Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Catching Up

When I posted about our engagement last year, I didn't expect it to be over a year before my next post but between a very busy year and computer issues, blogger was pushed to the back burner.



On May 18th, Andrew and I were married! It was a beautiful wedding and both of us couldn't have imagined a more wonderful, special, perfect day. (Mom posted about our wedding with lots of pictures on her blog: The Preparations, The Ceremony, The People, The Celebration.)



Right after the wedding, we left for our two-week honeymoon to San Francisco and Seattle. The weather was perfect, the sights were spectacular, and we were thrilled that after our long-distance relationship we were finally able to be together knowing that we wouldn't have to say goodbye to each other in a few days.



In June, we went back to my hometown for my sister's graduation and to pack up all my possessions to move to my new home with Andrew in the south. We were fortunate to have my dad help us drive the moving truck and to have my mom fly down to help us get me settled into my new house.



Andrew teaches which meant we had the summer to get settled into our home and married life together with a very relaxed schedule. It was sweet to have that time with each other.



Because I was living in a whole new place with no family except Andrew close by, we decided to adopt a dog to be a companion for me during the day when Andrew was a work. We adopted Pepper (a 1 1/2 year-old rescue lab/rottweiler mix) in August.



Just two weeks after we brought Pepper home, we found out we were expecting a baby! We were beyond excited!



With my morning sickness and pregnancy fatigue, Pepper (who was supposed to be my responsibility) soon became Andrew's dog. She loves her daddy and gets so excited when he comes home at night. With a new baby coming, we are both very happy that she gravitated towards Andrew so I won't feel as guilty for not giving her as much attention once I have a newborn to take care of.



December brought the good news via sonogram of a healthy baby boy. It was so nice to finally know a little more about our little one and to be able to start calling him by the name we chose for him: Caleb Mark (Mark is Andrew's Dad's name).



My pregnancy has been a very healthy one with no complications. It hasn't been the easiest with morning sickness, fatigue, sciatica flare-ups, and now third trimester aches and pains but we are so thankful that those inconvenient symptoms aren't hazardous to my health or Caleb's.



From now until my due date in May we will be busy visiting with family, putting finishing touches on the nursery, and doing a few small house projects to get ready for a new baby. 


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Engaged!

I have some exciting news! I am engaged!



Andrew proposed to me on a rainy January day under an umbrella and I said YES!



These past few months have been full of excitement! 

In July, my pastor's wife told my sister (they're good friends) that I should meet her single cousin who was visiting her. Melinda and Kristin set it up so that I could meet Andrew at Bible study. 



I arrived at Bible study and saw Andrew and he didn't say one word to me the entire night. (Later on I learned that Andrew thought I didn't show up until Melinda pointed me out right before I left.) Suffice it to say, I was very disappointed.



Later on that evening, I got a text from Melinda inviting me to dinner the next night to play games and meet her cousin. Of course I accepted! The evening went very well and before I left, Andrew asked me for my number and set up a time to call me the next week. 



The next day Andrew was scheduled to fly back home so I was surprised to get a text from him that his flight was canceled and he couldn't get another one for two days. He asked if he could take me out to dinner. That evening we went to Your Pie, walked through HomeGoods, and talked for hours. The next morning we went kayaking together. (I had just gotten a new kayak the week before. Perfect!)



After he was back home, we started talking and Skyping with one another. Soon he was planning another visit to see me. 



After visiting me in September, Andrew asked my dad for permission to date me. We were both so excited! 



I planned a visit to see him in October. It was nice to see where he lived and worked, visit his church, and meet some of his friends. 




Andrew was away on business for my November 2 birthday, so he made a trip up to visit me a couple weeks later. During that weekend, my family and friends planned a surprise party for me. I was so excited and thankful that Andrew could be there to share that with me. 



Over Christmas, Andrew was able to plan a longer visit and his parents were even able to come up so that I could meet them and they could meet me. I loved his parents right away and they loved me! It was nice to spend time getting to know them and getting to know Andrew better. 



