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Two and a Half Years

Two and a half years ago something became of us.

It didn't fit into my perfect life plan of marrying my high school sweetheart. I wanted to beat those odds and say, "Look. We were a couple that made it." It didn't fit into my plan - the fighting, the breakup, the comfort of your friendship.

But plans are just expectations we have of the future. They're not set in stone. God works in His own way, and clearly His plan and mine were not harmonious. And you know? That's quite alright by me.

For a long time I felt like I needed to find the perfect person instead of looking for perfection in my person. I vow to you to change that attitude. And with 2.5 years under our belts now, I know that you're all I've been searching for. Maybe tomorrow will be our worst day ever - (who knows? Not me!) - but today is perfect with you, and I'm so blessed that God "messed up" my plans by giving you to me.

Thank you for crying with me. Thank you for being my friend when everyone abandoned me. Thank you for celebrating with me. Thank you for spending copious amounts of time on buses to see me. Thank you for hugging me through my daily frustrations. Thank you for supporting me and encouraging me to keep on keepin' on. Thank you for inspiring me. Thank you rising to my expectations when they've been thrown at you. Thank you for loving me through thick and thin, through highs and lows, through darkness and light. Thank you for believing in me.

I wouldn't want to be rocking back and forth on this sea of life with anyone else. You are what I need in my life right now and I honestly just want to tell you that I love you. I love you and I am here for you in all of the ways you've been here for me. 

Let's survive another six months. ♡ 

Food for Thought

Something that I don't like to give up when I'm working out is a bagel. While I was on the Insanity workout plan, a suggestion was to hollow out bagels. When I don't have bagel thins, this is what I do! It's a really simple way to have some carbs and still maintain a low calorie intake. By hollowing out bagels, you can cut between 80-150 calories.

Invest in a food scale. Trust me. It's one of the most useful tools I own, it was inexpensive (you can find them on Amazon for under $20!), and it helps me tremendously when I want to track my calories and how much I am truly putting into my body. First, weight your bagel. The package will always tell you how many grams counts as a serving. Weighing is important because this is how you'll track how many calories you cut and also if your product is actually *more* than the serving size (which mine was for these photos!)

I use an ice cream scooper when I hollow out my bagels. You can use a spoon, honestly. You'll just gently move around the bagel and scoop out the extra bread, as shown.

(Sometimes the bagel will give you trouble, so it's good to hold it down.)

(The great part about this is you have leftover bread and you *know* how many calories it contains. I use the extra bread to feed geese in the area or to make home made croutons.)

My bagel started off at 99g. I hollowed it out to 57. So, instead of 284 calories, I got it down to 161.8.

I like Follow Your Heart's vegan cream cheese alternative. I'm not into strawberry or flavored options, so plain is best for me. Check your serving sizes on cream cheese or whatever you're putting on as well, as it's really easy to rack up the calories again. But be concerned with actually sustaining your body for a meal. Don't obsess over lowering the calories too much. I also like to put tomato on this when I can, but today wasn't that day. If anything, Insanity taught me how to up my calorie blocks to maintain my body.

Toast your bagel or not, up to you. If you toast it, weigh it again. The grams may have gone down due to taking air out of the bread. If you have measuring tools, measure out your serving sizes and weigh that so you're on point. I just use the scale to gauge this and was lucky enough to get the exact serving size.

Bagel - 284 (100g instead of the 95g serving size)
+ Cream cheese - 100 (31g)


Bagel - 161.8
+ Cream cheese - 100

Why Sponsor a Child?

A question that I get asked in my daily life is why I sponsor a child.

So, here's the back story.

The motivation came two Springs ago when a former member of a youth group I attend on campus came to speak with us about Vision Trust International. Ashley was a several-year sponsor and had had the opportunity to meet her child several times; she had a beautiful story, actually, and she works for Vision Trust now. I thought that was amazing, but probably not possible until I was older. After all; #broke university student life. But then another girl named Taylor, who was only two years ahead of me and in the process of paying back her student loans, came up to speak. She was also a sponsor for a child and I thought - you know what? If she can do it, why can't I?

Of course, I created a relationship with Ashley and bombarded her with questions. How was it? What did the process look like? What was Vision Trust's charity track record? How much money truly went to my child? What countries were available? How often did I get to speak with my child? Was the money deficit noticeable? She was wonderful and answered all of my questions thoroughly. Most importantly, she told me to pray about it.

