Friday, June 13, 2008

Happy Anniversary to Us

Curt and I are celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary this weekend (along with Father's Day and my mom's birthday on Monday). I can't believe it was a year ago that we were living it up at El Dorado Royale in Mexico. This year is a little - well, a lot - less eventful, but we are just as blessed. The last 12 months have been very full. Last summer we ended the Saturday service at First Irving. Afterward we dove back in to college ministry at full speed and had a great fall with our students. We took a Thanksgiving trip to Jackson Hole. The Lord opened the door for Curt to come on staff with LPM. We celebrated Christmas with Curt's family in Missouri. We married off my sister. Curt took his last trip to Honduras for the foreseeable future. We said goodbye to a church family and incredible friends that have impacted our lives forever and planted our lives back in Houston, Texas. Curtis bought me my dream house that I'm still pinching myself over. I hope I never stop. We bought some grown up furniture. We rejoined the church where I grew up and where Curt worked for 2 years. We reconnected with lots of very dear friends from our newlywed years and me with some girlfriends from high school. After being church staff members for our whole marriage, we got to find out what it's like to be a visitor again. We joined a Sunday school class that we weren't leading. And we love it. We've put ourselves out there and made some new friends. We've fought and triumphed over some new work dynamics between us. We've watched our baby become a little boy. For the past three months we've had regular date nights with free babysitting. Give Him praise, people! Tonight will be the ultimate date night/grandparent babysitting extravaganza. Jackson is spending the night at my mom and dad's so we can SLEEP IN. A moment of silence, please. I am so pumped. I'm praying that my body clock doesn't wake me up at 7:20. Tonight we are having dinner at some cool place downtown. I hope they have good dessert. I won't expect the ricotta strawberry bombe. That wouldn't be fair. Later, peeps.

66 comments:

KELLY said...

Happy Anniversary, Amanda! It's amazing how the years fly by so much quicker than we realize....hope you guys have a great weekend!

Marilyn said...

Congratulations and I hope you and Curt have many, many more happy years together!

God bless you both!
Marilyn in MS

HisTreasuredPossession said...

Amanda! I'm so excited for you! My anniversary is the 16th (#7 for us!) and I can't believe that time has gone so quickly. Hope you and Curtis have one heck of a weekend. You all deserve it! (and what's with your family and having weddings right next to birthdays?! Your anniversary and your mom's bday...Melissa's anniversary and Jackson's bday...interesting...) ;-)

Heather said...

Happy Anniversary! Hope you have a great evening! I'll pray your body clock works better than mine and allows you to sleep in ;)

Anonymous said...

Dear Curtis and Amanda,

Congratulations on your 6th wedding anniversary. May our Lord Jesus continue to bless your life together richly. Enjoy your weekend.

Much love,
Sharon, NC

Profbaugh said...

Happy Anniversary! May you have a wonderful evening and get LOTS of sleep in the morning.

Much love,
~Cheryl

Maria said...

Congratulations to you and Curtis! Hope you have an awesome date night and celebration! And if your body clock wakes you up at 7:20 tomorrow, do my favorite pre-kiddos Saturday morning ritual--the breakfast sandwich. Wake up, have a little breakfast, may be read the paper a bit and head back to bed. A little breakfast sandwiched between sweet glorious sleep! God is so good!

Holly said...

Aww, Happy Anniversary y'all! Enjoy your time together!

I remember about 20 (almost exactly) years ago, going to a prom in Katy and eating at a fancy restaurant in Houston called the Rivoli. There were no prices on the menu--and it scared me to death! I think I may have ordered a pretty expensive item, too...and what fork do I use and what is that little bowl of water for and what is the sorbet for?? 17 doesn't know those kinds of things, usually.

May you enjoy every little thing about your time together--down to the smell of some honeysuckle as you walk past. And may God say, "Let there be sleep!" And it was good.

Love,
holly

connorcolesmom said...

Amanda,
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
My hubby and I celebrated ours on Thursday
May God bring you even more joy, happiness, and blessings in the coming next year
May He continue to strengthen the love and friendship between you and Curtis
Enjoy!
Kim

Rena Gunther said...

Happy Anniversary! Hope you have an awesome time tonight and I pray this year is your best yet!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary. Free Grandparent babysitting rocks my socks off! Have fun!

I got your hubby's book in the mail. Quite impressive with the shipment, I wasn't expecting it so soon. It looks great, I could read it cover to cover but 1.)it's for guys, not me 2.)hubs would see his (used) fathers day gift.

Katy

The Barfuss Family said...

What an exciting year! Enjoy your date night and sleeping in. I'm guessing this means I won't be seeing you at 8:30 in the morning. :)

Erin said...

I'm joining you in a moment of silence for sleeping in! And I still remember where I was when you called to tell me you were engaged, congrats on 6 years sister!

Travis said...

6 years? I can't believe it! Happy anniversary to you two!

The Van Fam said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Sleeping in is the best gift a parent can give! LOL, at least once you have kids! See you next week dear friend!!

Marla Taviano said...

