6.27.2012

Florida, Love Languages, and The Equals Record!

Hey y'all! It's been too long. I have been in Florida for work the past 9 days. It was quite an adventure! 
We had beautiful weather the first few days, then were hit by tropical storm Debby for the last few. We went without power the last 24 hours and it was SO hot. But because of it we got to see some incredible lightning, thunder, and rain storms, and see the ocean wash up over a sand bank and create a big river in front of the house.

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This next video is a bit difficult to explain, but this is the river I mentioned above. The "river" Elisabeth walks out into is flooding from the ocean. You can see where the normal ocean is where the waves are out in the distance. It was crazy cool, and only got worse!

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I love this picture so much. We were trying to take "family pictures". It was past bedtime.








I missed my sweetheart SO much. We didn't get to talk much while I was gone. Like REALLY talk. Like REALLY say everything we wanted to and felt because I was around people the majority of the time. So we talked each others little ears off the whole night I got home. We are still trying to get it all out of our systems. 


The best part of my days were quietly calling him after we had all gone to bed and listening to him say prayers into the phone with me ending in a whispered "Amen". I highly recommend this to couples when far apart. We all know that being apart is hard for so many different reasons, but there is something so comforting about these prayers. 

Derek had me convinced that he would be in a work meeting when I got home so he would just meet me at home afterwards. To my surprise, he was standing in the entryway with flowers when I walked in. I was completely shocked and so overwhelmed with happiness. Gosh it's good to be together again.
He really is getting so good at those flowers and sweet surprises. In the past, he didn't really understand the whole flower thing, but I think this next paragraph has a little somethin' to do with his flower giving awesomeness.

Have any of you read "The Five Love Languages"? If so, awesome right?! If not, you must read it. We are understanding each other SO much better. Unfortunately for Derek, I think all five love languages are equally important to me. We can't figure me out. Haha. But we really are able to understand each other better. Remember THIS post? This experience and many others had me frustrated because I couldn't figure out why he just didn't seem nearly as excited as me when I had put so much effort in. Well duh, those things don't speak LOVE to him as much as me just saying "Thanks for all your hard work" or "I am amazed by how well you vacuum that rug". Haha. Ok ok, silly example. Moral of the story: Awesome book. I recommend it for singles and married. You can buy it HERE.

Last thing: We would love and need your help!

I work with some incredible women on The Equals Record and it is full of amazing things. This $250,000 grant would help us incredibly to really get going and we'd greatly appreciate your help. We need 250 votes by Saturday. Voting is very easy. It only takes a second. You just have to log in through your facebook (you can have it not post to your wall by selecting 'Only Me' on who you want to see it), search for "You + Me", and click vote! Go HERE to vote! Thank you so much in advance! 
We really appreciate your help!!

Thank you all for your support and love always. It means the world to me and I'm so grateful for all of you!

xoxo,
Mandy

1 comment:

  1. You work on the Equals Record? That's awesome! What do you do for them?

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