Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy 4th of July

So proud to be an American and be able to celebrate our freedom this weekend. What a blessed nation we are to have soldiers fighting for that freedom and keep us safe! Thank you for all that you do.

I have been absent from posting, I apologize. I have so many blogs to catch up on what you all are doing, be ready for the comments. Plus, I have SOOO much to tell you.

Swim Team is going great. We are 1-1. Plus who doesn't love having Sunday and Monday off for the 4th of July. I have been working on my classes to finish my teaching license, which is why I have been absent, so many papers, projects, tests, and work to complete while coaching - which has been extremely dramatic. As any teacher or coach knows, the parents are often more difficult than the students or athletes. Well, let's just say I have had a ton of drama because ONE mother likes to gossip and make things up. You will love this, she spread a rumor around the swim team that I am expecting! AND I AM NOT! We are waiting until we are married for a while before this. I was completely upset and cried. She was telling everyone how I am immoral and a bad influence on their children because I wasn't married yet and expecting. I couldn't believe it. So I finally had to confront her yesterday. She was at the swim meet talking badly about me, in front of my face to numerous parents, so I called a meeting with her and the swim team board to have witnesses. I was surprisingly not as upset as I thought I would get while talking with her. Tried to put her in her place in the nicest/firmest way possible. And let me tell you, I was able to sleep last night. It was just amazing. 

Okay, on to more fun things! We decided on a dog. We are getting a Golden Mountain Dog. Which is part Golden Retriever and part Bernese Mountain Dog. We contacted the breeder who is local here in Virginia and she has a dog that is expecting within the next couple of weeks. We of course could not get her until she is 8 weeks old. But we are so excited. Here is a pick of what she will potentially look like:

I think I have finally almost unpacked everything and reorganized my wedding planning station. Yes, in the new place I have a room devoted to my desk, projects, and wedding planning materials. My hope is to go back into full wedding planning mode in August. So do not be surprised if my posts are taking a break from wedding and all things swimming, doggies, and building our relationship.

We met with my pastor from my childhood who I found out is still local and he has agreed to be our pastor for our wedding. He said he has frequent flyer miles he would love to use to be able to come down. I have known the man for 15 years so I am SOOO excited. We are starting the pre-marital counseling next week. We meet with the pastor for a bunch of sessions to discuss the wedding of course, but ultimately how to make our marriage work. Have any of you taken these courses and did you learn good things??

We also started reading "The 5 Love Languages". If you have not read this book with your man, whether you are married or not, you should read it! Due to moving, we had a fight and completely lost it and try not to ever do that. I was talking to a girl friend who recommended we read the book. I have already learned so much about the way we express our love to one another and how to understand what the other person wants, is not necessarily what you want. It is all things I guarantee you have thought about but never sat down and put logic to it! I love it.

Have an incredible 4th of July! I have missed blogging with you all.
Until next time....


  1. 1) wow- what a mother!
    2) cute a cute dog! Those are my husband's two favorite breeds! We would love a bernie- but not sure we will ever have the space for one!
    3)another book for you to read IT IS A MUST READ: building an affair proof marriage!! Seriously, read it together, it will have an impact in some way!

    Good luck with the stuff for the license- that was me last year- it will be such a relief when you actually get to hold it!!

  2. Thank you so much for your post! I am so excited about the Affair proof marriage, I saw it at target the other day and now that you mentioned it I will have to pick it up. I will be so happy when everything is done for classes!!! Happy fourth.

  3. I am so sorry about all that mama drama you're dealing with. I've got multiple friends who are teachers and they always say dealing with the parents is the worst part. Sounds like you got an especially difficult one though. Glad you put her in her place!

    My cousin has a Bernese Mountain dog. Talk about a loyal dog! You're going to love yours!! Congrats!! I can't wait until we have a fenced in area here so we can have one, too!

    Happy 4th!!! xoxo

  4. Whoa that is crazy about the gossip mother. Who does that? She needs to get a life and stop worrying about yours. Good Luck with teaching...I <3 it!

  5. UGH about that mother!! But SOOOO good that you stood up to her and cleared the air..I hope it put her in her place and she wont be talking bad about you anymore. I'm sorry that she made you cry but she obviously is very unhappy with herself (and immature) for using such childish behavior.

    What a cute dog!! And I have heard of the book and heard that its excellent. I had forgotten about it until I read your post so we will have to go and pick up a copy!!

  6. I loved loved loved that book during our engagement! It really does help figure out your partner's love language and your relationship!

  7. Great to have you back! :)


  8. i read that five languages a while ago while the Mr and i were dating. may be a great idea to read it again!