Until You Try

Faith for the promised but not yet seen

The night before the bar results.

I write because I want to remember this moment in time for as long as I am alive on this side of heaven. I write because tomorrow I know that things are going to change for Stephen and I. One way or another, based upon the results of a bar exam, we are going to have to make some plans for our lives … at least for the near future. 

Naiveté. That’s what Ive been calling this “season” we have been in ever since the week before we got married. Completely uncertain about what we are doing, what we want to do, where we want to live, how long we want to live there… do we stay, do we leave.. the questions go on and on. 

Tomorrow will be a whole different story. We are going to “know”. At least we will know something. And that something is either going to keep us here in Shreveport or it will most likely take us to only God knows where. 

I just want to remember. I want to remember when we felt like we had nothing together. When we felt lost, clueless about what the heck we are supposed to do with our lives. Will we stay? Will we leave? Where should we work? What the heck are we supposed to do?……

Because it’s been such a sweet time. Life is simple. It doesn’t demand a whole lot of us. Our jobs don’t run our lives. We don’t have anyone or anything to take care of. And we can just be. Together. 

So… here’s to our last moments of life on this side of the bar. You’ve been really hard. You’ve been really fun. And you might go down in the books as one of my favorites. 

This time tomorrow, Lord willing, we will be celebrating some positive tests results. Otherwise, we are moving oversees ;)

This is my HUSBAND. Still getting used to that word. Isn’t he hot?
We’ve been in Baton Rouge this week because he is taking the Bar Exam. Stephen and the Bar have a … “special” relationship. 
I’ll spare you all the details but I could not be in more awe of this man’s diligence, attitude, steadiness and lack of stress. Stephen encompasses perseverance. He will be a world changer  - this I know. 
I’m so proud of you, Stephen. Only the Lord knows what is on the other side of 5:00pm today after you write your last words on that piece of paper.
But what I do know is that we will be shouting these words with pride at approximately 5:05 : BYE BYE LOUISIANA BAR!

This is my HUSBAND. Still getting used to that word. Isn’t he hot?

We’ve been in Baton Rouge this week because he is taking the Bar Exam. Stephen and the Bar have a … “special” relationship. 

I’ll spare you all the details but I could not be in more awe of this man’s diligence, attitude, steadiness and lack of stress. Stephen encompasses perseverance. He will be a world changer  - this I know. 

I’m so proud of you, Stephen. Only the Lord knows what is on the other side of 5:00pm today after you write your last words on that piece of paper.

But what I do know is that we will be shouting these words with pride at approximately 5:05 : BYE BYE LOUISIANA BAR!

Byebye 28.

Dear 28 years old, you completely outdid yourself.

You allowed me to put a close to a dream job at Going Beyond Ministries working with and for people who will forever be a huge part of my life.

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You moved me from Dallas to Waco where I got to spend 8 months living with my family to experience peace and rest like never before. 

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You gave me a love for dating long distance and the ability to have ridiculous, awesome weekends spent with Stephen Magyar. More about that guy later. 

Our first acquaintance was spent watching little Jewel Lott for a week while her mommy was at Young Life Camp. That first day you allowed me to have an amazing Sushi meal in Dallas with lots of my favorite people followed by a Sanders Bohlke concert. That was a pretty darn good first day.

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October 19. God knew exactly what He was doing on that day. You took me to Oxford, MS to watch the Ole Miss game which turned into an engagement on the balcony of Square Books surrounded by family followed by a huge surprise party with all my friends tailgating in the Grove. Little did Stephen or I know how much meaning that day would have - God totally set us up for that one. 

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You moved me to Shreveport, LA (that one took some getting used to at first) so that Stephen and I could say goodbye to long distance dating and finally live in the same city. THAT was one of the best decisions I have ever made. 

We had some amazing trips, but let us not forget Breckenridge. Please take me back with these exact people! 

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And then there was a wedding. March 15. In my opinion it was the best wedding I’ve ever been to. I have no idea how I got to put a ring on Stephen Magyar’s finger but we sure did and I’m not ever letting go of that guy. Dreamy flowers and decorations, the sweetest ceremony and the reception… well…. I’ll skip that part considering I spent most of it sick in the bathroom. It can’t all be perfect though, right? 

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Seeing Napa/Sonoma for the first time as a honeymoon was almost more than I could handle. I hope to go back there at least 15 more times in my lifetime. wine. food. Dry Creek Vineyard. Everything Healdsburg. Yountville - oh my gosh! 

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Living day in and day out with Stephen is awesome. As one friend puts it, boy roommates are the best.

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This home of ours is something else. Perfect location surrounded by awesome neighbors. 

Spoiled.

You’ve spoiled me. 

I’m not quite sure how life keeps getting better, but Jesus does it. He always does. I must say, though, I think you’ve been my favorite so far. 

So, I couldn’t help myself to not post some photos from our wedding. I mean, I don’t even know how to pic and choose. Natalie captured the day exquisitely and I’m so very thankful to have these photos. 

You should probably just go ahead and take a look at all 1,000 of them =)

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here’s to one of my most favorite people on this earth. 
Sarah Virginia Smith
belongs on the red carpet. has more friends than anyone i know. SMEE. you are the one person who is the MOST gifted with people. you are faithful. you are beauty. you are to many a best friend. cheers to you this 30th day of your life.
i love you.

here’s to one of my most favorite people on this earth. 

Sarah Virginia Smith

belongs on the red carpet. has more friends than anyone i know. SMEE. you are the one person who is the MOST gifted with people. you are faithful. you are beauty. you are to many a best friend. cheers to you this 30th day of your life.

i love you.

James Bay

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Happy Birthday Mom

Marmee. Today you are 60. Looking all of about 40. 

You are home. Wondrously beautiful. Peace. You create extravagant gardens. Steady. Strong and yet magnificently tender. 

Love you. With all of my heart. 

Happy Birthday to my favorite woman in all the world.