Honeymoon!

Mar. 22nd, 2009 11:09 pm
spirithorse21: (Wedding)
Jeremy and I have been back in Indiana for just about 24 hours now. We enjoyed a lovely week in sunny Gulf Shores, AL during spring break/the honeymoon. *grin*

We didn’t do a whole lot—laid on the beach a lot, soaked up the sun, drank and ate a LOT, soaked in the hot tub...yeah, rough life. We also swam in the ocean one day and enjoyed putt-putt golf and go-karting. The weather couldn’t have been any better—highs in the mid-70s all week and only one day of rain. Otherwise, perfect!

And yes, we did share our moon with a couple of friends. I couldn’t resist, and neither could Jeremy. Gulf Shores is a fun place, but we’ve been there once before. We both thought it would be a lot more fun if we had Ann and Kyle along for a few days. So, they agreed and we shared the moon with them for four days. The other three we had all to ourselves to do those honeymoon things.

But without further ado, the pictures. Hope you all enjoy them!



The rest are under here )

Honeymoon!

Mar. 22nd, 2009 11:09 pm
spirithorse21: (Wedding)
Jeremy and I have been back in Indiana for just about 24 hours now. We enjoyed a lovely week in sunny Gulf Shores, AL during spring break/the honeymoon. *grin*

We didn’t do a whole lot—laid on the beach a lot, soaked up the sun, drank and ate a LOT, soaked in the hot tub...yeah, rough life. We also swam in the ocean one day and enjoyed putt-putt golf and go-karting. The weather couldn’t have been any better—highs in the mid-70s all week and only one day of rain. Otherwise, perfect!

And yes, we did share our moon with a couple of friends. I couldn’t resist, and neither could Jeremy. Gulf Shores is a fun place, but we’ve been there once before. We both thought it would be a lot more fun if we had Ann and Kyle along for a few days. So, they agreed and we shared the moon with them for four days. The other three we had all to ourselves to do those honeymoon things.

But without further ado, the pictures. Hope you all enjoy them!



The rest are under here )
spirithorse21: (pcusa praise)
Just spent the day with my best friend, her boyfriend, and my husband lounging on the beach. *sigh*

There really isn't much more to say than that, now is there? *grin* It has been a splendid day in Gulf Shores, AL. I have sunbathed, walked, been in the hot tub, ate good food, and now we are planning our seafood outing for the evening. Perhaps I will take pictures. Warm and sunny is nice.
spirithorse21: (pcusa praise)
Just spent the day with my best friend, her boyfriend, and my husband lounging on the beach. *sigh*

There really isn't much more to say than that, now is there? *grin* It has been a splendid day in Gulf Shores, AL. I have sunbathed, walked, been in the hot tub, ate good food, and now we are planning our seafood outing for the evening. Perhaps I will take pictures. Warm and sunny is nice.
spirithorse21: (pcusa praise)
I've been home from New Orleans nearly a week now and I'm ready to report on it. This Sunday in church we are bringing our New Orleans stories to the people and I will be among those presenting. This is what I have reflected on this week and will be sharing with my congregation, friends, and family...



I returned from New Orleans energized and more centered in myself. Eager to share my stories and let my family know I had returned safely, I called my parents shortly after getting home.

One of the questions my dad asked me was, “Did you see everything you wanted to see?”

Sadly, I had to reply no. I did not make it down to the 9th ward as so many others managed to do. And dad, in his protective fatherly way, responded, “That’s a good place not to go to.”

Well, sorry Dad, but we’re going to have to disagree here. That’s exactly the kind of place I should go to. It’s a place we should ALL go to.

What you see in the photo is not from the 9th ward. It is from my walk through the French Quarter early on a Sunday morning. But I feel like it captures the tenacity of the people in New Orleans. In case you cannot tell, the dog has only three legs. Yet he stands in this doorway, quietly greeting all those who pass, seemingly never meeting a stranger.

The homeowner our team worked for was much the same. Theresa and her sister Louise came by three times that week to answer questions, tell us about the house, and yes, give us their life stories. We learned that several generations had grown up in that house, that Katrina had ripped the roof off and rain had ruined nearly everything. But despite the ruin and displacement, Theresa was hopeful and thankful for her blessings.

