I am coming out of a VERY long hiatus to tell you all about my brother, Andrew. There is no possible way a blog post could cover just how great he is so I'm going to keep this short and sweet and trust God's plan.
(yay for bumping into each other at the airport on a business trips!)
Obviously, I'm a little partial since he is my brother but he is pretty great. He is 30 and currently resides in West Texas.
I think the best way I can describe him is a Christian Renaissance man. He enjoys reading and culture one day, a sporting event the next (we're big Cardinals fans), shooting, and hiking with his dog, whenever the opportunity arises. The man is smart and can debate pretty much any subject, too.
(He's on the far left. The beard comes and goes and he always looks handsome.)
More importantly, he loves God, is active in his church, and drops everything when a friend or family needs help or support. (He spent this past Christmas with a friend who was hurting and, a few years ago, stayed with me and worked remotely for two weeks when my husband was overseas for work so that I wasn't alone with our then one-year-old. How many guys do that?)
Did I mention he's amazing with children? My son adores him and I have no doubt our daughter will have him wrapped around his finger soon as well.
God couldn't have blessed me with a better brother.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
A dear college friend of mine got married this weekend and I had the honor of serving as one of her bridesmaids.
The wedding was in the town where Mike and I (and Bev and most of our friends) went to school so Mike and I had fun looking around campus Saturday morning before the wedding as well!
The girls taking pictures before the wedding. The weather was beautiful but it was windy!At the reception. Lisa, Bev and I were all communications majors. We're missing one of our four - we missed you, Kelli!
Mike and me back at our hotel.
Congrats, Bev and Johnny!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Our last day in Europe was spent in London. My friend Cristen and her husband are living the ex-pat life there and Cristen served as our tour guide since she had the day off!
We loved the cloudy, rainy weather but it did hamper our photography for the day and I just realized that Mike and I didn't take a picture of ourselves when we were there. Ugh! I guess we'll just have to go back. :-)
We walked around and saw Westminster Abbey...
Big Ben and the London Eye...
Some of the soldiers guarding different government buildings...
And, of course, visited Harrods and met up with Lauren (who is working at our alma mater's program in England while her husband studies at Oxford) and enjoyed tea and macaroons at Laduree. Oh, and Mike officially wins the "Husband of the Year" award for hanging out with a bunch of girls for the day! :-)
Cristen and Jason, thank you for being such wonderful hosts. It was so good to see both of you and Lauren!
We ended the night at Cantina Laredo for dinner with Cristen and Jason and then headed back to their house to call it a night.
Mike and I flew home the next morning and can't believe our amazing trip has already come and gone!
We got up early the next morning and headed to Rome. We had grand plans of going in to the Colosseum and touring the Forum but the lines were already incredibly long (since we had to wait in line at the train station to check our bags, get metro tickets, and get bus tickets to the airport later that day) so we had to be content with just seeing the Colosseum.
The "wedding cake" - I cannot remember what this thing is called!
More ruins along the walk.
I wish we could have walked through the Forum but, unlike when I studied in Italy almost 7 years ago, you now have to pay to get in so we settled on seeing other random ruins.
After seeing all of that we went back to the train station, grabbed lunch, took the bus to the airport and waited for our flight to London for the last leg of our trip. We got to the airport really early so that we had plenty of time in case we ran into trouble and were SO thankful we planned on that when someone forgot their bag hear the check in and the police cleared the terminal.
On to London!