Leslyn's Lovely Life: 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Do you want a RESOLUTION?

Here is my dilemma: I have never, ever, EVER stuck to a new year's resolution. I always have these great ideas-- lose x pounds, go to bed earlier, try to run more often, be more organized, etc. After doing some self-analyzing, I've realized that the only hope that I have to stick to these goals (I refuse from here on out to use the word "resolution") is if I make a list. It's quite sad how much I love making lists (and checking things off of the lists). I am like Monica (and Ross) Geller, and I will literally shout "check" as I cross something off of my never-ending to-do list, as if the whole world could hear me. Anyhow, this, my friends, is my to-do list for 2012.

1. Use my camera more often
I'm not sure I could keep up with a 365 picture challenge for next year- however, there are a lot of ideas on Pinterest that have inspired me to REALLY learn how to use my camera.
2. Write a song- a GOOD one
I have all of these ideas in my head- I just have to put it all together so it will make sense. Who knows, I might be the new Taylor Swift (of songwriting, that is) by the end of 2012.
3. Learn how to make healthy food that actually tastes good
After cooking, baking, and eating a ton of deliciously fattening recipes since our wedding, I've come to the realization that I really DO feel more energized and happy when I eat fresh produce. I just need to find a way to make it yummy every single time... And it also has to taste good to DJ.
4. Learn to sew
My sweet in-laws gave me a sewing machine for Christmas, and I am SOOOO excited to learn how to use it!
5. Reconstruct the vintage $10 wedding dress I bought into something way more attractive.
A few weeks ago, DJ and I walked into a thrift store looking for tacky Christmas sweaters. We found the sweaters, but I also picked up this vintage lace ivory wedding dress for only $10. Apparently, the designer of the dress was very high-end in the 1920s-1960s. Anyways, it is something that I would certainly never consider wearing as it is (hello, it IS a wedding dress), but it has the potential to be something absolutely stunning that I could wear to some special occasions. We'll see how it turns out!
6. Do more Yoga
I always feel better after doing yoga- I probably could have just said "Do more stretching", but yoga just sounds so much cooler.
7. Read at least 1 book per month
This is kind of a sad goal, because I probably would have had the time to read 1 book per week before I started teaching. Alas, teaching and being a wife has taken over my life. I have missed curling up on my couch, and getting lost in a story that can make me laugh or cry; therefore, I am going to set a goal to read AT LEAST 1 book every month. It'll be good for my soul.
8. Make my rent house NOT look like a rent house
I haven't posted pictures of my house anywhere, partially because I feel like there are a lot of parts that are incomplete. However, there are several rooms that are starting to feel home-y. There are several "finishing touches" that I want to add to our house very soon!
9. Work out more than I have this past year
This is probably the worst I've done as far as working out.... It all began with student teaching. I'm sorry, but it's hard to find the motivation to wake up BEFORE 6 am every morning to work out, and after dealing with the joys of teaching every day, cooking dinner and doing laundry seems like the biggest accomplishment of all time. BUT, I can say that on the days that I have worked out, I have slept better, felt more relaxed, and I've had a more positive self-image. Therefore, I will work out MORE than I have in the past year.
10. Learn how to coupon
No explanation necessary.
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

3 weeks?!?!?!?!

Hello everyone,

So the wedding is 3 weeks away, and I am started to get really really antsy... DJ & I have had to do long distance this Summer, and it has NOT been fun. At all. But 1 week from tomorrow, I will be in Monticello, and I won't have to leave him ever again. WOW.

Although being away from DJ has been challenging, I have been so blessed to live with my family and spend time with them every day. It's funny looking back on the first time I had to stay at home after going off to college, and it was not easy for anybody (I was pretty much the brattiest 19-year-old that ever existed). But the older I've gotten, I have come to appreciate my family so much more... especially now that I'm going to live 8 hours away from them. My parents have been my greatest influences, and I am so grateful to have been raised by such godly, wonderful, loving people. They have been there for me through every move, natural disaster, break up, and everything in between. I'm also very grateful to have spent so much time with my sister, Daniela (aka DD). It's so weird to watch her grow up... I'm still used to her being the little 5 year old who is convinced she looks like Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia, who doesn't talk to people, and just bounces around because she is the happiest little girl in the world. Now she is going into 8th grade, and it's been beautiful to see how much she's grown- even in the past year! Moving to Houston was such a great thing for her... She has made some wonderful friends, is in several leadership positions, and is the #1 flute player at her school. I'm so proud of her, and I want her to stop growing up. NOW.

