Thursday, May 28, 2009

Birthday Madness!

I turned 25 on May 25th!

It had always been my plan to go skydiving on my 25th birthday. Josh asked me to refrain from doing so because he was concerned his bride would die 5 days before their wedding. :)

Even though I didn't get to go skydiving, Josh made my 25th extra special by throwing me a day long surprise party!

He picked me up in the morning and he brought with him coffee, a rose, and amazing card (I love cards). We then drove off into the woods for what seemed to be forever (I think when I'm excited time slows down just to spite me). We ended up at the Pinkney Rec. area! He planned a surprise birthday cook-out! Lots of my friends came, we ate great food, played bocci ball, volleyball, football, and Frisbee, talked, and talked.

The cook-out ended so people could have the chance to change clothes, and then some of us met back up in Ann Arbor to play Whirlyball! IT WAS AMAZING!! If you've never heard of whrilyball, it's a game played on bumper cars! You get one of those scoopy throw-y things and you and a team have to try to throw a wiffle ball through a little hole.. while on bumper cars! It was so much fun and I have whiplash and bruises to prove it. :)

After that, Josh took me out to dinner to a bar in Ypsilanti called Sidetrack (No, not Sidetrack Tap for you PHC enthusiasts). It was so good.

Post dinner, we were so exhausted we went back to Josh's and flopped on the couch. I didn't linger long, if I had hung much longer I wouldn't have been safe to drive!

Speaking of Josh's house, I'm all moved in! Josh is staying with his mom and Owen for the rest of the week and Stephanie and I are livin' large in the condo!

Josh is so amazing. I can't believe all the time and effort he put into planning the birthday day for me. It was so special. I am blessed beyond belief. I loves him so much.


Hi Friends,

I'm sorry it's been so long since I posted! It's not because I don't want to, we're just so busy!

It is hard to believe we are only two days away from the wedding. We are excited beyond belief. People keep asking us if we're nervous, have any doubts, etc. and Josh and I just respond confidently that we know this is what God has planned for us and we're excited to start our journey! I remember the days where we were counting down from triple digits thinking the single digits would never get here. :)

Josh and I have both had our bachelor and bachelorette parties. :) Both amazing successes! Josh and his men went up north for a weekend outdoors and my ladies and I took over his condo for some much needed girl time. :)

No melt-downs, catastrophies, or the like to report. Everything has been smooth sailing thus far. We' got a lot of comments like "You can't plan a wedding in six months", "you'll never find _____ (photog, place, etc) in six months", etc. and you know what? We can and we did. God really provided for us every step of the way.

One of my out-of-town bridesmaid has arrived, the next comes in on Friday. My very special, honored guest comes in at 5:15am SATURDAY! Andy Pants is picking her up because he's awesome.

The cake and flowers are done and paid for (yay!), most all of the girls' dresses are done, the men pick up their tuxes tonight. We've got to finish up a few (okay, maybe more than a few) things and I think we'll be all set to go!

We registered for our marriage license last week and it was almost a bust! Josh doesn't technically have a valid birth certificate (he was adopted, changed his name, but never recieved a new BC) . The woman at vital records wasn't supposed to grant us one but she did because she didn't "want to muck up your wedding"! She also slipped Josh the forms he'll need to get a new BC. I think we're going to take her chocolate or something today when we go to pick it up.

And before you ask, no we don't have a last name yet. :)

Josh is innocent, I'm scheming! Poor guy, he has no idea. :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"things like this are bound to happen"

"Things like this are bound to happen."

What was this in regards to? 

My veil got thrown away on accident!!  I didn't know it was gone until I needed it for my hair practice day this past weekend!  What a shock!! :) 

Thankfully, the person that accidentally threw it away redeemed him/herself by finding it and bringing it to me at the salon on my hair practice day!

I'm quite eager to find out what else is bound to happen.  I did notice a lot of orange barrels in front of the Ann Arbor City Club yesterday.  :|   No one asked us if they could do construction during our wedding season!  AND Orange isn't even one of our colors!!

