It’s been awhile since we’ve had a (nearly) Wordless Wednesday, but since our return from the great state of Hawaii left us with some pretty amazing pictures, now seems like a good time. 🙂 Enjoy & Mahalo!
From Our Hike Up Diamond Head
Our Sunset Dinner Cruise.
Pearl Harbor & the USS Bowfin Submarine
Pacific Aviation Museum
Our Dinner Cruise Catamaran
USS Bowfin Submarine
Kona Brewing Company
Polynesian Cultural Center
Hawaii Baptist Academy – Where I Attended Middle School
Diamond Head – Again
On the flight over…while my hair was still behaving!! 🙂
And there you have it folks – the highlights reel!
Wow – It’s been awhile since we have published a What’s Up Wednesday! But once you see “what’s been up” in the post below…I think you may understand the reasoning for the break from blogging! 🙂 Enjoy the mini picture album, and see how much God can do when you simply say “YES!”
It all started with Craig and I putting our house on the market. We knew it was time to move…but at the time, we had no CLUE of how big God’s plans for us were!
When we made plans to move to Maine, and answered His call to “PACK!”, our house sold in basically the snap of a finger! We knew we would be downsizing, and so we had a grand ol’ two-day yard sale:
After everything had been sold, donated or packed, we took a final look at the beautiful Georgia view from our back porch…
…and we said goodbye to some of our dearest friends…
…and we packed up the biggest moving truck Penske had available…
…and set off for Vacationland (otherwise known as “Maine”)! *If you’re a Lefebvre, you understand why I’m pointing to the grill of this truck…If not, just know this moving truck was an International…and that means it was ‘OK” to make the trip!
We made the LONG drive from Georgia to Maine…
…and arrived safely to our little apartment with the furs!
We started to check out our new neighborhood…
…and enjoyed some delicious seafood and beautiful views along the way!
Our pups enjoyed the ocean for the first time…
…and if you’ve never watched the movie “Marley & Me”, do…and you’ll understand why the beach was such an experience for us… 😉
We celebrated our two-year/cotton wedding anniversary, and received this beautiful cotton bole from my parents in a box!
We celebrated our marriage in Cancun, Mexico!!
We had the most MAGICAL anniversary dinner at Thai Cancun…All of the pictures taken were taken from our own private tiki hut for dinner!!!
When we returned from our whirlwind trip, it was back to work for me! Fortunately, being a youth minister means I have the most rewarding and fun job in the world and we got to see Rend Collective Experiment!! If you have never heard of this band…A) They are AWESOME! and B) Look them up! I especially like their song “Build Your Kingdom Here”!
Next up, we celebrated my 32nd birthday! Craig made me a Gluten-Free Three-Layer Banana Pudding Cake! It was DELICIOUS! And yes, I know, I am incredibly blessed to have such an amazing husband! I don’t take him for granted – at all!
We visited the Victorian House in downtown Portland, Maine, and also the Urban Farm Fermentory…
We walked around downtown Portland, and I found a pier on which to take a Pier picture…
…and we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Street & Co. (also in Downtown Portland)…
…where we, of course, enjoyed the lobster! Lobster Diavolo for Two, to be specific! Yum!!!!And that, my dears, is what has been keeping us so busy! In between all of that, we welcomed our sweet and beautiful niece, Eden, into the world (not in person yet, so that’s coming); we attended a Church conference in middle Maine; we traveled to and from Atlanta because my biological father was in a terrible motorcycle accident (Prayers are still needed for him, please!); and we have been running a youth ministry while I study Biology on the side.
It’s (finally) mid-week! Yay! Remember my mentioning yesterday that it was our One & A Half Year Wedding Anniversary? Awwww… 🙂 We are continuing the celebration through the end of the month – on March 28th, we mark the 3 year anniversary of our first date and the 2 year anniversary of our engagement!
What better way to celebrate than with a collection of pictures from our dating days?
What a wonderful three years together we have enjoyed! Here’s to a lifetime more!