Happy Anniversary, guys!! What a year! Wow!

Heather said...

Happy Anniversary! Ours is Tuesday, we're right behind you!

Teri said...

Awwww! Congratulations Amanda! What a full and truly blessed year! Here is to many more years of beauty for you and your family!

Jamie said...

I came by via Marla Taviano...and have been checking on you every now and then. :)

I am SOO sorry to hear about your parents dog. I am a HUGE dog lover Our dog was hit 3 years ago and I cried for days. No, I take that back, I SOBBED!!

I'm praying for them, and my heart aches for them.

Also...HAPPY Anniversary to you guys! And HAPPY sleeping in!! Grandparents are definetly one of the best gifts from GOD! ;)

Connie said...

Two words: Tylenol PM. Whenever I have the chance to sleep in, my body clock doesn't cooperate, so I give it a little "help."
Happy Anniversary...enjoy your date!

kittyhox said...

Happy Anniversary, Amanda! (and Curtis!)

We'll celebrate our sixth anniversary in August and also have a two year old boy, so we're in similar seasons of life.

I can't imagine any scenario better than living in the same town as my parents. I'm drooling over the thought of frequent date nights with babysitting. And SLEEPING IN!? The ultimate luxury!

Hope your day is very special!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I'm sorry. Did you say you get to SLEEP IN tomorrow?!?

Sigh.

Color me jealous.

But praise God for your sweet and growing relationship, Amanda. A healthy, vibrant marriage is such a reflection of His glory.

Big Mama said...

Happy Anniversary!

And if you're internal clock wakes you up at 7:20, shut that sucker off and go back to sleep.

Dionna said...

Oh - Jackson is just the thing your parents need right now.:)
I can't believe it was a year ago that you went to Mexico. Is it possible?

cherryt7 said...

Congratulations... Grandparent babysitting is wonderful for all party's involved: memories that will cherished forever.
Sleeping in sounds wonderful but that's not likely anytime soon but... praise Jesus... Sophia (almost 3 months) slept through the night last night. Granted VBS was calling my name until 3 am so I didn't enjoy really, but hopefully it's a trend! Enjoy your dinner & dessert... Happy Anniversary.

Ang baylis said...

I sure hope you are enjoying your evening together! Time flies! Seems like yesterday when you went to Mexico and I got to peek into your trip last year!
Much love to a the cutest couple!
Angie xoxo

alicia said...

God is GOOD!!! I love to see God's hand all over your life. I am glad I was apart of that for awhile and hope for the day where our paths will meet again!!

Love you guys!

Taylor said...

happy anniversary, amanda!

Cheri-Beri said...

Congratulations on everything! What a wonderful year :-)

My darling husband has taken the kids away for four days to go fishing on the other side of the state. I get to paint in peace! I was just stressing out about trying to arrange something so everyone would be happy and then it hit me, "Oh! I'm alone!" Woo hoo!!!!

Praying for many more overflowing years ahead for you.

Ashley McWhorter said...

Happy Anniversary to y'all! We just celebrated our 8th in May. We are actually going to the El Dorado in Sept. A sort of last minute get-away before our 3rd baby arrives. I've heard it called a "babymoon". :) Hope you weekend is wonderful!!!

Lisa said...

Happy, Happy 6th Anniversary, Curtis and Amanda! The Lord has taken you some amazing places this year, and it's my prayer for you that He continues to do so, and that He blesses every second of your life together.

Love,
Lisa

Kristen Schiffman said...

Happy Anniversary. And nearly as important HAPPY SLEEPING IN SATURDAY! : ) lol.

strawberry rose said...

Happy Anniversary! It's amazing what happens in a year. Yay for a date night and sleeping in!

Fran said...

Happy, happy anniversary Amanda and Curtis!! What a fun weekend for ya. Let us know how late you slept. :)

Blessings over you and your dear family.

Love,
Fran

Lynn said...

Happy Anniversary! In the Catholic Church, matrimony has the official rank as a sacrament - "an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace." So, by your faithful love of one another - may you and Curt continue to be a sign of grace to each other and our world.

Blessings to you and your lovely family,

Sister Lynn

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

It's 8:02 am, and I sincerely hope you're still in a deep sleep. Happy Anniversary! You guys deserved a great dinner last night, and a fabulous dessert! And I'm sure Jackson is giving the g-parents the therapy they need this weekend.

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Happy Anniversary!

I had to laugh at the "grown up" furniture. After being married almost 17 years, we just got some grown up furniture for our living room--and now it's actually being lived in!

Joanne

ocean mommy said...

Happy Anniversary!!! Whew!! What a ride you all have been on the past year! God is so good isn't He. :)

I bet that after the week your parents have had, that little boy is just what they need! I'm sure he will wear them out and they will love every minute of it. Grandparents are priceless.

It's almost 10 in the morning here in GA and I sure hope you are still sleeping!!!

Have a wonderful weekend...
stephanie

Cindie said...

Haooy Anniversary to you and your sweet husband. Cherish all of the moments.

I think that it is wonderful that your Mom and Dad will get to love on jackson tonight. It will certainly hel them tremendoussly. Blessings to you both.

