Thursday, June 28, 2012


I see Your face in every sunrise
The colors of the morning are inside Your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
 I look up to the sky and say
You’re beautiful

  I see Your power in the moonlit night
 Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
 It’s all proclaiming who You are
You’re beautiful, You're beautiful

  I see you there hanging on a tree
 You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
 Now you are sitting on Your heavenly throne
Soon we will be coming home
You’re beautiful, you're beautiful

When we arrive at eternity’s shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing
You’re beautiful, You're beautiful, You're beautiful

I see Your face, You're beautiful, You're beautiful, You're beautiful
 I see Your face, You're beautiful, You're beautiful, You're beautiful
 I see Your face, I see Your face
I see Your face, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pregnancy #1: Second Trimester

The second trimester was full of excitement as it became more real that we were indeed having a baby...and with that realness, we also experienced lots of changes.
  • When John and I first moved to our apartment, our goal was to stay for a year. With our lease ending in July and the baby scheduled to arrive in September, we decided to stay where we are for now.
  • Energy returned and I felt 'normal' again! However, my ever changing body made it hard for me to get used to me.
  • I started looking pregnant closer to 20 weeks (5 months mark).
  • I felt the baby move for the first time during the 20th week of pregnancy in the middle of the night...and I wanted John to be able to feel it so bad.
  • I felt so hungry I thought I could eat a cow daily.
  • We found out we are having a girl! John and I both thought we were having a boy and we had gotten used to calling the baby 'he.' We were so surprised to find out a little girl was joining our family. We named her Sariah Faith Nobile. The name Sariah is of Hebrew origin, meaning "Princess of the Lord." We pray that our daughter will grow up knowing how precious she is to her Father in heaven and that she will always choose to live by faith: "being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." We can't wait to meet her!
  • I made a spreadsheet of "Baby Things To Buy" and tried to eliminate some things after asking family and friends what they thought were necessary or helpful items.
  • I had to turn down the opportunity of photographing 8 weddings because lots of people decided to get married late in August, September and early October. I knew the baby was my first priority, but it was still VERY hard to say 'no' to photography.
  • I attended a few Baby Consignment Fairs and quickly became overwhelmed by the amount of stuff present. I did still manage to find a few awesome deals! Ex: I found a Bumbo seat with tray for $15.
  • My hips started to feel like they were going to fall apart anytime I exercised, but the hands' joints were no longer an issue.
  • We started working on the future nursery! We chose a gender neutral theme (colors blue, green and yellow) so we can use our baby things with the future boys and girls that may join our family.
  • I got tired of Tums and decided Fish Oil could not be nastier.
  • John and I enjoyed our date nights and always tried to make 'us' a priority.
  • By week 24, it looked like Sariah was practicing her martial arts skills in my belly. It was so fun to see my belly move around out of control. Sariah seems to like to show off to John because she always gets super active whenever he puts his hand on my belly and chats with her!
  • I borrowed all of my sister's loose shirts because mine didn't fit me anymore. I always called my sister's shirts "maternity shirts" because they have the high waist and flowy material...and I am glad she has selflessly let me borrow a part of her wardrobe.
  • I started to sleep with a few more pillows that helped me get through the night.
  • I will forever be thankful to John, who often rubbed my aching back in the middle of the night.
  • I felt pretty good most days and nights and could still hardly believe our little girl was growing inside of me!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Strawberry Picking

John and I had friends over this past weekend and I was praying the rain would take a break so we could go strawberry picking. After a very rainy and stormy night, we were blessed with a cloudy morning and no rain. We headed toward the strawberry farm not sure what to expect, but were welcomed with rows and rows of sweet strawberries.

We grabbed a few buckets and began our journey through the muddy strawberry patch. Below are a few photos of John with his "nephew" Micah!

Micah has always called John "uncle John"... so we decided to call Micah "nephew Micah". Although Micah may not be our biological nephew, we definitely love him very much! Watching John and Micah together brings me so much joy.

Friends, thank you for spending the day with us during this busy time of life. We look forward to always being a part of your lives and sharing many sweet moments together, along with our children!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day

I am so thankful for the father God has given me!

Dad, I will always cherish you and do my best to honor you all my days.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The World's Best Pancakes

My husband, John, makes the world's best pancakes! I have not made pancakes once since I got married (almost 4 years ago) because I could never make pancakes that come close to being as wonderful as John's. He somehow manages to combine strawberries, bananas and chocolate chips with some other stuff to make a stack of pancakes that melt in my mouth. Oh, I have to add that ever since I discovered that I am gluten intolerant, he changed his recipe and has mastered making gluten-free pancakes!!!

We just recently got rid of all our Teflon pots/pans and now use stainless steel and cast iron. Below are a few photos of John using our new cast iron griddle to make pancakes for dinner!

Love, thank you for making me yummy pancakes, even at mid-night sometimes. No one will ever be able to beat your pancake making skills...and I am so glad I get enjoy them!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Quilted with Love

Sariah just got her very first quilt as a gift from a dear friend who spent many hours working on her very first quilt. Can you believe this is her first quilt? I absolutely love it and cannot wait to see Sariah enjoying it!

Erica, thank you so much for the beautiful quilt! I can't wait for you to meet my little girl!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Inspired by Colors

I love going to Home Depot and looking at all the different paint colors available. When I see all the colors together, it makes me want to buy a gallon of paint for each color and start painting the world. However, when it comes to picking colors for my own home, I think I tend to be a bit boring...

I stick with earth tones and neutral colors. I know there is nothing wrong with that, but I guess what I am trying to say is that my living habitat is very different from the paint isle at Home Depot.

This past weekend, I got to photograph a bridal session for a middle school friends who happened to have lots of colors incorporated in her wedding details and I felt like I was in heaven. I couldn't get enough of pinks, reds, oranges, purples, blues...and now I want to add more color to my world!

Check out more photos from this beautiful wedding at

Monday, June 11, 2012

Almost 4 Years

John and I will be celebrating 4 years of marriage a few weeks from now and I can't wait! We'll be heading to the beach and I am hoping for sunny weather, long walks, frozen yogurt and foot rubs. I don't think John knows that foot rubs are part of our vacation plans...and I also don't think he knows that he is the one who will be giving the foot rubs. Love, will you rub my feet after our long walks? I'll carry our daughter during the walks. :)

In the past, John and I have hiked and camped during our anniversary. This year the plans are more laid back due to my pregnant body, but I am still so looking forward to going away for a few days to be with no one but John...(well, I guess Sariah will be coming too). I am looking forward to sleeping in, cuddling, watching our wedding video, remembering the ways God has blessed us in the last four years and dreaming about the future.

I have no idea what our lives will be like four years from now and I certainly didn't think we would be where we are four years into marriage, but whatever happens, I am glad I get to live it with the man I love; the man who takes care of me and tells me how beautiful I am every single day.

My dear John, I am so glad I get to be yours!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Such a Fun Proposal!

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