Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Birthday, Baby!

I knew months ago that I wanted to make Chris's 35th birthday a little extra special so I kept our plans a surprise from him. I did some research and found a carpenter in Jasper, Florida (where Chris's Mama Jan was from) and knew a custom glider was perfect for him! Not only was it special because it's from Jasper but because benches (and gliders are benches that...glide) have had a sweet spot in our love story.

So on Chris's birthday we hit the road for the two hour trip to Jasper...though Chris didn't know where we were going till we were about 15 minutes out!  The carpenter lived down a very country driveway in a very country house and worked in a very worked-in country workshop. I think Chris was wondering exactly where I had taken him!  But the surprise was so exciting and the finished glider is beautiful!

The perfect seat for two lovebirds...

After lunch we headed to the Stephen Foster State Park that's nearby. Stephen Foster wrote the song that made the Suwannee River famous. Not sure why, but they built a huge bell tower in his honor. The park is pretty rustic except for the grand bell tower.

Way down upon the Suwannee River...

How appropriate for the next day's Gator victory over the Bulldogs...chomp, chomp!

We had a yummy picnic...despite busloads of school kids who decided Chris's birthday was also the best day for a field trip to the park!  

The birthday celebration continued Sunday afternoon with dinner with the Brooks family. The glider is too nice to put outside so for the time being, it's a new love seat! Worked well with having the family over!

Memom gave Chris a pen set with a map of Jacksonville.

I decided to try my hand at tiramisu for Chris's birthday treat. He loves all things coffee so I poured over recipes to find the best non-alcoholic, no-raw-eggs recipe.

It was a hit!

I even found giraffe candles!

We love stretching birthdays out as long as possible so I enjoyed our weekend celebrating my sweetheart! Happy birthday, Baby!

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Big 0-2!

I can't believe it's time to celebrate our second wedding anniversary!  "Welcome to year two" has been our mantra as we laugh at how different year two has been from courtship...and even year one.  Year two has been one of growth for us and it's blessing to see the Lord bind our hearts and minds together more and more as time goes by.  One of the biggest blessings has been growing in our friendship with each other.  We enjoy each others company and miss each other when we're apart.  We've become a safe place to one another to share our hopes, dreams, fears, frustrations, prayers, questions.  I recently read a blog that quoted Elizabeth Elliot in "Let Me Be A Woman".  Elizabeth Elliot's description of love challenged and inspired me and said beautifully what we've strived for in our second year of marraige:

This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience – it looks for a way of being constructive.
Love is not possessive.
Love is not anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own ideas.
Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage.
Love is not touchy.
Love does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.
Love knows no limits to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that stands when all else has fallen.
  –Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be A Woman

So thankful to be sharing life with the love of my life!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Fernandina Beach

We are celebrating our second wedding anniversary all weekend! We started last night with our fav dessert we discovered on our honeymoon...Butternut Squash Bread Pudding with Creme Anglaise with Mixed Berries. Our celebration today took us north a bit to Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach.  Both are beautiful and are highly rated by Southern Living. 'Nuff said!

We started at Fort Clinch, a 19-th century fort. 

They had most of the buildings open to explore on our own.

We walked down very dark, small corridors...

And up tiny, tight, steep spiral stairs!

I followed my brave hubby up...

The view from the top was worth the climb! This is overlooking the Cumberland Sound.

This is me surviving the climb down...Chris was proud!

The fort had a couple of soldiers in uniform and this guy played his fife for us.

A beautiful day to explore!

Amelia Island has beautiful mossy trees over so many of the roads.

Our second stop was Amelia Island Lighthouse, the western most lighthouse in Florida.

This is Florida's oldest lighthouse...

We also were able to catch a faraway glimpse of the Blue Angels at Jacksonville Beach.

Our lunch spot came highly recommended and didn't disappoint though Chris was a bit skeptical to eat in an old gas station. 

The burgers pretty much won him over no problem!

We had a lovely day discovering new things and celebrating US...and our anniversary isn't even till Monday!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Fighting Christians

Last night we went to Chris's high school alma mater, University Christian School, to cheer on the Fighting Christians.

The school is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.  It's actually where Chris's mom went to high school, too!

It was a pleasant evening to share some of his history together.

Go Fighting Christians!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fall Break

Jeana, Keri and thier friend Ali, decided a quick trip to JAX was in order over thier Fall Break. We girls spent Friday running around to a few of my favorite spots and then Chris met up with us for dinner and the Dreamette.  It was a whirlwind trip but it meant a lot they would drive so far to see us!

The beach...

Sweet Pete's...

...where I actually met the real Pete and he was...sweet!

Friendship Fountian

Mandarin Marina...a perfect stop at sunset after dinner at the Metro Diner...

No trip to JAX is complete without the Dreamette!

We sure crammed a lot into one day!