The Yeagers

We’re MARRIED!! August 29, 2008

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Yes, it is true…we did it!! And, considering the amount of time since I last blogged, a new leaf that has NOT turned over would be the leaf of updating more often. Sorry…

I don’t even know where to start other than we had an absolute blast the week of the wedding, at the wedding and at the reception! It was so fun to have family and friends celebrating with us! Here are some of my favorite highlights:

 

  • Jon and I go downtown to get our Marriage License and take notice of the large, dark clouds looming overhead. We park far away (of course), get our Marriage License (really easy and fast!) and walk outside to find it is POURING. Jon being the wonderful man that he is, ran through the rain to get our car. THANK YOU!!
  • My best friend, Jordan, came in town a day early so we could have some “us” time. I was really excited to treat us to Starbucks via a gift card I had received. We get there, order our drinks and I can’t find the card. Starbucks response? “It’s on us!” WOOHOO!! Jordan and I had a great time sipping on our free drinks and pretty much closed the place down.
  • On Thursday, Jon drops Jordan and I off at the airport to pick up our college roommate and good friend, Stephanie, up at the airport. We were quite a bit early, so we take a seat in the only empty seats we could find: 2 stools behind the information-type desk in front of the escalators. We’re there no longer than 5 minutes when people start coming up to us asking us where their flight is, which baggage claim is theirs (in Spanish…), etc. Mind you, Jordan and I are in comfy clothes and definitely NOT looking like we work there. We did our best to help them and no one came back. I consider that a success!
  • Thursday night was my bachelorette/lingerie party and we had so much fun! My sis-in-laws totally embarrassed me, but we definitely bonded 🙂 It was really great to see family, old friends and new friends come together and “shower” me in a unique way. ‘Nuff said. 
  • By Friday, all my bridesmaids had made it into town. We had a bridesmaids’ luncheon at my Granny’s house and it was such a special time. We ended the luncheon with a prayer that included all of us crying and cherishing the moment. After lunch, we all got pedicures. So fun!
  • Friday night was our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner! This is when everything really sank in…all these people were here to celebrate for us and with us.
  • Saturday was the big day!! My mom, Claire and I got manicures in the morning. Aimee and I got our hair done together. Shirlee, a sweet friend from when we were little, did my make-up, and we were up at the church by 4 to get dressed and take pictures!
Our wedding was such a wonderful experience. It was so surreal to be walking down the aisle as a bride to my groom. The church was full of family and friends that love and cherish us. It was an experience I will never forget. My dad was HILARIOUS and very practical. Claire and John David sang beautifully during the lighting of the unity candle, providing such a worshipful atmosphere for Jon and I to pray together. We were both delighted when Dad announced us as husband and wife and gladly kissed eachother! 🙂
Our reception was SO FUN, but went by SO FAST! We have such a fun group of friends that danced the night away and provided great entertainment for all our guests 🙂 The big surprise of the night was our first dance. John David helped me write a song for Jon that I recorded for our first dance. I told Jon on the way to the reception, but it was a surprise for everyone else. It was such a special time together. We laughed through our slideshow (thanks, Dad!), ate one bite of cake, listened to sweet toasts from our siblings, talked to a few people (it was so hard to see everyone!), danced one last time and left as rose petals were thrown. It was so much fun!!
We left EXTREMELY early the next morning for Jamaica. We stayed at a Sandals Resort in Ochos Rios. Here are a few pictures from our trip!
After our fabulous trip, we had the privilege of moving. FUN TIMES! If it had not been for my mom coming up here with me the weekend before our wedding, I would have been in-over-my-head overwhelmed and our house would STILL be a wreck. But it’s not! Thanks, Mom!! We are all settled in and our little duplex feels like a home. I’ll post pictures as soon as I take some and get them on my computer.
Jon and I are LOVING married life and are so grateful for the ways that people have loved us, supported us, prayed for us, blessed us with gifts and blessed us financially. God’s provision is so evident in our lives!
Oh! And good news! A couple weeks before our wedding, my current employer offered me a job that I can do from a distance! It has been such a blessing to work from home. I will also be working with our church here in the nursery. YAY! 
Jon and I are also part of a new church that Grace Bible Church started called Grace Bible Church Southwood. It is the same church, separate campus. We are surrounded by such a wonderful team of people and are really looking forward to watching God move there. We had our first Sunday last week and we had around 200 college students! It was awesome! I am also part of the worship team for the college service, which is so fun! Jon and I just couldn’t be happier 🙂 
If you’re still here, thanks for reading and keeping interest in our lives. Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!!
 

