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Hi! We're Lance and Rebekah Gibson. We are newlyweds happily settled in the Lonestar state. We love lots of things including drive-in movies, game nights, anything involving the lake, and our Lord and Savior.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Though It's Been Said Many Times, Many Ways...


Well, the holidays have pretty much come and gone. They seem to go by faster every year. Part of me misses the little kid excitement that a child displays when December rolls around. I remember when it felt like December was the longest month ever, and that week leading up to Christmas would never end. I felt like we had all the time in the world to watch whatever Christmas movie we wanted, to bake and decorate endless sugar cookies, or spend time with the family doing fun Christmas activities. Nowadays, we're trying to find a time that works with everyone's schedule to decorate the tree, and I didn't watch one minute of The Santa Clause or Elf. The only time I catch a glimpse of the old Christmas excitement in myself is when Christmas Eve arrives and I find myself tossing and turning all night long... But I think even that stems from the coffee I drank before bed. 






This was my Christmas present that my sweet,
sweet boyfriend MADE me.
I love, love, love it! 


But honestly, while I may miss those parts of my childhood Christmases, it's okay that things have changed because those times are not what I celebrate. This time of the year is still special and always will be, because this is time that we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus. And the excitement I feel when I think about that will never fade with time! 
I've probably made it sound like I had the dreariest Christmas ever.... NOT the case at all! I had an incredible Christmas spent with all the people I love the most, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm just too nostalgic. :) 




Scenes from our surprise Christmas date!
Have I mentioned that I love that guy?






This Christmas was full of all the things I love: my family, friends, twinkle lights (hehe), and so much more. I come away looking back at the weekend and feeling undeservedly blessed by all of the people the Lord has allowed me to share my life with. To start with, the man whom I find myself loving more and more every single day as we grow together and learn more about one another. I'm so thankful to have shared part of my life with him thus far. I know that if the Lord sees fit to allow me to walk with him for the rest of my days I will always be happy, loved, and madly in love. He is one of my biggest, most unexpected blessings. My parents, whose love never has and never will falter, who have taught me so much and support me so passionately in all that I do. Things are not always easy, but I know that despite the occasional temper flare-up or the especially hard time that we come to, our love for one another never subside. My brothers and sister, it has been hard to watch the way you have had to grow up over the past year. I wish things were different for us, but I know that you are all strong enough to handle this life as long as you continue to depend on the Lord in all things. That is what I pray so desperately for you, because I KNOW that you will encounter many hard times within our own home. I pray that you realize your relationship with God something you could never live without; that He would be evident in your lives in a mighty way as He comforts you in hard times and uses you each to bring glory to His name. I'm so lucky to watch you grow in Him, and to see you each become your own individuals. 
I love you all so much.  






He even put twinkle lights inside his car!
He knows I love them! 




I am so thankful and so blessed. Thank you Lord. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lately...

Sometimes all you have to do is let yourself be silly and cry for a good long while. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Cold December Night


"So please just fall in love with me, this Christmas
There's nothing else that I will need, this Christmas
Won't be wrapped under a tree, I want something that lasts forever, 
so kiss me on this cold December night.

They call it the season of giving;
I'm here, I'm yours for the taking"


 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Needing to remember that only One knows what my tomorrow holds.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Livin' Life, Feelin' Free

Currently...


  • Attempting to hash out a 8-10 page research paper on the  varieties of love found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales(due SUNDAY),
  • Drinking a LOT of coffee,
  • Listening to a playlist created just for nights such as this,
  • Trying to control my giddy heart( hehe),
  • And loving every second of it.
For real.

I have a Joy that can't be stolen, a Peace that is by no means fleeting, and a Love that will be my supply for the remainder of my days. 


I can handle a stressful week.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Blessings


Thankful for...

- A family who loves, guides, and encourages me in all things

- The Hope who is an anchor for our souls

- Love, given and received, experienced for the first time over the past year and a half. Love patient and kind, pure and true; selfless and glorifying to the Lord... Love that could only be a gift from Him.





Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21



Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sappy Post #465

Isn't it just the greatest when your best friend, with whom you act absolutely ridiculous and have the time of your life with, is also the one you get to kiss on and be held by? Isn't it just so nice when he's the same person as the one who makes you dream about the future knowing that you don't even have the slightest idea of how incredible life will be? 





Isn't that just the best? 



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

That's All

I can only give you love that lasts forever
And a promise to be near each time you call
And the only heart I own
For you and you alone
That's all, that's all.


I can only give you country walks in springtime
And a hand to hold when leaves begin to fall;
And a love whose burning light
Will warm the winter's night
That's all,That's all.


There are those I am sure who have told you,
They would give you the world for a toy.
All I have are these arms to enfold you,
And a love time can never destroy.

