When Allison and I were chatting about this post I had no idea what I wanted to share about. The more I thought about it and the concept of a beautiful stories, the more I thought about the relationships in my life. Have you ever asked yourself what your greatest accomplishment has been so far? I love asking this question to others, because it really does say a lot about them. Tyler and I were having this conversation on the way home from church one day and it came to me. My greatest accomplish is my relationship with others and my relationship with Christ. That is what makes my story beautiful. My story is beautiful because of the relationship I have with Jesus and the relationships that He continues to bring into my life. Read More
Today, I’m excited to share another portion of what would have been in “the book.” (Read Who Was I Writing For? if you’re curious why another part of the book is going up on the blog).
As with all great love stories there must be a “failed” Valentine’s Day. Ours happened to be our first. Peter isn’t really an expert at gift giving and he claims that he’s not really a gift kind of guy. I think he’s learning to enjoy them a little more and boy is he getting better at giving them, but he and I still have different styles of gifts. He gave really thoughtful, but completely not my type of gifts. For Christmas that first year, he started on the first of December and each day wrote a short letter from a Revolutionary War soldier to his beloved back home as he was off fighting. He then created a website that I could go to where the latest letter was posted each day. In context, it was super sweet. He did research and actually followed a real soldier and followed real events in time. I was never one to read fiction and when it was so far from reality it just didn’t resonate with me. I didn’t tell him, though because it was so sweet and I knew he put so much effort into it.
Since Allison is allergic to peanut butter…I was tasked with reviewing the Reese’s Spreads that she got in the mail c/o Influenster. Overall…delicious-just maybe a bit too delicious. I made a video to describe my plight of hunger and the search for a cure…a multi-day adventure.
The day before Peter’s birthday the sky was radiating sunshine, which instantly makes you want to get outside and enjoy the beautiful day, especially when we are used to grey cloudy skies and rain this time of year. Before we went out I looked at the weather report for the day of his birthday: rain, so I encouraged him to go put on a hiking outfit and shoes that we could get muddy in. I told him I had a surprise hiking destination, Beazell Memorial Forrest (where we got married). As we approached our destination it began to lightly sprinkle. We set off for our hike to enjoy some natural beauty. On that hike we learned to embrace beauty the way God intends us to embrace it.
Beauty is laughing in the pouring rain. Beauty is getting your shoes all muddy. Beauty is embracing adventure. Beauty is loving the way God calls us to. Beauty is finally hiking the trails where we got married.
Oh, photos from our day hiking? How could I forget? Here you go:
By now you’ve probably noticed that I love to celebrate life. For me, celebrating life all began at Disney. In 2009 I did the Disney College Program internship at Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom at The Emporium. The Disney theme that year was “What Will You Celebrate?” Many days while I was at work I was Merchantainer, which meant that I helped make the guests experience better while they were shopping. I’d ask them what they were celebrating and give them a button stating what they were celebrating to wear while they were at the park!
When I was growing up I was asked what I wanted to be when I got older. My answer was always the same. A mom. When you are younger you are never fully aware of what that entails.
You do not know what it is like to carry a child for 9 months, to raise a child to only have to let him or her go when the time is right. You do not know what it feels like to have your heart walk around outside of your body until you have a child. And you do not know the daunting responsibility you have to provide them with the start of a positive self image.
I will fully admit, I am not one to describe myself as beautiful. Up until a few years ago it was quite the opposite; compliment me and I would say thank you but then I may have pointed out a flaw. Why I couldn’t leave it at someone’s kind words, I am not sure. However, I do know why I stopped doing that. The reason? The same reason I find myself beautiful today.
I am a mom.
Do you ever have those mornings that nothing seems to fit right or look right? I have them often, especially when I’m trying to find the right outfit for work. But when I’m putting on clothes to go workout in I don’t ever seem to have those mornings. Maybe because workout wear is my favorite style or maybe because when you put athletic leisure wear on your just feel like you’re going to go conquer the world with some shaking and quaking.
Maybe you’ve never tried barre3 and you’re curious what to wear to class. Maybe you’ve been going for weeks and you’re wanting to switch up your style. Either way today you’re in the right spot! Nearly a month ago I tried my first barre3 class; needless to say I’m hooked and it’s the highlight of my Saturday mornings now! (If you’ve never heard of barre3 see my first post here).
I believe that one day, possibly not too far off, boredom will be a thing from the past. I’m won’t be surprised if one day my grandchild asks me to tell them about boredom because they read something about it in a history book. So what? What is wrong with kicking boredom out of our lives? Some might even say that is the amazing thing about our generation: we don’t have to deal with boredom.
…in the near future, boredom might be a thing of the past…but is that a good thing?
Today we celebrate you, Peter!
So first, Happy 24th Birthday to the amazing Mr. Ramsing!
You mean the world to me. You are an incredible husband and your servant’s heart is inspiring to so many. The way you create is beautiful. Your ability to code goes way over my head on so many occasions, but thanks to your patience I still want to learn about the projects you are working on and how everything works. Without you this blog would have grammatical errors, coding errors, and be ill-designed, so thank you for helping make this dream a reality. Readers, be thankful, this man truly is amazing!
Thank you for following our God and shining His light. I pray this year is an incredible one for you and that you continue to grow into the husband, friend, son, coder, servant, leader and all that God has created you to be to build His Kingdom.
So, Happy Birthday, My Love!
P.S. As you pointed out yesterday, you are now officially the same age as when I met you, how cool is that!
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Because life needs to be celebrated, Peter and I have an exciting announcement for our readers! Our Etsy shop is live! Read More