Wow. Blake and I went on a double date late last night with our sweet friends, the Scranton's. We saw "UP," the new Disney movie. It was too cute but way sadder than I expected. It actually made me think the whole car ride home and even now as I type this. Are cartoons supposed to make you cry and truly contemplate life?!?!? Maybe I am just overemotional and vulnerable because of where we are in life right now. It seems that tragedy and sadness is hitting a lot of our friends and loved ones. It has made me think about life and death this whole week. You never know how much time you have left or what God's plan is for your life. Wow, my mind is flooding with all kinds of thoughts on life right now...
Oh, if you haven't seen the movie yet, you may want to stop reading... I don't want to spoil it for you!
Anyways, it starts off about a precious love story and made me very nostalgic. I have been crazy emotional lately and very extra attached to my sweet husband's hip. The movie made me think about the moment I met Blake all the way through today and all of the memories we have made together. The laughter, the tears, the big life changes we have carried each other through, the tragedies we have been there to hold one another through, the crazy hectic times, the sweet relaxing moments. Even in the short time we have known each other, 7 years, there have been so many thoughts that come to my mind right now.
How could I have gotten so attached to someone in such a short time? I found myself crying as Ellie dies in the movie and leaves her best friend, the love of her life behind. I starting thinking about Blake and myself. What if one of us dies and leaves the other behind? What if it happens before we get to live out all of our dreams together? What if it happens and we have regrets of not making more of the sweet time that we have together? It was really beginning to bother me and eat away at me all throughout the movie. Then, at the end of the movie, it made me change how I was thinking...
I have now been encouraged to not worry about the future and dwell on the time that we "may" or "may not" have together, but instead hold onto and cherish every single little moment that we get together today! I love my husband and cannot not imagine my life without him. I thank God for bringing us together and for all of the incredible blessings He has given us over the years!
In the movie, Ellie made a book and called it "My Adventure Book." It was a scrapbook with all of her dreams and goals in it. She made it as a child and didn't realize that as she got older her dreams, goals, and priorities would change. I am now looking at my life-long dreams and goals. Which ones should I strive after and which ones should I realize are just a childhood fantasy? I am not sure yet, but I do know that "My New Adventure Book" will not be full of the things I want and hope to do in the future but instead, full of the pictures and stories of the fun things (the adventure) that we are getting to walk through together every single day!
Thanks Ellie for making me look at life through your fun eyes! :)
I love you more than I ever dreamed was possible. I am so blessed and thank God every single day for giving me such a sensitive, loving, caring, strong, man of integrity for my husband! Here is a look through the past 2 years of our marriage and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life making more sweet memories with you by my side!!!
Wow, we have officially hit the 2 year mark in our marriage. Two weeks ago today, May 12th, was our 2 year wedding anniversary. Time flew by way too fast and it's so weird how I feel like we've been together for forever but it also feels like just yesterday that we got married. How can I feel both of those at the same time?!?!?!
On our "official" special day, the truck broke down on our way to dinner so I grabbed us some Pei Wei to-go and we ate dinner together in my car in a parking lot, so romantic! Lol. I guess it just goes to prove it's all about the love between two people and the memories you make no matter what the circumstance may be! It will be a funny story to tell our kids some day! :)
So, we went with Blake's parents to Orlando, Florida to celebrate a little be-lated. Only it decided to pour rain the entire time! I don't mean it was a light summer shower... I mean it was a torrential down-pour and flooding the whole week we were there! :( I will blog about that more later.
In the meantime, here is a video we showed at our wedding reception of our lives and how we came together, enjoy!
Here are some quick shots of The Shack after, we still have some work left to do but here it is so far...
My favorite place to hang out in the yard... the swing!
That tin building is the Shack (well, the right half of it is)
and there is Whitey/ Orville, my car that will never die or let me down! ;)
My front door with my welcome sign and new cute baby mail box
My one baby fake flower that sits right beside my front door and makes me smile everyday
When you walk in the front door and look to your right,
this is what you will see... the bathroom
We found that cute little cabinet thing @ Bed, Bath and Beyond... love it!
I got a cheap mirror @ Ross and put black paint on it and brushed a metal scrub brush over it until it looked kind of antiqued like I wanted! We put up new towel rack and matching silver accessories.
Here is the view from our bedroom door. I had to get creative and make hidden storage all over the room. Can you figure out where all I store things?!?!?
This is the little kitchen area... IKEA was our best friend in making this place livable! A buddy helped us put the accent lighting under the cabinets and we got a new fridge, compliments of my awesome mother-in-law. The island in the middle is a huge help for extra counter space and storage! On the far right is actually chester drawers that I use for kitchen drawers, it matched and fit in perfect!
I turned my armoire into...
my pantry... I loved this piece of furniture and knew it would give the Shack character so I improvised so I could keep it with us and it turned out to be perfect!!!
This is the main wall in the living and my favorite because Blake let me paint it my favorite color... RED!!!
I always have to keep lots of blankets around because I stay cold and love to snuggle
This is the front door
This is the view looking into the bedroom from the bedroom door,
that is right next to the armoire... That's our dresser.
Our bed and t.v.
The t.v reminds us of being in a hospital when we have to look at the ceiling to watch it!
I love my simple, quaint room... it is very peaceful
I still have a bunch of black and white prints to arrange on this wall behind the bed.
They will be in various sized silver frames.
We took the closet doors off and put up curtains to open up the room a little and give it a splash of color as well... I may replace these curtains with longer ones eventually.
I love to have everything organized @ all times...
I had to get very creative to fit a bunch of stuff in a very little space.
I hope you enjoyed my quick little tour update on the Shack... we really are proud that we were able to transform it from Shack to Sheik!!! It has become very homey and we are loving living here! Come visit it in person soon! We even have a guest book to document everyone who experiences this part of our life journey with us, so much fun!
Tonight I am remembering what all goes into planning a wedding. It's 12:30 AM in the morning Tuesday morning and I am still at my parent's house in the Woodlands trying to help make wedding plan decisions.
Here, I will try and paint a picture for you of what it looks like around here tonight... I have my mom asleep face down in the floor, my sister on iChat with her fiance, Eric trying to keep him involved in picking music for the ceremony, and me sitting at the family computer printing off labels for their invitations and trying to keep everyone organized, on task, and motivated to keep working and not fall asleep. My little brother is in bed, my husband is watching t.v. with my dad and amazed that the Rockets actually pulled it off tonight and beat the Lakers. I guess I am not being very successful with the task job... since I've lost 2 family members to sleep and 2 to the t.v. :(
That is my quick update before I move onto my next task tonight or this morning really. I will give you fun picture updates of the past couple of months very soon. Life seems to be moving so dang fast I can't seem to keep up and get everything done! :( I have got to get my blog slacking under control!!! SORRY!
We are the Jackson's... Blake and Robin Jackson. We got married May 12th of 2007, so we have been married for four years now! YEA! We met in college at Houston Baptist University where we traveled together in a vocal group and discovered our common passion for music and people! We now have the joy of working together at Community of Faith, a church where we are in full-time ministry, leading worship, hanging out with students, and praising God for the opportunity He has blessed us with to serve together! We were pregnant last Spring and lost our first baby (whom we called Baby Bean). We now have our second bundle of joy that blessed us with his presence May 15, 2011. We named him Nash Whittan Jackson. He is amazing and we could not be more excited to be his parents. Our family is growing and we thank God every day for the amazing things He continues to give us!