Sunday, March 27, 2011

Childrens' Portraits

My littlest sister Kat,

My littlest brother Caleb

I love photography and experimenting with photos!

So, are these photos any good?

God bless,

Friday, March 25, 2011

My Man

My Man.
He is the best!!!!!!

Psalm 37:4
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Our Story....part II

Our Story, part II

"...I was excited to finally be back in school, and had re-acquainted myself with Rebecca... I found myself seeking more time with her as the school year progressed. I started glancing in her direction more often, realizing there was potential there. I sought the Lord and did not receive a red light, so I continued pursuing a friendship with her." -Justin

The fall semester of 2008 had begun.
I had taken a break from college classes for this semester, because I wasn't sure what the Lord wanted me to do. I had started an application process to the day college for the secretarial course, but felt that this was not what God had for me.

Around late September, my best friends' family -Galina and her sister Haley- moved several states away. I was practically devastated. I didn't have any other friends at the time, and didn't really know the college girls my age. I was busy though!

In November my family *tried* to take a family picture, and with 10 people it was quite the experience! When I went to Sunday school that morning, I had no one to share my funny story with! I missed Galina sooo bad! I looked around the room and noticed Justin sitting across from me. I just started telling him about it. He had been hanging around my brother Collin alot, and I thought they were good friends. (ahem...didn't know he had another reason for doing that!)

A few weeks later....

My church began a kids' Bible program once a month, on a Friday night, called "Kingdom Kids". I was one of several teachers for this program and we were always looking for helpers!
I asked one of the college guys to "come help watch a crowd of excited kids"
"I'm working that night, sorry," Kris said.
"Oh, do you know if any other guys are available?" I asked.
Kris scanned the church auditorium, "Hmmm...go try Justin- he isn't talking to anyone right now,"
I bounded up to Justin and explained the situation,
"Sure, I can come, what time?" he said.

I taught the lesson that night, it was quite an exciting story and I was VERY animated. I remember asking Justin what he thought of the lesson when it was done, "Those kids didn't move! You really kept their attention!"

A few days later I thanked Justin for coming by to help out.
"Hey, by the way, how did you know I was off of work Friday?" he asked.
"I didn't know, must've been the Holy Spirit!" I smiled and walked away.
(what I later found out was that he couldn't figure out how I knew he was off of work he NEVER got Friday nights off, and just happened to that night. He thought maybe I was interested in him and asking people about him. not yet!! lol)

I did like him, but struggled.
I didn't want to have another crush!
I tried to not think about guys at all by that point.

But the Christmas banquet was coming....
I wondered if maybe this nice guy was going to ask me to go with him....
or if I would have to go alone.

Part III on its way!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Our Special Day!

We celebrated our two year mark yesterday!

My gift to Justin.

We had a very nice day together, and I still can't believe its been 2 years!

God bless,

part II of our story is on its way, its getting kinda long! I am mostly writing this all out for myself so I don't forget the "little" details. There are alot of little details! But it makes our story so awesome!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

2 years Courting!

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Sunday will be the 2 year mark since Justin and I started courting...
Still can't believe its been 2 years!

Enjoy the pictures!

God bless,

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Our Story...part 1

At last! An official "how it all happened" post on here...
How Justin and I met.

Our Story,
It was the day before the start of the fall semester of 2007 and I was signed up as a freshmen in the Night College. My best friend, Galina, was starting her freshmen year at the Day College.
Now that I was a "college student"- I was able to attend the college Sunday school class.
As a nervous 18 year old, I walked into a classroom filled with new young faces, only a few students I knew from previous years, since I attend the church that runs both the evening and day colleges.

I scanned the room for Galina, but she wasn't there yet, and only a few chairs were available in the crowded class room. I walked in and quickly sat down at a front row desk. A new freshmen college student was sitting to my left.
"Hi," I said.
"Hi, I'm Justin," he answered.
"I'm Rebecca, nice to meet you," I replied.
At that moment Galina walked in and I began chatting with her....

I didn't talk to Justin again...until the Valentine Banquet of 2008.

