Friday, October 3, 2014

11 Months

Photo by Carlin
To My Dearest Friend, and Love of my Life...

The past 11 months that we have shared together have been the best moments of my life. I find that the more I get to know you, the more I love you! Even though it's been only 11 months, I feel like you have always been there and I can't imagine life without you! You are definitely the BETTER part of me. Erin, you are my biggest encouragement! You make me smile and laugh so hard! Even through the hard times of tears or times of disappointment, you always know how to point me in the direction of the Lord. I just wanted to tell you how much you mean to me and yet words really do fail me. I love you so very dearly! Thank you for making this journey in life the best that it has ever been. I love you!

~ yf...for always...for forever...for only you!
           ....Psalm 121:1-2....

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Time Alone

    Time is the most valuable asset that we have, and it always seems to be so scarce. We realize that we have to "make" time for the things that are of greatest priority, and let the things that are of less importance fade away. Erin and I have been waiting for a time where we could get away and be free from the busyness of everyday life. The Lord worked it out that we could spend some time in the sunny state of Florida. Erin knew of a place in the panhandle that was private, little known, and absolutely gorgeous...and she was right! We have been enjoying our time to the fullest by just being together.
Talking is one of our highlight's. Though it may sound super simple, we have found that communication is a key in staying close in our relationship. It's amazes me how the little things in life can distract us from having meaningful communication with each other.
   This place is truly beautiful. One of our favorite things has been to sit along the beach and watch the sunset over the Gulf of smell the fragrant salty air, and watch as the last traces of sunlight reflect off of the surf, slipping into twilight. The sounds of the waves rolling onto the white, sandy beaches and the cries of the seagulls, create a very peaceful atmosphere. We could't be happier sitting there together.
This time alone has given us a renewed love for each other, taught us more about each other, given us a vision for the months to come.
Psalm 105:4 "Seek the Lord, and His strength: seek His face evermore."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Erin's Hair Tutorial Part #2

Here's Part #2 of Erin's Hair Tutorial! Enjoy and God bless!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Great Friends

   I have been trying to keep up a regular date-night with my girl, and we chose to visit a special place we really enjoy. It's romantic, and the scenery is absolutely incredible! (well...I guess the scenery is always incredible when I am with Erin... =). McCloud Mountain resort and restaurant is nestled atop the Cumberland Mountains at an elevation of 2700 feet. About a half mile from the resort is the Chimney Sky walk. The place will take your breath away...I couldn't wait to break out the camera to capture some shots!
   We decided to bring some really good friends along on our little adventure, Brett & Kelsey. Erin became friends with Kelsey while attending college. Brett and Kelsey were married a few months before us and happily settled down not far from where we live. We attend the same church, and they both have been a blessing and an encouragement! They are expecting a baby girl soon! We are thrilled for them!
   I have learned that the people you hang around are the people you tend to be like...and Brett and Kelsey challenge us in our walk with the Lord and our relationship as a married couple. We are truly blessed with these great friends!

~ Chad...Psalm 121:1-2
 (Always for Erin)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Erin's Hair Tutorial Part #1

Many people have asked me how I fix my hair and if I could some day make a short video clip of it. I thought this to be rather funny, since I am always looking for new ways to fix my hair! =)
So here's Part #1 of one of the ways I fix my hair. It's fast, easy, and healthy for your hair! I hope you enjoy this fun little clip! God bless!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Summer Recital

   This past July, I held our 2014 Summer recital at Morning Pointe Assisted Living, in Clinton, Tennessee. I cannot even begin to tell you how proud I was of my students. They have worked so hard, and I know all their effort paid off. Being a piano teacher is so rewarding in more than one aspect. It is always a joy to see everyone progress each year, but also, I have developed lasting friendships with the students. I am so grateful God has brought them across my path, and I pray I can challenge them not just in the musical aspect, but also in their Christian life.
Recitals usually bring butterflies, anxiousness, and out of control nerves for most people, and I'm sure everyone that participated could vouch for that, but after it's over, and they have sighed a sigh of relief, they all realize it was worth the sacrifice invested. 
  This year as I watched the elderly people from the assisted living, I was so encouraged and blessed, as they smiled, clapped, and cheered for the students. Many of them came up afterwards and expressed their deep appreciation for students coming. One sweet lady was just crying, as she told me how much they needed the encouragement, and how blessed she was by seeing the students play. It made me realize how lonely some of them were...most of them had lost their spouse, and their children lived far away.  A smile, hug, or just a simple conversation can mean the world to someone. Let someone know you care today; don't wait till it is too late!