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April 2014


Little Happies: California Love

April 18, 2014

I’m coming late to the party with this post! 🙂 We were in Cali for the majority of this past week, hence the untimely Little Happies post. The trip to California was primarily for FOCUS. Jonathan is part of the West Region in FOCUS and their regional gathering took place in San Diego. We stayed a couple extra days to explore. This post will be brought to you by photos from our past week that made me very happy.



Prior to leaving for California, Jonathan and I decided to hit up a Grand-Opening Celebration for a new Chick-Fil-A in the neighborhood. We love the company AND it’s food.

If you showed up prior to 6am, you were eligible to enter a drawing to win FREE Chick-Fil-A for an entire YEAR!!!! The catch was you had to stay in the parking lot for 24 hours until the next day, when you got your prize.

We thought this was going to be a piece of cake. We had our tent, blankets, games, food, smart phones, and bibles ready to go. 100 people got chosen for this delicious privilege and we were hoping to be counted among the winners. Especially since only 175 people were in attendance….so our odds were great!

Despite the odds, we were NOT chosen! With our winning tendencies, I couldn’t believe it. But we had a lot of fun in the process. Can’t wait to try again when more Chick-Fil-A’s open in Colorado!



Watching The Ten Commandments was a tradition in my family growing up. We typically watched it on Palm Sunday (when it airs on ABC) but since Jonathan and I were gone that day, we watched it prior to departing for Cali.

I. Love. This. Movie.

I absolutely love preparing for Easter by watching this movie – because Easter is our exodus from slavery! I love meditating on that throughout the entire movie. I also love seeing the Israelites act like total cowards even after God does like 1,000 miracles to prove his faithfulness – not because I like seeing them be cowardly…but because it’s just so human. I can relate to it. How many times have I seen God’s faithfulness yet I still act like I am stranded in the desert? Yup – I am just like the Israelites. Thank you JESUS for saving me!



Chilling in San Diego!!! We visited the USS Midway Museum (awesome!!!) and got to tour the entire ship. It was quite a history lesson and very fascinating. Above is a pic of us on the flight deck. We also made our way to the jail on board. Here’s to hoping it’s my only time behind bars. 🙂

There were numerous flower/cactus gardens we got to check out. My favorite was the Easter Lily display (they are special to me on many levels). We also ran across a rose garden with about every color you could imagine. Don’t go there after praying a novena to St. Therese asking for a specific color – you will just get crazy overwhelmed!

Lastly, we spent an afternoon in La Jolla watching seals and sea lions laze about on the rocks, soaking in the sun. Rough life!!



We made our way up the coast and hit Laguna Beach on the way to Los Angeles.

Ever heard of Galco’s Soda Pop Shop? If not, watch this video from CHOW and get ready to learn more about soda than you ever have!

We each got three interesting flavors….as you can tell when you see Jonathan’s “Mr. Q Cumber” soda.

We also got to visit some friends – Jonathan knew them from college and I got to meet them for the first time. They were a joy to be around and are truly an inspiration to us in many ways. One way is that John created a game! The King’s Army is his own design and we even got to play with the game-master himself! 🙂 We’re excited for it’s big release sometime next Fall!

P.S. We stayed at Up Front San Diego – a place we found on and we really enjoyed our time there! It was our first Airbnb experience and it certainly won’t be our last!


Little Happies: Joyful Photos

April 7, 2014

This week’s Little Happies is inspired by Blessed to Be’s post last week. Here are some Joyful Photos that made this week’s Little Happy list. They are in no particular order.



Last Spring, I was having a particularly off morning. I told Jonathan I was mad at life and I just wanted to stay in bed all day and mope. He told me in a firm yet gentle way that he wouldn’t accept that. I should go get showered and ready for the day.

