Tuesday, June 26, 2012

2 Years

Two wonderful years of marriage. What an incredible blessing these years have been!

I have found my best friend and greatest love. What's more, I am more in love with him now than I was two years ago.

I walked down the aisle towards him with the full blown ugly cry and all of our friends and family watching. My heart was pounding and I was trying with everything in me to remember that moment and not let the excitement turn it into a passing blur of a memory. I was about to make a covenant with him before the Lord to commit myself to him for the rest of my life and was more than excited to do so.

But still, I loved him only a fraction of what I do now. Trials and many meals and fights and foot rubs and snuggles and holidays and walks and day trips and deep talks and hand holding and time and all the things later have grown us so much.

Not only that, but seeing Jon's love for me is the greatest reflection I've ever had of God's love for me. It humbles and blesses me to know that Jon can love me this much in spite of myself, and the Lord loves me even more that that!

I still cannot express just how deeply I love him even after two years. I think that is because it is ever changing, growing, and taking on new form. It is developing into something more profound with each new day.

Husbandman and wifewoman. Unabashedly in love and completely crazy. Filled with a persistant joy and peace. I cannot wait to celebrate the next gazillion years together for as long as the Lord allows.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Welcome, Summer


Sunshine. Lemonade. Bare feet. Blackberries. Sparklers. Longer days. Swimming. Freckles. Gingham checks. Cookouts. Bike rides. Gin & tonic. Fireflies. Popsicles. Honeysuckle. Farmers Markets. Beach hair. Vitality.

Friday, June 15, 2012


So far, Memphis hasn't been as scary or difficult as I had thought it would be.  We've been able to meet and get to know a few of the residents in the program.  Still, there are still moments when the loneliness seizes up my chest and I long for the familiar faces, places, smells of home.  I won't hide it, moving. is. hard.

Despite the yearning and nostalgia for where we were, I feel so unfathomably blessed. The Lord is SO good and has been quick to remind me of His love and provision for me. Every step of this process has been covered, every worry released.  I finally feel at peace about being here and knowing full well that although it was in no way my plan, it was definitely His.  I can't help but laugh now because of course all the glory will go to God, since it's not like it was my idea in coming here anyway!

I think the most surprising thing of all is that my stomach has not been upset even once since we got here.  This may be the longest stretch of feeling healthy that I have had in over a year. Praise God!

The best part of this whole process has been that I get to do this next to the man I love. I am so very proud of him for getting into this program, enduring the move, and leading me well throughout the whole process.  He even took me on a nice long bike ride last night to go exploring. Only Jon could take a terrifying move away from everything we know and turn it into an adventure.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Building A Desk

Jon and I had decided a while ago that when we got Memphis, we wanted to build a desk rather than buy one.  This naturally thrilled me, seeing as I love power tools about as much as most girls love shoes.  I truly love the smell of sawdust in the morning and the sounds of a power saw deconstructing and reconstructing wood and other objects into useful and beautiful purposes.

When we had finally settled on a design, I began to sketch it all out.  We decided on a desk with a wood surface and iron pipe frame.  It fit our need for both clean lines and minimal body, but also with an industrial, vintage leaning.  For the desk surface, an unfinished solid core slab door fit our needs perfectly.  The 32"x 80" fit exactly between the door and window sill, allowing us to both sit side by side with a file cabinet in between us.  Slab doors run about $54 at both Lowes and Home Depot.

The sketches helped to an extent, but I didn't readily know the dimensions of all the joints I needed, so we ended up just taking over the plumbing isle of Home Depot for about an hour and a half testing it all out.

We tried different sizes of pipes to get the lengths we needed and tried to visualize it all together.  Oooor rather I tried to visualise it while Jon did a bunch of math in his head.

We have two very different methods of approaching a project like this, which can be both helpful and frustrating when trying to understand one another.  At the very least, it was a blessing to see how far our communication skills have improved since getting married, namely because neither of us ended up with a pipe upside the head from the other. I joke.  (Sort of :))

For the sizes they didn't have, we got an employee to cut and thread.  In hindsight, we should have had all of the pipe cut to size and threaded, because we could have saved a LOT more money and time peeling price stickers off.  It just would have taken more time in the store because cutting and threading takes a while.

When we got home, I worked on sanding and staining the door while Jon scraped the goo from price tags off the pipes.  I highly recommend Goo Gone for removing any nasty residue; it makes a huge difference.

Because the pipes were threaded, all we needed to do was screw them all together and then screw the flanges into the wood with 4 screws each... or so we thought.

We did come to one place where we were unable to attach a pipe because when we would tighten one side, it would loosen the other side.  Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.

So back to Home Depot we went to grab a Union Joint and swap out a longer piece of pipe for a shorter one to allow for the extra length the joint would add.  After that, it was smooth sailing.

Our hard work paid off, and now we have a beautiful work desk to share.  We may eventually add shelves above the desk and mount the monitors, but for now, we are content.

We have decided to call it the "Desk of Champions" because we felt like Champions after having built it, and continue to feel like Champions whenever we do work at it.  I think it's a very fitting name, don't you?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Trek To Memphis

 It's been over a week now, and the dust has settled enough for me to write it all down.  Yet now I don't even know where to begin because so much has happened in such a short span of time.  That and I know it will be a lot.

Our friends showed us an incredible send-off, that's for sure.  We feel more blessed and encouraged than we ever have been in our lives.  The wonderful Pete and Victoria hosted our going away party.  I created the invite and was pretty pleased with how it came out.  I miss you all so much already!

Our community group and prayer group also hosted going away parties and prayed over us.  It was definitely bitter-sweet, but I am thankful to live in a time of internet and cell phones so we can keep in touch.

When it came time to actually move out, Budget didn't follow through on their reservation.  It was a nightmare, but a few hours later and a 2 hour drive to Fredericksburg and back, we had a truck.  Everything was loaded and we were off to Mechanicsville to say goodbye to my folks and sleep for a brief few hours.

Up and on the road by 3:30am.  13 hour drive in a moving truck towing the car with a dog in the middle seat is no joke.  Especially when you find a colony of ants and their eggs have moved into your plants and herb garden and have to throw them out half-way there.

When we got here, we found that the AC unit had a broken pipe and had leaked everywhere and caused mold, so we had to wait for maintenance to arrive and fix it.  We finally unloaded the truck around 9:30 pm, set up the bed, then slept. LONG day.

Praise God that we made it safely, the only casualties being a broken light bulb and my plants.

Now that we are here, we are adjusting well and setting up home.  Jon has been in orientation and starts classes this week.  I'm excited to see how the Lord will grow us in the coming 4 years.
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