March 25, 2013

Time is marching on

March is almost over, which mean 2013 is almost a quarter of the way through. Life is moving so fast. I haven't been updating much but I have been creating a lot and living a lot. Below are some highlights of my life lately:
  • I had my 5th TMJ arthroscopic surgery in January
  • We celebrated 2 years of marriage
  • David was ordained a deacon at our church
  • I've fallen more and more in love with my job
  • We lead a time of worship and prayer every 3 weeks at our church
  • Anticipating the return of new Doctor Who episodes
  • Lots of hand-sewing and knitting
  • Realization that my jaw isn't recovering and I need arthroplasty
  • Chuy, as always, makes life just a little cuter
  • I've embraced a deeper fondness of fashion
  • We feel more drawn to missional living and doing life with a community
  • We are also hooked on New Girl and I want to be Zooey Deschanel

David and I are also learning to really embrace who we are as a couple, as people, and as the artwork God created us to be. I read this quote on Kristina's blog and I just absolutely love it:
"Embrace the uniqueness God placed within you.
If you can do that, you'll give the world a beautiful gift."
SO GOOD. I've personally really learned to embrace my own uniqueness and not hide it or try to make it more than what it is. God created me in a very particular way and I shouldn't try to be someone else. He already created someone else, there's no need for me to try to reinvent that. Simple.

Since no post is complete without a picture or two here are a few of life lately.

In Fredericksburg celebrating our 2 year wedding anniversary

loving my pup.

playing with some new hair styles.

David leading worship while I recovered from my surgery.

happy puppy.

learning to appreciate beauty in the most mundane things.

no explanation needed.

silly sisters.

my man can drive a bus.

the two most important men in my life.

stage before Mania Marathon 12/13

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March 5, 2013

2 years

Two years ago, today, I married my absolute best friend. And although he is super handsome and attractive, makes me laugh, sings to me, plays multiple stringed instruments, rocks flannel like no other, wears a great beard, and is generally awesome...that's not why the past two years have been so great.

Don't get me wrong, all those things help make up who he is and are part of the equation of why I love him so dearly. The heart of our marriage, though, can be best described in the below lyric:
You're in the whisper between two lovers
igniting passion long after the altar.
You are the reason I sing
You are the reason I sing
The "You're" up there is referring to God. He is the whisper between our hearts that keeps igniting the passion, love and affection we have for each other. And obviously He's the reason we sing, which as many of you know, is a huge part of our story, our lives, and our marriage.

Because we try to keep Christ in the center of every aspect of our marriage, it's been amazing! Now there are some rough moments when I just cannot believe he says something, or I can't handle another episode of some anime cartoon, but those just don't matter. Honestly, if my biggest complaint about marriage is I have to watch anime every now and then, or he leaves macaroni on the stove for a few days, then I'd say we're doing it right. Some say that first year is the, awesome! It only gets better?! Our 10 year anniversary is going to be amazing, and I can't even wait to see how fun it gets at year 50.

Last night we got to listen to a panel of five married couples who all had different stories and backgrounds talk on marriage. There were newlyweds, one married 55 years, second marriages, no kids, adopted kids, kids from previous marriages, etc. It was such a blessing to just listen to them all talk about the role God played in their stories and how they all keep Him in the center of their marriages. It got me thinking about our story and how God's will is so interwoven in every aspect. Sure we pulled against Him at times and tried to do our own thing but He constantly pulled us closer to Him and I'm so thankful for that.

David, you are my perfect match and I completely enjoy every day I get to spend being your wife and partner in our fun journey through life. I can't wait to see where God takes us next, and I'm game for anything as long as we get get to do it together. I love you.