Monday, November 30, 2009
Tomorrow begins the month of December. If you're like me, you have already been indulging in holiday sweets with many more to come. So to counteract all that (or at least make a little dent in it), I have a challenge for you...
The 10,000 Step Challenge!
If you have a pedometer, start wearing it tomorrow. If you don't have one, go get one and join in the fun! I wore my pedometer today and was SHOCKED at how few steps I had taken. When I left work, I wasn't even to 1500 steps yet! That sedentary lifestyle could have something to do with my perpetual weight gain!
So the goal is to walk at least 10,000 steps (or close to it) every day. Sound like a lot? It's really not. Try it. Let me know what you think. And check in here with your daily totals! I'll be asking you all to hold me accountable too.
So...let's get walking! Who's with me??
Sunday, November 29, 2009
So what do you think my new name should be? Please vote below!
2) Adventures of a Newlywed Sports Widow
3) No change (keep august15bride)
4) Another idea - please write below!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Can you imagine trying to feed all those people? We were all well fed, thanks to Aunt Marion and Uncle Joe. Here he is, slicing the ham...
And check out that spread!
We ate all this on Thursday, and then Friday night was a feast of fresh seafood. Mahi mahi, crabcakes, shrimp, hushpuppies, etc etc. We never go hungry in Uncle Joe's house!
We also celebrated my (only) nephew's first birthday! Here is his - my nephew Malachi! Isn't he the cutest??
Here he is with his parents...who live entirely too far away in Dallas. Boo. Aren't they a beautiful family?
My sister and her boyfriend took all of these photos, and they have more on their website: http://www.artistic-avenues.com/. Check them out!
I have 155 unread items in my Google Reader (yikes!) so I can't wait to read about all of your Thanksgivings! We certainly have a lot to be thankful for. (But at the moment, FSU football is not one of them. Grr.)
How many people were at your Thanksgiving feast?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
We have been trying to get in touch with my little sister to invite her and her husband to any and all of our holiday festivities - but he says they don't have time to celebrate with us. Sigh. Still praying...
But I digress. This Thanksgiving should be a fun one with lots of family and great food. And probably some nametags. :)
What are your Thanksgiving plans?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
You can see them in the background here, on the doors into the reception hall:
You all already knew this, but I have one talented family! :)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This week has been a whirlwind! We are all moved into the new place, and are trying to get rid of all the boxes that somehow still are filled with STUFF. How did we acquire so much STUFF??
We are growing to love our new place. There are some downsides (just wait until you see my closet), but the benefits far outweigh any negatives. And our furniture just fits so well in the place! We are trying to be "finished" moving tonight so hopefully we will have some pictures posted soon. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
In the beginning, God created…. That’s what He does, He creates. The Bible says the Earth was formless and void, and the Holy Spirit hovered or brooded over the face the deep. It reads like the Holy Spirit was getting things ready for God’s creative word to be spoken. And in the creation account you’ll find it repeatedly stated… God said, let there be…… and it was. It’s God’s nature, it’s a part of His essence… He is THE CREATOR. So God’s first action was creation, and indeed today God’s first and foremost action in this formation of a new family… is creation. In Genesis He created out of nothing; but today He will take two people (the height of all His creation) He will take a man and a woman and create ONE. He does have two excellent parts of His creation to work, but today is no less miraculous that Day one of creation. The power of God, as the Holy Spirit is hovering over this gathering, is here to supernaturally created ONE out of two. And those two, recreated into ONE will together have a higher proclivity to bringing God glory together than they ever could apart. God’s first part in this wedding today is CREATION.
After God created, he gave man his assignment and it was centered around choice. The first man and woman had the privilege of choice. The could choose to follow God, honor God and fulfilled God’s plan for their lives together, or they could choose otherwise. Today, your part in the wedding is CHOICE. People in this room today will wipe away tears, they will laugh and they will experience a gamut of feelings and emotion… but your part today is not feeling or emotion… your first part to play in this wedding today is neither emotion nor feeling… it’s choice. In front of God and in front of this congregation of friends and family you will take solemn vows and make lifelong promises, and not one of those promises is built upon a feeling or an emotion… it’s about choice. No doubt feelings have been a big part of this relationship to date. You saw her and your feelings said… she looks good. You saw him and your feelings said.. that’s a handsome man. You talked with each other and your feelings were stirred as you laughed and your emotions were stoked as you spent time together. Both feeling and emotion are there, but the far more important part of both this wedding and this marriage is your CHOICE. When you chose God individually, it was powerful. As you choose God together there is strength and grandeur you never dreamed.
Callie I know you have a passion to help people and a passion to make your life count. I remember conversations where you spoke with me about missionary causes that were close to your heart. I look forward to seeing that passion multiply into changed lives as you and your husband dream together and reach into a great future.
