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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.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Merry Christmas, Darling

Well, the most wonderful time of the year has come and gone, just as quickly as it always does. In fact, I would dare to say that the holidays seemed to fly by even faster this year than they ever have before. How does that happen?? This holiday season was BY FAR the most wonderful one I've ever experienced. Lance and I agreed that we've never ever enjoyed a Christmas as much as we did this year. There is something really special about waking up in your own home, next to your beloved and celebrating the birth of your Savior and opening gifts for one another. Not to mention to additional blessing of sharing such a wonderful time with not just one, but two amazing families. When the Lord gave unto me, He gave in abundance! 

Here are some snapshots from our Christmas celebrations! 




One random Friday night, we were bored with nothing to do and realized that Folk Angel (check them out here) was playing in Dallas with Robbie Seay and Lauren Chandler. So what did we do? Frantically download our tickets, fly through Chick Fil A, and hit the highway to Dallas! The concert was in this awesome urban farm called Chestnut Farms and was decorated absolutely beautifully. The music was amazing, a really creative take on Christmas music. Think Christmas carols with a Mumford & Sons feel. Like I said, INCREDIBLE. We had so much fun on this spontaneous date night, and it really set off our Christmas spirit. :) 

THEN CAME . . . Christmas Morning!! 


Before my Husband and I rushed in to open gifts... I just love Christmas trees. I wish it were acceptable to keep them up all year long! 



Lance busted into his gifts in true little kid fashion. Wrapping paper was flying, his shirt came off at one point, and I'm sure we woke our neighbors up when he screamed "YES!". Oh my goodness, I love that man.





After we opened gifts together at our house, we headed off to meet Lance's family for breakfast. We don't have any documentation of that, but let me tell you, there was some pretty intense chowing down of waffles. . . not. :) After we ate breakfast with the Gibsons, we headed out to Peaster to do Christmas with my family. 


Meet Jonah, the official Christmas Day photographer and my youngest, craziest brother. 


One of the most wonderful surprises of the day was the fact that IT SNOWED! 


Opening gifts. . . Yay for movies! 


There's that crazy one again :) 


Our first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. Gibson!




And again . . . 



My husband is an avid skeet shooter these days and takes any opportunity he gets to blow some stuff up with his shotgun. My parents got him an automatic skeet thrower for Christmas, so naturally he had to try it out, despite the fact that it was snowing and about 25 degrees outside. 





After doing Christmas with my family, we headed back to my in-law's for lunch with the family. That sweet little girl above is our niece, Anna Belle. This was her first Christmas and we had a blast watching her open gifts . . . And eat wrapping paper. She's stolen our heart, that's for sure! We can't wait until she's old enough to learn how to wake-board! :) 



We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and pray blessings over you for the New Year! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Alive and Well

I am finally a free woman! I took my last final exam yesterday which means my semester of school is over and I can finally breathe again. Breath, catch up on laundry, and finally finish all of the Christmas crafts I've been pinning like a madwoman. What.a.relief. And, praise the Lord, I am ending the semester with four A's and B, which is pretty dang good for this newlywed who didn't quite know how she was going to juggle being a new wife, working a part time job that really requires full time hours, and taking 16 hours worth of classes. All I can say is lots of late nights, an extremely sweet husband who joyfully serves his wife, and lots of prayer got me through this semester. I am also so excited because despite some issues, I am right on track to being the EC-6th education program at Tarleton via Weatherford College next fall. That is a big hallelujah, people. I will have to go to school year-round to make this possible, but I will do so gladly if it means beginning the program on time. And, if all goes well, I will be student teaching in the Spring of 2015 and graduating that May as well. Cross your fingers for me! 


This holiday season has been such a blessed and joyful one for us as a new family. We've made it through one holiday already and had no difficulty splitting time between our families, or the Dallas Cowboys for that matter. :) Both of our families are so gracious and wanted nothing more than to accommodate us and enjoy whatever time we had to spend with them. We started out the Thanksgiving holiday by trekking to Houston on the Monday before and spending two and a half days with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, and siblings in Deer Park. We started a new tradition with the First Annual Cook Family Turkey Day Flag Football Tournament (kind of mouthful, right?). We had a BLAST as we formed teams from my cousins and siblings, even the little ones, and aunts and uncles. I'm proud to say that I had two interceptions and three touchdowns under my belt at the end of the day. So.much.fun!  We headed back to Weatherford on Wednesday in order to spend some of Thanksgiving morning with Lance's family at his aunt and uncle's house before we headed to the COWBOYS VS. REDSKINS game! Oh, it was SO much fun cheering on The Boys (and secretly cheering on RGII as the quarterback of my Fantasy Football team, but don't you dare tell Lance that!)! A really special "First Thanksgiving". 


