My Story

Hi, I'm Christie.  Thanks for stopping by and looking around!  First and foremost, I am a child of God.  He is my savior and my rock.  There is not a day that I could survive without Him.  

I am married to my best friend, Jason.  He is a Marine Combat Instructor in the USMC.  I am so proud of him, every day, and so blessed to share this life with him.  He is my perfect match.  He's my handy man, spider killer, golf playing, car fixin',  "Swamp People" addicted, patient, comedic, Call of Duty master, amazingly handsome hero.  His bravery amazes me each day, and his love for me makes this life so sweet.  We have been married 7 years, are parents to a "fur baby", Kojak, an energetic 3 year old Australian Shepherd, we hope to be parents to a baby of the human kind in the near future, and we live in Eastern NC.  It's truly a military town here, but we choose to see the beauty in living so close to the ocean!

I am the first born daughter to the most wonderful parents who are going on 33 years strong (longer if you count the years they dated!).  They have set such a wonderful example for their kids on what it means to love... love your spouse, love your family, and most importantly, to love God.  I love my parents so much and have been so richly blessed by a really close relationship with them both.  I will always be a "Daddy's Girl", growing up, I remember following him any and every where, wanting to go to work with him, and listening to his bedtime stories about enchanted forests with talking tree stumps and the tree of tranquility.  He made me tough enough without forgetting I was a girly girl, taught me how to not be gullible, taught me to dance by standing on his feet, taught me how to mow the yard (which I actually enjoy), taught me to drive, and taught me what to look for in a husband, just to name a few.  He was the first man in my life, and he still has my heart.  I am just like my momma, and that is something I love!  I was her frilly girl, the one who let her do my hair and dress me up in poofy dresses.  I would sneak in her room and use her make up, trying to put it on just like I always watched her do.  Anytime I got sick (and I get sick a lot!), she was the one person I needed, and she was always there, and I still love to have her with me when I feel bad.  She is my comfort, we can sit and talk for hours.  She is my shopping buddy.  She taught me how to be a lady, she taught me how to cook, decorate, take care of a house, cross stitch, knit, and how to be a wife, she learned everything there was to know about diabetes when I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at age 12 and took charge when I couldn't wrap my head around it all.  She is my biggest cheerleader, and is fiercely protective of her family.  My parents made me who I am today, and they are amazing.

I am a big sister to two beautiful little sisters (even though I think they are both going to be taller than me), Ashley and Alaina.  Ashley and I grew up together as we are a little less than 3 years apart in age, and were each other's constant playmate, partner in crime, shoulder to lean on, and confidant.  We would fight like crazy growing up, but it was always short lived since she knew how to change the mood from angry to humorous with just a few words.  She would sing to me when I was sad, and beat me up or shove my face in the snow just because she knew she was stronger and more athletic than me, and would get so mad when I came up out of the snow laughing.  We could be mean to each other, but nobody else could.  Ashley would do anything for anybody, she is a giver, and has a heart of gold.  We are total opposites, she is sarcastic, funny, her style is relaxed, she is laid back, and she is not a "feelings" type of person.  I am emotional, an organizational freak, I like to dress up, I can never think of a funny or sarcastic thing to say in the moment, and I love to "talk it out".  But we work.  She is my Ashwee.  Alaina, our little surprise.  She came along when I was 13!  That little girl taught us so much.  She was a spirited girl growing up.  She brought us so much joy and laughter.  She could give looks that no 2 year old should know about.  She would scream at us in a Russian-like accent from the bathroom when we called for her to stop washing her hands after two or three minutes.  It was so neat being older and watching her grow up, I can remember so much about her life, and see how she's grown, not only physically, but also in her personality, her faith, her whole life.  She is a tomboy, she loves her animals, all animals really, she has a heart for God, she has a voice that will bring tears to your eyes when she sings, she's quiet but loud with her family, she gives hugs that go on for days, and she's always quick to help when she can.  We are so alike, yet so different, and now that she's a teenager, we have started to form that close sister relationship as well, and it makes me so happy!  I love my little sisters, life has been so much more fun with sisters, and I count myself lucky to have these two as mine.

Ashley is married to Matt, who has become like a real brother to me.  He is now the oldest "kid" in our family, and will always hit the milestones before me;o)  He will do anything he can to help people.  He is patient, kind, and provides for his family.  Together, they have a 7 year old son, Austin.  Our sweet, sweet nephew.  This little boy has added so much to our family.  He is so thoughtful, funny, smart, and goofy.  He has called me Eesie since he was little, since he couldn't say my name.  It kind of stuck and I like it.  He made me an aunt, and that has been one of my most favorite roles.  He loves cars and computers, and I just know he's going to do something big.  He has an imagination that goes on and on.  He loves to be with the "boys", but is just as happy hanging out with the gals.  He's a little ladies man already.  Austin, my handsome boy.  We also have another sweet nephew, Landon, who is waiting for us in heaven.  I can't wait to meet that little boy one day.  We miss him everyday, but know that he is in a far better place than us, thanks to a merciful heavenly father.

Now that you know a little about my family, and the people who have played the biggest part in my life, I'll tell you a little more about me personally, if you are still reading after my novel, but hey, my family and husband are awesome!

I am a part time photographer.  I do it in my spare time, and love it!  I use a Nikon d90 and I am spoiled to it.  I don't think I will ever have another camera other than a Nikon.  I specialize in family, baby/children, portraits, couples, and maternity.  Those are my favorite types of sessions.  Being a marine wife is my number one job.  I love it.  We decided early on that I wouldn't have a traditional job unless we needed it.  And so far, God has blessed us to where I can stay home.  We never know when we may have to move, and Jason's schedule as a marine is never predictable.  It's nice to be able to be flexible, since there are times when he can't be.  Plus, we are hoping to have kids one day, and I would love to stay home with them, like my mom did with us.  I love the water, I love to shop, I love to organize and make lists, I enjoy baking, crafting, blogging, and believe it or not, cleaning.  Just not bathrooms.  I like to read, I love music, especially while driving with the windows down or while cleaning.  My favorite season is fall, and my favorite holiday is Christmas.  I like to water ski, play putt-putt, race go-karts, and I like to have projects.  I have a purse, lip gloss, and shoe habit.  I love decorating and playing ball with my dog.  I like to take walks with Jason, and I like to dance and play Wii.  I'm kind of random, and usually say what's on my mind.  I don't like to argue or fight, and usually end up crying.  I am long winded (obviously), but am a good listener.  I don't have a whole lot of friends, but the ones I do have are the best, and I think that's more important.  SO!  That's me and my story.  Thanks for taking the time to read and learn a little about me, I hope you enjoyed your visit!