Brave Adventure

Brave Adventure

Sunday, December 6, 2009

2 Weeks to Matrimony

Happy (it is actually less than) Two Weeks until the Wedding!

It is currently after midnight making it 12 days until Cal and I's Wedding day. We have one more important meeting and a few little details until the whole thing is complete. How crazy it is to be this close to finally being a Mrs.! (I'm not sure if the . and then the ! is technically correct or not) My bedroom at home (currently my parents home) is beginning to look a little sadder due to the lack of familiar things present. Paddy (my dad) doesn't quite agree, but that's because all of my posessions are, in true Claire character, currently all over the floor. However, my bed is gone (I'm sleeping on the down stairs double bed mattress with my twin bed comforter on the floor, this is exactly like my college arrangement ironically), all but 1 of my instruments are gone, over half of my clothes are gone, I have less than 10 pairs of shoes in my closet (if you know me well- whoa.), my desk is clear, the drawers are cleaned out and many things are gone. My "wedding corner" where I put all things wedding no longer looks like a corner because there are not things on both sides of it....awkward. But, no matter how weird it seems, as I stair at my ceiling which seems now much further away, I think how much closer this makes me to having a home with my best friend, my love, Cal.

To celebrate this moment, I thought I would share with you my latest thoughts on marriage/engagement:
I think that one thing I continually learn as we are engaged, and expect to learn after we're married, is that I am one selfish person. I mean, I don't necessarily go out of my way to be selfish to someone, nothing like that, but it just let's me know even just mentally how selfish I am. I don't want medicine to go in the kitchen because it "goes" in the bathroom. (except ibuprofen, acetaminophine and lactaid) I want the bathroom cleaned the "right" way and so many other silly little things. The great thing is that the more I am confronted with my selfishness, the more God helps me to learn how to be selfless. Marriage is such the perfect context for this lesson too! Especially right now when we're in the beginning, as Shareen would call it, "WOOO WOO" stages of love, (prayer dinner shout out!) I want nothing more than for Cal to be happy. I don't want to hurt him in any way! This helps me see that when we disagree about these little things, the toothpaste is squeezed in the middle until the last possible moment, or the shower curtain needs to be closed after ever use, that marriage is not about changing someone else, getting my own way, or teaching him how to meet my needs. It shows me that I am getting the privilege of considering someone else better than myself (I don't mean being a jerk to myself), wanting to do something for him, wanting to think of his needs, wanting to love him how he needs to be loved, and the even greater privilege of showing an unbelieving world that unconditional love really exists through Christ. God has given us the privilege of showing to the world the greatest picture of gospel we can partake in. How exciting that is! The more Cal and I read the Bible and all it has to offer on marriage as well as some Godly books (with some awesome influences of Godly couples), the more I am convinced of this privilege! This task, though a blessing, is kind of overwhelming and impossible to do perfectly. So, in our effort to show the Gospel to the world through our marriages, we are pushed closer to the Gospel because we cannot do it of our own strength. We have to rely on Christ. We have to ask God to change our hearts and our desires for they are not the same as God's. (Isaiah anyone?) But God is so faithful to do that. He is forgiving, and He helps us forgive. He loves unconditionally and He helps us love unconditionally. He works through us to show His Gospel. Praise the Lord.

Just a word on my brain.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for many things.

This last week I was so privileged to be with my sister, Lindsey, her husband, Drew, and their new little girl, Stella. I loved them- every moment. I really miss them, but I am so thankful that I was able to get them, see my niece, and help Lindsey even if it was only for a short time. I am also very thankful that Lindsey and Stella (shortly followed by Drew) will be coming in 2 weeks, so it won't be quite as long between visits this time! (You might pray for her as she is driving her 1 month old from Louisville, KY to Fort Worth, TX- at least 13.5hrs depending on who's driving.)

I am thankful that on either side of my trip to Kentucky, I was able to see my fiance and his lovely family. (my soon to be family!) We had a great time sorting through a lot of stuff we'd received from showers and deciding where to put things in our apartment- how fun to say is that? It's very fun for me and Cal. We had a good dinner last night and a great breakfast this morning. I am so blessed that I got to see him when I originally didn't expect to.

