Sunday, February 27, 2011

Happiness is A choice

Happiness is a choice so choose to be happy because..

its good for your soul
because it makes your eyes brighter
because the sun is coming
because the weekend is never more than five days away
because puppies exists

because with time, pain always disappears
because you can always find your way back home
because you can eat ice cream if you want to
because you're alive
because it's contagious
because after it rains theres a rainbow
because you're prettiest when you're happy

choose to be happy because in the pursuit of happiness you grow, and because its just one of those things really worth fighting for.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fresh

Dont freash berries just sound divine right now? You know the kind you pick up at a farmers market. When we were kids my parents would always take us to go pick up fresh berries. Sometimes we would even go pick our own. It was so fun and it just makes summer really feel like summer. mmmm my mouth is watering.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Brothers and Sisters



Just today I came across this picture of my two brothers. (Hayden on the left and Andrew on the Right) and I just cant believe how much they have both grown up. Hayden is now 16 and hes driving, DRIVING! Like on his own! Although he could probably run everywhere if he wanted to. He runs cross country and track and he is so great at it. And on top of all this he has matured so well over the past few years and he is just becoming a great young man!

Andrew is now 20 and when I look at this picture I think back to this time and I would have never in a million years guessed that one day he would be fighting for his country the way he has. I am as proud as him as I ever could be and it just brings me to tears, and he is so humble about it. If you walked up to him and shook his hand to thank him he would look at you, shrug his shoulders, and say "eh, its whatever" and it just amazes me. Hes about to get his e-5 (He will be a Sergeant) and I couldnt be happier for him!

I love these two guys so much and I miss spending time with them. We can talk about anything with eachother and I cant wait to be seeing them again. I couldnt be happier to share blood with these two brothers of mine.

This is a picture of my two brothers today. Boy have they grown. Where do you think the time goes? Oh and sorry ladies, both these guys are taken by pretty amazing girls ;)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Acceptance

sometimes we love change and sometimes we hate change.
but maybe even when we are in the midst of hating change we can learn to love it, we can learn to adapt to it. change gives us the opportunity to fall in love with life in a whole new way. it allows us to fully experience God's will for us.

so yes the saying is still very true: Home is where the heart is, but in the heart also lives adventure.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fill in the blank Friday!


1. I am a dreamer, a soldier, a daughter, a sister, a softy, a reader, a blogger, follower of Christ, a sap, an artist, a world traveler, a girl trying to live life to the fullest.

2. The bravest thing I've ever done was sign my name on an airborne volunteer statement.
3. I feel prettiest when hmmm thats hard...

4. Something that keeps me awake at night is alot of things mostly when I think about my brother going back over to Afghanistan.

5. My favorite meal in the entire world is my mother's sour cream chicken enchiladas. To DIE for, I promise.

6. The way to my heart is to respect me, to keep me company but to give me my space, to accept me as I am, to be you.

7. I would like to learn to speak French. Language to me is fascinating and I would love to be fluent in another.

♥ Have a great weekend guys!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I grew up here.


{day thirty-three}
A picture of the place you grew up.

[[Florence]]

Oregon grown :)

Isn't it Beautiful?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Heres to those who love to love

I have to admit that I always found the concept of Valentines day a little cheesy. Not that its not sweet or anything I just never knew what all the fuss was about. But this year I have had a sudden change of heart, not that I know why but I just wanted to say....

Here's to love.

here is to the young lovers, and the seasoned lovers. here is to the boy still chasing that girl, and to the the girl still chasing that boy. here is to the single girl that reads pride and prejudice by candle light hoping one day to find her mr. darcy. here is to the lovers trying to make it work. here are to the lovers loving long distance. here is to the soldiers fighting to come back home to their wives, and to the soldiers fighting to come back home to their husbands. here is to fairy tales and love letters. here is to past love, to present love, and to future love.

here is to those who love to love, and to those who never stop fighting for it.


Happy Valentines day all you love crazy fools :)

Crazy


{day thirty-two}
A picture of a crazy night.

We are always crazy together, enough said.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


{day thirty-one}
A picture of a tradition you have.

For as long as I can remember every Christmas Eve my parents make home-made clam chowder and we all sit around a beautifully decorated table and eat as a family. Two years ago I actually made the chowder...it was great, if I do say so myself ;)

I love this tradition because its our tradition.

Saturday, February 12, 2011



{day thirty}
A picture of someone you miss.
My dad so very very much!

Friday, February 11, 2011


{Day twenty-nine}
A picture that can always make you smile.

Plain and simple.

1. My best friend and I
2. Its a beautiful summer day in Oregon MY HOME.
3. We are care free ♥

Fill in the blank Friday!

1. The TV show/website that I watch/read that I would be embarrassed to tell anyone about is nothing really. I love Desperate Housewives and Pretty Little Liars but Im not really embarrassed about that. Although one show I really think is HILARIOUS is Wipeout!! but I dont know if Im really embarrassed about that either ;)

2. An item of clothing that is worn and torn but that I love far too much to throw away is this one specific pair of jeans from American Eagle..they fit me like a frickin glove. Well I have only had them for about a year but I wear them ALL the time, because well they are the perfect pair of jeans. I will still wear them when I am forty.

