Home sweet home

Home at last!

We’ve been gone since last Sunday morning and it’s been a Christmas and family whirlwind. A wonderful whirlwind.

There were lots of highlights over the past week. We celebrated with six different groups of our sweet family. We were spoiled rotten with lots of presents ๐Ÿ™‚ We had precious baby time with our adorable nephew. We had lots of road-talk-time, which for us means conversations from theological to nonsensical. We saw ‘Les Miserables’ on screen and can’t stop singing the songs. I won the song lyric game with Brian’s family. Brian set up my Gran’s new computer and customized the settings for her. Watching him love her so well makes me love him even more– as if that were possible. I was way more normal with Brian’s family than last Christmas– yay! And, we had snow!ย 

And, as with everything in life, there were some tough parts of the last week, too. Sometimes family can be tough– our own or the other’s. And it’s difficult to be away from your home and your bed. It is challenging to be with people 24/7 for days on end, especially when you want some time to yourself. Lola was a pain– her UTI caused several indoor accidents, and her aggression toward other dogs made it tricky to house her or let her run around. Neither of us slept well all week. Suffice it to say, there were hard moments. That’s life.

But… we’re home now. Home sweet home.

We’ve been home a couple of hours and haven’t done much. I folded laundry and watched a few episodes of Friday Night Lights Season 4. Brian cleaned his new gun. We ordered a pizza. Now, we’re in bed at 9:30. We’re either really lame or pooped. Maybe both.

We had a great first married Christmas. Now, we’re going to have a great first night’s sleep back in our own bed on our brand new sheets (thanks, Karen!).

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Gifts made easy

One of the (many) awesome parts of this whole engagement and marriage thing is the photos. We were so blessed to have two incredible photographers do these shoots for us. It’s been great– I finally have some pictures of myself that I love, and the best part during this season– we have instant gifts!

Last year, we had the engagement photos to use. We printed and framed them for parents and grandparents. It was so simple, and they were a hit! The last time there were professional photographs of either of us was in high school (and that was SO long ago for my husband)– so there was some updating to do ๐Ÿ™‚

We used these photos last year for gifts– I still love all of them…webready_BrianLindsey111211_026 webready_BrianLindsey111211_054

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This year, of course, we had the wedding photos. We also had the bridals and our “day after” shoot. Though we love our candid wedding photos best, we printed a lot of the posed photos for family. We also printed a large bridal for my mom. Here are a couple of them…

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Our “day after” shoot made our Christmas cards simple, too. The toughest part was deciding which photos to include– they were so beautiful!

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But unfortunately, we can’t keep this up. Our family will run out of room for framed photos and will probably get sick of looking at us. What in the world are we going to do for gifts next year?! I think we’re going to have to actually use our brains… oh bother…

For unto us a child is born

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For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
Isaiah 9:6-7

First married Christmas

We’re spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Brian’s family.

We did this last year, too, and while Brian’s family is wonderful, it was tough for me. There were lots of tears, as the 27 Christmases prior to that one had been spent with my own family.

But this year is different. There are no tears. I’m actually having an incredible time.

It’s not that I don’t miss my family (I do, Mom!!!). It’s just that, this year, I’m here with my husband– this wonderful man who has taken me as his forever. I could go anywhere with this man. I feel like, with him by my side, I can do anything.

So, first married Christmas is here. No tears. Only laughter and love (and gagging sounds from everyone watching us). Oh– and maybe a white Christmas… I’ll keep you posted ๐Ÿ˜‰

My wife, the teacher

I grew up in a family full of teachers. My mom has taught 2nd grade for over 35 years, and her two siblings have very long careers as well. As a result I always saw the toll a school year takes on teachers, and I had no illusions what life would be like when I decided to marry one. But I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.

Lindsey has had a very long semester. I’m not sure if she would call it a tough semester, because she loves her new school and her students so much. But the reality is we are coming up on a much needed Christmas break for my wife.

Tonight she graded papers until well after midnight, which if you know my wife is shocking. She has half a day with her students tomorrow and then final bookkeeping for the semester. She is tired, she is stressed and we still have a few things to cross off our to-do list. I am praying that she has the strength and energy to get her work done well tomorrow.

I admire teachers so much. Their job is one that is different from most of ours. The dedication to their students that a good teacher shows is amazing, the dedication that a great teacher shows is, well, incredible. I’m proud to say that by all accounts this year my wife is in that second category.

The break will be good for both of us, but I pray that it will be really beneficial for her. I’m looking forward to a restful break for Lindsey. I hope for some mental rest to recharge her batteries for the next semester. She certainly deserves it.