I am thankful for all the safe driving, despite the one small parking stint on the side of the road for my gimpy stomach to release its contents.

I am thankful for being able to come home from my long trip and be loved on by my family. They had lots of food prepared for our big fun family dinner and it was completely delicious. It was so great to get to talk to so many people and my cousins even came over later to see me! (and others I'm sure) We had a great time and we even looked at baby pictures. They're out because we are working on the wedding slideshow, so everyone had fun looking at embarassing photos of me. I will refrain from posting any of said pictures, but if you're friends with my dad on facebook there are some available in his "mobile uploads" section.

I am thankful for every one of the 23 days left until our wedding that we will get to enjoy with friends and family.

I am thankful for a sweet and considerate fiance that is daily a piece of sanity and calm nature in my crazy brain. He is such a Godly man, always pointing me in the right direction. I also am thankful for/love his consistency. I can be a very very loyal person, so his consistency and his devotion really does mean the world to me. (love you, nuke!)

I am also thankful for so many friends that have really impacted my life by allowing me to be a part of theirs this year. Thank y'all.

Signing off, this a big day of thanks and I hope that I have more than one of these days a year.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Travelin' Woman

Howdy from Kentucky!

I have made the trek up to see mi hermana, mi hermano-in-law, and la Stella (haha). The first leg of my trek was a bit interesting. Cal and I loaded up a truck and my Honda full of stuff (including a bed! yay! Cal will no longer be sleeping on a mattress on the floor) and drove to Mississippi. Unfortunately the tarp we used to cover said things did not agree with us. In fact, it insisted on coming out from the tie downs, bungee cords, and boxes we used to attempt to make it stay, and flapped in the wind...for over 6 hours. It turns out that tarps are not very sturdy and it subsequently frayed with its final state looking something akin to a flapper dress. I like the '20s, but this was not exactly what'd I'd been thinking...
ANYWAY, we made it to MS and dropped off all the stuff before going back to the 'rents-in-law-to-be's house so that I could get some shut eye before starting the next leg of my trip. I ate a pretty hardy breakfast made by my oh so sweet fiance of cereal and was loaded up with a bottle of water and some great snacks! Then I started my way to Kentucky! (I am tempted here to sing a rendition of Oooooooooh klahoma where the wind goes.... but with Kentucky. I'll spare you.) 9 hrs later I arrived in Louisville!
I have been exposed anew to babies (baby. Stella.) and I have to say.... I like her! She isn't always smiles and rainbows, but she is a sweet and cute baby. I have also managed to get her to stop crying and go to sleep on me once! It was very exciting. Talk about feeling accomplished. There is nothing more satisfying then to get a crying (loudly crying) baby to stop and to look so peaceful and happy! While it may not have been me, I was holding her, so Lindsey gave me permission to take credit and Drew gave me a high five. Yeah! Very exciting day for Claire Thompson. Currently Stella and her Mom are taking a nap. Later, I'm going to keep Stella to give Drew and Lindsey some much needed together time. Should be exciting!
In other news, I'm a terrible Aunt because I have barely taken any pictures, but my arms have been full a lot of the times holding Stella! And when a baby is asleep the last thing you want to do is take a picture. Trust me, you are glad she is sleeping. Loving baby, loving Lindsey, loving life. Do svidanya!

p.s. update: 26 days until the wedding

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Shower Month

We have had three different showers this month (one of a more scandalous variety) and they were all quite lovely! Here is just a small recap:


Halloween Girly Party
We had all the girls come as their favorite leading lady from a movie and it turned out great!

I loved being Belle (Joanna Jones made the lovely dress I was wearing) and seeing how everyone dressed, plus we had so much hanging out, playing games, and opening presents! I had to guess who bought me what gift, so hard!!