Next, of course, is Christmas! We had our Christmas decorations out the second weekend in November and are going to be really sad to see them go. It was really special, going out and picking out OUR decorations, as well as incorporating the decorations we both grew up with.  Our apartment is looking very festive, and I only seem to keep finding new things to add all the time. :) We can't wait to celebrate first as our own family, and then together with our families and the traditions we grew up with. 

Love coming home to this jolly face. :) 

Thank you, Pinterest for this super cute and easy decoration idea!
 




Of course, Elf had to be a part of the decorating process. 


The final product! 












And of course, the Dallas Cowboys Santa Clause.



As always, I enter this season with an attitude of thankfulness that only seems to grow as I first consider the things and people the Lord has blessed me with in abundance, and then as I humbly remember that He sent His one and ONLY Son in the form of a baby to grow up into a perfect sacrifice for my ugly sin. How amazing is that? All of those years ago, He knew my need for a Savior and he willingly and joyfully gave the remedy for my condition. What perfect Love. He came for you, too. He loves you, and whether you know it or not, He is wooing you to Himself, to become a child of the most humble and kind King there ever was. I pray that if you know Him, you rejoice in his birth this season and praise Him for His merciful and free gift. And if you do not know Him, I pray that people will enter your life to explain more fully the true meaning behind the celebration we experience this time of the year. It is so much more than a jolly bearded man and presents under the tree.

Merry Christmas! 





Sunday, November 4, 2012

Shootin Skeet, Taco Suits + Big Mustaches, and Everything In Between

I'd say it's about time for another Insta-Update, because Lord knows nobody wants to read a detailed description of everything my Hubs and I have been up to since I last wrote. Nobody but my grandma, that is. Bless her heart for loving us so much. :)

Before I post a bunch of pictures that probably entertain Lance and I more than anyone else, I just want to say that I am so grateful for this life the Lord has blessed me with. Everyday I wake up to the sweet, sleepy voice of my husband softly saying, "Morning, babe", I go into a job that allows me to minister directly to families and children in all kinds of situations, and I have the blessing of furthering my education to hopefully impact a lot of families in a more intimate way than I ever have before. All of these blessings come directly from my Maker, and I cannot praise Him or thank Him enough for the love He has lavished on me. I pray I honor Him daily in my actions, and that my life would be pleasing to Him. Glory to our God! 

And now.... an Insta-Update straight from the Gibson household!




Fall Has Shown Its Face







Thanks to Pinterest, I made this wreath at the beginning of the season. I absolutely l-o-v-e it and can't wait to replace it with a similar Christmas wreath. 






I am officially a Gibson! Sealing the deal were these beautiful handmade stockings given to Lance and I by his Mamaw. Now that we have our own household, we were given these stockings to hang up as decoration. I for one am so ready to decorate for the holiday season! 

The Fall decor is out in full swing at the Gibson household! Growing up, my mom always decorated out house beautifully during this time of the year and her love for this season ingrained a deep love in my own heart for the beautiful colors and cool weather this season brings. Needles to say, I was absolutely ecstatic when it sunk in that this year I would have my own home to decorate for this beautiful season. Above are some snapshots of the decor currently gracing our home. 



Shootin Skeet & Enjoyin the Weather







My Hubs bought himself a shotgun last month and has hardly thought about anything else since then. We both really enjoy spending time outdoors with friends and family shooting skeet and targets, so buying this gun was kind of a treat for both of us. Last week we took the ol' Mossberg out to some land in the country with Lance's dad, cousins, and uncle and had ourselves a good ol' time. The weather was perfect, the scenery was beautiful, and we really enjoyed some quality time with our family. It was a blast! 





