Tuesday, December 23, 2014

12 months of dates gift: Date #4 (December)




Yay! I am finally caught up with the months! 

Let's go on to December! Many thanks to Diana who took a picture and sent it to me without me asking for it. :-D 

The folder and instructions. 


They totally did this the exact day of their fourth month of marriage. The funny thing was, they planned it before even opening their gift. It was a pretty simple date, but I bet it was lovely.

Are you ready for Christmas? We just got done buying gifts for our immediate family members (25 total). I am exhausted. And to think that our family just keeps growing. It's so fun! 

In other news, just so you know, Greg and I decided to not have cable or internet, for the time being. That means I will have less opportunity to blog. However, my goal is to post once a week and keep up as much as possible with yours. :-) No hiatus here, hopefully. 

Well, I have to go now. #1, I have to go make pies (Mom's secret recipe) for tomorrow night. #2, I have to clean our apartment and fold our laundry. #3, finish wrapping up the Christmas gifts. #4, start packing. We leave to Mexico (home) soon! Ahhhh. I am so excited to go home.

Me: "Isn't it neat that we have homes to go to in two different countries?"
Greg: "Very neat."
I think he is more excited to go eat food that my mom makes. ;-) 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
See you in 2015!

Love,
Gabby

12 months of dates gift: Date #3 (November)



I am so, so behind on these series of posts. But, it's OK. Let's blame it on my sister for not taking a picture of the gifts until later. ;-)

Let's continue with November. Date #3.

The folder and instructions.


In November, they celebrated their third month of marriage and they so happened to officially move into their home this month! We totally jinxed it. ;-) We included a gift card to Michael's and included wooden letters that spelled their last name (omitted because of privacy, of course). 

Isn't it cute?
Anywho. I'll put up December soon and I'll be caught up.

Love,
Gabby

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Twelve - thirteen - fourteen at Caleb and Ana's.

What a special date, right? My husband and I were talking about the fact that we won't get another "sequence" in the American way of writing the date until January 2, 2103. I'll be 115 years old! ;-) Anywho.

Well, on Saturday, we had the opportunity of going to Caleb and Ana's house to have a Pre-Christmas celebration! It was so fun.

Please excuse the grainy pictures. I couldn't get my camera to cooperate.

The Christmas music was softly playing in the background, the conversation was great, and the chicken was roasting in the oven.

Speaking of chicken... When dinner was ready, we sat down, prayed together and proceeded to carve the chicken. Well, #1, nobody knew how to carve the chicken properly. #2, when Caleb did go for it, we discovered the chicken needed just a little more time in the oven. We all really did laugh out loud!

Poor, blessed chicken had to go in the oven, again. 


Isn't Caleb and Ana's tree top so cute?


To make matters even more hilarious, at this time, Ana went to the kitchen and... BAM! Glass was now all over the floor! 

Here is Caleb trying to clean up the glass, Greg lighting up his phone so Caleb could see better, and Ana holding the vacuum. So, so funny.



Homemade eggnog. Delicious!


And, of course, we played Dutch Blitz!
I won, or "blitzed", for the first time! I was so excited. I even screamed out my excitement!


Us four.
Did I tell you Greg and I wore our tacky sweaters? We have no shame. ;-)


Caleb and Ana.


By their Christmas tree. Their tree is full of ornaments from their childhood! Isn't it neat?




Thank you for your friendship and hospitality, Caleb and Ana! We really had an awesome time. 

And thank you for looking through the pictures. :-) 

Have you had any Pre-Christmas celebrations?
What does your family usually do for Christmas?
Any old, special ornament you decorate your tree with? So far, Greg and I have a flower ornament from Hawaii (our honeymoon), a moose from Grand Marais (one year anniversary), cowboy boots (first Christmas as a married couple), a snowflake I made before we got married, and a dinosaur our three-year-old niece made and hung on our tree.

Love,
Gabby

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving Day.

This was our second Thanksgiving as a married couple! Oh my, time flies by! We spent it in company of our family, at Greg's parent's house.

I didn't have my camera with me during the day, but I managed to capture some moments and people, mostly the little ones.

Thanksgiving table(s). 


Greg's greatgrandmother's old china plates. We had two sets of plates set on the table. One belonged to Greg's greatgrandmother on his father's side and the other one (see previous picture) to his greatgrandmother on his mother's side. 

Needless to say, we ate from really old plates. ;-) 



N waiting for his main woman (his mom) to bring him some food.
He was the only one sitting down at that time. Isn't he cute?


