Fall Family Portraits

I couldn’t help but share my favorites with you!

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Playing Catch-Up

It’s been a little while since I’ve given an update. Life is going well. I certainly can’t complain even if the weather has been a bit of a drag. Lots of dark, dreary, rainy days with high humidity. We do get some sunny afternoons and I try to take advantage of them whenever I can! I love to walk around Treasure Lake and soak in the beauty of creation around me. I try to walk about 4 miles to keep active and to try (in a small way) to keep fit and trim during this third trimester.

“The man” has been working long days and some weekends. I miss him and try to stop by the store to chat for a bit when I’m out and about. On his days off, we try to enjoy our quality time together. Just this past week, we took a little trip to the Elk Center. We saw a few elk but found out that it’s best to go during their mating season when hundreds can be found in the fields! ๐Ÿ™‚

Elk Center

Elk Center

This past weekend, our town geared up for the annual community days. This is a big time for kids and adults alike with food, music, prizes, competitions, a parade, and fireworks! Our church had a booth and gave out about 1200 hugs as well as the book of Romans. So great to be able to spread the love of Jesus to hurting and lonely people and to get the Word of God in their hands!

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Of course, I have to include a few recent baby bump pics! I’m excited to be 30 weeks at this point – this means the countdown is in the single digits now! Perhaps 9 more weeks to go – although I wouldn’t complain it the wee one would decide to make her grand debut just a tad earlier! I’ll hope for the best! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Haven’t had terrible cravings during this pregnancy. I may get in the “mood” for something every now and then but nothing that has lasted to entitle it as a “craving”. I do try to keep hydrated and drink a lot of water. And of course, with a little human growing inside of me….I’ll admit that I like to snack. I think this pic says it all – haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰IMG_8989

 

Of course, I can’t finish this post without saying that I still love my man and enjoy being married to him. He is my best friend and we have some of the greatest times together!

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6 Wonderful Months!

IMG_9555I can hardly believe it has been just over 6 months since I committed my heart and life to my best friend andย my true love! Some girls dream of fairytales and many want to hear the stories of newlyweds living out that fairytale. Well, mine isn’t a fairytale because my story isn’t a fabricated magical story. Rather, it is a life song of praise to my God!

I sit here in my tidy, cozy living room hearing the birds chirp and enjoying the sun shine while my man is outside washing and polishing his truck. Laundry is in the washer and dryer. A glazed strawberry bundt cake is sitting on the kitchen counter. My heart is at peace. My spirit is overwhelmed with joy. My soul is resting in the beauty of what it’s like to be “in love”.

From the moment we said “I Do”, life has had its twists and turns. It hasn’t been easy even from the very first days of our honeymoon. We’ve experienced hardship and trials. We’ve shared tears and joy. But I would never trade it for another life.

God knew exactly what I needed when he gave me “my man”. You see, John is perfect for me so therefore he is the perfect man! Sure he’s a sinner and he would be the first to confess that to anyone; but his heart is genuine and pure. He is motivated by the love of Christ and a desire for holiness. DSC_0101He talks and acts in a gentle way that blesses my heart. He is the leader of our home yet he has a heart of compassion and it’s fueled by his desire to always seek my best. He can sense when I’m down; He listens intently to not just my words but what my heart is “feeling”.

We may not live in a big fancy house or drive impressive sports cars; but what we have is lasting and eternal. We have a love for each other that was cultivated by a love for Christ. We entered marriage knowing that we ought to give 100% of ourselves that it wasn’t 50/50. We knew there would be times of struggle but that was okay because we would walk through those times together, hand in hand.

God saw fit to bless us in an amazing way with a child in the early stages of us being newlyweds and honestly that has brought along its challenges. But with the challenges, it has brought so much joy and anticipation and has even brought us closer together.

