May 30, 2014

Five on Friday!

Good morning lovely!

How are you today? Are you having a good week or a bad week? Did you have any adventures? I would love to connect with you if I haven't yet! Shoot me an email or something and we can become friends!

Here's my five for the week!
Not sure if you have notice but I have a new blog design and name! Since we celebrated our one year anniversary I thought it was time to change the name of the blog from Bliss and Blunders of a Newlywed to just Bliss and Blunders: Tales From An Everyday Wife. I thought that suited my season of life better than the other one! I designed the background myself so that was quite the adventure! Excited to see what God has in store for Bliss and Blunders this year! 

Our weekend was VERY busy last week so this weekend I am looking forward to some time at home getting some projects accomplished. I attended the Tree Town Festival in my home town and saw some amazing an great performers! Plus I got to spend lots of time with my beautiful big sis! 

On Sunday we had a VERY busy day. I had to teach at church, we had a church picnic and then I helped with a bridal shower for one of my dear friends Chloe! What a wonderful shower it was!I am SO excited for her and Cole to say, "I DO!" They are so ready to be married and I know it is going to be a beautiful wedding and marriage! 

On Monday, the hubs and I took a road trip to Milwaukee for an Orioles/Brewers game! It was such a great day and we had so much fun talking and laughing in the car on the way there! I am thankful for this season with just my husband. We cannot wait to have kids but it is so great right now to be able to pick up and leave whenever we want! 

Can't wait to get our garden finished this weekend! I know NOTHING about gardening but I am excited to give it a shot this year! 

Have a great weekend! 

May 23, 2014

Five on Friday!

Good morning darlings! 
Today is already just a beautiful day and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the day holds!

{Make sure you enter the giveaway I am hosting with Rachel and the other lovely ladies!} 

Our One Year Anniversary was wonderful. We had a great day celebrating each other, our marriage, and God's goodness. So thankful for this man! We also were so blessed to receive so many cards, gifts and "Congrats" on Sunday. So thoughtful and sweet. 

My mom made us this adorable poster for one of our gifts! How cute is that! 

(I apologize for the poor photo quality!)

On Tuesday we had an All Staff Retreat for work. I work at a church, and every month we have an All Staff Meeting but once a year we have an all day retreat. It was wonderful. We had a time of worship, a time of solitude, table discussions, games and lots of food. I love my job and love working in such a great environment. 

These are some of the photos I took during our solitude time. It was the perfect day for being outside and reading the Word! 

On Wednesday we celebrated my beautiful sister-in-laws 24th birthday! We had the whole family there, ate lots of food, opened gifts, talked a lot and had a bonfire to end the evening! It was perfect. So thankful to have married into such a wonderful family!

SO looking forward to this weekend! My hometown is having a giant music festival and I am going!!! Guess who I am going to see in concert tomorrow....BRAD PAISLEY! So pumped! There will be lots of other artists there that will be fun to hear but I am mostly just excited for him. Can't wait for this awesome summer activity with my sweet big sister!

Memorial Day Weekend! Love this weekend because we get an extra day to enjoy outside and with family and friends! This year, Jordan and I are taking a little road trip and are heading to a Milwaukee Brewers game vs. Baltimore Orioles. My sweet hubs is a Orioles fan so he is SO excited! I am excited to have a road trip and spend a day with my man! Oh and some baseball is fun too! 

I am also going to be helping with a bridal shower on Sunday and attending a picnic on Sunday! It is one busy weekend but I am SO excited to get it started! 

Have a great day beautiful readers!

{Don't forget about the giveaway!}

May 21, 2014

Noonday Giveaway!

Hey Ya'll! 

I am SO excited for today's post because I am linking up with my dear friend Rachel from Oh Simple Thoughts and many other wonderful ladies to host an amazing giveaway! 

The best part about this giveaway? It is in support of an amazing family who are trying to raise enough money to adopt a beautiful little baby. You can read all about their story here

Kaylee and Colton are raising money to make this adoption possible and to bring their baby home! Rachel is hosting a Noonday Trunk Show this coming Sunday, and 30% of all merchandise sold goes directly to the Ragan Family Adoption!!! And the best part is that ANYONE can purchase items, you do not have to come to my house to buy something and support this family

Noonday, ever heard of them? They are a jewelry and accessories company that gives back in big ways. "Together with the Noonday ambassadors across the country, we offer you the opportunity to use your purchasing power to create change in the world {while looking really good along the way}. Your fashion sense can now restore dignity to abandoned women in Ethiopia, empower communities in Ecuador, and create business opportunities for Ugandans." Noonday sells beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more, all made by artisans in third world countries. Some of the money from every item bought goes back to these artisans to create a sustainable lifestlye for them and their communities. HOW AWESOME?! Here are some of the favorited pieces! 

