What a fabulous 2 years I have had being married to this guy. :)
We began our anniversary at midnight. At IHOP. Obviously, we needed pancakes to be a part of our celebration. ;) And it was fun to check that off my “23 while 23″ list.
Andrew had a belgian waffle and eggs, and I had chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, and hashbrowns.
Glory, glory. Hallelujah.
On our actual anniversary morning, Andrew headed to work and I spent the morning with Mom, getting some stuff to our church for the tornado victims.
That early evening, we headed to a lovely dinner at Red Rock!
It’s a fabulous little place on Lake Hefner that serves that most delicious rotisserie chicken. ;)
Handsome, handsome, handsome. :)
Smirking… because I’m about to eat chicken. ;)
We also consumed a plate of chips at a record pace.
More glory. More hallelujahs. ;)
No, neither of us finished.
After dinner, we headed to see Star Trek again, because we loved it that much.
I also got these beauties yesterday. :)
AND our “real” anniversary plans are going to happen in a couple weeks when I have my first free weekend without a wedding. ;) We’re roadtripping to San Antonio and spending a day at Sea World. :D
Side note: anniversaries are kinda weird. Or maybe I’m just weird… They make me feel so flippin’ old! It’s hard to comprehend how quickly our first two years of marriage have flown, and I’m desperately trying to hang on to every waking day. Someone with great wisdom, give me the secret to making life move unbelievably slow. ;)
**Before I go into my anniversary spiel, just want to let you all know that we are safe, but you need to keep praying for Oklahoma, especially the city of Moore! Last night’s post has links where you can donate, or you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to help with disaster relief. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers! God is good, and our precious little state is getting an opportunity to show others His love and glorify Him.**
Two years ago today, I picked up my best friend, and I’m fairly certain we screamed the whole way to our church.
I met this handsome man under a willow tree…
…and I married him in the church I grew up in.
We had the greatest parents to support us…
…and the cutest friends to stand by us.
And I had one of the best (and fastest) days of my life.
I can’t believe it’s been 2 years already. I couldn’t ask for a better person to spend the rest of my years with, and I’m still so very much in love with you, husband. ;) You are the best friend I’ve ever had, and in light of recent events, I’m even more thankful to be holding you safe and sound in my arms. I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for us. Thank you for loving me past my faults and food obsessions. Thank you for doing dishes and laundry on days when I don’t feel like it. Thank you for supporting my insanity and love for adventure. You are my greatest adventure, Andrew. :)
Thank you all so much for the emails & messages checking on us. We are safe and sound, but so many people here are not, and they need your prayers. My heart is breaking for my state right now. I wasn’t born here, but Oklahoma has been my home since I was 5 years old, and it is most assuredly the home of the sweetest people on earth. The town that was struck today is the first town I lived in when my family moved here, and the place of my very first childhood memories. Please keep Moore, Oklahoma in your prayers.
When you live here, you can often become calloused to tornadoes. Most of us joke about running outside with a video camera when the sirens go off, but the damage is devastating. It has been gut-wrenching to watch the news. Our hearts are hurting for the people who lost their homes and their loved ones, especially those who have lost their children. “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted, and saves those crushed in spirit.” -Psalm 34:18
Please keep everyone affected in your prayers.
If you would like to help, you can donate here: http://www.okdisasterhelp.com/
Or here: www.FeedTheChildren.org/disaster
Thank you all for joining us in prayer.
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves.” -Psalm 68:19-20
I cannot believe how much has been crammed to fit in the past few days…let’s break it down.
We love eating out…probably too much, but it’s one luxury we will never give up if possible!
And this is why. ;) God bless Olive Garden.
We went to see the new Star Trek movie Thursday night, and our minds were BLOWN. So good.
These lovely people joined us. :)
BFFs. For liiiife.
Saturday, Kristi Belle helped me shoot a wedding for one of my good friends from high school. :)
Sunday, my family took us out for an early anniversary celebration meal. :) And Dad brought me back fudge from Colorado. :D (More to come later on our anniversary plans…)
THE BAD (but not too bad):
Dad, I think there’s a storm coming.
The three of us piled in the bathtub with a mattress when the sirens started to go off. Oh, Oklahoma.
