Lifestyle, marriage

Roberts Adventures: Camping in Kanopolis

Growing up, I remember loving the INDOORS. I hated bugs (ok, I still hate bugs), hated scratchy grass, and didn’t like getting all sweaty. Maybe that’s a typical girl thing, but I’m so thankful my love for adventure and outdoors has grown over the years. Now I truly love being out in God’s creation and seeing new places!

Thankfully, I married a man who also loves the outdoors, and his love has only helped me appreciate God’s creation even more. Brady had us register for a bunch of camping gear for our wedding and we finally got to put it to use a couple of weekends ago at Kanopolis State Park. We had a BLAST and truly found a gem in Kansas! (I am so sad to report that the pictures I took on my camera somehow got deleted. I’m super bummed! So please enjoy these iPhone photos in their place. 😉 )

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We pitched our tent at the Rockwall campsite and loved where we ended up! The lake is beautiful and there are rock ledges surrounding it. I’m glad we went earlier in the season because it wasn’t too hard to find a spot that wasn’t surrounded by big groups. I imagine it gets pretty busy though in the coming months!

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On our first night we found one of the hiking trails and did some walking. It was incredibly peaceful, we saw some wildlife, and we figured out that I take 12 steps for every 10 steps Brady takes, haha. These are important things to learn! The further we got on our hike, the more unique the boulders and cliffs around us became. It was stunning, even with most of the plants being brown still.

We came back to our campsite, gathered some brush and wood, and managed to build a fire with the windy weather. Brady did an amazing job! We grilled some brats and made campfire cones. We filled waffle cones with marshmallows, Reese’s, and banana and then wrapped them in foil and put them over the fire. They were so, so good! It felt pretty awesome to make your food on a fire that you created!

When we woke up in the morning, we brought out our camping grill to make french press coffee, eggs, and sausage. We were able to sit by the lake and soak in some time with Jesus as we sipped our coffee and it was wonderful. Those are my favorite moments! We then packed up camp and headed to find some more hiking.

We ended up at Horsethief Canyon after seeing some great reviews. The trail definitely didn’t disappoint! There were so many points where we felt like we were in an old western movie and not in the middle of Kansas. The rock formations were incredible, and the sand that had fallen off of the unusually soft rocks was bright yellow and so fun to touch. We ended up getting off the trail and semi-lost for a bit, but we found our way back and had a great 1 hour hike!

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After our hike we headed home! It was a quick trip, but so refreshing for us to get outside and do something new together. We would love to go back soon and explore some other trails and camp sites. Kansas is so beautiful!

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Ok, your turn! Where are your favorite places to find adventure? Have you found some great things to do outside in Kansas? We’d love to explore more based off your suggestions! 🙂

 

Lifestyle, marriage

Our Best Day Ever

December 10th, 2016

I remember waking up that morning with so much peace. I was going to marry my best friend that day. My accountability partner. My adventure buddy. The man who made me better and showed me Jesus. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world!

Now that it’s been 2 1/2 months, I’m so sad that some of the details of our day are becoming a blur. This day wasn’t perfect, but it was perfect for us.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget seeing Brady for the first time that day, or how cold it was when we took our pictures. I’ll never forget my bridesmaids and I getting stuck in a van right before the ceremony, or looking at our loved ones as I walked down the aisle, or Brady’s dad (who was also our officiant) tearing up when he talked about his son. I’ll never forget my sweet husband reading his handwritten vows to me, or the fact that we forgot about glasses for our first toast and used mugs instead (way more us anyway). I’ll never forget dancing with some of my best friends at the reception, or being COVERED in fake snow as we made our grand exit.

I don’t ever want to forget these things, and I’m forever grateful that Kelcy Leigh Photography was there to capture the day for when my memories fade. I found Kelcy through social media awhile ago. (Her Instagram is killer!) I have always loved her heart to capture the love present at weddings and her pictures are stunning. I instantly knew I wanted her to photograph our wedding and I’m so thankful it worked out, even with a short engagement timeline!

Brady and I got coffee with Kelcy before our engagement picture session and we instantly felt connected. She is fun, spunky, easy to talk to, and made us feel super comfortable as we shared our story with her and went over wedding details. As we took pictures we were able to laugh and be ourselves and felt totally comfortable doing something we weren’t super familiar with. Brady even had fun taking our pictures which is a big win! 😉

Our wedding day was no different. I loved having Kelcy there with us along with her second shooter, Conlee Arpin. Even though it was quite chilly, we had fun taking pictures before the ceremony with our favorite people. One thing I really appreciated about Kelcy is that she listens to what you want and is willing to take the pictures you feel you need!

