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Our Engagement Party

All of this talk about Cristie and Josh’s engagement party has gotten me reminiscing about our own party a little over 3 years ago. I spent some time this week looking back over the pictures. I absolutely loved our wedding day. For one thing, it made me Sean’s wife. For another, it was the best party I’ve ever been to. But I also always say I loved getting one day where everyone I loved was in one place at the same time. Our engagement party was a taste of that.

My mom, as always, decked her house out like crazy. She hung tulle, white lights, and pictures of Sean and I all over the house. She served appetizers and lots and lots of cookies. Many of our family and close friends were able to be there, and we spent the night laughing, shooting pool, celebrating, and doing the occasional raptor impression.

This guy took pictures all night long and got some goodies…

At one point during the night, I realized that all of our college friends had gone missing. We found them in a giant circle engaged in a heated competition: Everyone could only speak in questions. Play went in a circle and questions had to be answered with questions. I don’t remember who won, I do know that this girl is pretty fierce at it:

The men spent most of the night splitting their time between the pool table, Wii tournaments, and foosball.

Apparently, the losers behaved like losers…

(They could also be mourning the loss they would soon suffer as Sean moved out of their apartment and in with his new wife!)

It was a beautiful night for us, surrounding by all of the people we love so much and who have faithfully supported us in every phase of our relationship.

Best of 2011

I absolutely love telling our story here on our blog. Despite the persistence it takes sometimes to keep writing down our new adventures, I LOVE being able to look back over the year and see all that we were up to.

Here are some of our favorite pictures from 2011…

Sean kicked off the year with his blogging debut. He ventured into the woods, took a self-timed portrait underneath a frozen waterfall, and apparently stole people’s hearts – as it’s our most popular post to date.

We spent an afternoon playing on my grandpa’s frozen lake. A day that reminded me how much I love the playfulness I learn from Sean, as well as from my fun-loving mom.

Always one for dramatic flair, Sean smooched me on Valentine’s Day after he cooked us a romantic meal – complete with homemade creme brulee. If it looks like I might be in pain in this picture – I probably am. I call this signature move of Sean’s “the back-breaker.”

I took my first ballet classes this year – A long-standing ‘something new’ goal of mine. I am still reeling from my abject failure, but I am totally in love with dancing – and hope to start another class soon!

I hosted my first girls’ craft night – where a dozen+ girls cozyed-up in our tiny apartment to make felt and flower rosettes. It has been way too long since the last one, so I finally got my act together and am hosting another one next weekend!

I found half of a sectional on the side of the road and after a super-human feat of strength got that baby in my car. After forcing my sick husband to help me carry it in the house + an unsuccessful cleaning attempt this trash couch ended up back where it belonged…by the curb.

After much hair-pulling and cries of dismay, I sewed my first curtain(s?). Anything to cute-ify that crazy pink and black bathroom of ours!

At the local line-dance establishment, I hopped up on the mechanical bull. A lifetime achievement I hope never to repeat, especially considering how violating my ride was.

We celebrated 100 blog posts by making a list of 100 ‘new somethings’ we’d like to do one of these days…

When Sean’s brother Evan came for a visit we went to visit Fallingwater. It was gorgeous inside and out.

We took a second swing at our community garden plot and learned some new things along they way. We can’t wait to have a garden behind a house of our own someday…but until then. A garden in a box will do.

We kicked off the Easter season in a new way this year by celebrating Passover at a friend’s house. Then, we celebrated Easter the good old American way – lots of candy in a basket and an egg hunt.

I taught Sean that snapdragons can do a fun trick at Phipps Conservatory this spring. Based on how mesmerized he was by the flower, I am betting we won’t have to buy our kids any toys as long as we have one of those planted in our yard someday.

Our blog turned one year old this May and we celebrated like any self-respecting one year old…By smashing our faces in cake. Sources tell me that our two year birthday will not be as exciting…

This summer we headed on a family vacation to Alaska…and it only took me 6 months to finally. finish. blogging. about it.

We celebrated our two year wedding anniversary with a day of fun – just the two of us.

My friend Gabby and I tried canning for the first time in what will go down in history as the SALTsa disaster of 2011.

We decided to go berry picking on the hottest day of the year, but were deliciously rewarded for all that sweat.

Summer came to an end…and I whined about it. Also, Sean started classes at CMU to further outgrow his smartypants.

We took one of hopefully many more beach vacations with our bestest buds this summer. Our weekend in Erie was slightly rainy, extremely loud, and at times, hilariously awkward. We love these friends. (Insert Dan + Lara)

Mysteriously, a juice box got us into the zoo for free. It was also Elephant Day – so it was kind of a win-win-win situation.

We I put on our my fancy Indian clothes and headed off to a fundraiser for India Gospel League. I felt like a princess all night and we got to spend the evening with good friends.

This October, we celebrated by Grammy’s 80th birthday with a huge bash at my parents’ house.

Sean kicked off my 25th birthday with post-its scattered throughout the house suggesting 25 ways to spend my special day.

Our small group headed out to an apple orchard this fall and I brought home a bagful. My sister-in-law, Audra, and I decided to try our hand at making applesauce – with very successful results.

We spent the Thanksgiving season with lots of be thankful for this year. After a season of unemployment, we’ve learned much about the Lord’s goodness and each other!

And just last week, we celebrated Christmas in style with a visit to Ohio. My entire family was together and we had an amazing vacation with them, relaxing and enjoying being in the same place at the same time.

