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Happy March!

Happy 5-month anniversary to us! (last week)

Happy almost Daylight Saving Time! (An extra hour of sunlight! Woohoo!)

Happy almost Spring! (less than two weeks away now!)

So many happy things to look forward to this month, and the sunshine just makes it all that much more enjoyable. It’s supposed to reach 66 degrees today in Nashville, and that makes this Monday much more bearable than any Monday so far this year.

Haven’t updated the blog in a while…mainly because Ryan and I have just been trying to stay well. He had to take a couple sick days in February (sinus stuff), and I had to take a couple sick days in February (migraine and a 24-hour stomach bug). And then last week, Ryan missed almost three full days of work with a flu scare. Thankfully, he’s feeling almost back to himself again after a round of antibiotics. We went to a grill out and game night in White Bluff on February 26, and out of like 11 guests who were at the Griffins’ house that night, 7 of them ended up sick with cold/flu symptoms—Ryan included. A couple of the girls were diagnosed with the flu—one of those also has bronchitis and sinusitis. Another girl was diagnosed with tonsillitis. Ryan and our friend Livi were only diagnosed with sinusitis, and I was a little skeptical since that is not contagious but they all ended up with the same symptoms. I guess it doesn’t really matter because both of them were prescribed antibiotics and seem to be doing much better.

Now to just stay well and enjoy this nice weather!

Our 5-month anniversary was on March 3. Ryan was pretty puny that night, so we stayed in and I tried to help him keep his fever down (he had a fever for 4 days in a row!). We did open our 5-month anniversary present from my mom—a date night! She got us a Regal Cinemas gift card.

We’re getting pretty close to celebrating our 6-month mark. Can you believe it’s been half a year already?!?! Time flies when you’re having fun.

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Well, once again we’ve started slacking on our blog. It seems like it’s almost inevitable with our busy lives. Even if that busyness is really just catching up on some of our favorite shows… 🙂

The past week and a half or so featured several wedding-related surprises. Yes, we are still talking about the wedding because it was such a huge part of the last year and a half of our lives…but also because it keeps popping up everywhere! Here are last week’s wedding-related highlights:

  1. We won 2Duce2’s 2009 Wedding Teaser of the Year! (See their announcement blog here.) Aren’t you so excited for us? We’ll have to put the trophy up next to our trophy for Ashley’s Bride Guide’s best wedding of 2009 shout out. 🙂 Ok, so there really aren’t any trophies for those accolades, but we did win a $25 Fandango gift card from 2Duce2. And really, the best prize is knowing that all of our hard work over the year and a half we spent planning really paid off—we accomplished our dream wedding, one that truly reflected our style and personality and love we have for one another. What could be better than that? Although I think I may make my own trophies just for fun…
  2. Speaking of Ashley’s Bride Guide, she mentioned our wedding again here in her shout out to Jonathon Campbell Photography.
  3. In case you don’t know, the lovely Michelle Hartz of Hartz Photography was our photographer’s 2nd shooter for the wedding. This means she helped him capture some great shots throughout the day and then gave him the images to include with all of our photography. Well, her and her husband (who make up the Hartz Photography team) featured some of Michelle’s shots of our wedding on their blog last week. So check out some more of our wedding pics here. We love them! Michelle did a great job, and we’re so glad she was there to help Jonathon capture some awesome images on our special day.
  4. Speaking of our photographers, Jonathon Campbell featured a couple of our pictures as some of their favorites from 2009.
  5. We finally received our congratulatory note for our wedding and new marriage from the Obamas!!! This one is definitely one to be framed. It doesn’t really matter what your political affiliation is…how cool is it to have a note from the President and First Lady? And it even has the White House seal on it. Love it! So glad I invited them to the wedding. Too bad they couldn’t make it.
  6. In addition to all of the fun related to our wedding, we also received two Save the Dates for June weddings. My college friends Lora and Julie will be getting married this summer. Julie and GW will be married on July 3 here in Tennessee, and Lora and Jim are getting married on July 10 in Florida.
  7. Finally, to end our list of wedding-related events of the past week and a half or so, we finally uploaded pictures from John and Anelle’s amazing Swaziland wedding in December. We’re still working on uploading the rest of our pics from our awesome African adventure, but thought the newlyweds would appreciate it if we went ahead and shared these.

As you can see, we’ve had a lot of wedding excitement lately. We’ve also been drawn to the horrible events in Haiti. We’ve spent a lot of time following the stories of those who have been affected by the situation, and have been especially drawn to the story of the two girls from Pittsburgh who were in charge of an orphanage called BRESMA. You can check out our last blog for the back story, but the good news is, those girls and 54 of the orphans from the 150-child orphanage are now in Pittsburgh! The other 90 children are being cared for by Dutch and French aid workers until they can get them to those countries. Amidst all of the chaos and devastation and pain, God is at work in Haiti and there are true heroes emerging during this situation. You can read more about the rescue mission here.

Now to tie these two topics of weddings and Haiti together, I have this story for you: a couple has given a quarter of their wedding budget to help Haiti. How awesome is that? Here’s the video.

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Before we continue on our journey, I think we would remiss if we ignored the current events that affect our lives today. As most of you probably know, the country of Haiti experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake this weak. While this is an extremely strong earthquake, the infrastructure, or lack thereof, in Haiti makes this an even more devastating 7. We will be keeping Haiti and all those connected to this broken land in our prayers. If you want to help, we have heard of some interesting ways:

1) If you text HAITI to 90999, you can donate $10 by way of your next phone bill to the American Red Cross.

2) I read Seth Godin’s blog, and in today’s entry, he spoke of a company called Double Take Clothing that is selling Help Haiti T-shirts. They are $20, which includes a $5 donation to relief efforts, or if you don’t want to donate an extra $5, they are also selling the T-Shirts for $15. Proceeds from the sale of both shirts are going to relief efforts, and Double Take is currently renegotiating rates with their suppliers to increase the donation amount.

3) There are countless other organizations you can donate to at this time to make a difference. CNN has a good list on their website.

Finally, if any of you reading this have any connections, or if you could just take a few minutes to contact representatives and media and anyone else who can help, my friend Jody Mader has been posting this story on her tweets and status updates and blog: two of her friends were running an orphanage with 30 children in Haiti. They desperately need to get the children to safety, but they cannot leave the country with them. The two girls can come home, but they would have to leave the children behind. And without these two amazing girls, the children would surely die. Jody gives a good summary of what is happening on her blog. These children are far along the adoption process and are almost American citizens. Only because they aren’t official yet, they are stuck in the devastation. They have families waiting on them here in America, but they will be left behind in the mess if no one steps in to help. What they desperately need is someone with power to help them get temporary U.S. citizenship. Can you help?

I am sure there are more ways to help, but these are some interesting ways we have heard of. If you know of any other ways, please feel free to post a comment and spread the good word.

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