Saturday, September 19, 2015

I wish that moving was my excuse for the lack of blogging, but it's been about two months since this happened! 
I can tell you a bit about our experience, though. 

For advice on moving across the country, I found this post helpful. 

Zack and I were packing up our rooms at our parents' houses, a storage unit, lots of stuff from our parents' garage and basement, and WEDDING GIFTS. We each came at this from different angles and with different attitudes (lessons on marriage. . .). It totally stressed me out to pack from five different places and try to get everything to one place. I think we're about 85% there now. Truthfully, now that I have a well equipped kitchen all to myself to share with Zack, and my clothes live here, I'm pretty content with the move.    

Unfortunately, Dan didn't go with us that time. He stayed with my parents until a few weeks later, when we returned, rented a UHaul trailer, and made another trip. Actually, both of our pets came with us that time, but that's another story. 

This guy was my passenger on the 7+ hour drive. I am so thankful that Zack drove the truck! We rented a 26 foot Penske truck, which was the size recommended for 5-7 rooms, and it was the right size for us. We packed most of the furniture we would need for a four bedroom house in that size truck. We've purchased a few things since we moved in, but as you can see, there was some extra room, had we had all of our furniture. 

Zack did an awesome job piling things up to make sure we had room. He and his dad loaded the furniture. They worked so hard!!! We hired movers on the back end of the move, thank goodness. 

Homeowners! Newlyweds! Are we crazy?! 

One of the first things I unpacked were my "snake boots" -- absolute essentials for taking the dog out or for living in a new place with unfamiliar fauna. 

Speaking of which, this is the snake Zack found in our neighborhood. I was at home wondering what was taking him so long when he FaceTimed me to show me THIS. 

I joke that our house is a mix of antiques, college boys apartment, and sorority house. That 32" TV seemed huge in my college apartment bedroom . . . not so much in our living room. 

Dan finally got here, but we had to wait a while to get our fence completed. We went back to the days of the "umbilical cord" as I tied him around my waist to do things around the house and yard. 

After two months in our house, we are still getting settled. Right after our move, people asked me often, "are you all moved in?" or "are you all settled?" and I would usually laugh. It made me feel better when most of them commented "we've been in our house two years and still have boxes," etc. 

Earlier today I was reading the Bible and meditating, and suddenly, I felt thankful for the process. There are some bare spots, and I don't like many of the plants in our yard, but I'm looking forward to gardening. Many of our things are still in boxes, but we get to decide where we want to put them. There will always be things we need, things to get rid of, things to clean, and things to organize. Living with someone else and making decisions together is a challenge--one that is growing us, as we merge our lives. It's easy to complain that I want things done, but maybe I'm forgetting that the process itself is rewarding. I will have to pray that I remember to enjoy it! 

Though I'm not rushing, I look forward to having pictures on our walls and a room without boxes, and I do plan to share more of our hand me down style home then. 

hand me down honeymoon part four

Monday, August 17, 2015

Here are a few more random snaps from our trip . . . 

Tropical island necessities: machete and coconut. 

Zack enjoyed the fried plantains, while I ate fish and the Bahamian signature dish, beans and rice, for nearly every meal. 

Each evening, sea turtles visited the cove where we stayed. 

We explored by bicycle and by boat. 

Then, we tried to identify everywhere we'd been from the air on our way out. 

We came home with some pretty coins to add to our foreign currency collection. 

No one wants to wake up before light, but sunrise views from the air can't be beat. 

hand me down honeymoon part three: patriotic date night

Friday, August 7, 2015

Since our wedding was a week before July 4, we wore quite a bit of red, white, and blue on our honeymoon. I always love wearing patriotic outfits all week before Independence Day. Zack was a good sport and joined me.

This particular day, we had been snorkeling. I was reading on the porch when Zack came out all cleaned up and asked me out on a date. This was only like our third date, so I was pretty excited. Most of our relationship has involved spending time together with our families and living in different states, so it almost feels like we are just starting to date each other.