Birthdays, Vacation, Showers, and 18 days! July 21, 2008

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Yes, you are at the right blog and yes, I am updating! Who knew planning a wedding required so much time?! Needless to say, things have been insanely busy in the Bauerlein household, but once again, I was embarrassed at the INfrequency of which I update. Maybe I’ll get better, but I won’t make any promises 🙂

Let’s see…where to start? Well, the Bauerlein/Keiffer girls/girl decided to have a girls’ weekend in Dallas (conveniently around my first bridal shower at Jon’s parent’s house!). We had a blast! We celebrated Aimee and Claire’s birthdays, shopped, watched movies, and had girl talk. All in all, it was a GREAT weekend and lots of fun! Here are a couple pictures from this “momentous” weekend 🙂

The birthday girls!

My sweet friends, Megan and Megan at my shower!

My future mother-in-law, Brenda hosted my shower.
That’s my mom on the right 🙂Me with my mom and sisters

The Yeager women!

It was then time for vacation! My family rented a home near Lake Austin for a week. We had a blast! We rented a boat, did the segway tour of downtown Austin, and spent the 4th of July watching illegal fireworks! 

Here’s the Keiffer clan. Austin is sporting his super cute life jacket.
He LOVED the boat and was the most relaxed I’ve ever seen him!

We celebrated Claire’s actual birthday in Austin. Austin (the baby, not the city)
flirted with our waitress. I thought he’d at least get us free lettuce wraps!

The segway tours were SO MUCH FUN! In fact, I was so excited, I tried
to wear a kid’s helmet…I was quickly informed by the tour guide that I
would be needing an adult helmet. Our tour guide also took pictures
of us. The last one is our “silly pose.” What’s so great about this picture
is that it was taken mid-pose. I think Luke’s “mid-silly-pose” is my favorite!

Jon came out for the last couple days of vacation and we had 
a blast! He was hilarious on the tube! 

Finally, we celebrated Austin’s 1 year birthday! I can’t believe that he is already so old!! He’s grown up so fast and changes every day. I’ll really miss getting to see him whenever I need a baby fix! Here’s some pictures of my precious little nephew!

Both of these pictures capture classic Austin faces, but I think
the second one is one of my favorites! He is just so darn cute! 

Jon and I are officially “showered!” We have been so blessed by people’s generosity! The Lord has opened my eyes to His provision for us throughout our engagement and our showers have been no exception! Our official countdown is 18 days!!!! Isn’t that crazy?! It seems like yesterday that we were getting engaged and just beginning the process of planning.

I am still jobless, but trusting in God’s provision more and more. My prayer is that the attitude of my heart will always be one of gratitude because He has been so gracious to us. He keeps reminding me that EVERY provision, whether it comes from a company or from the pockets of His people, comes directly from His hand. Isn’t that a comforting thought? I find myself completely humbled that He loves me and provides for me on a daily basis. Needless to say, the job searching has taught me to trust in Him more and more, leaning not on my own understanding, but acknowledging Him in every circumstance! 

 

God’s Love Expressed June 13, 2008

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I always have the best of intentions when it comes to updating my blog, but somehow life ends up happening and updating doesn’t! 

I got to have my bridal portraits taken last Thursday and had a BLAST! Marks Moore, a friend and coworker, is our photographer and his wife, Sarah, came along. We had so much fun! The week leading up to it was somewhat stressful, though! Rewind to last Monday morning. We were originally planning on taking my bridals on Friday morning, however I wasn’t able to make my hair appointment any earlier than 9 am. Since the sun rises so early these days, Marks was really worried about the lighting. He offered the idea of switching to a Thursday night, and after realizing that my bouquet had already been ordered, we realized that we would need to do THAT Thursday (as in 3 days!!). I spent lunch making phone calls to make sure everything was covered if we switched it to Thursday. Thursday rolled around and I could not have asked for a better day! It was overcast and the light would break through the clouds every now and then and create the perfect lighting. It was cool and windy, which made taking pictures for a couple hours comfortable AND provided some cool shots with my veil.