See? I promised I would be back bearing photographs, and here I am! It’s quite handy to have your camera to upload pictures, using a functioning laptop. Sort of a necessity, actually. Ask my dear husband and you’ll find out I haven’t had the latter for QUITE some time – until recently. I now have TWO – a work laptop, and my personal laptop – fixed by said dear husband. 😉
Anyway, you can see our most recent pictures here. I will continue to update them with additions from our phones and Craig’s more fancy camera, and as we have more to add for Christmas 2013. Here are a few samples:
Today is a very special day indeed! Two years ago, on this very day, at this very time, I must have been sitting at my desk at RB Management, poring over magazine pictures and talking with my friends at the office…Trying to decide what I was going to wear for a VERY special date I had that evening. A first date. A first date with the man who turned out to be my husband.
One year ago on this day, I had received a (what appeared at the time to be) very odd package delivered to me at the office…It contained a CD of special songs…a sweet letter…and another envelope I wasn’t allowed to open yet. I left work early for a doctor’s appointment, and afterwards watched a DVD of our past year together with Craig and then went to get ready for our Anniversary Date, only to be met with beautiful flowers and an AMAZING proposal.
Two years ago today my life changed forever, and one year ago today, it changed even MORE and for the absolute best! Happy two year anniversary of our first date, and one year anniversary of the day you asked me to be your wife, Craig! I love you!
It’s the first of these years we have not been able to be together, but such is the life of a pilot’s wife! I am, however, able to enjoy this Holy Thursday with the adorable Miss Daisy, and her sister Lucy – both babies are napping and so I finally had a chance to write this blog!
In other recent news, the draperies are (halfway) completed! 1: We misplaced, and JUST found the return for the other window, and 2: Craig has to be here to thread the bobbin on my sewing machine… SO (or SEW ha ha ha), I did the first panel with stitchwitchery to try and surprise my hubby a few weeks ago with completed draperies… BUT it took almost 4 hours to finish one panel, and my sewing machine just would not allow me to thread it…When C got home, he threaded the bobbin and the second panel was completed while he washed the car with Lucy (fun for him! lol), but then we couldn’t find the return for the 2nd window in our bedroom…So, one window – two panels – are complete!
I’ll try another picture where you can better see the entire window treament soon. I’m not sure why, but the flash on my camera made everything look blue…Oh, well, at least my side of the room is darkened – which means Lucy doesn’t wake up with the roosters, as she did BEFORE the drapes…Whew! 🙂 I really love the wa the window turned out! Craig’s cornice board, made with shims and leftover finish from the refurbishment of our dresser, plus these draperies, against the deep blue accent wall, really do a lot for our bedroom!
We have ANOTHER new addition in our home, as well: “Alfred”.
The cow rug! :-)If you are in the design world, this rug is a Safavieh! Pricewise, we STOLE it! If you know my husband at all, you know two things: First, he is not likely to pay a lot of money for a rug…Especially one that is solely for decoration. But also, he has a thang for cows and all things farm. “Alfred” (along with the cow print I gave him for Christmas) really makes a statement in our den! Both we AND our girls just love it!
If you haven’t been over in awhile…ahem….please come and visit SOON! You must see all the changes that have turned this once-bachelor pad into our little family’s home!
Little Lucifer Lucy has been growing like a WEED – or maybe faster!
That was the day we brought her home. This is the other day:
She has discovered a new walking trail, which is DEFINITELY her favorite! The only downside is the 20 minute drive to reach it, along with the fact it is FIVE MILES LONG. You certainly have to carve out a large portion of your day to be able to indulge her!
There are plenty of opportunities for her to get into trouble, considering this is a true nature trail. Yesterday she dove right into a creek that runs alongside the trail, and desperately attempted to catch a fish – which was actually just a floating leaf, but I didn’t have the heart to tell her. Three hours and a 20 minute car ride home later:
This was MY reward! The 5 mile walk is MORE than worth it! 🙂
Craig and I celebrated 6 months of marriage a few weeks ago:
And these truly have been the best six months of mylife. Hands Down. Without Question! And so, on that note, let me say that we were overjoyed to celebrate the marriage of two more of our dear friends this past weekend: Ashley and JW (or John, or P. Diddy???? Not sure WHAT to call him after the speeches we heard at the rehearsal dinner…) 🙂 It is wonderful to be able to welcome another set of our friends into the bliss and journey that is marriage! Congratulations Ash & J! We wish you all the happiness!!
