Thursday, July 30, 2009

Just a Little Flower?


Outside of our duplex is a couple crepe' myrtle bushes, and today as I came inside I picked a sprig of it to brighten up our table. As I looked at it this morning several times, the thought came to me that it bloomed where it was planted, a beautiful bush right by the pavement. I realized that where we live is not what makes us happy, (even though I love where we live), it is what we do, and how our life shines to others. God has blessed me with the opportunity to get to know some of our neighbors here and I pray that I will be a good witness for Him.

"Let your light so shine before men"...

It might be just a little flower to some, but it isn't to me! Bloom where you are planted!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Our Courtship Story

Our Story

Abigail: It all started when Dad posted on a Christian website looking for other families to fellowship with. Shortly after he posted, a certain young man replied to the post and said that he was moving to Fort Smith once he graduated from Arkansas Tech, and that he was looking for other Christians in the area to get together with. So Dad and Taylor emailed back and forth for a while before Taylor moved to Fort Smith. In their emails we found out a lot about Taylor, and what he believed, and we discovered that it was exactly what we believed! It was really neat. When Taylor asked Dad what he thought about courtship, and said that he believed that was the way he would like to go about getting to know a girl for marriage, we started wondering if something might come of this! My sisters were already teasing me about him before we even met him. So, when he moved to Fort Smith, he came out to meet us the beginning of June, 2008. Taylor and Dad had a good time discussing theology, and we had a fun cookout. (I wasn't quite 18 yet, and Taylor had just turned 22).

Taylor: After meeting with the Sawyer family, I continued talking to Mr. Sawyer through e-mail and face-to-face visits. We continued to develop a friendship and learn from one another. After noticing Abigail's love for the Lord and desire to be a keeper at home (Titus 2), I began to consider asking Mr. Sawyer about the possibility of beginning a courtship with her. After mentioning the idea to her Dad, he thought it would be best if we waited for a while. I consented, and agreed to obey his wish that we keep the discussion between us. Many months passed without discussing the courtship, and, honestly, I didn't think it would ever happen. However, in mid April of this year, Mr. Sawyer suggested that we go out to get coffee after a day of loading rail road ties into a truck for a home project. I immediately knew he must have something serious to talk about, because I hate coffee, and, at least for our friendship, it was a very unusual request. My mind immediately started thinking of the courtship and, sure enough, he asked if I was still interested in courting Abigail. I was very excited, however, sobered by the thought of beginning a courtship. I told him I would think over it for a day or two and get back to him. After talking it over with my Dad, I decided to go ahead with the courtship.

Abigail: A couple days before Dad approached Taylor about the possibility of a courtship, God had really impressed on me that Taylor was the one that I was to marry. So I talked to my parents about it, and we prayed about it, and then a few days later, Dad took Taylor out for coffee. I was on pins and needles before Dad talked to Taylor, and when Dad got home from talking to him, I wanted to hear how it went. Dad said that Taylor was still interested, he just needed some time to think and pray about it. Well, we were at a tax-day tea party, on April 15, 2009 and I was holding a sign by the road when Taylor showed up, and Mom called me away from the road. Dad and Mom were standing with Taylor and said that they were sending him and I to Walmart to buy gum....lame excuse, Dad.....

Taylor: So, I'm pretty much a nervous wreck at this point. I'm trying to get Zach Welchman to encourage me on the phone, but it isn't helping much. So, eventually, I get out of the car and walk up to Mr. Sawyer. He tells me that Abigail is coming over, but I'm too nervous to even turn around and look. So, after stuttering out a “hi”, Mr. Sawyer tells me to take Abigail with me to Walmart and buy some gum for him. So, Abigail and I got in my car and started driving to Walmart. I started to explain to her how impressed I was with her as a young woman, and, after parking, told her that I would be honored if she would begin a courtship with me.

Abigail: Well, I said yes, and we talked a few things over. I was just as nervous as he was, so we didn't talk a whole lot...Then it started to really hit me what had just happened...a young man had just asked my permission to court me!!!!!! I was SO excited!