If you're wondering what I'm asking in return, dear,
You'll be glad to know that my demands are small.
Say it's me that you'll adore,
For now and evermore


That's all,That's all.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Scenes From the Weekend

Where on earth did the weekend go? 



Feeding those ducks! 

By far, my favorite picture of the event! 



Favorite stud-duck. 

Saturday was spent watching L's dad and brother race dragsters over in Denton.
So much fun! 



All in all, a great weekend that went by waaaaaaayyy too fast! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fall, Fall, FALL!

I've been so captivated by the beauty of fall lately. The leaves are turning, the skies are painted all kinds of beautiful colors from blue to gray, and the temperatures are dropping. I love it! 


A few shots of our town in the midst of fall...








So crazy to think that creation reveals only a glimpse of His majesty and beauty! 




Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tempted...

... To do this chop on Thursday! Only, I want to leave a little more length on it... I love it!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Raindrops On Roses

 It's been a while! Life is busy right now, but this busy-ness = happiness, so I'm absolutely fine with it! 

A few things making me happy lately...




1. This cold weather that has moved in to good ol' W'ford! I'm talking temps in the low 50's, which leads to another source of  happiness for me...




2. Outfits like this! I'm living in my boots and oversized
   sweaters!




3. The Lord's faithfulness to us... seriously, His love is unfailing and absolutely overwhelming. There are so many things in my life right now of which I can't see the outcome, no matter how I spin things. But He is good and will never leave me to walk this life alone. So I walk by faith and not by sight, letting go of desires and dreams (which is not easy, I Have to be honest!), desperately seeking His will. That was kind of long haha. But seriously... Rest in Him! 




4. It's almost Christmas... Which means that my absolute favorite and inconveniently seasonal coffee creamer is now in stores! It is all kinds of cinnamon hazlenutty up in here, people. 




5. Weekend visits with old friends who feel like home.






6. Morning workouts before the sun rises that leave me feeling like I kicked the world's booty before it was even woke up... Which wouldn't actually be a huge accomplishment... Kicking somebody's booty while they sleep is not really a big deal. So forget that. You know what I meant, right? 


7. Thrift store finds turning into crafty things to make my walls pretty... I love pretty. 


8. Nat King Cole Holiday Pandora. I crank that thing up on October 1st, my friends. Judge me if you like, you Scrooge, but my world is one holly jolly place right now. 


9. Knowing that I will see my family in just three weeks for Thanksgiving! I miss them so much. I.can't.wait.

10. You. You know who you are. You always make me happy. I laugh when I'm with you and just the thought of you leaves me with a joy of which I feel I'll never experience the full extent. There are a lot of unknowns in our life right now... But we have no reason to be afraid. We walk with the Lord, as a couple and as individual children. We seek His will now the same way. I'm so thankful for your nearness to Him. I'm so blessed by you,encouraged by you,and challenged by you. I pray for you, that your joy will abound in Him and that your knowledge of His character and love will be forever strengthened and renewed. I pray that your shape will be under constant transformation to better represent our Savior. I pray that you walk in His will always, no matter where it takes you. I rejoice because I KNOW you will live abundantly in Him all your days. I love you.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I don't think my future is going to be like anything I thought before. The Lord is moving within me and I'm not quite sure where we're going. Pressing into Him; begging for wisdom, discernment, and a attitude of obedience. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

I'll Be Your Shade Tree In Summer

I'm gonna love you forever, I do.
And I'm gonna spend all of my days with you.
I'll carry your burdens, I'll be the wind at your back.
Yeah, I'm gonna spend my forever like that. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Crazy Love


"The One who will be with you in eternity has promised to be with you in every moment of your journey until forever is finally your home."


I couldn't walk through this life without Him. 
I can't wait until forever is my home.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Moondance




It's finally October!!! The most wonderful month of the year! 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"All she ever wanted was to play an irreplaceable role in a shared adventure; a journey filled with love, excitement, and passion... to be needed, and to be found irreplaceable and captivating...
it's all she ever wanted to be." 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"... he loved her, he loved her, he loved her, and until he loved her, she had never minded being alone."

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lately

5 Reasons I have a happy heart...


1. My combover is finally growing out. I totally forgot what my forehead looks like. I have to say, I'm a fan. 





2. The weather outside has been absolutely beautiful as of late. A little humid at times, but there is a hint of fall on the wind. I'm so ready for flushed cheeks, cozy sweaters, BOOTS, cinnamon coffee, and days spent outside in the brisk air. It's my absolute favorite time of the year. 




3. Jesus loves me. He loves you too. His mercy and love are so overwhelming, all.the.time. He has blessed me with so much I don't deserve and loves me so completely. I can't describe His goodness. 




