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I'm Rachel, a newlywed, Jesus loving, blog hopping, coffee drinking, college football watching, North Texas girl.
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Our Engagement Story

I haven't blogged in AGES...I know. I've been busy between getting a full time job, buying a house, packing, moving, and renovations! Whew.  I wanted to backtrack and post the story of our engagement back in 2011 so I will have a copy on the blog. Then eventually I will get around to blogging about our first home!

He popped the question...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

and she said "yes!"

I'm just going to preface this by saying I am the girl that is NEVER surprised, I figure everything out. However, William truly surprised me and I'm so glad that he did!
As most of you know, I grew up (for the most part) in Ohio. William and I had been dating almost 10 months but he had never been to Ohio and had only met one of my best friends, Sarah Harrison. I so badly wanted him to be able to meet the people that know me better than I know myself, so I began to plan a trip to Memphis, TN with my two best friends and their husbands. We chose Memphis because it was halfway between Texas and Ohio and only an 8 hour drive. My birthday was June 16th, so Will told me that my big present this year was going to be the cost of the trip.
When the day finally came, we planned to head out after William got off work at 3:30. Little did I know he was actually napping at his parent's house, where he had gone to pick up my ring. I met him at his apartment and he made up some excuse about needing a shower and took the longest shower ever. I was anxious to get on the road because I knew it would be after midnight when we got to Memphis (he was just stalling). We finally left, and Will told me we would have to stop by his work because he forgot his wallet (not true...), so we're driving toward Acura when he merges off the highway at the airport. SURPRISE number one! Poor Will, I was so confused and got a little upset asking if we were flying to Memphis instead (I love road trips, Will doesn't. I thought it was a cop out. Ha) He just told me to wait and see, so I of course kept bugging him with "Did they fly here?" "Are we flying to Ohio?" "What's going on???"  We get to the parking garage and I put on my makeup (I wasn't going to waste it on a road trip!) and I found out we were indeed flying to Ohio! This is why he pulled all the stall tactics, because he knew we would make it to the airport a few hours early.
We flew into Dayton late Saturday night and Ben and Lisa Spahr met us at the airport. We went back to their house where Joe and Sarah Harrison soon met up with us.  I was so excited because Will finally got to meet my best friends, and he just fit into the group so perfectly! The men ran to Walmart because William needed to buy a few things, and this is where the boys finalized the proposal details while we girls sat at home watching extreme couponing. Before everyone dispersed, they asked me what I wanted to do the next night and I said I wanted Marion's Piazza. They're sneaky...William had already planned to take me there before proposing because he knew it was my favorite, but they let me think I was the one to plan the day!
The next morning was a whirlwind of introductions. I took Will to Tim Hortons (stickin' to my Canadian roots) for coffee and Timbits before going to my old church to meet everyone. Then it was off to my hometown of Brookville, OH. The drive around Brookville took all of five minutes, but it was so exciting for me to be able to show him the high school, my old soccer fields that are now corn fields, the houses I grew up in, and our 3 stoplights. Yes 3 stoplights, it's a thriving place. Next William got to meet some of my family! We stopped by my Aunt and Uncle's house and surprised my Grandpa on father's day. After that It was off to Marion's for dinner with Ben, Lisa, Sarah, and Joe.
The pepperoni and sausage pizza was as incredible as ever, but Will didn't each much (if you know Will, you know this is RARE). While we were eating someone mentioned that we should go to Cox Arboretum after dinner to walk around because it was so nice out that evening. I of course, being the difficult person that I am, said that my stomach was hurting and I would rather just go back to Sarah and Joe's to play games. I was overruled, but didn't put up much of a fight and we headed to the beautiful gardens. When we got there we all chatted about how nice it was and how almost 5 years ago us girls had gotten our senior pictures taken there. We came up to a pond and stopped in front of some gorgeous hydrangeas (my favorite!!) to take some pictures. Somehow when we stopped, Ben had my camera and was ready to take pictures. I thought that it was odd, because Will was supposed to have it...but he shrugged it off saying he knew I would want pictures of us; which I did. So Ben started snapping away, then Joe whips out his iphone to take pictures of us too. I thought this was strange and wondered why Joe would want pictures of us (he was actually taking a video thinking Will was about to propose). While we were standing there taking pictures, I was hugging Will and felt him start to shake.  This was what FINALLY clued me in that something was about to happen. The poor boy's knees were a knockin' still when we left that spot and continued on the path around the pond. About 20 yards away from that spot was a gazebo. Everyone made small talk as we headed towards it, everyone except Will who was silent. When we got closer William pulled me aside and led me into the gazebo where he proceeded to get down on one knee and pull out a ring more beautiful than I could have ever dreamed of. The next part is pretty much a blur because I was in shock. He told me that I had probably figured it out by now, but the trip to Ohio wasn't just a birthday trip, he had planned it for another reason. He told me he loved me and asked me to marry him, and I said, "Oh my gosh...YES!" And he put the ring on my finger!!!
It was the perfect proposal! My best friends and their husbands were there filming it and taking pictures. They left us alone for a few minutes then we walked over to them and they celebrated with us. As soon as we got back to the cars we called our families, and then tried to change our Facebook relationship status to "engaged" on our phones. It didn't work out too well so we fixed it later ;) June 19, 2011 is one of the happiest days of my life so far. It was perfect, but I know there are so many more perfect days ahead.  I'm so thankful for William and what God has done in each of our lives to bring us to this place. We can't wait to start our lives together and pray that each step of this process is done in a way that brings glory and honor to Him!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Date Night

I'm just going to preface this by saying I obviously really like my mustard striped shirt, because I wore it a lot this fall! And you will see it again in these pictures--oops!

