Easter Weekend

Unfortunately this is going to be a sad looking post because we never took one single picture on Easter Sunday. We spent Easter Sunday with Jake’s side of the family because our sister in law, Dani, made the most important decision and got baptized and dedicated her life to Christ. So we went to church with Jake’s brother and sister in law to support her along with Jake’s mom who was in town for Easter weekend and then out to brunch after church then home to hang out, play games, just be lazy, and do Easter baskets together. It was a pretty nice relaxing weekend, Jake’s mom stayed until Monday afternoon. And we were so blessed to be able to celebrate Dani giving her life to Christ, there is not one thing that is more important!! I feel very thankful that Dani asked us to come be a part of her special day and support her in this big decision she chose to make in her life!


And we spent Friday night with my family at my cousin’s wedding in Houston which was so much fun to get to spend the evening together and celebrate another wedding in the family. But I am so sad about not having Easter Sunday pictures, that is a huge deal where I come from, I still come from the mindset of Easter dresses, new shoes to go with it and taking your pictures outside the house before and after church. If you ever check out my instagram jilliegrace is my username, you will see how much I love #tbt especially old Easter pictures!





Maggie & David’s Wedding

The weekend of Easter my family was lucky enough to be able to get together and celebrate the beautiful and joyous wedding of my cousin Maggie and her husband David and it was just beautiful! The wedding was here in Houston at the Hotel Zaza with the ceremony down in the courtyard outside by the pool, which unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of and the cocktail hour and reception were in the main ballroom and it was just gorgeous!

Maggie like always looked amazing, but especially gorgeous and her dress was spectacular and looked like it was especially made just for her, it was just perfect! I love weddings so much and getting to see all the different brides dresses and decorations, but all in all it really brings back so many sweet memories from when we planned and had our wedding. I would have to say the year we were engaged was probably one of the best years of my life, I loved every single minute of those thirteen months and I would do all over again in a heartbeat if anyone ever asked me!

Now on to the pictures….

Parker sure had himself a good time out on the dance floor during the reception



He thought it was SO FUN to clamp and yell for the wedding party and then the bride and groom when they were all introduced, it was too cute!



Maggie’s husband David has a little boy, from a previous relationship he who was the ring bearer and he was just too adorable for words.



Love Maggie’s facial expression in this picture…priceless!



The hotel and ballroom where the wedding and reception were just breathtaking, from everything to the flowers, food, centerpieces, chandeliers, dishes, lighting, art, etc… It really was all just too gorgeous for words.



Parker’s got the moves!



Enjoying their first dance as a married couple ๐Ÿ™‚



Another one during their first dance



The cousins decided to just sit on the dance floor and play at one point it was too funny!



Loved watching Ben & Jack dance and have fun brother time!



Elise supervising Parker while he jumps around I mean dances haha.



Christopher (my brother) who was an usher in the wedding and his newish girlfriend Chelsie



All the young people doing the wobble


DSC_0535The beginning of the train dance with Maggie and David leading, this was really funny to watch!


Houston Stroll For Epilepsy 2014



This post has been a long time coming as Team Jillian has been raising money for the cure, treatments, and awareness of Epilepsy for almost a year since the last walk in 2013. I hope to write a more informative post really about Epilepsy with more details and specifics to help those reading that don’t know about the disease, especially all the current changes that have been made recently. And hopefully I can get that written in the next couple of weeks or so. And I will make sure to link that post to my facebook and twitter pages as well because I know not everyone reads here on the blog.




But before I say anything else or get to the pictures from the day of the Stroll For Epilepsy 2014 I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to every single person who helped in any way by supporting Team Jillian financially you honestly have no idea how much you have done for so many people! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I wish there was something I could do besides what I have already done to show you how grateful Team Jillian is to have your support, love, help, and encouragement always behind us!


Mom & Parker enjoying zoo time during the walk



LOVE them holding hands walking together



You can definitely spot our “green family” a mile away!