This isn't what my hair will look like, (I'm confident all mothers would be upset if I revealed my hair before the "big day"!), just a teaser. :)

Let me tell you about Miss Ella Rose,

Let me tell you about Miss Ella Rose.  She's a living miracle.  She's proof of the love, grace, and mercy of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  

Ella is doing amazing!  She's a little over a month seizure free (praise the Lord!).  It's amazing to think of how she was just a little over a month ago:  seizing sometimes 30+ times a day, non-verbal, non-Mobile, and generally non-responsive.  

Now! She's a chatty, giggly, happy 3 year old.  It's hard to keep her down!  She's making amazing strides at PT, OT, and speech therapy.  It seems like she picks up new words everyday, tries new things regularly, and is just loving life.  

This change has been really great for her family too. :)  They have a renewed sense of purpose and hope.  Today, they're where Ella will go to school next year and they're creating her new IEP.  For once, they're not planning day to day, they're planning for an extend future.  I think that now Ella has been seizure free for a month, even if / when she has breakthrough seizures, they know that it is possible to be seizure free/controlled and that they can get to that point again. 

Pics just because she's so  cute :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Updates Galore!

Even though I haven't been posting them, I have a few bits and pieces of different posts that I'm working on. :)  I will do my best to get back on some sort of posting schedule.  I appreciate your.. "encouraging" messages, etc.  :)

I had two bridal showers scheduled for before the wedding and I have one coming up post-wedding-ness. :)

The showers were so humbling for josh and me.  It was touching that so many people would be willing to take time out of their busy days and money out of their struggling wallets to support us and our new marriage.  

One shower was hosted by my d-group (discipleship, kinda like a bible study).  There was a lot of laughing in the games organized by my friend Amy and there were lots of delicious edibles.  :)   My d-group did a good job at all the "little touches"  there were pictures of Josh and me around, including on the cupcakes! (Heart shaped pictures glued together and stuck on a toothpick, how creative!!)  They also had some of my favorite foods, mmmm hummus! mmmm fruit!, mmmm carrot cake from Big City bakery!   It was a lot of fun.

The other shower was hosted by my home church, the Horton Congregational Church.  It was very lovely. :)  They hosted a tea party and both josh and I got to attend!  It was so pretty.  They had hydrangas (our wedding flower), all the food was vegan (except for the two sandwiches with meat :)), and everyone brought us bags of tea (I love tea!).  The ladies who planned the shower also created a hilarious game for Josh and me.  It was like "The Newlywed Game".  They had Josh pre-answer a whole bunch of questions without me knowing and then every once and a while Jenny would make me try to answer them.  Some of them were really easy and close ended, for example, "What was your first date?".  AND some of them were rediculously hard and open ended, for example, "What would Josh say is his favorite thing about you" or "What would Josh say annoys you most about him?".   Some of them were hard and embarrassing, like, "What is the first thing of Josh's you're going to throw away when you get married?" (I said three incorrect things before I gave up and just closed my mouth around my shoe) and "What annoys Josh most about you?" (The list just went on and on..) :).  

It was a lot of fun.  Another really neat thing about this shower is that thanks to my family's deep roots in Horton, there were women there who knew my great-great grandmother, and tons of Kuntz and Hammond women from years gone by.  They shared stories about them and the wonderful times they had together.  Most of the older women there also remember when I was a baby and shared memories about that too. :)  At one point it was almost a competition to see who was involved with the family the farthest back! I think Aunt Florence won. :) 

We had an amazing and unexpected surprise at the Horton shower, Josh's grandma and grandpa Sergent came down from the Cadillac area!  Quite the trek for one shower!  I started to cry when I saw them and I think they became quickly concerned/confused. :)  My mom later explained that all my grandparents are passed and the fact that they cared so much for josh and me meant more than any gift could possibly mean.  

Josh and I are so blessed.  Words can't express. Everyone should know the love that we feel from all of our family members (technically related or not!).

Off to Ella time!  Ella update coming soon. :)  Love!