"There is Beauty and Clarity that comes from Simplicity that we sometimes do not Appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions." ~President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, September 29, 2014

Biloxi, Mississippi 2014

Mabel is always happy when there's trees. 
:) 
We got "jerseys 'cause we make a good team" 
'Murica.
  
We loved the time we spent at the beach. Thankfully 
we have not died from the flesh eating bacteria that apparently 
is in the water... when we found that out, we kept our distance from the 
water, but not the beach. 

Having two jobs is definitely a challenge. Avoiding eating sandwiches and cookies, as well as owning every piece of clothing was not easy... 
Who knew we would be spending our 1 year anniversary in the south? 
What an amazing year it has been, and it just keeps getting better. :) 
This was a neat moment. I gave my boss a copy of The Book of Mormon. 
He has told me he is reading it. Small steps. Planting a seed. Missionary work is so gratifying. 

Remember that time we found a stray dog and named him Oscar? 
We owned a dog for a good ten minutes before he found his way out of our backyard :( 
 And there was that other time you grew out your mustache?
That was dead sexy. :)
I turned 24. Traditional doughnut cake.
Jake threw what was left away.
>:(... haha
Probably for the best. 
And then! We discovered a place
where now all doughnuts are
just not the same.
THE TATONUT SHOP!!!! 
Potato flour. That's where it's at. p:

Your mouth is watering right now isn't it? 

One of the things I love most, is seeing my man 
in his uniform. It makes me so honored and proud to 
be his wife. 
We had the wonderful opportunity to attend
a ball for the Air Force's birthday.
What an experience. 
Most favorite moments:
Hearing a POW veteran from the Vietnam War speak.
And dancing with my love outside on the balcony. It was just us 
two. So romantic. He is the best. :)
And last but not least, our home for the past 8 months.
(photo credit: my awesome mom who came to visit us)
I have loved the great time we've had here together. 
Jacob has done such a fantastic job in school for weather.
He is now graduating Thursday. We are moving Friday to our
next adventure. South Carolina! 
Thank you Biloxi for giving us this experience. Your southern food
is not like anything I've ever had, oh and your people aren't too bad either. We also 
enjoyed your crazy weather. What's even better is I have my own personal weather 
man to tell me what's going on. I love it. 
I have a pretty awesome life. 
Here's to binge blogging. 8 months worth of pictures. 
(there are more but I'll spare you. You have probably seen most of this
on my Instagram, seeing as that is where I have documented most my life. I 
still love to blog. I will try to be better. We'll see.) :P 
Love,
Miss Mabel

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I'm an Airman's Wife






























Is there such a word to describe how I feel about this trip? 
I have been separated from my dear husband for two and a half months, not hearing his 
voice everyday, only communicating through letters... it has been tough. 

Everything in this trip fell into place. If that makes sense. I enjoyed every moment of this experience.
Thursday: Airman's Run, Coin Ceremony, Tap Out, Tour the Base. 
 On the Airman's Run I was in a pretty ideal spot for seeing Jake. 
I got lucky, my first glimpse of him was just that, a glimpse. He saw me and sneakily smiled and waved at me. My heart just skipped!
Coin Ceremony was neat, but dragged on. I was ready to see my Airman! Haha
Tap Out is where the Airmen stand at ease and the loved ones go and "tap" their man....give them a hug and a kiss(wives & girlfriends of course)
My heart was racing as I walked over to where Jake was standing. 
What a great moment that was! 
It's an indescribable thing to be reunited with your loved one. 
I loved it. :)

Friday: Graduation Parade, Tour of Dorms, Town Pass.
The actual graduation was way cool to witness. I tried to post some the videos I had on here, but it won't work, I'll just post them on Facebook.
Really cool.
I then got to see where he lived for 8.5 weeks. Astonishing how neat it all was. Haha 
Jake was on the laundry crew, I finally got to see where he spent a lot of his time. :) I 
believe Jake will be doing the laundry and folding from now on ;) Ha. Just kidding babe(sorta) 
Then Town Pass! Wahoo! That was fun.
Saturday: Town Pass=Riverwalk.
Again, way fun.
:) 
Sunday: Our Last Day. 
We spent this day very well. 
Most important: we took the Sacrament. 
 We went to take pictures of the planes and of each other of course :)
 My favorite part of this trip? Besides everything? Our talks. the Best. 

What a weekend. I loved it. I love my Airman. I'm so proud of him and what he's accomplished. 
He is my Hero. 

Love,
Miss Mabel H.
P.S. I saved the best news for last. 
I am going to Mississippi after all to be with Jake. 
That just puts the cherry on top. 
:)  

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ima Ready

 This is me excitedly reading one of Jacob's letters. My favorite is when there are pages. Last week I got a 6 page letter! Fills my heart with joy.
I made a poster for Jacob's graduation next week. The funny thing is he is color blind... so he may not be able to see the different colors.... whoops. haha.

6 days left!!! I love that I can count that on my fingers!

I'm excited to surprise him with his new Seahawks shirt and with my new haircut. :)

I am "Extremely Proud" of my Airman!

Love,
Miss Mabel H.

Monday, February 3, 2014

February.

I just have to wait until the end of this month to see Jake.

I can do this.

Breathe in, Breathe out.

Some sad news, Jake's tech school will be less than six months which means I can't move down to Mississippi with him :( :( :( The good news is we'll be able to call each other every day. And every now and then I'll fly down to be with him.

I do consider myself very blessed, despite my hubby being gone. I have awesome in-laws. I have fun things to do. This afternoon I went and did Zumba! Wow was that a work-out! Way fun.

I read a really good Ensign message this evening with my mom-in-law. "Living a Life of Peace, Joy, and Purpose." Richard G. Scott wrote it. It was a good reminder about having character. Living by eternal truths and not by circumstance. You should read it. One thing I want to be better at is reading the whole Ensign through, before the month ends. I am so uplifted by what is written.

I am super excited to see Jake. For the first time I see him, I'm planning on wearing a Seahawks shirt... You know, the one that has champion on it. :) I'm gonna get Jake one of these shirts too. It's going to be way awesome! You gotta admit, the Seahawks did incredible yesterday. :)

I got a letter from Jake today. That is the highlight of my whole week. Haha every letter I get, I read over and over again. I can't explain why, I just do. Here's an excerpt from this weeks letter:
"Mabs, if we go to another country, will you/do you want to learn the language w/ me?? I want others to look at us and say 'wow they made the most of their opportunites.'"
This just gets me excited for the life we're going to have. Who knows if we'll make it out of the country, but I just love Jake's enthusiasm to want to learn. I responded to him, that I would do my very best. :) 

I love you Jacob Aaron Hardwick!
Stay Safe and Be Strong.

 Love,
Miss Mabel H.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Look how Adorable!





I found this cute card at this cute little shop called the Tea Room. It's a boutique/cafe, real good. Anyway, this is how I keep in contact with Jake, mostly through letter writing. A phone call once a week, I think he's going to call Sunday. 
I'm really enjoying the writing aspect of this adventure. Sadly I haven't received a letter yet, who knows why they haven't given him a chance to send anything, but me? I like giving Jake something to look forward to. I'm sure he will get into a rhythm soon where he can write more frequently and such... We'll see how it goes :) 
Just keep swimming! 


Love,
Miss Mabel H. 

I'm sending Jake this one to give him a laugh. Haha