Married twice as long as engaged!

Nicholas and I have been married 6 months today. That means we have been married twice as long as we were engaged. Crazy huh! The last six months have flown by and have been so much fun.  Marriage is truly a blessing from God.

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God has taught me so much through our six short months of marriage.  I can’t imagine what else He is going to teach me. I have heard that God shows you how selfish you are through marriage and boy is that true! Thankfully, I have a patient husband that always points me back to Jesus.

Nick, thank you for showing me a picture of God’s love. You lead us so well and I am so proud to be your wife. I can’t wait to see where God is going to take us and all that He is going to do through and in us. Here is to many more months and years!

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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. – James 1:17

Psalm 128 (read at our wedding)

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
who walks in his ways!
2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
who fears the Lord.
5 The Lord bless you from Zion!
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life!
6 May you see your children’s children!
Peace be upon Israel!

Our Wedding Day

As you can tell, I have not kept up with blogging. The last six months have been a whirlwind. We have now been married longer than we were engaged. How crazy is that? For those that do not know, we were only engaged three months. Those three months were filled with lots of planning, holidays, fun showers, and packing. It is so nice to have all the wedding planning done and be married.

We got married on Friday, February 1, 2013. The day was perfect. Sure, there were a few things that did not go according to plan. Well, more than few things but it was perfect because it was our wedding and we got married. God truly blessed us with each other, great family and friends to support us, and a fun day to celebrate it all. I want to give a big thank you to everyone that helped that day. So many people did so much and we appreciate you.

One thing that made the day extra special was my sister was able to join us from India. My sister was supposed to be overseas until October of 2013. God’s timing was perfect and the organization she is serving with let her come home for a month to be part of the wedding. I couldn’t have imagined getting married without my sister and also couldn’t imagine being engaged a year so thanks Christine for coming home!

You can view our highlights video below (produced by Wedding Memories of Omaha) 

Below are a few pictures. You can see the entire album on Shutterfly here  or Facebook here . Thank you to Triniti Jensen of TrinJensen Photography for capturing our special day.

Getting Ready

Getting Ready

My sister helping me to get ready

My sister helping me to get ready

Seeing each other for the first time!

Seeing each other for the first time!

checking each other out

checking each other out

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A little chilly for outside pictures but I do love them

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some of my favorites

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Thankful for that shawl!

In our beautiful Church

In our beautiful Church

The guys

The guys

The ladies

The ladies

The whole crew

The whole crew

Praying before the ceremony. Such a special memory

Praying before the ceremony. Such a special memory

Getting hitched

Getting hitched

Nick praying for our marriage

Nick praying for our marriage

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Officially Mr. and Mrs.

Officially Mr. and Mrs.

eating cake

eating cake

First Dance

First Dance

Thank you God for my husband and for our marriage. God has shown me more about His love for us through Nick’s love for me. I can’t wait to see what He has in store for us.

We’re Engaged…The Story

Nick and I are engaged! Whoohooo! I am so thankful that God placed this amazing man in my life. I am so thankful for him. I can’t wait to be his wife and start our lives together as husband and wife. It is a little surreal to think that I will be married in three short months but I’m so excited.

Since everyone wants to hear “the story”, I thought I would write a little blog about. Plus I haven’t been keeping up on my blog. I wonder why..hmmm..

So here it goes……

Saturday November 3rd

Nick texted me to say that he would pick me up for lunch and then we were going to watch the Nebraska game. I thought if he was going to propose it would be during a date night so I didn’t think anything of this. I told him to text me when he got here because one of my roommates works nights and she was sleeping. He texted to say he was at the front door. I came to the door and found an envelope hanging to my door. It said “Amy’s Clue #1”. I immediately thought, could this be happening now, should I change?. I was dressed a little more casual since I thought we were just going to lunch before the game. I decided to wear what I had on. Nick texted and told me to eat a snack before I ventured out. I was to anxious to eat that I cut up an apple and brought it to go.

The clue said if I found Nick I would win a prize and that there would be five clues. The first clue lead me to Firebirds (where we had our first date). I had to go up and ask for my clue. The hostess was so excited to give it to me. I then went to our friends, Louise and Andy’s house. The next clue was to Nick’s sister and brother in law’s house because that is where we met. The next clue sent me to CityLight, our church and where will get married. The clue there just had latitude and longitude numbers on it. That took me a quick second to figure out but good old google told me it was Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue.

After texting Nick that I had arrived, he sent me a picture with two trails.

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I got a little turned around because I was so anxious and excited to find him. I finally found him and he was standing on a bridge. He asked if I wanted my prize and pulled out the ring box. He then got down on one knee and proposed. He told me he loved me for the first time and it was so wonderful to hear those words and say them back.

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Nick did such a good job with the proposal. It was perfect. It was special but also simple and just us.

His parents offered to pick up my car so we could ride back in Nick’s truck. The whole way I kept saying”we’re engaged”. I was so excited and also couldn’t believe it really happened. I also just kept starting at my gorgeous sparkly ring. Nick also did an amazing job with my ring. I love it!

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We went back to my place to call/text family and friends and also to watch the rest of the Nebraska-Michigan State game. We really didn’t miss to much. I wasn’t really paying attention until I realized we might come back and win this thing. The Huskers pulled it out so we got a Nebraska victory to celebrate as well. As much I as love my Husker football, the engagement was so much better.