LOVE our shirts…thankful for my parents for coming up with the clever and cute design for a Team Jillian tshirt.






One more time with Dad, can’t have Team Jillian without Dad!



It wouldn’t be a true Parker picture if he were standing still!



Loving playing the drums with Chief!



More drums with Chief!



Ferry ride with Chief




Mom & Christo on the ferry ride



Matt & Jenna on the ferry




Jake & I on the ferry




My parents and Parker on the ferry ride over to Galveston Island after leaving the Houston Zoo heading to the beach to celebrate Jenna’s 30th birthday!

March Update


Finally updating the blog back from February with a few pictures about our spring break trip to Abilene and back with sweet little Parker. First of all it ALWAYS SO GOOD to go home to Abilene, there are so so many things I miss about that sweet little town and oh how I wish I could just hop in the car and drive there whenever I wanted to. But I am beyond blessed at how often I get to go visit my family and sweet little girls there a couple times a year and for that I am so very grateful!


For this trip my sister and Parker’s little preschool were on their spring break but my mom had to work so it was just my sister, me, and Parker for most the week playing and meeting Chief (my dad) and Christopher for lunch everyday. We of course had to go visit Miss Terry (my dad’s office secretery) and go for golf cart rides around campus which was probably Parker’s favorite part of the entire trip even though they were pretty cold and windy, it was still pretty chilly in Abilene when we were there. We got to meet lots of new people while we were there, some police officers and other friends at Chief’s office, some teachers at Kappy’s school, some new little friends (Maggie, Claire, Elizabeth, Mason, Sawyer, & Logan).



Having fun outside Chief’s office


I love my Chief!




Fun times at the Abilene Zoo on the train with Chief.



My parents and Parker outside their house



Elizabeth and Parker watching The Jungle Book together

DSC_0484Clearly someone is goofing off here…oh my how I love and miss this silly little girl here!


February Update

Since I am up kinda late I thought I would just do a short update on what we have been up the past month of February. It was good, busy, and fast month. We celebrated our 4th Valentine’s Day as a married couple and probably like 9th or 10th Valentine’s Day since dating. We also celebrated Jake’s 26th birthday with both of our families on separate occasions. We made a few new purchases for

our new house that were definitely needed including our first lawnmower and our yard has had its first trim and pre spring grooming.

Aside from celebrating holidays and making purchases we have just been doing the usual work life thing, trying to enjoy for what it brings! But I also had the lovely opportunity to go to the Women of Faith event at Lakewood Church here in Houston with my aunt Monica and cousins Hannah & Rachel to hear Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Sheila Walsh, Lisa Harper, and Christine Caine speak and hear worship from the awesome Kari Jobe. The two days were so great and I just didn’t want them to end at all, I really really needed a full weekend there! I really learned so much and will write an entire post on everything about that weekend but it was so amazing and felt so great to be there spending it with my aunt and cousins who I never seem to get to see anymore. Jake also had a friend that we went to ACU with come into town the same weekend I went downtown to this womens conference so it all worked out so perfect. And I was really so glad he got to spend some guy time with his brother and friend that he hadn’t seen in a long while. We also had long awaited tickets to the Houston Symphony music from the Mad Men Era which was so fabulous, the best show I have been to when we are talking about symphonies at least. They had some really great singers/performers from Broadway that were truly so entertaining to watch so I absolutely loved getting dressed up, heading downtown, and going back into the 50s and 60s for a couple of hours. We really love the symphony and try to get tickets to one or two shows a year.

And for the very end of the month and beginning of March we took a weekend family trip to the ranch with my parents, sister, brother in law, precious nephew and it was alot of fun. It was just a weekend full relaxing together, riding around seeing the ranch, cooking and eating and hanging out together, and heading back home Sunday afternoon. I am so thankful my uncle Brad is generous enough to let us use the ranch when it is available for our family to meet up together. But it has been a busy but fun month all in all but I’m glad March and spring time are approaching, I think it is going to be a fun one! We do have lots to look forward to including but not limited to family wedding shower, spring break trip to Abilene, family birthdays, family wedding, Easter holiday weekend, and what ever else decides to come our way.