We took the boat out to eat dinner then sat on the water and watched the sunset. 

K: Just Madras skipper dress (here too) // Jack Rogers sandals
Z: Polo Ralph Lauren shirt // Chubbies shorts

hand me down honeymoon part two: lighthouse

Monday, August 3, 2015

We were told that climbing the lighthouse was a must do item on the island. Boats are the only way to get there, so we took our boat over and checked it out. 

Zack gave me this shirt for Christmas, and I finally got to wear it on our honeymoon. 

Yes, we are married. We like our rings. 

hand me down honeymoon part one: getting there

Friday, July 31, 2015

For our honeymoon, Zack and I flew ourselves to the Bahamas and back, by way of Georgia and Florida. My parents also flew themselves on a similar tour of the southeast and the Bahamas. That's why I call it a hand me down honeymoon. Photos I posted on Instagram are tagged #handmedownhoneymoon.

 But first, doughnuts.

Zack's cousin works at Peace Love and Little Donuts. She brought us a variety in five boxes, including two whole boxes of maple bacon, to our wedding. Torri made sure they got in our car after the wedding, and I was SO happy when I got to eat them later. 

We started our journey to the Bahamas the day after our wedding. The first stop we'd planned was St. Simons Island, Georgia. 

We diverted to Savannah to wait out some weather. We got to see F-18s and other military aircraft, and we took the crew car to enjoy the river front. 

We switched seats for the hop from Savannah to SSI.

We finally ate our wedding food! I packed up a cooler, and we took it on our trip. We got to eat it in St. Simons Island. It was delicious! Unforgettable Food Affairs catered our wedding. It was perfect for a late night meal, before a walk on the beach. 

Up early the next morning, we headed down to the Bahamas. This is on final at Marsh Harbour airport. 

Only three more vehicles to get to our house! The woman who rented us the house coordinated a taxi for us, the taxi took us to meet the boat rental company on the water, and we rode with them back to the boat rental place, then took this boat to our house . . . almost. 

Once we parked in the cove, we unloaded all of our stuff. So the benefit of taking your own airplane (or your parents' ;) ) is that you can pack as many random bags, not real suitcases, as you want to, as long as you do a weight and balance, of course. It seems like an okay plan until you realize you have vague walking directions that take you an unknown distance, and you're not really sure you can carry all of it. I had been wearing my wedding shoes since our wedding, but I decided it was time to put on tennis shoes for this hike. Fortunately, as soon as I got them on, a man walked up and offered us a ride on his golf cart. He said that he had a family of five, but the rest of them took another way home. 

We were very thankful for the ride! Between our taxi from the hotel to the airport in SSI, the twin comanche, taxi from Marsh Harbour airport to the dock, boat to the cove, and golf cart to the house, we took five vehicles to get there just on Monday.

bridal portraits with Dan

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

This is the end of the bridal portraits, promise. Several people asked me along the way if Dan would be in the wedding. The wedding packet for the church says that animals aren't allowed to be there, and everything on our wedding day took place at the church. I decided the best time for Dan to get involved would be during bridal portraits. 

Zack's dad took the responsibility of watching Dan and bringing him to the second location where we took pictures. That was so generous of him, and he was an awesome handler! 

Dan has been my best pal since before Zack and I were dating, and he's been by my side as I've spent countless hours at the computer planning the wedding. He's right beside me while I type this post. 

He loves Zack almost as much as he loves me, which is exactly how it should be. 

I'm so thankful that Zack loves me AND my dog. I'm also thankful for this woman's best friend! 

all photos by Krista Joy Photography

Independence Day 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day! 

I'm thankful to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, one of which is my husband. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and volunteered to go to Afghanistan, which blows my mind each time I think about it. 

No matter what happens here, I know our truest freedom and hope is in Jesus. 1 Peter 1:3-4 says, 
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. 

I hope you enjoy this holiday and think about how fortunate we are and what you can do to protect our freedom.

all photos by Krista Joy Photography

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