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On August 8, Mike and I celebrated five years of marriage.  FIVE YEARS!  In some ways, it has felt like such a long time– we’ve lived in two countries, been in three grad programs, and held 5 jobs between the two of us.  We’ve gone from living in a Mission House to an apartment to becoming homeowners, and we brought our little Noah home to this house.  That’s a whole lot of stuff to pack in five years!

But somehow, I look at pictures from when we were engaged and remember how I felt so vividly:  hope, excitement, wonder, anticipation, fear… there was so much unknown, and I didn’t care.

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(Photo by Amy Enderle, 2008)

There is still so much of our future that’s unknown, but I am thankful for our five years.  I’m thankful for date nights and family days and awesome friends who help us along the way.  Last Friday, we celebrated on one of my favorite days of the year. I don’t get this excited for Valentine’s Day, or even for the Fourth of July– August 8 is special to me and I hope we get to enjoy it with each other for many years to come.

Here’s to August… here’s to us.

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(Thanks to Alice for the photo!)

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As we wait for baby M to arrive (and she’s due very soon!), I thought it would be fitting to share some photos from her little shower we had a while back.  Katie (Kimmi’s sister) and I hosted it at Fullsteam, which is one of Durham’s favorite hangouts. It was an awesome celebration, complete with strawberry cake and corn hole!  Katie even crafted a fantastic trivia (with lots of twists and turns in the questions) that was super creative.  Guests also had a chance to guess when baby M will make her debut by initialing on a chalkboard calendar.  We’ll see who wins that one!  (I clearly didn’t, but hey, it’s ok…)

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It was so special to see all the love from folks who drove for hours or even flew hundreds of miles to love on these guys.

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Typical.

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These are two of my dearest friends in the world, and I can’t wait to love their newest family member.

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To see the rest of the photos from their day, click here!

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Just before we journeyed over to France, our family spent a few days in Tampa with Mike’s mom.  The three of us hadn’t actually been all together since we’ve been the three of us, so it was really nice to get to spend some time down in sunny FL with her!  Noah is a big fan of his Nana:

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We also got to witness a special thing:  two of our good friends were commissioned as Elders in the United Methodist Church.  The ordination process is a long, grueling one, and I’m thankful for the church that these two have offered themselves to ministry.  It was a touching service– truly worshipful– and I was so grateful to see some familiar faces that I love so dearly (including Vance, our campus minister who ended up marrying us five years ago this Friday!).

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Then we got to see some more dear friends and meet their 3 week old baby!!  Heath is about as cute as they come… and it was such a delight to spend an afternoon with them.  Mike was, of course, enthralled with his new-baby smell…

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It was a real treat spending time in the ol’ sunshine state, especially with all those sweet people there.  I’m thankful for that time!

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July is the month my Noah gets another year older.  July is full of chaos, fun, and family time… but thinking about what my July self-portrait might say, I decided on one with Noah as he is– full of life, full of energy, ready to party.  This kid brings out my fun side just as much as his dad does.  It’s amazing to me, really, how similar they are.  The littlest thing can elicit a huge grin or belly laugh from him (even after a full-on temper tantrum!).

So here we are, July 2014.  No frills, no faces right at the camera… but all real.

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