It was our fifth wedding anniversary a few weeks ago, and we managed to wrangle a trip back to the island at the same time. This meant Jay and I were able to steal a room at the Fairmont Empress, which was actually directly across the hall from where we spent our wedding night (swoon). We love the Fairmont brand, and after working there for 8 years and now with Jay having a jet setting career we have managed to stay at over 22 of their properties. So that being said the Empress is very near and dear to our hearts. I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to celebrate our 5th anniversary. Continue reading “Get Out of Town: Our Fifth Wedding Anniversary in Victoria”
Five years of marriage. When did that happen?
Most of you who know us personally have probably come to notice that we Jordan’s seem to really like Jesus. Like really, really. We don’t often (or try not to at least) proclaim it bombastically, because we both would never consider ourselves good enough exemplars of Christ like living, but yet our heart for the church is ceaseless and undeniable. We both grew up in church -mine small and personal and Jay’s a little bigger, and a little louder. Our friendship took root in our small school, Pacific Christian and our dating relationship was strengthened through commitments to youth group, sunday school and community ministries. Throughout we have imperfectly striven to consider God in all that we do, decide and act in, and also to plant roots in a community that bolsters us to walk out this mindset.
[A brief explanatory anecdotal aside] My first realization of Jay’s intentions was at church. We both attended a Pentecostal United youth group service at his home church Glad Tidings. After the service, like all good high school students, I unwound at McDonalds with friends, and who should stride through the door feigning hunger but Jay. He had driven thrifty five minutes past a handful of McDonalds’, multiple alternative eateries and his own house to wind up at the same location as I was. We laugh about it now because he claims he was already all in, while I wasn’t even playing the same game. I can’t recall but knowing high school me I was probably interested in someone else at the time, but I do remember being struck by just how different this boy was and that for him this was more than a friendship. His small, boyish act had made me feel special in a way no other man ever had or has since. Don’t get too excited though, I still made him wait another four years before I conceded to a date. Obviously, I had to make sure he was in for the long haul.
Okay, back to the topic at hand -church hunting. Throughout our marriage we have been in a constant search for a church that fulfills both our needs -and upon arriving in New York this search continues on a much grander scale because the options here are limitless (albeit at times overwhelming to wade through). Both of us are striving to find a place that is God focused, but beyond that is where Jay and I begin to differ in need.
I am constantly searching for community, and fervently feel that people and relationship are the pulse of the church. My childhood congregation was one that does fellowship so, so well. The Church of Christ has such a heart for it’s members that love oozes from each congregant in the form of unparalleled encouragement, warm hugs and baked goods during any trial or transiton. It is something you have to experience to truly understand. In my adolescence my best friend, Sarah (miss you), wrangled me onto a city bus and brought me to her youth group. As youth we spent Friday nights there, followed by a sleepover at my house that bled late into Saturday afternoons, and as university students did the same just as leaders rather than youth. Through sharing life with the amazing young adults in that church, and as we truly invested in one another with a whole heart I developed friendships that neither time, distance nor hardship have been able to weaken. So for me that is what I crave in a church -people.
For Jay, he craves the intellectual. He wants a sermon to challenge and grow him. At Church of Christ we had pastor Martin, who did just that. Jay still craves listening to his podcasts and when he left to return to his family in the Southern states Jay felt something vital had left with him. He yearns for that theological complexity that forces you to retreat from the service with a buzzing mind that is striving for something better. Also, being a drummer the whole music component is a pretty strong consideration for him. So that leaves us searching for a church that excels in community, breath of preaching and powerful worship. Below encapsulates our exploration of the houses of God in this great city so far -all of which are very large, and very on fire. Continue reading “Church Hunting NYC: Seeking Him”
Happy Anniversary Jameson Jordan
4 years ago today I walked down the aisle to marry my best friend and become the wife of a remarkable, attractive and intelligent man. Everything I am about to type will probably sound like a series of clichés, but I am okay with that because I feel pretty lucky to have all these platitudes be our reality.
Over the past four years I have had the pleasure to be married to a man who daily has shown me he loves me more than he did even moments before, points out my beauty in the most unexpected ways and reminds me of all the little things he admires in me when I have forgotten them myself. We have dreamed bigger dreams than we could have alone, and watched them come to be. We have bought houses, travelled, built new friendships, strengthened old ones, found new passions and explored new hobbies. We have been an unbeatable team, and daily I am thankful for the choice I made to say “I do” four years ago today.
Jameson, thank you for supporting me, dreaming with me, laughing at me and loving me more than I thought one person was able to love another. Before our wedding day our pastor told us that, because of our youth, we needed to marry the people were were going to become not who we were then. I can say with all earnest that you have grown into a man who is more exceptional, thoughtful and accomplished than any version of you my 20 year old brain had envisioned. So thank you for always being constant in your love and giving me a life that is filled with more blessings and adventures than I could have ever imagined. Now onto what awaits us in the coming years -new york, grad school, careers growth and babies.
I love you.
Last June Jay and I ventured down south to New Orleans and Texas for the wedding of one of his closest friends and the best man at our wedding. Finally, months later they have posted pictures of their spectacular day. In short the entire event was stunning. The bride was breathtaking and the groom and groomsmen handsome (I know I may be bias being wife of a groomsman, but check it out for yourself). The Halfhill’s are beautiful couple inside and out and we consider ourselves blessed to know them. Their perfectly styled yellow and grey wedding took place on an expansive green lawn, nestled beside a lake in the middle of Dallas. Every detail, down to the too cute yellow owls and candy bar, reflected the beauty and class that is found in this couple. Take a peak at a few of the special moments their amazing photographer captured (www.celinagomezphotography.com)