Happy New Year

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Happy New Year, friends!!

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Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to my sweet Michael. 

12 years ago this morning, I was dressed in a white dress, surrounded by the sweetest women in the world, preparing to walk down the aisle to marry my best friend.  I was so excited, and nervous and anxious all in one white puffy cloud.  It was right before we were to walk down the aisle, someone handed me a note.  All it said was: " I love you, I can’t wait to marry you.  I am the one in the vest."  I smiled, sighed and heard the music swell through the chapel.  As the doors opened, I saw no one but you.  And it was at that moment I felt at home.  I knew without a doubt that I would never be without you, my sweet Michael.  I love you.  Thank you for marrying me 12 years ago.  I cannot wait to see what the next years will bring.  You are my prince.

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Merry Christmas

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"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a savior is born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Luke 2: 8-15

Merry Christmas from The Markmiller Five.

The Best Christmas Pagent Ever

What a weekend!  The kids, and Michael (ahem) were involved in our church’s Christmas play based on the book The Worst Best Christmas Pagent Ever.  It was an amazing production- so many friends involved.  The Cash Family were involved- a mighty fine job done by all.  Of course, not type cast at all, Jack and Sammy were two of the Herdman brothers- which if you have read the book, the Herdmans are the "bad" kids in the neighborhood.  Michael was a dad and Katie Mei was an angel in the angel choir.  Youngest one there, I might add!  Everyone did such an amazing job.  WE had a blast.  Thank you Rebekah and Carly for all your hard work.  We love you guys!!

Samollie Sammy as Ollie Herdman.

Jacklenny Mean Jack as Lenny

Sam2 He lost his other tooth that morning!!

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Mike Mike and his "son", CJ

Herdmankids All the Herdmans

Angelchoir The Angel Choir

Sweet_katie_angel Our little angel. With the lipstick.

Katie_and_mommy_ocf_church_play Momma and Katie

Part IV

The phone calls continued.  It first started out every few days, but quickly became every day for a couple of hours- which my roommate at the time can attest to.  We talked about anything.  We laughed into the night and took his mind off the pain of a broken heart.  As we talked, I felt my heart start to beat a bit faster.  I could not wait to get home from work and hear that phone ring in hopes that Michael would be calling.  I anticipated the late night phone calls as if they were Christmas.  Every day.  I knew I was beginning to lose my heart to him.

One night in early November the phone rang…

"Hello?"  I said.

"Hey, Jen!"  that sweet voice said from the other side of the phone.

"Hey you- how are you?"

"good, I have a question for you, well, kinda an invitation."

"Oh?"  I said.  My heart flip flopped.  What would this mean?

"Well, Thanksgiving is coming up…and well, I talked to my parents, and they said it would be OK…"

I was hanging there in mid air for a moment.  I had not seen Michael in months.  We had been talking non stop for at least 2 months, and I knew that my heart was already tender towards him.  I was scared out of my wits and excited at the same time….what was his question?

"So I was wondering if you would like to come up to Malibu the day after Thanksgiving and hang out?  My folks said you could stay over in the guest room."

Uh, duh…

"Yeah!  That would be great- I would love to"  I smiled into the phone.

"Really?  That is awesome"  I could hear his smile too. 

I was going to see Mike Markmiller.  CRAP!

As I picked out my little white sweater, my jeans and little flats, I realized that I was taking more time then usual to get ready.  I was so nervous I was nauseated as I drove up to Malibu.  I was pondering the entire situation in my head.  What if he just wanted to hang out as friends.  Well, I had thought I heard differently in his tone on the phone, but I had to doubt in my heart to protect it.  I prepared myself for the worst and sprayed a little more perfume on in hopes I could sway him.

I pulled into his parents driveway and saw him waiting for me.  I couldn’t stop shaking, or smiling.  I got out of my car and we smiled at each other.  And then he said "It is so good to see you!!"  He pulled me into his arms and hugged me with all his might.  I felt my heart beating wildly, I felt dizzy.  I felt breathless, and heady.  Mostly as I rested my head on his shoulder enfolded in the shroud of his arms, I finally felt like I was home…..