Jack seemed very calm.
And was asleep within minutes. ;) Hahaha.
Mom…I am so bored.
And finally…THE UGLY:
My voice. My voice is gone. I can barely let out a squeak. Lol. I’ve been fighting a sore throat/cold/something dreadful the past week and a half, and it hasn’t been too terrible until this past weekend. I woke up at 3 AM Sunday with a burning throat and haven’t been able to talk since. It’s killing me. WHO KNEW I enjoyed talking so much? ;-P Andrew had to order my meal at Longhorn (luckily, my appetite isn’t gone), and I think I scared the poor lady at Gordman’s half to death when I answered her “do you want to sign up for a credit card?” with a creepy “No, sorry, I lost my voice” whisper. Hahaha. So say a little prayer for me and let’s hope this voice comes back really soon, because how else am I going to get Sonic drinks?! ;)
Happy Monday, loves. :)
Next week, I will have been married to sweet Andrew for two years. TWO YEARS. Folks…that is crazy. No one warned me it would go this fast. Actually, people probably did…but I didn’t realize it would go thiiiis fast. I digress.
In honor of our anniversary, May 21st, here are 21 things that I love about marriage. Specifically, being married to Andrew. :) I might see if I can convince him to make his own list for another day’s post.
1. I love the reliability and loyalty of a person who I’m certain will always be there for me, no matter what.
2. I love falling asleep and waking up next to an attractive man.
3. I LOVE married road trips.
4. I love always having someone to go out to eat with, even if they mock my love of pizza. ;)
5. I love controlling the thermostat in our house.
6. I love snuggles and movie marathons and pancake nights.
7. I love eating breakfast together in the mornings, especially if we go to IHOP for breakfast. ;)
8. I love getting to know someone so well that they can finish your sentences and nearly read your mind. This is both good and bad…
9. I love finding out all the numerous ways God created us for each other and how intricate His plan was to bring us together.
10. I love having two families.
11. I love how ordinary things seem like adventures.
12. I love always having someone to force to take pictures. ;)
13. I love having a dog child.
14. I love randomly going out for ice cream or cookie cake, or randomly being brought ice cream or cookie cake.
15. I love staying home and having living room picnics. Outdoor picnics are fun too.
16. I love having a dance partner.
17. I love talking about our future family and future vacations and future adventures.
18. I love always having a backup buffer for awkward events.
19. I love praying together and hearing Andrew’s heart for the Lord.
20. I love marriage humor, and all the hilarity and laughing-till-we-cry moments marriage has brought us.
21. I love being married to a Godly, hard-working stud-muffin of a man who treats me so well, deals with my crazed obsessions, and knows entirely too much about movie trivia. ;)
Here’s to answered prayers and the abundance of God’s blessings. :)
We’ve been in this fabulous little home for a YEAR now. :) Looks like we’ve got one more year to go here, and I’m anticipating more memories in this home. :)
My maniac of a dog is a rockstar snuggler…even if it took a few months for that prayer to be answered. ;)
I prayed for the desire to be healthy. I’ve been running running running like crazy the past month. :)
AND…drum roll, please… my super attractive husband got a full-time, big boy JOB! He has a badge and everything. Lol. ;) SO proud of him. :)
Our God is so good, and our lives are so full. :)
What prayers have you had answered lately? :)
Hello, Tuesday. Thank you for not being Monday.
Time for another round of catch up! I promise I’ve planned more exciting posts this week, but Andrew and I have been feeling sickly, so you just get a weekend recap post today. ;)
Oklahoma’s weather lately almost makes up for how horribly annoying it was a few weeks ago. ;)
Snuggles. The very best.
Braum’s date with my sweet Mikaela. :)
Celebrating this college grad! I have the most stellar best friend of all time.
She’s a gem.
Pre-wedding shooting. Hubs rocked it.
And we scored Cici’s for dinner after the wedding. Just FYI, Cici’s is hopping even at 9:30 at night.
This is one of 20 pictures I tried to take with Jackers on Mother’s Day…because, yes, he’s essentially my child. He was not in a picture mood, so this is the best we got.
More sunset loving. :)
Happy Tuesday, loves! Stay tuned for more delightfully exciting posts when I feel more energetic. :)