Our Love Story

Last Saturday, June 29, Jeremy and I celebrated one year of marriage.  This coming August, we’ll also be celebrating four years together! Crazy how time flies.  In honor of our one year anniversary, I decided it was time for a sappy love story on this blog!

So here goes…

Jeremy and I met in high school, in ninth grade. through our church youth group.  Jeremy asked me out and I said no. Plain and simple…

Fast forward to three years later…

The summer before our senior year in high school, Jeremy and I were still in the same youth group and were placed on the same team for our high school mission trip.  Because of this, we started spending more time together preparing for the trip and I realized that I had feelings for him! Swallowing my pride of having turned him down years before, and at the counsel and advice of some very wise people (you know who you are!), I brought my feelings to Jeremy.  Jeremy took some time to think about it and we decided to get to know each other better.  A few weeks later on August 10, 2009, Jeremy asked me to be his!

On the mission trip in August 2009.

On the mission trip in August 2009.

September 2009, celebrating Jeremy's 18th birthday...we're so young!

September 2009, celebrating Jeremy’s 18th birthday…we’re so young!

Atsion Lake in New Jersey

Atsion Lake in New Jersey

Our first winter in love :)

Our first winter in love 🙂

NYC, December 2009

NYC, December 2009

Jeremy took me to Ocean City, New Jersey for Valentine’s Day in 2010.  It was on this trip he perfected the use of the timer on my camera, which would come in handy 2 years later when he proposed on that very same beach (see below.)

February 2010

February 2010

 Senior year of high school also meant that Jeremy was my prom date!  Such a fun night…and I always love saying that I eventually married my high school prom date! 🙂

Prom - May 2010

Prom – May 2010

And shortly after, we both graduated from two different high schools…

Jeremy's graduation

Jeremy’s graduation

I committed to attending Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a month before I left for school, Jeremy decided to follow me there. Grin.

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We had a wonderful freshman year… and our relationship stayed strong 🙂

Here’s a pic of us after our freshman year in college, back home at our fave place – Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City, NJ - Summer 2011

Ocean City, NJ – Summer 2011

That Fall, Jeremy spent a semester going to school in NJ and we survived long distance.  After our semester apart, Jeremy proposed on December 31, 2011 in Ocean City, NJ and we rang in the new year as a newly engaged couple.

The Proposal.

The Proposal.

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Tears of joy

We were engaged for our Spring semester (together, back at Calvin College) and six short months later, we got married on June 29, 2012 – a very hot beautiful day.

June 29. 2012

June 29. 2012

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And here we are…after one year of marriage.  So blessed by this man that God has given me!

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Happy (belated) anniversary, Jeremy! Thank you for four years of amazing fun!

P.S. Those amazing wedding photos seen above were taken by a very talented photographer named Noah – check out his work here.

This time last year…

Last 4th of July, one year ago today, Jeremy and I were enjoying our honeymoon in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  It was wonderful and 4th of July was a complete blast as we got to walk outside of our resort, go down on the beach, take a seat and watch the fireworks.  Not before we got Rita’s on the boardwalk, of course. 🙂

July 4th, 2012

July 4th, 2012

Yummy Rita's water ice :)

Yummy Rita’s water ice 🙂

I love July 4th.  The summer is already so fun with beach trips, hanging out with friends, and barbecues, but July 4th is a day where our country puts politics and differences aside and celebrates as a nation.  And do I even have to mention how wonderful fireworks are? They’re my fave.

Watching fireworks on the beach with my love :)

Watching fireworks on the beach with my love 🙂

 

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A very happy fourth with my man :)

A very happy fourth with my man 🙂

For this July 4th, I currently have sloppy joes cooking (hopefully) in the crockpot… because I am attempting to learn how to cook this summer.  We also have plans to go watch fireworks over Reeds Lake later.  I love this holiday and I’m so blessed to live in a free country and have a day off of work to celebrate with family and friends!

Happy 4th to you all!

 

 

Grateful.

Today I am grateful.

I am grateful for my husband, my rock.  For those of you who don’t know Jeremy, he’s a solid guy.  He loves God and because of that he loves me so well.

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I’m grateful for the home we have been blessed with.

I’m grateful for the three little rascals (aka our furry friends) that inhabit our home and make life at home quite fun.

I’m grateful for my job, and for Jeremy’s job. I’m grateful that God continues to provide.

I’m grateful for my family, my biggest supporters. I’m grateful for our close relationships even from miles and miles away.

My momma and my sister , Kaleigh.

My momma and my sister, Kaleigh.

I am grateful for the start of a new Bible study. I’m grateful for the women who I will grow alongside of over the course of the next 12 weeks as we study Beth Moore’s “Daniel.”

