Friday, May 10, 2013

Wedding and Trips and I-40

As you can tell by my title, we've seen a lot of I-40 lately. And I-40 is about 7 hours from here. *sigh*

My "Hub" brother (that's a whole different post on the Hub) got married April 6, so it was an absolutely must for me to get to Arkansas to that wedding. It was a gorgeous wedding, but seeing my family and some friends added even more excitment to the trip.

Saturday we drove around the farm looking at the cattle, hit the dirt roads to go see my great uncle, and checked my dad's garden.

riding around on "the bullet" with my dad and hubby
 I love living in Midland. Deep, deep, deep down I cannot imagine leaving; I seriously am in love with this town. However, those days when I get homesick to visit my family I daydream about riding around on my parents' farm. That is my happy place.

Cash and my dad working in the garden
When I was teaching in Alma, I enjoyed so much going down on weeknnights to eat with my parents and watch them work in their garden. Cash and I aren't big veggy eaters, but something about growing food yourself; that's pretty cool.

hold on, honey!

I grew up riding 4-wheelers and in the back of trucks and doing miscellaneous things in the country. Cash did not. It just tickles me to take him to my parents' house, because so many of things that used to be second nature to me are brand new experiences for him.

On top of riding around all day, we had breakfast with all of my grandparents and loved on a certain niece and a certain nephew. (He is pining for his aunt to buy him an iPod touch. I'm losing that one.)

How do you say "no" to a kid who lets you put lip marks on his sweet little cheeks?!?!

Then that night we spent time with my Hub family on top of a mountain overlooking the stunning Arkansas River. An outdoor ceremony, beautiful weather, breathtaking views, and an amazing Christian couple means a perfect wedding.

Mom and Dad with the AR River in the background

my 3 favorite girls: my sis, my mom, my niece

the prettiest little girl I know

Bond. James Bond.
007 reporting for duty; gah, he's super good looking!!
 Sunday we had to make the 10 hour trek back to West Texas, but it was all worth it to be there to see Kit and Tony get hitched. I just love 'em!

It was sad to leave...but...we were back a few weeks later for TuRkEy CaMp. We had originally decided I wouldn't go since I had to work, but Cash ended up getting me a one way ticket on Friday night to fly up there. Then we made the journey back to Midland again that Sunday. We were both exhausted of I-40, but it was so worth it to be at turkey camp for breakfast.

The following weekend our friends Jessica and Shawn got married here in Midland, and it was beautiful as well! Plus, a good friend of mine from work was there with her soon-to-be hubs, so we had a great time with them. I am finding more and more why God led me to the bank I work for. The friends I have made and the managers I work for are unparalleled.

B and I with Jessica
cash, me, christian, britton, jeff
Britton and me and my farmer's sunburn
Seriously. Love that chica bonita.

Oh, and a definite highlight of J and S's wedding was watching my non-dancing husband glow on the dance floor to "Oh, you know it makes me want to SHOUT!" Boy, he lit it up out there.

A photo booth. A 2 meat dinner. A wedding planner who checks you off the "invite list" as you come in. A hopping dance floor. The end.

as the local weatherman, Horace, calls him: Tom Cruise and myself

Wedding season has begun and is in full swing now. Next week Britton and Jeff tie the knot, and I absolutely can't wait to see her beautiful self walking down the aisle. Love those lovebirds!

Tomorrow is Holli's wedding shower too! Eek! I get overwhelmed with all sorts of exciting emotions when my friends find the perfect man for them. Seeing people happy in marriage is what it's all about. I tweeted somewhat about this today, but ladies, the world needs to see us lifting up our men not tearing them down. We hear a lot of griping from women about their husbands not doing this or that or saying this or that. And I'm not saying the men are perfect. But maybe if we started with ourselves and gave our men a little public positivity, we wouldn't see so much of the imperfections.

In the words of Ruth Graham, "Show your mate (and the world) the positive, and show God the negative." As wedding season ramps up, I just hope we all remember to protect our marriage. Above. Everything.

That man is your helpmate in this world. Love him fiercely, and protect him boldly.

Love you, ladies (and men?!). Happy summer days!

XOXO and WPS!!

Avery Jane

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