Our prayer at the end of last year for 2011 was:

“God we ask you not to lift us out of life, but to prove your power within it; not for tasks more suited to our strength, but for strength more suited to our tasks. Give us the vision that moves, the strength that endures, the grace of Jesus Christ, who wore our flesh like a monarch’s robe, and walked our earthly life like a conqueror in triumph; we ask it for his sake. Amen.

Eternal God, thou makest all things new, and abidest for ever the same: grant us to begin this year in thy faith, and to continue it in thy favour; that, being guided in all our doings, and guarded all our days, we may spend our lives in thy service, and finally, by they grace, attain the glory of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”   – William Edwin Orchard

I was just telling Sean the other day that, this year, the Lord showed me His power and His immeasurable love in a new and greater way. He blessed us with a fuller knowledge that His strength is sufficient and His grace is without end. And so, I echo this prayer for 2012. May our Lord who makes all things new continue to reveal Himself to us this year in new ways – that we may grasp more fully how deep His love is and how very wide His grace.

Best of 2010

Since starting this blog in May, our list of ‘somethings new’ has grown substantially.

Here are some of our favorite pictures from 2010:

Our first project was growing herbs on our back deck. 2 out of 3 plants are still alive…we’d say mission accomplished…

This summer, we rented a community garden plot and got dirty sprucing the place up. We planted tomatoes, beans, a watermelon, herbs and peppers. We spent the summer eating vegetables we had grown ourselves…

In July, Sean and I headed to Cape May, NJ for a week in the sunshine. It is now officially one of our favorite vacation spots…

We decided to brighten up our apartment with an artistic creation of our own. We now have our very own Jackson Pollock

My sister packed up and moved to New York City this summer. I have enjoyed two girls’ weekends to visit since she moved!…

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary on July 25…and are pretty sure it could be scientifically proven that we love each other more today than the day we were married (and that was an awful lot)…

These two beauties came to live with us this year. We were so blessed by a stranger’s generous gift to us!

We headed to Nicaragua this summer for our first mission trip together! We were so blessed to have been able to share that experience! We learned a lot about ourselves, our Lord, and each other…

We attended our first Steelers game…and I suppose I am obliged to say ‘Go Stillers!’…

After our trip to Nicaragua, we headed to Lake Erie to spend a relaxing week at Sean’s family’s lake house right on the beach…

Of course, we couldn’t miss our yearly trip to the Canfield Fair!…

We went on lots of fun dates this year including the day my romantic husband took us on a surprise picnic

Sean ran a marathon. Unlike this picture – it was a full-size marathon. So proud of you Sean!…

When the weather turned a bit colder, we headed to the farm, got in the fall spirit, and picked pumpkins

Half-heartedly dressed up for Halloween

And celebrated Thanksgiving with my family…

We decked our house out for Christmas and tried to stay sane throughout all the season’s busyness

And last week…my name was added to Sean’s childhood Christmas stocking! We celebrated Christmas with Sean’s family and then spent a few days with mine!

We are learning much about who we are – who the Lord has created us to be and what He has created us to do with our lives and our marriage. We are blessed to be married at this stage in our lives, for another year and for His Son who has saved us.

We had a very fun and very blessed 2010. As we move into 2011…

a prayer for the new year:

“God we ask you not to lift us out of life, but to prove your power within it; not for tasks more suited to our strength, but for strength more suited to our tasks. Give us the vision that moves, the strength that endures, the grace of Jesus Christ, who wore our flesh like a monarch’s robe, and walked our earthly life like a conqueror in triumph; we ask it for his sake. Amen.

Eternal God, thou makest all things new, and abidest for ever the same: grant us to begin this year in thy faith, and to continue it in thy favour; that, being guided in all our doings, and guarded all our days, we may spend our lives in thy service, and finally, by they grace, attain the glory of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”   -William Edwin Orchard

Thanks for keeping up with all our something’s new in 2010! Blessings to you in this new year!

More Pictures from the Past

With all this talk about weddings recently…Sean and I have been doing a lot of reminiscing. Last night, we got to talking about our honeymoon.

Last year, around this time, we spent a week or so in Cozumel, Mexico. Thinking about it made me miss the sun, the beach, and full week with nothing to do but hang out with my husband.

1 Year!

Yesterday was our first anniversary! July 25, 2009 seems like it came and went so quickly and now, here we are a whole year later already!

I have loved our first year of marriage…and it only makes me more excited to see what God has in store for our future! I can’t imagine life without Sean by my side. He is an incredible best friend and man of God. He challenges me every day to be better and to love the Lord more. I am so thankful that God has brought us together.

This year has been so full of blessing. As we have embarked on one new thing after another, we have enjoyed the journey side-by-side!

We had a great day yesterday (in between my full work-day at church) celebrating! We made a big brunch together and Sean had a few surprises for me including this lovely:

He had also gone out and gotten a sweet surprise from a local bakery. We weren’t able to save any of our wedding cake, so Sean bought two cupcakes and froze them to surprise me. After brunch, Sean brought them out of the freezer and we let them defrost…so it felt like the real thing! …still tasted great after all that time haha…

After church last night, we went for a yummy meal at a nice Caribbean restaurant and then we finished off the evening with some frozen yogurt. Sean knows me too well…I can’t officially call it a celebration without some ice cream!

I was officially spoiled yesterday.

We had a great night celebrating our marriage, and reflecting on all that God has done in our lives together so far. We spent some time looking through our wedding album and reminiscing. Here are some of my favorite shots from the day.

Happy 1 Year Sean!

Photo credit – our photographer was amazing!