I have so missed my blogging. So much has been going on in life-wonderful things. I will try to catch you up on what's been going on since I last posted.
Well let's see......where to begin.....
On July 31st, 2014 I entered into a courtship with Kenneth Brashears. We had met at our church in Claremore and I was and am really good friends with his sister and brother-in-law's family. He is in the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan when we really began to get to know each other. Let's just say I am very thankful for Skype. haha. In October, he came home and took a month's leave so we could spend a lot of time together. There was not a day that month that we were apart. About halfway through that month, he (with of course my father's permission) popped the question. It was the perfect day. He planned it for when we were working at Fort Rock (the Christian family camp I volunteer at in Arkansas) (fortrock.org). He asked me in front of the entire camp at my favorite location with a gorgeous view overlooking the beautiful Ozarks. That day, October 18th, I said I would spend the rest of my life with him.
He had to head back to his base during the first week in November. We decided on December 19th for the big day. That was a long month before we were able to see each other again. He was able to come home a few days before the wedding. I (with our chaperone) went to pick him up from the airport. He had flown in so that we could make the drive to TN together. I'll post pics below of the wedding. Thank you to Christopher Maxwell for the AMAZING shots! If you need a photographer, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND him! Here's his website: http://www.christophermaxwell.com/weddings/galleries.htm
So now, we reside in TN. He doesn't have much longer in-about a year and a half-after which we plan on moving back to our homeland of Oklahoma to be near family and friends.
Not only have I been getting used to the adjustments of married life, moving away from family/friends, living in the middle of a city about 15 times the size I'm used to (yes I said 15. My hometown is about 9,000 and our town here in TN is about 142,000!!!), settling into my own home, but I am now preparing for the next step....motherhood. Yes, that's right, we are expecting! We expect our little one to arrive the end of September/beginning of October. My due date is actually on my momma's birthday-September 26th! We are super excited and can't wait to meet or little gift from Heaven. If you'd like to see how we announced on social media, watch our home video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bilGNUS1xCs . I really want to keep up with my blogging and post pregnancy updates.
So needless to say, these last several months have been crazy. But when I say crazy, I mean that in a good way. I have an amazing husband, and I can't imagine my life without him. I am so thankful to God for him. He is always to patient with me, especially right now as I am trying to get through this fun first tri-mester sickness. lol.
Anyway, if I could, I ask that you would help pray for us as we enter into this next phase of life. We are praying for a happy, healthy pregnancy and baby!
We saved our first kiss for the alter
My Daddy walking me down the aisle
My handsome groom
Obviously, this photo was taken after the ceremony. lol
Me and my momma
My Daddy and Kenneth
Me and my sister (she was my maid of honor)
We did our photos before the ceremony, so we did a first look