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Who is Ready for 2018?!

I hope you all had a magical Christmas with your loved ones! We sure did.

After Christmas, I love spending the next day just reflecting and relaxing and dreaming, especially since the New Year is literally around the corner.

Do you create resolutions or goals for the New Year? I typically don’t call mine resolutions, but I do spend time dreaming and planning on how I would like 2018 to go.

2017 had its highs and lows. This past year was pretty hard and we had plenty of transitions, so I am ready for a fresh start.

Aren’t you?

Here are a few things I am looking forward to next year:

1. More Family Time/Less Time with the phone: This is a struggle as a woman who has a home based business, but I am planning out ways to engage and be present more with my family and less tied to my phone. I need my phone for my business…..but my kids and husband need me more. I want to be around them more. I want to experience more adventures together. I want to capture more memories together. I want to laugh more. Serve with them more. Snuggle more.

2. Declutter/get rid of what no longer serves our home, family, goals. January is a big time for decluttering. I want a fresh slate, so that means going through the things that I have been clinging to, but I really should have let go of a long time ago. That can be anything: clothes, items, mentality, ideas, fear, relationships. Only you can determine what no longer serves you. Maybe it may mean letting go of the good to make room for something great.

3. Add more health related routines: I am already a big fan of working out and eating healthy. I want to find ways to help my family stay healthier even more. More hiking. More water daily as opposed to drinking sugary coffee.

4. Clean up my home and beauty routine without natural products. I have so far worked to clean up my hair routine with a more nature based, anti aging hair care line. I also want to add less toxic cleaning products for my home and even less toxic beauty products. This process will take awhile, as it can get very expensive very quickly. So over time I will be sharing what I have been swapping out and replacing in my home and my beauty routine. Excited to try new products and find new things to love and use on a regular basis.

5. Lead a Bible Study. I am really excited about this one. It has been on my heart for a really long time to lead a bible study. I felt the call to minister and encourage women in God’s word and in life early on in my walk with Jesus. It will only get stronger. So I am excited to take the leap and lead something for my local community and for women, and even serve more in the local church.

6. Focus on having set business hours. I love working and I love my job. But, I tend to get wrapped up in working and not have a closing time. That will need to happen, as I want to spend more time with my family and spend less time on my phone. So having set business hours for my new Business will be a must.

And that is what I have for now!

Would love to hear what some of your goals and dreams are for 2018!

Tiffany Harper

Inspired By The Greatest Showman

I grew up singing and acting. Musicals were my heart beat. The score. The costumes. The story. Everything.

It has been awhile since I have been so inspired by a musical soundtrack.

The Greatest Showman literally has given me all the goosebumps and heart eyes. I am obsessed and I haven’t even seen the movie yet. Ha!

Perhaps it is because nearly every song speaks to this heart of mine as I choose adventure and dreams over neat and tidy.

I was taking a break from doting on a sick child yesterday and scrolled Facebook (I know…..) and I saw a post where women were lamenting how there would be no Christmas for them because they were broke. And stuck. And tired of feeling that way.

I have a lot of opinions about Christmas and money, but that is not what this is about.

My heart broke because there are a lot of people who are feeling this way.

Broke.

Stuck.

Hurting.

Not sure where to step next. Or what to do. Or how to get out of the pit they find themselves in.

I think why I am so in love with the storyline and music of The Greatest Showman is because it is about a man who is down and out and tired of struggling, and decided to put feet to his dreams, as crazy and illogical as it appeared. As much as people disapproved and hated what he was doing, he still did it, and it changed his life.

Changed his family’s life.

Changed others who were needing that kind of hope and encouragement and permission to dream for themselves.

With my new hair business, I know people don’t approve. But I go forth knowing it can change my life, and offer permission to other women to dream and have a business of their own. No, I don’t think Shampoo will change the world. Or your family.

But I Believe you can. And you will. Women will.

To create their own stories for their families and get out of the pit they may find themselves in.

Where are you? Are you struggling? Are you sick and tired of being in the same cycle, year after year, wishing it could get better, but it doesn’t?

Here is the thing: you have to decide to move. To change. Go there. Dream HUGE, crazy, illogical dreams.

Then go put feet on those dreams. Give them legs. YOU are the one who can make them reality. Your actions, your very steps and decisions will help them come alive.

Can I invite you to go there with me? To dream big? To join me?

