Gratituesday — Ice!

Laura, at Heavenly Homemakers, posts so many recipes I love to make and eat! She also posts a blog carnival every Tuesday I have always wanted to participate in. But, each Tuesday morning when I check my blogs, I can never seem to come up with something I am soo overwhelmingly grateful for (honestly, even grateful for at all, but clearly I’m not looking at the small things, but that’s another story), that I felt I had to shout about it from the rooftops. But today is different. Today I do!

Two weeks ago our cabinet installers came to put in our new kitchen cabinets and countertops. The week before, Hubby and I (really, just Hubby) had torn out our old cabinets, pulled out the fridge, and painted in those last, hard to reach spots. Because of the way the previous counter top had been installed, we knew once we pulled the fridge out it wasn’t going back in until the installers arrived. That was fine, except when we pulled it out, we had to seperate it from the water line for our ice maker. No big deal. We still had some ice. All was fine and dandy. Then, once the fridge was replaced, the ice maker wouldn’t work. And it wouldn’t work. For three weeks I didn’t have any ice! I couldn’t have cold drinks without ice. I couldn’t have smoothies without ice. And boy was I really craving a smoothie! So, one night, my handy hubby decided it was finally time to take apart the ice maker! And he found the problem. And he fixed it! And he came running in with the ice bucket to show me our first new pieces of ice. In celebration, all of us, even the Wonder-Puppy, had a piece to suck on and enjoy the wonderful, icey-coolness of ice once again.

Today, I am thankful that I can have ice, and that it is so abunantly available to me. I’m also grateful that I have a handy Hubby who can take apart (and put back together) an ice maker and fix the problem for me.

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More on the Wedding

On the topic of our wedding, here’s a link to a Wordle of our wedding ceremony.

I love how the word “love” is the biggest in the top right corner, and echoed again in the top left.

EDITED: I couldn’t get the link to embed properly. I have no idea what’s wrong, but if anyone has any ideas, please let me know!

A Year and a Week Ago…

Enjoying a short walk together at the reception.

A year and a week ago, Hubby (who I really should start referring to as Ducky — its so much more fun!) and I got hitched! Neither one of us can believe has year as past already; the time has just flown by. I can hardly believe a year ago, I only got a few fitful hours of sleep, felt sick to my stomach and thought I really couldn’t walk down the aisle and make it through the ceremony. In fact, shortly after getting dressed, I considered what my mother’s reaction would be if I told her I didn’t think I could go through with it. Then we were joined by my lovely bridesmaids, and the time flew by until my dad came to get us to walk down the aisle. In fact, we were having such a grand old time, none of us were ready when we were told we needed to head out! Once I made my way down to Hubby/Ducky, it seemed like I blinked and the ceremony was over. When we walked out and into a small room where we had a few moments alone, we looked at each other and said, “that was it!?” (after a nice kiss and laughing and all that good stuff). We couldn’t believe we had waited and planned for soo long to be husband and wife and it all came together in such a short time!

I wanted to share a special moment from our ceremony. We had two scripture readings, the first was the typical 1 Corinthians 13:4-13, and the second was Ephesians 3:14-21.

When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Farther, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts and you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. May He be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.

This means more to me a year later than it did when it was read at our wedding, and I’ll confess I didn’t really hear it too well at the ceremony. Already I have seen Christ bring together and bring about things in my life I never imagined were possible. I have seen, in this difficult first year of marriage, that the more we have trust Christ, the more each of us have individually sought to make Him the most important thing in our lives, the closer we have become and the less difficult the process of building a marriage has become. I feel like I have seen some of the depths of love the human heart is capable of, and yet God loves more than that — even more than I or my husband are capable of loving one another. I know as my marriage continues, as it opens to include children, and someday grandchildren, I will find even more meaning in this passage.

It has been a wonderful year, and I look forward to many, many more. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us!

Happy Anniversary Honey!

It’s Been Awhile

My three faithful readers are probably wondering where on earth I’ve been! Well, I spent a week with these cuties, among others. These were my small group girls (and camp staff member) from youth camp. I had a wonderful time getting to know the kids (and white water rafting), had some really good conversations with one girl in particular, and really saw God moving in many lives. As soon as I got off the bus though, I started to feel a little sick, and was bogged down with a cold for the whole rest of the week. It was all I could do to make it through my day at work. Good thing most of duties the first couple of days consisted of posting camp pictures to Facebook! Monday, Hubby and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary! It’s hard to believe we’ve already been married a year. In a couple of years we’ll be finding it hard to believe we’ve been married for thirty! I wish the days were short and the years long instead of the days being long and the years short. Alas, it just doesn’t work that way. Hubby one of the sweetest things he’s ever done for me while I was away at camp. He sneaked into my office and decorated it for me! I haven’t been in there for very long, and while I had picked out a few things to put in there, I hadn’t hung my memory board or picked out photos for my frames. Not only did Hubby pick out pictures, but he framed them, and left me flowers on my desk! I was so shocked when I walked into my office Monday morning! We had dinner at a nice restaurant, but by the time my dinner came, I felt so bad I was ready to fall asleep at the table! It was not the romantic night I’m sure Hubby had in mind, but as he pointed out, “at least you didn’t feel this way a year ago!” We went camping this weekend to celebrate, and had a great time just talking and enjoying s’mores and our puppy. We’re glad to know the Wonder-Puppy is a champion camper — she stayed in her area of the tent all night. We can’t wait to take her out again! To top it all off, while I was gone our kitchen received new lower cabinets and counter tops! We’re still busy cleaning up from that, but its been fun getting out a lot of our kitchen wedding gifts and finally using them a year later!