Taylor: I was really excited as well, but still in a daze (needless to say, I didn't buy any gum)! I was actually courting a sweet, godly young woman. I am very thankful to the Lord for bringing us together. We continued to get to know one another in the context of meetings with her family. This allowed us to get to know one another with the accountability of her parents, and protected us from many temptations. We began to read through Proverbs together and encourage one another in our faith. As we continued to get to know one another, we both began to realize that a loving, Christian marriage to one another was something we mutually desired.

Abigail: After he asked me to court him, it took me a while to sleep through the night...I was still somewhat in shock, I was courting the most wonderful young man in the world.... The courtship went really well, we took lots of walks and talked about many things. The more we got to know each other, the more we found we had in common. I started to feel that I was ready to move onto the next step, we were so sure that this was God's mate for me.

Taylor: After I felt that a marriage to Abigail would be a wonderful blessing, and that she fulfilled the characteristics I was to seek in a godly wife, I talked over the possibility of engagement and marriage with Mr. Sawyer and my Dad. After receiving approval from both, I purchased an engagement ring and waited in anticipation of asking Abigail to marry me. On June 13th, at Runestone State Park in Oklahoma, I suggested that Abigail and I go for a walk through a scenic area of the park.

Abigail: I was kind of suspicious of this whole “cookout” thing, so I got there kind of wondering if “it” was going to happen..It made me even more suspicious when Taylor was strangely quiet, and then he suggested a walk, I pretty much knew “it” was going to happen....That was the quietest walk we had ever taken...

Taylor: I was trying to decide on a good time to “pop the question”, and it wasn't going so well. We made it all the way to the bottom of the gorge and I still had not brought it up, actually, I hadn't brought much of anything up. Finally, on the way back up, I began to talk to her about my feelings for her... until a family came around the corner and interrupted the moment. So, I patiently waited for them to get around the corner and continued to tell Abigail that I wanted to spend my life with her and love her for the rest of my life. Then, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me...

Abigail: He started talking to me on this pretty wooden bridge over a waterfall about his feelings for me, and then he said that he had a surprise for me, and he asked me to close my eyes. So I closed my eyes and when he told me to open them, he was down on one knee and he asked me to marry him, when I said yes, he put a beautiful ring on my finger!!!!

Taylor and Abigail: In a day when marriage is viewed flippantly and entered into without thought and care, it's our desire to live together in a way that brings honor to our Lord and displays true love to the world. As David wrote, the Lord is our Shepherd and will guide us in the paths of righteousness (Psalm 23). We understand that marriage will bring many new joys, responsibilities, challenges, and a deeper level of love for one another. We eagerly look forward to seeing how the Lord will use our marriage to glorify Himself.

Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. - Matthew 19:6

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Taylor is 6'4" and I am 5'2"!

Abigail: Being married has been wonderful. Something that we did, was we waited to kiss and hold hands till our wedding day. Let me tell you when Dad handed my hand to Taylor's on the wedding day, and we held hands for the first time, it was great! And our first kiss was WONDERFUL! It meant SO much to us, we had saved so much for each other and it was so special.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wedding Pictures

Here is the link to our wedding pictures. I thought it would be easier to post the link than to try and post all the pictures!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

It All Started With......

Hubby saying "I need a haircut, I feel like I have an afro" Now, as you can see how is hair looked before in the bookcase wasn't thaaaaaat long...But anyway...So then he said that he was bored with his hair, he had it the same way for sooo long...Then I was like, "why don't I get mine trimmed too". We had talked about getting it trimmed anyway, I haven't had it trimmed in over a year. So we got in the car and started driving to SuperCuts.....On the way there this is the conversation (hubby)- "Wifey, how do you think I should get it done?" (me) -" I don't know Hubby, I am not sure what style would look good on you.." (me)- "What do you think would look good on me?" (hubby) - "I'm not sure how a girl's hair works...just use your judgement"....

Ok..... So here is the result.... I got mine layered, and he got his cut short and gelled...Aren't we hopless newlyweds?!!

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Bookcase Assembly

Here is my new bookcase... and here is the assembly pictures....