It’s all an adventure that comes with a breath-taking view….”-Tightrope from the Greatest Showman Soundtrack.

Think about your dreams. Go listen to the soundtrack. Share with me your dreams.

And then let’s go.

Tiffany

2018 Word of the Year: Brave

Every year, I choose a word for the new year.

I don’t make it an overly complicated process. More often than not, the word I choose, I didn’t find it.

It found me.

I often choose words that I noticed as a common theme running through my life.  Whether I was challenged, or experienced growth, or renewal….often there is a word that I find myself uttering more than others.

I search Scripture for support and hope and what God has to say about that word.  Word studies are my favorite.

Brave happened to be a word that seemed to appear at every corner of my life the last few months.  It was as though it was a challenge for me to step out of the boxes I had created for myself, or boxes that others tried to place me in. Whatever the reason, the word inspired me. Moved me.

I thought of Joshua, who had the incredible task of taking over as leader after Moses.  Can you imagine what must have gone through this head?  Moses, who was respected, esteemed, loved, had an intimate relationship with God.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them,  for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Then Moses said to Joshua:

“Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:7-8

The magnitude of the task at hand for Joshua.  I am sure he was nervous.  He did not want to fail Moses.  The people of Israel. God.

But be brave means stepping out into the calling God has on you, whatever it is, even when you are shaking in your heels.

I can think of so many other biblical characters who had to be brave when faced with incredible odds:

David.

Mary, the mother of Jesus. Imagine this one with me for a second.  An unwed young woman in New Testament times, being told that she was to carry the baby Jesus, the Savior of the world. Y’all..really!!!!

Joseph, Jesus’s earthly father.

Rahab.

Tamar.

Ruth and Naomi.

Friends, being brave and courageous as we walk in faith and hand in hand with our Savior, it doesn’t mean that we know the outcome. It doesn’t mean that we don’t experience moments of fear and doubt and uncertainty.  Those callings to be brave……they require faith to step into the unknown while realizing that it is not unknown to God.  He knows the way. He knows the steps. He knows the outcome.

It is for His glory. For the good of His people.   Our choosing to walk in His will when others whisper that it is not safe or smart or what they would do. But while our commandment is the same, to love God and to love His people, He will direct each of us in different ways in order to fulfill that Great Commission.

It is why He has crafted each one of us with different abilities, gifts, passions, insights, personalities. We are many hands and feet working in one body and choosing to be brave and confident in what He is directing and orchestrating in our own lives. It will not look like everyone else’s.

It should not look like everyone else’s.

So Brave is my word for 2018.

What is yours?

Tiffany Harper

Moving Forward is the First and Hardest Step

Seven years ago, I began an incredible journey towards getting healthy.  I was tired of how I looked. I was tired of how I felt.  My second born was a year old and I still looked (and felt) like I was five months pregnant.  We were eating fast food almost every single night, and I was tired of seeing my precious babies shove French fries in their mouths.

I wanted a change.

No, I needed a change.

For myself, for my health, for my family. We deserved better than McDonald’s and sickness.

So, I pulled out an old DVD, laced up old running shoes, and pushed play. Then, I learned how to select fresh, whole foods from the grocery store, searched for healthy recipes, and learned to cook for my family instead of going through the drive-thru.

Then, after nine months of hard work, and twenty pounds lighter and more pep in my step and more energy than I had when I was twenty, I discovered that I could help people get healthy. To do what I did, which was exercise and eat right, and help them get results.

As well as make fitness enjoyable.  Fitness is fun. It really is.  I know it doesn’t feel like that at first, but it really is when you discover what you enjoy doing.  I learned three years into Beachbody that dancing was my soulmate workout.  Cardio? No. Heck no. Unless it involved dancing.

I spent six years encouraging and promoting a message of being beautiful in your own skin. Being beautiful in the way that God made you and living well.  Be a Size You was a very personal message for me and I wanted to spread that message all over the country and even the world.

I still do.  I still believe in the mission behind Beachbody, and I still believe in the message of Be a Size You.

But at some point, some things come to an end.

For a long while, I have felt that God has been leading me to lay down this business.  It makes no sense to people on the outside, and truthfully, I have a hard time really expressing it verbally.  It comes out in one giant emotional word vomit. Ha!