I spoke to my boyfriend that night and we discussed what sponsoring might look like. I felt so convicted but so uncertain if I could sponsor alone. I wasn't working at the time, and my dad was recently unemployed from his store closing. Oscar suggested that I spend some time in prayer about it. I decided to spend a few weeks praying and talking to God about the decision to sponsor. I asked Him to guide me to a country, to guide me to a child, to guide me to making a Christ-driven decision and not a reckless one. I asked Him to provide me the means to make a difference in a child's life. By June, I was still convicted. I felt that this was something that God placed on my heart and that I was being burdened (in the best way possible) to do. I informed Oscar and we made an agreement to sponsor together. He's pretty great at that - just jumping on board with my crazy decisions!

God immediately pointed me to Diogo. He was a little boy in Brazil and I fell in love. We prayed over it for a week, and we confirmed sponsorship. This past January we discovered that his mother had to relocate based on a pregnancy and job change; we weren't able to sponsor him anymore. It was devastating; when you sponsor a child, you truly feel as though they are your own. Oscar and I talked about whether or not we would sponsor a new child. It was heart-breaking to know that little Diogo would never write us a letter. Lauren, one of VT's directors, immediately contacted me about sponsoring a new child. (These organizations never do that, by the way. They always let you make a decision and don;t "push" children on you.) It seemed as though God made the decision for us.

And so, we've been sponsoring Carlos. He just turned 5 on May 14th. We've received countless letters and updates about and from him, and it truly is amazing. This is all great Elise, but why actually sponsor? I sponsor because I felt it is something that God led me to. (NOW - many of these organizations are Christian-ran. This does not mean that sponsoring is only for Christians, so please don't let that stop you from sponsoring!) Aside from feeling God called me, I just knew it was time to give back. My family was involved with DYFS for years; people went out of their way to provide for me when I had old clothing or wasn't eating much. I wanted to pay that kindness forward. Sponsoring provides the child with tools and uniforms and access to education they otherwise cannot afford; it provides clean food and water for them to gain nourishment; it provides them teachings to the Gospel, which are voluntary (the child still receives resources regardless of participation in church); and it makes an amazing difference in their lives. Knowing that somebody millions of miles away loves you, is praying for you, and will be sending you letters and small gifts makes such a difference in a child's life. So many children live in poverty and abuse and don't understand that there is more out there for them. That's why you should sponsor. You can change a life, one month at a time.

There are many organizations to sponsor through. I chose Vision Trust because of how connected I felt to them, over other organizations like Compassion. If you have any questions at all, please contact me. I love my little Carlos and I still pray for Diogo.

Why Polish Your Post?

I've been looking around at blogs the last week. Something that always threw me with blogging was how polished some posts come off. It makes me question the authenticity of a blogger if their life seems too perfect. You've never stubbed your toe? C'mon now. I admire sunshine in a person. I love positive people because truthfully, it can always be worse and there are so many blessings to account for that we often ignore. But no life is "perfect," even if it is perfect for you.

I like to see anger in posts. I like to see goofiness. I like to see honesty. I like to see an open heart. I think it makes a blog worth reading. Now, I don't have a ton of room to talk as I've been inactive on this website for quite a time to the point that loyal followers now don't pay attention - and that's totally fine, blogging has to be about me. BUT, I know what I want to see and I know that the blogging community lacks it often. It's a big part of why I don't stay around all of the time.

This post is not meant to call anyone out or be negative, by any means! Rather, it's to ask: why polish a post? Grammar aside, let yourself come out in your posts. Don't worry about how aggressive you sound, or if it seems whiny, or if you're just flabbergasted with excitement. Real people living real lives is more of an inspiration than the perfect person. People read you, not necessarily the image you want to sell. Be YOU! Don't polish. I promise you're more perfect when you're not trying to be. Just food for thought!

Side note, if you know any blogs that -are- real, pass them my way!

A Name Change & Opportunity for You

Good evening! It's always such a long time, isn't it? That's life I think. Anyway, welcome to the new blog. It's new in that a) I really need to download a photo editing program so I can make a pretty header and b) there's a new name. Formerly called "The Jersey Flower," I've changed the blog to "How Quaint." I love the old name, but I want to try to go in a new direction. With so many things coming up and so much change happening, I need a positive outlet to share it. Positive being the key word.

The name comes from a running joke in my family. Well, minus my brother and plus my boyfriend Oscar. We went to, I believe, Smithsville two years ago and every little thing my mom said "how quaint." It became really funny and we teased my mom about it. Now, years later, we still crack jokes. When I really sat down to think about it, I realized that quaint is a good way to describe my life. Google defines it as "attractively unusual," and as my life is a series of misunderstandings and happenings I never intended, I think it fits.

On another note, I realize that it's been so long and I have readers who maybe know nothing about me! Don't be shy. I'd really like to have my next post be an honest and open communication between me and you - and it's going to be suuuuuper awkward if nobody responds! SO. Please feel free to ask me questions below that you would want somebody to know about you :) Or you can email me at e.tiralli@gmail.com with "How quaint questions" in the subjectline, some variation of that.

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