the way family

two adventurous newlyweds documenting their simple life together

Month: January, 2014

Fashion Friday


Happy Friday, peeps!!
Today I rolled out of bed and put on these clothes and left for work, and you can tell, especially by my tangly dirty hair (more on my tangly dirty hair later)!
But who cares, cause it’s Friday and I am so glad for the weekend and the adventures we have planned.
Hope you have a great one!

(Tee: American apparel, jeans and sweater: anthro, boots: clarke)

Jesus’s Mission

After Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and nights, practicing the spiritual disciplines of fasting, prayer, solitude, and meditation (in preparation for public ministry & to set an example for us) he returns to Nazareth where he speaks in the synagogue (church). Jesus is rejected in Nazareth (this makes me wonder if He would be accepted in our modern-day Sunday morning gatherings) and He continues His public ministry after stating His mission in Luke 4:18. Again, I love the amplified translation (but the ESV is great too).

His mission was and is to release the captives, give the blind sight, and deliver those who are oppressed! Christ is freedom and apart from Him there is no true and lasting liberty, deliverance, sight, rest, peace, and comfort. Where the Spirit of The Lord is there is freedom. His yoke is easy and His burden is light, come to Him and He will give you rest.

So He came to Nazareth, [that Nazareth] where He had been brought up, and He entered the synagogue, as was His custom on the Sabbath day. And He stood up to read. And there was handed to Him [the roll of] the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened (unrolled) the book and found the place where it was written, [Isa. 61:1, 2.] The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound]. [Isa. 61:1, 2.] Then He rolled up the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were gazing [attentively] at Him. And He began to speak to them: Today this Scripture has been fulfilled while you are present and hearing. (Luke 4:16-22 AMP)


Capturing God’s Beautiful Creation

I have a camera, it’s a sony nex-6 and I really like it. It has wifi built in, I can control it with my iPhone or iPad and upload the pictures directly to my phone or iPad or computer instantly. It has a ton of settings and I really don’t know much about what they do. I am not a photographer, and I don’t really want to become a photographer, but I do want to share God’s beautiful creation with everyone around me. Unfortunately, even with all the technology and advances that we have made over the centuries, there is no device that could properly represent the beauty in creation. This is a picture that I took tonight of the stars. I noticed that Orion was out tonight and wanted to see the rest of the stars and see if maybe the Milky Way could be seen using my camera (I couldn’t see it, maybe I was positioned in the wrong direction or maybe it is not visible due to light pollution). One day I hope to get better at taking pictures of stars, but for now- I guess this will have to do.


P.s. isn’t it crazy to think how long the light from the stars take to get here and how big they must be? Some of the stars in the picture could be so far away that they burnt out years ago but the light is still traveling to reach us


To see the hi resolution version visit:



we’ve been married for a month today! we love being married!20140128-143242.jpg




heres to thousands more cups of coffee, thousands more back scratches, thousands more hikes and camping trips, and thousands more cuddly mornings.


Big Sur

Last week we went to Big Sur– it was Hanna’s first time there. The drive was more beautiful than I remembered. California, in my opinion, is the best state (although I haven’t been to Alaska yet). if it wasn’t so expensive and there weren’t so many stupid career politicians making so many ridiculous laws I believe it would be the #1 place to live, out of anywhere in the world. California has it all: mountains, rolling hills, forests, ocean, lakes, desert, and amazing state/national parks- it even has huge cities, traffic, and really rude people (for those of you enjoy those things, please feel free to visit LA).

We went camping for only one night–we both agreed that it was not enough, and we plan to go back for more soon. the mountains refresh my soul, they restore me mentally, physically, and spiritually. The ocean calms me and reminds me how small I am and how small the worries of my life really are and how big and thoughtful and caring the Creator is.

Big Sur is where the mountains meet the sea. whenever the mountains meet the sea, I develop a loss for words and am lost in awe and wonder (and often times annoyed with loud obnoxious people surrounding the beauty and splendor).

Here is a collection of pictures that I took (along with a couple of myself that Hanna took) and although I am not a photographer in any way, I hope that these pictures display just a hint of the beauty that Big Sur has to offer. Enjoy!



one of our favorites.

