Friday, June 29, 2012

coffee date friday {lots of changes}

If we were to sit down for coffee today i would probably be drinking it over ice because wowza it is hot out here on the east coast. Norfolk is just a weeee bit warmer than Point Mugu, CA.

It is hard to believe that just two weeks ago we were turning in the keys to our place. It feels like a lifetime ago. We have done some much since then, said goodbye to so many dear friends, meet my best friend's baby girl Stella 5 hours after she was born and literally hours before we got on the road to head East.
{Colorado River}
 We drove to Minnesota to drop of my fur baby Khloe {she can't go with us to Florida for our 2 month stay, my heart was so sad when I said goodbye to her cute face}, see my Mom and pick up my sister to come to Virgina with us. We then got back on the road with a final destination of Norfolk. We arrived and dropped our bags down on our hotel room floor just in time to witness our first thunderstorm in Norfolk.

{saying goodbye to our furbaby for the summer}

{my seeester, mama and me}
I would probably babble on and on about how wierd it is to be an East Coast resident. To no longer claim California as my home. It all kind of hit me when we woke up on tuesday morning and I dropped Scott off for his first day of work at the squadron.

Things have been a bit crazy. We are homeless in the sense that I don't have an address to write down on any paperwork and while Virignia will be our home for the next three years we will not be renting a place until we get back from Scott's two months of training down in Milton {next to Pensucola}Florida. This whole scenario has been weighing on my heart. Trying to wrap my head around it all is proving to cause me to feel overwhelmed.

We found an area that we like, no, we love. But it is a bit on the pricer side and is the hip place to live. Thus it will be Gods will if we end up living there. I have to keep reminding myself of this. I have to remember that he will always provide for us, so I can't fear we won't have a house. My fear is that it will not be where we want. Then I start to work through a laundry list of reasons why we have to live there. And then I just stop. I stop and tell myself to "shut up". God will place us exactly where we need to be. So much as to happen between now and Septmeber.

{morning coffee on the balcony of our hotel overlooking route 66}
As much as I want to run and find a place to live I know God has a plan for us to be living in Florida for the summer. We are living a much simpiler life. Every thing we need fits into our Ford Edge. I don't have a wall full of shoes,  and yet I still have more shoes and purses in our hotel room than some people have. God is reminding me that life is so much more than the house we have and the belongings inside. He is also using this time to draw me closer to him.

{walking with my nephew colt}
{Khloe liked walking around Frisco, Colorado}
{It was windy in Nebraska. You can tell the wind direction from Khloe's ears}

Thursday, June 28, 2012

guest post {fun summer ideas}

Hi friends! Today I have a special treat for you, a lovely guest post by Moe from Five Sixteenths. She is sharing a few fun ideas of things to do this summer to make sure you make the most of these gorgeous long summer days!


Hello there Rellas Bellas readers!

I'm Moe from a little blog called Five Sixteenths.  I am a recent grad (class of 2011) who's embarked on this journey called 'real life' & have survived my first year post grad.  I blog about my creative life, my journey into indie business, DIY's, blogging tips + tricks, my favorite camera apps, & all around encouragement.  I also run a small time etsy shop by the same name, Five Sixteenths.  There you will find one of a kind jewelry & pottery and a little bit of blog design on the side.

Today I want to share with you 5 Awesome Things to do this Summer.  This summer, since I am moving up north to meet up with my boyfriend to start our lives together, I am all about trying new things.  Summer is one of my favorite seasons & while it is ridiculously hot, it is the best time to get out & go!  You're friends may have more free time, so try something new with them.  Because I am leaving a rad group of friends to go on another life adventure I want to try loads of new things along side my best pals.  There's no reason to stay cooped up in your house if you can get up & go!

Take the Scenic Route // On your drive home from work do you often wonder what would happen if you got off a different ramp & just kept going?  If your gas tank can afford it, take an afternoon drive down a road you've never been.  Drive to a place you've always wanted to go but never found the time.  Drive down the coast, or through the mountains, or outside the city limits.  Let your heart take you wherever it desires

Go to a Theme Park // I live near an awesome amusement park in Virginia & it is awesome to go to even to just walk around.  You can people watch, get ice cream, have a good dinner, & have a thrill.  A lot of amusement parks do deals with state residents that allow you to pay for a day but then come back.  If you don't live near a theme park or cant afford the ridiculous tickets, try finding a fair that is near you.  Go for a once around the ferris wheel & grab some cotton candy.  Theme parks & fairs are great weekend activities.