Isn't their stuff just so beautiful? Most is all made from materials unique to the area. So some bracelets and necklaces are made from rolled up paper beads, or seeds, or recycled gun metal, or bones of animals! So cool!


Well, let me tell you. If you would like to purchase an item from Noonday, for yourself or for someone else, just follow these simple steps to insure the credit goes to the Ragan Trunk Show!

2. Shop around, pick out your items, and proceed to check out. 
3. In the box asking for an ambassador name, put McCall Aldridge.
4. In the box asking for Trunk Show Name, put Ragan Trunk Show. 
5. Check out, and wait for your gorgeous pieces to arrive in the mail. 

This Noonday necklace is new this year, and one of the best sellers, meet the Del Mar Necklace, and your giveaway co hosts!

Thank you so much for participating in the giveaway! It is such a joy to watch others invest and show interest in this adoption! The Ragan's appreciate it so much! 

May 19, 2014

1st Year of Marriage: Letter to my husband

 Yesterday was our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! 
I cannot even begin to describe how crazy it is that we have already been married an entire year! It just doesn't seem possible because it seems like we just got engaged! Wow. Time really does go faster the older you get. We celebrated our anniversary last weekend when we took our weekend getaway. You can read all about that here. One of my best friends was graduating from college on Saturday and I really wanted to go to that so we decided to celebrate a week early. 

Yesterday we had a wonderful day celebrating again! We went to church in the morning and then after drove for a couple of hours to a graduation party for his cousin. It was great to see a lot of his family and to catch up with them. We spent most of the afternoon with them and then afterwards made the drive home. Last night we cut our cake top and watched our wedding video while drinking wine. It was the perfect way to celebrate. 

This is the letter I wrote Jordan and gave him yesterday. 


1 year ago today I was getting ready to walk down the aisle towards you. I kept thinking about how much I loved you and how I couldn't imagine loving you any more than I already do. Well, I can honesty say I love you even more than I did a year ago. You and I have had an incredible journey so far! From when you asked me to date you in our car outside of my apartment. To when you asked me to marry you that day on the ball field. To when we said our vows in a barn in front of 300 people. Our relationship has been incredible.This first year of our marriage has been the best year of my life and I know that every year we are married it is only going to get better.

 Jordan, thank you for loving me pursuing me furiously and for serving me every day. You are an amazing husband and I couldn't thank you enough for asking me to be your wife. I love being married to you. I love waking up next to you and laughing with you in the mornings. I love snuggling close to you at night and hugging you 1,000 times a day. I love being goofy with you and I love our serious talks. I love that you are my best friend. Being married to you is the biggest joy I have ever experienced and I truly feel like the luckiest woman alive. You are such a steady and secure influence in my life. You have taught me more than I thought possible and have helped me grow in my relationship with God. You make me giddy and smile every time I see you. We have grown so much as a couple this year and have also grown individually. I can absolutely say that it was a part of God's plan to marry you and I am so thankful for that. Thank you for marrying me last year. Thank you for promising to stay married to me forever. Thank you for serving, loving and caring for me better than I even deserve. You have truly shown me what it means to love someone unconditionally and loved me the way Christ loves the church. I am blessed to be your wife! 
I love you Jordan! Happy one year anniversary! I can't wait for the years to come!

Love, your wife.

May 16, 2014

Coffee Date vol. 2

At the beginning of April I participated in Rachel's Coffee Date Link-up. It has been such a privilege to get to know Rachel through the blogging world. I love that we can read about what is on each other’s hearts and become kindred spirits even if we are not in the same state. That is what blogging is all about. Connecting with others and encouraging one another! It brings my heart so much joy! 


Today for our coffee date I am going to share with you about something that happened this week. I heard on Tuesday that a girl I knew from college, Caitlin, that her husband Cole was really sick and they didn't know if he was going to make it. I was completely shocked and immediately started looking for more information online. 