4. I've noticed a big change in the attitude and actions of some of my family members, especially my younger sister. I've really been trying to draw her out and figure out what she is all about. She really is a beautiful girl. I'm enjoying spending time like this with her, and everyone is enjoying the way her overall countenance has changed!



5. The fifth reason my heart is happy? Might have something to do with that guy i like so much. Today I've been reminiscing on all the moments we've shared together over the past year and a half. So many good ones. A few tough ones. But so worth it. From that first date we spent kind of reconnecting and eating dinner in the park to evenings we spend together now, doing absolutely nothing in front of the tv on the couch, I cherish them all. He is absolutely one of those incredible blessings I don't deserve. I'm so thankful. And so in love. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"I would swim out to save you,
             
           in your sea of broken dreams//

  When all your hopes are sinking,

              let me show you what love means."

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hurts

Today was just hard. So hard. One of those days that leaves you feeling just... So defeated and discouraged. And SAD. I know why, too. There are some areas in my life that I've allowed the devil to have a foothold in. I'm ashamed to say that, but there are. And today, he hurt me so bad.  All day long, I was just sad. It started early this morning as I sat at the kitchen table while my siblings got ready for school. Let me start with a little background: I feel like the Lord has been opening my eyes to a lot of things lately regarding my family, specifically the way He wants to use me within my family to change some things. He's opening  my eyes to the kind of leadership I possess here, which is scary and exciting at the same time. Anyways, I've been so excited because I have been trying so hard to answer the call He's placing on my life right now. It's not always easy... Actually, it's rarely easy. BUT I've been seeing God move in our lives. Which is SO incredible! Back to this morning. I'm sitting at the table while my siblings get ready for school... And I get so sad. All I hear is fighting. All I see is what looks like pure hatred towards each other. What's worse is what I DON'T see. All of my siblings profess Christ as their Lord and Savior... But I see almost no evidence of Him in their actions. Now, I am absolutely NOT trying to make myself out to be the saint of the family because that is NOT the case. I'm just saying, when I look at them most of the time, I don't see Jesus at all. And it breaks my heart. And it scares me. I feel so much like a failure for not doing a better job at being an example of a Christ follower. It hurts because I know God has to be disappointed in me. It hurts a lot.  


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All day long, that sadness followed me. It discouraged me so much. Satan took full advantage of that. I just feel like today, he came at me from all sides. I've been reading this awesome book and doing a Bible study that goes along with it. It's about living as a woman with a kingdom-minded heart and learning how to live fully as a woman the way the God designed us. Living with beauty and confidence and passion for Him. I'm learning so much and I love it! I feel such awe when I am in such awe when I think about the first woman ever created and all that she represented. I mean, she was God's finishing touch to all of creation! She was His remedy to Adam's loneliness, the first thing God saw as "not good". Things weren't right without her. I'm learning what my value is. I'm seeing my God-given beauty and purpose for what feels like the first time. I'm seeing the role He created that only a woman can fill in life and also for her husband. I love getting to know God like this. But today, satan was there, stealing my peace and confidence; throwing hateful lies in my face. And I fell for them. "You really think God has a plan for YOU? You fall so short so often. No one will ever listen to you because you don't speak well. You aren't loud enough; you lack boldness. You're definitely not going to catch anyone's eye when they look at you. You definitely don't compare to you-know-who (and there were multiple you-know-whos). She's gorgeous. She's clearly being used by God. Everything in her life is falling into place perfectly. You are nothing like her. How could God use YOU?" On and on and on. All day long. I haven't cried so much in a long time. 


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I know this must sound ridiculous. Dramatic. Silly. Whatever. But to me, for the majority of the day, it was truth. But praise God for being more powerful than anything the devil could throw at me! Praise Him for giving me discernment, when I was finally wise enough to ask, to see the lies of satan for what they are. I'm so thankful for His Spirit covering me. I'm so thankful that I can fail a thousand times and experience His mercy and grace every time, because I fail so. much. I'm thankful that I have Jesus in me. He's all I need. 


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Tomorrow, I'm not going to be fooled. I'm done with that. I've been called to something higher than the falsities fed to me by a jealous fiend. I'm ashamed at how little of a fight I put up today. Tomorrow will not be the same. 


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"Even when the waters rise and the mountains crumble,
I will call on the Name of the Lord



Even when the darkness comes and my world is shaken
I will call on the Name that is power



Your Name, it is power"

Monday, September 5, 2011

Love Don't Come Easy





"... You want a man who will lead you down the beach with his hand over your eyes, just so you can discover the feel of the sand beneath your feet. You want a man who will wake you up at dawn, just bursting to talk to you because he can't wait another minute just to find out what you'll say... I guarantee there'll be tough times. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you're the only one for me. "
Runaway Bride




I think I may love love entirely too much. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

College, Baby.

