Monday, July 14, 2008

Happy First Anniversary!

It's official - we made it through our first year of being married and what a great year it has been! Our wedding was PERFECT, we had the best honeymoon, learned to live together, learned to love each other, learned what makes the other one tick, learned to fight with each other, took some great weekend trips, spent our first holidays together as a married couple, started some new traditions and went on weekly dates and after all of that he still hasn't left me!

One tradition that we will start this year is to re-say our wedding vows to each other on our anniversary each year to remind ourselves of what we have promised and of our commitment to each other.

We're off on a romantic four day vacation right now and will post some pictures from our trip when we return. Until then I'll share some of our favorite wedding photos and our wedding vows which, I believe, are perfect for our relationship. Have a great week!

I do’s
David, do you take Sarah to be your Wife? ("I do") Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her? ("I do")
Sarah, do you take David to be your Husband? ("I do") Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him? ("I do")
Parents/Family/Wedding Party –
Parents and Family of the both the groom and bride as well as the wedding party, please stand. Do you promise to be a support and encouragement to this couple in both good and in challenging times as well as to regularly pray for them? “We do.” Do you vow to always direct them back to one another, encouraging them to grow toward one another and grow in Christ? “We do.”

Sarah, this day before God as our witness, as well as these family and friends, I receive you into my life to be one with you in marriage.
As Christ loves the church and gave Himself for her, so I give myself for you to be a loving, faithful, and godly husband.
As Christ is head of the church and is responsible for her, so this day, by the grace of God, I assume full responsibility for you not only materially, but also physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
You are the most important person in my life next to Christ. I count you as a gift from God and as an answer to prayer. I will rely totally and completely on God to ensure that the Lord Jesus Christ is manifested in our marriage.
David, this day before God and these witnesses I take you to be my husband; today I give you all that I am and all that I have.
I regard you as an answer to my prayers. You are the one God has chosen for me. I will look to your leadership as unto the Lord. Through the power and grace of Jesus Christ, I promise to love you with all of my being, to honor, respect, and esteem you above all others. I will comfort and care for you, endeavoring always to encourage and to edify you.
As we are blessed of God with children, I will strive to bring them up in the love and wisdom of God, as Jesus Christ is the most important person in our lives, because He gave us life. I will always seek to help you attain the stature and fullness of Christ as we serve Him together.

Ring Vows
I have only one way, and that is with you. (Name), take this ring, with it my love, and all that I am; from this day forward I become your (husband/wife).

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

New Shoes

I was faced with a dilemma - I really like outdoor activities like hiking, biking, rafting, etc. but I really hate the constraint and heat of sneakers or running shoes (especially with socks!). In the past I've worn flip flops or Crocs for all of these activities but Dave yells at me. I believe that I have found the perfect combination of foot support and air flow with the shoes pictured below. What do you think?

*Nylon webbing and synthetic leather uppers let water flow freely from shoes and dry quickly for comfort in varied elements

*Ankle straps feature quick-release instep buckles for a secure and easy fit; padded heel cups give added comfort

*Wraptor™ Fit technology snugs securely across insteps while pulling webbing in at heels and arches for a supportive, static fit even when wet

*Nylon collar and soft nylon linings help keep debris out of shoes while protecting bare feet from pressure and abrasion

*Microban® zinc-based antimicrobial treatment on the topsoles helps prevent growth of odor-causing bacteria for the life of the sandals

*Drain-Tech molded EVA insoles add cushioning; perforations allow water to escape so feet don't have to swim

*Cushioned dual-density EVA midsoles absorb shock and transfer it for enhanced push-off energy

*Toe bumpers protect sensitive toes from stubs, bumps and abrasions

*Nonmarking Spider Rubber® outsoles with aggressive lug design bite into mixed terrain and shed debris that can slow you down

*Outsoles feature mesh drainage ports in heel and forefoot for full water expulsion