Family Church Time



Every night before we go to bed, My Hubs and I spend time together refreshing our spirit in the Word. So far, we've read through the books of John, Acts, and Genesis, and we are currently reading through Ezekiel. This time together is such a treasure to me. For one things, I learn all sorts of new things as we read the Word and discuss our reading together. I'm learning not only from what we read directly, but also from the wisdom of husband, and I am so thankful for this opportunity to grow with him. I am so thankful for a Husband who leads me spiritually and who longs to see my relationship with the Lord deepen. 



Kids Hope










I am still going strong with my little Kids Hope Mentee, Jaime.  The time I get to spend investing in him is such a blessing, and I have such a blast doing it! Jaime is one of the sweetest, most gentle little boys I have ever met with a deep love for soccer and good ol gas station taquito... How could you not love him?! Lance has recently started coming along with me on Fridays, and his influence on Jaime has already been evident, even though their time together has been short. Please continue to pray for me as I grow closer to Jaime and his family! 



 Take Me Out To the Ballgame

Hubs and I are the newest teammates on one of our church's softball teams! It has been SO fun so far, even though the score of our first game was 23-5, not in our favor. Playing on the church softball team has provided us with a unique opportunity to get to know the people we worship with every Sunday, but have never had the opportunity to meet due to the fact that we both work on Sundays and Wednesdays. The shot above is from a"practice" we held today with some friends, just playing a pick-up game of softball. The weather was perfect and the company was great! 


Cozy Nights By Candle Light


A couple of weekends ago, the Lord blessed us with some true Fall weather and gave us temps in the 50's as highs for the daytime! Lance and I decided to take full advantage of this weather by whipping up lots of hot chocolate, lighting all of our "holiday" scented candles, busting out a 750 piece puzzle we got as a wedding gift, and watching first a Christmas movie and then about 5 episodes of 30 Rock. It was so nice to just stay in, cuddle up, and take it easy. Love those lazy nights with my man. :) 




Halloween 2012. . . Ole! 







Oh yes... We absolutely DID dress up as tacos for Halloween this year! The tacos have been our most popular costume to date, and it was a ton of fun seeing people's reactions to two goobers dressed up as tacos with big ol sombreros and mustaches (those didn't last very long). Lance didn't put those maracas down all night and danced his little taco booty off, despite the fact that the temps were in the high 80's  and we were sweating up a storm. Our church hosts an event called Trunk or Treat each year on Halloween and usually passes out candy to at least 1800 members of the community as the night passes. It is a huge outreach opportunity and I pray that the Lord moved in people's hearts through our actions, even on Halloween! 





Happy Fall, my friends! Enjoy your week! 




Friday, October 19, 2012

Baby Food

Whew. It's 6:00 in the morning, I just got home from the gym and I'm about to unload the dishwasher then jump in the shower before I head to school at 8:00. Lately, this is about the only time of the day I have to sit and not have to jump up in 5 minutes to move on to the next task. Between midterms, the busy fall schedule at work, and trying to keep our little home clean and functioning, there's not much time for leisure activities, aside from a brief reprieve in the early morning hours. But that's okay, because important things are being accomplished and I'm not dead just yet! :) 

I've realized something during this exceptionally busy time in life, something I should have realized before, but for whatever reason, it's something that really sunk in this time around. 

So here it is:
It is so important to take care of your spirit in these busy times. Seriously, take the time out of your ridiculously busy day to sit down with your Father and just breathe Him in. Take time to thank Him for waking you up in the morning and gifting you with another day to live the wonderful life He's given you and the fact that He has called you as His child.  I know, a very "duh" kind of thing to realize, but this time in life is the first time I've truly ever put this into practice. Maybe it's simply because I'm older/more mature, maybe it's because this is a much busier time in my life than I've ever experienced so far, or maybe it's just because I've done it wrong so many times before that I'm tired of the distance from the Lord when I truly need His strength. Whatever the reason, I am thankful for His grace and that He continue to teach us old lessons. 

Here's why I've personally found it so important this time around.
 - The enemy knows me well and knows where to attack me all.the.time. I struggle with defeating his temptation when i'm not busy and worn out mentally/physically, not to mention during the busy times! And if I am not taking the time out my day to focus on my relationship with the Lord and put Him above all the things I have to accomplish, my spirit will be so weak that it is almost certain that I will give in to the enemy's attacks somewhere. 

