January 30, 2009
Even though Hubby doesn't "write" on this blog I wanted to make it more, and more about us and our lives. You'll see the subtle updates throughout.
Our lives are really about our marriage, our ministry, friends, family and daily antics! Enjoy, thank you for going on this journey with us.
Andrea & Orion
January 29, 2009
We're coming up on two years this summer, and my how the time has flown! I can hardly believe it. I think after two years I'll stop referring to us as newlyweds.
A ton has happened in 565 days; here's just a few highlights:
January 28, 2009
1. My sister and I are Irish Twins.
2. I have two swimsuits that have never, and will never touch water.
3. My Hubby and I met at church.
4. I still am a fan of Britney Spears.
5. One time a boyfriend in HS gave me a sweater for Christmas, and I ended up giving it to my Mom.
6. I secretly, want to move back to Arizona.
7. I want to have twins someday.
8. I still own all my pageant wardrobe, and sometimes wear it around the house.
9. In HS I was voted Most Talkative.
10. I wanted to be a Rockette, until I found out there's a height requirement.
11. I love Jon & Kate Plus 8.
12. I love finding the perfect greeting cards for people.
13. I hate doing most house work ie: dishes and laundry.
14. I used to be a band geek: playing both the baritone & alto sax.
15. When I was a kid I wanted to go into broadcasting.
16. My sister and I are 11 mo. apart, and for a month and a half we're the same age.
17. All the men in my family have been or are currently serving in the military.
18. I'm an Army & Air force brat :)
19. I am terribly clumsy at times.
20. I love to laugh.
21. I know all the words to "There she is, Miss America."
22. I have kept a journal for every year of my life since I was 10. Someday my kids will read them.
23. One day I want to direct my own local pageant in the MAO system.
24. I want to live in warmer weather.
25. Next year we'll start trying to have a baby.
There you have it, now go do your own!!!!
January 26, 2009
January 25, 2009
Me with Miss America '06 & '07 Jennifer Berry, and Lauren Nelson...both from Oklahoma!
Miss America 1996 Shawntel Smith and myself...she's an Oklahoma girl too!
All of us on the final night.
Waiting for the show to begin. To see more of my pics from Miss America 2009 click here.
A side note: I picked 10 of the Top 15, 10 of the Top 12, and 5 of the Top 7, and I picked the winner! I should have made some bets on this! ;)
January 24, 2009
January 23, 2009
bags packed, waiting at the train in Minneapolis to get to the airport.
New York, New York!
More pictures, and hi lights to come!
Our Troop, getting ready to head into the theatre for night 3!
Brooke and I withe Erika Dunlap (Miss America '04)
After the show we all headed to the ballroom to visit Angie. Where Brooke and I proceeded to scout out as many "formers" as we could and get our picture taken with them! Then we retreated back to the hotel for some much needed rest! Tomorrow, we have a break in competitions till Saturdays pageant. I'm headed out tomorrow to spend the day with my Aunt who lives here in Vegas. I'm super excited to see her. It's going to be a fun day. Don't for get to watch TLCs Countdown to the Crown tomorrow night, and vote!!!
January 22, 2009
Now, on to the good stuff...... tonight was night 2 of preliminary competitions. Angie competed in swimsuit and evening gown! It's amazing to be here, a life long dream of mine to come to Miss America. The theatre is amazing, the atmosphere is so cool. It's pretty neat to see the state contestants on the Miss America stage.
January 20, 2009
I've been calling Kathy & Judy for 2 days now, getting the scoop and staying posted about Angie's week. It'll finally be nice to be there tomorrow! Here's a few more pics from Angie's week, as we get closer and closer to the crown:
Day 3: The 52 Miss America contestants made an appearance at the annual fashion show in Las Vegas! Angie, is in the middle 8 crowns in from the 1st row.
Day 3: The ladies visit the go cart track to benefit the CMN in Las Vegas! Angie, is in the top row first one on your left.
Now, I am off to mystic tan, pack and get some beauty sleep!! See you i Vegas tomorrow!
