This post is just what the title looks like:
January, February, March and April.
It’s a time for us to try to catch up and fill you all in on everything that’s been going on. Sorry that we’ve been such the blog-neglectors. It seems like we blinked a few times and we’ve already jumped from January to April! But here’s a quick snapshot of what our past few months have looked like.
As you all know, we spent New Year’s Eve and Day on the road after our snow skiing trip.
The next week, I got sick. My friend Sarah came to spend the weekend with us, and she was also sick…so we got to chill out and watch movies all weekend.
Michael also tried his hand at cutting my hair–and he did a really good job!
My Meme and Pawpaw celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January! They are truly two of the most incredible people I know, and I’m so blessed to have them as grandparents. They decided to make a trip down to Beaumont to visit us as part of their Anniversary celebration, and we LOVED having them here! We played lots of games, visited, showed them our church, and just had a great time.
That next weekend, we took our students to “Hot Hearts Conference”. There were lots of great bands and Clayton King did an excellent job speaking. Our students really enjoyed it, and God really did a lot in their lives over the weekend.
The last weekend of January, Michael went on a Men’s Emmaus Walk. The Walk to Emmaus is a 4 day spiritual journey. They have them all over the world, and our church is really involved in the ministry. Michael was able to go to one in January, and I went in February. He had an incredible weekend, but he came home with the flu (for the first time ever).
February started with another Miche Bag Party. (I’m SO thankful with how well my Miche Business is doing down here, by the way! I’ve had multiple parties each month since the start of the year, and they’ve been a lot of fun!)
A couple of weeks later, we were able to go to Ada and visit friends and family! It was SOO good to be back and see everyone. Thursday, we spent some time with my Meme and Pawpaw (we stayed the whole weekend with them) and then met up with our friends from the BSU (not all pictured). We miss them like CRAZY, but they’re coming to visit in May!
We didn’t take many pictures throughout the weekend, but we also got to spend time with my parents and little sister, my family’s best friends, my cousin and her family, and we even got to stop by and visit our youth at our old church! We pulled up to the high school at lunch time, and kids started running out. It almost made me cry. It was SO good to see them! I just have to add this next picture of my cousin’s little boy. He’s grown a TON since we moved! He’ll be a year old at the end of April. Look at those big brown eyes!
The next weekend, which was the last weekend of February, I went on my Emmaus Walk. I could go on and on and on about how awesome this ministry is! Check out their website to get information about a Walk in your area. God did a lot in me during the weekend, and it was so incredible to see what He was doing in all of the women there. I’m sure I’ll share more about my story in a future post. It was great.
The first weekend of March, we drove to Dallas for my Annual Miche Bag Representative Conference. Last year was the first conference, and I had to go by myself (well, with other reps from my area) since it was on a Saturday/Sunday. But this year was only a Saturday, so Michael got to go with me! I’m so, so thankful for Michael helping me with all of my purse stuff. He helps me lug my merchandise to all of the parties, set up the displays, figure out the accounting, and just support me in all of it. I honestly couldn’t do it without my Miche Man.
The conference was great! My favorite part (as always) was the merchandise preview. There are some GREAT new products and shells coming out this year! Oh–and I loved the HOPE campaign video and talk. Miche has given over $700,000 to cancer research and treatment over the past year. I love being able to be a part of this!
The next weekend, we were back on the road to go to my brother’s wedding! It’s still crazy to think that he’s an old married man! The wedding was near Sherman, TX, so we had a good 6 hour drive. But it was definitely worth it. A lot of my family is from out-of-town, so my mom and dad rented a ranch house on the same property as the wedding. It was so much fun all staying in the same place.
The rehearsal went well, save my husband and father being goofs. Here they were “looking for the bride”.
On the day of the wedding, I went over and fixed my sister’s hair and took some pics of “the girls” getting ready and then came back over and hung out at the pre-wedding family reunion. Here I am with my handsome husband before we headed down to the gazebo. The wind was already doing wonders on my hair.
The wedding was beautiful. The weather was wonderful–much warmer than a typical March day, Marcos and Maddison were so happy, and it was all just really, really good. I’m proud of my Bud and his new little wife.
My little sister, Emily, came home with us after the wedding. She was on Spring Break, and my parents took a train trip from Washington (state) to Chicago for their 25th wedding anniversary, so she got to spend the whole week with us in Bmt! We played games, watched movies, laid out by the pool, and went to the beach. It was a great week! Michael and I loved having Em here with us!
It was so windy at the beach that we had to use the car as a wind-block. But after that, it was really nice!
The next weekend, we took a group of our youth and some parents up to Pine Cove to do a work crew weekend. I know I’ve probably said this a million times, but going to Pine Cove is like going home for me. It is SUCH a huge part of my life. I just love it there. Our group did an amazing job, and we had a great weekend. We were at the Shores Camp, which is on the lake, and it was gorgeous.
When we picked this weekend to take our students to PC, we had no clue that my mom and sister were going to be there for a mother/daughter retreat. When we found out, I was even more excited about the weekend. I started going to mother/daughter retreats at PC with my mom when I was in 3rd grade, and I went until I graduated high school. So it was extra-special to see my mom and sister throughout the weekend.
At the end of the weekend, I went back to Oklahoma to spend a few days with my family. It was sad to leave Michael behind, but I’m so thankful I was able to spend that time with my family! My sister had a minor surgery on Wednesday, so we wanted to have a ton of fun Monday and Tuesday before she’d be sent to bed. We went to the movies and played games and went shopping and all kinds of stuff. It was great! She is SUCH a brave young lady. I was so proud of her before, during, and after her surgery.
I flew back to Houston on Thursday, and it was SOOO good to see my husband again! We had a nice, relaxing weekend and just enjoyed being at home for a change.
On April 1, we finally got a chance to use my Christmas gift: SKYDIVING!!! We’ll do a full-post soon, but here are a few teaser shots. It was incredible!
After our skydiving adventure, we went to Paul (my cousin) and Liz’s house and had a great time with them (as always!). We had a camp meeting the next morning, and then we met back up with them and helped move my cousin Bethany in. Bethany and I have been trying to live close to each other for years and years, and we’re finally only 1.5 hrs away.
Last weekend was my birthday, and Michael planned a wonderful trip to Houston for us to celebrate. I’ll do a whole post for it as well, but here are a few pics:
We had a great time! We came back home Friday night and on Saturday (my actual bday), we just chilled out at the house for most of the day. It was a fantastic bday weekend!
We were supposed to have a district-wide lock-in at our church this weekend, but it has to be postponed, so we actually have a free weekend! And then next weekend we’re headed off to TN for Michael’s brother’s wedding, and the next weekend, we’re going back to Pine Cove for my Forge Reunion. It’ll be busy, but good!
So that’s pretty much what we’ve been up to for the past few months. Whew. I got tired just remembering it all. Sprinkle in youth activities and school lunches and work and running and all kinds of good stuff like that, and I think it’s safe to say we’ve been a little busy! But it’s been a good busy. We’re so thankful to be here, and we know that God has us exactly where He wants us. It’s a pretty common thing for one of us to say “I like our little life down here” to the other. It’s definitely a good fit.
Thank you SOOOO much for being so patient with us. We love being able to write about our lives and share it with you all. Much love!
Q for you: So what have been some of the highlights of your last four months?