More to come soon, and pictures next time!

Epilepsy Walk 2014

Last year was the first year we have donated, walked, and took part in the annual Walk For The Epilepsy and I’m proud to say with the help of ALL of our wonderful family and friends we raised $525.00! We are doing our very best this year to raise money and participate even more in the Annual Houston Stroll For Epilepsy. We are trying to change things up a bit this year and designing our own t shirts to wear on the day of the walk, while I’m also raising the amount of our goal donation to $1,000.00! ย The Epilepsy Foundation of Texas has Epilepsy Walks all over the state during the spring so PLEASE think about participating and/or donating to find a cure for Epilepsy and seizures. Here is our family picture or TEAM JILLIAN picture from last year at the Houston Zoo right before the walk began.IMG_0434Here is the link to my Team Jillian fundraising webpage where you can go online to donate or read more about participating in any of the walks for Epilepsy: ย http://eftx.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=19110


2014 goals

I’m going to try to keep my goals simple this year so I don’t overwhelm myself, but I also don’t want to limit myself to one thing, I like to be reminded of other goals so I can keep myself in check in lots of different areas of life.

Here are my Top 10 goals for this new year:

1. Get in shape/lose weight-while this is a constant goal of mine every year, it is a continuous goal and goes along with get my Diabetes under control. I let things go during the holidays and my blood sugar is now way out of control and changing my diet and getting back in shape will get that under control so this is something that must happen.

2.Read more- I want to read at least one book per month. Once I finish the book I am currently reading I have a list of ones that I want to start during this new year and then will continue looking for more to read. It is amazing how much I have learned to read through the past several years.

3.Try one new recipe every week from one of my many cookbooks, pinterest, blogs, or friends. I get really tired of eating some of the same food so I am making this a goal so that some of these new recipes will get put into the regular rotation in our kitchen.

4.Practice more acts of kindness, encouragement, and appreciation on a more regular basis. I notice when you do the slightest act of kindness it can make the biggest effect on the person during the day, such as writing a short, sweet note or giving a simple compliment. I want to do my best this year to show people in my life or strangers for that matter simple acts of kindness, encouragement, and appreciation.

5.Be in God’s word more often- While some might put this in the same category as reading, this is an entirely different goal for me. I would love to read through the bible in a year, but my goal is just going to be to have daily devotionals deep in God’s word because I have discovered you can never truly hear God’s voice and what he wants you to do in your life unless you are really in His word.

6.Be more connected with God-Along with reading God’s word, being connected to God through my relationship with him is something I really want to work on. There are so many tools we have that can strengthen our relationship with God, but we take advantage of them and I want to totally change that this year. The top two being reading and being in God’s word and powerfully praying consistently and constantly.

7.Learn to sew- I got a sewing machine last year for my birthday and I have yet to really learn how to use it and sew. I really want to but find myself being a little intimidated by the sewing because I’ve really never used one. But this is my goal this year because there is so much cute, crafty stuff that I want to be able to make and start selling.

8.Start selling my stuff on Etsy-I recently started an Etsy shop online to try and sell some of the different things that I make for different occasions. I want to broaden my selection in what I am making, but really want to try to sell what I enjoy making so much.

9.Decorate our new house-We just moved into our first house almost two months ago and we are still in the process of putting our stamp on it and making it feel like our own. So one of my goals throughout this year is to decorate our house with our style and to really make it feel like our own.

10.TRAVEL, TRAVEL, TRAVEL-We are hoping to take a fabulous holiday vacation next Christmas or New Year’s to the east coast. And we are already in the process of planning our summer vacation with my immediate family to the beach. Traveling whether far or near is always always a big goal in our lives, we love to get out and see the world that was created for us.

Happy 2014, we are excited for this year and what it will hold! I know there will be lots of fun planned and I cannot wait to make a dent in these goals/resolutions! ๐Ÿ™‚