For the guys that are reading this (I don’t even know who reads my blog…), I probably lost you on the last paragraph. But if you have a wife, you understand how important bridals can be. It was the first time for me to see everything together. I had tried on the dress with day-old make-up and my hair in a ponytail. I had seen a picture of what I wanted my bouquet to look like, but hadn’t seen the real thing. I had a picture in my mind of what I wanted my hair to look like, but that could end up TOTALLY different! But Thursday, I had the dress, the hair, the veil, the make-up, and the shoes. The only thing missing was my future husband, Jon! It got me really excited about our wedding day and all the events leading up to it. This time in 2 months, we will be married! (56 more days, to be exact!) I get overwhelmed sometimes thinking about how gracious God is to give me a man that loves Him with his whole heart and loves me in light of that love. I am so grateful to God for providing me a man that has seen me at my worst and still thinks I’m wonderful! What a blessing Jon is!!

This picture perfect day also got me thinking about how personal God really is. He is intimately involved in every aspect of our lives…all we have to do is open our eyes to it. People can pass things off as luck or coincidence, but I’ve been praying that God would open my eyes to his hand moving in all things. THAT can be an overwhelming thought…realizing that level of intimacy. It’s also extremely comforting. 

A few months ago, I was reading in Ephesians 3. Verses 12-18 stuck out to me and I rewrote my interpretation of it. As I was thinking about the love of God, he reminded me of these verses and I thought I’d share them with you. Be blessed that God loves you and chooses to express his love in intimate, detailed ways!

“In Jesus Christ, and through our faith in Him and His sacrifice, we may approach God, the Creator of the Universe, the God of Jacob, Moses, and Abraham, with total freedom: freedom from condemnation, freedom from accusation, freedom from fear, freedom from intimidation. We may also approach Him with confidence: confidence in the sacrifice made through His Son as the perfect atonement of our sin; confidence that Jesus’ death gives us new life and places upon our heads the crown of righteousness. 

It is with this freedom and confidence that I now kneel before the Father, who has graciously made us His sons and daughters. I plead that your thoughts, your soul, and your inner spirit is strengthened by his power that is poured so abundantly from his glorious riches. I pray that Jesus Christ will dwell in your heart as you faithfully place your past, present, and future in His hands. In view of Christ giving His life as the ultimate expression of His love for you, I pray that you, along with fellow believers, may come to grasp how unending this love truly is. It has no limits. It stretches as far as the east is from the west. It reaches further than the north is from the south. It surpasses the highest mountaintop and goes beneath the lowest valley. When you see the sun rise in the morning and hear the birds chirp their praises to God, may you know that He loves you. When you discover colors made known to you only by the beauty of a sunset, may you know that He loves you. When you look at where you were and where you are, may you know that God has pursued your heart in a way unsurpassed by man and may you know that He loves you. When you see the hand of God in your decisions, your failures, your achievements, and your mistakes, may you know that He has a purposed plan for your life and may you know that He loves you. I pray that you find God’s love in the littlest of things and in the biggest of circumstances. I pray that you would see Him in all things and that you would know without a doubt that you are deeply and dearly loved.”

 

Updates! June 1, 2008

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Well, it’s been embarrassingly long since I last blogged…for those of you who care to read my blog! But don’t worry, I will deliver! I even have pictures to show you!! 

First, I don’t have Mono! Praise the Lord! However, the levels in my blood that determine the possibility of Mono striking again are EXTREMELY high, so I’m on a series of 2 shots a week for 2 more weeks. I’m hoping they help, my levels go down, and I’m not so tired! 

Second, Jon was in this weekend!! It was so fun to spend time with him again. It’d been 3 weeks since we last saw each other and so it was about dang time we hung out! We had our tasting on Saturday which was SUPER fun and yummy! We’re gonna have good food at our wedding 🙂 I had to work that night, but afterwards, we came home and had a little “photo shoot” with my dad for our slideshow. I THINK I might know what he’s thinking, but it’s supposed to be a surprise 🙂 Here’s one of my favorites:

On another note, I’ve been promising Jordan that I would show her pictures of the “creations” we’ve made/bought for our duplex. So, without further adieu, here’s what we have so far!

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Our coffee table!

Our dresser.