Then we had the first bridal shower in Fort Worth! The sweet Jennifer Hughens as well as 7 other wonderfully generous ladies hosted this party. I got to see so many sweet people that I hadn't seen in ages and have lots of wonderful conversations. We had petite fours (love!), punch in champagne glasses, sausage balls (mmmm), and lots of other goodies. The next shower we had was in Clinton, Mississippi! I got to meet so many people that had meant a lot to Cal and his family throughout his life. They all seemed like such sweet people and I look forward to getting to know them better. There were 13 hostesses all of whom did an amazing job putting together a beautiful shower. The cake was incredible!! (pictures to come) It was in the shape of a purse, shoes, and a shoe box. How fun!

Upon request (love you Lindsey!) I am posting some pictures of a few of the gifts we have received so far:





















These are just a few of the many generous gifts we received!
Love and Thanks,
Claire (and Cal)







I got an award!

Mrs. Joanna Jones gave me a blog award this week! How fun! In exchange here is what I am supposed to do (using only one word)...

Where is your cell phone? Couch
Your hair? Bun
Your mother? Lovely
Your father? Sarcastic
Your favorite food? potatoes
Your dream last night? Nightmare
Your favorite drink? Sprite
Your dream/goal? Ministry
What room are you in? Family
Your hobby? Everything
Your fear? Alone
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Texas (haha)
Where were you last night? Starbucks
Something that you aren’t? Spontaneous
Muffins? Chocolate
Wish list item? Wedding
Where did you grow up? Texas
Last thing you did? Write
What are you wearing? Pajamas
Your TV? Bones
Your pets? Chaz
Friends? Messaging
Your life? Busy
Your mood? Sick
Missing someone? Cal
Vehicle? Accord
Something you’re not wearing? shoes
Your favorite store? Target
Your favorite color? Green
When was the last time you laughed? Today
Last time you cried? Prayer Dinner
Your best friend? Cal
One place that you go to over and over? Church
One person who emails you regularly? Lindsey
Favorite place to eat? Home (parents)

Love!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Time of Blessing

This weekend Cal and I had the wonderful privilege of being part of our first wedding event (that will start a trend of weekends to come), but more importantly an event that directed us closer to God.
Sandra Shoemaker, one of my favorite people in the world, through us a Prayer Dinner. What a wonderful way to encourage couples as they begin a marriage together! We got to eat dessert (yummmm), hang out with people I love and see often as well as people I don't see nearly enough (I was so blessed to see Shareen, it's been ages since I have gotten to see her) and then came the best part. These people, full of God's wisdom, gave us a blessing and a piece of advice for our marriage. There were definitely some tears shed and some tender moments shared. I loved every moment. All of those words were so special to us. Then at the end, a prayer was said over us. These people came, on purpose, with great intent, to help us center our marriage on the Lord because they know, from experience, that is the only way we can succeed. Our marriage is first and foremost about God and all He has done. He is the one who makes "two become one flesh", that is not a human possibility, He is the one we are reflecting in our marriage. He has allowed us to be tangible evidence for love He has to offer. What a privilege! In this way, all these people were reminding Cal and I that, although it will be difficult, there is such blessing in a marriage devoted to Christ. We are so privileged to have people that delight in the Lord and want to push us toward this end.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Quick Question!

How do I get this thing to tell me when people comment on my posts?

Whoa! Retraction.

I love petite fores.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Fall Wreath


Last weekend when I was in Fort Worth, Claire and her mom made the wreath in the attached picture. It makes our apartment look much more like home.

-Cal

Monday, September 28, 2009

Pictures anyone?

Well I have had a wonderful/weekend!

Last week I had my bridal portraits taken by the incredibly talented Hillary Anne and I had a blast. With the help of my mom, we carried my wedding dress all over downtown Fort Worth. My arms were definitely sore. I loved getting my hair done, having mom do my make up and all those fun things, but nothing quite matched the reaction of all the people we met downtown! People were so friendly, coming over to talk to us and complimenting my dress. It was so fun to interact with so many people! Once a bus pulled over and opened their doors to talk to me! I can't wait to see how the pictures turned out.

This weekend Cal and I took some engagement photos! They were done by one of my favorite people Lindsey Marette - if you want to see them just go here. Let us know which one is your favorite!