I would recommend Kelcy to anyone in need of a wedding or portrait photographer. You’re guaranteed to have a good time, make a new friend, and to get some beautiful pictures in the process. Visit her website if you’d like more information!

And now I will bombard you with pictures. 😉

Photos: Kelcy Leigh Photography

Hair and Make Up: Bri Bloyer Designs

Venue: Camp Hiawatha

Flowers: Susan’s Floral

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Yep. Our best day ever.

Lifestyle, marriage

Love Your Spouse Challenge

Walking through Target’s aisle of glittery pink and red heart decor brought back the many mixed emotions Valentine’s Day has caused me through the years.

It started with being little and hoping my crush put a valentine in my homemade, glittery box. Then we move to high school, where having a boyfriend in February was a big deal, and if you were single you’d try and act like you could care less… when deep down you were heartbroken. Next was college, where I learned to enjoy spending the day with my best girlfriends and making ridiculous videos (Lion King music video, anyone?). And now that I am married, I can’t wait to show some extra love to my husband next week!

Wives, when you think about spoiling your husband on this Hallmark holiday, what feelings come up? Joy and excitement? Or maybe you’re more on the lines of resentment and pain?

Our marriages are all in different places and we’re experiencing different things. Maybe you are in a sweet spot where you feel blessed every day to have your husband by your side. Or maybe you’re experiencing trials, and you’re not quite sure how to keep loving the man in your life.

Wherever you’re at, I dare you to take the Love Your Spouse Challenge and see how your marriage improves.

Starting Monday, a few of my favorite ladies and I will be hosting this love challenge in a Facebook group.  Lindsay, Amber, Nichole and I range from married with kids to newly married (that’s me!) and can’t wait to work on loving our husbands and improving our marriages with you!

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Each day the group will consist of ways to pray for your husband, Scripture, date night ideas, and a challenge for you to do FOR your husband. I hear some husbands might be making guest appearances too, so that’ll be fun and entertaining…ha!

We will be in it together, wifey’s, growing to love the men God allows us to do life with. What can a little prayer and service do in your marriage?

This group is completely free! And there might be a fun giveaway at the end… *BONUS*! Comment below or message me on Facebook so I can get you added in! Let’s do this ladies. 🙂

Friday Faves, Lifestyle

Friday Faves Part 1

Happy Friday my friends! I hope you all had a great week and got to experience some nicer weather at least a time or two. I loved feeling the sun a little more than normal! It got me super ready for spring weather.

I thought I’d come to you and share some of my favorite things from this past week! There’s nothing like ending a busy week on a good note. 🙂

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  1. Oliver Joining Our Family!!

December was a big month for the Roberts clan! Brady and I got married, and then 8 days later, Lindsay and Jarred (my sister and brother-in-law) found out they would be adopting sweet baby Oliver. Oli has been such a blessing! He’s adorable, sweet, and totally lights up the face of whoever gets to hold him. 🙂 (I mean seriously… look at him!) God has been so faithful through this process for Lindsay and Jarred and Oliver officially became theirs this past Monday. PRAISE GOD! 😀

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2. New Running Shoes

For Christmas, my dad got me a gift card to purchase some new running shoes. The funny thing is, I haven’t been running much lately. 😉 This gift was the perfect way to motivate me to get back out there, and I am 95% sure I am going to use these babies to train for another half-marathon this spring. Running teaches me a lot about self-discipline, and I’m always amazed at what we can train our bodies to do when we put in the time and effort. So the question is… who wants to be my running buddy?! 😉

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3. Starting the Day at the Kitchen Table

Now that Brady and I are getting into a normal-life routine, we’ve enjoyed starting our day with some coffee and God’s Word at our little kitchen table. These moments are simple, but I really love hearing from God while my husband sits across from me. It’s lovely. 🙂

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4.French Press Coffee

We received a french press as a wedding present and it has been such a treat! Brady has gotten into making it for us most mornings (#myhusbandrocks) and there’s something about it that feels special!

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Kelcy Leigh Photography

5. Being Married for One Month!

Brady and I have officially been married a month as of this past Tuesday! I know it’s a very small amount of time compared to the life we have ahead, but it was fun to reflect on our first month of being Mr. and Mrs. and all the ways we’ve already grown. It was a big jump going from long distance to marriage! I love it so much. 🙂

 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead of you! And to my fellow mid-westerners, stay warm! We will doing some things around our house (hopefully unpacking the last few boxes!) and then heading to Carthage to visit Brady’s old church family. Yay!

Question of the Day:

What’s one of your favorite things from the past week?

