Meet Ellie


Hi there! I'm glad you stopped by. My name is Ellie, and my husband is Mr. Handsome. Of course that's not the name on his birth certificate, but I'm into nicknames, so I thought that would be a fun way to refer to him on my blog.

We have been married since June 2015, so my blog archive features plenty of posts about our DIY, 300-guest wedding, which we planned in three short months. 

After the wedding, we jetted off to Grand Cayman for a week honeymoon before moving to Tennessee. My dad graciously gave us airline points, so the only thing we paid for was a rental car and a condo. 

Mr. Handsome is a dentist, and I'm a journalist. Both of us have a passion for serving others and making an impact on the world. My time is consumed by blogging, homemaking, and outlining a book based on my grandmother's WWII story.

My husband is one of seven children, and while there are only two children in my family, both of us would love to have several kids. Right now, we are focusing on growing closer to each other and to God, as we look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for our future.

We enjoy outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and camping. Mr. Handsome is an avid fisherman, and I am currently trying to develop an appreciation for that hobby. It must be working because last summer, I spent over an hour wading in water that had to be about 60 degrees, and even though I didn't catch a single fish, I still managed to enjoy myself. I'm not sure why...

My blog features a wide variety of posts, including recipes, organization tips, celebrity interviews, movie reviews, and details of our life in Tennessee. 

So that's us in a nutshell.  We're pretty exciting, aren't we? Feel free to comment or shoot me an email at NashvilleWife@gmail.com.

To hear the story of how Mr. handsome and I met, click here.
To read about my homeschool journey, click here

40 comments:

  1. Anonymous10/05/2015

    Sometimes I worry I will never find a husband or have children. I'm in my late-30s and still don't feel close to finding him. I'm a good Christian girl. What should I do?

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    1. My heart and prayers go out to you. That sounds rough. I would encourage you to lean into God and to focus on growing closer to Him through prayer and Bible reading.

      I love this quote, although I'm not sure who said it: "A woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ, that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.”

      Praying for you, dear sister!
      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous10/21/2015

      I know you didn't ask me, but I hope I can offer a bit of encouragement!

      Have you ever heard of Leslie Ludy? She writes some amazing books on Christian relationships and singleness. I would definitely recommend checking her books out!!!

      It's important to remember that even good things can become idols. It can be easy to let our God-given desire for marriage become an idol in our lives. But we were created to be completely filled by God, not by a man, no matter how godly he is! It is only when we are completely satisfied in God that He will write us a beautiful love story. Not all of us are called to get married. Are you okay with the notion of that? If not, it is probably a good indicator that marriage is an idol in your life. Believe me, I know how rough it can be, but just press into God and trust that He will make everything work out for your good!

      Blessings,

      Another single sister-in-Christ

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    3. Sometimes you need to do more than pray and wait. There is nothing against God in being more proactive in examining what could be preventing you meeting 'The One', or recognising him. Do you have a very specific type of man in mind, and are closing your heart unduly to others? Is the type of man you are attracted to unsuitable for whatever emotional reasons are causing you to be attracted to that type? Are you socialising enough to have enough opportunity to meet him? I don't know you, so I don't know, but sometimes you have to be a little more proactive than just hoping. God is all for developing ourselves - we have to help His will along sometimes. Very few people are granted their dream life by Him without identifying issues which may be holding us back.

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    4. Anonymous11/05/2015

      If getting married and having kids is really important to you I can understand why this could be upsetting. However you are still young and the best thing you can do is put yourself out there. At the end of the day the right guy will come along eventually, but at the same time maybe look into adoption or having children on your own if that's a priority for you. I just think that you shouldn't worry about this at your age :)

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    5. Anonymous2/22/2016

      I don't know if this post is still being followed, but I definitely agree that being proactive in meeting new people is important. It’s all very well to pray and work on yourself, but if you don’t have many opportunities to meet people in your daily life, you’ll have little chance of finding a happy relationship. Personally, I highly recommend dating websites. Yes, there are varied people on them, but they are not all about shallow connections. And there are definitely good men on such sites who are looking for a serious relationship leading towards marriage. I’m pretty sure there are Christian versions of these sites.
      I found myself single in my early 30s, with little opportunity to meet new people, and I have no idea how I would have found my wonderful man if I hadn’t used online tools. Now I’m 34 and we are very happy, planning to buy a house together, get married and start a family within the next few years. Several of my friends have had similar happy stories in their 30s, including late 30s. So, don’t despair, just be proactive ! Even if you don’t find a potential husband, you may well expand your circle of likeminded friends.

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  2. Anonymous10/13/2015

    Just curious Ellie... what is Mr. Handsome's "real" name??:D
    ~Brooke~

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    1. Hi Brooke,

      I chose the nickname "Mr. Handsome" when I mentioned him on another one of my blogs last year. It suits him well, so I figure there's no need to use his real name. Most other bloggers seem to have fun nicknames for their husbands, as well. :)

      ~Ellie

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    2. Anonymous10/20/2015

      Thank for responding Ellie;)
      I like nicknames too, and Mr. Handsome seems just fine:)
      ~Brooke~

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  3. No offence but the use of 'Mr Handsome' sounds a bit immature but each to their own.

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    1. Anonymous11/17/2015

      I do not agree....i think its funny, and maybe Mr. Handsome dosent want everybody to know his name. And im sure Ellie would respect that.

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    2. :D When I blogged, my husband was "Big Lug" and our son was "Kidlet", because he looks at me with the same trust Piglet looks at Winnie-The-Pooh.

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    3. Love those nicknames, Alberta Rose!

      Ellie

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    4. Anonymous10/15/2016

      What's immature? He's a Mr., and he's handsome. Sounds pretty descriptive to me.

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  4. And I think it's a nice way to refer to her husband without having to reveal his real name.