20140126-181747.jpgpatagonia is one of our most favorite companies, and has been for a few years. yes, its outdoorsy and adventurous reputation and stylish designs are very attractive, to the majority of people and to us, but that is not the reason we love it.

there is somewhat of resource crisis happening on our planet earth. now before you call me a dirty hippie or one of those tree huggers (though I very well may be both of those), hear me out: if every human on the earth consumed the way the average american consumes, humans would be using up more than four planets’ worth of resources. aka making our planet not sustainable at all. there are too many people demanding too much stuff at the cheapest possible price, which in turn, ends up being the cheapest possible quality, which then ends up becoming unusable and thrown out within X-amount of days/weeks/months. we work harder and harder for money to pay for these things that we don’t need and will soon lose interest in. But the thing is, no one realizes this. No one gets that companies are in it for the money, not the quality of product. companies are using the resources of this earth and slave labor at the cheapest they can get it in order to make cheap, poor quality products. and since it was so cheap for them to make it, its cheap for us, the consumers, to buy it, thus creating some sort of appeal. but no one realizes the effect its taking on our planet, the damage it’s done to our home. “We are sleepwalking into disaster, going faster and faster to get to where no one wants to be.”  (Dr Peter Senge).

now this is where patagonia comes in. patagonia’s mission statement is as follows: “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” they are currently (for the next two years) doing hardcore research to combat this resource crisis taking place as a result of consumerism. they are hiring super smart research scientists and economists and psychologists, in an effort to figure out a way to start fixing and undoing all these years of crazy consumerism.

their belief is that the simple life begins with owning less stuff. and i (along with my handsome husband) fully agree. we have started to get rid of things we don’t need/haven’t used. we are selling two laptops, an iPad, one of my better sweaters, and donating lots and lots of clothing (mine). i have stopped buying clothes that are cheap quality (aka ALL i used to buy). its hard!!!! its a complete mindset change, really! but it is so much better to have only a few very good quality items than soo many mediocre items.  this is what our generation and our whole country needs to realize!!

[now here are some photos of us with our most favorite and loved patagonia products]

20140126-181701.jpg[zach with his pullover better sweater]

20140126-181721.jpg[me with my brand new nano-puff jacket (thanks to gift cards!!!!)]

20140126-201054.jpg[my fjord flannel <3 (aka the softest and most comfortable flannel i have ever ever ever worn)]

patagonia makes very good quality products. they have a lifetime warranty, called the Great Pacific Iron Works Guarantee, on every item they make. that means you can bring or send in a jacket with a torn seam or broken zipper, after having worn it for years, and get it fixed for free. thats incredible. and that’s a company that knows its products are good. they are committed to good quality without harming the earth, animals, or people–they are committed to striving towards these four words: quality, innovation, responsibility, simplicity. sounds pretty good to me.

so yes, patagonia inspires adventure and is pretty trendy and cool and fun. but the company’s mindset and mission is so much more than cool-colored outdoorsy clothing! it is so so much more.  that is why we love it and that is why we hope you will check it out.



daily encouragement

in him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight  making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

in him, we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,  so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

ephesians 1:7-14


since our ceremony was family-only and we wanted basically everyone we know to celebrate with us, we had a huge reception with a country fair, dinner, and dancing. for the country fair, we had tickets “for sale” (really it was donation basis, instead of a money dance) and games for people to play, like three-legged race, knock-down, archery, and arm wrestling (along with cotton candy and popcorn)! Then those tickets were entered into the raffle and at the end of the night, we drew for winners! The prizes were: a Stanley thermos, zachs favorite ax, a $50 gift card to my company, Han-made, and a crocheted blanket! Overall, I had SO much fun at the reception, and I was blown away with the love and encouragement we got from everyone who came!20140120-005255.jpg20140120-005304.jpg20140120-005313.jpg20140120-005322.jpg20140120-005329.jpg20140120-005341.jpg20140120-005351.jpg20140120-005400.jpg20140120-005414.jpg20140120-005438.jpg20140120-005451.jpg20140120-005525.jpg20140120-005539.jpg20140120-005554.jpg20140120-005616.jpg20140120-005625.jpg20140120-005636.jpg

















wedding party