Lifestyle

Bring on a New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Ok, so I know I’m a few days late, but having a fresh year ahead feels pretty exciting. I’m definitely a goal-oriented person (checking tasks off a list=JOY!), so setting some growth goals for the year was a must-do.

I thought I’d share a few of my goals for the year with you all, and in return, I’d love to hear some of your own! Please feel free to share in the comments below. 🙂  Let’s be vulnerable together!

Nicole’s 2017 Goals

  1. Be more accepting and open to all types of people

This one feels shallow to type out, and it’s probably my most vulnerable goal to share. The Lord has been convicting me lately to get out of my comfort zone and love on people who are different than my “typical crowd.” I want to grow in loving as Jesus loves, no matter what hobbies, interests, or stereotypes someone has.

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2. Launch a church with a team and full support

As you may know, Brady and I will be church planting along with Brady’s brother and sister-in-law in the Delano neighborhood this year. We are SO EXCITED about the plans God has, and we know they are beyond what we can imagine. The four of us will be working hard in the next few months to build a core team of people who are passionate about the vision of this church along with financial and prayer support to help the church function over the next 3 years. I have full faith that God is going to provide these things and I am so thankful to experience His faithfulness in this way!

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3. Pray daily for my husband and our marriage

Prayer is something I’ve been challenged by the Holy Spirit to grow in over the past few years. I love this unseen weapon we have against the enemy and the fact that we have a God who actually LISTENS to us. That blows me away! This year, I want to commit to praying for Brady daily. I want to praise God for the gift he has given me through him, for his spiritual walk, and for his well-being. I also want to pray for our marriage. That the Lord will fight for us and guard us against the enemy, and use our relationship to bring Him glory.

4. Build this blog and use it to minister to women

I have found a love for blogging, writing, and encouraging women as they seek to honor God while living the normal, day-to-day life. I have lots of ideas swimming in my head of how to make this blog more consistent and resources I can provide for you. I am excited about the potential of encouraging women I don’t even know because of the amazing world wide web. I am praying that God will be in my words that I write an that the content will be of value to those who decide to follow me on this journey. If that’s you, thank you so much!! You have no idea how much you reading these words means to me. 🙂

So, there they are. With a little hard work and a lot of Jesus, I totally see these dreams and goals surpassing what I’m envisioning. God is good like that. 🙂

Question of the day:

What is one goal you have for the new year?

Lifestyle, marriage

The Imperfect Bride

I got married to my best friend 12 days ago. I am now Mrs. Roberts. I have a husband. I am a wife. It’s so strange… but so wonderful. I’m a total newbie to marriage, but so far I love it!

The weeks leading up to our wedding day were fun… dress shopping, Pinterest-ing more than ever, planning our honeymoon, getting crafty… but they were also stressful.The world likes to tell us that engagement is the “best time of your life!” etcetera, etcetera. But for me, that wasn’t always true.

The world tells us a lot of things. It tells brides what our weddings should be and how we should look. The world has set a standard for us, and it’s pretty tough not to fall into the traps of comparison while we plan and then have our special day.


Here are a few lessons I learned along the way:

  1. Party planning may not be your thing. If you don’t absolutely love wedding planning, you aren’t crazy and nothing is wrong with you.
  2. Take time to make others feel loved during your planning process and at your wedding.
  3. It doesn’t matter where you get married. The whole point is that you are getting married. No matter where you are, it will be beautiful.
  4. You do not have to be at your ideal weight to be a beautiful bride. This one was hard for me to grasp! Your husband will think you are beautiful, because you are the woman he has chosen to marry. Don’t listen to the lies that you aren’t enough!
  5. You don’t have to get your dress at an upscale boutique in order to love it… and you shouldn’t be ashamed of that.
  6. Not everything will go perfectly on your wedding day. It’s ok! Take a chill pill and laugh about it with your bridesmaids.
  7. Sometimes your “honeymoon pedicure” (I’m talking bright neon orange here) will unexpectedly show through your burgundy wedding shoes. But you know what? No one cares.
  8. A button on your dress might pop off right before you walk down the aisle. But hey, as long as your dress stays put, you’re good to go.
  9. Take time to dance with your besties.
  10. You may not see your husband a lot at your reception. Soak in all of the people who are there to celebrate with you, and remember that you get a vacation with your favorite man in a few hours.
  11. When walking down the aisle take a look at all the faces smiling at you. I felt overwhelmingly loved in that moment!
  12. When you notice a little hiccup in your day, or get stressed about getting pictures done in time, or find out one of your groomsmen’s pants don’t fit, take a few moments to refocus. Yes, you want your day to be lovely, but all in all, it’s about so much more. It’s about Jesus uniting you and your husband in a way we can’t comprehend. It’s about bringing glory to your Creator and thanking Him for His good gifts. Everything else is fun, but don’t let it become your focus.

