Monday, July 27, 2009

Life's a Beach

Some pics from Panama City.

The awesome sunset.

Out with the fam playing putt-putt...apparently my dad was doing good so this is him and my brother congratulating each other with the fist slap. They both tied for first and my mom (in the background) came in second just 2 strokes behind par for the entire 18 holes!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Seeing God's Beauty

I'm back from Panama City and back to blogging.  

I love driving and I love long drives.  When I'm by myself and forced to be sometimes music gets a bit too old and I've listened to every CD I have lately with all the hours spent driving between SC and AL lately.  So, when driving, it give me time to think about things that need to be thought about and talk with God.  

In the hour and a half I spent on the road to Panama City I did a lot of thinking and praying.  I was again reminded of how amazing God is.  How?  By what I saw.  The country roads surrounding my new home hold beautiful fields and breathtaking sights.  It is very rare these days that we look out and see only green without sky highs getting in the way.  I thought the sights were so beautiful with the threat of a storm in the future, that I stopped my car to take a few shots.  

Also, the sky is amazing to me.  With a husband that dreams of flying I tend to look up a lot more now and what I see only exemplifies God's beauty.  I encourage you all to take a break and look into your life for God's beauty.  Whether it be a kind word from a neighbor, or the prayer of a child, or just the beautiful summer weather... enjoy it thank the Lord that has provided it.

Crissy with her new pup, Ruger.

Ruger asleep on Caleb.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Life Lately

This week has been pretty busy.  I've been to a few doctors appointments, started my job, reorganized the entire house, edited wedding pictures for hours at a time, had my parents and brother over for dinner and am leaving to meet them at the beach in Florida later today.  Lots going on, but its all good.  

So, before I head to the coast I thought I'd share some recent pics.  I've been practicing and annoying everyone around me because I ALWAYS have my camera and its almost always on.  Practice makes perfect...right?  I'm hoping to get in some r and r and good photography opportunities at the beach.  

By the way, my dad is doing great and I will get to spend a lot of time with him over the weekend.  He has been forced to relax and I think it is helping.  
In other news, our friends, Brandon and Crissy got a new puppy whom they named Ruger.  He is a yorkie/pincher mix and at 4lbs and 8 weeks, he is SO adorable!  Pictures will come soon!  
Also, my best friend's sister gave birth to her first child on July 20.  After over 13 hours of labor an emergency c-section was performed due to a fever, but mom and baby are going great.  Owen Brodrick weighed 8lbs 6oz and perfectly healthy.  Praise the Lord!!!  

This is the chapel Brandon and Beth were married in on July 18.  

Amazing sunset over Lake Tholoco

Practicing skills with the beautiful flowers.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wedded Bliss

On Saturday, two very good friends or ours, Brandon and Bethany, made the life long commitment to each other and God to love one another during good times and bad.  Well, they started off with some great times!  Saturday was beautiful and the amazingly gorgeous blushing bride made it even more beautiful.  

I was the second shooter at the wedding.  Not only are the two great friends of ours, but they trusted me enough to take pictures of the most important day in their lives together and I was SO honored.  The love these two had for each other was unmistakable and the families were so much fun to be around.  The day was filled with love and worship.

There will be more pictures to come.  I haven't even edited these yet, but couldn't wait to share them.  
The bride having her mimosa before getting ready

The newly married couple in the chapel

A touching dance with dad

Caleb and Ronnie actually getting their groove on!

Me, with the new Smith baby, Sadie.  Another is on the way in 4 months.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Birthday Blessings

In case you didn't know, I had a birthday this past week and it was wonderful.  Caleb planned a birthday dinner for me with all of our friends and apparently they were fighting over who got to bake me a cake...Kerri won.  Here are some pictures of the night and my birthday present...a new mattress!

The whole gang!

Emily and Rafael got me beautiful flowers!!!

I just liked this sign in the restaurant

YAY sleep!!!

On a side note.  My dad is getting out of the hospital tomorrow from having a heart cath and finding 2 90% blocked arteries that the doctors are going to be treating with new medications.  He is doing well, but it was a big scared for my family along with my aunt and grandmother moving to Minnesota this week, things have been a bit difficult.  I would appreciate you keeping my family in your thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Love it and Shove it

New to the blog...Love it and Shove it!  Things I'm loving at the moment and things I would love to shove in the booty!  Feel free to comment...I'd love to hear what you think!

- My dogs, Dixie in Bumper, because they are a great source of comic relief for my life.
- Jasmine Star's pictures.  I could look at her blog all day long
- Telephones - they really come in handy when you live 400+ miles from family and friends

- Cleaning...IT NEVER ENDS!
- Nausea - I've been nauseous consistently for about 3 years and am finally going to the doctor tomorrow to figure out what's going on.  I'm praying some solution is found.
-The gym - it causes PAIN!!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sleepless Thoughts

I'm sitting on my bedroom floor unable to sleep for the umpteenth time in my life.  I would blame this sleeplessness on working night shift for over a year, but it really started before I even became a nurse.  I do some of my best thinking and praying at night when I can't helps me from getting mad at the fact that I'm extremely tired, but my body is restless at the same time.  Someone once told me that she believed if you couldn't sleep, it meant you needed to pray about something, or everything...well, I must have a lot to pray about. 

