Monday, May 18, 2020

One Year

Great is Thy Faithfulness!

One year ago today, this song was playing while I walked down the aisle toward the love of my life. A few minutes before that, Andrew walked into the church to the same song. At our reception, we asked all our guests to sing that song along with us. God has been so faithful! Both Andrew and I had been waiting and praying for a Godly spouse and marriage for years. The year before our wedding we didn’t know each other existed and in the Lord’s perfect timing, he answered our prayers and brought us together. A year later God has continued to bless us with His Faithfulness! Our year has been full of joys (the sweetness of settling into married life together, getting a dog, having our sweet baby Caleb {more on that sweet subject here soon!}, and lots of moments full of laughs...) and some more difficult days (adjusting to moving away from my family, morning sickness and other pregnancy discomforts, a global pandemic that changed some of our plans...) but God provided for us so well. 

The best decision I ever made was marrying you, sweetheart, and I’m looking forward to spending many more years with you! ❤️

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.