lately. sweet lately.


life is sweet and pretty. 

lately : 

working on our new home. editing photos. getting ready to transition to only having one car again. 
ethan's coming on full time with me for rcg and many new projects that we'll be starting up. 
we are so . excited . !!! 

ethan bought me flowers. 
he has before and i love flowers. especially white daisies. they have always been my favorite flower. 
ethan calls me his lily so sometimes he's bought lilies for me too. 
and i'm not the kind of girl that wants flowers all the time. 
now, i think they are gorgeous and would not complain if i had fresh flowers all the time. 
they make the house happier and look sweeter, they are beautiful. 
but i'm really not into spending our money on flowers each week. 
we'd love to grow wildflowers in our yard (now that we have a home of our own!) 
so then we can have those in the house all the time no problem. 

but these flowers are extra special. 
it's been a rough bit for the burts. 
ethan working full time, me working full time and needing to get a house ready. 
we didn't have electricity for a while and with ethan working until dark and me unable to do most hard labor, it was really hard for us to stay positive and not get frustrated about the things that needed to get done. 
now we're still having troubles with some pipes and some electrical when all we want to do is get moved in. 
sometimes it's hard to praise through the storms. 
we found ourselves getting short and snippy with each other. 
our pain was higher (we both have injuries) and we were exhausted. 
and we're used to spending all free time together. 
so when we would only see each other for 20 minutes before bed time, we were cranky and not nice.

we've been working hard to save up for this house and now we have to be really careful as to where we allow our money to go. a lot of "stuff" needs to be bought to create a home. 
but there's a lot that doesn't need to be bought, too. and i blame pinterest for tempting me with pretties. ;) 

so these flowers came on a night that i was just the worst that afternoon. 
i was cranky and complaining that i miss my husband and that we aren't having any fun getting this house ready. we're stressed and it's a mess. and we're never going to move in. and so on and lots of crying on the phone. 
ethan helped me get over myself that day and my mood turned around. 
i decided to break from work and make supper. 
i put on my cute apron and Nat King Cole on pandora. 
i was determined to be sweet and loving to my husband that night. he deserves the best, not the worst who called him and was a jerk on the phone earlier. 
ethan came home. flying in the door with the biggest smile on his face and my white daisies. 
he said "gorgeous!" and i turned around from the kitchen sink to see him. 
in all his handsomeness. 
a wonderful song was playing and he took me in his arms and we danced. 
not well because i suck at dancing. 
he said "just follow me" 
um. ridiculous. 

also he said sometime after that we're going to take dance classes one year. 
i need them.

so anyways. e said we need to refocus. and the flowers are for reminding us that we are going to get moved in and good stuff is just around the corner. 
we're used to easy living and things have just gotten tough a bit. 
we're probably going to have way tougher in the years to come. 
but, we have each other and this awesome marriage. 
God is good. 
and daisies are pretty. 




also, the pink vase was $3! and the tiny blue glass vase that is so cute is from a wedding we shot. it was on the tables and we were welcome to take it home with us. um! yes please. 

so, we're still not moved in. 
we have to stain and poly the floors. 
get the pipes fixed and the electrical whatever do dads fixed and THEN we can move in. 
it will be so much fun. even that first day there will be worth all the mess. 
we've never had a home before.
we're ready for this next chapter. 
whatever it may bring.