Archive for September, 2013

September 30, 2013

Brett’s Garden

Mr. is a garden rockstar!
We’ve gotten onions, multiple types of peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, tons of leafy greens, potatoes, zucchini, herbs, squash and the tomatoes are still going strong!
He’s decision to grow his first garden this year really paid off!
We’re already making plans to build a second garden next year.
Thanks to Brett’s brilliant sister – we’re converting our current garden into a greenhouse,
for the winter months to come – wish us luck (:
Tara and John thanks for the many plants, inspiration, and help when Mr. had his knee surgery!

feet.jpg… this is what a typical lunch break picking looks like (:

dirt.jpg… John dug up some potatoes!

yum.jpg… we’ve made lots of pasta/pizza sauce!

basil.jpgcleaning fresh basil to dry out <3.
… another tip from my sweet SIL!

pep.jpgpeppers <3.

sauce.jpganother sauce making party <3.

green.jpg… quick morning picking <3.
Also, Brett’s mom has made some amazing salsa from these treasures!

yyum.jpgfresh baked potatoes!

board.jpgtruly organic <3.

window.jpg… they sun all over the house <3.

stem.jpgperfect <3.

cheese.jpgdinner (:

It’s Monday – have a wonderful week!!!!


September 27, 2013

Travels to Red River, NM – Chapter 5

heart.jpgI see hearts everywhere …
how cool is this?!

two.jpgyou & me <3.

bonfire.jpg… memorable bonfires <3.

pic.jpgmy inspiration (:

lovely.jpglovely flowers everywhere!

neat.jpg… exploring Eaglenest, NM

dinner.jpgthe food was yummy at the steakhouse in Red River,
but the restaurant lighting was horrible for pictures!

campground.jpgcampground <3.

creep.jpgI know kinda creepy cool – ha ha (:

walk.jpgwe took lots of walks <3.

brett.jpgokay, words out – we sold everything & opened a bistro in Red River!
I kid I kid (:


Way behind on blogging & editing pictures –  broken record.
I wanted to wrap up our Red River trip … “This and That” style (:
Pure awesome trip with some of my favs <3.

Enjoy your weekend!


September 23, 2013

Half of Me

Picture 109
Mr. is making a full recovery with his new acl (:
Poor guy has officially joined the group of people living with screws inside them.
I feel like his healing process was way easier than mine,
but he keeps reminding me I’m just a princess, and he’s tough (;

Picture 111graphic I know – poor dude ):

All I know is this entire experience has made me truly appreciate my partner.
I didn’t realize how much Mr. helped me out until he wasn’t capable of doing anything.
In all honesty he does everything for the doggie babies; I just buy them sweaters.
Brett also cleans the floors, cooks most of our meals, keeps the garden, lawn & flower beds alive.
He’ll bring me a drink from the kitchen when he makes one for himself,
and automatically gets me a pillow for movie watching on the sofa.

nice.jpg… in his knee bending machine ): 

Renting/returning Redboxes, taking the trash out, and doing the grocery shopping
are additional ways he helps out!
Pretty sure it makes me stop and think about what I actually do:
cleaning, laundry, budgeting, organizing and ummmmm … some cooking?

Picture 113old school nintendo – the best kind of medicine! … yes, we beat it (:

Well, y’all that has all changed.
This lady has cooked chicken and dumplings, turkey stew, chicken lasagna, spaghetti, turkey tacos, pancakes, turkey bacon sandwiches, and two batches of pasta sauce with ingredients from our garden!
I’ve gone grocery shopping, picked up prescriptions and Redbox movies.
Kept the doggie babies alive, and babysat our niece and nephew overnight while Brett was recovering!

Picture 110… gift from hubby for being the world’s best nurse (;

I highly respect caregivers … I’d classify them as heroes.
I did it for two weeks, and broke down twice!
Not saying that for sympathy, but to show how incredibly spoiled I am to even think I had it bad,
the hardships people overcome everyday is mind blowing
and truly opens my eyes to my many many blessings that I so selfishly take for granted <3.


My eyes have been opened to how much I depend on Brett, and how he’s truly my other half.
My life wouldn’t operate without him,
and even though I don’t think anyone should depend on someone else to function.
I’ve realized Brett has been a big impact on the person I’ve become.
I wouldn’t know God the way I do now, if it wasn’t for my husband.
Brett’s love empowers me to be a better person.

