BC: of 2013
1: "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin." -Zechariah 4:10
2: The old LensCrafter's gang
3: Happy Birthday to Dominic, who turned 36 years old, the rest of us have quite a bit of time before we catch up! | Small world! Sam, me, and Meghan
5: Ben got me flowers, Phineas & Ferb valentine's, heart shaped pancakes, and a one-hour massage. I got Ben candy and a BIG card. We also went to one of our favorite restaurants for the holiday, J. Baldwin's. It was a great day.
6: March 13 Ben & Josh had a combined birthday party at our house. | Ben got money, concert tickets, and a printer for our future home. | St. Patrick's Day We enjoyed the day with Meg, Dom, Erin, her boyfriend, Julie, and some of their friends & family!
8: Pictures with Josh & Hailey, and Matt & Carmen. | Spring is finally here! | Hippity Hoppity Easters On It's Way! Easter ending up being a very short holiday. Everyone ended up falling asleep, but we still got to visit with family and friends for a little while. Easter is a great time to be thankful for all God as lived and died for so that we can live eternally with Him.
10: We are having a great time counting down the days to the wedding.
11: HOPE FOR FREEDOM WALK - Becca, Emily, Christina, ME, Sarah (my Handprints gang)! | Ben's hair cut! | First warm day of the year!
12: Jessica & Hannah's Family Birthday Party | Hooray For Birthdays
13: We were blessed to have one of the few nice days so far this spring. | So thankful the whole family was there today!
14: Love/Valentines Day/Anniversary | 1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us. | April 26, 2013 was our two year anniversary, and our last dating anniversary ever. Next year we'll be married. Craziness! Ben picked the restaurant. He found a hole in the wall Italian diner called Pasta Fagioli in Bloomfield Hills. It was delicious!
15: 04.28.13 I had strep throat on our actual date, but Ben took care of me.
17: April 19 - Josh Turner Concert at Caesars Windsor, CA. Happy Birthday to Ben! It was an amazing concert. | It was a gift for Ben, but it was during my birthday weekend, so it was a great gift for both of us!
18: BREAK LOOSE INT'L 2013
19: Ben played on the Break Loose softball team for a Christian league. They took second in their division! Break Loose International would play baseball with inmates at different prisons in order to preach the gospel. Ben also got to see Jeremy play some softball every once in a while (bottom right).
20: I am so proud of my future husband. After years in elementary school, junior high, and high school, he went to school at Macomb and played baseball. Today, he finally gets his recognition for his hard work. He battled against dumb Macomb advisers, juggled work and school full time, and long class days from 8 am - 8 pm! He worked hard so that he would be done before we got married. I couldn't respect him more than I do right now. Ben is graduating today with a degree is Graphic Design, and he's pretty darn good at what he does!!! I love and respect him so much for all he's pushed to achieve. Congratulations, Ben, my fiancé, my best friend, my rock, my provider, and my soon-to-be husband! I love you.
22: SURPRISE PARTY
23: Ben was very surprised! He celebrated his graduation with our family and closest friends, Meghan & Dominic!
24: This summer was filled with joyous celebrations. We had an amazing time partying with our friends before their big days.
26: I felt so blessed by all my family and friends the day of our shower. It was beautiful and I couldn't have wanted a better party.
28: We were so thankful to have had another shower from Ben's family. | Spring is Here!
30: The Bachelorette Party - August 16, 2013
32: Ben was surprised by his friends on his bachelor party. They took him to the Kenny Chesney concert, also featuring Eli Young Band.
33: The rehearsal and rehearsal dinner went so smoothly. We only had to practice twice before we got to eat. We practiced at the First Baptist Church of Washington Twp.
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36: Day 1 of our "Mini Moon" we arrived early so we couldn't check into our hotel yet, so we walked around and enjoyed a craft show and festival that was taking place. It was a fun surprise!
37: Ben had never had a Zehnder's chicken dinner so we had to eat there once this weekend. | The scenery is beautiful in Frankenmuth. Every building is like a art masterpiece. | This was Ben's first time in Frankenmuth so we had to explore every shop available to us. | Only Ben would be as tall as that nutcracker.
38: Day 2 morning and afternoon of our "Mini Moon" was very relaxing.
39: We met the Verlander's and Ben bought their book. | We went to the Riverside Shopping area and bought our first ornament as a couple. | We road aboard the Bavarian Bella. | We had a great breakfast at Marv Herzog, coffee at the Kaffee Haus, and lunch at Tiffany's
40: Day 2 evening of our "Mini Moon" was also relaxing with free snacks, drinks, and we went out to dinner at the Frankenmuth Brewery.
42: We were very excited that we still were able to make the trip up to SpringHill Camps this year. We only stayed for one day but it was worth it.
43: SPRINGHILLCAMPS Evart, MI
44: Getting Back To Nature
45: Always a New Adventure
46: On Devil's Night, we ventured to Romeo to walk down Tillson Street where the houses are decorated to the extreme for Halloween. The next day for Halloween, we went to Sherwood with friends. We dressed up as Hawkeye and the Black Widow from the Avengers.
47: Little Red Riding Hood, Black Widow, Rosie, and a scary baby doll | Trick or Treat!
48: We adopted Drama, a whippet-jack russell mix, from Canine Companion Rescue Center in Clarkston, MI. He was definitely a tough puppy to start with, but has proved to be a joy in our lives!
51: Enjoying the wedding of our friends, Meghan and Dominic Gianosa & Brittany and Andrew Edgerton!
53: As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy | We have so much to be thankful for this year. God has truly blessed us with so many things. Spent Thanksgiving Day at my parents house with our whole family.
54: Punta CanaHoneymoon
56: Holiday Memories Warm Even The Coldest Of Days
57: A Season of Love and Laughter | Family Is The Best Part Of
58: & Krista's Birthday
59: For Krista's twenty-first birthday, we went wine tasting at Michigan by the Bottle. Then the next day on New Year's Eve, we went to Kenny & Kiley's to ring in the New Year with great friends, drinks, and yummy desserts! 2013 was a great year, bring on 2014.