Today, is a day for the history books. I've been up early watching the news, and I am amazed at the crowds gathered at the capitol today. I think it's important today to remember and for the next four years, no matter what your political views are, no matter who you voted for, remember to pray for our President and our Nation! As Christians, I think it's our responsibility not to argue, or put people down or an administration but to support and pray. Our nation needs our prayers, Our new President needs our encouragement, and prayers as well. Today, is a new day, another chance for God to be in control. Pray that God would be in the next four years of this administration, pray that the people around this administration make right decisions that will help our country. Let's make history today in doing that.
January 18, 2009
Day 2: The ladies make a stop for a Gondola ride, and flip pacakes for a cause at IHOP! She's the on the top row 2nd one in from your right! Can't wait to see her take the Miss America stage!
Orion, and his tongue.
January 15, 2009
In all of this I have tried to cling to the simple truth, that God has always been faithful to me, and that doesn't stop or change now. And, I know that is not easy. It's times like this when our faith is tested, and our relationship with Christ is most important to get us through. In times like these your mind, the Devil, they all play tricks on you. You can beat yourself up more than a few times, trying to make sense of it all, and you will still never find the answers, or make yourself feel better. It has been rough.
But, this week I found it, I broke through what seemed so hopeless and impossible. I started being real with myself, my feelings and real with God. I prayed like I don't know if I ever have before, I was more honest with God than I have in a long time. Sometimes in life we put things on auto pilot and just coast. Before I lost my job, life was good, life was wonderful. God had been faithful to us, he'd been providing for us like we'd prayed. Life was amazing. But, at the same time looking back on it now... I was coasting. Doing everything right, but still coasting. And, now as I sit back and reflect over these last few weeks wondering what does God want to teach me in all this? How can he use this unfortunate situation in my life for good? Or to show me something I otherwise may not have seen?
For the first time in weeks, I am ready. I am in that place. I know that I wasn't before, I was hurt and angry. And while it does not change what has happened, it does change me. In life, we have a couple of options: we can either choose to be bitter, and not grow. Or we can choose to use everything that happens to us good or bad and give it to God and let him make something great out of it, let him change us. I am now, in that place where I want to grow, I want to learn from this. While I may be able to forgive, I will not forget. And I realized that for my sake I have to let go of the hurt, and the people who have hurt me through this mess in order for me to be a complete, whole person the way God wants me to be.
I have been so encouraged this week in my prayer time, so encouraged by God and what he has for me despite all that has happened. I am finally forgiving myself, and looking on. Finally finding some peace that I have so much wanted and needed. God is stretching our finances in a way that I never thought possible. Food is lasting longer, gas in our car is stretching, our bills are getting paid, unexpected bonuses are coming out nowhere, and photography jobs are coming. God is in this. He is changing my attitude and my perspective. I am seeing things in a whole new light. He has put people around me that truly care about Orion and I and have encouraged us. I am so grateful, and thankful. I am thankful and blessed to know that I still serve a God that cares, and even though I didn't see it right away he never left, and he was always there.
I was sitting in the car a few days after I lost my job and this song came on the radio. A song I've heard many times before, but this day I sat pulled my car over, listened, and cried to the words of this song. Since then, this song has been an anthem for me, and outlet for me, and I have prayed these words over and over again;
Judy, Brooke and myself at her shoot!
January 13, 2009
January 12, 2009
Just a recap: Our first date was on May 12th, 2005. Hubby took me out to dinner to McCormick & Schmick. Afterwards, we walked around downtown for a while getting to know each other. Then, we headed over to my best friends house to watch a movie with her and her hubby. And their buildings fire alarm went off, we all had to evacuate the building. After that fun, he took me home and gave me a hug! :)
January 10, 2009
Me and the lovely Cori (Kathy's daughter and my friend) at the send off party.
Christine (Brooke's Mom), Brooke (Miss TC '09) and Judy at the party.
Our Committe with two of our girls. (Sara come home soon to us)
January 8, 2009
Jennie Garth; I loved her as Kelly Taylor when I was 16, and I am loving her now at 26! I love this old Hollywood style she's doing right now. She looks amazing for a Mom of three little girls!
January 7, 2009
Elizabeth & I after the pageant.
Me & Angie afterwards. She's headed to Miss America soon, and I'm so excited for her!