Since we've been married we've done and gone through so much together.
We were married November 17, 2007 at a little church in front of family and friends.
On February 1, 2008 we moved to Wisconsin from Michigan. We went from cold to COLDER.
On February 12, 2008 we brought home our first furry canine bundle of joy... Bessie May!
My cat took to her right away... as you can see.
She's been a daddy's girl ever since.
we spent most of our weekends driving back to Michigan, a 1,000 mile round trip, to visit family.
This was taken in March, I believe. Our first Easter.
Bessie got bigger and bigger and her and the kitty played all the time.
We hung out with friends and visited family every chance we could. We found our favorite places to eat and favorite things to do in Wisconsin. Around the time we got Bessie we decided that we were ready to add some human babies to the mix.
We spent as much time as enjoying Bessie and enjoying each other as we could.
In May of 2008 we got up at 3:30 one morning and drove to Fort Wayne, IN for my friend's wedding!
Bessie came with us, man what a LONG day! We got to the wedding around 1pm I believe and then we left to go back home to Wisconsin at about 4pm. But getting to be there with my oldest friend on her big day was priceless :)
Another friend that we went to school with since middle school came too! Hi Jenna!
Didn't Ashley look stunning?? :) Never have I seen a more happy bride !
July 4, 2008 we drove to Michigan to celebrate Jack's Grandma's birthday!
Jack Sr just adored Bessie!
July of 2008 we went to the EAA air show in Oshkosh, Wi, spent a lot of time hanging out with my family who is from the area!
I took this picture of the bomber that flew right over our heads, no zoom at all.
My uncle has a hangar at the airport and we had the best seats in the house... for FREE!
We went with my cousin and his girlfriend (now wife) to the drag strip not too far from our apartment.
This guy loves all things cars... :) Check out the turbos on that bad boy!
Also we met Bessie's brother!! Her brother from her same litter lived in our apartment complex! It was pretty amazing because we got her about an hour and a half away from where our apartment was. Bessie's brother's name is Brewer and we met his parents along with him, of course, and they quickly became the best friends we ever could have made in Wisconsin!
Jack and I began to get involved at our church, volunteering for as much as we could. We were a part of the OAKS ministry, Organized Acts of Kindness and Service. We helped whenever there was a need and we could fill it. We met one friend there by helping her move out of her apartment into a Habitat Home that she recieved! I worked in the church nursery, running the 0-11 month old room. And Jack and I together volunteered to mow the lawn at the church.
Brewer's parents, Lindsey and Craig got married in August! I planned and practiced for weeks to sing in their wedding!
And then unfortunately Jack's Grandpa went home to Glory, so we went back to Michigan that weekend for the funeral, so we missed the wedding!
but we got to see family, and we stayed with my mom.
Of course while we were in town, my mom put Jack and my little brother to work!
Shortly after, Jack's Grandmother passed away as well, and then right after that my Aunt Brenda and then my Grandpa passed away. I believe the weekend of Jack's Grandma's funeral was the same day as my Aunt Brenda's funeral. We were getting pulled in all different directions, Brenda's funeral was in Minnesota and Jack's Grandma's was in Michigan.
In September, 2008, my best friend from as far back as I can remember came to visit with her husband!
(Same couple, Matt and Ashley, who got married this May!)
Jack and I after driving down to visit his Grandma in the hospital and visiting my Grandpa who was sick.
October 2008 came and it was a time of visiting with friends and family!
Lindsey with Brewer and Bessie
Craig and Jack doin what boys do... playing with Jack's slot car track.
Jack's parents came to visit us for the first time since we moved out to Wisconsin, so we took him to where all of the trucks that Jack worked on were stored.
We took Jack's parents to my uncle's hangar, and here is my uncle Pete showing them what we can see from the air show at his hangar.
We went to the pumpkin patch and petting zoo with my cousin Mike and his girlfriend (now wife)
Jen and I holding chickens!
Mike and Jen like to make children cry ;) Just kidding love you guys!
Jack and I on the hay ride!
Jack's pumpkin... he's always gotta show me up!
Lindsey & Craig came over to decorate cookies and hang out!
Chatting with the newlyweds
Craig loving on my kitty!
And of course the kids playing on the floor!
Over Halloween my best friend Ashley came with her boyfriend (now husband!)
November 2008 brought our first anniversary!!
We went to the Upper Penninsula to my Aunt and Uncle's amazing house that they have built in Trout Lake. We spent the weekend up there, and they had left us some steak and potatoes to cook for our anniversary meal! :)
When we came home, we went out to eat at The Melting Pot for some delicious anniversary fondue !
We broke our cardinal rule of not traveling through snow and went home and surprised Jack's family by showing up for Thanksgiving at his grandparents house.
December brought lots of snow and we enjoyed it as much as anyone can enjoy 50 below before the windchill.
We bought our dining room table for our Christmas present to each other!
I went and decorated Christmas cookies with friends
and it was UNBELIEVABLE how many presents people sent us from back home!!
Our apartment was all decked out and ready for Christmas
A few days before Christmas my dad and Kelly came to visit!
Kelly with Bessie
Dad taking a picture of me taking a picture of him!
We took Dad and Kelly out to our favorite restaurant there, Nakashima... a Japanese Steakhouse!
While Dad and Kelly were in town we had all of Dad's family over that lived in the area!
We played bananagrams ;)
Then Christmas Day came!!
Everyone was having a good time
We set the table for the special guest to arrive ON christmas day!
Mom admiring the quilt I made her!
January 2009 brought more cold weather... so our animals cuddled.
Daren and Kelly came to visit us for New Year's Eve... But for some reason I have no pictures of that. We took them to Nakashima too :)
Jack's 28th birthday!
Cake and ice cream I made him
February 2009 brought my 23rd birthday!
Dad and Kelly sent me quilting books!
Jack set up a pinata in the garage for me :)
Jack's Truck all covered in snow in the parking lot.
Spring of 2009:
Jack and Bessie sleeping in one Saturday morning.
I went with my Aunt Dottie and Jen to a Red Had event called Ladies Must Swing!
Jen, Dottie and I
Lindsey brought over her new baby Kyli (Honeymoon baby!)
Jack and Craig with our puppies
Craig messing with my kitty
Summer of 2009... We moved into a new apartment.... went camping and hung out.
Camping at High Cliff State Park
me having fun
We took the Harley to our favorite drive in!
Ardy & Ed's! In Oshkosh, Wi
Fall of 2009:
We went to a sled pull in Oshkosh!
Jack's garage at our 2nd apartment before he had to pack it all up to move home.
Jack's Aunt and Uncle rented us their basement until Jack got a job again and we bought our house!
This is me cooking with Bessie at my Mom's house right after we moved back to Michigan.
We closed on May 5, 2010!
I painted the whole house!!
Got a new puppy!! Dixie... English Mastiff, born April 3, 2010.
My Best friend got married, May 2010
I stood up as her matron of honor! Just like she did in my wedding!
My cousin Mike from Wisconsin got married and we drove back to Wisconsin with the family for the wedding!
Siblings with Jack
Hanging out with Kelly @ Holly Hotel for afternoon tea!
So far this summer we've spent our time working on the house, since we bought it we have:
- painted the entire house ceilings and all
- new carpet in the whole house except basement
- bought new cabinets for the kitchen
- new water softener
- new water heater
I got a dirt bike...
Dixie is Bessie sized now and she's only 4 months old!
And This is Jack and I last weekend... I love you babe more than I did 1,000 days ago when I promised that I would love you for the rest of my life. There is NO one that I would have wanted to have this adventure with than with you :) You're my entire world babe!