Monday, July 21, 2014

Wedding Day Flashback- 8 Years

July 22, 2006- 8 Years Ago

Hope you enjoy a little Throwback Tuesday. Here is a short 5 minute video of some of our wedding day highlights.

8 years ago today- WOW!



Monday, July 14, 2014

It's Moving Day

Here is a joint post from me and some thoughts from Josh. Enjoy:)

Our Move




Aly: Our moving day was crazy for us. Yes, it was crazy with the moving van and getting all the last minute stuff out of our house, but our emotions were even more crazy.

I saw Josh that day around lunch time and he was a wreck. He literally couldn't get a word out of his mouth without crying. He kept apologizing to me and telling me he was okay but has just been an emotional wreck.

Josh: I don't struggle with attachment to houses. This wasn't a house though.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Moving On- Peace When Circumstances Don't Match Up

Moving On

Well, as many of you know at this point, we have moved! And yes, 
it feels like we just moved in. Literally.

If you remember, when I was diagnosed, we were in the middle of building our house.
 We built this house as a home that we knew we would sell in a couple of years as 
real estate. Yes, it's not the most fun to build a house, live in it for 2 years and sell it, but that is what we have chosen to do!

This was us on our final day at the house. Sweaty, tired, and wishing it wasn't 100 degrees outside.

Friday, June 27, 2014

It Never Gets Old for God to Show Out

Houston Fun 

Thank you all so very much for the prayers the last couple of days. We are back home in West Monroe after a few amazing days in Houston. We love when we can schedule some fun around our doctor's visits in Houston. And That is just what we did- had fun.

We had a blast yesterday at an Astros' game with our second mom, Ms. Tammy. We then got to hang out and have dinner together before we had to leave. I love having good quality time with the Stanfills. It always makes the trip so much better.

This was our fun day at the Astros game. Everything is more fun with Ms. Tammy!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Because Sometimes You Need a Mattress in the Living Room...

Dothan, AL.

When Josh and I were first married, we lived in Dothan, Alabama. His job at the time took him there and it is a time we will always treasure.

All of those "firsts" coming up with our way of doing things as a married couple.

When he received a job offer that brought us back to West Monroe, we packed up all of our stuff in our 1 bedroom apartment and were planning on leaving in the morning.

We were all packed up that night and Josh says, "Why don't we just leave tonight?" What he didn't know was that I was really wanting our last night in the apartment to be really special.

Cue the waterworks. Josh could have gotten frustrated and thought I was too crazy and sentimental, but no. What did he do? We packed up everything except our mattress and set up our mattress in the living room.

This is us in front of our first home. Our first 1 bedroom apartment in Dothan, Al 2006

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It's Good to Be Home...In Houston

Our Houston Home

Yes, we are in Houston. No, we aren't moving to Houston. With the recent sell of our house (which we'll be blogging about later), we've had several people question where we are moving.

We will still be in West Monroe, Lord Willing. But for today, we are in Houston.

It is truly amazing to come to a place 6 hours away that truly feels like home. Our Stanfill Family, our fave places, and even MD Anderson.

They bring a familiarity that is fun to come and visit. So many hurdles and so many victories in our lives involve Houston.

This was us today at the Galleria. Josh was ready to shop after sitting at the Apple store for 3 hours. I had been walking the  mall. Let's just say that one of us was tired and one of us was ready to go:)

Monday, June 23, 2014

I am 27! When Expectations are Squashed.

Planning=expectation killer

By now, you all know I am a planner. And by planner, I mean it can really be bad.

Some of our biggest marital struggles have been because of my over-planning and Josh's lack-of-planning. It really is funny how different we are in that area. By God's grace, we are STILL trying to meet in the middle.

Even from a young age, I had my life somewhat planned out. For instance, here is what I expected:

1.) Get married at 22
2.) Start having babies at 23
3.) Be finished with babies at 27
4.) Stay at home until school age
5.) Travel and live happily ever after...

AND the NAIVETY and LAUGHTER begin...

By no means am I saying to not expect things in abundance from God, because He is such a giving and good God, but my expectations are not equal to God's will. 


Proverbs 23:18 "You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed."


Yes, he wants to give me the desires of my heart. But when His plan (which is better for me anyways), doesn't match up with my desires, his will trumps mine. Every.Time.

My Life Imagined Was Different

I am beyond grateful to be 27 years old. As I've mentioned before in birthday posts, I love getting older. Oh how I used to take life for granted! Oh how there are days when I still do! But I realize that each year is a gift. The best birthday present I could receive- LIFE!

So needless to say, I thought my life would look a lot different at 27. Obviously I would have never imagined that my life would have involved cancer...and to think I would be married for almost 8 years is crazy!

I always imagined being the "young mom" and being able to run around with my kids. We always said we would wait a few years to have kids when we got married, but I would have never dreamed or expected that we would wait 8 years. Obviously, that was not of our desire, but we are still trusting.

Expectations are relationship-killers

I still struggle with expectations in my life. I've learned that I generally have really high expectations of things. But normally not things that matter for eternity- dates, events, birthdays, presents, etc..

As I've gotten older, I realize that these expectations can KILL relationships. Yes, they can kill them. If I put all of my expectations into Josh doing something super special for my birthday or graduation or Christmas, I am bound to be disappointed.

I've gotten better about being more open about my expectations and I've really worked at lowering them. Yes, I know I am being vulnerable:)

But, here is what I've learned about myself. I think those high expectations are God-given. But I need to redirect them. To eternal things.

Expecting God to show up big in my life.

Expecting God to come through on a prayer request I have been praying for years and doubt if it will ever happen.

Expecting God to do what His promises say he will do, even if people think I'm crazy.

So, yes, expectations can kill relationships. They can also set you up to be hurt. They can set you up to be disappointed.

But here's the good news:

God requires expectation and rewards it. The risk is so much less than the reward. When I think of all I expected God to heal me from---HE DID IT! How devastating it would have been to put my expectation in healing and not get healed.

But, the risk was worth the reward. Put your expectation in something radical. Something eternal. Something supernatural. I can't wait to hear how God supercedes my expectations when year 28 comes around!


Expecting Miracles,


Aly