Friday, August 20, 2010

It's good to be home!

Ada, Michigan is green, peaceful, and is the perfect place to call home. Last week, Scott and Hannah come to town, we took advantage of the Air & Water show near North Beach and had an amazing Big Star dinner...then the packing began. We packed, and packed, and packed some more and I spent my last night in my apartment on Belden Ave. The next morning we picked up our Uhaul and loaded her up and packed everything tight. We drove the 3 hours to Grand Rapids, and pulled into Stone Falls of Ada.

With more help from Jason's friends and his parents we got everything unloaded and I spent the next couple of days organizing and we started painting too! (I promise to upload pictures when the painting is complete.)

Job hunting is priority, so let the fun begin! I'm just trying to enjoy this time off to get acclimated, take care of some wedding planning, and just relax before I get back into the 9 to 5!

So, say a lil'prayer for news back about jobs I've been applying for, and for continued success in wedding planning! Jason has been amazing, and we're so excited to put the long distance behind us!

Our new address:

370 Spaulding Hills Circle
Unit 205
Ada, MI 49301

To be continued...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Showered with love, Chicago style!

This past Wednesday I had my very first bridal shower! Jenn & Karen (2 of my lovely bridesmaids) put together a fabulous night filled with amazing food (courtesy of Jenn's amazing roommate Nicole) from Cafe Ba Ba Reeba, lots of wine, memorable videos, some rather entertaining Q & A, and spending time with my mom and the most amazing ladies that I've come to know and love during my time living the city girl life here in Chicago! 

I'm so blessed and thankful for everything everyone involved did, and for the love and support that each of these important woman have shown me! I am so appreciative for the limitless  encouragement, delightful conversation, sweet prayer, and most of the all the joy you each bring to my life! 

I'll see you all October 30th!!! 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Simms Twins

All of God's grace, in 2 little faces! We can't wait to meet these lil'guys! Welcome to the world Hayden and Hudson Simms! Congrats to Kris & Jess and your new arrivals. They are precious and will be spoiled by their aunt Courtney and Uncle Jason! 

"Every good and perfect gift is from above…" James 1:17

Ticket to paradise....

If I had to describe Maui in one word it would simply be...paradise! The water was crystal clear, the sun was hot, the accommodations were amazing, the palm trees always dancing, and the company was perfect. We were there for 8 fun filled days, and packed in as much as we could! 

I don't want to write a novel post, so here is the shortest highlight list I could come up with! 8 hour flight, Costco, Cheeseburger in Paradise, poolside with SPF 45 & 70, resort touring, taco night, Lahaina shopping, Gelato (my new obsession) Needle point, humuhumunukunukuapua`a, coastal drives with gorgeous views, church by the ocean, snorkeling with sea turtles, game night with the family, cruising in the jeep, relaxing and reading, rainbows, the road to Hana, fantastic art galleries, banyan tree, lei, waterfalls, pictures, pictures, pictures, Lahina Luau, fresh watermelon, more Gelato, sunglass hut, banana smoothies, the newlywed game showdown, UNO, pearl harbor, walks on the beach, pizza grilling experience, massive amounts of aloe, I tried octopus (did not like it one bit)  laughter, love, prayer, and the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen! 

This vacation exceeded every expectation! I am so thankful, and so blessed to have been included on this trip, and am also so excited to become part of the Kingma family...officially! I love you all so much! Mahalo for everything!