SCHOOL  started this week. School as in... COLLEGE. Yikes, right?

Honestly, I really surprised myself. I wasn't too terribly frightened, which is very unlike me. 



Don't get me wrong, I love the unknown in general. Road trips to an unknown destination - YES PLEASE! Downloading random music that I don't know anything about - favorite pastime. Picking up a book by an author I've never heard of - yes, yes, yes. Trying to find my way around an unknown place where I could potentially get lost, be late for class, walk into the wrong class, or get beat up by the big kids - Nah. Not my kind of unknown. Except for the big kids part. That could be fun. Also, how lame are those "unknown" loves??? Unknown AUTHOR??? I am a nerd. A big one. 



ANYWAYS, I made it through my first week. Didn't get lost, wasn't late, didn't get beat up. I really enjoyed myself, actually.I think my favorite class is going to be my government class. Maybe. That will change as soon as I have to get up in front of everyone and give some sort of presentation. But for now, my professor is funny and interesting and I sit with two girls I know from high school. It's comfortable.
I also, successfully located the athletic center all by my big ole self. I was scared, but I sashayed right past those ridiculously fit young fellows and owned that stationary bike for 45 minutes. Haha. I'm committing to doing that at least 4 times a week. At LEAST. I'm just tired of not ever liking the body I have, always wishing I were tighter, firmer, whatever-er. 
I'm looking forward to the change this will bring. 



All in all, it's been a good week. There have been a few weird moments where old feelings showed their face. Feelings I thought were long gone. Apparently not, but I'm not worried about it. They didn't linger and I'll be surprised if they come back. No need to mention them now. :) 



Can I just say that I don't know how people do... LIFE without Jesus. I am so thankful for the peace that comes from walking with the Lord. I'm thankful for the challenges He's been sending me, the lessons He's teaching me, the love He never ceases to bestow upon me so undeservedly. I don't know how I would do anything without Him by my side. 




It's kind of weird not being with Lance during the day. In other words, living like almost every other person I know. Haha. We had it good working at the same place, eating multiple meals together every day, and spending most evenings with each other. I loved that, but I think it will be good for us to break up our time. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE spending all that time with him. Love it. But I think it will be good for us to have things going on that don't completely involve each other. It will give us more stories to share and more time to miss each other. Haha. On my part anyways. I can't wait for the day when I can go through my day not seeing him or anything and be comforted by the fact that I get to see him when I get home... When I get to unwind with him on our couch in our apartment and just relax. Or when I come home and maybe that doesn't happen, but I know that I get to fall asleep to the sound of him breathing... I'll turn over in the night and feel his skin on mine... I'll wake up to his face. I really hope that day comes. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Desires



"We desire to possess a beauty that is worth pursuing, worth fighting for, a beauty that is core to who we truly are. We want beauty that can be seen; beauty that can be felt; beauty that affects others; a beauty all our own to unveil." 

~ CAPTIVATING

Saturday, August 13, 2011

My Lonely Days Are Over

My heart is full, my friends! These past few weeks have been the kind that leave you breathless. They are the kind that make me excited and impatient for the future. They were beautiful, and it just keeps getting better! 


Here's a glimpse....


Surprise date #1, planned by the greatest guy ever. Yummy homemade ice cream, roasted marshmallows over a candle, and movie night in a tent! One of my favorite evenings we've spent together. 




Surprise date #2, planned by yours truly. I was feeling adventurous, so we set out to the large city of Perrin for some blobbing, sunbathing, and swimming. It was so much fun, and I finally managed to really surprise him! He had no idea where we were going. :) It was so nice to get away to a place where we didn't know anyone, and we could just be with one another and have fun. 




Then came Kid's Camp!I love, love, LOVE going to kid's camp every year! It's challenging, fun, and such a blessing! I wish I could make a career out of teaching small groups of 4th graders and taking them hiking. Dream. Job.


Right after Kid's Camp, it was time to head to Houston for my Grandaddy's surprise retirement party!I was particularly excited about this trip because Lance came with us. It was only his second time to spend time with my extended family and the first time he ever came to visit all of them. It was also the first time we spent more than a couple of hours in the car together, which was fun! It was so special to see my family really connect with and get to know him. I am very close to my family and I was anxious to see how everyone would mesh. They all absolutely loved him, and I think he enjoyed himself as well! 


Day 1 was spent sailing in the Bay! Clearly, I was excited. :


Lance at the helm of the sailboat! 



Fact: I have been blessed with someone I don't deserve. The Lord has used him to teach me so much about love, faith, and life as believer. He challenges me, loves me, and most importantly, loves the Lord above all else. I am so thankful for him.
I pray we continue to grow deeper in love and knowledge of the Lord's plan for our lives.