10 things you didn't know about us...


Hi there,

Its been a little bit quite around this little site. Mostly because we've been flying and when we're not flying we're busy working at our very busy, but very awesome jobs. In the meantime, I thought it would be neat to give you a special 10 things you didn't know about mr. Ben and I. Double points if you actually know these things in that they are rather random...

Random Facts
Number One: Ben loves chocolate milk, but doesn't like normal milk. ( I found this out today...)

Number Two: Brittany has a promising career of cartoon voices. Ben tells her so on a regular basis

Number Three: Whenever Ben and I are driving together and spot a vacant building, we draft up plans for a comic book shop/ cupcake shoppe

Number Four: Brittany dreams of opening up a bakery with a nerdy style and pretty cupcakes and pies

Number Five: Ben is incredibly good at drumming. He learned his skills at rockband. At first I doubted, but he's shown me. He's amazing-on real drums

Number Six: Brittany has played violin for 5 years, doesn't talk about it much, and doesn't play for anyone but ben and her parents cuz she gets nervous. She's actually okay at it.

Number Seven: Ben collects comic books and from this he has taken his wife to the most obscure places on the planet.He brings her because she's amazing at treasure hunting. His voice heightens in excitement when he sees a huge amount of comic books and general states " NO WAY!"

Number Eight :  Brittany loves taking pictures of Ben and making Ben shrines because he's so hunky.

Number Nine: Ben has a man crush on the entire Band of Relient K.

Lucky Number 10: This next month we'll be married for 6 whole months!

Soon, I'll show you all our pretty pictures of animals, food, thanksgiving and pretty sunsets....Hooray!

Dear Husband.....


You're the bee's knees.

Thanks for getting us home safe and sound, for making me breakfast, and for rocking out to christmas toons.

Mrs. Sprague, thanks for letting us stay at your cozy home and eat your delicious food for an entire week. You're the bomb. Plus, thanks for the pretty necklace you helped me make.

Dear Snow, I like Arizona better.

Dear 27 days till we celebrate jesus' Birthday...I'm super pumped about you.

Ben, you're so rad....

A little funny to brighten your day.....

Letter to my 16-year-old self....


A few of my friends in the blog community have been posting letters to their sixteen-year-old selves. I love reading them. They are quite thought provoking. It left me thinking what I would tell my self if I could. If I could write my little sweet self, I would tell you this:

If you're reading this right when you turned 16, you're ridiculously excited because you can finally date! . Kudos in letting the boy you will date ask you and not jumping the gun by asking him. Its a good lesson to learn and will serve you later in life. The boy you're thinking of right now, you'll  make a year and a quarter commitment and ride that out, but I have to tell you (somewhat reassuringly) it will end. Don't work yourself up thinking that this relationship is the 'one' nor worry about him when you begin to feel like its not. In fact, I recommend not spending the later 6 months of the relationship debating if you really want this, let it go once you start feeling it. Enjoy his friendship, and treasure the time. You'll reminisce later, but ultimately, he'll move on and so will you.(In fact, he'll have a girlfriend in less than a few months after you guys break up. Yes, you won that bet.)

Since that will be the case, spent some more time with your girlfriends and with that one crazy guy friend of yours. One of your girlfriends will turn out to be your closest friend through college and even marriage (but I won't tell you which one.) So invest in all of them, wisely. Your girlfriends are precious. And so are you.

You worry a lot about how you look, its in part because of some of the 'friends' you choose, if any guy or girl for that matter begins to joke about you losing weight, dont internalize it. In fact, go ahead and quit being their friend. You wait to do this far past the due date, and then have to sort through a lot of comments just to realize that none of them were true. Listen to your mom, she knows the truth and sees that your 115 pounds is just fine. (And it is.)

On that note, you may not realize it, but I think you vaguely do....your parents really matter. You end up spending a great deal of your senior year with them which later influences your college years. Your mom is incredible, and there's a TON more to her than you know. You get to find out how strong she is and how wonderful she is in college. Your dad will end up talking you through some of your most gut-wrenching college lectures and your mom will comfort you through a good chunk of your young adult life. So appreciate the sweetness of hanging out with them and laughing with them. You'll get to later, but its not the same as when you see their faces everyday and your mom does your laundry. By the way, you should thank her for that.

Now there's a friend of yours in particular that you need to let go. Its a boy, and he's mean to you. Your mom was right, he's not worth investing in a friendship. Listen. Its okay to have some friendships die so that you can spend your energies on the people that really care for you. You don't realize how much your friends treasure you and you chase after friendships that don't really matter. Luckily, your friends are more loyal than you are and they stay by your side. Choose not to put them through that. Treasure them. You have INCREDIBLE friends, who grow up to be even more remarkable people.