Beverly said...

Amanda -

Happy Anniversary to you and Curtis! I can't believe it was a year ago you went to Mexico either! I think that was about the time I started reading your blog - or a few months later - it has flown by. Hope you had a great date night! We recently moved to my husband's hometown and his mom is the most enthusiatic babysitter (she calls us!) so I know you must be enjoying that - not to mention your parents!

Allison said...

Girl, I hope you are still in bed sleeping! I can't wait for the babies to stay at my parents house...that might be better than a vacation! Happy Anniversiary!

Allie

bahead(mimi24) said...

Happy Anniversary!!! What a fabulous family you have become.

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! Grandparents that help are SUCH a blessing. I hope the Lord brings joy to them through Jackson tonight!
Jenny from VA

Deirdre said...

wink:>
Have fun!

Bev Brandon said...

May your words bless your husband this weekend beyond measure. God has done so much for you this past year and loved hearing that! Love the message of your life that you rely only on Him. 2Chron 14:11 - the powerless against the mighty---yet you relied on Him this year.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Sabrina said...

Happy Anniversary sweet friend!

Deborah said...

Many congratulations & God's blessings on your six years together! I am glad that you have been able to learn and grow together in these ways. :) I pray that the next six years will be an even more incredible time of walking together with Jesus. :)

~Deborah

Stephani said...

Happy Anniversary!

Mommy Dot Com said...

What a full year. Are you sure your not celebrating your 26th wedding anniversary? It sounds like a lot for 6 years! God is good and He fills us to overflowing....as you know.

Lauren said...

Can I hear it for grandparent babysitting? I am so waiting for the day when we live closer to one set of our parents so we can cash in on that. I hope you slept really late today!

Tiffani Long said...

Happy Anniversary!! Fun, fun, fun and it just gets better with every year (I am at 10 with my hubbylicious)!! I LOVE your blog and I've been inspired to create my own (which was NOT as easy as 123..as said by blogger) I would be honored if you'd come by check it out every now and then!!

Blessings!
Tiffani

Brenda said...

Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary, Amanda and Curt!! God bless you abundantly and many many more wonderful years together!!! :)

Lydia said...

I hope you were able to sleep in super late this morning! Happy Anniversary. We also celebrated our 6th anniversary this month (June 1st) and have a 2 year old as well! (He'll be 3 in August). I'm sure Jackson had a great time with the grands and I hope you all had a wonderful date night.

Kelly said...

Happy Anniversary - ya'll have had quite the year - but one that is filled with so many good things.
Hope ya'll had a wonderful anniversary night together and I hope your dessert was especially good! :-)

Abby said...

happy anniversary!!! :)

hope you have a blast!

Jungle Mom said...

Sleeping in! Every young mothers fantasy!!

Kathleen in TX said...

Happy Anniversary Amanda and Curt! May God continue to bless your marriage. Enjoy sleeping in!

Patty said...

Happy Anniversary Amanda and Curt!!

I bet Jackson had a blast with his grandparents!!!

I am so happy that your hubs bought you your dream home. God is good!! I praise Him with you!!
Love,
Patty

~Meli~ said...

Happy Anniversary!!! My hubby and I had our anniversary this weekend (the 14th) ~ 11 years for us.
I hope you were able to sleep in and that you enjoyed every part of your weekend!

katiegfromtennessee said...

Congratulations Amanda! I enjoyed this post:) I will also be having my 3rd year anniversary on Wed., the 18th, but we will go out to eat tom. night:) By the way: a great place to go on an Anniv. is the Creation Museum in N. KY-my man and I went there last year for our anniv.

Much has gone on for you the past year...I am glad you could reconnect with old friends, and have adventures with God this year:) That is great that Jackson got to visit with your mom and dad this weekend, and that it is your mom's b-day today!! Happy birthday to her!!! (hope she has a fantastic day full of joy:)
"Later, peeps." You are funny:)

katiegfromtennessee

katiegfromtennessee said...

Ooops, just about forgot, I can't go out to eat for my anniv. tom. because of the Kelly Minter study! Oh well, maybe tonight:)

Have a blessed day Amanda!

katiegfromtennessee

Amy said...

Happy Anniversary! We share an anniversary...my husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary on Friday! Hope you had a special night and got to sleep in. Those are special times! :)

Katie said...

Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated our 8th on June 10th! June is a great wedding month, is it not?

Debbie said...

I can't wait to see pics of your new house:o). We're in the process of moving too....ugh!
Happy Anniversary!

melanie said...

hey girl, sounds like a great anniversary! i meant to tell you we missed you guys at dinner 8 last weekend, but when i told the group you had free babysitting for the night, we were all very jealous, yet very happy for you!
wanted to tell you, too, that tomorrow is the free train ride at zube park. email me if you have any questions, but i think we're going to go around 9:00 am to beat the crowds.

VanderbiltWife said...

Mmm, we went to El Dorado Royale on our honeymoon--almost 4 years ago. Seems like a dream! Congratulations on a wonderful year.