Learn a New Craft // Keeping your hands busy will keep you from getting too bored.  Pick up crocheting or knitting & make a hat for the winter.  Take a class offered at your community center or at a fabric/craft store.  You never know what you'll end up making.

Go to a Flea Market // The best part of the summer is rolling up to a good antique mall, thrift store, or flea market with a bit of spare change.  You might find a new floppy hat, a great summer skirt, a cool new bag, or that shelf you've been wanting to put your plants on.  Roll in with a few friends and make it a challenge to find the best deal on the most obscure thing.  See if you can be the thriftiest & pick out an awesome outfit.  Take it home & wash it then wear it when you go to the theme park, take the scenic route, or go to your craft class!

Mix Up Cocktails // Have a get together for no particular reason.  Everyone has a cook out for Memorial day, the Fourth, etc...but how about celebrating something different.  Have a Christmas in July Party or a Halloween in August celebration, just have a great get together with friends!  Having an impromptu party is a lot of fun.  Try a new drink recipe or mix up some mocktails.  Another excuse to try something new!

So there you have it, 5 awesome things to try this summer.  Make sure you make the most of it..Summer only comes around 1 a year!

What are your plans?

I've turned of the comments so be sure to stop by Moe's blog Five Sixteenths and give her some love!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

what i wore: pretty pastels {and a heart felt post}

Do you ever find yourself in tears thinking about the blessings the Lord has given you? I'm talking about full on balling thinking about the simple things like food on the table to very specific and major life changing things like Scott becoming a naval officer.

I am so not worthy of all these gifts but God is good and provides.

These last 12 months have been a whirlwind of blessings. I have to pinch myself to make sure this is real life legit.

While at dinner a few nights ago in Grand Junction, Colorado I was telling Scott how I'm so overwhelmed with all of these life changes. Not the actual logistics of moving across the country, more so the life changing events that have happened.

I can feel the Lord working in my heart and whispering to me. I am still unsure of what his plan is but I know it is there. He had shown us that he has a purpose for us here on this earth. I have opened my heart and my mind to follow him, go in the direction he leads us.

Last week while talking with my friend Tobi she said something that really hit my heart, like bullseye whoa. She said " what if your purpose in going to Norfolk is because there is a baby there waiting for you to take home." WOW. We both started crying  when she said that and I'm tearing up now as I type. Wowza. I can't even find words to fully express how that statement grew my heart.

I can see that in every facet of our life the Lord is working and is in charge. Do you feel God working in your heart or whispering to you?

headband: made by me
sweater: jcrew outlet
top: charolette russe {like 7 years old}
necklace: H&M
skinny jeans: target
heels: Alfani via the NEX

pleated poppy

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Hello from West Virginia!

Leg one of our cross country adventure is almost over! Tomorrow we will be in Virginia, our new home state. That is so weird to say. Our stay will be short as will leave for Florida on July 5th for Scott to go to training for 2 months. September we will make the journey back to Virginia and start our next adventure there.

This road trip has been pretty fun. If you follow me on instagram {@rellasbellas} then you've seen the massive amount of pictures I've been taking. I think I've done a pretty good job capturing the journey. I want to do an album with all my instagram pics, I'd love to know of any recommendations on where to have them printed.

I think I calculated that come September, when we are finally back in Virginia we will have travelled through 17 states! Wowza

The saddest part of the trip was leaving my furbaby Khloe with my parents in minnesota. We can't have a pet where we are staying at in Florida. So so sad :-( I know she will have a great time at my parents but I still miss her cute little face.

I just wanted to stop in and let you know I'm still alive and will be back this week with some fun stuff including a summer fun guest post!

Monday, June 18, 2012

west coast in the rear view mirror

Yesterday we said a final round of goodbyes to people we love dearly in San Diego.

This goodbye included saying hello & goodbye to my best friend's new baby girl Stella. At 5 hours old auntie Rella got to meet Baby Stella. Baby girl was born on the same day I left CA after calling it home for 15 years, a date I will never forget.

Saying all of our goodbyes was beyond emotional. While I mumbled "stupid Navy" under my breath at each goodbye I got some great perspective while on the road yesterday. While the Navy is taking us away from all of these great people I never would have met them were it not for the Navy.