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[caption id="attachment_48" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Bookcase In The Making"]Bookcase In The Making[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_50" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="A Little Closer..."]A Little Closer...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_51" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Almost There..."]Almost There...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_52" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Finished!"]Finished![/caption]

His and Hers - Can you guess which one is which?
His and Hers - Can you guess which one is which?


My little sis, (ok she's not so little any more) Hannah, graduated from home school high school today! We are so proud of her. Dad, Mom and Hannah came to our house and then we all went to a good chinese restaurant to celebrate. After, they came back to our house and Dad helped Taylor put a new book case together. I will post on that after!

Congratulations Hannah!! We love you....

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Our Honeymoon

We had a wonderful 5 day honeymoon in Branson, MO. We stayed at Big Cedar Lodge in a cute little log cabin. The setting was really nice.

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We did all kinds of fun stuff:

Dixie Stampede: Before the show started there was a comedian that entertained everyone for a while with all kinds of tricks and jokes, he did some really amazing tricks, juggling big knives, etc. Then the show started and that was really neat. We were seated on the North side (it was like the North and South side of the Civil War, our waiters were dressed in blue, and the Southern ones were dressed in gray), I cheered for the south even though I was on the North side ; ) Throughout the evening they had different competitions between the North and South, and guess what? The South won! YEA!!

Noah Sight and Sound: The theater is huge, and there is a front stage and a stage on either side of the audience. Half way through they open up the sides, so it feels like you are actually in the ark and you have animals on all sides of you. There was real animals including camels, goats, cows, peacocks, turkeys and many other animals. The show was real good, the gospel was portrayed clearly through the story.

Butterfly Palace: First you go into a small theater room and watch a 3-d video of the butterfly's life, and also the life of the preying mantis, then you go into this big room that is filled with birds and butterflies. There is all kinds of neat flowers and feeding stations that the butterflies land on so that you can take pictures of them. Then you go into this maze of mirrors. It is really dark and for a time you wonder if you are lost!

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[caption id="attachment_36" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Really Blue Birds"]Really Blue Birds[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_37" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Another Butterfly"]Another Butterfly[/caption]

Silver Dollar City: We rode  the Powder Keg roller coaster and the Wild Fire roller coaster both front seat, which we are both quite proud of. Powder Keg was a little scary at first because I had never been on a roller coaster before and didn't know what to expect. But we really enjoyed Wild Fire. There was quite a view from up on top!! We also ate at a neat old fashioned restaurant at SDC.

[caption id="attachment_38" align="alignnone" width="150" caption="Wildfire Roller Coaster"]"Wildfire" Roller Coaster[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_39" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Powder Keg Entrance"]Powder Keg Entrance[/caption]

Titanic Museum: It sure makes you feel like you were actually there on the Titanic. As you go in, they give you a boarding pass with a person's name that was actually on the Titanic, and throughout the museum you have to look for clues as to what happened to your person. Then when you get to the last part, it has all the names of the survivors and victims of the Titanic. Mine was of a large family, and they all died. There was some really neat artifacts from the Titanic. Since Taylor and I both love history we really enjoyed the museum.

The Dutton Family Show: They are a family with seven older children that play all kinds of instruments and sing a variety of music. They are also very comical! We both really enjoyed this show!!

We also ate at a variety of restaurants, including Lamberts (a really fun place to eat, they go around with a tray of rolls and if you want some they just throw them to you from across the room! I ordered chicken salad and it came in a huge skillet, Taylor thought it was so funny that I had a salad that was bigger than I am! Also the drinks are served in HUGE travel mugs...) One night we ate at the Worman house, a fancy restaraunt at the resort, it was really nice and relaxing!

We had a wonderful time, but it was also nice to come home and get settled in....We are thankful for such a wonderful honeymoon.

Good Morning!

Since this is my first post on here, I will introduce myself. My name is Abigail and I am 19. On July 12 2009 I married my wonderful man, Taylor, who is 23. This blog will be a way to keep people updated about what is going on around here. I will post our courtship story and wedding photos later.