Monthly Archives: July 2012

Happy 4th everyone! Hope you all enjoyed whatever festivities you attended.  We had a really low key day.  Justin’s next CPA exam is tomorrow.  He spent much of the day studying while I did some things around the house and went to the grocery store.  Our highlight of the day was we made a killer dinner.  Filet mignon, grilled zucchini, and an awesome quinoa salad.  Justin said it was the best meal he ever had at home! We will definitely have to do it again.

Tomorrow after Justin’s test we are heading to Michigan to his family’s lake cottage and to also spend a night in Saugatuck with my in-laws.  Vacation here we come!  Can’t wait.

I thought for my 4th of July post I would remind you all to take a moment and remember why we have our independence, because of all the men and women who have served and are continuing to serve our country.  We are more blessed than we can comprehend.  Remember to praise God for the freedom we have in the United States and also our freedom we have because of Christ dying on the cross for our sins.

Special thanks to my brother-in-law, Boo, as he is currently serving overseas right now.  We miss him tons and pray for him often. Today, we are especially thinking of him and all the hard work he is doing out there.  We can’t wait to see him back home, which won’t be until next year 😦  Thankfully we have tools like Skype to keep our family connected. Also, if we think it’s hot here, it’s about 130 degrees where Boo is! Wowee!

Here’s a few photos in rememberence of Boo and all he is doing for us.  We miss you and love you!

Going away party before Boo left for Basic Training

Justin and Boo after he graduated Basic Training

Boo and his parents


This biking meme was a must share…


Now go on, get out there, and ride that bike!

So this weekend I went to visit my grandma out in the suburbs. She lives about an hour from our apartment in the city. It was a challenging but good visit. She’s been not feeling well lately because of the radiation she’s needed to beat her cancer. It has made her weaker and more tired but all in all she’s holding up really well. Like really, she’s a trooper. And I just love her. Let me tell you a little about my grandma, Martha, or as her friends call her, Marty.

She helped raise me when I was in grade school. My mom was in full-time graduate school at Northwestern and was working her tail off. My grandma used to take me to all my activities… Soccer, choir practice, acting camp, horseback riding, and the dentist (had to go there a lot because my teeth were pretty crooked). I was a busy little bee as a kid and she always got me from A to B.  She fed me lots of good food and treats and even let me sneak in some snacks before dinner. I also know that I get my major sweet tooth from her.  She makes the most amazing dessert, cookies, and bars, you just can’t resist. Another thing I distinctly remember about my grandma is all the sewing she used to do.  She used to make and alter tons of clothes. I think when she was younger she even used to make her own clothes and some of her children’s clothes (not 100% on that, will have to ask her… all I know is she had tons and tons of sewing patterns for all different sorts of clothing).  One years she made me and my cousins matching PJs for Christmas, I’ll have to dig out the picture from my mom’s house sometime, we look so darn cute. In addition to her knack for cooking and sewing she was really the backbone of the family. She kept everyone together and everything moving.

Grandma, Justin, me, and my mom
Roya Jade Photography

Over the past few years she’s gotten away from sewing clothes and has started quilting.  She made me a quilt before I left for college.  It got a lot of love over those 4 years. Now as I’ve moved on, grown up, and gotten married, she’s made me another quilt, for another stepping stone in my life.  A wedding quilt.  It’s absolutely gorgeous and not to mention it’s her most complicated quilt.  Something like 1600 pieces she had to put together. It was a very mathematical process and she said it took her back to her days of geometry.

I love it and it’s absolutely perfect.  And how well does it match our 2nd bedroom? She didn’t even know it was blue.

I can’t tell you how much I love and adore family heirlooms and traditions.  I hope that someday this will become a family heirloom and I can share this quilt with my children when they get married. I pray they will adore family history as much as I do.

And Grandma, if you ever read this post (which I don’t think you will because you don’t have the internet), thank you. Thank you x 1,000,000 for being you, for being funny and talented, for raising our family, for helping me be me, and for this lovely wedding quilt that I will forever cherish.  Love you. 🙂