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S: 2009

BC: "I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you."


1: When a Rooster met a Turtle | I think it would be fair to say that it was fate for the two of us to eventually meet. With so many circles of life overlapping, it was just a matter of time before glances turned into conversation and that is just what happened. In the heart of Newport’s summer (June 2009) we both attended a wine and cheese party with friends. As I entered the backyard, my eyes instantly connected with Amy’s. She was stunning...We smiled, introduced ourselves and unfortunately were quickly interrupted by friends wanting to chat. I thought to myself, “Man, I want to talk to HER again”. The night went on and having failed to swap numbers, the days went by. About a week later, a girl arrived at our doorstep for a BBQ with my roommates. As usual, I was buried in work at my computer. During her tour of our place, she poked her head in my room. Not knowing it was Amy, I quickly stood up and introduced myself. She said, “Yeah, I know you... we met earlier”, teased me about eating cereal out of a wine glass and continued on her tour. It didn’t look so good for me and my memory. I’ve never eaten cereal out of a wine glass... why today?! As things became less cloudy, I recalled the chain of events. I had to go chat. I couldn’t now decide to hang out at the BBQ. It would be obvious that my interest changed upon the arrival of our guest. I walked out into the kitchen and attempted some chit-chat. We started realizing all of our similarities... Everything from close friends to church, vacation interests, where we buy groceries, drop mail and hangout were identical. To top it off, I lived 3 houses down on the same street. She was beautiful. I was so pumped up, I went for a run. The next day she came over to use the internet... yeah, I knew she liked me. She was cancelling a plane ticket to Hawaii and was saying she wanted to travel somewhere else. I related to her and said I would be down to vacation. She invited me to Africa and I said maybe somewhere in the US first. I wrote her on Facebook that night and left for a 4th of July camping trip with some friends. We texted and talked most of the drive home. Upon returning she invited me to hang with her at the park. Apparently I was shirtless... Later that night, we made breakfast. Her dad called to chat with her and said we should come to Redding. Because we just met, it wasn’t a “meet the family” trip. There was no pressure. The next morning, her dad had sent a list of fun things to do. After reading it, I got out of bed and booked us plane tickets. Upon check-in at the airport, Amy couldn’t answer the names of the parties traveling. It all happened so fast. Redding was heaven. We had so much fun. I fell in love with Amy, her family, her upbringing, etc. I was head over heels. It took her a bit longer to realize what she caught, but once she did, we were engaged and married within a year. Meeting Amy brought excitement and an overwhelming calm. No wonders, no worries, no searching... just victory and thankfulness to God for fulfilling my wildest dreams and then some.


3: Steve's first trip to Redding.


5: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter

6: Wine tasting at Sunset Market

10: so many | Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share.


13: Making Sweet

14: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. ~Cathy Allen

16: After catching the crawdads, we had a little feast !

19: On to Old town Sac with Megan and Jake.


23: A Perfect End to a Perfect Day

25: Birthday Girl! | We all met in Catalina to celebrate grandma's 70th birthday!

28: SOUTH AFRICA | My first week in South Africa was visiting a friend I met in Australia. Many of my first impressions of South Africa were brought to me by Marley. She introduced me to the warm feel of family, the breathtaking views of Cape Town, amazing wine tasting & so much more.

31: One of our day projects was to build a new toilet and garden for this woman. | The Sowetto Gospel Choir | The next 2 weeks I was in SA, I was mostly in Pretoria with Nieu Communities. They have a group that lives here and has built relationships with people in the townships and community. I got to help a lot and see what awesome things God is doing here.

33: Anna's visit to Newport Beach. | "The friends we meet on the path of life make the trip worth while."

35: Tucson

36: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts."


38: Tucson Half Marathon

39: WE DID IT!!! Completed the whole thing without stopping. 2 hour 9 min

40: Trick or Treat

42: R for Ryan/Roose | A Day at Disneyland!

43: Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years. | What a Catch | Dumbo!

45: A Day to Give Thanks

47: J O Y

49: { | { | LOVE

51: More of 2009 | Some more of 2009 ~ Steve got his Real Estate Brokers License ~We got our first Christmas tree ornament ~Amy went to Vegas to celebrate Megan's 21st ~Found Amy's wedding ring ~ Power hour DVD sold in Tops ~Steve learned to French Braid ~Amy crashed the scooter ~Amy went Skydiving ~Steve taught Amy how to skateboard ~We went to a Ducks hockey game ~ Started designing the Bottle Bong & iPhone App

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