In the blink of an eye, we're over half way through September. We're five weeks into school, I'm already behind on grading papers, and I have officially become the winningest coach in my school's C Team history...with only two wins. How cool is that? Hoping we can pick up another win or two so I can secure my name in the record books (ha!). This week has been full of some really fun, really exciting adventures and little changes in our life. Let's just say that our house and hearts are full (and we're both learning how to get up really early). Here are this week's highlights, y'all! Hope you're enjoying this beautiful fall weather.
Oh. My. Goodness. I am so so excited to see all the pictures that my amazing friend Lacey at Lacey Rene Studios captured this weekend. I think Lacey did an AMAZING job capturing our love. I mean, look at this photo from our "teasers". Be still my heart. We headed out to sweet little Weston on a gorgeous Saturday evening for our first photos together since our wedding (how has it already been almost two and a half years?!?). We found some awesome backdrops downtown, caught the sunset at Weston Bend State Park, and finished up in time for a date night dinner at O'Malley's pub (with an obligatory visit to the PC Dairy Queen on the way home). This guy has my whole heart. Can't wait to share the rest once they're up on Lacey's blog!
2. Early AM Workouts
Every morning is a constant battle to drag myself out of bed, but I've been learning that I secretly really really enjoy early morning workouts. I go to the local 9Round that's less than 5 minutes away from our house, and I love it. I'm for sure half asleep when I first get there, but I feel more awake and alert at school after a morning work out and a shower. Aaron is up by 5:45 anyways, so I sort of wake up around then either way. I've had to take extreme measures to make sure I actually drag my butt out of bed and get over there instead of snoozing for another hour: I've even parked my car behind Aaron's so I have no choice but to get up and move it before he leaves. I'm down to my lowest weight since high school, and more importantly, I feel like my clothes fit better, I'm healthier, and I'm more confident. If you missed my post on the fight to be fight, check it out here.
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It has truly been incredible watching God bring together the team of people that He has chosen to use to grow Liberty YoungLife in a matter of a few short years. After lots of prayer, some rejection, patience, and pursuit, we could literally have a YoungLife Team of twelve leaders by the end of this semester. TWELVE. Crazy to think it started off with just Aaron and I. We had our first club this week and we're so excited about the promise of this year. I fall more in love with my hubby every time I get to hear him share a message with kids, and this Wednesday was no exception as I listened to him tell a packed room of high schoolers that Jesus offers them life to the fullest. There is seriously nothing in the world like leading a worship song and hearing 40+ teenagers lifting up their voices up right along with you. Where else can you win sunscreen in a raffle and walk blindfolded through "live fish"? (Check out the video below to see what I mean!). Where else can kids be kids, and know they are loved?
She thought she was stepping on live fish but they were actually peaches :)) @whitjenwil pic.twitter.com/TiqtpVYTKz— aves (@marshall_avery) September 17, 2015
Stuff is getting real, friends! I had my last recruitment meeting, and have officially had enough kids sign up in order to go to Greece for free. What?! Is this real life? I have some really fabulous students going along on the trip, and I think as July draws closer and closer it will start to get more real. Reading The Odyssey this year is going to take on a whole new meaning. For now, I'm picking up any last stragglers who are interested in going, and trying to recognize that this isn't all a dream. After six qualified travelers, I also get to go on a FREE training tour to Europe before the trip itself. Again, someone pinch me please. If you want to come along, let me know!
As I shared in my post on Our Second House-iversary, Aaron and I bought our home just over two years ago with the hope that it would be filled with life, love, and lots of laughter. We are thankful that it has been just that and more. We were blessed to get a great deal on our home, and its four bedrooms seemed like a great idea for re-sale and or filling the rooms with babies (but not yet, Mom). Airbnb has been a fun adventure for our guest room, but I'm even more excited about the newest adventure for our home. We're filling another room. Nope, no baby. We have a friend that needed a place a little closer to work until her new apartment building opens up. Not only do I have a new excuse to make another room a little bit cuter, but I also get a little more roomie time with an awesome friend who will be so much fun to have around!