 A few weeks ago Cole was a healthy 24-year-old teacher, coach, and husband. Cole became very sick with what felt like the flu, after about 10 days of being sick and not getting better he went in to the Hospital. There the doctors were stumped as Cole’s illness continued to get worse. He was rushed by ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital where doctors began running all sorts of tests. Cole’s condition continued to worsen as his body couldn’t seem to fight off what was dragging him down. He was moved to the St. Luke’s Intensive Care Unit. After a few days and several rounds of dialysis Cole began to experience seizures and was flown by airlift to Omaha shortly after. It was here where several specialists were waiting to start running tests to figure out what was causing all of this to happen. Cole was experiencing extreme swelling of his brain at this point.The professionals decided to keep him sedated and place him on a slow drip of dialysis to prevent further damage his kidney. This had been slowly working but the toxin levels in his body continued to bounce up and down. The medical professionals determined that Cole has a very rare disease called Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency. Feel free to Google. This is so rare that it is only the 2nd case Omaha has ever seen and Cole is the oldest case in the history of this disease. Cole is far enough into the illness that doctors are calling for at least 7 doses of a medication that is supposed to help with this rare disease. This medication is so rare that it has to be flown in from all areas of the U.S. and the cost is ridiculously expensive. 

On Wednesday night Cole passed away. It was so quick and so shocking. Only a few weeks ago he was doing his job, coaching kids, helping with his church and furiously loving his wife. 

He and his wife Caitlin had been married 10 months...ugh. Only 10 months. Only two months less than Jordan and I have been married. And now Caitlin is a widow. I cannot even describe how much my heart breaks for that sweet girl. She is only 24 years old and has lost her husband. They didn't even make it to their 1st Anniversary. It is in circumstances like these that I often ask God, "why?" Why would such a horrible thing happen to such a beautiful couple? It just doesn't seem fair. 

Now I know that God is good and He is always in control. This situation has not made me question my faith at all but it has made me stop and think about what I would do in Caitlin's situation. How would I react or even survive if Jordan were to die tomorrow? It is painful for me to even think about that happening but in reality I can't guarantee that he won't. 

I apologize because I know this is morbid but as I was thinking about this I realized how much of my worth, security and life I put in my husband. I depend on him for just about everything and we share everything with each other. Now sharing things and depending on your spouse is not bad but are they all you have? If we put all of our worth and faith and security in our spouse we will be disappointed and we will also be in risk of complete and utter heartbreak. The more I thought about it the more I realized how I needed to put ALL of my trust in GOD and not Jordan. I need to put my security and my faith in Him first and then in my husband. 

The beauty of the situation with Cole and Caitlin is that they are both believers. They both had Jesus in their life and they trusting in His will. That means that Cole is dancing in heaven right now and Caitlin can depend on a God that will NEVER let her down or stop loving her. Now I am not naive in thinking this is going to be easy for her or it is going to happen instantly. I have also never lost someone so close to me so I do not know that pain she must be feeling but I DO know that she can trust and rely on Jesus. 

God has a plan for Caitlin and even though it is very beautiful even though it is hard right now. As I think about our anniversary coming in the next couple of days I am so thankful for the year I have had with Jordan and I wouldn't trade that for anything in this world. This entire situation has also made me realize that I need to appreciate TODAY. I need to appreciate and love the little things in my life. Here are some of the little things that I have been thinking about this week. 

Waking up next to my best friend every day
Getting to ride to work together 
My husband tickling me  
Watching TV shows together and laughing at the same things 
Drinking coffee together at breakfast
Dancing in the living room
Beating each other at Sequence 
Deep and meaningful discussions about God 
Fellowship with friends from church
Seeing his precious family 
Seeing my mom on Mothers Day
Going on a date tonight 

Now I know this post is a little scatterbrained and I am sorry if I am all over the place today but thank you for reading anyway. If you would please pray for my friend Caitlin this week, it is going to be a hard one. I would encourage you to think about your relationship with Jesus this week and ask yourself if you are putting all of your trust in Him? I know I need to work on that.

Thanks for following along guys! Thank you Rachel for hosting this awesome link-up! 

Five on Friday!

This is my first post of today but I will be posting later today to link up with Rachel for her Coffee Date. I'm so excited to participate in that linkup and hear from others on what is on their hearts right now. 