For the time I’ve been given with my sweet Mr.,
and our future journey – I thank you Lord!


September 18, 2013

Travels to Red River, NM – Chapter 4

I’m not a big fan of heights, but Brett suggested we take the ski lift to the top of the mountain,
for some amazing picture opportunities.
It ended up being one of the most fun things I did on the trip (:

lift.jpggoing up!

friendbrett making friends (:

MT.JPGat the very top <3.

4.jpgthe fab 4 (:

liift.jpg… another going up picture –
the dirt trail is for walking up the mountain, if you’re in crazy good shape!

bud.jpg… how they transfer items up & down the mountain for the little restaurant at the top!
clever (;

us.jpg… so happy he encouraged me to take the lift (:

I’m currently very behind on blogging, but I know I’ll catch up.
I have a couple more days of Red River editing, then I can start documenting more current events.
Our trip to New Mexico was pure awesome, and I want to make sure I capture the details!
I love going back and reading about past trips.
1/2 through the week people <3.


September 16, 2013

Travels to Red River, NM – Chapter 3


We made a day trip to Taos, NM to walk the towns’ artsy sidewalks,
tour earthships in person and eat lunch at the famous Michael’s Kitchen.



It was a sweet day full of sunshine and freshly squeezed watermelon juice.
Local artwork was displayed in charming galleries,
making me eager to develop prints of my own photography to hang throughout our home <3.


shopping.jpgbeautiful flower gardens everywhere!

taos.jpgdad & pam-la (:

pig.jpgfun shopping (:

Brett & I were so excited to walk through an earthship,
taking mental notes the entire time of details to include in our future home.


tire.jpgearthship wall – all recycled materials (:

earthsh.jpgsustainable living – water, heat, cool, greenhouse, etc.

green.jpgdad & pam-la in the greenhouse (:

shhip.jpg… another earthship being built (:

Some of my favorite moments where driving in the car.
Dad & Pam are always listening to my crazy ideas, and give wholehearted advice.
We really admire and look up to them <3.


Editing is coming along slowing. I’m taking care of Mr. who recently had knee surgery.
He is doing really well, but being a nurse is a 24/7 job!
Hope this finds you having a blessed day <3.


Did I mentioned we spotted a bear and her cubs in someone’s backyard,
between Taos & Eaglenest!!


September 12, 2013

Travels to Red River, NM – Chapter 2

After reaching the mountains that were in the far distance the day before,
we instantly rolled down all the truck windows to breathe in the fresh mountain air.
The winding road gave us breathtaking views of the cliffs, and a crystal clear river flowed beside us for miles.
The historic marker where we pulled over was our first taste of pure mountain scenery,
giving our spirits an extra dose of energy <3.

cliff.jpg… pure awesome!

creeeek.jpgtree branches & smooth rocks going for a crisp swim <3.

cameras.jpgnatures paparazzi (:

sky.jpgNew Mexico has the prettiest clouds
hands down <3.

break.jpgphoto credit: my dad (:

nmriver.jpgraw peacefulness at a whole new level <3.

We pulled the rigs over by a lovely meadow overlooking Eaglenest, NM.
Knowing we were getting super close to Red River was so exciting!
After snapping a few pictures, we headed down a steep hill to our home away from home (:

rigs.jpgcomfort camping (:

flowers.jpgvery welcoming <3.

boys.jpgBrett made a bed for the boys in the back seat.
They still wanted to ride shotgun with mommy (:
I love how Gim blinked in this photo & Winston’s fur face it all wind blown.

babe.jpgI got you babe (:

The campsites in Red River, backed up to a little river filled with trout, ducks, muskrats, and people fishing (:
Everyone was super friendly, creating a community of happy campers.
Dad & Brett backed into our rustic spots like pros, and somehow got our trailers level.
We nestled in – then headed straight to town to find items we forgot, shop for the perfect souvenirs & find snacks.

fun.jpgSo happy we got to experience it with Dad & Pam-la (:
I’m blessed my dad introduced me to the inspiring world of travel.
Feeling very fortunate I got to take this trip with him as an adult,
so he could witness the travelers spirit he helped mold.