The friends I said goodbye to who I've know since I was in high school I never would have met had my dad not got stationed in San Diego.

Scott met our godsons parents while stationed in Italy.

We never would have met our amazing friends in Mugu had Scott not got stationed there.

So while the Navy pulled us away from these people we love so dearly it is also what brought these friendships into our hearts.

We made it to Arizona last night and slept at a cute little motel on historic route 66. Today we are headed to the grand canyon and then north to Utah & Colorado.

If you want to follow along on our road trip journey follow me on twitter & instagram @rellasbellas

{I hope this post doesn't look crazy & shows the pics, I'm posting from my iPhone while hubs drives}

Friday, June 15, 2012

goodbye california

If we were to sit down for coffee today I'd order an iced sugar free vanilla coffee. I'd also probably cry like a baby.

On Tuesday the moving truck drove away with our belongings. Our home turned back into just a house.

Scott and I went to one last sushi dinner at our favorite place to reminisce about our time here in Ventura.

Today we turn in the keys to our house.

We go to dinner with our besties Rik and Liz one last time.

Tomorrow we head down to San Diego to say goodbye to friends, Sunday we hit the road and drive towards the new chapter in our life.

This time is so crazy. I still keep pinching myself to make sure this is real life and isn't a dream.

I don't think us leaving California has really hit me yet.

I have lived in California since 1995. I have lived in so many southern California cities.

I met my bestest friends.

I graduated from college.

I met and married my wonderful husband.

We added our fur baby Khloe to our family.

We have had so many blessings here. I have grown as a woman, a person, a christian, and a wife.

I have become confident in who I am.

I have learned to be more ok with my faults.

I have learned to trust and rely on God first.

I have met some amazing friends at our first duty station, women I know I will still call friends in 20 years.

I started this blog and it has taken me to places I never imagined.

I started my own indie business, something I would have never thought about a few years ago.

California will always be my home. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

But now it is time for us to set sail and experience a new state, a new city, and a whole new set of new experiences.

I don't think it will really hit me until we settle into Virginia in September that I have left my "home" in California.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

thank you

Life is crazy right now.

The last few months have been such a whirlwind of new experiences and unknown situations.

I have also shared some very personal and emotional things on this little blog.

I have been so taken a back by the love and support you all have shown me. Words cannot describe how your words have affected me, in a good way.

Opening up about things that aren't rainbows and candy canes isn't always easy. I have been so blown away by the love you sweet readers have shown me.

I have tried to write back to comments but must admit I have not been good with all of them. 

I seriously can't thank you all enough for making my heart bigger with your love and encouragement.

I am such a bag of emotions getting ready to leave California and head out on our next adventure. This blog has been such an unexpected source of calmness and outlet to keep me focused and also give me a bit of distraction to the craziness of life.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

what i wore: {tangarine tango, turquoise & gray}

It's been a few weeks since I've done a what I wore post. We've been traveling so much over the last month and this is just the beginning of a summer long road trip.

Between Rhode Island and Las Vegas the hubby and I managed to find a few days to enjoy some time at home. One of the days we had a late lunch with Scott's old Officer In Charge {OIC} aka his old boss. It was great to be able to sit down with him, his wife and few of the officers from his old command to pick their brains and get some advice.

I wanted to be sure I looked put together, but not stuffy; not too young and yet not too old. This is the look I came up with and I love it. I think it will be a great go to look when ever I need to accompany Scott to events this summer. 

I'm pretty much obsessed with the color orange this summer, whether you call it tangerine tango, coral or just plain orange, I am smitten.

I love that this Francesca's  dress pairs the bold orange with a muted gray. Since I am a lover of plenty of bold colors I paired my new H&M turquoise necklace with this dress for an added pop of color!{I scored this J.Crew knock off for only $12.95!}

I spent a good 15 minutes trying to find the right belt to show off my waist. After 7 failed attempts I noticed this scarf sitting on my closet floor. It was the perfect color combo and gave the dress a bit more pattern and fun.

To make this look a bit more polished I added this thrifted cropped H&M jacket.