Nathan, I have watched you grow from a very small child, not even old enough to get into children’s church. And from the beginning you have had a reckless abandon about life that was a joy to watch. As a little boy, you were like a chiahuaua looking for a pit bull to tangle with. When everyone was learning to snow ski properly, as a little fellow you just squatted down on the skis and barreled down the mountain at break-neck speeds and God help the person who was in your way. You knew how to go fast, but you didn’t spend much time learning to turn or stop.
I dare you both to do something dangerous and passionate with your marriage that leaves a mark on society that says “a family sold out to God traveled this way” and left a legacy of life and hope behind. CHOOSE GOD, CHOOSE EACH OTHER. That’s what you’ll do today, and that’s what I pray you do for the rest of your lives. God’s first part is CREATION, your first part is CHOICE, but there is a second part that both you and God must play…. That part is commitment.
God is the quintessential example of commitment. He’s kept His commitment to His people when they refused to even acknowledge Him, much less remain committed to Him. You can be sure that God will be faithful to you in total and complete commitment. But God’s commitment is just part of it, your commitment is equally vital. Commitment not only to God, but to one another. Choose to love, honor and be faithful to one another…. Regardless of emotion or feeling.
God will create, You will make choices, and together in commitment a marriage and family will begin a journey full of love, surprises, as well as heights and depths you never dreamed. But you can walk knowing that God is committed to you and guiding your lives and He will cause all things to work together for good, no matter what the situation.
Family, and friends, your presence here today is also very vital. You will witness their vows and you will witness the commitments they make, but you will also be endowed with a responsibility. You must pray, and help protect this new marriage. Husbands and wives, your life should be an encouragement to them. Should circumstances ever tempt these two to make a decision that is not honoring to the covenant they will enter into today…. Tell them to turn around, tell them they will get through this, tell them you’re praying and God will see them through.
God will create, Nathan and Callie will choose, commitments will be made and a covenant will be formed that is eternal.
My Uncle Roger. You may remember him as one of our "wedding elves" and as the one who gave the "family blessing" at our wedding. Uncle Roger retired from the Air Force when I was in middle school after serving in Germany, Italy, and a bazillion other places I'm sure I'm forgetting. :)
My Grandpa Burgett. Grandpa passed away last year, but we all think of him often. He was a WWII veteran and had some crazy stories about his time fighting in Europe. He was a Navy boy (enlisted on his 17th birthday!) and served in many invasions. We can't even imagine all the things he saw out there on the battlefield. I remember going to many a Veterans' Day parade and watching him march. Miss you, Grandpa!
My brother-in-law Brandon. Brandon serves in the Army and is currently in DC. The Army keeps him very busy - but we hope to see him and my sister Tabitha sometime over the holidays!
My cousin-in-law(?) Gary. My cousin Emily married Gary a few years ago. Gary has served several tours in the Middle East over the past few years. We are very blessed that he is stationed near our family so Emily and their baby girl Abby can be near family! Gary just got back from being deployed overseas.
There you go - the military men in my family! (I feel like I am forgetting someone, but I can't figure out who!) Thank you to these men, and all those who have served or are currently serving our country. Happy Veterans Day!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
And so continues my disjointed, out of order recaps. :)
This was one of my absolute favorite parts of the wedding reception. There was a room just off the main ballroom that we closed off during dinner. Unbeknownst to our guests - this is where the dessert was hiding!
Check out this spread!
Some of you may remember all my dilemmas about the cake. I was so happy with how it turned out! Oh and my cake topper dilemma? Love how that turned out too!
Grandma made her snickerdoodles...
Littlest Sister made her carrot cake cupcakes...
And when those doors finally opened, it seemed as though there was a collective gasp. Everyone was amazed! Including me - I hadn't seen the finished product until that moment. I couldn't have been happier (as you can tell from this cheesy smile photo). :)
WHOOHOOO! Look at all those desserts!!!! :)
Next up? The cake cutting...to smash or not to smash? :)
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Please leave a message in the “mad lib” style for the Bride and Groom!
I am ______________ for Nate and Callie. They
are the most _____________________
___________________, and I wish them nothing
less than ___________________
_____________ for the rest of their lives together.
My best advice for the newlyweds?
Lots of ______________,
Sunday, November 1, 2009
My mom's family:
My dad's family:
My mother-in-law's family! (And this isn't even CLOSE to being everyone!)
My father-in-law's family:
My husband's family...
Our parents and us...
And my family. But this photo always makes me a bit sad. As you know, my little sister is missing from the photo. It's just not right without her. We are still praying that God will do a miracle.
Here we are with our precious godson, Gavin (who we also happen to be babysitting tonight!)