Red River was an adorable little ski town with the cutest boutiques.
We sipped on milkshakes and walked slowly to adjust to the high altitude.
The first night we sat under a clear sky filled with glowing clouds
and a bright full moon, as our campfire kept us cozy.
We all went to bed, super eager to wake up and fully explore our new surroundings <3.

me.jpg… Brett & Pam-la made sure I got in some photos (:


I took soooooo many pictures! It’s so much fun looking back through them (:
Hoping to finish up my editing next week & documenting the rest <3.

xo/ angela

September 10, 2013

Travels to Red River, NM – Chapter 1

Brett & I both spent our childhoods camping with our families.
My dad has always been an explorer who filled my summer vacations road tripping to national/state parks.
Brett grew up in a lake town, and spent his weekends camping & boating to his heart’s content.
The day we purchased Shady I was thrilled to combine our camping experiences, and make new memories together <3.

We’ve visited several local campgrounds,
but our 6 day adventure to Red River, NM is our furthest to date, and was truly unforgettable.
We got an early start that turned into a late start when Brett & I couldn’t get to our meeting spot on time.
Then I received a phone call from my dad saying he forgot his wallet, and was making an hour roundtrip to retrieve it.
This worked out perfect, I visited Wally-World to pick up a few things and get organized before hitting the highway.

 NMexico.jpgOne of my favorite pictures from the trip (:
Dad & Pam-la in New Mexico,
we’re still in Oklahoma directly behind them <3.

roadtrippin2.jpgroadtrippin’ selfie (:

Dad & Pam-la supplied walkie-talkies making communication a breeze.
We pumped gas at truckstops, searched for fun cloud shapes in the sky &
traveled an open highway decorated with wild sunflowers.
Keeping our eyes peeled for wild animals, unique road signs, and anything else that might catch one’s fancy,
made the peaceful stretch of road entertaining.
After a long day of driving my dads trusty, paper maps led us straight to the KOA in Clayton, NM to sleepover (:

An early night to bed, we woke up and took a stroll around the campground.
The boys loved all the new smells and my camera enjoyed capturing the pretty surroundings.

morning.jpgearly morning <3.

men.jpgI have the best men in my life <3.

trucks.jpgon the road (:

painting.jpgpretty building painting in Clayton, NM

Our first official pit stop was in Springer, NM at the old courthouse.
We stretched our road legs walking through the old building, and climbing stairs to view their historic collection.
The two volunteers were super sweet ladies, who beamed with excitement telling us old stories.
It was an unplanned stop, that four travelers will forever treasure <3.

courthouse.jpg… the old courthouse museum of Springer, NM



dadd.jpgdad got locked up (;

shoes.jpgyes, this is real. The shoe of the worlds tallest man!

proof.jpgproof (:

yikes.jpgThis was up in the attic … walking those stairs was creepy!

 chair.jpgthis was a first for me – never seen a real electric chair before!

museum.jpgbeautiful day <3.


Dad & Pam were the best travel buddies <3.
Unfortunately, we wont be able to make long trips with them every year, making this one extra special.
I can’t wait to finished editing my pictures, and can’t thank my dad enough for planning a once in a lifetime getaway.


September 6, 2013

River Adventure


Brett’s parents, he’s sister’s crew & ourselves spent 2.5 days welcoming August at the river.
It was a relaxed weekend spent floating the river, bonfires, good music, exploring, cloud gazing, fishing
and staring into space, satellite hunting through a blanket of stars.
Slade, one of Brett’s best buds, brought his family out one night for dinner.
We all loved every minute of it, and it’s for sure a trip to go down in the books as splendid.
Brett & I feel so fortune to live within a 30 minute radius of our families.
I love that we’re all close and get to take these weekend escapes.
I’m looking forward to making “river weekend” a yearly family & friends tradition <3.

brreakfast.jpgbreakfast (:

mil.jpg Jorge the small one eyed minion from Despicable Me 2!

sweet.jpgbest buds (:

crew.jpgriver family (:


us.jpga couple happy campers <3.

rivver.jpglovely <3.

creekk.jpgPumkin’ & Pops (:

point.jpg… just fishin’

love.jpgawesome weather!