But when it is time to let go of something, you do it.  You do it. You don’t overthink it, even if it doesn’t all make sense.  God led our family to live on the side of a mountain a couple of years ago, and we lived in a trailer as a family of four. It was the craziest thing to people.

Yet God was still God there on that mountain and He moved constantly in my heart and in my life and in my faith.

Even when you love something as much as I love Beachbody, and I truly do love them because they are the BEST (I know, totally biased), you still have to let go.

I am excited to see what God will do next for our family.  I am excited to see where God leads my husband in terms of his career and his leading of our family.  Good things will happen, even if it looks different than I had originally pictured.

To those of you who have supported me, encouraged me, purchased from me, been a part of my challenge groups and online fitness communities, THANK YOU.

Thank you for allowing me a window seat into your life and allowing me to walk along the journey of being a healthier version of you. I know it wasn’t easy and it was so hard at times. Know that I am still rooting for you.  I want success for you.  I want good things for you.

I want you to continue to live well, and give God the glory.  Be a Size you is not a one size fits all message.  It is for everyone.

I will still be blogging, and still be getting my sweat on and sharing my faith and all the things that matter to me. Because even though health and fitness won’t be my vocation, it doesn’t mean I care any less about it.  And yes, Cize dance videos will still be happening on IG! Holla!

Thank you again for loving me and allowing me to serve you in health.

Be a Size You Forever,

Tiff

It Is Okay

I am going to talk about something that makes the Christian community incredibly uncomfortable.

It is okay to want to use an opportunity to create a better financial future for your family.

It is okay to go towards your dreams.

It is okay to own a business and want to make money.

It is also wise to remember, as we work towards building a financial future for our family and even working towards making dreams come true, that when much is given, much is expected.

So if you are fortunate to build wealth (and honestly, that looks different for all of us. You define success.) much will be expected of you.

It doesn’t mean you are not kingdom minded if you are rich. Or become rich. Or have a successful business.

I talk to many wives and mamas who feel crushed under the weight of financial stress. Unless you understand the feeling of not knowing how you will pay for your groceries, pay for needs in your home, pay bills, do not assume that the woman you see working her business daily is not Kingdom minded. When a woman wants to stop fighting with her spouse about money, and is willing to do something about it, that is kingdom minded.

She is fighting for her family. That is kingdom minded. That is kingdom impact. Because she realizes that providing for the needs of her family and her household is how she will encourage those in her care to grow, trust, share, show compassion, have faith, and more.

Totally put this devotional on my Christmas list.

I have been praying a great deal about what I want to cultivate for my family. As we remain in transition, it is getting harder. And to be 100% honest with you, I am tired of it. But that is what happens when things are hard. You go through a multitude of emotions and feelings. And that is okay.

But I have made some big decisions lately, decisions that I will share later in the week, but I am confident that it will be better for my family and better for me and for my gift mix and abilities.

I am scared as heck, but it seems the word that has been repeated over and over again in my heart is “Brave.”

Brave will be my personal word for 2018. Still praying over our family one. But Brave is mine. Because I will have to be.

To do new things.

To face new challenges.

To let go of what is good and go for great.

That takes bravery.

So if you, sister friend, are sitting behind your screen critical of your friend or the mama who seems to be working toward wealth and you feel the need to judge why, take a moment to shoot her a message and ask about her story. You might be surprised.

And to you, sister friend, who is working so hard on your job or your business to provide something different for your family, keep going. Keep Him first. Pray for your business/job and remember that with much given, much is expected.

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

When Being Brave Means Disappointing Others

“Do not think that you can be brave with your life and your work and never disappoint anyone. It doesn’t work that way.”- Oprah Winfrey

I am not typically an Oprah Winfrey fan, but I fully believe that you can learn from others, even if you don’t necessarily agree with everything they believe in.

This quote from Oprah Winfrey, which she shared when interviewed by Brene Brown awhile back, really struck a cord with me.

I wouldn’t say that I am necessarily a people pleaser.  I tend to march to the beat of my own drum and am fairly confident in the things that I want to pursue.  I am a classic INFJ (even my husband was shocked at how well this description pegged me) and when my gut feels strongly in a direction, I do not hesitate to walk towards it, even though odds may be against me.

I am a dreamer. Details tend to bore and overwhelm me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find them important. They just aren’t my strengths. I don’t seek advice a lot, unless I really, really need direction and wise counsel in an area.  I want the best information possible if I have to make a big decision and I find myself stuck.