I’m grateful that my soul is craving God and desiring precious time spent with Him.

I’m grateful for a spontaneous date night with my husband to get ice cream tonight… and I’m certainly grateful for Moose Tracks on a waffle cone. Grin.

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I’m grateful for my friendships and my girlfriends that God has blessed me with, both near and far.

My dear friend Kelsey, who resides in Nebraska.

My dear friend Kelsey, who resides in Nebraska.

My sweet friend Ashley, who lives in New Jersey.

My sweet friend Ashley, who lives in New Jersey.

My awesome college roomie and friend, Linnea (who is right here in Michigan with me!)

My awesome college roomie and friend, Linnea (who is right here in Michigan with me!)

I’m grateful for the summer. I’m grateful for a time of rest. I’m grateful for a break from homework and papers and tests.

I am so grateful for my God, my Jesus.  I am grateful that He has saved me from my sin and that He has given me new life in Him.  I’m grateful that I can put on a new self because of what He has done for me.

What are you grateful for today?

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P.S. Our amazing wedding picture at the top was taken by a very talented guy named Noah. Click on the picture to see more of his work! 🙂

Today I’m linking up to…

Summer Resolutions

I love lists.  I love making them and I love crossing things off them even more.  So I decided to make a list for my summer.  Things that I have time to accomplish, things that I hope to accomplish, and maybe even some things that probably won’t get crossed off.

So here is my list of summer resolutions:  (New Year’s Resolutions are a nice thought but make no sense.  Who has time in January to get things done?? Not me. So my resolutions start now.)

1. Learn to cook. (Okay, I know this is broad and big… I’d like to at least try a few new recipes, learn to master crock-pot cooking in time for the start of school in September and maybe even learn how to plan a weekly menu.)

2. Become more than just a “good Bible-study girl.”  This goal is based off this book that I hope to read this summer.  I want to dig deeper in my faith.  I’m craving growth, but I’m craving it now more than I have in awhile.  My soul is longing. And my soul knows that I have some time on my hands.  I want to be more than a girl who does Bible study.  I want to know God and be known by Him. Yes. Good stuff.

3. Eat better. (Not diet, by the way…just be more intentional with what I put in my body and how it makes me feel and function.)  My body is a temple. I want to eat better and exercise and strengthen my body.

4. Visit the zoo. Deep and thought-provoking, I know.  My husband is aware of this “to-do” item because I’ve asked him to take me to the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids this summer (we’ve never been in the three years we’ve lived here.)

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5. Spend at least one day at a Lake Michigan beach.  Sorry Michiganders, your “beach” does not compare to the Jersey shore.  Yep, I went there. Your water is not ocean and your boardwalk should not be called that.  But I’ll forgive you because the lake-shore in Michigan is beautiful and I’ll take it.  Yep, spend at least a day there. Check. (Hopefully.)

6. Take a trip to Chicago.  Hubby and I plan to do this later in the summer to celebrate our anniversary.  Really hope we execute this goal because there are some stores calling my name in that city!

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7. Date my husband.  We’ve had a wonderful first year of marriage, but during the busy school year as two full-time students and each of us working 20+ hours a week, finding time (and money) to date can be difficult.  Now we have more time on our hands and a steadier income.  Let’s date! (We’ve already been working on this one – last Friday night was mini golf and shopping at the mall.)

8. Read more books.  I’ve been doing good on this one.  My goal for the summer is to read all the books that are currently on my Goodreads “To-read” list.  It’s a lot of non-fiction that I really don’t have the brain power to process during the school year.  Perfect summer resolution.

9. Be more intentional with my blogging.  I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t really mind when I go forever without blogging.  It is okay in my book.  But what I do mind is looking back on the past few months and the many situations and circumstances that I’ve processed and realizing that they were not put into words.  That’s why I want to blog.  As a method of process and reflection. So I want to do more of that this summer.  And use the blog as a way to document my above resolutions.

I think my list of resolutions is good for now.  Edits can and will always be made.

Any summer resolutions on your to-do list? I’d love to hear about them!

Chicago image: http://nixietale.com/tag/chicago/

Zoo image: http://thewmeacblog.org/2012/04/18/earth-day-event-party-for-the-planet-at-john-ball-zoo/

a honeymoon moment

There’s quite a bit on my mind and on my heart right now and lots of possibilities ahead…not to mention the piles of homework and hours of studying that await me – but I can’t stop thinking about something so here I am writing about it.

I keep thinking about my favorite moment on our honeymoon – don’t worry – this is completely G-rated!  🙂  I obviously know that I married an awesome and Godly man…(I mean, I did marry him for a reason!), but on our honeymoon there was this really cool moment that I think God allowed me to witness to affirm my marriage to a pretty great guy.

