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2/22/12

A Little Bitta CrAzee

One of my biggest fears in life is settling.
Settling for a 'normal' life. 
Settling for less than the dreams God would have for us.
Settling for only secure life, instead of one of adventures.
Settling less than what life should actually be.


This past week Adam and I have been agonizing over a decision about a long weekend trip to Arizona.
It went something like this.
Hubs really wanted to take a trip to visit his college/college pastor/friends.
I thought we could make it a partial work trip by me doing several speaking events for Bring Me Hope.
Perfect scenario, right?!  Part of the trip being paid for by work.  Makes it cheaper for us.
Ahaa.  We are traveling, vacationing geniuses. 

Until suddenly things fell apart this week.
Funds in the bank accounts were freakishly low.  
Time off work became a bit dicey.
Airline tickets skyrocketed somewhere into the extraterrestrial heavens.
Our renter for the upstairs fell through at the last minute.

After lots of prayer and talking and researching the best option
we finally decided to drive that whole entire way to Arizona together.
Holymolymama.  What are we, cu-rayzee?!



Seriously though, Adam and I love being together.
We love making memories.
Because life can sometimes be cut much shorter than we would hope.

As we have started our family, we have decided
that life is too short to allow money or practicality to manipulate our decisions.  
Of course I am not saying this should be done in a thoughtless, irresponsible ways
{ei. credit cards, neglecting family needs, not being in unity as a couple, etc}
But rather, does money become the driving force in life
or do relationships?!

Sometimes it's fun to look back at the risks and crazy adventures 
we have taken already.  It's so true that once they are past
you always have those memories and I rarely find myself regretting it.

Take for example:

{buying our first house just two months after getting married} 

{moving to California for a month}

 {two week trip to China}

{emergency trip to Mexico to visit seester}

 {one crazy road trip to meet our adorable niece, Juliet}

I am so thankful that Adam and I view life very similarly. . . otherwise this lifestyle would not work.
Also, please know that I am not saying this is the best or only way to live.
It just works for us and I choose to celebrate that.

Because like Mark Twain said:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Happy Wednesday to you, Lovelies!
xoxo

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AQuestioningPS
What's the craziest adventure you have ever taken? 
How do you and your Hubby make these decisions together?!


DoublePS
don't forget to check out my guest post over here today!
xo

24 comments:

  1. That is one of my very favorite quotes, in fact I like to think of it as my life motto.

    I couldn't agree with you more on this, I'm pretty spontaneous and when I have a trip in mind that I've been planning for it will take a pretty huge catastrophe to prevent me from actually going on it. Jurgen's a bit more cautious, especially in terms of the financial aspect of it, but we compromise a lot and he also loves to travel so it doesn't cause a lot of problems :)

    xxx
    Jenna

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  2. Love that Mark Twain quote! Always been one of my favorites.

    PS: Your guest post is up today!

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  3. I love that quote by Mark Twain. If you don't mind I used it on my FB :)
    Thank you for this post, it was wonderful!

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  4. how beautiful! Seriously! I love your life with your husband! Go you guys!! The memories you guys are making ARE PRICELESS!

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  5. What an inspirational and encouraging post. I wish I were more like this and that is going to be one of my goals for the future. I think when we lesson to God some things don't and won't make sense to everyone else around us. But that's the beauty of it isn't it? God is speaking to us for us to hear and listen to Him not for others to "get it ". Have fun making lots of new memories with your hubby!

    Now I'm going to hop over and check out your China post as China is a place that has heavily been laid on my heart. See > http://www.abrewofblessings.com/2011/12/unknown.html

    Thanks for sharing your adventures,
    Tara xo

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  6. haha, last week on monday our baby was born. on tuesday our adoption failed. tuesday night i told my husband, we've gotta get away. somewhere. his sister's in phoenix. we bought plane tickets at 9pm on tuesday night. we flew out of kansas city at 7am wednesday morning, which was 10 hours later. crazy!!!! but, best decision ever.

    so lesson learned, sometimes you've just got to say what the heck and spend that $800 on plane tickets to a place with palm trees and where it's sunny and 70. just sayin! :)

    have fun on your trip!!!!

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  7. i think the craziest adventure would be...
    HOLY COW! the last 6 years of my life! lol!
    actually, we are heading for china in a month and it's going to be a pretty crazy trip!
    i have always liked that SCC song "something crazy"...
    it fits me to a "t"!!!
    love ya, sis!

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  8. i love these pictures!! :) <3 <3 have the bestest fun!!!

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  9. I'd have to say my husband and I packing up a few of our things and driving across the country to start our own life together a week after we were graduated and married :) It has been perfect for us!

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  10. Oh man, this made me SO happy. My husband & I are so similar. We love a good adventure. We've been on many a spontaneous road trip. Our biggest adventure was definitely our honeymoon, though not necessarily by choice, but a great memory nonetheless! We honeymooned in Jamaica, and the day we were supposed to fly home, the airport went on strike. They didn't provide passangers anywhere to stay...no money, no food. We had a totally empty bank account and nowhere to stay. Sandals wouldn't take us back without $900/night. So we searched and found a little hotel by the beach and waited out the 48 hour strike by exploring and making our own fun. And God totally provided the extra money we needed.


    Cheers!
    Michelle

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  11. I love your take on life and I am stealing that quote! The hubs and I looove to travel too and the little man has seen his share of the country and he's not quite two! The hard part for us is finding time, time away from work and my hubby is practical almost to a fault. BUT we've had some major adventures together that we will never forget! Like our weekend roadtrip to Maine. We camped, we saw Acadia, we explored a civil war fort, we stopped at every single lighthouse on the way back. And this last summer, instead of saving all our money for a down-payment on a house, we celebrated Bron getting his master's degree by vacationing in Hawaii for a week. Soooo worth it!!! I hope you have a terrific roadtrip and enjoy the AZ sunshine! There are memories to be made!!!

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  12. You have such a wonderful attitude and spirit. There is definitely a balance with wants and needs but you also have to factor in what feeds your soul and your hunger for life. Have a wonderful trip.

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  13. I'm in love with that first picture of y'all! You both just look so happy! And I think a roadtrip would be completely fun and most definitely memorable!

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  14. I'm so happy I read this post. Sometimes I stop from doing fun and exciting things because I think that they'll be too expensive but after reading this, I'm now going to be proactive and make a plan to do them all. I love your whole attitude of "if there's a will, there's a way", you inspired me today! :)

    PS- that second last pic of you and Adam- amazing. You guys are so perfect for each other, I can see it just by looking at your photos, beautiful!

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  15. I don't know that Hubs & I have taken a crazy adventure... We are waaaay past due, it would seem!

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  16. My husband and I love taking trips! We are currently still planning our road trip adventure for our two year anniversary! PS I LOVE YOUR PICTURES with the balloons! I am a new follower! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  17. You are such an inspiration girl! Thank you!

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  18. What an honest post. I agree with Julie, you are a real inspiration. I'm not sure how we make decisions, I don't think I'm too conscious of them. We just do and it just works. We live and work between three countries, that's crazy. Maybe getting married in Hong Kong was crazy too. But these things have become part of our life, so the craziness now seems quite normal! <3

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  19. I love this post! Very inspiring :) And all your photos are beautiful!

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  20. that hug you're giving to the darling little chinese girl - i can feel the love. i remember that feeling. so good.

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  21. Sounds like a good plan to me!

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  22. It sounds like you are making the most of life! Have a great trip :)

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