Sunday is our 1 year Anniversary! SO excited to celebrate with my sweet husband. I can't even believe how fast time has gone but I can seriously say it has been the best year of my life. I am SO thankful for this man. 

Our anniversary trip was SOOOO WONDERFUL! Seriously one of the best weekends of my life. It was so relaxing and we had such awesome conversations. I love spending time with this amazing man. 
You can see a full recap from the weekend here.

Tomorrow we will be celebrating my beautiful friend Julia graduating from college! Love you dear and I am so proud of you! 

Two of Jordan's siblings were living in California going to school and they made it back to Iowa this week! We had them over for dinner on Wednesday and it made my heart so happy! I love having family over to our house and it was so beautiful to be able to chat with them in person again! Thankful for Jordan's wonderful family! 

See you soon for the coffee date! Have a beautiful weekend! I will be recapping the weekend on Monday and also sharing some insight on my first year of marriage! Can't wait!

May 15, 2014

Summer Bucket List!

I am excited to share our summer bucket list with you all today!
Jordan and I enjoy coming up with a list each spring for some of the things we want to accomplish/do in the summer months. We don’t always get everything accomplished but it is fun to have a list of ideas!

Here is the start of our bucket list for this summer in no particular order.

1.      Go camping
2.      Create a firepit in our backyard
3.      Go to a MLB game together
4.      Day trip somewhere spontaneous
5.      Play catch together
6.      Have a water balloon fight
7.      Drive-in movie theater
8.      Volunteer somewhere together
9.      Paint our TV stand
10.  Church sand volleyball game across from our house
11.  Take a bike ride once a week
12.  Set up our guest room
13.  Try every restaurant in our town once (we don’t live in a very big town!)
14.  Make Amaretto Sours at home
15.  Create more opportunities for both of our families to spend time together
16.  Visit Badura family
17.  Grow our garden
18.  Make homemade salsa using vegetables from our garden

We will probably add to it later but this is what we have so far! 

What would be on your list?  



May 13, 2014

Anniversary weekend re-cap!

This weekend we went away for the weekend to celebrate our 1 YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!! Our anniversary isn't actually until next Sunday but we are going to be at a graduation next Saturday so we had to celebrate this weekend. Let me tell you the year has just FLOWN by! I can't believe that it has almost been a year since I walked down the aisle towards my best friend and husband! SO thankful for the journey the last year has been.

On our way! We had to stop by Starbucks for Happy Hour and half price Frapps! 

Iowa is beautiful!

Here is our little cabin! It was called The Haven and it was definitely a little haven for us this weekend!

It was the perfect size for us and it was so cozy and comfortable. I just wanted to stay there forever. 

Our little porch was such a peaceful and comfy spot to sit, chat and listen to the birds. 

Friday night after we arrived at our cabin we ate dinner on the porch.
It was nothing fancy but we enjoyed our picnic style dinner.

After dinner we had some pretty intense games of Sequence. 

After Sequence we watched a movie and went to bed. 

The next day we woke up early and went into town to grab some coffee and hit up one of the local bakeries. They were both amazing so we decided to go to both. 

We walked in town for a while and then went back to our cabin to eat our breakfast. 

Saturday afternoon we went for a two hour walk by the dam and on some of the trails near our cabin.

It was so beautiful outside and we couldn't have asked for better weather!

We also enjoyed some snuggle time in the afternoon. 

That afternoon we walked around the town we were staying by and looked at all of the beautiful tulips that were in full bloom. The town that we stayed is known for their tulips and they were seriously all over the town. It was very beautiful!

Please don't mind the wind blown hair. 

That evening we went out to eat at a really amazing restaurant and enjoyed a LOT of food. Seriously, we were so full! 

CHEERS for 1st year of marriage! 
Can't wait for 80 more! 

The next day we ate our cheesecake from the night before for breakfast. (Super healthy right?!) 

Then we just relaxed all morning on our porch and chatted about life and listened to the rain and the birds. It was so peaceful and lovely. 

We ended our trip with a lovely coffee stop at an adorable coffee      shop in town. 

 Such a wonderful trip! Can't wait to celebrate again this Sunday on our actual anniversary! 

Stay tuned for a cutting of the cake picture! 

What did you do for your 1st Anniversary?!