awesome is now” -Kid President

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

“Be kind and compassionate and the whole world will be your friend”

 “You don’t have to better than everyone else. You should strive to be better than you ever thought you could be.” 

“Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring.”

“Bloom where you are planted”  

“I will hold my self to a standard of grace, not perfection”

“When you are down to nothing God is up to something”

“Happiness is not a sate to arrive at, but a manner of traveling”

“What sets you apart may seem like a burden, but it’s not, and most of the time it’s what makes you great.”- Emma Stone

What are some of your favorite quotes?


Perks of Being Married

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If I were rich I would buy The Cowboy a million ATVs and dirt bikes and other things with motors to thank him for the other night.

Lately I’ve been super homesick and overwhelmed with life. But not anymore! Well I’m still homesick but unless my family all comes and visits me in the middle of nowhere that won’t stop.

The other day The Cowboy told me during work that he had a special night planned. Not going to lie to you that made me nervous. But I got home and jumped in the shower to relax while he started preparing everything. When I got out of the shower The Cowboy had laid out a dress for me to wear on our bed with the following note.



I was  tickled pink! Ladies, could he be more perfect!?

After a little bit The Cowboy escorted me to the dinning room, which he cleaned up and decorated.





He made us an amazing lemon peppered chicken, with seasoned baked potatoes, fried veggies, and rice! I really need to get his recipe to share with you guys!





After dinner we watched Disney’s Cool Running. It was so nice to just relax in our home together. Although it’s been a few weeks it’s still odd to be in a different house, but it felt like home that night when I went to bed.

I am so blessed to call The Cowboy my husband, thank you dear for taking such good care of me XOXO



The Story of Love, Passion, The Feeling of Puking, And a Bunch of Other Stuff

I can’t believe it’s only been a month! I feel as though The Cowboy and I have been together forever, it’s amazing living with your best friend. In honor of our one month of being married I decided to share with all of you what happened the night The Cowboy asked me to be his girlfriend. After bouncing my idea off him to blog our story he proclaimed he should tell it because I wouldn’t tell it right.

So here ya go folks’ the story of love, passion, the feeling of puking, and a bunch of other stuff told by The Cowboy.

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My name is The Cowboy, and I’m delighted to finally be able to share one of my absolute favorite memories from Stephanie and I’s relationship! And let me tell ya… I have been sworn to secrecy for almost 2 years up to now to not share this; so I am literally beaming with excitement!

                So let’s jump right in and let me set up the scene for you! It’s November 11th, 2012. The temperature is about 38 degrees, the moon is out with scattered clouds, and I have just arrived back from a promo trip to Indianapolis (where I got to ask her Dad for permission to date her and he said yes). I grab my bags, throw them in the back of my pick up, jump in my truck, and turn the key to hear the engine roar to life. (Now let me just say, there just ain’t a sound quite as sweet as a 5.3 Vortec with flowmasters roaring to life! Right guys?) I throw it in gear and race back to the apartments to pick up my (hopefully) soon to be girlfriend. As I pull in to the parking lot with my tail pipes poppin and radio rockin “A Country Boy Can Survive,” Stephanie runs out and jumps in. (She could always here my old truck so I never had to go in and get her lol.)

                Ecstatic to see each other, we take off down the road to one of my favorite spots on the creek to just have some time to talk about our trip (or so I wanted her to think). So we get down to the creek and park where we can see the moonlight on the water. I have romantic country music playing in the background and proceed in to a dialogue of telling her how her Dad said yes. At this point I’m excited and she’s excited and we’re nose to nose as I lean in to kiss her as I ask her out… I pop the minor question (Not the marriage question) and she says yes! We immediately lock lips for the first time. Let me tell ya, to me it was like fireworks are bursting in the air, the angels are singing, and the moment couldn’t get any better until…

(Let me just pause here to say that in her defense it was a rush of sensation and excitement, and in the words of Lightning McQueen, “I create feelings in others that they themselves don’t fully understand” lol. With that said, time to continue!)

                …the moment couldn’t get any better until… we unlock lips, look deep in to each other’s eyes and she yells out… I LOVE YOU! And BOOM we lock lips again lol. This time instead of a romantic moment it’s out of awkwardness of what do I say lol. I can tell she immediately regrets it and for a split second I don’t know whether to run or to laugh it off lol. (A little inside information: Previous to this I usually told my high school aged youth students that if a girl tells you she loves you on the first date that you should probably run or risk being tied up in her basement for the rest of your life so no one else can have you lol) As I think about it and we finally unlock lips for the 2nd time and make awkward eye contact I precede to say the following, “Steph… Those are very special words and I… I just want to make sure that we say them at a time when we mean it with our whole heart and not just caught up in the moment…” Boom, nailed it! (Or so I thought) As I would find out a little while later there was nothing I could have done to make her feel un-awkward. Turns out as we gave each other an awkward kind of AG side hug and headed back to the apartments, it was all she could do not to puke all over me lol.