Be apart of their lives...don't insist they're just a part of yours.

Other than that, I'm happy to say you turn out okay. You find out who you are even after your sister leaves. You end up having an amazing college roommate and some really great college girlfriends.You land a pretty sweet gig and you marry a man with a beard (weird I know!) He ends up being even better than you ever dreamed up at 16, or 21 for that matter, and you live in a big city and help people that live there. Your college years are really fun, but don't spend so much time looking for 'the one.' You actually meet him right away (like...first semester) but aren't ready for any type of relationship anyways, nor will you realize how awesome he is for a while ..so quit while your ahead and wait for him to tell you (and trust me he will tell you Loud and Clear.) You make some smart moves in college and you pick the best guy on all of campus (and all the other campuses in fact) to be your husband. and you turn 21 without having partied and are quite okay with that. Your choices aren't the average college experience, but leave you with some dignity that you didn't go with the flow.Everything turns out really good. There will be times when you think I've lied to you and it doesn't feel like it...but trust me, it really is wonderful.

I want you to work really hard at this one thing: Pay attention to the here and now and stop worrying about the future. Think "One Day at a Time." If you dont, you'll race through your life and feel like you've been cheated. So just stop and rest.

Now go hug your mom, call your friends and invite them over and don't' spend so much time on the phone, get out and travel your tiny town and take pictures! You later will put these pictures in scrapbooks and treasure these moments fondly!

Over all, britt I've gotta tell you, Life turns out even better than you hoped it would.

What would you say to your 16 year old self?If you choose to write a letter and would like to share it, link it in the comments and I'll be sure to read it. Its such a good thing to think about....Happy Friday!

Overtime, Chocolate cheesecake and weird fish..


So, I've been wondering about Mr. Bruce lately. He's a pretty odd fish, and does some pretty funny things. This we know and we accept. However, most recently he's been digging his head in the rocks.. he puts his head underneath the little rocks and just hangs out there and doesn't move. (Ha, yes I've moved the tank around and he is not in fact dead.) I keep checking on him thinking he died...but he didn't..he just likes to stick his head in the ground...He's an odd little one, but he's family...

To be honest, these past two weeks have been pretty hectic. I keep holding my breath and counting to ten just to feel less stressed. (It works, if you haven't tried it, just take a SUPER deep breath and count to ten, breathing out you'll feel tingly.)
In order to deal with the lack of sunlight and the lack of sleep what do I do?

1. Plan out vacations Ben and I are going to. Italy, Little weekend getaways, random advertisements that show up in my mailbox from the airlines.... :)

2.Plan out all sorts of christmas presents

3.Make Pies!

This cute freebie is sitting on my fridge. It helps me breath a little. Ben walked into the kitchen after I printed it, read the quote and said "Truth..." He then later commented how he liked that sign we put on our fridge (*hint hint*) ha...  So...I made him chocolate cheesecake tonight while he was gone (not pie, but still delicious.) I'm excited to show him. I even took a chocolate covered wafer and skinned it to have chocolate shavings. It looks pretty fantastic, surprisingly enough. I'm pumped.
Just FYI: If my life plans fail, I'm opening up a bakery. I may do so anyways. I really do love it.

So folks, the Spragues are two tired people, but we're counting the days till we get to see Ben's fam! (We're Pumped to see you guys!) and in the meantime eating pie (or cheesecake.)

Things on the Agenda....


1. Make Pad Thai-Homemade-Holla! (I never knew there was such a thing as 'fish sauce...")

2. Going on a hott date with my now shaven, baby-faced husband (yay for novembeard competitions)

3. Make pretty Christmas Presents!


5. Chocolate Cheesecake
 6. Breana having a baby (any time now little boy child)
7. Snuggling since the weathers getting chilly.
8. ROCKBAND (I will rock someday)
9. Dancing for Jesus
10. GOING TO ARIZONA in 3 weeks!

(All pictures were google imaged: Pad Thai, beard, rosette bib necklace,Vote, and Chocolate Cheesecake")

P.S. In btwn these very exciting moments are very normal moments. Although I tend to write solely about the great things about our lives, I hope my lovely readers realize that we both have downer-days and sad moments. This blog is simply a way for us to praise Jesus for all his greatness. Our struggles and heartache are for us to struggle through and become victorious. Not for good ol blog entries. (Just wanted you to know, so you know theres a whole lot of realness and normalness to the lives of beardless men and crazy haired women.)