3. My grocery store impulse buy is Oreo's without a doubt. But double stuffed...the regular ones are lame. I buy a package every time I go grocery shopping. I eat a pretty healthy diet but having one or two Oreo's after dinner helps me stay on track because you CANNOT just throw sweet out of your diet all together. It can make one go crazy.

4. Something I do at work to pass the time that I wouldnt want my co workers to know about is Angry Birds...ok yes, I play Angry Birds at work...bad idea, Sergeant Major works just down the hall haha ooppps.

5. One thing in my life that I could give up but never will is Oreo's :)

6. A little indulgence I have is buying shoes. About every other paycheck I will buy a pair of shoes, beautiful shoes. Shoes, shoes, shoes!!! Next on the list (Ill put a picture up later) are these amazing little lace-up moto boots from American Eagle!! OMG I am in love!

7. The junk drawer in my house is filled with crayons, colored pencils, sketch books, scissors, coloring books, tape..lots of artsy crafty stuff.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Looking for a good book?

If I were you I would go pick up this book and read it.

Its eerie, twisted, mysterious story line in fantastic. its a page turner and you wont be able to put it down until you have read the very last sentence.

I promise.

Lets be different than all the rest...


"Lets drink coffee in teacups."

-Unknown

Afraid


{day twenty-eight}
A picture of something you are afraid of.

i am extremely afraid of failure. i am very hard on myself which causes me stress, which is why im learning to relax and breathe...it can be the key to success.

i am afraid of rejection

i am afraid of rejecting others

i am still afraid of being away from home

i am extremely afraid of missing out on great things that go on at home while im gone

i am afraid of losing people i love

i am too afraid to watch horror movies

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Audrey, How inspiring


For a women to say that Audrey Hepburn is one of the most chic and inspiring women that was to ever live is probably one of the most cliche sentences that she could ever say.

but it would also one of the most true sentences to leave her mouth.
i think it has become so cliche because the truth is worth talking about.

"I believe in colors. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."

"If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all."

"There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain."

"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."

"For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
 For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
 For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
 For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
 For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
 People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
 As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others."

"Paris is always a good idea."

- The lovely miss Audrey Hepburn
{day twenty-seven}
A picture of you and a family member.

This is my beautiful cousin Hollie and I in Seattle. I can almost say that I havent seen her in a whole year and this fact sucks! I cant wait to see her this summer!

because

[[i miss her like a fat kid on a diet misses cake....!]]

The truth about eternal paradise

"And there shall no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bond-servants shall serve Him; and they shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. And there shall no longer be any night; and they shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever."


-Revelation 22:3-5


"and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand."


-John 10:28


"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."

-John 3:16


"Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in Heaven, not built by human hands."


-2 Corinthians 5:1


"Because I live, ye shall live also"


-John 14:19


"There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the most High Dwells.


Psalm 46:16


















This is the life for all who believe.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Meaning


{day twenty-six}
A picture of something that means alot to me.

this is something that i dont have a picture for...like i said, i make up my own rules. but lets see, something that really means alot to me. it would be my family, my friends, and my boyfriend and their extreme ability to forgive me. i can be quite a hand full and thats probably putting it lightly. but i know who truly loves me. i can give these people the hardest time in the world and they still come out of it with forgiveness in their hearts for me.

even more than that it means alot to me that the Lord had instilled that in them and that the Lord forgives me as well.

Monday, February 7, 2011

And I'll sing glory, hallelujah
I lift Your name on high
And I'll sing holy, 'cause You're worthy
I'll praise You with the dance
And I'll sing glory, hallelujah
I lift Your name on high
And I'll sing holy, 'cause You're worthy
I'll praise You with the dance
I will praise You with the dance
I will praise You with the dance

-Casting Crowns

Dear Kentucky, you may be growing on me

This weekend Derek and I took a road trip to pick up my car from a friends house. Well we didnt get to pick up the car (this is a long story that I may or may not tell later) but I have to say I had a great time. Driving through miles and miles of Kentucky farmland with country music playing on the radio. It was a beautiful cloudless day and the red barns on the top of grassy green hills were just a lovely sight. Now Im more of a city girl myself but every small town we drove through were the cutest little towns and when you stop for something to eat you get that nice southern hospitality. Kentucky may be growing on me because I have come to find out that its a gorgeous state and I can tell that during the summertime its going to be to die for! But in the end its missing a few things. My family and the Ocean...and just the fact that it sure isnt the West Coast!!!!!


but for now i think i will try and enjoy my time here.




dear kentucky, you may be growing on me but you will never be home :)

love, gabrielle

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Change


{day twenty-four}
A picture of something you wish you could change.

When I went home on leave for two weeks in November I didnt go to the beach ONE time, not ONE time!! I wish I could go back and change that because if there is one thing I miss about home, its being two miles from the ocean.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Oh, what pretty nails you have


because i am in the army i cant have my nails painted in uniform so i now only get to paint them on the weekends. i used to paint my nails a different color almost everyday and lately ive been missing it! especially looking at all these gorgeous colors and designs...enjoy!