I am not a people pleaser, but at the same time, I really don’t enjoy disappointing people. I never want to make someone upset about my actions or decisions, even if they are the best for ME and MY Family.

But the reality is, I will disappoint people.  And so will you.

I have to imagine that when David decided to take on Goliath, even after well meaning people told him not to because he was young, not a soldier, and inexperienced, that it took some bravery. (Read 1 Samuel 17 for more insight onto this…plus, the story of David and Goliath is always a good one.  So many great lessons we can glean from this!)

His own brother was angry with David and mistook David’s willingness to go up against the giant as selfish and as a means to gain popularity and ranking, instead of seeing that David loved His Lord and wanted to serve and defend Him and state the truth of who God was and about Israel. David had faith that God was leading this incredible moment. Just a note, you will have family members who will mistake your bravery and direction with motives you didn’t intend.  Do not be afraid, but understand that it will happen.

365 times do the words “Do Not Fear” appear in the bible.  God says that to His followers many times, as a way to encourage them as they navigate the often treacherous and uncertain waters of their lives, or they find themselves in situations they are unsure about.

God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

Lately, due to the many changes going on currently in our life, I have found myself embracing new opportunities and asking new questions about my life, my dreams and what I want to pursue.  I am not necessarily leaving behind current obligations, but being open and praying about how I can best utilize my gifts, talents, dreams and abilities to serve God and serve His people.

I have been writing more, which while does not bring me a paycheck, it has allowed me express my heart and share what God has been teaching me.  If I could never work again in my life, writing and blogging is what I would want to do.

I have also been taking advantage of my love of fashion and shopping and selling clothes on a fun little app called Poshmark.  This is another way to help bring in additional income for my family, and try out something new.  Many people will view it as a waste of time, but I am not really concerned with that.  It is fun for me and I have found myself enjoying the process of finding cute items to list, sell, then wrap beautifully and ship to a customer.  I enjoyed working in retail as a teenager, and I don’t think I would mind working in a retail store or boutique.

I am still working as an online health and fitness coach through Be a Size You.  I have really stopped focusing on challenge groups and have found that most of those who follow me are needing more individual attention and guidance and encouragement.  They are willing to buy a plan, but they aren’t comfortable yet with sharing with an entire group of women they don’t really know (and truthfully, it is hard to really know someone online.)  This allows me to build  a better relationship with the woman I am serving, and really help her be the hero in her own health and fitness story.  This decision goes against the grain of “do more challenge groups” and “sell a bunch of fitness plans and shakes.”  I love our fitness programs and I love our nutritional products, and those who do my 1:1 sessions do need to invest in one or both of those in order to get started, but we will journey through it together and they will have my full attention.

Are you about to embark on something new, and are afraid of disappointing others?  Be brave, sister friend. You are bound to.  But when others express disappointment in you because you are choosing to go down a different career path, goal, adventure, whatever……understand that most of the time, they just can’t understand what you are doing because they aren’t willing to do it themselves.  You aren’t doing it for them.

My WHY is always my family.  Every business decision, every relational decision, every heart decision….my family is the biggest motivator for them.  My dream is to serve them and take care of them. To create something wonderful that I could possibly pass on to them.  To live a life of faith and trusting in God’s goodness and mercy and grace and teaching my children to embrace all that the Lord has for us and for them and for their future.  Others will not understand it or your bravery, but it will be okay.

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

 

How Does God Lead Us?

This past Sunday, at church, I really enjoyed the message that the Pastor shared with us in regards to listening to the voice of God.

I feel like it is a topic that regularly needs to be taught upon, because there seems to be a great deal of confusion as to the voice of God, what that looks like, sounds like, and there is a lot of noise.

And truthfully, if I can be honest Sister Friends, we seem to believe that our feelings align, when more often than not, our feelings can lead us astray and away from God’s perfect will for our lives. I loved this quote from Sunday:

“Sometimes we are so focused on seeing signs and the spectacular, that we miss the simplicity of God’s voice.”

YES!  Have you ever spoken to someone who constantly declares that they had a sign from God that they were supposed to go in a certain direction (even if that direction is sin) and give God the glory for it? Friends, God will not lead us in a way that is contrary to His word. He is not a God of confusion. But, they falsely believe that it was from God because their vision or feelings were so spectacular, they only assumed it was from God, not their own fleshly wants.