Here is where my thinking has gotten me tonight.

- I complain a lot.  I'm trying to get this under control, but I still catch myself doing it and wish I could take back the things I complain about as soon as I do.  I have so much to be thankful for and complaining is just a waste of time.

- I "wish" a lot - I wish I had longer hair, fuller eyebrows, smaller pants, took better pictures, a cleaner house...again, time's a wastin'

- I say "I" a lot.  I would like to start using this work less and less.  My wonderful husband has pointed this out to me for about 5 years (once he figured I loved him enough not to hit him once hearing this very constructive criticism).  Nothing is about "me"  it should all go back to Christ, our maker and one way to show that we truly live that way is to love others, not by telling them about ourselves and never really hearing what they have to say.  I love that Caleb does this.  He is very in tune to what people are saying behind their words, because he listens with all 5 senses.  He knows me better than I know myself because of this.  

- I don't say "I love you" enough.   Okay, so I say it all the time, and you might find that you do too, but those words have hold no water without reasons behind them.  I don't think love can really be defined.  True love is so deep and unconditional, I really don't think a lot of people quite understand what they are saying when they use those three little words.  I learn more and more about how deep it is everyday and know that one day I might feel a smidgen of what Mary felt the night she saw her son sacrificed for all of us.  But I do think it helps to let others know why we love them.  For instance, I love my husband because he knows just what I need without me having to say anything and he sacrifices time, money, and his own happiness for me (those are only a few reasons) but I know I don't tell him that enough.  

Okay, that's it for now.  I'm going to try to snuggle into bed a get some rest before Eli comes over in the morning for a play date.  Babysitting always provides a new perspective on experiencing life.  

Saturday, July 11, 2009

More of the Tolers

More pictures of Emily and Rafael...Getting excited about the wedding next Saturday and thanks to these two, I'm getting lots of practice.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Love for a Lifetime

This is Emily and Rafael.  They were married on January 3, 2009 and since then, their marriage has been in turbo mode with moving from Portland, Oregon to Enterprise, Alabama where Rafael is attending flight school with Caleb.  They love Jesus and it is evident that they love each other.  I loved how they laugh together a lot.  Getting pictures of them was easy and I was very excited to do so.  

Still practicing, but getting better too.  There is more to come! 

Monday, July 6, 2009

a few pics

The first picture for today is my new laptop...macbook.  I love it!  I'm trying to find more abstract things to photograph.  Things not normally looked at as making a good picture.  We'll see how I do.  The next set of pictures is Emily.  She came over last night to watch Army Wives while our husbands put together Caleb's new desk.  During or show and photo shoot, there was a horrific thunder storm right over us which Emily had not experienced before, so keeping her mind off of it helped.  Let me know what you think. 

Saturday, July 4, 2009

July 3rd

This is another post from the past few days.  Can't fit it all in one.  Last night we met some friends at the Freedom Fest which is an Independence Day festival for everyone in town on base full of food, boutique sales, helicopter rides, music and fireworks.  It was so great to be sitting in the dark with 8 other friends going to through the same experiences we are looking up into a cloudless, black sky illuminated by beautiful fireworks and music playing in the background surrounded by laughter.  It really was very simple, but wonderful at the same time

The fire truck was set out with a long line of kids waiting to blow the horn which startled us almost every 30 seconds.

On the way to base, I spotted this old car for sale and thought it would be a good photo opportunity.

Fun In The Sun

This past week has been packed with so much fun everyday.  We are really getting to know a lot of the couples around here and having fun experiencing our new town together.  Here are a few pictures of us hanging out at the pool on base.  

Caleb, posing unwillingly for me to get a reflection shot from his sunglasses.

Emily talking with her husband.

Emily's hubby, Rafael.

Caleb coming down the water slide...we were the only adults going down it.  GOOBERS!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Celebrating 2 years of Marriage!

Okay, so I'm a day late, not because I forgot, but because I was busy celebrating with my husband yesterday. I think after 2 years, you aren't considered newlyweds anymore, but that doesn't matter.

Our anniversary was spent doing laps in the Fort Rucker pool, laying out, taking much loved naps, shopping for a desk, taking pictures in downtown Enterprise, and then dinner at the Japanese Steak House where we met two lovely army wives that gave us a lot of advice.

At the restaurant, we were sang to by the staff and given a pineapple boat. My fortune also read, a small lucky package is on its way to you soon...Something to think about. Afterwards, Caleb and I opened our Biltmore Estate wine that we have been saving since December and watched, He's Just Not That Into You...

Not extremely eventful, but I think with the events of the past few weeks, we were happy to have a rest. Here's to the start of year 3!

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