Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Our "UP" Inspired Photo Shoot

On Saturday, our great friend (and very talented photographer) Brandon Mulnix of Modern Photographics came over to our house to do an anniversary photo session inspired by the Pixar movie "Up".  It is one of our all time favorite movies, and after seeing another couple online do a similar shoot, we knew we had to do it as well!  So for a few hours, I was Ellie, my Joshua was Carl, and it was magical!  So far, we have only seen one picture, and absolutely love it.  

Later that day, we decided to head into Grand Rapids to check out ArtPrize.  Considering we had twenty balloons floating in our house, we decided to bring them with us and give them away to children downtown.  It was so much fun to give little kiddos balloons.  They were really excited ("I want the pink one... no wait the purple one.. NO THE BLUE ONE!).  It was such an enjoyable experience that I think some day we might just go out and buy twenty more balloons with the sole purpose of giving them away to people.  It was truly delightful!  Here are a few pictures from that adventure:

Walking downtown, looking for children to give balloons to...  
(Notice the change in attire from our morning photo shoot.. 'twas a cold day!)

A snapshot of the first two gone... a Daddy tying it onto his little girls wrist.  How precious is that??

Well, these girls aren't children, but they were still really excited!

I was enjoying myself immensely!

Just like that, they were gone.  What had brought us so much happiness in the morning, was now bringing joy to others :-)  What a treat!

It was a day well lived.  I fell even more in love with Josh, too.  I think you're always falling in or falling out of love.  To what degree is sometimes hard to tell, but it's one or the other.  It's pretty neat to think that after nearly two years of marriage, I am most definitely falling IN.

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Shmily" Explained, and Love That Lasts a Lifetime

The post just below me was written by my husband, Joshua.  He hijacked my blog (easily, my password is saved in his computer!) and posted it for me to find.  

Recently, we read a story about an elderly couple who played a constant game of writing the word "shmily" somewhere for the other to find.  They got quite creative!  They wrote it in the fog of a mirror to be found during the next shower, in the snow on cars, in dust on the mantel... anywhere they could think of.  One time, the Mrs. even unraveled an entire roll of toilet paper, so she could write it on the final square for Mr. to find. Creative, eh?

They played this game for the duration of their marriage until, after half of a century, she passed away.  On her casket was an arrangement of flowers that said, you guessed it, "Shmily".

It stands for "See How Much I Love You".  

After reading this article, we've started to play it ourselves :-)  I savor stories of love that endured a lifetime.  Do you?  I'm sure you do!  I have yet to meet someone who doesn't like to see an elderly couple holding hands, or sitting in the same side of the booth at McDonalds.  I mean, really, to imagine that love spans 50+ years is almost too much to dream, too big of a thing to ask for in todays world... and yet, it does. 

If you want to read the original "shmily" story, you can find it by clicking here.  Also, if you're like me and thrive on these types of stories, here are two videos that I'm sure you will enjoy! 

Danny & Annie from StoryCorps on Vimeo.


If you ever find anything like these stories, please send them my way.  They are so beautiful!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Thoughts on Marriage.

If you treat your spouse as if they can/will never leave you, then the chances of them actually leaving (physically or emotionally) will increase.  

The mentality of: "Well he's stuck with me, whether or not he likes it" destroys marriages.  It is also a great excuse for:  
1. Gaining weight.
2. Being rude, mean, or inconsiderate
3. Not having or withholding sex.
4. Not working a problem out.
5. Not changing a habit the other finds irritating or an apparent character flaw.

I hope I always treat our marriage as if Josh could leave.  I know that he isn't going to, but I don't want to give him a reason to ever want to.   

Be the kind of person you would want to be married to.

(October 2007: Falling in Love)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Watching Waves and Making Memories.

On Tuesday, my mom and I drove out to Grand Haven to see the massive waves crashing on shore.  The wind gusts were 40-50 mph and everyone was talking about how big the waves were at Grand Haven, so naturally, my Mom wanted to go check it out.

Coincidentally, I didn't have anything going on that night.  We made the hour drive to the lakeshore and had a lot of fun watching the waves with a couple hundred other people.  Everyone else was in wind jackets and pants with hoods up... my mom and I just so happened to be in dresses.  We were cold, but we were by far the best dressed on the beach, or so the DNR worker said, anyway.

I also realized that, generally speaking, it's a good idea to go where ever photographers congregate.  There were a lot of them on the beach, with huge cameras and tripods and solid resolves to catch a beautiful picture.  So I decided, "Go where the photographers are" is a pretty good mini motto.  Because photographers are attracted to places where there is something exciting, important, memorable, or beautiful happening.

When we first got there, it was cloudy and overcast.  Oh yeah and windy. Verrrry windy.

A curtsy for the camera.  My Mom and I were the only ones taking pictures of ourselves.  I felt rather silly about that, but eh, who really cares about waves?  It was the memory with my Mom we that was important to capture.

A wave crashing over the top of the lighthouse.

Suddenly, we realized we were in for a real treat.  The sun started to descend beneath the gray ceiling...

It was absolutely stunning.

and we both agreed that in that moment, we felt very much alive.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Random Acts of Silliness.

Last week, one of the teens from our youth group, Shannon, and myself were supposed to go to Chicago to pick up the team returning from the Dominican Republic.  Unfortunately, their plane got held up due to hurricane Earl, which left us hanging out in Grand Rapids rather than downtown Chicago.  The night before we were supposed to leave, I spent some time making "faces" to put on random inanimate objects.  They are, to me, a simple way to bring a 'lil joy in someones day.  I got the inspiration from one of my new favorite blogs, and put my own creative spins on it as I made them! We had a great time finding creative places to put them, and got a few pictures as well!  They're pretty easy to make, so I would definitely recommend trying it yourself!

On a rock outside of the church....

In a dressing room at Target!  This one is my personal favorite :-)

"Why, thank you!"

We put this face on the back of the door, so that maybe the employees wouldn't see it right away and it would last a little longer!  Here is what someone who was trying something on would see.

On a tree outside of Texas Roadhouse....

Not pictured are faces on: A toilet in my parents house and a filing cabinet at the office I work in

It was a fun night, despite the big bummer of not being able to go to Chicago and pick up the team.  Shannon is such a beautiful girl, inside and out, and this was a great first night of hanging out and getting to know each other better!