Thursday, September 23, 2010

25 things

Here's a list of 25 things you may or may not have have known about Jon and Mary!

ONE
If Jon could own any car he would want a Porsche, while Mary would rather have a SUV with plenty of space for traveling with around the three children she would like to have. :)  Otherwise she would pick a purple intrepid.

TWO
Jon loves sleeping with the fan on his face to keep himself cool.  Mary would rather have a ceiling fan on low with a bunch of covers on.

THREE
Jon's favorite fruit is a ripe peach or a good banana, while Mary loves watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, pineapple and peaches.

FOUR
Mary loves chocolate with her strawberries, while Jon would rather just have them plain.

FIVE
Jon loves watching the history channel and got Mary addicted to checking CNN updates on their website.

SIX
Mary can't go to bed without wearing socks no matter what.

SEVEN
Jon would rather have you shop for him, and Mary loves to shop!

EIGHT
Jon and Mary are both savers.

NINE
Jon first spotted Mary at Johnston Evangelical Free Church in the singles Sunday School class, while Mary noticed there were a few new guys in the class. :)

TEN
Jon said, "I love you" first, and it was on the telephone.

ELEVEN
Before married, Jon and Mary used to go on dates in Ankeny after Mary got off work on Tuesdays.

TWELVE
Mary sometimes steers the car while Jon is driving.

THIRTEEN
Mary's favorite sport is football (and ultimate football).  Jon loves soccer and tennis.

FOURTEEN
Jon and Mary both love taking walks outdoors, and they usually find themselves going to parks.

FIFTEEN
Jon kills all the bugs.  If Jon is not home the trusty vacuum does the trick!

SIXTEEN
Someday Jon wants to go to Germany.  

SEVENTEEN
Mary wants to go on every roller coaster in the United States.

EIGHTEEN
Jon and Mary are saving up to put a theater room in their own house someday.

NINETEEN
Jon promised Mary he would take her to Disney World someday. :)

TWENTY
Jon and Mary are reading through the Bible together.

TWENTY ONE
Mary has never gone fishing before.

TWENTY TWO
Jon and Mary are both not morning people.  If you want to call us then try after dinner time.  We'll be more talkative then.

TWENTY THREE
This number is the lucky number.  I know I know, we don't believe in luck.  I should just say it's our special number. :)

TWENTY FOUR
We both love being an aunt/uncle. 

TWENTY FIVE
Mary is a system-minded, think ahead person while Jon is a here and now kinda guy.  It's a good match!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Praying how to make Ames feel like home

Living in Ames has been a new adventure.  It has been a journey just getting used to living outside of under the roof where my parents live.  Jon has been wonderful and supporting me all along the way.  His encouragement has really helped me feel confident in everything I do.  He is also patient with me, and comforts me when I feel as if I have failed him in every possible way.  Sometimes I feel like I have completely failed him as a wife and know in my heart I could have done better.  Instead of hurting me, he returns with a loving heart and boosts my esteem.

He always seems to have the right words to say.

I knew the fall semester was going to be tough.  I knew it would give far more things to stress about than ever before.  I knew it would take our marriage to a new profound place.  This past week we were at our deepest moments.  I continued to fall to my knees and call out to God.  Jon was patiently waiting for me to be able to explain my thoughts.  We had a few comforting discussions.

Just praying that soon we would be able to get more plugged in here at Ames.  This transition in our lives is big enough for the both of us, but only enough that our God can still allow us to grow.  Our faith will strengthen in Him and one another through this process.  We were delighted to know that our relationships with people in Ames were going to grow.  Mary was in need of connections in Ames.  Jon had school, work, and relationships already fully intact.  He had a life here.  Sunday night was the first small group get together.  There was seven couples all together (including us).  It seemed large, but soon it will feel at home.  Right now it feels overwhelming.  We chuckle at "wait, what was their name?"  We wished for name tags! ;)

The small group was a nice group of young married couples.  When the ladies and guys got split the gals talked all about similar subjects that Mary could totally relate to!  It was nice to start opening up with people and having them be in a similar understanding situation as you.  There's no judgement.  They don't tell you what you should be doing, or what they think you should be doing.  They just allow you to open up.

It's nice to talk about newlywed conversations with others.  No one in the room was married for two years yet.  One had a young baby and the lead couple is expecting in five weeks.  Most of the women work with children. =)

I love finding connections!  I hope this is the brand new start of a great connection group!  Praying this will help me feel more comfortable with living here away from close family and friends.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Who's the ISU fan?

When I first met Jon and got to know him I knew it didn't matter if he was an ISU or Hawk fan, but as time went on I just HAD TO ask.  Why?  Because he attended ISU!!  When I asked him he said he didn't keep up on sports too often but if he had to pick he would go for the Hawks.  I was so excited!!  No matter what happened I knew I was starting a relationship with someone who attended ISU but would cheer for the Hawks!  yahoo! =)

Now with football season happening RIGHT NOW, it's really nice.  We live in Ames and around a LOT of ISU fans and Jon could careless.  It's awesome!  (Sorry ISU fans if you don't like this post.  GO HAWKS!!)  With all this ISU spirit around me, I'm really going to have to start wearing black and gold.  Or should I?  Do you think I would last long with all these powerful ISU fans?  Thankfully my dad is also a Hawks fan!  Whenever I want to watch a game I can always go back to Johnston and watch it there.

It's unfortunate to have all these ISU fans tailgating....they close down Jon's parking spot for when he goes to school!

LET'S GO HAWKS!!! =)