I don't know what this sappy post is about... I guess I'm realizing that this chapter of my life is actually ending, and I'm going to miss being with my family. But I am so excited (and ready) to begin this new chapter in my life. I can't imagine marrying anyone more incredible than DJ. He has challenged me, loved me, and changed me forever. And I can't wait to be all his.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011


Well, this has by far been one of the most exciting weeks I've had in a long time. First of all, I had an interview for a job at Drew Central High School, Shady Grove hosted a beautiful wedding shower for me on Saturday, and two of my roommates (Lauren and Whit) came to visit me in Houston! We had a fantastic time together, and I'm so sad that they had to leave so soon!

So after I interviewed, I was told that I should hear by Tuesday (at the very latest) whether or not I got the job. Well, Tuesday rolled around and I hadn't heard a thing. So I started to feel discouraged, and just assumed that I didn't get the job.

On Wednesday, DJ called me to tell me that he found a rent house that he really liked, and he sent me pictures and I really liked it too. As soon as we decided to definitely get the house (YAY), another person beeps in, and I realized that it was the school calling me! Well of course, I had to take the call, and it was the DCHS principal calling me to offer me the job!!! I was so beside myself, and I couldn't believe that the Lord made all of that come together within just a few minutes (isn't it funny how after He proves that He is faithful, we're still shocked when he is?). Anyways, so we got a house and I found a job!

Well today, DJ calls me to tell me that the youth pastor at Shady Grove had an extra washer, dryer and fridge that he and his wife didn't need, and they gave them to us! What's amazing is that those were the 3 appliances that we were going to have to buy for our house!

Looking back at where I've been in the past 5 years, it's been amazing to see where the Lord has led me. I started off just doing whatever I wanted, and never taking into consideration that the Lord maybe wanted something different for me. I struggled with that for years, and finally, I started going in the right direction when He led me to OBU. It took a lot of heartache, work, and school (lol) for me to get to where I am today. All I can say is that if we are obedient, the end result is SO worth it.

God is good, all the time!
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Ring

Well I'm sure that most of you who read this blog have seen the ring in real life, but in case you haven't, here's a picture of it! :)

Only 3 more days of student teaching, 11 days until graduation, and 96 days until I get to marry the man of my dreams! I'm so blessed.

God is good.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Well hello there

I haven't blogged since August 23rd. Dang, I've got to get better at this. I was so consistent for a while there. I'm pretty sure I'll be blogging quite a bit in the near future, especially because of the gazillion life changes I'll be going through!

So here's a recap of what's happened since August 23rd...

- I had my senior recital
- DJ and I got back together
- I turned 23 (I just almost typed 22... that shows you how my brain won't function anymore) and was admitted into the teacher education program on the same day.
- I got dropped (for those of you non-OBU-ers, it's a good thing... It's similar to getting "pinned" by a guy in a fraternity). What's cool is that my mom got dropped by my dad too.
- I got engaged on January 12th!!!!
- I started student teaching... I spent 7 weeks at Malvern High School, and I'm finishing up at Malvern Elementary School in 2 weeks!
- I have been planning our wedding with my mom... It's been interesting with her being 8 hours away!

So that's been my life in a nutshell. Here are the things I'm looking forward to in the (very) near future:

- A job interview THIS Friday, the 22nd
- Finishing my student teaching
- Graduating from college (after 5 years and 183 hours... yes, I realize that's enough to have a Masters degree)
- Working as the Worship Intern at Tallowood Baptist Church
- Family Reunions

Wow, this has been quite an eventful school year! It definitely did not start off the way I had hoped, but the Lord has blessed me in ways that I would have never imagined. He is SO good.
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