So, we’ve been busy, but things seem to be winding down, and I promise to be back with a vengeance!

Granddaddy

Christmas 1992

They told me you were sick
before our visit that Christmas.
You answered the door, your head
shimmering like the gold ornaments
hidden in your tree’s inner branches. The forest
of your hair had been suddenly bulldozed,
and one lone, proud hair stood erect
clinging to life.
When you stooped down to hug me, my heart
dropped out of my eyes, sharp pin pricks beating.

Bubbles

A while ago, I introduced our new family addition, but have neglected to include the most interesting member of my family in any post since then. Shame on me! But, we recently discovered some super cute things Wonder-Puppy likes to do. With all of our summer weddings, Hubby and I have amassed a great collection of bubbles. Sunday morning Hubby was blowing some, and Wonder-Puppy must have thought they looked exactly like her favorite toy, any kind of ball, because she started chasing them, popping them, and trying to eat them. Very funny. We tried it again tonight, and I managed to get a bit of it on video. Enjoy!

 

She’s not as energetic here as she was Sunday morning, mostly because she wore herself out playing in the back yard. I walked into the kitchen to clean up our dinner dishes, and saw out our glass door, a giant, furry, black object fly by. Yes, FLY. Like some kind of giant flying squirrel. Except it was a SEVENTY POUND squirrel. Why was Wonder-Puppy flying? She was chasing her beloved mostly-deflated soccer ball.

Of Weddings and Gardens

Hubby and I just got back from our four-day trek down to Richmond for his brother’s wedding. Normally, I wouldn’t count four solid days with my in-laws in their crazy glory to be high on my “things that are fun” list, but the trip was surprisingly a lot of fun.

We kicked things off Thursday with a trip to the spa. The bride, her matron of honor, two sisters in law and I went for manicures, pedicures, and massages. It was nice to spend some time with my future sister-in-law and her family, and hey, a massage can only help! Her sisters in law were also her bridesmaids, but I was pleased I didn’t feel like I was crashing the bridesmaids party, just included as part of the family. After the spa, we added spouses, and spouses to be, and had dinner.

Friday got off to an early start when hubby had to make a 9 o’clock tee time on the other side of town for golf with the guys. I had breakfast with the fabulous Erin and a great New York style deli near the hotel. All I’m saying is that Challah French Toast is where its at! It was great to catch up with her and to have a break in all the family festivities, not to mention getting to forgo the “on your best behavior” meeting the bride’s relatives and many of my hubby’s for the first time necessitated. Almost directly after this, I headed out with my mother-in-law and my husband’s two aunts to the bridal luncheon. Then, it was back to the hotel to change for the rehearsal and dinner.

The wedding was held in the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, which are absolutely beautiful! If you are ever in Richmond, I highly suggest paying them a visit. After mingling and eating at the rehearsal dinner, hubby and I made our way over to the Children’s Garden, which was near where the ceremony would take place and had the added bonus of have a round stilt house over-looking the water. Walking around there, we decided if we had kids we would take a trip just to visit the gardens. There are all kinds of different areas representing the plant life in different areas of the world, the kids are encouraged to take care and explore all of the plants, and imprints of animal and leaves are all over the concrete walkway to make for a great scavenger hunt. AND they have a great water play area. We loved it!

It was also a perfect setting for an intimate style wedding, which this certainly was. The rain held off until well after the ceremony and pictures. After the bridal party had left, the pastor had a little somethin’ extra to tell the rest of us, saying that if we really wanted their marriage to be successful, we shouldn’t give them advice, we should instead love them, listen to them, support them and, above all, pray for them. With just under a year of marriage under my belt, it really made me think about how often I do things in my marriage because someone else said it worked for them. Just as every person is different, so is every marriage different, and what works for one couple can cause a whole lot of heartache for another. I do think advice is sometimes needed, but I think how much better my marriage would be if I considered the advice I had been given, prayed about it, and asked the person who advised me to pray about it as well. Definitely something to chew on!

So, I’ll leave you my discovery that I can get along really well with my in laws for long periods of time if we have a project to work on together and if I have an attitude of service towards them (which is a hard one), as well as some of my favorite pictures from the weekend. Enjoy!

The Bride and Groom on their way to the rehearsal dinner.

Everyone got some honey made by the groom’s uncle.

Picture frame towards the front of the gardens.

Bridesmaids help the bride with her dress.

The mother of the groom waiting for the ceremony to start.

Mother of the groom with her bouquet and ceremony program.

Congratulations to the happy couple!