Angrily, I got out of bed and walked into the bathroom – seeing this on the mirror. “Happy 500th day of marriage! We’re NOT going to work today. Instead we’re going on an ADVENTURE!” Needless to say, my spirits were soaring and I went from moping to sheer excitement in a matter of moments. We spent the day eating great food, touring the Celestial Seasons Tea Factory, and checking out some cool areas of Colorado. Great day.



I hope these sorority sisters can forgive me for posting this here! The above photo represents only one reason I love being an Alpha Phi.



Jonathan and I won a chili cook-off at the FOCUS Denver Support Center last the first year we started at the office. It was a great day!



During our first summer dating, Jonathan and I made a sort-of imprudent decision. It was about 7 PM when we decided to drive from Champaign, IL to Saint Louis, MO. The reason for this was to visit the famous City Museum. If you haven’t been there, imagine the MOST FUN adult playground. Why this was imprudent, was that the trip took 3 HOURS….one-way!!!

After closing the playground down at nearly 1 AM, we then hit up a Steak N Shake, snapped this photo, and were on our way back north. We didn’t get back in Champign, IL until 7 AM…just as others were going to morning prayer. Whoops!!!



The day we got to do our DEBT-FREE SCREAM live on The Dave Ramsey show….and meet Dave himself!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂



Ever heard of a Viking Dinner? Think of eating only with your face. Hands have to be behind your back at all times. If you get thirsty, you can drink with a straight arm above you and pour with your best aim. It basically turns into a ginormous food fight. Wonderful memory!



Getting our precious godson ready to become a little saint!!!



My first year as a missionary, I ran my first (and only to date) half-marathon with a few students at Illinois and a teammate of mine (the blonde next to me). I finished in just over two hours and couldn’t believe I had actually accomplished this. Prior to this, I may have run two miles in a row but never close to thirteen.



Halloween. I dressed as Belle – my favorite Disney Princess. Next to me I have Amelia Bedelia and Little Bo Peep.



Halloween again. This year, I apparently went as a nerd. Next to me is the one and only Kari Strugg and some random college student with a great hair boof.



Canyoneering with Andrea in Las Vegas a few weeks back! It was quite the adventure!!!


hip hip

Just got hitched! I love how happy Jonathan looks. If this were video, you would see him do some weird hip-hip-hooray-hands-over-the-shoulder-pump. Don’t know how to describe it but it was hilarious.



Hipster Party.



On our Honeymoon, Jonathan entered two contests on Halloween.

The first was a pumpkin carving contest. Our pumpkin was named “Mo” and he got FIRST PLACE! We won a bottle of tequila with a worm on the bottom. Authentic.

The second was a costume contest. Jonathan dressed as a Barber, again named “Mo” and made me be his “customer”. On stage, in front of hundreds of people, he draped me with the towel, lathered my face, and began “shaving” me with a butter knife. I pretended that he knicked me, and squeezed red hot sauce all over. The audience was rolling in laughter. We beat our all the other competition by a landslide. Get this – the prize? One night stay in THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE! AKA the best room in the entire resort. It was phenomenal.



During our engagement shoot, Jonathan caught the giggles. It lasted a good 10-15 minutes. These are the only types of photos we could catch.


made it

El Camino de Santiago!!!!!!! This is the group I walked the Camino with during the Summer of 2009. This photo was shot when we finally reached our destination. Walking into that plaza, after weeks of injuries, pain, and bonding was like getting a glimpse into what walking into heaven will be like one day. Only I am sure heaven would be infinitely better.



This. Actually. Happened.



A partial glimpse at Jonathan’s proposal. All during Lent 2011, Jonathan was sending me these cards in the mail. Each one had a meditation/quote/scripture verse. He was helping lead me spiritually through Lent. I had NO CLUE the first letters meant anything when lined up.

On Holy Thursday, he flew in early and surprised me in the adoration chapel. I was in shock to say the least. He got down on one knee, began laughing profusely, and eventually proposed by laying these cards out one by one next to one another – spelling out what he was trying to say. I said “yes” obviously. 🙂



Last year we ran in a race together – the Rugged Maniac.

