Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hallloooo Out There! Christmas Mom and I headed out and left the children with The Engineer. While out, I mentioned to her that Little Man wanted a hair cut like his daddy's and that I'd given my blessing, but not until after the holidays. Mom asked if I thought it would be cut when we got home. I told her "no." After all, we'd agreed, "after the holidays."

We got home and it was cut. Done. Gone.

I didn't cry like last time. He's absolutely adorable and no cut can mask that. I am thankful his hair grows so fast. And after all, it is just hair.

We spent some time at the Grand's house. Little Bit is sporting a cough and runny nose and fussed several days away. 

And this Beauty played and played and even invited me into her secret hideout where we played pet shops with Lulu, Trixie, and Lion, and she let me write her a note in her diary. 

You should also know that this little girl knows the first 75 of the First Catechism. Rock it, Sister! 

We had our annual gathering at Grandma and Grandpa's. 

I love this picture...just wish Grandma was in it. 

Speaking of Grandma, I am so proud of this lady. She has just had her knee replaced and I promise you, she looks ten years younger! She has excelled in all of her therapy and is, from what I understand, further along the road to recovery than is normal. Go Grandma, go!

And last, but certainly not least, on January 3, The Engineer and I celebrated our NINTH anniversary!!! Wooo hoooo! Can I just say it's been the best nine years of my life!?! I feel so unworthy to be married to such a fine man. God is so good. So gracious. His plans are so wonderful. I love this man with all my heart. 

I have loved him since I was in the ninth grade, though I didn't catch his eye until the summer before our junior year. I was brought up right. Girls don't call boys. (I just stalked him in the halls...) We went on several dates throughout the fall, but when I never phoned the handsome baseball player, he took that to mean I wasn't interested and quit calling. He couldn't have been more wrong. 

It wasn't until the night before our Senior year that he would ask me out again. As homecoming rolled around, I thought for sure he'd ask me, but I also resolved not to play games like I had in the past. Namely, because that past spring, rumor had it The Engineer was going to ask me to prom.  I avoided another guy I knew wanted to ask me, in order to give The Engineer the opportunity, only to receive the crushing blow that he'd asked a Senior. Oh the drama. 

Back to homecoming. A friend, DW, asked first. I had made up my mind not to wait around and have a repeat of Prom. We were friends. I told him yes. The Engineer was furious. My heart was crushed. I wept. 

The Engineer called that night. My Dad took the phone from me and spoke to him, "if you want to go to homecoming with my daughter then call DW and tell him."

And The Engineer did.

I didn't find out until the next afternoon when DW stormed across the gym with the most furious look on his face and said, "You could've told me YOU WERE DATING SOMEONE!!!" Stunned, I quickly replied, "What are you talking about? I'm not dating anyone." By the time I got the words out, he was twenty feet past me, leaving a trail of steam.

That Sunday afternoon The Engineer took me hiking. We reached a great lookout spot and sat down to open the Word. I don't recall the passage, just that it said something about eunuchs and the total awkwardness when I asked The Engineer, "what's a eunuch?" Oh. I wanted to die. But anyway, on the way home, as we were leaving the State Park, he asked me, "So, would you be interested in being more than simply platonic." Another word I didn't know and was not about to ask the meaning of. So I told him I'd think about it.

We went to homecoming...and here we are, nine years of marriage later. It hasn't all been a bed of roses, in fact, far from it... marriage is hard and it is good. God continues to sanctify us through one another. I would do it all again. In a heartbeat. He is the man I love. Forever.


  1. Oh what a great love story! It actually sounds like how my hubby and I got hooked! Except it was working at disney..haha! Happy Anniversary!

    I do love little man's hair,he is VERY adorable! Are you going to let it grow out again? He looks so cute either way!

    The pictures with the grands are priceless! I love the girls dresses,so cute.Glad you all had a wonderful visit.

  2. Happy Anniversary! Men always take a little longer then they should to get around to things! Ha! Happy New Year!

  3. I loooove his hair short like that! It's adorable (but I'm into short-haired guys, ha ha!)
    What a neat dating story!
    Happy New Year.

  4. Wonderful post (as per usual)'s always fun to read what you write! You are a lovely friend....I have missed you the last little while. But...I *do* first! Enjoy these precious days! (I say that to you ALL. THE. TIME. ~ Do you think there's something in that? LOL!) Your little man really does look like a little man with his hair cut's cute. He is cute both ways.

    Love to you my friend!

  5. Oh...and Happy Anniversary!! :)

  6. WOW! Love his hair cut, but he looks so much more mature!

    And, yay for you and T! That is awesome and an amazing way that God shows His plan for your life.


  7. 10 Years!! Good for you guys! It's so great to be in love, isn't it!! You are right God is good!

  8. Yeah for a post! LM looks so handsome with his haircut!

    Happy 9 years. Praise God for a fantastic story.

  9. I almost didnt recognize LM with short hair!! Cute!!

    Wow I can't believe its been 9 years!!! I still remember yalls wedding, it was so beautiful!! Yall are awesome. I hope yall had a wonderful anniversary!!

  10. LOVE the haircut! Sister looks JUST LIKE Belle. I hope Little Bit is feeling better now.

    Praise God for 9 years of marriage. You had me laughing out loud over your high school drama. I'm so glad I'm not in high school anymore... I know you are too!

  11. Great story. Such drama in high school. And I think the hair cut looks great.

  12. Happy Anniversary! I had to smile at your dating story. I remember going to great lengths to secure the needed prom date every year.... Blech! You couldn't get me to go back to high school for all of the money in the world! I far prefer being married with a mortgage!

    The eunuch story is great, by the way! Too funny!

  13. Aw, I loved reading the sweet story of the two of you. Brings back so many memories...namely, Valentine's Dance in 9th grade! Ha! :)

    So happy to have been a witness to some of your precious story. Hope we can catch up in person one day soon!


  14. happy anniversary. i can't believe i actually remembered to call you! :) AND, i completely remember all that DRAMA with DW and the engineer. oh man. for not being a dramatic girl, you ALWAYS had drama with dances. (weren't you totally sick to your stomach the entire v-day dance that you borrowed that red dress? and JY calling the day of prom...sick?) drama drama drama.

    love you sis. so thankful God brought you and T the NURSERY, no less!

  15. So fun hearing your love story!

    Little Man is precious, as always!

  16. Awwww! Happy 9th! LOVE you guys!