Alright. So. Although deployment has been a whirlwind of emotions and various struggles, the Lord has blessed me with some awesome opportunities. **DISCLAIMER - - - Friends from Oregon, please do not shun me for what I am about to tell you!** My family was in Sunriver for a little family vay-cay, and guess who … Continue reading A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes….
Deployment is like fasting. Think of the beginning of Lent. The first couple of weeks I often have an energy, a vigor, a strong will for fasting, but as the days wear on, it becomes more difficult. The grace and energy that filled those first few weeks slowly dissipates, resolve weakens. Hunger sets in. Sheer … Continue reading Deployment Month 2: Deployments are like Fasting
There is a place in Grand Forks called Northern Air. I call it the Land of Dreams. When I was younger, I loved trampolines. I was never allowed to have one because of the danger factor (squirt guns and playing outside while the neighbors were mowing the lawn were also no-nos). But my friends had trampolines, and … Continue reading A Childhood Dream Come True
On Sunday Josh and I passed our one month mark of this deployment. Like most things in life, time seems to go by slow and fast simultaneously. The first two weeks went by painfully slow - it felt like we'd been apart much longer than two weeks. The phones have been cutting out on Josh's … Continue reading One Month Down
I've never liked pickles, really. And the dill spice just doesn't do it for me. However, last year on our anniversary Josh and I ventured over to the Toasted Frog where he ordered an appetizer of their famous fried cheesy pickles. While I did resist their delicious goodness...I have to admit...the fried + cheese combination … Continue reading Embracing Dill.
Yes. You read that right. Hidden photos. aka photos that were taken on disposable cameras at 1. our engagement party and 2. our honeymoon that I had developed on Sunday at the one place in town that still processes film (it's a CVS, by the by, which I didn't even know we had here). I … Continue reading The Hidden Photos of Josh and Ashlie
I actually didn't take many photos during the Melendez festivities, mostly because I was trying to be present in the moment...and when I'm behind a camera, sometimes I feel like I'm just looking for a photo op instead of enjoying where I am! But I did manage to snap a few, and gather some from … Continue reading The Melendez Wedding
A few weeks before Josh left, Patrick Brooke (aka Papa Bravo), Christine Thelen (Charlie Tango) and I (Alpha Delta) (yes, I realize my phonetic alphabet code name sounds like a sorority) started scheming....and we decided to plan a surprise party for Josh (Juliet Delta). It all came together rather quickly through a series of top … Continue reading Surprise Party
Thank you for our fabulous photographer Shawna Noel (go Terriers!). We're so grateful to have these special pictures as a reminder of our love.
More to come. Taken by Shawna Noel Photography