valentine's day

Valentine's Day Photo Sessions: Sasha & Patrick

Sasha and Patrick are in our small group, and getting to spend time with them every Wednesday night the past few months has been so wonderful.  I was super excited when Sasha and I decided to do this shoot because for one, they've been married for three years and that's worth celebrating through updated photos! And two, I finally got to meet their sweet little pups I had only seen in Facebook photos.  And the combination of both of those things made this shoot super fun!

:) What a fun family. Thanks for the good laugh, Buddy and Harley!


Jordan & Daniel's Valentine's Date

Nat's internet is down, so you get a little peek at what Valentine's Day looked like at the Rock house a day earlier than I promised!

On Friday I came home to this:

:) YES.  

Daniel even ran to our local food co-op and found all gluten/dairy free smores stuff.  He knows the way to my heart.

Even though we were in the middle of our living room, falling asleep in the tent together really made it feel like we took a little trip this weekend.  Therefore, the tent is still up in all of its glory.  I'm actually sitting in it while posting this. :) Forgetting to act like adults is fun!


A Love Letter to My Husband

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and all I've gotten out of Daniel is, "I have a few ideas in mind."  I don't know what we'll be doing, but I'm excited to spend intentional time with my husband! We've been pretty caught up in the home buying process and I've been spending large chunks of our weekends at photoshoots, so just being together tomorrow night will be a treat.

For Valentine's Day, I thought I'd share the passage our pastor read at our wedding and a little note to my wonderful man because he's been my biggest support in reading this blog and complimenting me on my creative efforts.  What a man.


Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death,
jealousy is fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
the very flame of the Lord.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
-Song of Solomon 8:6-7
(read during our wedding ceremony)

Dear Daniel,

You have been my husband for almost four months, my boyfriend for almost four years, and one of my most trusted friends for almost ten years now.  What a sweet life we've already had together! You, my sweet man, execute all of the things I constantly fail at with ease, strength, and grace.  You do all of the things I've always wanted to be better at, and you do them so well! Thank you for stepping into the empty spaces my weaknesses create and loving me without making me feel stupid. 

As you know, I wake up often in the middle of the night, sometimes for no reason and sometimes because you said something in your sleep (which I fully believe I'll always find entertaining).  Those moments I drift from whatever I was dreaming about into the reality of lying against you (and most nights, the dogs, too) are some of my most pure times of reflection on how strongly I feel about you, down in my very bones.  At that point, I'm separated by sleep from whatever arguments we may have had that day and anything we're stressing about in the day to come, and it's just you and me, lying in our bed as husband and wife.  Thank you for letting me fall asleep on your arm most nights so I can wake up against you and have these moments--I'm sure it doesn't take long for it to lose feeling and become uncomfortable.

I am so thankful I get to do life by your side, sweet man of mine. You are so strong, so smart, and worth more than every bit of support I can ever try to give you.

I love you, Daniel. Happy Valentine's Day.


Nat's Valentine's Dress & Date Ideas

 I know Jordan posted her Valentines Day dress and date ideas last week---per usual I'm a little behind but I've been thinking a lot about what Kyle and I are going to do and of course what I want to wear!
Here are some pretty little dresses I found that won't break the bank!

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Kyle and I are trying to save some moolah but that doesn't mean we don't want to have a good time and spoil each other in less expensive ways.
This Valentine's day we want to go to dinner but not somewhere super fancy but nice enough that I can get pretty for my man.
As you know we recently moved and although our address is still Tulsa we are surrounded by Broken Arrow. Last weekend I strolled down main street BA which they are building up as the Rose District. It is super cute and it's exciting that it is being developed. There are a couple restaurants that look like they fit our style---smaller more casual, yet intimate.
I recommend exploring your town to find new places you've never been before! Even if it doesn't go as planned it will probably be a story for the books!

As for a possible gift idea, we already established we weren't going to spend any money on each other so I've been thinking of some sort of tradition or keepsake that we can add to each year.

1. Create a Bucket List together

2. Make a back drop and take a picture in front of it each year with something significant at that time of your life as a prop

3. Year of dates: put together date night ideas/kit envelops to use every month of the year

4. Come up with 1 year goals, 5 year goals and 10 year goals for your marriage and life--you can set Valentines day as the time to review

5. Start a journal you can write love letters to each other in

6. Find something from your Valentines date night to keep and then display it some where you can add to it each year. Ex: Press or dry the flowers your man gave you and start a shadow box of Valentines Days.

7. Start a tradition to make a drawing you each add to--I know this would be artwork to remember with Kyle's artistic ability hehe

I'm excited to get some of these things started for our marriage/relationship. They each will only bring memories and growth in the process. Also, I know I sometimes feel like since I haven't started any of these the first year of our marriage that I missed out and might has well not start now----I've got to get that thought out of my mind! These are great things to start at any point in a relationship!

I hope these dresses and dates might spark an idea for you and your man!