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! 


My bridesmaids and me at my bachelorette party


Our rehearsal – with VBS decorations in the background 🙂


Getting married!


We had a beautiful reception in Jeremy’s parents backyard


Our honeymoon in Atlantic City


Our little Optimus Prime

Have a good weekend everybody!


love me some family time

This weekend was so wonderful.  My mom and sister were complete angels and drove a moving truck 14 HOURS from New Jersey to Michigan full of all our stuff and then helped us move it all in!!!!  They were incredible and I don’t know what I’d do without them.  

When they got here Friday night, we unpacked a few things, then visited for awhile and ate brownies (I made gluten-free ones!)  It had only been 2 weeks since I saw them but it felt like more than that.

Saturday, we rose pretty early and began the process of unloading the truck.  Surprisingly, it only took us about 2 hours.  The real challenge was arranging furniture inside our apartment and finding places for everything! (That’s still a work in progress.)  While this chaos was all taking place, little Optimus Prime spent the day at Petsmart Doggy Day Care – apparently he was the little star of that place, which is not hard to believe.

Saturday night, my mom, sister, and I went to see “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” at the cheap theater (yay for $4 movies!)  It was pretty funny but totally confirmed that it will be many, many, MANY years before my husband and I begin the adventure that is having children! …Sorry to disappoint all of you who thought otherwise 😉

Sunday morning, we played hooky from church and just enjoyed a lazy morning – we were all exhausted from the moving festivities on Saturday!  It was nice to just chill out (on real furniture!) and spend time with my husband and my family.  We finally got out of the house for a late lunch at Wolfgang’s (yum) and did a trip to Meijer (a must when anyone from NJ visits us out here.)

Monday, we visited campus for a while and picked up some of my stuff that was stored in the dorm (and by some, I mean a ton.)  We had lunch at Marie Catrib’s – mom and Kaleigh loved it, as we expected!  Then it was off to Detroit to bring them to the airport 😦  We were sad to see them go, but we had an amazing weekend – even if it was too short!

Today, it’s back to work and normal schedules.  Looking forward to how God reveals Himself to me this week.  Have a great Tuesday!