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  5. 5 to 10 children!?!? I am trying to convince my husband for a 2nd baby!

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    1. Anonymous11/13/2015

      lol. (; that comment struck me funny sorry! (;

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  6. We just got married this July. My husband doesn't want to have children until he has, at least, a bachelor's degree in the medical industry. I am working towards either, a double major in economics and finance, or a major in economics and minor in finance. Before we even met, we each had trouble in college. In that, we are late bloomers. He only wants 1 or 2 children. I always imagined 4 to 6. We were engaged for 6 months, and honestly, we only knew each other 2 months before that. That's what happens when two mothers are good friends. It was arranged in a way. We have issues with attending church. We haven't stepped in one since August. We still have our faith, it's just that we keep coming up with excuses not to go. Then we both feel guilty. My mother wants us to attend her church, since we haven't gone back to his mother's church. I am beginning to wonder if we should just find another one. We're both nondenominational, but I prefer serious, intellectual sermons and passionate, traditional music. He prefers comical, political sermons and modern, upbeat music. I know none of that should matter, but we are starting to argue more often--it hasn't even been a year. We don't even pray together anymore.

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that, Jacquline! Can I recommend a book to you? A friend of mine is having similar issues in her marriage, and she has been reading "The Power of a Praying Wife" by Stormie Omartian. It's a wonderful book that will give you Scripture based prayers for your hubby and help you understand some of the Spiritual struggles that men face. I have been reading it, too, and I love it! The author has also written "The Power of a Praying Husband," in case your hubby sees your book and wants one of his own. :)

      Praying for you!
      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous12/06/2015

      Do not lose heart... it takes time. btw, the book Ellie recommended is great!! A++++!!!!

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  7. Anonymous12/03/2015

    Do you currently live close to the Willis Family?? Also would you be of the same religion??

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    1. Hi there!

      We live fairly close to the Willises and are of the same religion. (We are all Bible believing Christians.)

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  8. Anonymous12/12/2015

    I think we all know how the Duggar and Bates families feel about abortion, divorce, the homosexuals, and modesty!!!! Would you like to share how the Willis family feels about these subjects????!!! Thanks!!!!! Love all your blogs!!!!!

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  9. Hi there!

    The Willises have similar beliefs. They are a homeschooling, conservative Christian family that follows the Bible and loves each other and the Lord. :)

    Blessings,
    Ellie

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  10. Anonymous12/15/2015

    Ellie,
    I have been having a problem getting to different links on this blog and the Bates blog, half the time I click on a link, for instances I just tried to view the 'more wedding pictures' that was in a picture on the right and the whole page changes into an ad, I am not sure what the heck it is doing this for I have followed your blogs for months and just recently had this issue :(
    Loyal Reader!

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    1. Hi Loyal Reader,

      Thank you for bringing that to my attention. Most likely it is just a glitch. Let me know if the problem persists, and in the meantime, I'll see what I can do to solve it.

      I am blessed to have you as a reader. :)
      Ellie

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  11. I have really enjoyed reading your blog! Thank you for the recipes and cute ideas! Also, I nominated you for the Liebster Award Challenge over at my blog,and I'd love for you to participate! (http://megans-journals.blogspot.com/2016/01/liebster-award-tag.html) Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Megan! I'll have to take a look at it! :)

      Ellie

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  12. We were married Sept.1959. My husband makes the comment "are we ever married!"
    Have a beautiful happy life always seeking God's will.

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    1. Congratulations on almost six decades of marriage, Joanne! What a blessing! What advice do you have to share with us newlyweds?

      Ellie

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  13. Anonymous2/27/2016

    Do you think you will ever give us his name?

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    1. I like the nickname Mr. Handsome. :)

      Ellie

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  14. Paula Jacoby3/11/2016

    Congrats on your marriage Ellie. I live in Columbia TN which is about 45 minutes south of Nashville. I love Nashville. Happy you are here. You and your husband make an adorable couple. You are certainly one busy lady with the blogs and setting up home in a new area as well as still adjusting to married life. God bless you and your hubby. Glad to meet you and enjoy Nashville.

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    1. Thank you, Paula! Let me know if you have anything to share about Nashville. :)

      God bless you, too!
      Ellie

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  15. Anonymous3/30/2016

    Hi Gorgeous Ellie and Mr Handsome, I live in Australia, and was initially a fan of the Duggars, but now I simply adore the Bates Family.
    God Bless you and your Mum for keeping us up to date all these past years on the day to day movements of these two families. You really have worked very hard!
    And now I know who you are, I'm going to follow your post regularly!
    Your friend from over the miles. Elizabeth

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    1. How sweet of you, Elizabeth! Thanks for being a loyal reader. I look forward to reading your comments on my blog :)

      Ellie

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  16. Hi there Ellie!
    You and your husband seem really happy together! In the courting/dating process, did you guys keep to any particular rules e.g. chaperones etc.? And how do you ensure in your relationship, Christ always comes first?
    P.S. I am an avid reader of all your blogs E (Sydney, Australia)

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    1. Hi Ella,

      We did have boundaries during our pre-marriage relationship. I think it's important that every couple create their own boundaries. I would suggest spending a lot of time in group settings with family and friends, but you do want to factor in time for personal conversations between the two of you. As for how to keep Christ the center of your relationship, we went to church together whenever we were in the same place. He also led a Bible study that I joined in on a few times. We had a lot of spiritual conversations to make sure we were on the same page, and we read a couple books, although we didn't finish them completely. Hope this helps! I'm blessed to have you as a reader. :)

      Ellie

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  17. Great story! What college did you attend? I am looking for ideas for my kids:)

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    1. Hi happymom,

      I attended a large, public university. It was a busy environment, but I was able to find a solid community of friends and a church home.

      Ellie

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