Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Another thing on my to do list was looking up immigration forms to change my residency status from conditional to permanent. The whole immigration process is so wrapped up in my wedding memories too, so I thought I would post what I wrote for James today. Seemed appropriate......
The memories of my wedding day are so much more then just the one day itself. There was so much leading up to our day that shaped and strengthened our relationship and contributed so intricately to the memories of that special day.
Unlike most people, Josh and I had to conquer the boundaries, known as US immigration before we could have a wedding day. I am still surprised at how easy it is for other people to just get married without the immigration process in the way.
After getting engaged we hoped and prayed to be married 3 months later. It ended up being a nine month, long-distance engagement, with 3 dates set and changed for the wedding. The hardest part about waiting was never having a set goal or date to work towards and wait for, it could have been never ending for all we knew. We clung to this verse: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Eccl 3:11, and trusted.
Finally we received a letter with an interview date to receive my fiancé visa and our wedding date was set for 2 weeks later, the same day as my parents 29th anniversary, on a beach in California. “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Eccl 3:11
Leading up to our wedding day, California was dreary and rainy. My friends and family who came from Canada joked about the Californian weather. We stocked up on rain ponchos and umbrellas, the rain would not deter our beach wedding.
The morning of our wedding day the Sun broke through the dreariness. We had perfect skies for some great photos. Full sunshine amidst looming clouds.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time” Eccl 3:11
Our wedding day was a simple day on the beach surrounded by a few close friends and family. Getting married on the beach was my only wish and dream for my wedding. And it came true. It truly was a beautiful day not because of months of planning and organizing finally being realized, but in its absolute simplicity and perfect timing. We were finally together forever, no more boundaries separating us. The first day of growing old together. The ocean crashing in our ears reminding us of Gods sovereign power in our lives.
I remember my Dad telling me a funny story as he walked me onto the beach towards my groom. I remember Josh’s smile reserved only for me. The tears and laughter as we exchanged vows.
We ran with the sea gulls, we could have taken flight with them and soared.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Why do weekends have to end. Amazing Saturday at the beach, the beach we got married on, Manresa Beach California. I didn't want to leave. The weather was perfect. The company was awesome. The day was wonderful. Collecting more memories.
(featuring Ross and Angie Turner all the way from SA. A curious Seagull and a shy pidgeon)
Friday, April 3, 2009
So I want to try and be better at posting on this thing. The whole point for me to start it up was to take the place of my giant general e-mails, and now I don't do either blog or e-mail. For some reason the whole blog thing is intimidating to me, I feel I have to have something profound to say (and to say it well) and I never do. So yesterday I decided I needed to write more, profound or not (well said or not).
So to sum up 2009 so far......busy.
Good busy, but busy none the less. This final semester of Josh's credential program has been the busiest for him, so time together has been scarce which has been hard. I am looking forward to it all being over.
The credential program even encroached on our second year anniversary. We had already decided that we couldn't go away for it, due to finances, and instead wanted to go out to a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant. But then Josh had a meeting for his class that was very important, so we had to postpone our date to the next night. We still had an amazing time celebrating our two wonderful years. Josh surprised me, and really did take me to a fancy restaurant. After finding out about the meeting he pretended that we would just go to another restaurant, that I still love but it wasn't super fancy or anything. I was OK with that. Little did I know that he had already booked the fancy one....and had to get me to dress nicer without giving it away....cute boy.
This is turning into the year of visitors for us. We are loving it, and what a blessing to have the house and a spare room. First was my family over Christmas (hence the hectic two week rush to get things ready for them), then at the end of February we had Dans best friend Pierre come stay for a weekend with his girlfriend and her best friend, who they were dropping off at the San Fransisco airport to continue her world travels (her next stop was the Cook Islands....jealous!). So they "flew" through, driving up through the Thursday night and leaving the Sunday Morning. We had a lot of fun and laughter with all of them.
Then my Mom came to stay for a few days with a good friend of hers from work. Their main mission and goal was to help us tackle our yard, which had been a landscape of weeds. Their other mission was to relax....which apparently gardening is that for them? So the Saturday before they arrived we spent the day doing the back-breaking work of pulling all the weeds out of the beds. I don't remember ever being that sore in my life, but it made me feel better that all my Mom had to do was help pick the plants and plant them. The fun stuff. I had go to work unfortunately, but Josh was off on his spring break and was a great helper and driver for them. The yard is on its way to looking lovely, I am excited about all the plants we have put in, mainly roses....can't wait to see how it all looks in a few months, and hoping I don't kill them in the mean time.....
On the Wednesday we got up at 1am to take my Mom to the airport to catch her 6am flight! And then continued up to Canada to surprise Dan and see him in his play, which may be the final play he is in at Trinity. We were there for 3 wonderful, short days then drove home again bringing with us Ross and Ang Turner, friends of mine from South Africa. They are now staying with us for 2 weeks before they continue on their American Adventure. During the day while we are working they have been exploring Modesto and seeing its "sights"....which are few and far between. Mostly they are getting to do life with us and then on the weekends we are going to make up for it and take them to San Fransisco, Santa Cruz, and to Yosemite hopefully.
Then we might have more guests coming from the UK in May and from Canada in August. So much fun!
We are hoping to head back up to Canada this summer, probably the beginning of June for a longer trip to see my family and Dan before he goes to work at Barnabas summer camp this summer. The plan is to stop off in Seattle on the way up for a mini vacation together and to drop off my Canadian Residency card (the end of an era). Then we are hoping and praying to be able to make a trip back to South Africa over December or January. We had originally planned to do it this summer, but buying a house set us back on that a little bit. So depending on Josh's Job situation (due to economic situations here, there are major cuts in schools and mainly the art/music programs so we are still uncertain where and what Josh will be doing next year, but we trust the Lord has a plan, he always does. He is always faithful to provide) we now hope that December will work, we won't be able to come for as long but it will be better weather in SA for us. So we will see.
So that is a bit of a catch up on us at the moment. Busy with life, friends, family, fun, school (not as much fun), the house, yard, our lovely pup, and looking forward to summer and warmer weather.
Now that I am caught up on life ramblings, maybe my next entries will be more profound and interesting......
"Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles at the future" - Proverbs 31:25
Thursday, April 2, 2009
my kitchen curtain teddy bears (or anything stuffed, hasn't chewed our pillows yet though) plates the bible electric cords fruit from the fruit bowl
Moose loves people. And watching out the window.
He loves exploring the great wide world of our back yard. He will stand in the middle of it with his head held high and just let the wind blow all the smells and sounds into his face. He loves this more then playing ball at this point.
He is a good pup.
Endless fun and companionship.