Saturday, May 29, 2010

falling in love with Jacksonville

it has not been a hard transition to Jacksonville so far.  granted we are still in the honeymoon stage.  the loneliness of not knowing many people here has not yet set in.  and summer, for us, is a usual break in seeing people on a regular basis, so when fall comes and we don't see familiar faces it is bound to be difficult. 

that said, we love being Duval County residents.  we love riding our bikes to campus.  we love the breeze we get from the ocean.  we love being 10 minutes from that ocean.  we love being really close to the public library (like true dorks), we love the adventure ahead of us of a new city to explore and people to get to know.

and most of all we have loved friday nights, which means a picnic dinner off of the beach as we wait for the sun to go down.  Once its dark we watch a movie projected at an amphitheater along with a few hundred other people.  And it is apparently legit to bring along a bottle of wine . . . so we do!

and while we wait we bring our books, from that library we live so close to!  Tonight's movie: Top Gun!  Highway to the danger zone was a hoot.  

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Birthday Boy

Here are some reason why I am thankful that my husband was born 28 years ago . . .

He is a man's man, he can catch and gut a fish like the best of them!
He is really creative and great at design!  

He is over the top handsome and seems to be getting hotter as her gets older.  The older the better I told him.

He loves the beach, the ocean, (especially in shallow quantities) and splashing around like a little guy!  And I love it when he wears his train conductor hat!

He is clean!  And smells something good.

He indulges me.  This is him on his birthday a year ago, celebrated in China.  I made him wear a birthday crown the bakery gave him that resembled a Burger King crown.  What a guy.

He has shown me the ways of great coffee. 

He wore makeup and modeled just to please me in China!  Let me add here that I also appreciate that Asian women are specifically attracted to him.

He is a baller.

He is full of integrity . . . humility . . . and kindness.

He is good at pretty much everything.

He is winsome.  

Happy Birthday to my manly husband.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

on The Chosen

I mentioned earlier that john and i have big plans this summer, one of which is to read a ton!  I have decided to do my own rating of these books.  With the disclaimer that I am not the best person to ask when it comes to great books.  Most of the books I read in my English, American and AP Literature classes in high school I did not care for.  And since then I have only read newer books with compelling covers.  I DO judge a book by its cover.
But after being a little bored with current fiction (at least what I was reading)  After a few Jodi Piccoult books I could write the next one and no one would know it wasn't her.  So I have taken a few cues from other books I am reading and getting a little more cultured.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free!

here is my criteria, I will give between 1 and 10 winks for how it rates.

title:  7 whole winks, major reason I chose the book
cover artwork: 1 wink, but it was written in 1967 so who can be picky?
"I want to finish this book": 5 winks
relational insight: 5 winks
emotionally charged: wink wink, I do not cry easily at books
better than Picoult?: Potok wins, much winks.
did I learn something?: 6 winks!  

The book is set in the 1940s in New York and is about a Orthodox Jew and a Hasidic Jew and their families.  Good read Potok.

p.s. something I like about using winks to rate books, is imagining you reading this and trying wink 6 times.  Fun!

Monday, May 24, 2010

On our bike ride home from campus a florida panther ran right in front of us . . . no big deal.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

David and Pamela

It was just one week ago that our great friends and family were here!  Come back we say.

the beach:  perfect day to walk on the beach, learn how to ride waves and lay!

the food:  every time we are with David and Pamela they introduce us to a new tasty recipe.  Last time it was shrimp potato burritos.  This time, pineapple pancakes with cinnamon butter and whipped cream.  Yum.

And who better to get us to explore neighborhood parks then the park gurus themselves.  They approved of our local disc golf course.
We just found more fun things to do here, so come back soon to hang with us.
Melissa and John.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

the move

We timed our move perfectly to get plenty of young blood help.  We had about 15 students show up to load up our moving truck!  Here is our crew sitting in our empty living room eating pizza.

Here is John in our new master bath.  There was some cleaning that needed to be done in order for some drainage to happen.  What a man I have.

Moving provided a great time for some DIY projects.  I kind of hated my old bookshelves so we painted them and added some whimsy paper to give it some kicks.

here is the final project!

Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. 

Friday, May 21, 2010

my love!

John and I got married four years ago.  Four years ago I was eating breakfast with him before we separated for the day until I walked down the isle!

Four years ago I had no idea how much fun marriage would be.  Four years ago I did not know how well John would take care of me and lead me.

As John was putting this as his laptop background he said "Look at us we were so ignorant of marital bliss"

It is true.  Marriage has is downs, but mostly ups, blissful ups!  I am so grateful for the Lord leading me to John and for loving us, redeeming us, and providing us His grace and mercy daily.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

summer plans

John and I just drafted our summer plans . . .
         :summer reading list
         :fundraising plan
         :my craft projects
         :his design projects
         :bible studies to do together
         :books to read together
         :prayer walks on campus and at the beach
         :people to get to know in Jacksonville
         :very easy workouts in our new gym
          (for me, John will do the real thing)
and most importantly
         :plans to celebrate our upcoming 4 year anniversary in Savannah
          bring on the sweet tea, spanish moss and southern drawls.

Monday, May 17, 2010

the we-arrived-at-the-reception-one-hour-before-everyone-else photo shoot.

the dress made a repeat appearance at another wedding!  although the belt makes it a totally different ensemble.

flipper's fam joined us for the shoot . . . we only caught one with the hipstamatic.

the hubs joined in too!  He is fetching.

the chucks.

and come on . . . really?  chillaxin'?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

an iphone tour of our last two weeks.

in between staff meetings at St. Pete beach

headed to st. pete

hillsborough river, tampa

satellite beach

it may be pit-stink hot, but it is so beautiful in our state.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

doctors visit

This centerpiece/fountain/artwork is in the lobby of my new doctors office.  Pat on the back to whoever can guess what it is supposed to represent.

Sunday, May 02, 2010


some really great girls graduated from UF today.  And i am SO proud of them.  Congratulations!