Jon made our headboard and our coffee table (modeled after one we originally bought, but realized it was laminate and couldn’t paint!) The Lord has really blessed us in providing things to fill our duplex. We are both so excited to use the things He has given us to bless others and make our home a place where others feel welcome and comfortable. Oh! I almost forgot! We bought a washer and dryer this weekend, too and we’re REALLY excited about them!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our upcoming move and I have to admit I am a little sad about leaving. I can’t wait to be married to Jon, living in College Station and beginning our lives together. It’s somewhat bittersweet. I know I will miss the friendships I have developed here, but I am looking forward to the ones I will develop there. I know I will miss the relationships I’ve formed with the people I work with and am praying for the ones that are yet to be made in College Station. I will miss my family, but I am looking forward to starting my own with Jon. You see what I mean? I’m a glass-case of emotions here!! HA! This is the way God has made me…I soak everything in so much that I get EXTREMELY sentimental about EVERYTHING! (Ask Jon or my family…they’ll confirm this!) But it’s God providing for and meeting my every need, even the material ones, that reminds me that he is still before and in all things. 

The job search continues…unsuccessfully! Thankfully, I had a God-moment (or a “Come-to-Jesus” moment, as my mom would call it!) when I was working on wedding stuff this past week. I was listening to a song called “Wedding Dress” by Derek Webb that paints such a vivid picture of what our relationship with Jesus can be like: we are so eager to put the dress on, run down the aisle and call ourselves his bride, yet struggle with actually BEING the bride of Christ. In it, he asks if Jesus could really love him when he doesn’t even trust him to provide. He says that he has one hand in a pot of gold with the other in Jesus’ side. This really stuck out to me because I’ve become pretty discouraged in looking for a job. I’ve allowed the weight of finding a job that will meet Jon’s and my needs while he is in school and doing the internship to overwhelm me. God spoke to me through these lyrics and I was reminded AGAIN that all provision comes from One Source: Jesus Christ. I MUST trust him to provide every single need I might have. Not only that, but I MUST trust him to provide for every single need that Jon might have. And, I MUST trust him for every single need that we will have as a couple. Are you getting the idea? 🙂 I’ve got to stop seeing money as our provision and rather, seek the Lord and HIS provision. He is more than capable to meet our needs and then some!

The changes are still coming but one thing remains the same: God’s grace is sufficient and more than enough. 

 

Sitting, waiting, and thinking. May 17, 2008

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Well, a lot has happened since my last post. Since I last blogged, I came down with strep. I had all the symptoms…sore, scratchy throat, headaches, weepy, etc. The frustrating thing about this is that I have had these kind of symptoms 3 different times in the last 2 months…not normal!

Now you must know that when I began working at CBC, I acquired my very own insurance! Along with that, I have the privilege of paying my own doctor bills. Our family has gone to the same doctor for years and years, however, upon receiving my own insurance, I quickly learned that this family doctor did not accept any insurance, which was code for “expensive”, which was also code for “shop for a new doctor!” I didn’t think this would be such a difficult task until I started looking around and found that NO doctor was accepting new patients. Frustrating. So, for the time being, I had settled on a doc-in-a-box. I liked him at first because he would perscribe me antibiotics, give me a shot before I left, and only cost me $25! However, after my second trip to this doc and talking to my mom, I realized that it wasn’t exactly a good thing that he never diagnosed me, nor did he tell me what kind of shot he was giving me! Sore throat #3 came along and I went to the doc determined to get a diagnosis. Well, when I asked him what I was sick with, he replied, “The throat.” Hmmm…thank you. In fact, I think I rattled him so much that he didn’t even give me the much-deserved shot!

All this to say, when the sore throat symptoms came back, I was not wanting to waste $25 on a doctor’s appointment that would get me nowhere and spend $35 on meds that I’d have to repeat 3 weeks later. Well, my mom sat me down at dinner, gave me a blank check, and told me to go to our family doctor…her treat. Thanks, Mom!! It was so nice to go back to our doctor and get some great medical attention. He swabbed my throat and the results for strep came back positive. I also had my blood taken to see if my mono has returned (I got mono my freshman year of college). So, I’m not sitting here with strep and praying that my mono hasn’t relapsed!!

I’m sure whoever is reading this didn’t expect a huge blog on my medical history, but there it is! If you made it through all that, congratulations! On to something different…

This past week Stephanie’s freshman roommate, Mary Beth, passed away. Stephanie is one of my good friends and was one of my roommates in college. Mary Beth was in a car accident in Austin, resulting in a broken pelvis and brain swelling. The doctors were unable to reduce the swelling and she went to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening. Although I never met Mary Beth, her death has affected me deeply. More and more I am reminded of the brevity of our life here on earth and just how quickly we can be swept away and immediately be either in the presence of Jesus or the gates of Hell. I once heard Beth Moore say that we only have one chance, one chance to know God as mortals. Mary Beth’s death got me thinking more and more about that. How am I using my time to know God in this way…as a mortal, human being that has limited understanding, a short attention-span, and split desires? I have ONE CHANCE to experience God’s unlimited grace before I am face-to-face with him as an immortal being. I go through times of spiritual drought and spiritual apathy, but this shouldn’t define my relationship with Christ. I’ve been praying for God to stir within me a passion and desire to know him fully while I am here on this earth, so that when it is my time to leave this earth, I have soaked in every opportunity to know him HERE.

