Today’s our 4th Anniversary. The last few years have been crazy. Let me see if I can recap some highlights… We were married June 18, 2005. The next day, we went to Niagara Falls for our wonderful

honeymoon. After a week there, we road-tripped across the U.S. and ended up here 000_0115(rev 0) – at our first apartment that we’d never actually seen. We rented it, after seeing one like it, since there was no other apartment complex that would rent to us two months in advance (Brian had to finish Bible school before we could get married, but we weren’t going to be back to South Dakota until after the wedding, hence the rental in April). This particular picture was taken the day we were moving out to… deck3(rev 0) here. We weren’t sure where God was taking us and after some work plans and ministry plans fell through, we decided we’d buy a house and stick around in South Dakota until God led us elsewhere. A little over a year after we were married, we moved into our first home. Brian worked at a lumber/hardware store where he was the handyman – building, fixing, repairing everything and anything. I worked at Curves International and as a Creative Memories consultant. We both had no idea what was in store for us! party 037 A year after we bought the house, almost to the day, we sold it. Above is a picture of the giant load of STUFF that we sold at our yardsale…held in 110 degree South Dakota heat! Then, we stuck around with these lovely folks: party 036 who just also happen to be the people we lived with for a month last year as well. After a month with Hexon and Terri, we road-tripped (again) back across country.  travels 001  travels travels 028 After about a week on the road, we ended up back in good ol’ Scranton, PA, in my old bedroom in my parent’s house.

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Ah, the joys of deputation! 🙂 Candidate Orientation,

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Deputation,

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Cultural Training,

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More Deputation,

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another cross-country road-trip (both ways),

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More Deputation, trips to get our visas…and VOILA – we’re in Peru! 🙂 (that would be the end of 2007 through 2008 in a nutshell, in case you were wondering).

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So, here we are. Four years, countless miles, and many memories later…and still going strong. We’re finally in the place where a child seems like the next logical step. We’re homeowners (more or less) for the second time in four years. We’re living so far south the equator is a couple days north of us. 🙂 We’re enjoying our lives, our jobs, our ministry… God has been so good to us. I am so thankful for my husband. He’s everything I could ever want, need, hope for, or dream of. I love you, Brian. Happy Anniversary! Here’s to many more adventures, cross-world trips, and memories together. I wouldn’t dream of sharing this with anyone else.

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