Archive for October, 2008

the next chapter…

October 22, 2008

As you all may know, I’ve recently been offered an Administrative Assistant position at CBU.  I am so excited to start this new job but can’t help reflect on this past year and on the new chapters my life is beginning to write.

We’ve been married 9 months now and it’s truly flown by.  We’ve had plenty of ups and downs while we struggled with finances, learning how to live with each other, balancing schedules, planning and cooking meals, having together time and alone time, spiritual changes and searches, and most of all finding out about ourselves as a couple.  It’s been an adventure and I honestly don’t know if I could have done it with anyone else.  Just this evening Alex let me drive home.  Now, it’s not how it sounds… he drives a stick and I am terrified to drive it (mostly due to my father’s lessons when I was younger… love you dad). But he challenged me and I drove all the way home without stalling once. That’s what I mean, Alex knows when to push me and when to pull back.  It’s been amazing to see how our friendship and courtship has only helped our marriage.  There are just some days where neither one of us feels like being married (in the typical, we need to do everything together and stay inside all day sense) and it’s great on those days to feel like we can be friends and go shopping or be creative together (I wasn’t actually expecting this blog to turn out to be about my marriage, but looks like God had other plans).

In about two months we’re going to move back to Riverside.  It been amazing to see how the Lord has used Redlands to help us become independent from our parents and create our own lives and make our own choices. They have been so supportive in what we’re sure has been a difficult thing to accept and cope with. I know I appreciate their understanding so much.  We’ve taken these last 9 months and re-examined everything from the activities we’re involved in, to the church we attend, to the friends we hang out with.  All to realize that we can have our own lives right in our hometown. We love our church, our families and our friends.  But moving away definitely taught us how to claim our independence and I am so appreciative. This “moving back home” is going to be a test for us but we’re ready for the challenge.

In January, Alex and I will not only be celebrating our 1st year of marriage together, but we’ll be going back to school.  The most amazing thing that has come out of this opportunity  at CBU is that I will be able to receive the Christian education I’ve always wanted but could never afford and Alex will get to share the wealth as well. I can’t believe how amazing the Lord is. Every time I would see an opportunity to sign up for classes at CSUSB, I’d hit a road block. It’s like the Lord was telling me to trust and wait. And what an amazing thing that has come from “putting off” my education. I’m so excited to finish my degree and start this next chapter in our lives. Keep us in your prayers as we keep you in ours.

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standing on the corner of … arizona

October 13, 2008

As you know this past weekend Alex and I traveled to Arizona.  It was a long journey.  We left about 2:30 on Friday and traveled until 8:30 p.m. when we arrived in Mesa, AZ.  We were greeted with loving arms and chicken cibatta sandwiches, yum.  We watched HGTV and then went to sleep.  We woke up earlish on Saturday morning for a drive to Sedona, AZ. It was a beautiful drive.  I’m telling you, if you think WE live in a desert, you haven’t seen Arizona.  The colors, cactus, animals, food… so truly desert.  We ate the best mexican food I’ve ever had and conveniently smelled like it for the rest of the day.  We went to the Baptist church with the Grandparents and had a LOVELY service! Then we went to Cheesecake Factory for lunch…. Chicken Maderia, yum! (shout out to Leash).  We then visited Costco Home which I had never heard of.  It was pretty awesome and I wish we have a million dollars.  We soon parted ways to continue our long trek home, but left feeling loved.   I wish we had more pictures of all our adventures, but I leave you with a few from Sedona.  Have a pleasant week.

the long awaited…

October 9, 2008

I know. I know. I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been pretty busy this week. I hung out with Jeannemarie for the first two days of this week, while consisted of midnight runs to AMPM in her feetsie pajamas for nachos and candy.  So naturally I’ve been in a diabetic coma for the past two days trying to recover.  Last night I went to Jonna and Jessica’s to watch Pushing Daisies after shopping with the hubby at H&M (fun!).  

This episode was pretty awesome and to quote Jonna, “There are still good things on T.V.”

So this blog is going to be pitiful one where I leave you with some devastatingly amazing things from Anthropologie. I won’t be blogging tomorrow either because We’re leaving for Arizona tomorrow. Hope to have pictures up Monday. Have a great weekend.

Yearbook Yourself.

October 2, 2008

My cousin megan recently posted a blog about yearbookyourself.com.  A site where you can load your picture and attach it to the many faces of the pages of yearbooks past. It’s quite funny and I thought that I’d load some of my favorites.  Here they are:


What a bunch of beautiful people.  One celebrating their first year together and the others their 25 years together! Wow.