                Well as you know the rest is history. It goes to show that God has a sense of humor and where usually you would run or risk living life as someone’s bound up shotgun husband, I ended up with the most beautiful, amazing, and wonderful Bride a man could ask for. And for those (probably just the men out there) that are wondering, I unfortunately sold my old pick up… Sad I know but let’s focus on the fun side and the happily ever after of what that awkward moment created!


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There you have it folks! I couldn’t have told it better myself, isn’t The Cowboy too cute!? I should have him guest post more often!



The Invasion Begins

Imagine with me, for a few short moments, a bright sunny day. Rolling hills behind your house, the warmth of the sun begging you to come out and play. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Not to brag… But that was our past Saturday it was beautiful! The Cowboy made me breakfast in bed, which was delicious, and we straightened up the Homestead. As we got around we decided to go drive to a larger town in our area to make a return and enjoy the day. I know what you’re thinking “where is this story going?” I promise it’s a good story. After getting ready to leave I open our front door to our neighbors dog sitting on the front steps waiting for us. Adorable I know! image (9) While distracted by the friendly dog I failed to see a black lizard slide under our screen door. It didn’t take long before I let out a shout. As I stood on the front steps with the dog, I begged The Cowboy to remove the lizard who was now running around our living room. The poor man… After much searching the lizard had vanished. I’m telling the truth here, one second it’s body was scurrying into our Homestead, and the next second it’s gone. It’s probably getting fat secretly eating my pretzel chips… So now there’s a lizard living with us, although it might have been a much more vicious animal I’m still less than thrilled. black-white-tegu


This is what I felt came into our Homestead

This is what actually came in

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Do you have animals barge into your home? Leave a comment and share your story! Stephanie

Catch Up Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!

Can you believe how fast summer has gone? It’s the end of July and note books, and pens are already filling Walmart’s aisles. I cannot express to you how excited my heart is to not be returning to school in Augusts. (cue happy dance)

Besides my excitement for not returning to school in August there’s many other, and more exiting thing, to share with you! So without further adieu another Catch Up Tuesday!

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1.  It’s crazy moving! Yes it’s true, but I think it’s crazier to unpack! I’ve been unpacking box and box t his past week making our Homestead a little more comfortable. Here’s a little look-see at what it looked like when I began the day after our honeymoon. It looks a LOT better now, but what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t dedicate multiple posts to each room to show case it?


2. Besides unpacking The Cowboy & I have also been cooking up a storm, since there’s no fast food close enough for weekly meals, we cook almost every dinner. And let me tell you it’s been fun! We’ve had homemade tortellini, pizza, cheesy bread, steak, burgers, and more! Follow me on Instagram for all the yummy photos!


3. The Cowboy took me on a hot date this past weekend to the drive in! We couldn’t make it through the double feature because The Cowboy was exhausted from work and I was tired with no good excuse. The new Planes movie was adorable though and The Cowboy & I both give it a thumbs up!


4.  And just in case this is your firsts time here, or you’ve just been out of the loop The Cowboy & I are officially hitched and what not. That’s been super fun, we’ve been working on switching my name over and that’s been a little less fun but at least I get to see my best friend every day now! 

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Stop And Listen

Today I sat outside on our front steps and listened.


It’s amazing all the things you can hear when the society around you isn’t getting in the way.

Growing up in a suburb I fell asleep to wonderful noises, (which I do miss) train horns, the expressway, fireworks, and planes flying overhead. Living with The Cowboy I don’t hear trains, or planes. Instead I hear cows in the distance, bugs at night singing their special songs, a trucks coming up the dirt road, and the wind dancing through the trees.


The wind is my favorite, (my second favorite is the sound of cars on the road) I love the peacefulness it brings, the way it rustles the trees, and moves the grass is beautiful.When God create wind he must have intended us to take time and listen to it, taking a step back from our routines and finding the beauty in simplicity.

Although I desperately miss falling asleep to the train horn, I know I will soon grow use to the new noises around me. And if not, that’s what visiting home is for!


What sounds do you love about your home town?