- My calling from the Lord, to make disciples and to share His love with everyone I meet, does NOT go away during the busy times of my life. I am called to this every single day that the Lord grants me breath. How can I be prepared for that if I are neglecting my own walk? I may miss His hand in a situation and miss an opportunity ordained for me by Him because I've put my spirit aside for the week to focus on work/school/etc. I could miss an opportunity to make an eternal difference in someone's life. 

So yes, somewhat of a "baby food" lesson spiritually speaking, but that's honestly something I've struggled with before. I'm thankful for the grace of the Lord and for the fact the He gives both love and grace abundantly and calls me His child even when I must disappoint Him. 

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Baked BBQ Chicken Calzones

I have to say, if it weren't for Pinterest, my husband and I may have starved by now. You see, I grew up as the little baker of my family. I tried out all kinds of yummy cookies, cupcakes, and other sweet concoctions (which is also why I was a CHUB in my early teenage years) but I NEVER cooked an actual meal. Apparently, you need actual nutrients to survive and be healthy, not just sugar. Who knew, right? 

Anyways, I was pretttyyyy nervous about cooking for my new husband after we got married. I knew I could manage laundry, keep our home clean, and whip up all the no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies he would want, but providing healthy, well-balanced meals for him every night? Oh.my.gosh. I imagined alllll sorts of things going awry with me responsible for dinner. Thus began my obsession with doing everything perfectly, but that's a long story for another day.

All that to say, I would like to thank PINTEREST for the glory that is the recipe section of their website. They have provided me with the links to numerous yummy and easy to fix dishes, like the one below! We ate this for dinner tonight and it was a definite HIT with my hubby. Then again, he loves bacon-anything, especially when BBQ sauce is involved. 

Enjoy! 





Barbecue Chicken Calzones Recipe:

Ingredients:
6 slices bacon
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
3 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1 bottle barbecue sauce (I like Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce)
1 can refrigerated biscuits
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons chopped, fresh cilantro
Directions:  
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan, blot with paper towels and crumble.  Add onion and shredded chicken to a pan with olive oil.  Saute over medium heat until onion is tender.  Stir in 1/2 cup   barbecue sauce and remove from heat.  Mix in crumbled bacon.
Flatten out biscuit dough on a greased cookie sheet.  Spread a teaspoon of barbecue sauce on each biscuit.  Divide the chicken mixture between the biscuits, spreading on only half of each biscuit and keeping 1/2 inch away from the edge.  Sprinkle cheese and cilantro over top of each biscuit.  Fold biscuits in half and press the edges together with a fork to seal.  Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown.  

Sunday, September 30, 2012

DIY Felt Rosette Fall Wreath

I did it.
I conquered my very first Pinterest DIY craft! I feel so accomplished . . . So wifely, making a little wreath for my little home's front door. :) So fun. 




I had such a blast making this wreath that I figured I would share the love and provide you with the very same instructions I followed to make this pretty little thing. It's super easy, and relatively cheap depending on where you buy your materials. It cost me a grand total of $15 to make this wreath! 



MATERIALS:
  • Grapevine wreath
  • Felt (in various colors – use any colors you’d like for your flowers)
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue
  • Double stick tape
  • Fall berry picks {optional}
DIRECTIONS:
Download and print out the Rosette Template. Use the template to cut the “swirl” shapes out of your felt (you can adjust the size of your swirl to create larger or smaller rosettes).
Start at the end and roll it. The tighter you roll it up, the smaller the rosette will be; if it is rolled more loosely, the rosette will end up larger. Once the flower was almost completely rolled, I used a little double stick tape to keep it rolled up (double stick tape is great because you can take it off if you need to adjust your flower and then just stick it back on). Then I finished rolling it up by putting the end on top of the tape, and the whole rosette stays together and keeps its shape.
{Optional}
To make multi-colored rosettes, like the one below, just attach two or three different colors together with hot glue to make the swirl pattern. The just roll it up like the other rosettes!
Make as many or as few rosettes as you’d like. Then just arrange how you’d like them on the grapevine wreath and secure them with hot glue. You can decorate the entire wreath with the flowers, or use other fall decorations – I used 5 sprigs of fall berries (I just stuck them right into the wreath!).

And tada! You have a beautiful Fall wreath. 

Thanks to Crafting Mom for this easy to follow tutorial!