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Honeymoon Recap-Part I

8 Jul

Our honeymoon started our very early on the Sunday after the wedding. It was amazing how much stuff we had with us, and how the few hours at the hotel we had spread it everywhere. We did a few last minute checks that we had no illegal items (lipgloss, toothpaste….you know, the deadly stuff), and were off!

We flew to Miami and spent several hours because one of our flight attendants didn’t show up. We had only 30 minutes to catch our connection in San Juan, and if we missed it we had to wait until the morning to get to Tortola. We finally got on our flight when the reserve flight attendant came on duty, and Jason and I prayed and prayed during the flight that we’d make it in time. Before we even got off the plane I had my flip-flops off, and we mad-dashed it across the airport. After we skidded to a stop in front of our ticket counter, we were so thankful to find that the last flight to the island had been delayed, and we had a while to wait. Praise the Lord, He is so good!

The flight to Tortola was…interesting. I’m not an experienced flyer, by any means, and flying in a small propeller plane, over open ocean, at night, is not my idea of fun. We met the Peter Island Taxi after getting through immigration, and began another “experience”. The British Virgin Islands are an interesting mix between US and England. The major being they drive American cars (steering wheel on the left), but drive on the opposite side of the road (also on the left). They also don’t like using headlights, and prefer to drive the winding, mountainous roads by….I guess spidey senses. I’m still not sure, and I actually prefer not to think about it.

We arrived very late to Peter Island (around 11pm, but we had left here at 7am!), and heard the best phrase anyone could ever say from the concierge…”We have delivered dinner to you room”.

The picture above is not of our room, but ours was the identical mirror of that. So beautiful. The Peter Island Resort is seriously Heaven on Earth. We got to spend our days playing in the sun, relaxing on the sand, and swimming in the amazingly beautiful water. We spent several hours out in Deadman’s Harbour on a Hobi sailboat. We ate amazing food, and got to feed the sweet little island kitties that were always begging, but would turn their noses up at bread. During the warmer afternoons I took long naps while Jason read and watched movies. It was so great to get to spend that quiet time together, just us, winding down after the crazy wedding.

I thought that nothing could get better…until I set foot on The Dutchess.

Life as a newlywed is

10 Jun

trying to find a place to put your gifts when you live in a one bedroom apartment.

doing 12 loads of laundry from your honeymoon as a “welcome back” gift.

saying “I’m sorry” for something, then realizing that its something you won’t even think twice about in 2 years.

not caring that your sheets, pillows, and comforter don’t match, because you’re so happy to be next to each other.

still trying to argue over who gets to pay for what when you go out somewhere.

trying to live up to what you think a wife should do, then realizing that he loved you the way you were before anyway.

being able to praise God that He showered His grace on you by having you marry someone you adore so much.

fun because you get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend.

Its almost here.

25 May

God has been so good to us these past few weeks. He has kept us sane and relatively meltdown free. We are ready to go, and so excited.

Its so strange for me to look at it and realize that we’ve been engaged for 14 months. We have grown and developed so much during this time. We have (I think) gracefully handled this awkward and strange transition time. I believe in the past month I have genuinely changed from a fiancee to a bride-to-be.

I’m so excited to see the transition to wife within me. I pray that it will be graceful and quick. I pray that the change in identity will go smoothly. I pray that we are safe on our honeymoon, and that our time together would be sweet and loving.

Omigoodness

13 May

Lately, it seems my life consists of: breakfast, work, lunch (aka wedding stuff), work, weddingweddingweddingwedding, dinner, weddingweddingweddingwedding, workout, wedding, shower, weddingweddingwedding, bed.

I feel very confident that besides the few meltdowns that my flesh seems bent on, we have managed to keep our wedding planning God focused, and have not lost the actual meaning of the day in terms of the glory and honor that we are bringing to God.

I can’t believe that we only have 16 days to go. It seems like it has been such a long way off, and that it would never get here. Now just 2 short weeks and I will be a wife.

Less than a month!!!!