Reading list


{day twenty-three}
A picture of your favorite book.

I LOVE Sarah Dessen and I think I have read all but two of her books. Just listen and someone like you were my favorites. They are just great books. However they may not be my favorite because to make that kind of decision may be impossible. I also love Nicholas Sparks. The Notebook and Dear John (and might I say when it comes to Dear John, the book is sooo much better than the movie) I love Pride and Prejudice, the Twilight Series, I love mystery novels by Mary Higgins Clark, I love Nancy Drew. And right now I am currently reading a great book called While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin. Anyways I truly love to read and I wish I had time to do it more often.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fearless


{day twenty-two}
A picture of something you wish you were better at.

I wish I was better at being fearless. I wish I could just let go of my insecurities and just...jump.

Fill in the blank Friday!


1. If I could only read one magazine publication for the rest of eternity I would choose Vogue. I read Vogue religiously. I just think its a great magazine. I love all the editorials, especially when they have a spread on couture...Im instantly hooked.

2. If I were to run my own magazine it would be all about fashion. It would be very creative and edgy. But definitely ALL about fashion.

3. I buy my magazines (at the grocery check stand or via subscription) I have been subscribed to Vogue for about the last three years so that is how I get my Vogues. However I love other magazines too like Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, and all those lame ones like People and Us ;) so I buy those at the check out.

4. I prefer magazines (in print or online) In print, definitely. I love to sit down with a good magazine. I love catching the smell of all the perfume samples while Im reading I think it adds to the fun. Plus Im a little more old fashion when it comes to reading. I need the book or the magazine in my hand, I dont want to lose that. This world is getting to comfortable with modern technology.

5. The number of magazines I buy each month besides the Vogue I get in the mail probably three or four on top of that. Im a sucker.

6. My favorite magazine genre is (lifestyle, gossip, home, etc.) My favorite will always be a good fashion magazine but like I said I like to read the gossip magazines as well (as bad as it sounds) My favorite is People.

7. The magazine I read regularly is Vogue, its the only one I read consistently.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The good ol' days


Life's good...









Forget about it


{day twenty-one}
A picture of something you would like to forget.

I would like to forget that I didnt make it home for Christmas this year. Id like to forget that I am not in this picture with the biggest smile spread across my face. I would like to forget that I live 2,ooo miles away from my family.

oh they joys of growing up ;)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Time, high school, army...well all of the above.

I was looking through an old friends pictures and I came across a picture of us in the ninth grade. And I thought to myself, "where in the world did all the time go?" seriously who knew back then that it would have gone by so fast? I remember always biting at the bit to graduated high school. I just wanted out so bad! My dad used to always say to me "Gabrielle, dont wish this time in your life away" and now I wish I hadnt, not that the time would have gone by any slower but maybe I could have savored things more. Like prom or the homecoming football game. Or a good softball game, I havent stepped foot on a softball field in almost a year and it feels so much longer than that. And I miss those days, "the easy days" when all I had to worry about was the test on friday or a bad hair day.

Things in life should be savored like stopping to smell the flowers or listen to the bee's buzz.

I think what brought this up, more importantly than the picture is the fact that I am stressed beyond belief about passing airborne school. And how Im starting to think about how hard life is now. Living on my own, always having to be on time, never taking a sick day...oh wait whats a sick day in the army? And passing airborne school. The fact is, is that I dont even deserve to wear that maroon beret on my head because I havent jumped from a plane yet, I havent earned my spot in the unit yet. I leave for airborne school next week and my run is not that great, and if you havent heard THATS ALL THEY DO IN JUMP SCHOOL. They run here, there, everywhere. And I cannot fail at this because I havent failed at anything in my entire life. Which gives me hope because I hate giving up and I refuse to do it at this school. Accomplishments worth talking about take hard work and I plan to put my whole heart and soul into this. Besides the Lord will be with me the whole time. "I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength" Its time to keep my head up and stop thinking I am going to fail. The Lord will not let me fail.

Wow this went from missing high school to airborne school. This shows how random I can actually be. but let me tie it all together for you.

My point is, is that hardships come and hardships go. But wishing your time away while the hardships are current isnt the answer. Because regardless it is precious time given to you and its during these times that....


you really get to see what you are made of.

Um...


I love these mugs.

Oh honey, please take me there..


{day twenty}
A picture of a place you would love to travel to.



Greece! Ok the blue on white, vintage shabby chic feel of Greece just captivates me. And I could definitely use a two week vacation there...ok three weeks. But seriously I would pack nothing but bikinis, vintage lace dresses, and gladiator sandals. Oh and my mother. I promised her I would take her here when I get out of the army. As a gift to her and myself :)

p.s. I will travel the rest of the world, these places are just not pictured.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I miss you


{day nineteen}
A picture that once really made your day.

My mom sent me this picture while I was in training in South Carolina. It made me tear up a little bit but it most certainly made my day. I realized looking at this picture again how much I truly miss the ocean and how I dare not live away from it once I have the choice again.