Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Anniversary #1

For our first anniversary, John and I got to go to the gorgeous Mt. Rainier.
Since we have been going on hikes together since the beginning of our relationship, we were very excited for the chance to get our legs hiking in various locations at the Mt. Rainier National Park.

This place is so beautiful we could barely believe it. So, we ended up taking about 500 pictures! We really just couldn't get over the majestic mountain, the hills covered with wild flowers, the beautiful sunshine and the gorgeous views everywhere we went. Our vacation together was relaxing and enjoyable.

On July 19th, we sat down and watched our wedding ceremony video together. It is amazing to think that just a year ago we walked down the isle to each other. One thing is for sure, I couldn't imagine life together was going to be this good!
here we go...

"The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side. His lightening lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory." Psalm 97:1-6
Well, since I did not have a blog when I got married, I thought it would be fun to post a couple of pictures from our wedding day! John and I got married on July 19, 2008 at a beautiful church. We are very thankful for family and friends who helped make this day very special.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Boring Mail

I really don't like to have to go through the mail. The only reason I feel the desire to get the mail everyday is because in the back of my head I wonder if someone wrote me a card or a letter.

Sadly, instead of getting cards and letters I usually get a pile of useless advertisement, along with explanations of medical benefits and credit card applications....boring.

Today I spent quite a bit of time going through a pile of papers that have been ignored for a while. Although a majority of them are garbage (well, more like recycling) I still have to go through it all to make sure nothing in the pile is of any importance. One of my biggest fears is to throw something away that is really important. What if I threw away an important document, or a bill and forget to pay it. Would I go to jail? Can I blame the mailman? - See, these are the kinds of thoughts that flow in and out of my head when I am going through endless amounts of papers and feel like throwing it all in the recycling.

However, from time to time I get cute cards that make me excited to get the mail the following days again. This past week I got "Happy Anniversary" cards that made me sooo happy!

By the way, an anniversary post is on its way (soon).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Time to Love

There are certain events in life that bring out the best in us. Weddings are like that.

I got to go to a dear friend's wedding this past weekend and my heart almost exploded as I saw the look on her face as she said I DO to the man of her dreams and jumped up and down. What a moment filled with love, excitement, mystery and beauty.

This moment marks not the end of a romantic road, but the beginning of a life long commitment. Every day from here on represent the true colors of marriage.

This moment filled with love touched my heart in a way I was not expecting. It reminded me of the things in life that really matter and the ones that don't.

Exactly 11 months, 25 days ago I got to say I DO to a man I really love. We promised to love each other - on happy days and moody ones. We promised to remain committed and faithful to each other - when we feel like it and when we don't. We promised to uphold the integrity, honor and purity that God has entrusted us with - always.

It wasn't until months later that I realized I had said "I do" to a lot of promises I could not keep on my own. You see, I found out that as humans, we are constantly fighting our own selfishness in order to love another person. It doesn't come naturally, we have to work at it. Sometimes we have to put our knees to the ground and pray that God would teach us to love the way He loves.

John and I are learning to cherish each other and remain faithful to those promises as we learn to love each other's strengths while working on our imperfections. Looking back, I realize that I love my husband John in a way I didn't know I could love. And this love that continues to grow roots deep in my heart and soul is ever changing and ever growing, for the love I now have cannot be compared to the one I once had.

Miranda and Will's wedding served as a reminder that the hard work is worth it!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Beach Gloriousness

Didn't I say that I was made to be at the beach?

Here is a proof of that:

The weather was not as hot as I had hoped for, but the time was sure great! I enjoyed every minute of the salty air, warm sand under my toes, sounds of crashing waves and the smell of bonfires :)

Oh, I got to go to the Tillamook Cheese factory for the first time and ate large amounts of cheese. But I could never have too much cheese - so this was super exciting.
P.S. Yes, I wore that sweatshirt every day because it was the only one I brought with me...I was trying to pack light!
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