6.28.2013

Beach Wedding – Part 1

First off let me tell you that there was 40%-60% chance of rain all week for my wedding. Saturday morning came and the rain.poured.down. You better believe I prayed all week for no rain! However, I’m thankful because the rain stopped and it was overcast for our wedding, which was perfect; it wasn’t too bright or too hot. 

Saturday morning began by getting everyone together for breakfast. We had lots of fruit, bagel head bagels, coffee and juice. Nom! Nom! Daniel also had a great time with the water balloons... =)
Dave’s family later surprised us with these awesome matching unicorn shirts. I still don’t 100% understand why, but Dave’s family loves to tease him about unicorns and babies and anything else they think is embarrassing. =) It's hard to see on the photo but the shirt has a unicorn with Dave and I photo shopped on top of it. It's a fun family joke although Dave will tell you 'that's lame'.
Breakfast came and went and us girls headed on over to the condo to get ready. I just love this picture; it says ‘girl time’ in so many ways. 
No one ever told me the great task getting a wedding dress on was. My sisters were scared that my makeuped face might smudge my dress, so Holly decided it would be best to suffocate me by putting a t-shirt over my face. She thought it was hilarious and I love her face of laughter in the pictures.
 All ready ... I went to meet Dave. He patiently waited for 20+ minutes for me to finally get down to the beach … This was kind of our ‘first look’. He had come to the condo earlier while we were getting ready. I don't think he realized all the girl things that simultaneously occurred. 
I decided that I wanted to go somewhere where it was just Dave and I to take pictures. Being around lots of people who would be watching made me nervous, besides check out these girls who leaned over the balcony for our first look ;) 
Dave and I first went to Ft. Pickens to take photos
And then we went to the beach

There is part 1! Stay tuned, I’ll be posting more about my wedding soon, including the ceremony, reception and some lessons I learned along the way.

6.27.2013

Lately#9

Summer fruit is the best. Well, blueberries are the best. If you want good strawberries ... go to South Korea. However, since that isn't possible right now I'll just eat away at the blueberries.
Shenel and I cracked ourselves up with these lips and the mustache.
The lady that always does my nails talked me into a citrus pedicure. Orange, grapefruit and lemons. I don't think I'll do that all of the time but it was fun for a try.
I'm trying something new on my hair. It's a no shampoo method. Instead you use baking soda and vinegar and eventually your natural oils should balance your hair out and you don't have to wash it as much. I'm a bit nervous but I'm going to give it a try. 
I make one of these big bad lattes just about every morning! It really is one of my favorite parts of the morning. 
Today my Mom and Granny are coming to visit Dave and I in Woodward. Having visitors when you live in a small town is awesome! 
What have you been up to lately? 

6.26.2013

Pre-Beach Wedding Festivities

Since my dream wedding happened to be in Florida and my friends and family came so far I decided to celebrate Friday night too. If you know me or have read my blog, you know I love ferris wheels. When Pensacola beach installed a wheel I knew we all had to go.
Photo taken by my brother-in-law
We all met up, took a ride on the wheel and saw some beautiful scenery of the beach and surrounding area.
 After the wheel we ate dinner at The Cactus Flower, a California style Mexican restaurant with some tasty tasty food. It was nice to visit with family and friends over dinner. Alisha and I ate some black beans. 1+1 reunion.
 
After dinner we all hung out at the condo and played board games. Some great games of Jenga were played and we all just visited some more. 

I'll leave you with another beautiful picture of the wheel. 

Stay tuned because Friday I'll be posting part 1 of my wedding =)

6.25.2013

Weekend in Review

Last weekend Dave and I headed back to Wichita for a weekend packed full of activities. I had two birthday parties to attend as well as two bridal showers. We went back up on Friday, which also happened to be the first day of summer! I absolutely love everything about summer. It was a much needed weekend at home and I'm thankful I got to see family and friends. Here is some of the weekend in picture review.

 The first night of summer and a pretty walk at Chisholm park with Dave. I love summertime walks with Dave. 
Bridal shower for my sister-in-law Becky
Much needed time spent with my friends and sister (who I didn't take a picture with ... boo!)
Kirsten's birthday party at Luccianos where I devoured this amazing salad in a cheese bowl. 
 Kirsten's bridal shower - so much fun. I finally got to use some of the crafts I have been making during my free time and also check out the awesome cake my sister Holly made. 

My nephew Zach had his baby dedication this weekend too. Although it was in Idaho and I was in Kansas, I was there in spirit!  

That was my weekend folks! Crazy busy but so much fun. On another random note, I got all my wedding pictures back and have started writing blog posts to share them with you. I'll be posting them over the next 2-3 weeks. 

6.21.2013

Good Gifts

This verse is near and dear to my heart for so many reasons. When I was in Korea and praying about my relationship with Dave and what God had for us, I came across James 1:17. I have read that verse many times but this one time it was if God was saying "Dave is a good and perfect gift from Me". It settled my heart and gave me reassurance that God was leading Dave and I toward marriage.

