2013 is around the corner which means a few things around here.
1) I really need to start Christmas shopping.
2) I should probably figure out our plans for Thanksgiving
3) Did I meet/surpass any of my goals for 2012?
4) I need to start coming up with a list of goals for 2013
Since its hard to Christmas shop while nursing, cleaning, sleeping, playing with Jonathan, and/or any of the other things I do during the day and middle of the night, I figured why not start looking ahead. There is still plenty of time to do those things and time to look back, right?
I find myself with such a desire to get certain things accomplished. After 6 months of long sought after time to accomplish things, quality nap times are finally happening, and I’m reclaiming my house, as well as my self. *Insert a big sigh of relief*
I want to make 2013 a year of being focused. Focused with my faith, my marriage, my role as mom. I want to be focused about my health/self (because let’s be honest, the past few years I’ve really stunk at this). I want to be focused regarding the relationships I build around me. I want to be focused when it comes to our finances and making sure I do every thing possible to save us money, to help pay off one medical school loan and the rest of the car, while still being able to give generously to ministry opportunities that arise.
I’m looking forward to outlining my goals for 2013 over the next few weeks. I’d love to hear your ideas and goals for 2013! Be sure to leave a comment here or on FB!
Location: K’aanipali Beach Club, Maui
Setting: Evening time on the beach. Off in the distance the sun was setting between the islands of Molokai and Lanai
What happened? My very best friend asked me to marry him!
I will never forget that day! We spent the entire day, just the two of us. We explored around the island a little, did a little shopping, and then went to dinner. I will never forget feeling like we were going to drive off the side of a cliff as we were looking for the blow hole. The road was barely one lane, winding up the side of a mountain…with two way traffic! We were in an SUV, not a small car. I had my head between my legs, trying not to throw up! We decided to ask the man selling smoothies out of an old school bus for directions!
Then there were the goobers who stood OVER the blowhole! We headed back, but did a little shopping before going to dinner. Apparently Joe thought he would throw up during dinner because of the nerves.
Afterwards, he took me out onto the beach. The sun was setting off in the distance, between the islands of Lanai and Molokai. He got down on one knee, said some really sweet things to me, and asked me to be his wife!
And of course I said YES!
I’m glad we decided to take the plunge into marriage instead of the plunge off the cliff!
Love you Joe!
Our first picture together, not long after we met and started dating!
Happy 4th Anniversary to my very best friend! The past four years of marriage and the year and a half of dating/being engaged have truly been the best years of my life! I am so thankful God chose you for me. You were definitely worth the wait!
I remember the day we met and how fabulous and unexpected it was. We met for lunch, but ended up spending half the day together. I remember the evening you proposed to me…on the beach in Maui. We spent the day together and ended it, so I thought, with dinner. Then you took me out on the beach and proposed to me as the sun was setting off the waters, between the islands of Lana’i and Moloka’i. Four years ago today, you made my dreams come true! I remember the anticipation leading up to our ceremony, the butterflies as you sang to me and as we said our vows, and then the great party we had with our family and friends afterwards!
Dr. & Mrs.
Our first dance
Our wedding cake & figurines
This past year was certainly a year to remember. We started it off with continued struggles through infertility. You (and God) were my rock throughout the heartache. Thankfully God’s plan this past year included getting pregnant, but first you had to help me through the fertility treatments, the tests, the injections in my stomach, and the painful waiting. Months later, we had one of the most incredible, memorable experiences of giving birth to Jonathan. You, again, were my rock. Without you, I wouldn’t have made it through such a whirlwind of an experience!
The day Jonathan was born
We also had the blessing of serving on the mission field together. Alongside our team, we were able to share the love of Christ in Moldova. What an amazing experience!
Thank you Joe for being such an amazing husband, and daddy too! I thank God for each day we have together. I can’t wait to see what God has for us in the years to come!