Marley.jpgmud pies!

creek.jpgcreek cuties <3.



I’m so lucky I married a man with such a groovy family.
I love them to pieces and feel so incredibly blessed we all have eachother <3.

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”
Michael J. Fox


September 4, 2013

quick hello

IPHONE PICS 183{treat yourself}

The August Break photo challenge was the most fun I’ve had with my camera yet!
I’m forever a different photographer … for the better.
When I was looking, new discoveries glowed throughout my day.

IPHONE PICS 278{August showers brings many flowers}

I have so many August events I wanna document!
It was a busy month filled with moments spent with our favorite people <3.

IPHONE PICS 114{my Winston}

Hopefully, I’ll get my picture editing completed this week.
Shady (our camper) is at the doctor again, full post on that soon!

IPHONE PICS 116{sweet face}

We have a couple mini vacay’s planned to soak up the end of summertime.
Seems like it just flew by …
I’m happy I took it a little slower and savored such a beautiful season.

IPHONE PICS 073{my first Starbucks, before a super fun photoshoot!}

There’s been a constant smile on my face today,
I can’t count all my blessings,
I’m in a good place and thankful for the people I get to share it with,
and my Savior for making it all possible <3.

IPHONE PICS 272{new morning addiction … so yummy!}

Hope this finds YOU having a wonderful day!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog (:

IPHONE PICS 294{never ever forget it}

I’m thinking about a new direction for my blog …
still not 100% sure, but truly enjoyed taking so many captures.


IPHONE PICS 148{I’ve always wanted long legs (; }

September 2, 2013

Welcome September


September is a special month. It’s the time of year when summer slowly transitions to fall, and we make plans to end the year on top. Flashbacks of ourselves at the start of the year & where we currently stand give us self-reflection to ponder.

As I reminisce summer and look forward to autumn, I’m reminded of hard September memories that will forever be apart of me. After 11 years, I finally feel I’ve allowed myself some peace. I think about the girl who walked away from that car wreck, and how different she is today. There are so many things I want to tell that teenager, help her realize she doesn’t have to work so hard just to struggle alone. I’d give her a hug and tell her to let it go to God; He’ll take it all for free. I’d sit her down and explain how to pull positives from one of the hardest things she’ll ever have to face. How knowing those boys will make her a better person and this tragic accident will instill unstoppable motivation in her daily life for years to come. I still have a long journey to fully discover myself and grow as a Christian, but I feel like I’ve made a thousand steps this year, after only making a few hundred in my 28 years.

None of us know how long we have on earth, that’s why it’s so important to cherish the good it has to offer. I post many pictures of flowers, sunsets and clouds, because those are beautiful details God inserts in my journey to bring me joy. He hugs me when I need it most, and shows me He’s still there when my eye catches crystal clear droplets on flower petals, or the day wraps up with an unforgettable sunset.


It’s hard to think about the lives Bobby, Michael and Adam would be living if they were still here on earth, the comfort I get from knowing they’re with my heavenly Father saves me from myself. This has been a year of self discovery, that’s not over yet. I’d like to think they’d be proud of me for allowing myself to take in a breath and start letting go of guilt. I began my healing process by knowing God, but never allowing Him to rescue me, and although I haven’t reached the end, I’m discovering God in ways I never thought possible. After releasing myself and God from blame, I realized nothing makes sense without Jesus. He gave us free will to live our lives however we see fit. He isn’t a dictator forcing decisions for anyone. He’s simply loving you wholeheartedly, waiting for everyone to allow Him to save them.

I’m not the same person who survived an unthinkable car wreck, and for that I’m thankful. I’ve conquered some demons, grown stronger and a little wiser. God saved me from my misery and the only way to explain that peace is simply by discovering Him yourself. God is holding my hand and giving those three boys a hug for me daily. Thankfulness, forgiveness and unconditional love are just a few of the emotions my heart and soul are experiencing. I look forward to continuing to conquer my fears and facing my nightmares head on. Now that I’m fully allowing His healing to unfold within me – I’m forever grateful I don’t have to do any of it alone, ever again.

RIP Bobby, Mike & Adam … until we meet again <3.



For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
John 11:23-26

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1