Today we are considering the question, “Can anything good come out of New Orleans?” While some may think this city is overrun with crime, and others see nothing more than wild parties, good food, and good music, I can tell you there’s a whole lot more that comes out of New Orleans and it is indeed good. Theresa and her sister were not the only ones to come by the house that week. Neighbors opened their doors with a smile. Some came by to see our progress and thank us for our efforts. They were all kind and grateful for our generosity. After hearing stories from the other work teams, I believe that many of the people of New Orleans feel the same way, and it is indeed a place we should go.

More of New Orleans behind the cut )
spirithorse21: (pcusa praise)
I've been home from New Orleans nearly a week now and I'm ready to report on it. This Sunday in church we are bringing our New Orleans stories to the people and I will be among those presenting. This is what I have reflected on this week and will be sharing with my congregation, friends, and family...



I returned from New Orleans energized and more centered in myself. Eager to share my stories and let my family know I had returned safely, I called my parents shortly after getting home.

One of the questions my dad asked me was, “Did you see everything you wanted to see?”

Sadly, I had to reply no. I did not make it down to the 9th ward as so many others managed to do. And dad, in his protective fatherly way, responded, “That’s a good place not to go to.”

Well, sorry Dad, but we’re going to have to disagree here. That’s exactly the kind of place I should go to. It’s a place we should ALL go to.

What you see in the photo is not from the 9th ward. It is from my walk through the French Quarter early on a Sunday morning. But I feel like it captures the tenacity of the people in New Orleans. In case you cannot tell, the dog has only three legs. Yet he stands in this doorway, quietly greeting all those who pass, seemingly never meeting a stranger.

The homeowner our team worked for was much the same. Theresa and her sister Louise came by three times that week to answer questions, tell us about the house, and yes, give us their life stories. We learned that several generations had grown up in that house, that Katrina had ripped the roof off and rain had ruined nearly everything. But despite the ruin and displacement, Theresa was hopeful and thankful for her blessings.

Today we are considering the question, “Can anything good come out of New Orleans?” While some may think this city is overrun with crime, and others see nothing more than wild parties, good food, and good music, I can tell you there’s a whole lot more that comes out of New Orleans and it is indeed good. Theresa and her sister were not the only ones to come by the house that week. Neighbors opened their doors with a smile. Some came by to see our progress and thank us for our efforts. They were all kind and grateful for our generosity. After hearing stories from the other work teams, I believe that many of the people of New Orleans feel the same way, and it is indeed a place we should go.

More of New Orleans behind the cut )
spirithorse21: (Meditation in Nature)
Jeremy and I have had a busy summer filled with chaos and plans that didn't materialize. As September drew near, we were more and more excited for the one plan we weren't letting fall to pieces--a long weekend in St. Louis to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden's Annual Japanese Festival. We've been wanting to go for three years, but it was this year--this month before our wedding and the weekend of our dating anniversary--that we were finally able to get away and go. Sadly, we were saddled with deflated checkbooks and so had to be careful about spending money. But even so, we binged on foods we haven't relished all summer, we cavorted about the garden grounds, and most of all, we had a fabulous time.




A garden turned oriental for the weekend )
spirithorse21: (Meditation in Nature)
Jeremy and I have had a busy summer filled with chaos and plans that didn't materialize. As September drew near, we were more and more excited for the one plan we weren't letting fall to pieces--a long weekend in St. Louis to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden's Annual Japanese Festival. We've been wanting to go for three years, but it was this year--this month before our wedding and the weekend of our dating anniversary--that we were finally able to get away and go. Sadly, we were saddled with deflated checkbooks and so had to be careful about spending money. But even so, we binged on foods we haven't relished all summer, we cavorted about the garden grounds, and most of all, we had a fabulous time.




A garden turned oriental for the weekend )
spirithorse21: (A Toast to Friends)
Sorry I haven't replied to those of you who have been responding to my posts--I was away on a mini vacation, sans internet or computer. Not only do I have many pictures and stories to share (coming tomorrow, I hope), but I can now return to posting and replying. :)
spirithorse21: (A Toast to Friends)
Sorry I haven't replied to those of you who have been responding to my posts--I was away on a mini vacation, sans internet or computer. Not only do I have many pictures and stories to share (coming tomorrow, I hope), but I can now return to posting and replying. :)
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5 DAYS!!!!! (i am already packed ...)
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5 DAYS!!!!! (i am already packed ...)
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TWO WEEKS!
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TWO WEEKS!

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