I want so badly to be a woman who is lead by God and can discern His voice in my life. These ways listed, I believe will help me and many of you!

Pastor Gary shared that there are 5 ways that God will lead us-and it isn’t always how we might think.

  1. God will lead us by our knowledge of right and wrong.  Doing what is right and allowing God to work out the details.
  2. By His Word. This seems to be a no brainer, and as a Christian woman, one would think that we are constantly in His word for guidance, peace, hope, direction. But too many instead seek wisdom from “Christian” bloggers and authors and social media accounts, instead of going to the source.  That source is the Bible! Psalm 119:105 . Do you believe God’s word is ALIVE? Because I do!
  3. Leads us by His peace.  Colossians 3:15 One of the reasons God puts peace in our hearts is to help us navigate the challenges in our lives. When the peace is destroyed, I need to get alone with God and find out WHY. Pastor Gary compared God’s peace to  like playing umpire in your life.  I loved that comparison, especially as a sports mama. Allowing God’s peace to play umpire in my life will help me see Balls and Strikes in my circumstances and the challenges.
  4. Through the Godly counsel of other people. Yes to all of this!!!!!  We don’t need to seek counsel from everyone, but we should be discerning enough to seek counsel from people who love the Lord. To dig deep and draw from that person, like a person drawing water from a well for living. When we don’t seek advice from others who love the Lord, especially when we need to seek advice, it is PRIDE. Don’t be prideful.  Draw it out!
  5. Lead us by His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given to us upon our confession of faith.  It will be dropped into our spirit.  These are not your feelings, but a deep longing that is only stirred by God. The Holy Spirit will never disagree with the Word of God.

If you want some additional reading and studying on this topic of listening and being led by God, read 1 Kings 19:1-13.  Pay attention to how God leads and speaks and works in Elijah’s life and circumstance.

Dig deep into the well, sister friend.  There is living water there.

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

The Habits of a Fit Person

This question was answered on social media today by one of the fitness trainers I follow, and while her answer was “technically” true….I want to add more to the conversation.

Her answer was that a fit person doesn’t skip workouts, even when on vacation or during holidays.

Yes, it is true that, for the most part, those who consider themselves fit, don’t cancel their workouts for things like holidays or vacation.  But, I think a fit person’s habits go much deeper than just not skipping their workouts.

I am in a season of my life where my workouts are at a much slower pace than before.  I don’t really have a specific physical goal in mind right now.  With the constant change our family is experiencing, God is directing my heart towards other areas that need nourishing and a health check up.

Things like dealing with stress effectively, my attitude when things don’t go my way (again), and how to stop hanging out with worry and doubt and start clinging to faith. (Watch this awesome Video that I saw this morning….it inspired me so much!)

The habits of a Fit person is one that looks similar on the surface (the workouts, the nutrition, etc), but very different in terms of their emotional state and well being.

A fit person has:

*Faith in the process– they realize that some seasons are going to be about goal setting and goal reaching and other seasons will be slower. But they understand the value of moving their body for their overall health

*The wisdom to rest– They know when their body has reached its limits. When it is time to slow down. To put aside the pressure of looking or feeling a certain way.  That maintenance is a healthy by-product of the fit life. That their LIFE is not a fitness competition.

*The ability to be present and enjoy those they are around, even if they are surrounded by food they should refrain from- This one, I think is hardest because we live in a diet minded society.  We constantly hear and see the list of Don’t Eat This in magazines, social media and nutrition plans. The fit person recognizes what works for them.  What doesn’t serve them, and they are experiencing FREEDOM to abstain and still enjoy being in the presence of their friends and family. This is especially true during the holiday season.  All those baked goods and rich foods are tempting, and they are delicious!  But, the fit minded woman will choose her favorites without guilt and happily say no to the things that she doesn’t enjoy or need in her life.

*Joy and Freedom– She is not in prison to her fitness plan or her nutrition program.  The whole point of her deciding to embark on this journey to being healthier was to bring her freedom.  Freedom from foods dictating her emotions and keeping her in chains. The joy of God directing her steps as she stepped outside of her comfort zone and treated her body with care for the first time in who knows how long.  She is working to break free from the chains and the lies the enemy has told her for so long about her body, her worth, her appearance, her value……and she hears the truth for the first time in a long time.