30 Apr

Homigoodness…..we’re officially less than a month until I am Mrs. Meg Ross!!!

I am so excited for the day that I get to stand before God, our family, and our friends and declare that I will forever stand beside him and love him.

Hurry up, May 29th!!!!

P.S…I had another mystery hole open up. They had all closed up for about 2 weeks, but this one showed up about a day or so ago. Boo!!!

Focusing my sight

27 Apr

There are so many changes going on in life right now, its been so easy to get caught up in the race of what’s going on. I am trying not to get too lost in it, and allow the sins that humans are so bent on invade my heart, but with wedding plans it seems to be like walking through a minefield blindfolded.

I spent most of yesterday in constant prayer for my heart to not be captured by the feelings of self-centered, anger, jealousy, hurt, pride, aloneness, frustration, self-satisfaction, boastfulness, and desire that so easily invade us when we take our eyes off of what really matters.

I am learning to not let a lot of what is going on around me to not affect me, but there are still sometimes when I let it in. My heart is most susceptible to feelings of aloneness, frustration, and hurt most often than anything else. I must guard against these sins, and learn how to protect myself from them.

These passages have been weighing on me a lot lately. I’ve been meditating over them quite a bit.

Deuteronomy 31:6

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Romans 6:23

23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Even a great husband makes a very poor God

14 Apr

As I was strolling through my blogs tonight, I came across this blog post from a woman that made me stop. I encourage all women in a seriously relationship, engaged, or married, to stop and read this, and to really allow the words to rest on your heart. I know that I am going to spend the next 44 days (WHOOP!!!) meditating and praying on this article.

I’ve often wished I could travel back 18 years ago and give my “young bride self” some advice. But since that’s not possible, I love sharing what I’ve learned with others.

Recently, I had dinner with a 29 year-old friend who would love to one day be married. During our time together the conversation flowed freely about all sorts of things. Blogs. Writing. Leaving your comfort zone because God said so. Biscuits. You know, girl stuff. And then we moved on to the subject of relationships and marriage.

I shared with my friend that when I was single I thought marriage was all about finding the right partner. I thought if you find “the one,” you’ll be happy, secure, and fulfilled.

I do think it’s good to have a list of standards that you look for in a spouse. However, it can never be with the expectation that if you find that special someone, he’ll right all your wrongs and fill up all your insecurities. The problem with this thinking is the pressure it will eventually put on your spouse.

To expect another person to make you feel happy, secure, and fulfilled will leave you disappointed at best and disillusioned at worst. Even a great husband makes a very poor God.

Only God can settle those deep heart-needs. A man can never do this.

If a husband could meet every need his wife had, we’d have no need for God. Therefore, instead of just focusing on finding the right partner, let God work on your heart to help you become the right partner. The time to start working on becoming a wife is now. Before the white dress, delicate bouquets, unity candle, bacon wrapped shrimp, and reception punch, there is some heart stuff to consider:

Getting married doesn’t instantly make you selfless… it makes you realize how very selfish you can be at times.

Getting married doesn’t make you feel loved… it makes you realize love is more of a decision you make than a feeling you feel.

Getting married doesn’t take away loneliness… it makes you realize true companionship comes not when you demand it but rather when you give it to another person.

So, what does marriage give?

A beautiful chance to make the choice to …

Laugh whether or not the jokes are funny.

Love by folding his collar over his tie every morning.

Pretend like you don’t need flowers, but delight when he buys them anyway.

Cheer him on through both failures and successes.

Tell him he’s a great man everyday.

Thank God for the privilege of being his wife.

After our time together, my friend thanked me for our talk. She said it gave her a lot to think about. To be honest, it gave me a lot to think about as well.

Dear Lord, only You can fill my heart, right my wrongs, and make me feel loved. I pray that You would show me how to keep my expectations of my husband in check. Help me to be the wife he desires. And help me to remember that marriage was never meant to make me happy all the time. Marriage is a decision to honor You by honoring the one you’ve entrusted to me to be my husband. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

from http://lysaterkeurst.blogspot.com/