My brother's friend Mark L, someone I have known since we were toddlers, asked me to go with him to the banquet. He was not to enthusiastic asking a girl he didn't know and so... I went with him since he knew me!

The table we ended up being assigned to sit at had an engaged couple, a girl and guess who? That college guy Justin. Well, truth be told only Justin and I talked that entire evening at our table! (lol, at least that is how I remember it...)

We talked about our favorite board games as I can recall. I thought he was a pretty nice guy, and I wondered if he would become one of my friends after that banquet. (I was not interested in him yet tho...)

We never spoke to each other again the rest of that semester!

So, I shrugged my shoulder, "oh well,"
He did strike me as a rather peculiar sort of guy....
Summer break begins....

"By the end of the school year, looking back I could hear the Lord say, "What about her? She is the One, just wait," about a certain someone. I had seen her too. A student at the Night school, Rebecca M, I had been friendly with no other thought then, "Maybe" " -Justin M.

part II to follow!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

5 Months to Go!

5 months to the wedding!!!

Ok, now I am getting butterflies in my stomach!
I have the Groom,
I have the dress,

Do I really need anything else??

lol, Well, off to do more wedding planning!

God bless,

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Alright, Who Did it?

Good news is- all the snow is finally melting!
Bad news is, the snow knocked down, over and out a few things...
There were alot of building collapses in New England this past winter, and this picnic area at the College was one of them. There have been many jokes about who knocked it over at the college.
The thing split right down the middle!

Thankyou everyone for leaving links and suggestions for hairstyles for the wedding! I am not one to really spend hours with my hair, simply pony-tail and tada! So this is new for me.

Midterms this week! After that just 8 more weeks to graduation!!! Yay!!

My grandpa is in the hospital for a few days, so I would appreciate prayers for him. Between the cancer treatments and his diabetes he just isn't doing terrific. My family is continuing to pray for his salvation.

Today is 9 months engaged.
That's a long time!!
I guess the good thing is I don't feel very rushed with the planning, I can do some here and there, take a week off when I need to. Its fun, its exhausting, and I told Justin that I sure hope all this work is going to pay off! :)

82 days left for Katey!! Congrats!!! She is a terrific friend to talk to about wedding planning-
"You know what I mean?"
"Oh yeah Girl, been there done that..."

God bless,

Monday, March 7, 2011


Hi Everyone!
I feel kind of odd asking this,
but I am a bit stumped on what to do for my hair for the wedding.

My hair is VERY thick, and since I am getting married in August- I don't know if i should wear it up or down. I also am a bit worried about getting a head ache if I wear it up.
It doesn't hold curls very well.
I am planning to wear a head piece and veil.

Does anyone have any links or ideas for what I could do with this lion's mane of mine??
This photo made me laugh, I was not going to post it because I look hilarious, but It does give a very good idea of how thick my hair is!!

So, any links and suggestions are welcomed!!

God bless,
the Girl with very thick hair, lol

Friday, March 4, 2011

More Details!!

I discovered recently that there will soon be just 5 months till the wedding!! Not only is this terribly exciting, but it also means I have alot to get done in a short amount of time!

Justin is almost done with the student teaching!!!! (HALLELUJAH!)
Once that is over with we can start really getting planning done,
-we have gotten a few things done these past 6 weeks but its been tough.
College is going exceptionally well for me, midterms though next week!!!

Next big project is the wedding invitations. Not exactly looking forward to all the work this will entail, but it will be exciting nonetheless.

We are working on music too, Jessica has been an immense help with this.

Last night Justin and I worked on the order of the ceremony. That was fun, I enjoyed that.

Still have to work on bridesmaids gowns to get them actually ordered, and then have to look for my shoes, I have my jewelry already and my headpiece. Flowers, cake decorations.... whew.

I am already packing some stuff up. I figure it might be better to gradually pack my things then to suddenly have to pack EVERYTHING a month or two beforehand.

I hope you like these photos, its all my own work.

God bless, and I appreciate those who are praying for Justin and I as we plan!