Will and I got a gift card to Texas de Brazil from our best man as a wedding gift! It was so thoughtful of him and we waited a long time to put it to use. Will made reservations for Friday night Nov. 2nd because his softball team had a bye week. It also happened to be our 8 month anniversary making it extra special. It was a  gorgeous night and this was our view as we drove into downtown Ft. Worth.

I love my husband, he's so handsome--and he's all mine!

Some of the leftover meat on my plate. I'm not going to lie, I don't think I'm a very big fan of lamb. The flank steak is BY FAR my favorite thing! Poor Will had a little trouble with the name "flank" steak.

I almost had this tootsie pop for dessert, but apparently at fine establishments like this, cheesecake is more suitable. Oh and those cinnamon bananas that clear your palate-- AMAZING!
Dulce de leche cheesecake was amazing, but we had to take most of it home.
After dinner we stopped by Starbucks to grab a coffee and walked around downtown.
We even walked past this place, where we were married exactly 8 months before!

While we were at dinner Will got this really excited look on his face and told me that he had something he needed to tell me. It sounded serious, but he didn't look serious. He said that he had booked tickets for us, back in August, to fly to Ohio to meet baby Jude Thursday the 8th. BEST HUSBAND EVER AWARD!! He is so good to me. The Lord really blessed me when He gave me Will. I am so undeserving of Will, but even more so undeserving of the love of a Savior who took my place and died for me. I am reminded daily of His love because of my husband. Will had been so excited about the secret trip. He planned it for a week after Jude's due date, but because Jude was almost a month early, we didn't get to meet him till he was 5 weeks old. I had even been pretty rotten towards Will because I wanted to be with Ben, Lisa, and the baby so badly right after he was born. All the while he was just patiently waiting to surprise me with the tickets. Love him.

Monday, November 26, 2012


If you haven't seen the new ABC comedy "The Neighbors" then the title of this post may not make sense. The show is pretty funny. It is about an American family teaching some alien's how to live like humans, and the aliens just so happen to call halloween, halloween-ween. Anyways, we don't really celebrate halloween but thought it was a good excuse to dress up and have a little get together with some friends this year! Will did a great job decorating the apartment while Haley and I cooked up a storm in the kitchen! We had it on a Tuesday, the night before hallowen, and ended up staying up way past our bed times. 

This little guy was our cutest guest. I loved his little bones outfit (technically they were pajamas, but who puts pajamas on their dog? That's just mean!)
My boss let us borrow a lot of her decorations. She got this candelabra at an estate sale and it is absolutely gorgeous! The silver was tarnished so it fit in great as a decoration.
The food table! We had mummy dogs (hot dogs wrapped in crescent dough), seven layer taco dip with a sour cream spider web on top, dirt pudding with gummy worms, chips and queso, a veggie tray, cupcakes, and pumpkin bread. Haley also brought a yummy sangria, and at about 10:00 the ladies made a pot of coffee to keep us awake, haha!

Some decorations.

We had a homeless man show up, oh wait, that's just Allen.

Will was Mayhem from the All-state commercials. I was a Martin High School cheerleader (thanks, Hannah!)

We had a great time with great friends!

Fall Happenings

I've already talked a little bit about how much I love fall. I do, I'm crazy about it. It is such a beautiful season. This year we took fall family pictures and they turned out so good--thanks Andrew Czap! 

Fall in Texas is a bit different than fall in Ohio, but as a new little family we wanted to start some fun traditions. We were in grapevine and drove past a little pumpkin patch, but it was SO crowded! I mean throngs of people crossing the streets everywhere and parking far away in the neighborhoods, so we decided to hunt for another place. We ended up going to the pumpkin patch in Colleyville off Hall Johnson, Hall's Pumpkin Farm. It was much less crowded, and even had a corn maze that was bigger than I expected. This was Will's first corn maze experience (oh the shame!! ) and he LOVED it! Next year maybe we will go to a real one in Ohio that takes more than 15 minutes to get through!!

Getting started in the little $5 maze.

Which way do we go??

They had some huge pumpkins!

And cute little cut outs for pictures. Do you see that little crowd of people in the background? We followed a sign that said "Farm Animals" and walked way out there to see a goat and a pig. Fabulous. Haha!

We had so much fun acting like little kids and just enjoying the beautiful day together!

I love this man, even if he is bad at taking pictures in the sun:)