Small things.

Dave & I love the small things in life. I think this is one reason why we are so joyful. It doesn’t take a lot for us to have fun, to laugh, or to smile. Actually, to be honest, it really doesn’t take anything.

Enjoying Jamaica

When we first started dating, we did not have much money (not much has changed ;)) so we had to get a little creative about our dates. Our favorite thing to do at PBA was to get slurpies from 7-Eleven, then park the car in front of the intracoastal and talk. Another thing we love is to play catch outside. One time we got this awesome frisbee at the dollar store and we played with it for weeks. But honestly, Dave and I can just sit in silence and still be having fun :).

I won 🙂

I think it is easy sometimes to get caught up in life and all the STUFF it has to offer, and sometimes we forget about the simple things in life. Dave and I try not to forget this. We sometimes even say to each other, “oh… its the little things” and if one of us is upset or even mad, all we do is make each other laugh and everything goes away (its our secret medicine!)

Nerd Night

& also, our time here is only temporary- so why not make the most of it and shine God’s light always.

Psalm 118:24 – “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Proverbs 17:22 – “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Psalm 97:11-12 – “Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.”

CHALLENGE:

Stay joyful, pay attention to the little things in life, & laugh- a lot (it works).

Kari

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Dave can’t give me everything I need.

Yes- as amazing and awesome Dave is, he can not give me EVERYTHING.
He will not always satisfy, he will not always meet my expectations, he will let me down sometimes, and he will make mistakes. The same is true for me- I am not perfect and I WILL NEVER be perfect.
If Dave looked to me for his COMPLETE happiness, he would be miserable! Maybe this is why almost 50% of marriages end in divorce… People are looking to their spouse for something that they physically CAN NOT give them. This leads to all sorts of things we see in marriages today- anger, let downs, unsatisfied couples, bitterness, resentment, and depression.
ENTER- JESUS.
Jesus satisfies my EVERY need. Jesus fills my heart and soul. I will never be let down by Jesus, because He is constant, never changing. Jesus loves me so much that he sacrificed His own LIFE to show his love for me. Everything in life is for His glory.
WOW. When I think about THAT kind of love- I am blown away. If Jesus satisfies everything I need, I don’t need to be PERFECT for Dave & Dave does not need to be perfect for me. JESUS lived the perfect life and we will not ever be able to.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19.
When we are filled up with this kind of LOVE we will be more free to love one another. We won’t be looking to each other for our day to day needs, but we will be POINTING each other to Jesus. Now, that’s real love.
He planted marriage among humans as yet another signpost pointing to his own eternal, spiritual existence. Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage.
-Kari
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We like 2 TEXT! Do u?

I love text threads like this! (Kari is the grey and I am the green.)
I do not want to continue on in my relationship and start a marriage off without being fully founded on the ESSENTIAL.
What this means is:
I want God to be our EVERYTHING!
Kari continually seeks God out every moment of her day and I try to do the same.
Then, during moments, we come together & read the Bible, pray together, & lift each other UP just like this TEXT message!
I will not say we are perfect, BUT… I will say we make a strong effort to be like JESUS– love others & show compassion.
Ephesians 5:1-2
Be imitators of God.. and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us…
We make mistakes, admit them, then try to fix them. But we continually set our sights on Heaven and live to please God.
Ephesians 5:8-11
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light… and find out what pleases the Lord… Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
We both were children of darkness but now we believe in Jesus and try to live as LIGHT in the darkness.
Kari’s smile alone is a bright light to me 😉

Readers, I want this to be an encouragement to you! If you are a Christian, remain close to God.
If you are not, I encourage you to find the only thing that will ever truly satisfy you in life- JESUS.
Matthew 6:33
Seek first the Kingdom of God.. and all these things will be given to you..
Share your thoughts with us.
-Dave
Related posts: Video Welcome & OUR Story

Did you know???

Do opposites attract? Or do birds of a feather flock together? I think Dave & I are perfect for each other because we fit both of these categories :).

Attracting Opposites

Chef David

  • Dave likes to be cold, I like to be warm
  • Dave eats 3 meals a day, I snack all day long
  • Dave is a night person, I am a morning person
  • When Dave cooks, he “wings-it” and literally throws the most random ingredients into a pot and it tastes amazing, and I follow a recipe exactly and I still manage to burn it.
  • Dave is organized, clean, and likes routine, I am messy and can’t seem to get my stuff together. (But don’t worry- I’ve been practicing.)
Flocking Together

I don't think were THAT weird.

  • We are both vegetarians
  • We love to run together
  • We have a lot of the same shoes (vibrams & birkenstocks)
  • Reading is our favorite thing to do & we love to learn
  • We ❤ Florida!
  • People say we both have crazy personalities- but, I don’t see it…
  • We both laugh… A LOT!
  • We LOVE the LORD!
Be sure to check out our welcome video and a glimpse of how we met. Thanks again for checking out our blog! We love feedback and would love if you commented to let us know what you think! 
-Kari

Find: YOUR loving way 2 LOVE.

This is what marriage COULD lead to.

Any relationship is difficult with its opinions, viewpoints, and necessities.My prayer is that Kari and I can hold a relationship based on continual love- divorce is not an option.
The first love poem reads as follows,
“‘At last!’ Adam exclaimed. “She is part of my own flesh and bone! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of man.'” (Genesis 2:23)
Adam & Eve were united as one. BUT, as soon as trouble came (the fall in Genesis 3) the egg started to CRACK and Adam blamed Eve for her mistake. As soon as harsh words and blame come into the relationship, turmoil rises. Harsh words, blame, and related actions is pride.
MORE PRIDE= LESS LOVE we need LESS PRIDE to produce MORE LOVE
Kari and I try to better ourselves every day by lessening pride and showing greater love.
This is what marriage SHOULD lead to.

Sharing everything in life. Laughing through every moment. Lifting each other to God. And loving God every second. Here’s an IDEAL model of love:
1 John 3:16, “We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so           we also ought to give up our lives…”
Did Jesus say, “NO, NO, NO, I am not going to die on that piece of wood” ? Of course not.
So we, OUGHT to love each other and give up our lives, continually.
What does that look like in relationships?
Is it going to buy a diet coke when she REALLY wants one?
Is it throwing away your pride when you KNOW you are right?
Is it pulling out a book when you know she is running LATE?
Find your loving way to love & do it always.
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-DAVE

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Looking back

Our first visit to Chicago together 🙂

One of my favorite things to do is look back on our relationship and see how far we’ve come, and how much we have learned about each other and God. It’s crazy to think back to when Dave & I met and how it was completely God-ordained. SO MANY things had to happen for us to meet. First of all, we lived 1,384 miles apart (yes…. I looked it up..). I am from Chicago and Dave is from Florida. Something in me (now looking back, I know it was God) told me to apply to this crazy little school in florida called PBA & to graduate high school early. Who knew I was going to meet the love of my life! After that, there was countless God-moments that pushed Dave and I together.

Let’s just say, the first month we were dating we told each other (& other people) that we were getting married! Everyone thought we were crazy! Anyways- it is awesome the way God crafted our relationship, and that is just a GLIMPSE of his incredible plan and love for us. Our goal is to TRUST in Him and His plan for us. We have been proven over & over again that His plan beats ours and we are open to whatever He has for us in this next chapter of our lives :).

This is the first time Dave & I met. I went up to his Nu Delta Nu (his fraternity) booth at a campus event to buy a Raffle ticket! He shook my hand next and told me to write my number on my raffle ticket :).

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Kari