Not too long after that, our Bible study in Korea studied James through the Beth Moore series, 'Mercy Triumphs'. It was great to read and study that verse again. Not long after that I received a card in Korea from my granny with that same verse in it. Coincidence??? I think not! I hadn't told her about this verse, or anyone really. It was God's way of making sure I remembered His good gift.

At our wedding ceremony Dave and I asked my brother, Luke, and our good friend, Jeremy, to pray over us asking for God to work and bless our marriage. Jeremy prayed and then Luke started praying and guess what verse he incorporated into his prayer??? You guessed it, James 1:17. My brother is one of my heros and closest friends and the fact that God brought that verse to his mind to pray over us was just a reminder of God's love and how He weaves gifts and blessings into our lives, more than we ever deserve.

More than any other gift, the best gift God sent was His Son. James 1:17 reminds me that God sent His Son, to live amongst sinners, to die on the cross for us, and to redeem us. There is no better gift than that!

6.20.2013

Lately #8

My cat has thoroughly enjoyed all the boxes from UPS. If he hears me open a box that has tape on it, he comes running until he can chomp on a piece of it. Tape is one of his favorite treats - weird cat! 
Lately I've tried to get back into running. I'm thankful that Dave helps me get out to run even if it is the last most miserable thing I want to do. I'm also thankful for my work spouse Kirsten who tells me what a great job I did even if it was just 1-2 miles. I'm waiting for my runner's high to kick back in!
I found this at a store this week (no, I did not buy it). It is a 'butter portion control server" ...America, we have some serious health issues! I think we need a good dose of veggies, portion control and maybe even some kimchi. ;)
Happy 1st Birthday to my sweet nephew Elliot. Life is so much sweeter with you in it. I love that you can eat for 1 1/2 hours and I love it when you crinkle your nose when you are laughing! There is just so much I love about you.
The flowers Dave bought me remain alive! Miraculous in my book. This is their second bloom and I think they look beautiful.
That's it folks! Honestly, my life lately could be classified as 'simple'. I'm trying to learn how to live in a small town and enjoy time alone as I don't know many people yet. It's a learning process.
What have you been up to lately? 

6.17.2013

From marshmallows to sheep

A while back I wrote about the the untold stories from South Korea I mentioned that I wanted to write and share more about one of the kids who accept Christ so here it is. 

Meet Ella! 
                
Although she is only 5 years old she is by far one of the most thoughtful people I have met. Ella remembers people and the details in their lives! (As an adult, I still struggle to do that). I told my class things that were important to me ... when my family was visiting  Korea, when baby Elliot was due, when baby Zach was due, when Alisha's Mom's birthday was, etc. I know kids normally don't care about their teacher's personal life but Ella did. When it was time to review the day, month and upcoming events, if I didn't mention one of my personal family events she would say something like "Teacher Beka, Stephanie baby, in February", followed by a big baby belly mimic with her hand and so on. Ella also wrote me some sweet notes. Here is a funny one that I received for Teachers day, I love it and I have it kept in my Bible. 
Academically, Ella was one of my best students. She listened well and soaked up the information she was given. When it came to Bible stories, this was no different. One time I read the kids a book based on the parable of the lost sheep. A few weeks later, we had a 'cooking class'. We were given marshmallows, chocolate sticks and hershey kisses and were expected to make spiders! Ha! Impossible with the Korean ingredients. We tried, we really did but I finally said "make whatever you want!" A few minutes had passed and Ella asked me to come over so she could show me her creation and here it is:
It doesn't look like much, does it? I didn't think so either until Ella explained it. She said the brown chocolate sticks were the gate, the white pieces of marshmallows were the sheep, the hershey kiss on the outside of the gate was Jesus and the hershey kiss she was holding up was God! WOW! I immediately teared up as I had no idea that God's message of love had sunk that deep into Ella's precious heart. 

Sometime in January, after the kids had heard about Jesus and his love for them for quiet some time, I was curious to see if any of the kids had actually asked Jesus to come live in there heart. I thought I would ask but I didn't expect a response. Lo and behold, Ella raised her hand and told me she had asked Jesus to come live in her heart. I still was skeptical ... so I started asking questions. She told me she was at home, and prayed alone and asked Jesus to save her. I was blown away! I even asked again the next day to see what she would say and she said "Teacher, two times now" =) I explained as best as I could that you only had to do it once.  

So that is the story of little Miss Ella accepting Christ. I'm still amazed at the work God can do through teaching kids about Christ through a second language. It just shows the power of the cross and that a language barrier can't stop the Holy Spirit from revealing the gospel to a 5 year old. Ella received an English Bible at the end of the school year and I am trusting God to send someone to help her grow in her faith. Would you add Ella to your prayer list? I know God will answer!

Romans 1:16 
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every oen that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 

6.13.2013

Lately #7

Although they chipped the next day, my polka dot nails were cute and fun. 
I love seeing deer when I go on walks - small town benefits. 
Beautiful sunset that Dave and I saw at Ft. Supply Lake
Dave hates geese, I just never knew how much. 
He is still trying to get revenge from his childhood when he tried to pet 
a baby gosling and got tackled, pecked at and had his jacket stolen. 
Geese can be mean little creatures, I tell ya. 
What have you been up to lately?
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