When I started the mission of Be a Size You, it was so important to me that women experience true freedom and joy and have faith in the process.  I get frustrated with fitness programs and nutrition programs sometimes, because they can seem rigid even if they weren’t designed to be so, and when a person is just beginning their journey, their old habits are hard to break and the lies are still very loud in their minds.  It takes time, it takes encouragement, it takes a lot of grace, and it isn’t just as simple as saying “fit people don’t skip workouts.”

It is so much more than that. So much more.  I have been guilty of saying “No Excuses” before as a virtual health coach, but I am thankful that God has been laying me low to teach me how to better love and serve those who want to live well and truly “Be a Size You.”

Praying for each of you as you embark on your own personal journey of fitness, faith, and health.  I am always here to help you. It is my greatest joy to serve you in that way.

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

Let’s Get Ahead This Holiday Season

Halloween is on Tuesday, which means more than likely, our homes will be filled to the brim with all of our favorite candies and chocolates. I know for myself, I am going to make sure to have a few of my favorites, and then get rid of the rest. This girl does enjoy her Reese’s and Butterfingers!

Then, before you know it, we will be in full Thanksgiving and Christmas mode. The days are going to FLY. You know it is true.

It happens every year, and every year we say we are not going to get behind.

We are going to enjoy the season.

We are going to take care of ourselves.

But then, we find ourselves frazzled and overwhelmed, and our health more often than not takes a major hit.

I see too many Mamas being taken out during this season due to stress or a common cold or flu.

Not this time. Not you.

We can’t prevent everything from happening. Sometimes we just get sick. But, we can take care of ourselves.

That means we can move our bodies for 30 minutes a few days a week and feel good about it.

We can eat nourishing foods, not be on a diet, and still bake and enjoy our favorites during the season.

We can get ahead of the bustle. We can not let the busyness control us. We set the tone.

Happy wives and mommas make for happier homes.

I have opened up 5 spots for my 1:1 health and fitness coaching.

But I can only take 5 women.

You get a fitness plan.

A nutrition guide.

The option to Maximize your efforts and expedite your results with a daily dose of brainless nutrition in Shakeology.

You get me. One on one. Encouraging you. Walking through this with you. Answering your questions. Being your cheerleader, no matter your goals.

You get a buddy and a coach.

You ready to get ahead of it this year? You ready to finally put off all the reasons (too busy, too expensive, no resources, no support) and take care of you?

Because let me tell you. All those gifts you want to get for your kids? I can guarantee the best gift you can give them is a healthy mama. A mama that wants to be around as long as God wills. But you need to take the initiative and take care of yourself.

I have been there before. I know it can be hard and you don’t think it is worth investing in because you have so many other things to invest in.

But you, Mama, are worth it.

Join me. To be considered, apply here.

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

13 Years…..

Thirteen years of marriage today.  I was 23 and Dan had just celebrated his 26th birthday earlier that month.

We were young and in love and so ready to take that next step into our forever.  This photo captures a funny moment during our vows when Dan was reciting his portion and he repeated the vows “for richer or poorer” and he said:

“For richer and much much poorer.”

Ha!!! And our pastor laughed and told him “You can’t get much poorer than you are now!”

I think, in the course of 13 years, we have learned a lot during our time in our marriage.

13 years of constantly growing.

13 years of saying I am sorry.

13 years of I love you.

13 years of extending grace to one another when disappointments or failed expectations are evident.

13 years of constantly learning how to love one another in our love language (I am acts of service and words of affirmation. Dan is physical touch and gifts..and we still get these wrong!!!!)

We have seen extreme valleys and hardships. We have experienced incredible blessing on mountaintops. God has gifted us with two incredible human beings that we love to death and would do anything for.

We have had to learn, over and over again, to fight for each other, because no one else will.  No one outside of our marriage will fight for us.

That doesn’t mean they don’t love us. Others want good for us.

But when the hard times have come on us, we have had to learn how to lay down our weapons and not fight against each other, as though we were one opposing teams.

We fight side by side. We carry each other’s burdens. We go through hard times together.

And we celebrate in victory together.  Because of the ONE who has bonded us together.

We are going through a valley right now, but I know the end is on the other side.

And even if it is not, He is still good.

And I will still have him by my side.

Happy anniversary to my love.

Tiffany