I also took the advice of my sister, Lindsey, and made a fall wreath. She inspired me. Cal has promised to post the picture of the wreath on our apartment door very soon. (Slash after he gets back from training this week)

I hope y'all are having a great week! This was my study break, so I'm back to studying!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sickly September

So I have been chugging along at life, doing a little wedding here and a little homework there, etc, and low and behold I have suddenly gotten sick. It's not a terrible death sick, but I do not feel good. I went to morning class just fine, even wore cuter clothes than normal, and then I get out of chapel, talk with a friend, and getting in the car I start to feel hot. It is a downhill trek from there. Argh.


In bigger news, this last weekend Cal and I celebrated our first Double Digit weekend! We are officially less than 100 days to the wedding. My favorite part of our celebration? Puddle Jumping! No, I do not mean international travel, but I do mean the donning of galoshes and rain gear to go and tell those puddles what for! It was a blast.
We also have had our first wedding shower in Pascagoula, Mississippi! It was lovely (I hate four petite fours so I had a great time) and Cal ate it trying his cousin, Amy's, ripstick. This is him about to fall, but still having a good time. He's braver than me though! I wouldn't even try it, I was more interested in saving my bum.
We got many beautiful gifts including some hand made stockings by lovely Aunt Sue. They were beautiful and white, not to mention...Christmas!!! I love Christmas. We also got canisters and a skillet, some utensils, and some fun things like a griddle. I told Cal he would be in pancake heaven because of this griddle. Mmmmm pancakes.
The last significant event that I have to report is that Cal and I have picked out our wedding rings. This is such a big deal because we cannot agree on anything. (style wise) We were very excited. We found it right before we went to counseling, so we had to order it by phone, but that's all good.
Adios for now!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My Worst Nightmare

So after a fun and exciting last week at Tallowood BC (missing them already), I went to Mississippi to help the fiance move into what will be our apartment! It was really exciting to see the space we will be living in. (He'll be living there until we're married, while I'm in Fort Worth) We realized we had too much furniture, but at least we have furniture! SO, after all of that...

My Worst Nightmare.

I couldn't seem to figure out what day classes for seminary started, so my dad called a friend to ask. The verdict was....drum roll....last Thursday. Gracious! I always had dreams or nightmares, especially in college, that I would some how miss the memo and forget the first day of school. Low and behold, I've done it. Today was my personal first day of class. (Today is Tuesday for those of you who are having trouble with the start of the week) The good news is that Thursday was mainly a syllabus day and I hadn't missed very much. I am taking a class from my youth minister from high school, Johnny Derouen. His passion is incredible, and class flies by! (He's also the officiant to my wedding, so I'd say he's in pretty good standing in my book.) I also was blessed to see a friend, Dr. Allen Lott, and sign up for a piano class. So tomorrow consists of getting textbooks, lunch with Kindel T., and my first piano lesson in several months. Get excited! Let's hope that I succeed at playing something decent. 

Monday, August 17, 2009

Masters Student

So I, Claire Thompson, am officially a masters student. It made me feel incredibly awkward and growing older to be sitting in a room of people, most of whom had children, starting their masters degree. I still look like I'm 15 years old, how can I take Biblical Hermeneutics?!
I have orientation tomorrow morning at 8am (does getting old mean you get up sooner?) and then they will "orient" me on all the things I need to know. I am already registered for two classes: Biblical Hermeneutics with Jason Lee and Student Ministry Culture and Relations (something like that) with Johnny Derouen. Exciting!

I am also beginning to finish up my final week at Tallowood Baptist Church and say goodbye to all the wonderful friends I have made. Many of these friends I'll still see at some point, the wedding, maybe a girly party in College Station, but it'll be weird not to see several of them daily. I wish I could just take them all with me back to Fort Worth. We have decided that this week we will celebrate every "last" that I have.

Happy Last Monday Everyone!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

We have succumb to the blogosphere

This is our first entry! We have a blog!

Title explained: Claire loves to tell things in long narrative form (long) and Cal usually explains things concisely and to the point. That's why we have chosen this title. (Don't worry, no one is limited on how much they can post) 

Love and future blogging,
Cal & Claire