Thursday, August 25, 2011

The unexpected expecting.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11

James and I were extremely shocked to find out that we were expecting.  In no place of our imagination had we planned for this to happen, especially this soon.  We hadn't fully adjusted to married life, and now we were being thrown another new and crazy adventure.  We didn't know whether to laugh or cry, be scared or excited, be proud or frustrated, be anxious or we just did it all! 

We realized that it was a blessing behind a screen.  We could make out the greatness of it, but the details were fuzzy.  God showed us that He is gracious and abundant, no matter the mark on our timeline.  We cannot even begin to compare God's timeline to our own, for God does not live by our time, nor we by His.  But He bridges the difference to provide harmony among His children and Himself. What a wonderful God we serve. 

The hardest part so far of being pregnant is mentally preparing myself for raising a child, (ask me in a few week/months, after I've experienced morning sickness, back pain, the labor itself and wearing out the carpet on the way to the bathroom.) It is hard to grasp that in a few short months, I will be responsible for another human life.  I'm convinced that life will change for good.  James is already learning the new baby language and trying to understand this entirely new world.  He's going to be a great dad.  I have no doubt in my mind.  If we have a boy, he'll love the dirt and will be found in the tractor with Daddy all the time.  And if we have a girl, she'll love the dirt and will be found in the tractor with Daddy all the time. It couldn't be any different.

Our dearest child,
We are so very anxious to meet you! God has made you so wonderfully, and we thank Him every day for that.  You are loved so much by Mommy and Daddy.  We're praying for you sweetheart. 

Here we go, growing on a farm...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

What a wonderful moon, honey.

James and I spent a week in Colorado for our honeymoon.  We spent most of our time in the Woodland Park area.  The first three nights we had an adorable little cabin rented.  It was really out in the woods and very relaxing.  We grilled burgers and steaks for most meals.  
Our cabin was about 8 miles from any town, the nearest being named, Divide.  We'll remember Divide mainly because of the restaurant that we tried.  It was called McGentry's Wood Oven Pub.  They did brick oven pizza just like James' parents do.  The pizza was really good! It got us dreaming about starting our own Brick Oven restaurant in Stockham.  Who knows, maybe it will become a reality. :)  
We also spent a day in Manitou Springs, where Summit Ministries is located, (a Christian world view seminar that James attended one summer.)  Manitou is a tourist town, so it has an endless amount of cute stores to check out.  Also they have some of the best frozen custard (for James) and fudge (for me!)  
The weather in Colorado was great.  It was very hot for the area, but coming from NE's July heat and humidity, it felt great!  It seems to rain every day there mid-afternoon for about a 1/2 hour.  Unfortunately, we ran into the afternoon shower as we were visiting the Garden of the gods.  God's beauty was still very evident, even through the rain.  
We were also able to drive to a place called 11-mile Reservoir.  We somehow found the longest route to get there, going through any possible mountain in sight.  It took 2 hours to get there, and we found a hwy that helped us get back in 1/2 hour.  :)  It was fun being able to slow life down a little, and we even found a bunch of donkeys on the road!  
We decided to voyage up the infamous Pike's Peak.  It took about an hour an a half each way.  The drive up was so beautiful I wouldn't have even needed to see from the top, but that really added the cool whip to the top of the pie.  It was so amazing to see God's fingerprints in other areas of the country. We almost get used to the beauty right here underneath us.  The crops, trees, sunsets and sunrises,  they are all wonderful...but I needed to see the mountains to make me grateful for the beauty in my backyard.  We were created by a wonderful God!
Our last night was spent in a nice hotel in Colorado Springs.  I was in much need of something a little more elegant than the cabin. The next morning we started the long drive home. About 8 hours.  As we pull in the driveway we hop out of the car, only to go back to open it realizing that the doors had locked and ALL of our stuff was still in there.   So we try to get into the house and we can't find the house keys anywhere in the garage! So for the first few hours after getting home we were locked out of our car and our house.  Thankfully I can look back now and have a good laugh.  

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I hear the wedding bells...

James and I started dating on July 16, 2007.  We were considered very young, especially for a serious relationship.  We knew that God had great plans for us; we just needed to wait and see what that was.  Well, on February 17, 2011, James proposed.  We planned to get married on our anniversary, (so James wouldn't have to learn a new date!)  This gave one day short of five months to put the wedding together.  It wouldn't have been too much of a project except, I was still in school.  I was in the musical practicing every night of the school week, track was about to start in another week,  I was a senior, trying to figure out my college plans, and planning my graduation party.   Needless to say, I didn't get a whole lot accomplished before school let out.  We hit the planning hard in June and everything came together for a perfect July 16th wedding.  Every bride has a regret of some sort about their wedding, I was told, something that went wrong or that they would change.  Looking back the day after, and now a month after, I still can't come up with anything!  The day was smooth and a beautiful celebration.  James and I had the time of our lives and would easily relive that day.  The wedding couldn't have happened without all the friends and family that was a major help in preparations.  From setting up, to making corsages, to all the food, to great music, it was all without stress from me.  It is so awesome to have that kind of support surrounding me.