I don’t deserve such a good man taking care of me. I don’t deserve his love, kindness, and care. I don’t deserve this gift of marriage nor this beautiful gift of motherhood. These are priceless gems that I hold dear to my heart. God didn’t have to bless me but for some reason He did and I am unworthy. I am ever so grateful to my Lord and Saviour for not seeing me for who I truly am but rather seeing me pure, spotless, and lovely because of Jesus in me! He is the Giver of all good gifts and my heart sings praise to him!

I love you Jesus! I thank you!

I love you, John……you truly make me a better person and I’m just so madly in love with you! โค

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Warm Fuzzies

For those who don’t like “mushy gushy” posts – you may want to skip this one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ya know sometimes in life we take the little things for granted. Sometimes despite how little they may seem, these are the things that touch us the most and our lives wouldn’t be the same without them.

God has blessed my husband with a job and I am blessed by this man working hard to provide for us as a family. The man doesn’t have a set schedule each week. Day to day and week to week varies. Sometimes he is off weekends and other times he has a week day off. Sometimes he goes in early and comes home around 4pm while other days he doesn’t get home till after 7pm.

I usually always have a dinner prepared for us to enjoy when he walks in the door. Now don’t get the wrong impression. I’m not super-wife by any means! Some dinners may be more lavish than others I will admit. I like to experiment and sometimes we have good hearty meat/potato meals, sometimes rice/veggie meals, and other times it’s just a baked potato and a can of chili. ๐Ÿ™‚ At any rate, on his late-working days when we are finished eating and cleaning up, there isn’t much extra time to enjoy together before I am getting sleepy and ready to call the day quits. But you see, the man is more of a night-owl. He’ll stay up for a couple more hours to read and pray or to get a good workout in.

It’s when I’ve gotten ready for my “beauty rest”, that he’ll tuck me in and then lay beside me propped up on his elbow looking into my eyes and caressing my cheek and telling me how beautiful I am, what a wonderful wife I am, and how lucky he is to have me in his life.

I smile. I’m humbled. I feel so loved. I feel so cherished.

I don’t deserve these words. And I try to argue telling him that I’m the lucky one but he always disagrees.

It’s times like these when I realize more and more how blessed I am. It’s times like these when I realize more and more that God gives us exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever ask or think. For a certainty, God loves to give good gifts to His children.

So…”Babe (to “my man”) if you’re reading this…….from the bottom of my heart I thank you for ALL that you are. I love you.”

This is my man. This is my husband. This is my friend.

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The Best Day Ever!

It’s been over two months since the man and I were married! Time is certainly flying by! I’m sorting through hundreds of ceremony pictures, bridal party pictures, reception pictures, and bride/groom pictures. It is quite the task for sure! But very enjoyable! Brings back such good memories that I never want to forget. I’m just trying to narrow down my favorites to put together a photo book – whew!

Remembering the events of that special day are so endearing to my heart! The ceremony was so very special to both my husband and I. We wanted our ceremony to bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ because it was only because of Him that our dreams came true! He deserves all the praise!

As guests arrived and were seated, a slideshow was played featuring favorite verses that had been special to us down through the years along with excerpt’s from my husband’s journal during his searching and waiting for God to bring him a wife. As guests watched this presentation, songs of praise could be heard throughout the sanctuary. My father officiated the ceremony but first a meditation was given by my pastor. Special songs were played and sung during the ceremony, a time of prayer and blessing from our parents was had, a time of prayer between us as husband and wife during the lighting of the unity candle was touching, and before it all ended a shout-out of Jeremiah 33:11 from the wedding party and entire congregation was given. To hear everyone exclaiming in unison a praise to the Lord was phenomenal! It was so very special and seemed so very perfect! What a day it was!

I thought you may all enjoy a peek into what our wedding was like. So here are a few pics of the ceremony.

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It surely was the Best Day Ever! :)ย a very special verse that I clung to down through the years

It's only because of Jesus!ย my nephew, the ring bearer

Awww! the flower girls!ย A069 A075 A108 A167ย ah yes, the KISS! ;)

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Mr. and Mrs. Absher!

Mr. and Mrs. Absher!

the bridal party

the bridal party

Perhaps more pictures of the reception and formal portraits will be coming soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