Finally, I tied the entire look together with this amazingly versatile clutch from Fashion to Figure.  This clutch comes with a removal strap so you can turn it into a purse or a cross body bag. Perfect to transition from day to evening and also a great bold color for summer that will transition well into fall. It holds a plethora of items without looking bulky. I carried around my sunnies, a wristlet/wallet, lipstick, chapstick, phone and still had plenty of room to carry a point and shoot camera and a little notepad if I wanted.

earrings: forever21
jacket: thrifted {H&M}
dress: Francesca's
necklace: H&M
scarf as belt: Mexico
clutch: c/o Fashion to Figure 
shoes: Nine West via Tjmaxx
ring: Kohl's

Monday, June 11, 2012

the beginning of good-bye

Wow, today is a big day.

I feel like it snuck up quickly.

Today the movers come to pack up our house.

Tomorrow they will load everything into the truck and drive away with our belongings.

There have been times where I think I was in denial. Not about moving, but how quickly it was all going to happen.

Just 5 weeks ago we had no idea where we were moving to and when I would actually leave CA.

I have lived in California since October of 1995. Almost 17 years. I went to college in CA, I met my husband in CA, I got married in CA.

Now we are packing up the life we know for something brand new and totally foreign to us.

I have been a west coast girl most of my life, living in Southern California or Hawaii. Moving to Virginia does seem a bit like moving to another country.

I can't really find the words to explain how I feel. I am happy, yet sad. Excited yet scared. I have anxiety, I have fears but most of all I just feel all of these things all at once.
We leave CA on June 17th. Our first stop is Minnesota to drop Khloe off to stay with my parents for a few months. Then we make our way to Virginia to check into the command. 10 days later we head down to Florida for Scott to attend school for 2 months. This means we are going to be hotel dwellers until September.

This is our first PCS move together. We've both done them before, Scott as a single sailor and me as a child. Being the grown up and planning the move is very different. I kept thinking I have forgotten to do something.

Last week I put the shop in vacation mode. Friday I went through my closet and pulled enough clothes to last me a hot and humid summer in Florida. Yesterday I packed my shop supplies in 2 big plastic bins, enough stuff to allow me up open up shop again when we get settled in Florida.

Posts will be a bit all over the place these next few weeks/months. I do plan to share all about Rhode Island and Scott's graduation when I have time, but for now I will be focusing on my last week in CA and enjoying time with the hubby.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Adoption: praying for direction

From a very early point in our relationship Scott and I have talked about adoption. Both his mother and my father are not our biological parents, but the love the grew up giving us had nothing to do with blood. We have always said we would love to adopt. We never went into great detail but we knew our hearts were open to it.

Two years ago we began to try to start a family. Dozens of ovulation strips, doctors appointments, blood test and a few procedures later we have yet to conceive a child. The end of 2011 was a dark time for me. Despite all the blessings the lord had given Scott and I the one I wanted most was going unanswered.

Source: via Art on Pinterest

As 2012 started I struggled to understand Gods plan. I struggled to understand why my uterus was incapable of creating a child for Scott and I to love. Scott left for OCS in mid January, with him gone I felt the the lord working in my heart. He was showing me his plan, he was reminding me that all things work in his time. When Scott was injured in OCS and his graduation date was moved back one of my first thoughts was, thank gosh I am not pregnant. Had I gotten pregnant in the fall of 2011 I would have been due when he was set to graduate, the end if may.

Soon after Scott had left I began thinking about adoption and foster care more and more. I could feel the lord working in my heart to really truly think about these options as a way to start our family.

At the end of 2011 when we had stopped trying to start a family I had no idea what was next. I felt like my heart was hardened. Now as 2012 was underway I felt the lord calling me, opening my heart. Showing me his plan.
As winter turned to spring I felt my heart soften, I felt content. A feeling that I had not felt in a long time, years. I had spent the last few years trying to plan our future. God was working in me to show me it is all in his time.

As we begin to start the next chapter of our lives, a move across the country and Scott starting out his new job as an officer in the United States Navy I feel the lord speaking to us. Whispering in our ear to look into foster care. Look into adoption.

On my flight to Rhode Island I began reading the book kisses from katie. As I read each word and each page I feel the Lord is speaking to me. He is so amazingly clear in his message. He is telling me to really open my heart to adopt. To make it happen. To give a child or children a loving home. To open my heart to the unknown. We have been blessed beyond my wildest dreams. We will live a life that will never leave us needing or without. Luke 12:48 says " from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."

I am spending time in prayer each day asking God to show us exactly what he wants us to do.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Guest posts wanted!

Just stopping in on our drive home from Vegas. We leave CA in 10 days, crazy!!!

