Our Story – How We Met

It was the summer of 2014. I received a message on Facebook from a fellow counselor I had met at church camp. She started telling me about this guy she knew of, Ryan Willis, and thought that maybe we would be a good match. It peaked my interest a little because he was handsome and sounded like a great guy, but I wasn’t about to get my hopes up because people had tried to set me up several times before and it never worked out. I decided to just pray about it and let it be.

About a month later I received another message from her saying that he was still praying about things, and that his step mom was asking for my phone number. I told her that I didn’t want to give out my number until he had talked to my dad. It may seem a little odd sending him to my dad first, but I didn’t want to waste my time talking to someone I hadn’t met in person without my dad’s approval of him first. If my dad liked him, then we would go from there.

Less than 2 weeks later, on September 9, I received yet another message, but this time it was because he wanted my dad’s phone number! He talked with my dad and then asked if he could talk to me. My dad was very impressed with their conversation and told him that he could call me.

He called me as soon as he got off the phone with my dad. I was so nervous! He later told me that he called me while in the grocery store because he didn’t think we would talk very long and he also just wanted to get it over with. He didn’t want people to keep bugging him about contacting me and he wanted to remove any ‘what ifs’. Haha! Well our conversation didn’t end up being as short as he anticipated. In fact, we talked for 1 1/2 hours during that first phone call!

We talked on the phone several times a week and grew to admire each other very much. It would be 2 months before we would finally be able to meet in person.


Learning to Read

Oh, I know how to read, I just have a hard time sitting down to do it. Every year I make a resolution to read more, and every year I fail miserably at it. I really want to change that this year, because (you might want to skip this part book lovers) I never read and I know I’m really missing out. So, my goal for this year is to read at least 3 books. I already have them picked out and I started the first one last night. Ideally I would like to read more than 3, but I decided to set myself an attainable goal and hopefully exceed it.

The 3 books I want to read this year are:



::: Making Home Work in a Broken Society :::
Bible Principles for raising children and building families
by Paul Chappell

::: It’s A Wonderful Life :::
Serving God Joyfully in Marriage and Ministry
by Terrie Chappell

::: Love & Respect :::
The Love She Most Desires & The Respect He Desperately Needs
by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs


As I read these, I hope to write some things I took away from them so stay tuned!

Berry Almond Baked Oatmeal

One of my goals this year is to make some changes in our diet. I love the idea of eating healthy, but let’s be real…it can be more expensive and it doesn’t always taste as good as ‘the real thing.’ My husband is currently doing a 10 day cleanse (more on that later), and I’m trying to find ways we can make changes without feeling like we’re eating lettuce and cardboard!  Now I don’t intend on cutting out everything we love, but I do hope to find alternatives or healthier ways to enjoy them. For those things that just can’t possibly be replaced, we plan on having a ‘cheat meal’ here and there.

First up today was breakfast. I love oatmeal bake, so I set out to find a recipe that was a little bit ‘cleaner’ than the recipe I’ve been using.  I made a couple of changes to the recipe, and I’d say it was an overall success!

img_3576Berry Almond Baked Oatmeal
adapted from here

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup honey
1 cup milk (I used 1%)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 TBS unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced (I think I would leave out the bananas next time)
1 cup berries, fresh or frozen, divided, (I used blueberries and raspberries)
Handful of sliced almonds


  1.  Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the honey, milk, egg, butter, and vanilla.
  3. Spread the sliced bananas in a single layer over the bottom of the baking dish. Top with half of the berries.  Sprinkle the dry oat mixture over the fruit in an even layer. Pour the liquid ingredients evenly over the oats.
  4. Sprinkle the almonds and berries over the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is browned and the oats have set. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.


I’d love to hear if you try this and what you thought!

New Year – New Goals

Hi there! It’s been a while since I’ve done the ‘blog thing.’ I used to blog over HERE, but pretty much dropped off the face of the blogging world.  So much has changed since my last post, and I’ve decided to give it a try again.

Since my last post on my old blog, I’ve gotten married, moved to a new state, and had a baby! Lots of changes! Eventually I’ll introduce you to my little family if you don’t already know them.

There’s some different goals I’ve set for myself this year, so stay tuned because I’ll be sharing with you about those too!