May 26, 2010

3 years, 8 months later...

So, apparently life has been a little different since I got married - I must have set an all time record for failure to blog by this point! I laughed when I realized the last time I posted was two weeks before Geoff and I got married! I guess life changed a little for me! So, here goes my first effort, after being married for over 3 1/2 years...of learning to blog again.

Being married has been a wonderful, incredible journey. I knew the man I was marrying was quite the catch - but everyday I discover even more just how wonderful he is for me. In recap here are some main events that we have experienced together that would have
certainly been blogged, had I remembered I had a blog...

  • Sept. 30, 2006 - Wedding was Amazing - more than we dreamed. I did actually post briefly about it on our other blog!

  • Oct. 2006 - moved to Poncha Springs, Colorado where Geoff preached for a wonderful, intimate congregation tucked in the beautiful (cold) mountains.

  • January 2007 - we adopted a pup who has turned out to be the most gorgeous, loving, brilliant, black lab on earth

  • September 29, 2007 - My brother Jason married Katie Roseberry!
  • January 2008 - We moved back to Abilene, TX for Geoff to complete work on his Masters of Divinity degree, and I began working full time to support the habit. :) His parents were gracious to let us live in their garage apartment while we saved for a down payment.
  • February 2008 - rescued a wonderful, big, white new zealand rabbit from the side of the road (found him running down S. 14th in Abilene...not ideal rabbit territory) and "Doc" has become a great addition to the family.

  • March 2008 - Geoff began working as the interim youth and worship minister in Early, TX and thus the great commute from Abilene to Early each Sunday began!

  • September 9, 2008 - bought our first house and enjoyed spending any free time working on it!

  • September 2008 - our precious black lab was not so thrilled with both of us at work and/or school all day - so we gave in and bought him a dog of his very own. Our Chocolate Lab is the perfect companion for him - we love our pets!

  • March 2009 - Geoff and I became Uncle and Aunt three times in 6 days! My brother and his wife had twin girls born March 12, 2009: Kinley Kate and Ansley Grace Pittenger. Six days later on March 18, 2009 Geoff's sister had her baby - Ruby Grace Brantley! We have LOVED watching our siblings become incredible parents, and enjoy getting to see our beautiful nieces grow!

  • May 2009 - After a lot of hard work and dedication - Geoff graduated with his Masters of Divinity from ACU. He hasn't quite finished up the Masters degree in Israel - but I'm thrilled that after ALL those grad hours he has at least one degree to show! My sister Jana also graduated at the same time, with her undergraduate degree from ACU.

  • August 1, 2009- Jana married Justin Schofield and moved to Dallas to begin graduate school! She will graduate with her Master's in Communication Disorders (I think that's what the title is...) to become a Speech Pathologist next May 2011. Overachiever...:) I'm constantly amazed at how incredible my little sis is. I'm also sometimes jealous of her ability to know exactly what she wants to do and her ability to make it happen! I'm still stuck on that initial question of what I want to do...

  • August 2009 - Geoff's parents moved to Hendrick Home for Children in Abilene to become full time house parents (perfect vocation for them I think!) and our family played "musical houses." We moved into their house to house sit and my brother and his family moved into our house after rent house nightmares (August + broken water pipe + broken a/c + babies = time to move out!)

  • October 2009 - Wonderful trip to visit a church family in Alaska - huge blessing for us. In spite of the fact that I'm the coldest natured person I know, we have felt a strong urge to look into the ministry opportunities in Alaska, and are constantly keeping that on our radar as a possibility for our future. We hope to make it there again soon!

  • November 2009 - Went to Oklahoma to visit my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins - so many I love SOOO much and had one of, if not THE best Thanksgiving ever.

  • December 2009 - had a wonderful early Christmas with my family in Belton. Had a great turn out for the "Cookies and Cocoa with Santa" which has replaced the extravagant "Breakfast with Santa" my family used to do. This one took place in my folks yard, still with Santa, full size sleigh, and more Christmas decor than you usually find in an entire neighborhood - and of course we all dressed up for the occasion. Who knew the North Pole was located in central Texas?!?

  • December 2009 - We spend the Christmas holiday in Abilene, with Geoff's family and enjoyed a VERY white Christmas. It snowed so much we launched a rescue mission at one point to go find my brother and his family who were stranded on a closed down interstate en route to Ft. Worth - but we couldn't get there either! Thankfuly the nearby small town helped them find shelter in a church building where they spent the rest of an unforgettable Christmas Eve!
  • We had a great time in the snow on Christmas day - no better gift for Geoff on Christmas, I'm sure! I even woke up EARLY to play in it with him! Got the dogs dressed up for the occasion, built the best snowman on the block, and then headed to his folks house where even MORE fun awaited!

  • February 2010 - After almost 4 YEARS of being away I FINALLY got to take Geoff to visit Hawaii and all the people I love so much there - quite the refresher.

  • March 2010 - After MUCH wrestling in prayer with different options that were presented, we decided to move to Early, TX to continue working with the church here on a full time basis. Geoff is the "Young Adult and Worship Minister" and the best teacher I've ever had day in and day out.

  • We are so blessed to be here in Early and even in our short three months we have been amazed at how truly GOOD it is to be here. Unable to find a place to live on time, we are housesitting for a gracious family who have moved to another town while their house remains for sale. The house is perfectly situated on a hill overlooking 22 acres of gorgeous Texas. We are living in the seperate mother-in-law apartment and GREATLY enjoying our simple life. Our two labs and white rabbit are quite at home here and we are doing the best to enjoy every minute!


    Amber Joy said...

    Glad you're back in the blogosphere. Wish I'd seen it sooner!

    Jana Schofield said...

    I was so glad you see you re-started your blog... but now it's been WEEKS! We need another update, please.

    Y'all have definitely had a full three years. Never a dull moment for the Carrolls!