1.28.2014

Happy 1 Month - Honneymoon Pictures

At the Hockley household we LOVE reasons to celebrate or have "treats" [mostly me]… so we couldn't resist celebrating our completion of 1 month of marriage!!!!!

To celebrate on the blog I thought I would post some of our favourite pictures from our honeymoon… and we treated ourselves to the Mandarin for lunch too!! Marriage is awesome and we are so in love after one month. It's the greatest doing life with my best friend.

Hope you feel warm looking at our beautiful Punta Cana pictures!!

we would take long walks on the beach every day [insert romantic sigh here]

true relaxation. my view each day




our private honeymoon dinner

we are spoiled. private 5 course dinner for 2.

today was windy. too windy to be on the beach.

it was King's day at our resort. i'm making Mark pose

main lobby bar that we never used…pretty though

such a fun cook who made us divine stir fry

i adore tea

our late night beach walk

the boat that took us parasailing 

walkway from our room to get to the beach

Mark loving his dinner… 

our lobby in the evening 

steak restaurant decor- makes me feel like Taylor Swift Love's Story's video

burnt

ordered in room service so we could stream World Jr's

Thought it was the coolest that our door said "honeymooners"

dinner with my handsome husband

just your average selfie

we dressed up for every dinner.. we had too but we didn't complain!



2013 you were so good to us

looking forward to what God has in store for us in 2014!

making Mark pose…what's new

Happy New Year Fireworks… they went on forever stunning.

our resort is stunning

lobby

dressing up for New Years party

totally relaxed

loving the 28 degree weather

another stunning walkway

maybe too many selflies?? 

poolside


our room

the best slippers

room

our living room

Mark was able to order whatever he wanted whenever he wanted.. pure bliss

beds on the beach- OK!

windy late night walk- we are just so happy in this pic!

evening stroll

part of the lobby

cool new year sign

poolside bar… where we ordered slushies instead
Hope you're having a great week!

xo

1.25.2014

New….everything?

I've used this word "new" so much this January that I'm almost getting sick of it. 

new beginnings
new marriage
new job
new home
new commitments 
new responsibilities (cleaning our apartment yikes!)

& the list could continue

It has been so much fun coming back from our honeymoon, moving in to our apartment and creating a space we both love. [Sidenote: I have already taken some pictures in hope to show you our new apartment in a future post!] 

Marriage has been awesome and I am loving doing life with my best friend. I started a new job in January working as an administrator for a camp that I just adore. It's a dream job and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to serve God at camp again. 

With all the "new" in my life it's been hard to find something constant at times. We don't have a dishwasher so I tend to feel our apartment is always messy and there is always something I should be doing. Working from home is also tough because I can always see the mess rather than leaving the house and forgetting about it. 

God's been faithful in reminding me that He is THE constant in my life no matter what season I'm going through. When I get overwhelmed at the thought of cooking (legit, spent an afternoon reading all the cookbooks we received and feeling so lost!) or trying to be a "good wife" God is the exact same, yesterday today and forever - Hebrews 13:8

No matter what I'm feeling or what my life circumstances look like God's character remains the same. I love being able to rest in the fact. 

What season of life are you going through? Has it been a rough start to 2014 or are you saying new more than I am? Where ever you're at remember that the God of the universe has not changed and wants to be apart of whatever season you're going through. He is the best encourager and the ultimate being to comfort you.

mads..

Resolutions? 

Since I'm old school I still make resolutions and wanted to share them with you! First, so that I don't loose this little piece of paper and second, I am excited reflect on this post in December to see what we've learnt and where God's taken us. Mark and I wrote these on our balcony in Punta Cana in 27 degree weather!! 

1. Read the bible together
2. Blog more
3. Mail out notes of encouragement to people
4. Find "our" ministry
5. Grow our [God's - you know what we mean] bible study
6. Go to Zumba (def. only my goal! haha)
7. Learn how to skate
8. Survive marriage
9. Have our parents over for dinner often
10. Learn to trust God more regarding our jobs
11. Keep an eternal perspective
12. Do better at loving those that are forgotten by society
13. Increase our prayer life for our unsaved friends


1.15.2014

Oh Facebook

I decided at the beginning of November to take a break from Facebook.

My life was getting extremely busy and I was spending at least an hour a day (usually waiting for something/something on my phone) on Facebook. Facebook is so great and can bring so many people together but it can also separate people too. I was starting to feel separated.

Separated from people because I didn't feel good enough, pretty enough, had a "Facebook worthy life to post about."

God's really been teaching me about contentment and being thankful for what I have, not secretly wishing I had everyone else's "Facebook life."

To be honest I never thought I would last. I was addicted.

Turns out I loved it. It was so refreshing to not know what everyone else was doing all the time and knowing that people who really cared about me texted/called me and that was more than enough.

Its now mid-January and I reactivated my Facebook however I have such a new perspective. God's done such a work in my heart and although a part of me will still compare I know I've been released from trying to have it all together. All of us aren't perfect, nor do we live perfect lives and thats okay with me.

Practically I was using Marks' Facebook too much to send messages so its better I just have it now but looking forward to spending less time on it too.

Here's a really great article you should read talking about why people post. I can honestly read this article and say I'm not posting because of those reasons:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/tech/5-questions-ask-posting-social-media

Thankful for time away from Facebook to gain perspective and spend time doing things other than looking at my news feed.

Hope you've been able to spend your time on the important stuff in life

xox




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