When it was time for Andrew to leave to go back home, tears were shed and "I love you"s were exchanged. 



The times between visits seemed to last much longer now that we were growing closer. 



In January it was my turn to visit Andrew. 



We took a day trip on that rainy Saturday and as we were walking on a beautiful terrace under an umbrella, Andrew asked if I would marry him and I said yes! 

Andrew made this mug for me


He pulled a beautiful wooden ring box (that he made) out of his pocket. Inside was his great-grandmother's engagement ring. If I could pick any ring in the world, I would have chosen one like that one. The amazing thing was Andrew didn't even have to get it resized...it fit me perfectly! 




Our parents were THRILLED to get a picture text from us with the good news. 




The rest of the weekend was spent calling our loved ones and closest friends and excitedly planning our wedding!

Andrew carved these hearts years ago to give to his future wife someday. He gave them to me for Valentine's Day.


We've set the date for May 18 and wedding plans are in full swing!




For years, I have wondered if I would ever find the right man but God graciously sent me Andrew and I am so thankful! Not only is he a handsome and kind man, he is a funny, creative, super smart, thoughtful, responsible, Godly man. 




Andrew appreciates my sense of humor and my love of insects and creepy crawlies. We both love photography, reading, nature and we both get a thrill out of unusual things like octopus and tardigrades. We are perfect for one another! 




Andrew, I can't wait until May when we become husband and wife and start our life together. 



I have found the one whom my soul loves. 
~Song of Solomon 3:4~


***Photos by my very talented and dear friends Frances and Gary***

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas Decorations - 2018

I get excited when the time finally comes to decorate for Christmas! (Actually, I get excited when the Christmas season finally gets here!) It's always such fun to think about what decorations I want to use and where I want to put them. 
















Joy has dawned upon the world, 
Promised from creation— 
God’s salvation now unfurled, 
Hope for ev’ry nation.
"Joy Has Dawned" by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Meet Judah Nathaniel

I have a brand new nephew! Judah Nathaniel made his arrival on Wednesday, August 22.

I asked my sister if I would be able to come over and take his newborn photos. She said yes! Judah was an angel during his session. He only cried once and after a quick snuggle with his mama and a little bit of bouncing with his oldest sister, he was ready to finish his shoot. 




After his photo session, Judah was joined by his siblings.

Gavin, Maddie, Owen, Ben, Alaine, and Macie all took their turn with their baby brother.


We are in love!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Make Me Thy Fuel, Flame of God

I saw the last stanza of this poem a few weeks ago on facebook and I've been thinking about the words since then. 


From prayer that asks that I may be 
Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee, 
From fearing when I should aspire, 
From faltering when I should climb higher 
From silken self, O Captain, free 
Thy soldier who would follow Thee. 

From subtle love of softening things, 
From easy choices, weakenings, 
(Not thus are spirits fortified, 
Not this way went the Crucified) 
From all that dims Thy Calvary 
O Lamb of God, deliver me. 

Give me the love that leads the way, 
The faith that nothing can dismay 
The hope no disappointments tire, 
The passion that will burn like fire; 
Let me not sink to be a clod; 
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God. 

 —Amy Carmichael

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 Book Challenge

For the past couple years I've used a reading challenge to try to boost my reading. Since I keep very busy, its easy to let reading get pushed to the back of my list. Having a reading challenge to try to complete is an easy way to accomplish some reading. 

Last year I finished 11 of the 12 themes. I was reading a book to complete the last theme but I didn't set aside quite enough time to finish before the end of the year. Hoping to complete the whole challenge this year!



Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Ornaments

This year, both my grandmothers have passed down to me some ornaments that were on my parents' childhood trees. 



The Silent Night ornament is from my maternal grandmother, Gammy, and the striped one is from my paternal grandmother, Mommom.






In addition to the boxes given to me by my grandmothers, I also have a couple boxes that were my great-aunt Lynn's and several that Dad found at a yard sale and gave to me. 



Not only do these ornaments thrill my vintage soul, they are something special to carry on to the next generation.