The little ones playing outside in the snow.




This statue of Mary belonged to Greg's grandmother.



Can you guess who they dressed up as (using greatgrandma's vintage scarfs, mind you)?


And I finally managed to get someone to take our picture!



"What are you doing and why am I not outside with you?"


And last, but not least, an old chandelier belonging to the original owner of the house (1916).


I hope you enjoyed looking through the pictures. Very random snippets of our day, I know. :-)

Love,
Gabby

Monday, December 1, 2014

There is always something to be thankful for. 9.0

Our fridge. :-)
Wow! November has come and gone. And I only wrote THREE blog posts. Oopsie-daisy.

I have so much to tell you and so much I want to write. For now, here is another one of my "there is always something to be thankful for" posts.

1. Another birthday early in November! I spent it in company of my in-laws (and all the neices/nephews), my sister and her husband, and my husband. It is the first birthday that I didn't actually blow out the candles by myself. All the children wanted to help out this old lady! ;-) It was a great day!
2. Lattes and manicures with my sister.
3. A completely remodeled apartment in less than three days (they took about two weeks in our last apartment). Yay!
4. At home movie (+ pizza, + wine) nights with Greg. So cozy!
5. Daily prayers and conversations about the Christian faith with Greg.
6. Witnessing how God is pursuing my husband and helping him lead our family. He knocks our socks off!
7. Our friends, Ana and Caleb. I love seeing how our friendship grows. And I love their love for Christ.
8. Thanksgiving season. I wasn't feeling very well (emotionally/spiritually) a day before Thanksgiving day. After some conversation, Greg reminded me of how God calls me, for my entire life, to serve others, to give myself to others - whether I feel like it or not. It was then that I realized the extent of my sin. It's humbling. I think I'll write more of this on another post. :-)
9. Going to the circus with my niece, sister-in-law and my husband. I have to share these photos with you! So fun.
10. Winning an all-inclusive trip to Florida! Yeap. I never, ever, ever, win anything. Not at bingos, not at giveaways, etc. And then, this happened. It's legit, I swear. ;-)
11. The help God sends me while I work at the hospital. I always say a prayer before I go in. I pray for the safety of my patients, for their family, for my coworkers, for wisdom to make the right decisions, for the opportunity to be His hands and feet, and for Him to help me be a better nurse. Sometimes, that "help" comes in coworkers. When I least expect it, my fellow coworker nurses are ready to jump in and help me.

How was your November? Let me know! It's my absolute favorite month of the year. 

Happy Advent!

Love,
Gabby

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cristo reina.

Mi corazón quiere alabar,
Alabarte.
Mi corazón quiere adorar,
Adorarte.

Cristo reina,
Cristo reina,
Cristo reina,
Con poder.

"Cristo Reina" by Athenas

Christ reigns! He is worthy to be praised. And you, friend, are a daughter of the King of kings. Let us remember that today, as we continue to prepare our hearts for the coming of the King.

 Love,
Gabby

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Getaway to Grand Marais, Minnesota (Day 2).


After a good night's rest (we were so tired from hiking), Greg and I woke up quite early to go and explore Grand Marais.

One of the historic attractions of this town is it's harbor. We decided to head there first! Lake Superior is beautiful. And so, so big.

I do hope you don't mind a lot of pictures. ;-)

The lighthouse.
Late 1800's.





That local cafe is where we went to have breakfast. So good!






The water is so clear!



We found a lot of engraved names on the harbor, dating back to the late 1800's and early 1900's.
There is not a lot of written history on this that I could find, but from what I got, they were harbor workers and some of the first settlers.




A view of the town.
Isn't it lovely?


We had to walk along this strip to get to the lighthouse.



Doesn't it look straight out of an Austen book?
That's all I could think of while visiting the harbor and the lighthouse. ;-)










Skipping rocks!
Most rocks were nice and flat. 




After exploring the harbor and the town, we headed on for a drive. It was so enjoyable to just drive, sit back, relax and soak it all in!

Oh, dear! ;-)



On our way home, we also "hiked" up to visit some nearby falls. I believe these were the "Cascade Falls".



As the afternoon came, we said our goodbye's to Grand Marais (until next time, God willing), and headed on a lovely drive home. We did stop at other small towns along the way and explored their Sunday, outdoor flea markets. ;-)

Thank you for looking through the pictures! There is something that I love about sharing "life" with you.

"Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all." 1 Chronicles 29:11

Love,
Gabby