Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Third Anniversary

3 years ago we had the happiest shoes as they walked us down the aisle & stood us firm on our alter as we said our vows & danced our first of many dances & moved us forward to begin our marriage full of adventures // happy anniversary @kamtoews you have always been & will always be my perfect gift

Wow! Today marks the day that we have been married three years! THREE WHOLE YEARS! I almost can't believe it.

Three years of being life partners with my best friend.
Three years of adventures.
Three years of dreaming of the "next big adventure."
Three years of frozen pizzas when no one wants to cook.
Three years of deciding between light girlie beers or dark hoppy cold ones.
Three years of celebrating holidays, birthdays, and small, but momentous occasions.
Three years of balancing work, life, and love.
Three years of bickering & silly fights.
Three years of making up 5 minutes later when one realizes our love runs deeper.
Three years of loving God, loving people, and loving each other.
Three years of wedded bliss.

Happy Anniversary, Kameron. I love you more that you (& sometimes I) know.
Here's to year #4 & beyond!

This morning I was suddenly awoke by a cheerful round of "Happy Anniversary to you" and breakfast in bed, complete with heart-shaped toast! We showed each other pictures of the gift we'd bought for each other that are still making their way to our mailboxes (oh the joys of online shopping). Kam got me a leather headband & a leather journal cover! I got him a leather camera bag! (note the 3rd year anniversary gift theme of LEATHER).

Today Kameron is working at KNBN, and I am working on packing, sending Xmas cards, and baking. In the evening we are exciting for a mealtime adventure! We will be doing a progressive supper & going to our favorite restaurants for our favorite courses/sides. We don't have it completely planned, but there will likely be a stop at Sanfords for appetizers & drinks and another stop at Texas Roadhouse for those delicious buns & cinnamon butter. Any other suggestions? Then we might hit up a movie. The Hobbit or the Mockingly depending on how much time we have left. We'll try to document our experience.

(also, it might be embarrassing, but I am wearing almost the same outfit as i wore on our 1st anniversary. oh well. i'll embrace the fact that i still fit in it.)

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Watch a video of our engagement.
Watch a highlight video from our wedding day.
Watch a highlight video from our honeymoon in Montana.
The post from 1st anniversary.
1st anniversary photo journey.
The post from 2nd anniversary.
See all of our anniversary pictures.

Wedding Day in Orange City, IA
1st Anniversary in NYC
2nd Anniversary in Deadwood, SD

Friday, December 12, 2014

December currently...


Packing up our apartment we lovingly call Chateau de Toews. After Christmas we will be moving in with my sister & her husband & two kiddos for a couple months before we take off on our Zimbabwean adventure. Purging our closets of junk we haven't touched in the 2 years we've lived here. Selling all the big items on Craigslist. Feeling a sense of loss & sadness because I've build too much emotional attachment to my material possessions.

Listening to the podcast called Serial. Haven't subsribed? You definetely should. Kam has yet to catch on to the new craze... but we've got a lot of traveling coming up, so you can bet I will stop at nothing to convince him to take a listen.

Enjoying 60-70 degree weather. Yes. It is Dcember. Yes. We live in Rapid City, SD. But it feels like early fall. The picture above looks like it was taken taken in October. But it could have been yesterday. I am loving the extra vitamin D from spending more time out in the sun. Did you know that Rapid City was named the city with the most unpredictable weather. I believe it!

Fundraising, fundraising, & more fundraising. We hope to reach 75% pledged by Christmas. Currently, we have enough funds to go to Pre-Departure Orientation in February. We need 100% of our funds to step on the airplane in March. (Would you like to help us out by donating online?)

Planning some trips before the big trip. This weekend we are headed East River to see my big brother & his family. We don't spend much time with them since they live on the other side of the state. But I need some Connor cuddles & Emma-Erin time before we become continents apart. Kam's extended family is having an Xmas get-together in the area this weekend as well. Then on Sunday morning we are sharing about our ministry at a church in Platte, SD. In the beginning of February is Pre-Departure Orientation with TEAM near Chicago. Probably going to drive there & spend a few days in Orange City (where we went to college) to meet up with old friends. & hopefully explore one of my favorite cities Chicago. At the end of February, we are headed to the East Coast for a last hurrah before we leave the country. Part of the time will be a belated anniversary gift to ourselves spending a few days in Savannah, GA (because it seems like a whimsical place & we want to move there someday). Most of the time we will be in Charlottesville, VA visiting a different big brother & his girlfriend & their little baby (due March 1st) --- & also my little brother who just moved in with them. Then of course in the middle of March --- ZIMBABWE!

Contemplating buying an e-reader. Big step for this lover of physical books. I love turning pages. The smell of a good book. Feeling the weight of the book shift like a set of scales tipping as I read from beginning to end. But the convenience of an e-reader. That sounds nice too. Especially as we are simplifying & traveling. What do you recommend.

Always dreaming big dreams. Yes we are leaving to spend a year Zimbabwe in just 3 short months, but then what? What is our life going to look like long term? Different than it does now, that's for sure. Will we continue on in Zim? Will we settle down somewhere & pop out a bunch of kiddos? Will we start a new crazy adventure? Right now we are inspired by a lot of dreams. But one has really peaked our interest & these guys are only making those dreams brighter.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Jesus Film in Shona

As the Christmas is approaching in this Advent Season, I thought it would be appropriate to post this video we found YouTube.

The Jesus Film in Shona!

Shona is the native language of the people in the area of Zimbabwe we are going to. While many people speak English, we will be learning some Shona in order to more effectively communicate. What a better way to learn Shona that to watch the Jesus Film in Shona!

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