During our honeymoon, Jeremy and I would go for regular evening walks on the Atlantic City boardwalk.  One particular night, we stopped at a stand to buy some fried Oreos – one of our favorite boardwalk specialties.  I sat down at a table while Jer went up to order for us.  I could see Jer in line from where I was sitting and so I saw when a man walked up to Jeremy while he was waiting in line.  The man would appear to be what I would describe as poor, dirty, and possibly homeless (the social worker in me tries to be careful about what I assume about people without knowing!)  The man went up and talked to Jeremy for a little bit, but I was out of hearing distance and didn’t know what he was saying.  Jer got to our table a few minutes later with our plate of fried Oreos.  Jeremy said that the man had asked him for some money so he could buy an ice cream cone.  Jeremy only had a $20 bill and told the man he was sorry.  Of course, Jeremy knew I would get really upset that we hadn’t helped the man in some way…especially when I looked up and saw the man relentlessly going up to several people asking for money.  At this point, I honestly didn’t even want my deep fried Oreos.  Jer got up and said he would be back.  He walked up to the man and said something, then the two walked back to the line together.  Here comes the best part.  My husband bought this man a slice of pizza, a water bottle, and his much desired vanilla ice cream cone.  Jer waited in line with the man to make sure the server got the man his food.  And the cherry on top: Jeremy didn’t do this to get praised for it and he certainly didn’t do it just to make me happy (not that that would be wrong!)  This is Jeremy and it was the perfect moment on a beautiful night.  I never felt more love for Jeremy and more loved by his selfless act for another than in that moment.  It was awesome.  And I totally felt God’s peace.

I love to think about how much just the vanilla ice cream cone alone meant to that man.  If he could have one thing from the boardwalk, he wanted ice cream.  I’ve thought about if I was living in poverty, what I wouldn’t do for a luxury cup of coffee.  If this man lives day to day, an ice cream cone was his biggest blessing I’m sure.  God bless my sweet husband for adding on a pizza slice and bottle of water.

Later on that evening, Jeremy joked that being married to a soon-to-be social worker was rubbing off on him, but I know that’s not why he did it.  Jeremy has that heart all on his own.

Sorry to endlessly brag on my husband, but I’m just so grateful for him and his heart and I love giving God the glory for blessing me with such a wonderful guy.

Our two week honeymoon was made up of so many awesome moments, but I know this is one that will stick in my mind for a lifetime.

Happy Wednesday!

Jeremy and me on the boardwalk

Our deep fried Oreos – Yum!

The blessing of a simple vanilla ice cream cone

summer reflections

So I meant to do this post last week, before school began but time got away from me!  School came up so fast – I have no idea where this summer went!  

This past summer was one of my most random, craziest summers of my life.  I’ve been trying to process events as they’ve come along but here are my written words, as another (but definitely not final) attempt to process my summer!

I got home from college at the end of May and then wedding planning kicked in full force.  I had my wedding shower in the beginning of June (shout out to mom and Kaleigh who gave me the most wonderful shower!)  The entire month of June was a whirlwind – and frankly I don’t really remember much of it!  Wedding week is pretty memorable – my best friend and bridesmaid Kelsey flew in from Nebraska and so my time spent with her was so special and such a blessing.  Wedding week also included hair and nail appointments, a marvelous bachelorette party, (compliments of Kelsey and her mom) and our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

On June 29 I married my best friend!  It was a surreal experience and such an amazing day.  It was incredible to be surrounded by family, friends, and our church community who love and support us as we committed the rest of our lives to one another.

Following the wedding was our 2 week honeymoon in Atlantic City, which was an amazing wedding gift and such a blessing as we began our marriage as newlywed, poor, college students 🙂  We lived in New Jersey for 2 weeks following the honeymoon and then it was the big move out to Michigan – to our new apartment and the official beginning of our life together!  

The past month Jeremy and I have been slowly moving in, unpacking, and making our new apartment home.  We also have a puppy named Optimus Prime who we adopted back in May and recently added a kitty named Sanford to our family.  To say our apartment is a little chaotic at times is an understatement but I wouldn’t change it for the world!

As far as the amazing journey called marriage – I’ll save that for another post!  Marriage, when done God’s way, can be hard but it is also so right and good.  Stay tuned for more on that later 😉

For now, I’ll leave you with some pictures! 

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My bridesmaids and me at my bachelorette party

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Our rehearsal – with VBS decorations in the background 🙂

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Getting married!

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We had a beautiful reception in Jeremy’s parents backyard

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Our honeymoon in Atlantic City

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Our little Optimus Prime

Have a good weekend everybody!