Memorial Day 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day! 

I have watched numerous videos this weekend reminding me what this holiday is about. I'm so thankful that my fiancĂ© came home, but many did not. I can't even imagine their sacrifice. My heart breaks for their families. Let's remember them. 

Now, for some patriotic outfit inspiration . . . 

friend time

Thursday, May 21, 2015

This thankful Thursday I'm on the road. As soon as my bff Lindsay said she was sad that I'm moving away, I reminded her that I'll be just as close to her as I have been, AND her house is the perfect stopping point halfway to my new home! 

I'm so thankful that I got to spend time with Lindsay and Tom. They offer me a place to stay and even better, quality friend time. I am trying to spend my last few single weeks the right way, and precious time with friends is important! 

twin comanche flying with my men

Monday, May 18, 2015

Zack and I made a little hop to LHZ for gas a couple of days after he came home. We visited with his/dad's mechanic friends and just relaxed for a bit. 

One of my favorite things about flying is that it takes my mind off of everything else. Flying an airplane uses up about 99% of my concentration, so I can't think about the wedding/moving/work etc. one bit. I used to love it because it took my mind off of boys. Then I fell in love with my flight instructor. Ha! 

Dad did some instrument practice at CTZ and EYF. We were going to have lunch in Elizabethtown, but the car was gone. 

That time I realized I'm marrying my dad . . . 

I outfitted him in Randolph Engineering sunglasses and Collared Greens croakies and shirt

We went to LBT for lunch instead and got a tour of my dad's old stomping grounds. 

Remember that time I wore chino shorts every day? That time is also now. 

Usually with my dad and Zack, I have to sit in the back, but this time they let me fly! 

He even let me use his fancy headset! That one little leg wore me out. These guys are so much better at flying than I am. 

I had a great time escaping it all and getting up in the air! I'm hoping we have more time to do this after the wedding! 

thankful Thursday: flying

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I got to fly again! 

Zack and I went flying together for the first time since our engagement! It's been way too long. 

Then we went flying with dad. 

I'm so thankful that I get to fly airplanes! And I have wonderful people in my life who teach me so much about them. 

thankful Thursday: family and friends

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Our family has had the highest highs and the lowest lows this year, and each of those presents an opportunity for our friends to draw close and show their love. I'm thankful for the calls, texts, comments, cards, hugs, and especially prayers. Our friends have truly been there and supported us through it all. As my family connections grow by marriage, the love and the cares have both grown. Even after losing a loved one, the good still outweighs the bad. I'm overwhelmed at the ways my life is enriched by my new family relationships. 

These times are both character building and character revealing, and I'm thankful for my family and friends growing with me and showing up for me in joy and in sorrow. Even the smallest gesture can mean so much. I hope that I learn how to be a better friend by watching my friends. 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 

our bridal shower

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My best friend and next door neighbors threw a coed shower for us in April. It was clear that they put a lot of time and effort into it, which is nothing less than I'd expect from Lindsay. All of the details were so thoughtful! 

They created a photo scavenger hunt with pictures of us, and once all of the blank spaces were filled in on the sheet, it even spelled out a secret phrase about us flying! 

Lindsay's dad made these adorable bride and groom clothespins. 

Lindsay and Tom made us airplane cookies with our initials. How personal and sweet! 

One of my favorite details was the beautiful flowers. 

Thank you, Kelvingtons, for a wonderful shower!!! 

All photos by my pals Lindsay and Tom. 

thankful Thursday: Wesley

Thursday, April 30, 2015

We mourn the loss of one of our family. There are still reasons to be thankful. God is still good. 

I'm thankful for Wesley and the (not enough) months I got to know him. He became my brother. I'm thankful that the last time I saw him, I hugged him tight and told him that I love him. I'm thankful for the Lord's grace in that. I'm thankful for the sweet marriage he had with Jessica and for giving us his daughter, our first niece. I can't understand why he is gone, and we may never understand on this side of Heaven. But I'm thankful that Wes is there and we will see him again. Right now, it doesn't seem real. 

We are thankful for family and for friends who support and pray for us. Please continue to lift us up. 

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.There will be no more death’or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 
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