Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Lewis Edition: June

Baby squash!

Our car wasn't starting properly, so we rented this Kia Soul
to get to Deborah's shower.
We enjoyed the vehicle, but what a color!!

Russell's and my violin and piano students gave a recital
the beginning of June.

Russell's students at the recital practice

Russell's and my student, Colt

Alex and I playing a duet

Part of the violin ensemble
I've enjoyed getting to know these sweet young people!

Russell and I with Colt.

First-ripe cucumber!

And ripe cherry tomatoes!
Home-grown are the best!!!

Sparrows enjoying the seeds spilled from our feeder.

We camped for a couple nights at Lavon Lake. 

My precious husband reading the Bible to me.

Cute little easel from Mama!

Lydia and I decided to match one Sunday! :)

This month marked our first anniversary! 
We took an anniversary trip to Little Rock,
where we went on our honeymoon.
Somehow I forgot to take a single picture,
but we had a sweet time together!

Following our anniversary, Daddy, Mama and Rebekah met us for lunch in Little Rock,
and we brought Reb back with us for a couple weeks! She helped us with a big project
we were working on, and with her help we were able to complete it!

Rebekah and I played many games of Scrabble, walked and
ran together, cooked, cleaned, and hosted company and our church's
Bible Study, and did our traditional walk to the dollar stores and
Dairy Queen!
We loved having her visit!

The second weekend Rebekah was visiting we went camping!
Setting up the tent

This campground (near Fort Worth) had so much interesting wildlife!
In the first few minutes we spotted a road runner, vultures and several deer.
We later saw another road runner, a flock of turkeys, a rabbit, and two sets
of twin fawns with their mamas.  The scenery (cacti, rocks and short trees)
and animals looked so "Texas-y"!

I spotted this lizard and enjoyed watching and photographing him!

 If you look closely, you can see the flock of turkeys
at the edge of the trees.

It stormed one night while we were camping.
Here we are, huddled under (and grateful for!)
the canopy over our picnic table.

One day while we were camping we drove into Dallas.
We stopped at the Walmart right across from the
Cowboys' Stadium!  Pretty cool!

"Daddy's building"!
It was so fun to see this familiar landmark ... we have fond
memories of getting to go to work with Daddy, usually as part
of a birthday outing, when we were growing up.

The highlight of our trip was visiting some dear friends!
Isaiah wanted to cuddle with Russell before his nap.

Such a snuggle bunny!

Katherine and I enjoyed playing piano duets together.

Danny drove this remote-controlled car around 
and brought each of us toys or other objects. 

The whole group!
Thank y'all so much for the fun time!!!  Let's do it
again soon!

One evening we met Deborah and Daniel, Sam, Esther
and their little ones for dinner at the East Texas Burger Company.

While we were visiting outside after dinner a train came by!

Watching the train

Some of our group on the (stationary) "little red caboose"!
Emma and Corrie loved it!

Group picture!

Just the girls. :)

And that concludes our full, wonderful, and fun month!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Lewis Edition: Happy Anniversary!

... to my best earthly friend!!!

It's hard to believe it's been a year already!
My heart is so full when I think back over the last 365 days;
I couldn't wait to marry you, and I knew it would be wonderful, and yet it's been much more wonderful than I ever could have imagined!
You have made me such a happy wife!

June 11, 2016

I'm so blessed by your gentleness; gentleness to me,
gentleness with your words, your sensitivity to my feelings.

Thank you for your kind words of appreciation
for anything I do for you,
Being your wife is such a joy!

Home from our honeymoon!

Thanks for encouraging me to do things like substitute teach, meet new people, and drive a stick shift, 😱
for helping me be courageous and willing to
get out of my comfort zone; and, at the same time,
being patient with me when I'm reluctant!

I love playing music together!
You put me at ease with your sweet compliments about my playing.
It's so special to be able to minister to others together 
through music!

Deb and Dan's wedding, October 2016

Thank you for listening to me, for constantly asking me
how I am, how I feel, how my day was.  

I so appreciate your teachable spirit and your willingness to learn from others.  This is one of the things that makes it easy to trust you!

Christmas Quartet Concert at the Mall, December 2016

Thanks for making me laugh, every single day! I love your tickles and all your nicknames for me ... I always wanted a nickname! :)

Thanks for making me laugh sometimes
when I feel more like crying,
 for helping me to not take myself
or the situation too seriously.

His smile!

It's so comforting to know that you are for me,
that you don't talk about me behind my back.
Instead, you praise me to others.
I know this is true because others have told me.

I love watching you interact with children.
You show an interest in and respect for them,
and they in turn love and appreciate you!

Summer, 2012

Thanks for praying with me; praying together is so special!
Thank you for sharing in my joys and sorrows
and always pointing me to Christ.

I love being with you, and I love you more
every single day we're together!

It's been an amazing year!  
Here's to many, many more!!!

I love you, Russell!!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Deborah's Baby Shower

Most of our family and a couple friends went to Texas over the weekend to attend a baby shower Daniel's sisters hosted for Deborah.  Deborah and Daniel were blessed with a lot of gifts for their little "Baby Bunny"!

Deborah is decorating the baby's room with Beatrix Potter prints, so the shower was Beatrix Potter themed.  Everything was so cute!

Carrot cake cupcakes

Dirt cakes

A Peter Rabbit cheese ball

The guestbook was a Beatrix Potter storybook 

Visiting with friends at the shower

It was fun to have Cathi and Bethany come down from TN with us for the weekend!

There were Beatrix Potter coloring pages for the children

Looks like the children weren't the only ones who enjoyed them!  :)

Opening the shower gifts

A few of "Baby Bunny's" future friends and their mamas

Kathryn made the diaper cake for Deborah