Beautiful Life

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I realized that ya’ll might not know something – I GOT MARRIED! Remember that wonderful boyfriend I told you about here and here? Well, he’s allllll mine now. Forever. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…it all starts with a proposal story…

April 20th, 2013 – Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
Our one-year anniversary of dating. {we’re THAT couple}

Well, technically the 19th was the actual anniversary. But that day was a cold and rainy Friday, we went to David’s basketball game {they lost}, shopped at Wal-Mart and then went back to his place to watch the news. So it doesn’t count.

{I did TOTALLY think he was going to propose on our 1 year anniversary, but I was expecting it Friday and it obviously didn’t happen. Not to mention he told me that he went to get the ring he had picked out for me and it had SOLD! So I stopped expecting anything}

Saturday was beach day! We had a fantastic drive, eating grapes and making up alternative lyrics to songs on the radio. When we finally got to our beach destination it was cold and windy. I said, “Why don’t we just go for a walk on the beach. We don’t have to set up our chairs and everything.”
No. David was determined. We were setting up.
Me:”Ok, well, wait for me, I have to go to the bathroom!”
David: “I’ll go ahead and set up for us.”
Me: “No no no! we have to see the ocean for the first time together!” {A dune was blocking our view}
Poor man! Here he was trying to surprise me and I was making it very difficult.
We walked to our beach spot together. We set our towels down and I ran back to use the bathroom. David watched me walk away and I looked back and smiled, thinking, “Aw, we’re having a moment!” Haha! He was just waiting for me to turn the corner so he could put his plan into action!
When I walked back, I saw David sitting on the blanket he had laid out. When I sat next to him he greeted me with the most wonderful, sweetest kiss. My thought, “Well, that was pretty intense for a “you just got back from the bathroom” kiss! But I’ll take it!” And we sat looking at the water for maaaaaybe 15 seconds when David said, “Hey, look over there! What’s that?” It was a little treasure chest peeking out from the sand. “Why don’t you go dig it up!” I danced over {butterflies!} and pulled it out of the sand. Inside was an old looking note that said, “Turn Around.”
I did.
LAnd there was my handsome, amazing and wonderful Love down on one knee looking up at me with an expression that I never will forget.
“Elisa Abele, I love you very much. Will you marry me?”

And of course I said “YES!”


I really never understood those girls that cried when they got engaged. Seriously girls, get it together.

But I was a ball. of. tears.
My knees were weak and I fell into the arms of my {now} husband.

It was amazing.



You can read more about “us” HERE. I tried something new with a new blog title, but Orange and Gray will always have my heart. SO I’m back :)

Krispy Kreme and Honeysuckle.


I always love visiting my parent’s house. This morning my mom texted me at 8 AM saying, “GO GET DONUTS!” And of course, the hot-light was on, so how could I not? We ate donuts, watched “Drop Dead Diva” (addicted), and played with my niece, Hallie Lynne. (Is there anything better than a messy haired baby just waking up from a nap?)

Mom’s backyard smells so sweet. Their fence is covered in honeysuckle and ivy. Absolutely breathtaking.
{I love the south.}

I am seriously so happy with life right now. Sure, there are things I’d change, add or get rid of. But I’m SO loving the now. Early, early this morning, after I saw David off to work, I sat out on the porch with the iPad and found this gem of a picture:


It definitely hit the spot. I’ve read quotes like this MANY times! But it never really clicked. As much as I love the whole “enjoy the moment” stuff, I really am bad at being present in my life. I always have a plan or an idea rolling around in my head.
I’ll be happy when we make more money.
I’ll be happy when the house is clean.
When my list is checked off.
This weekend.
When I’m off work.

etc…etc. etc…

Then I miss out on being happy now.
On enjoying now.

If the Lord wills for me to have a long life then I have quite the journey before I reach my destination. If I’m not savoring and enjoying every step then when can I start to be happy?