Future brides, don’t fall into the traps of having the most “perfect” wedding possible. In the end, your day will be perfect because you will be marrying the man of your dreams with all of your favorite people surrounding you!

Focus on the beauty of marriage, and let the other standards fall away. 


Ladies, what lessons did you learn in your wedding planning process?

Lifestyle, marriage

Brady+Nicole

September 3rd, 2016 was a day I will never forget! Brady Roberts asked me to be his wife, and it was the easiest decision of my life to say “YES!” A handful of you have asked for some details from that night so I thought I’d share them here. We are in love! So keep reading if you’re up for a little mushy and gushy every now and then. 😉

Brady and I’s story is nontraditional, and I think that’s why I love it so much! We met a little over a year ago, went on one date, Brady called it quits (I love reminding him of this now, ha!), and then decided to try again this past February. Brady did an amazing job of focusing on our friendship and going through each step of our relationship very prayer-fully. I couldn’t ask for a better leader, and I’ve loved every step of this journey together!

Oh heyyyy Matt…

So now on to what you’ve been waiting for…

Labor Day weekend was going to be a busy time for us! I was traveling to Carthage (where Brady lives) at the beginning of the weekend, then we were traveling to the lake with my family, back to Carthage for church, and then to Junction City to be with his family the rest of the weekend. We had started talking about getting married a few weeks prior which made me think there was a possibility of a proposal over the weekend since we’d be with lots of family. Even with that in mind, Brady totally threw me off and I was shocked with how he did it!

Once I got to Carthage and Brady started talking about the weekend, it seemed like he had no plan to propose and so I tried to make myself stop thinking it was going to happen that weekend. I was advised by friends to not have expectations so that it’d be a great weekend, no matter what! I mayyyy have been a little disappointed, but was still loving time with my best friend.


We got to the lake on Saturday and had an awesome day relaxing and out on the water. We knew we’d be heading back to Carthage after dinner, so when the time came we packed up our things and headed out for the 3 hour drive.

Once we got in the car, Brady realized he had forgotten his wallet. He went back inside, I searched the car, and then we were really out on our way. About 15 minutes down the road I got a call from my dad, telling us that Brady had forgotten his phone. Ha! Since this wasn’t completely unusual (Brady and I are both super forgetful… oh boy) I laughed, Brady totally played it up on being frustrated, and we headed back to the cabin. He kept saying “Your family is going to think I’m such an idiot! I already went back in for my wallet.” to which I replied “No they won’t, I’ll just go in with you. You’ll be fine.” 😉

We got back to the cabin and headed inside. I went in before Brady, totally expecting to see my family sitting there playing games, to a dark room filled with candles. It took me a few seconds to realize what was going on! I saw some red roses and a big golden R at the center, and that’s when it finally clicked. 🙂 Apparently, my first words were “What?! Are you kidding me?!”


From here, all I remember is turning around, hugging Brady, and non-stop laugh crying. 🙂

To give a little background, Brady decided that we wouldn’t say I love you or kiss until/unless we got engaged. This definitely wasn’t easy, but I am so thankful it is something we did!

After hugging for awhile, Brady went through a list of things he loves about me, and finished with saying “I love you, Nicole.” It was so refreshing to finally say those words back to him! From there he grabbed the ring, got down on one knee, and asked me to be his wife. It still seems surreal! I get to be Brady Roberts wife!


We may or may not have finally had our first kiss after this (which was wonderful) and then Brady told me all of the ways he’d been lying to me to make the night possible. 😉 It was so fun to hear about, because I didn’t pick up on any of it! From there we were able to walk over to my aunt and uncle’s cabin, where all of my family, Brady’s family, and one of my best friends were waiting to celebrate with us. It was such a fun night! So many hugs, pictures, and joy-filled smiles.


My beautiful sister helped Brady so much!
Officially part of the fam. 😉

Telling the story!
I love this picture! Love this guy.

Our engagement got to share the date with Connor’s birthday!
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The couple who saw this as a good thing way before we did. 😊

It means the world to Brady and I to have so many excited for us and celebrating with us through this process. God has been so sweet to us through our journey. He has made us best friends, accountability partners, and adventure buddies for life. I love learning alongside Brady, and it still blows me away that we will get to do life together… forever.

Thank you for praying for us! We want to honor God most through our marriage and can’t wait to see what that looks like. Love to you all! 🙂