Nick had made reservations at Firebirds when he dropped off the clue so we went there for dinner to celebrate.

So now we are in full planning mode (well I am). It has been so awesome to see how God is providing for us already. We are so thankful for what God did in our lives individually and for his redemptive power. The grace He has shown us is so amazing. We are also so blessed by what He has done in our lives as a couple.

We want to thank all of our family and friends who have supported and prayed for us. We are so blessed. We have had so many offers to help with wedding already and so blown away by everyone’s generosity. We are also so thankful that my sister, who is serving in India, will be able to come home for the wedding! I couldn’t imagine it without her.

And now we will married in 83 days… February 1st, 2013!

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Transitioning Back

I’ll post about my Peru trip soon but that will take some time. So instead I wanted to write about my time back in the states. I’m not going to sugar coat it. It’s hard. Like really hard.

It’s hard to see and do what I have and not be changed. God broke my heart for the people there. It’s hard to come back to life in the states like it never happened. No one else understands how it feels. No one else can relate. That’s hard.

Its hard to go back to work and sit at a computer all day.

It’s hard to cry all the time and not know why I’m crying.

How do I snap out of it. God. I know I need to cling to him like no other. I have been in constant prayer but still feel sad. So sad.

I know God broke my heart and taught me what He did for a reason. I can only pray that I keep it with me always.

I pray that he comforts me and helps me to transition back.

Leaving on a jet plane…

I leave for Peru today. How crazy is that? I have such a mixture of emotions and thoughts swirling around in my head. 

I’m excited yet nervous. I am overwhelmed yet ready to leave. I want to stay here yet want to go there. I hope I didn’t forget anything yet have checked my list multiple times. 

I didn’t sleep very last night. I kept thinking about what I still needed to do and I was a little anxious. As I prayed, I was able to sleep some. I woke up bright and early this morning.  I think I’m ready to leave. 

I have been overwhelmed by the thoughts and prayers from friends and family. Thank you so much to everyone who has prayed and will be praying while I’m gone. It is so comforting to know that people are lifting you up in prayer. As I write this, I received texts from friends saying that are praying. God has blessed me with some amazing friends and I am so thankful for each and every one of you! 

I also was so blessed to receive a couple care packages for my trip. Nick wrote me some letters and I am excited to read those! Terry put together a few travel essentials for me. I am pumped about this pillow. It will make the overnight flights so much more comfy. I also am a little excited to read People Magazine! Tabitha made me a Spanish Phrase Book. This will come in handy for sure. It was also so sweet of her!  She was with me in Costa Rica so she knows I need all the Spanish help I can get. I do wonder why God keeps sending me to Spanish speaking countries…ha!

Care package from Terry

My Spanish Phrase Book

As I getting ready to head to the airport, I am thankful. I am thankful for an awesome God who takes me on adventures when I am so unqualified and so undeserving. I am thankful for the opprunity to see the country of Peru. I am thankful for Kelly and Ashley who are letting me follow them around for a week. I am thankful for the work God is doing down there. I am thankful that I can be a little part of it. I am thankful for what God is going to do in my life down there. Lastly, I am thankful for the amazing people God has put in my life. 

So thanks for praying and I can’t wait to blog about what God did in Peru. Adios Omaha. See you on the 23rd! 

I’m going to Peru!

For those that do not know, in a week and half I will be boarding a plane (well actually four planes) and heading to Trujillo, Peru. Why Peru? Well, my good friend and former co-worker Kelly Dunlap went down there in March for four months. She is serving with Ashley Baer (a fellow CCCer). When Kelly first started talking about going to Peru we joked that I should come visit. Then the more I thought about it and prayed about it, I thought why not.

Once Kelly was settled we started to talk more seriously about me coming to visit. Everything seem to fall into place and I bought my  plane ticket on April 10th and leave on May 14th. A little crazy, yes!

I’m so thankful for the opportunity to see the country of Peru. I love experiencing other cultures. I also think this will be a very different “missions” trip then I have ever  been on for many reasons. One, I am not going with 50 plus high school students as one of their leaders. Two, I am not traveling with anyone else. Three, I will be staying with Kelly, Ashley, and the mother and daughter they live with. Four, the trip will not be all planned out for me. I feel like all of this will give me a better glimpse into life as a missionary and life in Peru.

What will I do while I’m there? I’m not completely sure but I like it that way. It gives God room to work and allows Him to stretch me. I do know that Kelly and Ashley spend their days at an orphanage and at a landfill. The landfill is a place where children work. They try to find things they can sell. There is a ministry there that ministers to the children. I know God is at work in this place. I will be tagging along their normal routine. Plus we will do some fun stuff on the weekends. I think a trip to the beach is on the itinerary.

I also know that I am not going to change the country of Peru while I am there for my eight short days (well really six with travel time). It is more likely that God will change me. I hope to serve God in a way that encourages the workers there. I hope to be a blessing to Kelly and Ashley while I am there. I know I am going to be so blessed by my time that I can only pray that I give some blessings back.

As I am preparing to leave (i.e. I need to start packing), I would ask for your prayers for my trip. Please pray for the basics of safety while traveling but most importantly, pray that God will speak to me and that He will work through me. Please keep Kelly and Ashley in your prayers as well.

I can’t wait to blog about my trip!