If anyone would like to guest post over the next few weeks while we move I'd love to have you!

Let me know, xoxo

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

remembering our wedding celebration

Scott and I were married twice. A fun little fact that often times confuses people. On April 16, 2009 we went to the court house and got married with my brother, sister and her boyfriend {now husband}. My parents were in Guam and Scott's parents were in Michigan. We knew we wanted to do a big wedding but it was important to us to get married before we moved in together and the long distance relationship was not fun. It was a decision we felt was right for us and a decision I will never regret or wish we would have done differently.

On June 5, 2010 we had a big ceremony and celebration in front of all of our friends and family. It was a beautiful day and I have so many wonderful memories from it. I can't decide which one to celebrate. As beautiful and memorable as the June 5th wedding was a part of me feels like the April 16th date is a bit more special. It really was the day we committed ourselves to one another and our relationship to God.

Scott wants me to pick one of the dates to consider our anniversary, I keep stalling. I want to celebrate on both!

I am so blessed to have such a strong, encouraging, hardworking and dedicated husband. The second year of marriage was a bit rough, but as we celebrated 3 years this past April I can't help but notice how far along we have come. How much stronger we are as a couple as well as with our walk with God.

We have had many things to celebrate but also struggles and obstacles to deal with and overcome. It hasn't always been a walk in the park, but I can't imagine working through the struggles with anyone else. 

To have your husband be your best friend is truly a blessing. We understand each other more and more as each day passes. We know how to encourage one another as well as how to sometimes push each others buttons.

This thing called marriage is no joke. It is not something to take lightly. The vows we said 3 years ago still mean as much to me today as they did then. When I feel our game is off I remind myself we both said for better or for long as we both shall live.

With you by my side and with God as our guide I know we will have an amazing life. Never did I imagine being married would be as wonderful as it is. Every day is a new adventure and with you as my partner I know we will conquer anything. 

Thank you for being my price charming and loving me so unconditionally. I love you. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hearing God Speak to Me {and a hard life lesson}

Happy Monday Friends! Last week I took a little unexpected bloggy vacation. I was having too much fun enjoying my husband!

This week we are headed to Vegas and then next week we pack out our house and prepare for our cross country move! It is all happening so quickly.

Today's post was written a few weeks ago. I wanted to sit on it to make sure I really wanted to publish it. I feel like I need to so here it goes:

Do you ever feel like the Lord is speaking to you so loudly and so ferociously that you couldn't ignore him even if you wanted to? Thank goodness I have no desire to ignore him.

Lately I feel like my motives, intentions and character has been in question. When this happens you start to question yourself. You start to have doubts in who you are and what you are doing. I know that I am not perfect, but I also know my intentions and my heart are always in the right place. ALWAYS.

It is so easy to begin to doubt yourself when someone else does. I start to wonder if I'm being blind and foolish. When someone says people don't like you how do you respond to that? Let's be real here, I know that I have a personality that will clash some. People either love me or hate me. Extreme I know, but that tends to be the case. I try to be open to others but it doesn't always work, sometimes I just get a bad feeling or vibe. I am learning to respond better in these situations, I am learning to rely on God. You know the old saying " let go and let God".

When someone attacks you your natural instinct is to attack back. God says to turn the other cheek. I am trying to practice my cheek turning skills and leave my attack skills at home. I try to think about what God would do in these situations. How would he respond? Maybe I need to find my "what would Jesus do" wristband and slap it on my wrist.

I need to work on being a more Godly woman. I need to rely on him for everything. I know I will never be perfect, but I want to be the best Christian I can be. Who cares what the world thinks, it is God who matters. I need to please him and no one else.

The trouble for me happens when I think about what some people are saying. Maybe they are right, maybe God is trying to show me I need to change. How do you decipher what is fact and what is fiction?

I started the she reads truth bible study and this verse stuck out {which I read in my last study, so maybe God is trying to really make sure this message hits home}

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

When I act or speak I need be reminded of this verse. I need to read this verse daily.

The bottom line is I want to be a good person. I don't want people to think bad things about me. All I can do is be sure to obey God. Read his word, drink it in. Make sure he is my foundation and my rock.

As I finish writing this post I can see the Lord already teaching me. I need to be more careful of my words. I need to choose them wisely. I know how people's words can affect me. I need to be sure I am not making others feel pain because of my words.
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