Stepping into Eleven

Year #11. It takes some getting used to in order to picture myself having a decade of time behind us as married folks. We were just reminiscing today about our wedding day.

Rarely known fact: It rained the morning of June 28, 2008. And that little known fact really has seemed like good luck as they say. Call it luck, a good omen, or a silly wives’ tale, but I understand what is truly going on. It’s only the power of Christ in both of us that has made a decade go by in a flash, even with its peaks and valleys. I am so grateful to have been on this journey with Logan walking next to me.

People say their wedding was the best day of their lives. I do look back on that season of life with fondness, but in my opinion, my wedding day was far from the best. If that was the best day of my life, what does that say about our marriage? My goodness, I have had so many best days of my life after my wedding day…

Countless days when we’ve taken long walks around our neighborhood with blue skies and 75 degrees of air. Bunches of days when I’ve sat by him and smiled at the camera during a special event. Days when we’ve found something so funny I can’t stop belly laughing. Days when our kids show kindness to others and finally make us think they have a hope of turning out okay someday. Days spent on getting away, in a foreign country, on the road, in the yard, at the park, at a friend’s house, in ministry, finishing a difficult project, enjoying a meal together, anticipating a date, praying together, planning for the future, reflecting on our goals, hosting people, dancing in the living room, being with our families, losing weight, staying up late, eating a snack, playing with our kids on the carpet, sleeping in, hammocking, sitting on our red couch watching something… and I could keep going to infinite.

The truth is, there have been lots and lots of best days of my life with Logan. I am one “lucky” lady. And Lord willing, there will be a whole slew of best days to come. Happy “one-one” anniversary to my bestie!

We had a great night celebrating together! First stop, Robby’s Famous Cheesecake for a fantastic dessert, then on to get our rings cleaned. Later, we joined up with Unite Salina. Fun fact: Unite Salina was hosted at Heritage Hall tonight. It was pretty crazy to think that 11 years ago tonight, we were at our wedding reception, dancing the night away at the same Heritage Hall. Kinda warmed my heart. 🙂 Thank you, @jadecreates for taking a few photos after the event! You are too kind and so talented, my friend!

The End is Near…!

We are now coming to the final destination of pregnancy… August 15 will be here before we know it. We have entered into the eighth month today! What a journey it has been. So thankful that I’ve been blessed enough not to have many complications, and I’ve felt pretty good throughout this process of growing a babe in the belly. As I type, Baby Henrietta is grooving to her own beat and even through the mask of my stomach, she’s pretty darling already.

We’ve been preparing slowly but surely to have a new life in our house, although as my doctor would say, becoming a parent is a lot like OJT. On the job training is the best way to learn. We’ve read the books, scoured the interwebs, taken the classes, painted the room, finished the decorations, washed the toys and clothes, had the showers (most of them at least), organized the supplies, toured the hospital, written the lists, packed the bag(s), and prayed the prayers… and now we wait for our career to begin.

What better time to have a photo shoot? Commemorating our fifth year as a married couple and our first little tyke on the way, Lauren took some stellar pictures for us right before harvest season was underway.

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Five Years in Wichita

Logan and I took a mini-five-year-special-anniversary-babymoon-vacation last weekend down to the heart of Kansas… Wichita! Although we didn’t venture very far from home, it was still one of the best times we’ve had together! Relaxing, yet productive, and it was a great time for us to catch our breath and catch up with each other.

We left town on Thursday evening and arrived at our bed and breakfast called the Inn at Glenstrae, which is actually in a normal neighborhood in the Hillside area of the city. Built in 1900, this house was right up our alley. The owners of Glenstrae were very formal at first, but it didn’t take long for them to warm up and we actually sat out on the porch chatting with them for most of our evening after dinner at Carrabba’s (first time, and very good!). The wife is actually an acting coach and does all sorts of directing, producing, and training in the area… so as we sat there, somehow we ended up in the very first porch side acting class at the B&B! What a surprise for entertainment that night, but the memories will stick longer! Our room was beautiful, complete with a rainforest walk in shower, Logan’s personal favorite. The breakfast in the morning was to die for – Eggs Benedict (neither of us have ever eaten that before), herb potatoes, and asparagus, rolls, a fancy fruity smoothie, and a super delightful latte that even pregnant Shauna didn’t pass up. Impressive! We sat out in the garden after breakfast and then casually meandered our way to our next destination.

The mall! It was time for new clothes for Logan, so we ventured over to Towne East and headed for Old Navy. Awesome deals. Awesome time. For some reason, this was just a good time for Logan and I to have fun and be goofy together in the dressing room. Another fun memory from this trip! Among other shopping around town, we stopped in at Mead’s Corner for a mid afternoon snack and chat. Great coffee shop! Then off to Carter’s to find a little outfit for our little baby’s first day home… yay! And then to our hotel: Homewood Suites by Hilton at the Waterfront! It was, a nice hotel indeed. We gussied ourselves up and headed to PF Chang’s (both of us had never been)! Because it was our first time, they gave us a $10 gift card for our next visit. We were impressed! Great eggplant, fun service, and their fortune tellers were pretty legit too (see picture below)!

In the morning on Saturday, we lounged around, got breakfast, and moseyed our way out to just a few more short stops, and then ate lunch at Five Guys Hamburgers (also a first). Also quite impressed. Especially with the fry situation (see picture below). Skipping town after stuffing ourselves with beef and spuds, we  were sad to see our fun end, but we sure lived it up in style for a few days!

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