I love this photo because we look like total BA’s. We are jumping over fire!!! It’s like a physical manifestation to our infertility journey in a photograph. Covered in dirt. Tired. Nearly beat down. Jumping over fire. Persevering. Pushing forward. There was an end to that race though…where as in infertility I wonder if there is an end before heaven. Only God knows that one.



Jonathan bought mustaches for our entire wedding party to wear for a few photos. Turned out to be some of my favorite pics of the day!

That’s a wrap folks.


Pope Francis – The Sacrament of Marriage

April 2, 2014

In my daily inbox is an email on what the Holy Father’s been up to, what he’s been saying, and who’s visiting him. I feel like I can be part of his day in a concrete way. It’s great. If you want to begin stalking Pope Francis by email too, sign up at Vatican Information Services.

Every now and again, one of his homilies totally hits me to the core. Today (or yesterday since they are ahead of the US) Pope Francis spoke about the sacrament of marriage. I really appreciated it, especially this line, “There are always arguments in marriages, and at times even plates are thrown.” Yup. No plates have been thrown at the Teixeira house…but I am positive some paper has been ripped a part and pillows have been punched/yelled in/bit.

But that grace of the Sacrament is there. Peace is restored. Love triumphs. God’s image is reflected.

I can’t say anything better than Pappa Francis himself, so read on, friends and enjoy!


Vatican City, 2 April 2014 (VIS) – Pope Francis concluded his series of catechesis dedicated to the Sacraments by speaking about marriage. “A sacrament that leads us to the heart of God’s plan, which is a plan of alliance with his People, with all of us, a plan of communion” . To explain this, he quoted a phrase from the Book of Genesis: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. – That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh “. “The image of God is a married couple, man and woman, not only man, not only woman, but rather both. This is the image of God: love, God’s alliance with us is represented in the alliance between man and woman” , he said.

“We were created to love, as a reflection of God and his love. And in matrimonial union the man and woman realise this vocation, as a sign of reciprocity and the full and definitive communion of life” . When a man and a woman receive the Sacrament of marriage, “God is, so to say, ‘mirrored’ in them, he imprints in them the features and indelible nature of His love. Marriage is the icon of God’s love for us. Indeed, God too is communion: the three Persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have always lived and live for ever in perfect unity. And this is the mystery of marriage: God makes married couples into one existence. The Bible uses a strong term: it says one ‘flesh’ only, so intimate is the union between man and woman in marriage. And this is the mystery of marriage: God’s love that is reflected in the couple who decide to live together” .

Francis mentioned that, in his Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul emphasizes that Christian married couples reflect the great mystery of the relationship that Christ establishes with the Church, which means that “marriage responds to a specific vocation and must be considered as a consecration. The man and woman consecrate themselves in their love. Married couples, thanks to the Sacrament, are invested with a genuine mission, that of making visible, starting with simple and ordinary things, the love Christ has for His Church” .

“The plan inherent in marriage is a truly wonderful! It is expressed in the simplicity, and also the fragility, of the human condition. We are well aware of the many difficulties and trials there may be in the life of a married couple. … The important thing is to keep alive the link with God, which is at the basis of the matrimonial bond. When a husband prays for his wife, and a wife for her husband, the bond remains strong; each one prays for the other. It is true that married life has many difficulties: work, there isn’t enough money, there are problems with the children … and often the husband and wife become irritable and argue amongst themselves. There are always arguments in marriages, and at times even plates are thrown. But we must not be sad about this: this is the human condition. And the secret is that love is stronger than the moments in which we argue, and I therefore always advise married couples never to let the day draw to an end without making peace. There is no need to call in the United Nations peacekeepers. A little gesture is enough: a caress, see you tomorrow, and tomorrow we start afresh. This is life, and we must face it in this way, with the courage of living it together. Married life is beautiful, and must be protected”.