I’ve been thinking over the past few months that I need to do an update post, but there’s just so much to update on! So, taking my inspiration from Heath‘s update posts, here’s a list of what’s happened:
- I walked at December graduation, but didn’t graduate. It was no fault of anyone but myself, and I’m still kicking myself in the butt about it. I am finishing my degree this summer, thanks to my amazing adviser and the dean of the school of science.
- I got married! (will do a more in-depth post including pictures later this week)
- Josh and I went on an amazing honeymoon cruise (see note in parenthesis above)
- Before school ended, Josh was offered the pastorate of a small church outside of Waynesville, NC. We moved in the second week of January. I saw more snow in the first week here than in the past two winters in Clemson. (six times in one week!) I love the people at our church, and I can’t think of a better place for Josh and I to start our ministry together. The parsonage is literally attached to the church, which is interesting. (pictures to come)
- I have applied to a gazillion jobs. Yes, a gazillion. I have heard back from 10, all negative. I’ve been really struggling with this and not doing so well at trusting that God will provide.
- Josh and I went down to SWU for the spring musical. AMAZING! It made me miss Melanie, my SWUdad, and Charlotte so much. The cast and crew did an incredable job, it completely blew me away.
- We adopted an adorable cocker spaniel mix puppy from the local shelter and named him Nigel. Sorry the picture is blurry – you try to take clear pictures of a two month old puppy. See? Not that easy, is it?
Nigel looking around the home office the day we brought him home
- We joined the Haywood county community choir, and it’s been a blast! The concert is this Sunday, so I should probably go practice…
- I’m turning into a UNC basketball fan. Josh is concerned by how much I yell at the tv when a certain player is not on, yet still shoot 3s and keeps missing. Thankfully that certain player was having a good night when they won the championship.
- I was talking to the clarinetist for our community choir concert and found out that there is also a community band, and the clarinetist has an alto clarinet he’s willing to loan me, since Em has my bass. I’m going to practice Thursday to look at the music and meet the members.
That’s all I can think of at the moment, plus I need to go do dishes. (Santa, if you’re reading this, could you please bring me a dishwasher for Christmas? kthx.) I should probably do something productive after that, too. I am way to ADD to be a housewife.
So aparently I’m not the only one on campus with the vertigo issue, and the doctor said it’s just really bad allergies. REALLY bad. My regular allergies went absolutely crazy this past week, to the point where I was having trouble breathing. It’s calmed down some, but not much. You can always tell when my allergies are bad because my laugh changes into a squeak, and I’m still squeaking.
On the wedding front (now it’s a battle?), things are starting to really fall into place, to the point where I am feeling calmer about it all. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still stressed, but not as bad.
This weekend has been a huge God moment for Josh and myself. Saturday night contained confrontation, forgiveness, a lot of prayer, and more than enough tears. Tom preached this morning at FWC/Alive about The Road Less Traveled: When Dreams Break. The scripture was 1 Samuel 21 and 22, where David, by trying to take control of the situation instead of leaving it up to God, caused the death of many innocent people. Here’s a link to the passages online. Tom listed off things that we do when we try to take control, one of which hit pretty close to home. Josh and I spent most of the sermon looking at each other and laughing; Josh made the comment that Tom might as well have been standing right in front of us. It was very obvious what God was saying, and we listened. Please keep us in your prayers as we seek God’s direction for us, and that we will not allow things to return to the way they were.
To help keep the wedding budget down, Josh and I decided to make button boutonnieres. I saw the idea and instructions in a Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. The directions used to be available on her website, but I can’t find it now. Josh blogged about this when we went to buy the supplies last week. I have some pictures of the final product. We have finished all the boutonnieres for Josh, the groomsmen, and the pastor. Here are two of the groomsmen boutonnieres and the pastor’s boutonniere:
We changed some things from what Martha suggests, like using fake leaves instead of making our own out of fabric and using non-Martha products. The biggest surprise? Josh really enjoyed making these. He got really into it, so much so that he knocked one of his thumbs out of socket trying to make one of the fabric covered buttons. That scared me half to death – he was sitting on a stool about to faint and I had no idea what to do. He’s fine now, thankfully.
I haven’t figured out how much they cost individually, but I know it’s cheaper than ordering boutonnieres from the florist. All in all I’m very happy with the outcome and I like them a lot. Josh thinks we should sell them on etsy. Any suggestions?
I’ve been working on our budget, and I figured out how much they cost. The total for all suplies (button making kits, wire, floral tape, fabric) was $28.74. We made ten boutonnieres, totaling $2.87 a piece.
…I’ll do an in-depth post on the youth convention and the engagement when I’m not so tired/hyper from the whole trip.