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ignore this…  this is just a test…

…and I so wish it was ready to share, but it’s not.  Not yet, anyway.  But it will be soon.  I’m pretty excited about it.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for awhile.  Oh, okay, fine, I’ll give you a little clue – but no guessing, okay?  Here you go:


So yep…  Pretty obvious why I’m excited, huh?

Stay tuned.


We have guests in from the States, and look what they brought for us – blocks. Blocks made by MeMee!  That would be Kabob’s mom, if you didn’t know.  She really is so amazingly talented with wood.

Chickpea has had a blast playing with them.

And so has Kabob.

I don’t think they’re going to stop anytime soon.

Thanks again, MeMee!

Yep, it’s a rare moment on this blog. I’m posting actual photos of us HERE. I may delete this post soon, we’ll see…

It’s hard to believe it’s been FIVE. YEARS. In some ways, I can’t believe we haven’t been married 10, but in other ways, it feels like it was just our first anniversary, watching the first snowfall in Seattle. I think part of that has to do with how much we’ve done in just five years – how many places we’ve traveled (8 countries and 12 states – I think), how many jobs we’ve had during our season of preparation (10, between the two of us), how many places we’ve lived (5). Heck, last fall during our travels, we counted 23 beds where we crashed. Needless to say, it’s been a wild ride.

We both understood each other when last night, we said we hoped the next five years are a lot less uneventful.

We both loved our wedding, and it’s always fun for us to reminisce about our day. We couldn’t have planned it better if we tried. So indulge me, if you will, as I walk through our day in photos (all photography by Kevin White) …

The five years prior, November 2 had shown beautiful weather with an average high of 75. Our day turned out a smidge different. Here’s our sis-in-law, Joan, pregnant with her son and preparing our wedding site via Plan A.

Okay, so the skies are not going to clear. On to Plan B.

Bros-in-law Aaron and Darren, constructing the tent.  (Maybe by linking, it will motivate Carly and Darren to update their blog – wink, wink…)

The men worked their tails off. The women got pretty.

The finished product. Quite amazing, really.

Me and Dad, walking down the aisle with my entourage of umbrellas.

Saying our vows. That’s Chris officiating.

The reason why, to this day, my wedding dress is dirty and brown along the bottom.

Jim, one of our ushers, saves the tent and pours the water off to the side. Witnesses say water went down his shirt sleeve and out his pant leg.

We’re married!

Our wedding party.

Friends looking their most refined.

Happy anniversary, Babe! I love you so much. Here’s to many more years together (clink, clink).

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends; succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world YOUR best anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.-Mother Teresa

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