 

A much needed update! May 14, 2008

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Well, I can’t believe it’s been this long since I updated this thing…actually, I can believe it because I haven’t been much of a blogger. I definitely keep up with different blogs…I find myself reading a friend’s blog, then find another friend’s blog and now my list of blogs that I read on a daily basis just keeps growing! So, I thought I should have one of my own in case people are wanting to keep up with me.

A lot has happened since I last wrote. The most exciting of which…I am now engaged!! Jon asked me to marry him on November 10 and we’ve been busy ever since planning for our August 9 wedding. It’s hard to believe that our wedding day will be here in less than 3 months (87 days, 21 hours, and 37 minutes to be exact)! Also, Aimee, Luke and Austin found a house about 5 minutes from my parents house and moved in at the end of February. Savannah is no longer living with us and I no longer am dragged around our yard! She is loving her new home and even has deer to bark at through their fence. Her favorite spot in their new yard is their flower bed…which is dirt right now. Yes, she is a clean dog! HA! Jon lived with my family for the past semester and just left this past Friday. I’m adjusting to him not being here anymore, but definitely miss him!

I am on the verge of change. Lots of it! The actual change has never been a problem for me, rather the anticipation of it. I think and think and think about the changes coming. By the time they come, I’ve thought out every possible circumstance that could happen and am just ready for the change to come and for me to adjust! Jon and I will be living in College Station (in a very cute duplex, I must add!) for at least a year. He will finish his school in December (WHOOP!) and begin his internship with Grace Bible Church (GBC) in the Spring. We will be leading a Coach Group throughout the year. GBC has what they call “Growth Groups”. We will be working specifically with the college Growth Groups, which are student-lead Bible studies. The leaders are called “Coaches” and we will be leading a group of these leaders. Jon and I am SUPER pumped about this! I’m really excited to develop the relationships I began on my trip to North Africa this past summer, as well as getting to spend some more time in College Station. However, I’m sad to leave San Antonio and all the things that God has provided me with here.

On the subject of change…Jack Taylor (an evangelist that has been preaching for over 50 years) came to our church about a month ago and spoke at a Prayer Dinner that my mom was hosting. One of the things he said has stuck in my mind and encouraged me so much during this period of my life. He said that we are in a constant state of change, so we might as well accept that change. The moment we stop changing, we are dead. He went on to say that the awesome things that God has done in our lives now, will pale in comparison to the things God WILL do for us. I continue to hold onto that hope…that the things God has for Jon and I in College Station, and wherever else He takes us, will hold great things and will cause the things He has done in the past to pale in comparison! What a great promise!

Anyways, I’ve decided that this is a way that my friends and family can keep up with the changes that are going on in my life, because they’re about to come in abundance! Be encouraged that God is moving among us and wants to amaze us with the changes He’s bringing!

 

My first blog! November 8, 2007

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Well, the guys have been bugging me about setting up a blog. So, without further adieu, here it is! Not sure I’ll update as often as I should, but maybe this will give you some insight into who I am, the things I’m passionate about, etc.

My sister (Aimee), brother-in-law (Luke), and nephew (Austin) all moved here from Owasso, Oklahoma last Sunday. Since they are in between houses, we have had the privilege of taking care of their beloved dog, Savannah. Savannah is a lab and something else mix, but she seems to think that she is a horse. She weighs between 40 and 50 pounds and her favorite activity right now is dragging me around the yard on a leash. Of course, I would love to feel as though I am dragging her around on a leash, but that just isn’t the case! It’s actually quite hysterical and I imagine my family has a pretty good time watching her GALLOP down the hill of our yard with me holding on tight. One of these days I’m going to bite it. That will be a fun day, let me tell you! Regardless, she’s my friend/nighttime roommate until Aimee and Luke find themselves a house.

Well, that’s about the extent of the excitement in my life! I’ll update more later. Have a blessed day!