Hello Sweet Cheer: Sunday Times | 20 days until Holguin


Sunday Times | 20 days until Holguin

     Today marks exactly twenty days until our wedding day!  It also marks four days until Christmas, eleven days until the new year, and forty-eight days since the last time I blogged. Yikes!  This wedding planning stuff is more time consuming that I expected it to be!  Since the last time I blogged I/we have...

-turned twenty two
-found my wedding dress
-moved all my furniture into our new house
-had two bridal showers
-got a dog, Porter
-enjoyed Thanksgiving with Ryan's family
-received our marriage license
-experienced a really tough loss, my Gramps
-seen a ton of family (thanksgiving + funeral)
-realized we want to have kids sooner than later
-completed our premarital counseling
-met some new people at church: looking for an adult GC

As you can tell, the future Holguins have been pretty busy as of late!

     My birthday was swell! Ryan took me to Texas Roadhouse and we grubbed! He brought me BEAUTIFUL flowers, as usual, and we spent the evening relaxing before we had our first Skype session of premarital counseling.

just your typical birthday selfie ;)

     I found the gown! I said yes to the dress! Alert the town, I found my gown! And however else you'd like to express that.  I found it and I love it so much.  I can't wait to walk down the aisle in it, in just twenty days.  We found a cute, little rent house, signed a lease and got Ryan all moved in.  It's the sweetest first house, we are thrilled to have it.  I've already mostly completed the decor, including a Christmas tree and all the trimmings!  I'm excited about officially being a resident of it after the wedding!

     My two showers were SO MUCH FUN.  I loved them.  The pictures are explanation enough!  I am so thankful to have such sweet people in my life to throw me two showers that were both amazing!

     We got the best dog ever!  His name is Porter.  He is a basenji, jack russell terrier mix.  He is so sweet and cuddly.  He can be pretty hyper but we love him so much!  We have a ton of fun with him.

     We got to spend some time with Ryan's family for Thanksgiving in Midland.  It was so much fun!

     We got our marriage license recently!  One step closer to being husband and wife!  :)  We celebrated with an early morning date.  We drank our coffee and read a few Psalms together.  Such joy in that.

     My sweet Grampy passed away on November 19th.  He was the most wonderful man.  Such a sweet grandpa, the greatest father and husband.  I miss him so so much.  It was bittersweet, I hated having to gather with family for such an occasion, but Ryan got to meet almost all of my cousins and aunts and uncles.  It was wonderful to be with them and see my love begin a relationship with them as well.

     Kids....the topic I love so much!  Originally we had talked about having babies after about 2-3 years of marriage.  Of course that would be ideal, we would be more financially stable, more established in our marriage and in our relationship, Ryan would be out of school, etc.  But in all reality, we are in love, we love children and are so excited about becoming parents, some. day.  We will enjoy our time as a married couple for the rest of our lives, kiddos or no kiddos.  I love that we are adults and we get to make this decision together, without everyone else's "expert opinion".  I'm not saying we're going to have a honeymoon baby, but I'm not saying we won't.  We want to allow our lives to play out however they will, by the leadership of our Savior!  And I will continue to look forward to the day I get to feel our sweet babe growing inside my belly!

holding our friend, Danielle's, girls

     We recently completed our premarital counseling with Tanner and Kendra, Tanner is a pastor at Ryan's home church, Redemption, who is marrying us!  It was a joy to get to know them and have them guide us in some of the toughest parts of marriage.

     We've also had the opportunity to meet a few married couples from our church as we have been looking for an adult GC.  We are excited about the prospect of a new GC in the Spring, that includes lots of married couples and even some families!  It has been such a joy to get to know these sweet couples.

All in all, it has been a beautiful 2014, and a busy last few months!!  I'll be honest, I may or not blog again before the wedding.  Hey, at least I'm being honest ;)  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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