Well, I must go! Lucy needs a walk, I need to finish my Bible Study, and then I have to get ready for our parish’s Holy Thursday service! Being in the choir has been SUCH a blessing!
We wish you all the best, and send you all of our love.
Today is a wonderful day marking SIX MONTHS of Wedded Bliss for Craig and I! Such an absolute blessing these recent months have been, and there is no one to thank more than God above! Thank you; Thank you; Thank you – Infinite thanks! Never could we have found our jigsaw puzzle piece matches without His omnicience!
In other news, I apologize it has been several weeks since I last wrote – the tides, they are a-changing! 🙂 And with those changes, of course, come a lot of time consumption! 🙂 What all has happened since we last met? Well, due to an…interesting turn of events….I ended my employment as an Executive Assistant a few days earlier than planned…My, that’s a long story…As we noted in the last blog post, Craig and I had been planning for me to leave for several months, but when we KNEW the time was right, we acted…and within DAYS, we had not just one, but 4 different job opportunities staring us in the face – and I hadn’t applied for a single one of them. Please know, we aren’t pointing this out in order to boast, but simply because it was only further proof we were on the path God was leading us down! Jesus says in Luke 17:6, “If you had faith no bigger than a mustard seed, you could tell this mulberry tree to pull itself up, roots and all, and to plant itself in the ocean. And it would.” We listened to the Lord, put our trust in Him, and He provided. Nothing is impossible with God. (Thanks to our choir director, Dian, for reminding us of this again last week with a BEAUTIFUL song – “Nothing Is Impossible With God”, sung in four parts. Come hear us sing at St. Francis in Cartersville! Sundays at 10am!)
We prayerfully considered all of these 4 positions, and in the end, chose the one that, while on paper may not look the ‘best’, is certainly what we feel I am being called to do at this time. The new job begins in April – so more details to come!
Other than this new career path, it’s been a busy couple of weeks filled with catching up on cleaning and resting and COOKING! 🙂 We even had the pleasure of entertaining my brother for dinner one evening when he came to meet little Lucy! Stuffed pork chops. Delicious! If you’re interested in the recipe, send us an e-mail, and we’ll let you in on our EASY to prepare and gluten-free secret! 😉
Well, I must be off! Before my husband returns home, I promised him I’d finish sewing the draperies for our bedroom – a long overdue project I finally have the time to complete!
Our first month as a married couple has come and gone! Yesterday, October 15th, marked our 1 Month Wedding Anniversary – and I would like to thank my sweet mother, and Craig’s mother-in-law, for her sweet Happy Anniversary e-mail! It made our day, and we both had the same response to it – mine to her when she sent it, and Craig to me when I forwarded it to him: Best Month of My Life!!!
We celebrated last night with dinner at a new mexican restaurant in town, a respective glass of chardonnay and a brandy, an episode of our guilty pleasure – Teen Mom 2 – and ended the night with a prayer of thanksgiving for being led to one another and celebrating such an amazing month together! It may not have been anything fancy, but it was so US and just perfect.
This past Saturday we had the pleasure of being guests at some of our best friends’ engagement party, Ashley & JW – hosted by some of our other best friends, Randall & Lauren (who could actually beat the ever-living snot out of Martha Stewart in a creativity competition!). It was gorgeous and a wonderful occasion to celebrate the happiness and love A & J have found! We are so excited for them and can’t wait for all the upcoming showers and parties, and most especially their Wedding Weekend! True love is certainly something to celebrate!
We spent Sunday afternoon shopping for a new dryer – which was MUCH needed!! Our old and decrepit dryer from my sweet husband’s bachelor days was DONE. Oh my goodness. It can take as many as THREE cycles on HIGH heat to dryer a normal load of laundry!!! So we were super excited to purchase a new dryer on Sunday which is being delivered today! Yay!
And to round things off, Craig got a call this morning our long-awaited RH sectional will be delivered on Friday! Another YAY! Cannot wait to post pictures of our completed living room, minus the painting I am currently working on for above the sectional on the long wall. 🙂 98% completed!
Seriously, this really has been the best month ever. C & I couldn’t be more complementary to each other’s personalities, and I don’t know how it’s possible to love him more and more each day – but I do. I wish all of you the same happiness, joy and love we share, and thank all of you who had a hand in ours!