What a year this has been! I wanted to share some special moments that have filled the days within 2009.
~ January ~
The year began with a sad time. We had to put our sweet Millie girl to sleep. 2 days before our wedding we found out she had beginning stages of heart failure. She made it until January and I know she was just a dog but she really was like a little person and definitely a big part of our family. We had her for 11 years.
~ February ~
February brought with it the start of many weddings of the year. My dad got hitched! Yes they did the corny Valentine's Day thang (just kidding dad) and got married on February 14th.
Papa and Mema Dancing (They will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in June 2011)
The best dad around :)
My hubby and I
~ March ~
The wedding madness continues. My cousin Josh and Lieren got married this month and their wedding was beautiful. She was such a beautiful bride! They have a great marriage and they really adore each other. They moved into the apartment upstairs from us and I love having family live nearby. If ever we need any butter, eggs, or Worchestire sauce they are only a flight of stairs away.
All of the cousin's (Minus my hubby)
David and I made a trip up to Aiken, South Carolina to spend time with the Boerstler's and we went to the Spring Steeplechases. It was such a fun town.
~ April ~
This has to be one of my favorite adventures of the year. Well probably one of my favorite times in the past 5 years! The Story: It all began when my family had to put our dog to sleep due to heart failure. My mom did not want to get another pet so she signed up for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She instantly fell in love with her little girl. A long story short, the family has 4 children under the age of nine who are raised by the grandparents, one which is a Leukemia survivor. The place they called home had no beds for the children or a tub in the bathroom. My parents came across a foreclosed trailer on an acre of land and had the grandmother look at it. So my mom and Fred bought it. Grandma fell in love with the distressed run down trailer immediately. This was like a castle already to her with holes in the wall and all. So starts the remodeling, and 2 weeks later the family will come with the clothes on their back, and finally call this place home. This is the day that the Lord hath made.
Pictures of the children:
The finished new home!!
~ May ~
I am still in disbelief that my sister has graduated from high school. She has been the best sister to me and I will always love our relationship not only as sisters but as best friends. She really makes me proud. She is so smart and beautiful.
~ June ~
This was a month for vacations! After the end of my hardest year in pharmacy school, we needed to take some trips and relax!
In the beginning of June, we had a girl's weekend in Destin, FL to celebrate Nicole's birthday.
Here's the birthday girl:
We were at the beach all day every day!!
For Father's Day, we surprised dad with a trip to Charleston for the weekend. We made him drive there and we didn't tell him where we were going we just told him which turns to make until we got there. We had alot of fun. We did several tours while we were there. One tour we went on was a culinary tour where we walked around in the downtown area and visited several places and learned the history of the food in the area. The best part was sampling all the good southern staples that make up the diet of the people from the area.
People were selling these grass baskets everywhere on the side of the roads and down in the market. They would sell the small baskets for about $50 and the price soared up to like $300 and more for a larger basket:
~ August ~
David and I celebrated our 1 year Anniversary August 9th. He has the been such a blessing in my life and I am so thankful for him. He is such a great leader for our family, and always encourages me. This past year of marriage has been so blissful. Simply perfect.
We started the day with Cinnamon rolls and coffee for breakfast, Carrabba's for dinner, and Cheesecake for dessert :)
Ephesians 5:1-2 says "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says it well, "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
~ September and October ~
These months were spent with our nose in the books. Well not really David because he doesnt "have" to study very much to keep his 4.0 but me on the other hand, every waking minute is spent studying just to get by. David did take his PCAT, the Pharmacy College Admission Test during this time and blew it out of the water. When I told my dad his test results, he said "Lins, did we expect anything less?" The answer is obviously no. I don't know how my husband knows so much. His brain is like a super sponge. I'm not even exagerating because he's my husband but he really is brilliant. He is in the process of completing his UF pharmacy school application and the deadline to submit it is February 1, 2010. I hope to report back with an updated blog of any exciting news when we hear an answer from the college!
~ November ~
This was an amazing month! I have had the opportunity to share my faith with one of my Walgreens co-workers. I wish I could tell her entire story because it is nothing less than incredible of how God called her to receive His grace and salvation. It has been a difficult, heart-wrenching journey for this young believer in Christ and I am amazed at how the Lord has changed her.
Two Sunday's after she was saved, she joined the church and was baptised.
We celebrated at Chili's afterwards:
David and I hosted our first Thanksgiving dinner in our tiny one bedroom apartment and it was perfect. He cooked his first Turkey and all the fixing's to go along with it. I didn't really do any of the cooking because my hubby is such a pro at it, I didn't want to mess anything up!
The last wedding of the year was such a special wedding. David's brother married a wonderful girl named Hannah. I am thankful for a wonderful new sister-in-law! The small wedding ceremony was held in Alabama the day after Thanksgiving. It was a special date in that it was David, Jason, and Kyle's mom's birthday. It was so nice to spend the weekend with family.
~ December ~
David and I both finished up this semester of school and are enjoying a nice Christmas break right now. A few weeks ago, David completed his first race! Miranda talked him into doing the run with her. They did the Reindeer Run in Fernandina Beach. It was a 10K run and he finished it in 1 hour and 7 minutes. I am so proud of him for doing it and finishing in such good time with not alot of training. He really makes me smile.
With the closing of the year, I am thankful for all the Lord has blessed us with. I pray that he will continually use us to encourage those around us and to share the good news of Christ.