>On my way…

>Here you go with some updates… Aaron’s full-time at Cat, now, with full benefits, paid vacation, all the goodies. We found an apartment in north Peoria, a great location for us since we still want to be able to easily visit our families but also need to be closer to our jobs.

We don’t want to move in together before we get married; however, the parents have no problem with it. In fact, my parents encourage it. It’s just not our style. So we’ve decided to tie the knot at the courthouse towards the middle of May with just our parents present and then have our church wedding the day we’ve been planning: June 21.

It’s not only for moving-in reasons, but financial reasons. If we wait until June 21 to get married, there will be a lapse in my health insurance. I’m not sure if the company kicks me off the day I graduate or if there’s a grace period. Regardless, we’re getting married the day before graduation. We are not going on a honeymoon; instead, we are going to Honduras on a trip with our church. WAY excited about that!

I found a job at the new-ish mall in Peoria for the summer and the upcoming school year. I will also continue working at Sylvan. Hopefully between both jobs our budget will stay the same.

I’m really excited to move out… one week from Friday!!

>Um, wow. LOTS has changed since my last post. First of all, I’m home sick today from school and therefore I actually have TIME to post.

Aaron’s working in Mossville now, at CAT. He’s making good money and I think he’s enjoying what he’s doing.

I’m five weeks away from my last day of student teaching. We just finished spring break. Crazy!

Now we have only two and a half months until the weddin’… how did THAT happen?

We’re going to look at a house for rent in a couple weeks. Woohoo! I get to move in first, ha.

>only six and a half months!!

>as always, things change constantly. that’s the only immutable thing. in a few weeks, aaron will be looking for a new job; his internship with the church ends at the end of january. the great thing is that pastor has gotten it approved to have his car paid off (appx. $1500).

i am student teaching next semester, which i am uber-excited about. however, i have to work 25 hours per week on top of 40 unpaid hours. hopefully i’m able to save some money. my plans for the fall have changed – i have applied to ISU’s grad program in social work with a concentration in school social work… i’ve talked to a school social worker and done some research on the program and it’s exactly what i want to do!! so excited to find a program for me!

during the summer i hope to work at sylvan, possibly evolving to full-time status due to some circumstances. because of new jobs and whatnot, we will probably not be going on a honeymoon. that’s okay; i’d rather wait until winter and rent a cabin in the smokies anyway.

my dress is really almost done! all i have left is the hem. it’s really pretty and simple. i would post a pic of it, but i don’t want aaron to see it yet! (he’s actually seen it, just not on me.)

i guess that’s all the updates i have for now!

>things are coming together…

>aaron and i have been able to make some plans regarding our ceremony and reception… we want to buy a house instead of renting an apartment or house. we want our own place (we have TONS of furniture and just stuff that we need space for!) and we’re going to stay in the area for awhile. both of our families live here and it’d be nice to raise kids where they can see their grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.

here are the current plans:
wedding – at FCC; pastor rick is our officiant

reception – instead of dishing out a ton of money to rent a hall and all that jazz, we’ve decided on having an open house/housewarming party at whatever place we decide to live. people can come and go, enjoy food, be comfortable and casual… and since we’ll have so many kids coming to the wedding, they can go home and get a nap or lunch or whatever before they come over. that’s the plan, anyway.

my dress is almost done! i’ve gained a few pounds, but it fits wonderfully still. i won’t need someone to do my hair since i’ll probably keep it short. you know what it’s like when you find a cut and a hairdresser that you like.

we both have cars now; aaron bought one a few weeks ago. my car still has two years left on the loan, but his will be paid off right around the time we get married. hopefully his will last for a long time! (it’s a ’98 ford escort).

all in all, things are coming together and since we’ve been engaged for six months, some of the pressure is off. we’re just enjoying being engaged.