Two years!!!

At the end of our honeymoon I turned to my new husband and said, in slightly disbelieving-excitement “Do you realise we’ve been married for a whole week?!?

The ring goes on!!

This morning before he headed off for work, L and I looked at each other and said together “We’ve been married for two years!!!

So happy and oh yeah – the kiss was about to come! 😉

The time has gone so quickly it seems impossible that we’re celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary already!

Isn’t the black-and-white with the one bit of colour wonderful?!

Being Mrs M, waking up next to L every morning and enjoying more hugs in one day then I used to get in a month is now so natural, so right that I find myself amazed that it’s only been two years!

It’s wierd the way passing time leaves you feeling that way.

We were both so glad that so many of our family, friends and church-family were there to celebrate our marriage with us!

Nana and I on my wedding day!

My sisters and I – love you!!

I love how happy we are! 🙂

I put the socks and converses on after we got to the park and saw a long-cherished dream realised!! 😀

It was so much fun taking these photos on the swings!!!

One of my hubby’s favourites!!! 😀

Oh yes, and after all this time, I finally have an album of most of my favourite wedding photos (um, 200 plus of them … ! 😛 ) and tomorrow am going to give my best friend R her completed chief-bridesmaid gift … let’s just say that I wasn’t the most organized bride in history … 😉

I’m nearly out of photo storage space on my blog and haven’t yet decided what to do about it (any tips?!) so used photos of our wedding that we’re already stored on here – complete with the captions I added March last year!

Happy 2nd anniversary L!! 🙂

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never ends.

1 Corinthians 13 v 4-8

Winning in inches

I’ve missed being around and posting here. I’ve missed sharing my photos, thoughts and laughs. I’ve missed you guys.

Right now I don’t have the head space for a full post, so here’s some thoughts that I’ve been finding helpful.

Victory is won not in miles bit in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.

Louis L’Amour

Jesus will keep you strong until the end so that there will be no wrong in you on the day our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

1 Corinthians 1 v 8

God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure He will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.

Philippians 1 v 6


Even death on a cross

 

… Christ Jesus,who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.   Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2 v 5-11

In all these things

These verses – and the Saviour who inspired them – are what has got me through a day of making one of the hardest decisions of my life:

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? ….. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8 v 31-35; 37-39

Oh yes, and one more thing …

… this handsome boy! 🙂

Just Three

My older sister over at Hope Scribbles tagged me, so here goes …

Elisabeth shared three of her favourite Bible verses, so that is what I have to do too – share with you three of my favourite Bible verses …

A few minutes ago I was actually think, “help, this is dreadful, can I only think of one verse?!”

Having thought about it some more, I’m now thinking, “only three?!? Can’t I pick more than that?! Ahhhh!!”

Here is my agonizingly narrowed down selection. Sometimes I really need that reminder that there are so very many treasures in the Bible – more than I will ever be able to discover in my lifetime!! Pretty awesome, huh?!!

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,  neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55 v 8-9What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can beagainst us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8 v 21-39

Ok, so maybe I cheated a little there, but seriously, I don’t this block of verses can be split up without loosing some of the significance and impact. True promise-griper this one.

For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. – John 3 v16-17

I find verse 17 almost as important to me as verse 16 …

So, I need to pass this here ‘ol tag along … let’s see … ah ha  – got it! I am tagging … drum roll please!!! … these three lovely bloggers:

Nicole, who shares her daily joys and struggles at Simple Moments

Lauren, who keeps me smiling over on You Big Eejit

Krista, who writes so eloquently and wisely at Between The Stacks

Nicole, Lauren and Krista: share three of your favourite Bible verses on your blog – yes, i know it’s jolly hard to choose!! 🙂 – then tag three of your blogging friends!

What are some of your favourite Bible verses? Why?

Still Here, Still Breathing

This photo always makes me feel at least a tinsy bit better ...

You know those times when everything seems to hit you at once? Those times when it feels like life is kicking you when you’re already down? The times when there are so many big things on your mind that every little thing becomes a momentous struggle? The times when if you let yourself stop and think, the only way your brain (and mood!) goes is down? The times when it feels like it was way too long since the sun last shone? The times when you have to do the next thing that needs doing, when all you really want to do is crawl into a hole and hibernate until everything is “better”?

I know those times. And yes, right now is one of those times. Today there were times when I didn’t think it was possible to  see a way through the trees. There is a way, but it kind of involves following compass blind … which made me think – aren’t you glad that that Compass is God? I am! I don’t know about you, but I can get to feeling pretty down about most things … um, well, let’s just say a bit too often a bit too quickly! 😉

So here are some good things about today:

  1. God has given so much, and yet continues to give over and over again!
  2. My wonderful hubby is one of the best examples of the amazing things God has given me! 😀
  3. Thanks Mum for being here and being a class A+ trooper!!
  4. It’s wonderful how long flowers can last in a glass of water!
  5. Thank you for Christmas book tokens Vic! 🙂
  6. A be-e-aut-iful clean kitchen, with sparkling worktops and a draw full of clean cutlery!
  7. Blue sky, sunshine and not wearing a winter coat!

Here’s a Bible verse I read this morning, which  made me so thankful for Jesus, feel better about being alive and has stayed in my head all day:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4v4-7 (ESV, emphasis mine).

What good things come to your mind about today?