Saturday, December 31, 2011

Look who's getting married!

Dan and I were headed to the airport at 4:30am to fly home for Christmas, when I realized I had an unread text from the night before. It was a picture message from Rachel showing off a gorgeous diamond ring .on.her.finger! Oh my! I couldn't have been more happy -- and thrilled that I'd soon see the happy couple in person! (Nice timing, Alan!)

And what works better for a photo shoot than a windy December morning? We wanted to get some pictures but with coordinating schedules, the only time that worked was not ideal according to the weather. But they braved the bitter cold and flashed smiles that warmed us all by their radiance and happiness. Love is such a beautiful, precious gift!

I love being in love.

I love seeing other couples truly, sincerely, and desperately in love with each other.

And it is wonderfully happy when my sister falls in love!

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
HIS steadfast love endures forever!"
Psalms 118:29

Congratulations Alan and Rachel!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Born that man no more may die--
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

What a joy it is to be back in Nebraska enjoying such precious time with family
-- what a wonderful time of the year!

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Class of 2012

Esther! Thanks so much for letting me take your senior pictures last month. Not only was it an absolutely blast hanging out with you (like always!) but you are so gorgeous. You positively radiate the beauty and goodness of our Lord! May He bless you in ways you can't even imagine as you seek Him for direction!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Every love story

is beautiful,
ours is my favorite.




Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sugar and spice and all things nice

It's a GIRL!

--19 weeks--

Thursday, December 15, 2011

pink or blue?

What's your guess?
(and cast your vote now...cuz' the answer will be coming soon...!)

and a random side note:
the pink shoes are from my baby days!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Dan is in the midst of completing his LAST WEEK of law school! This calls for a celebration! [smile]

He has a big test tonight, another one on Friday, and then his senior seminar paper is due on Saturday. I'm so proud of him. He has been so faithful and diligent -- not only working 40 hours a week, but also studying 20+ hours a week. And now the end is in sight!

After Dan finishes school, we'll travel to Nebraska and spend Christmas with family. Afterwards, its back to the books as Dan prepares to take the California bar exam in February. Prayers are very much appreciated -- not only for his tests this week, but also for all the studying and review he'll be doing in preparation for the bar exam.

"A man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord
and He ponders all his paths."
Proverbs 5:21

photo credits:
taken by Hannah Wissmann
at Sam & Nicole's photobooth

Monday, December 12, 2011

Supper is served




(Those words just had to be made for each other. Hm-mm-m. Such an amazing combo.)

Throw in some grilled ham or chicken, a lil' mayo or mustard, a few slices of avocado and tomato--

well, for the first sandwich only use one lone tomato slice.

Which only means more for the next sandwich!

Grilled chicken is my personal favorite. I'm also thinkin' that a slice or two of bacon would only make this even more delish. And all I had on hand was potato bread, but a fresh rye or wheat bread only enhances the flavors (I speak from experience!)

Let the grill do its work - and wala!

Make sure you have whatever else you are serving with supper all prepared and ready cuz' these tasty toasted sandwiches are best hot off the grill.


Such melty goodness.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Sam & Nicole

Tomorrow morning if you wake up
And the future is unclear,
I will be here.

As sure as seasons are made for change,
Our lifetimes are made for years,
So I will be here.

I will be here, so you can cry on my shoulder;
When the mirror tells us we’re older, I will hold you.

And I will be here to watch you grow in beauty,
And tell you all the things you are to me;
I will be here.

I will be true to the promise I have made,
To you and to the One who gave you to me.

As sure as seasons are made for change,
Our lifetimes are made for years,
So I, I will be here.

We'll be together and I will be here.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Gratitude born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.
-C. Jefferson

The Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
Psalms 100:5

Monday, December 05, 2011

Thanksgiving Travels...

took us to Nebraska for a week! What a delight! And we packed the days (and yes, some nights) as full as possible...

On Saturday, November 19, Dan was a groomsman for the wedding of our friends, Ben & Leslie.

What a beautiful thing to see a young man and woman fully committed to Christ -- now covenanting their lives to each other!

Then on Sunday, my cousin Nicole married the love of her life -- and I had the honor of standing up with her! Such a gorgeous day of rejoicing in what God has done.

It was also a first in that while being the matron of honor, I also did some of the portraits, too. (Which means stay tuned for more pictures of the stunning bride and groom!)

After the wonderfully busy weekend, we had time to relax with family...

spend some time at Grandpa and Grandma's house...

play a few games...

eat lots and lots and lots of good food...
(what a great time of year to be eating for two! [grin])

enjoy a Wissmann family reunion concert...

play with the adorable nieces and nephews...

a shopping trip with sisters...
(yay for finding cute maternity clothes!)

brave the cold weather for a good game of two-hand touch football with the Beasley's...

time with extended family...

and of course, talking and laughing and just enjoying the blessings of family and being together!

Thank you, Lord!

"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits,
the God of our salvation!"

Psalms 68:19

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Asher David

I'm an aunt again! Just look at this cute lil' guy...

Asher David
November 30th, 2011

Congratulations Josiah and Abi! I'm eagerly awaiting getting to meet your precious son in just a few weeks. Don't let him grow too fast!

Monday, November 14, 2011

The blessings of the Lord

...make one rich.
(Proverbs 10:22)

Thank you for all your sweet congratulations and for rejoicing with us!

Dan and I are so very thrilled and excited -- not only with the eagerly awaited arrival of a precious little bundle next spring, but also because of the faithfulness of the Lord!

Earlier this year (in January) Dan and I found out we were expecting and couldn't have been more blessed and ecstatic. I was just getting ready to share the exciting news with you all several weeks later, when the Lord called our precious little one home.

So instead of preparing for a sweet little baby whom I'd been praying for, I found myself over and over again dealing with the pain of dashed hopes and dreams I already had for this little one. My Heavenly Father had other plans and yes, it was a time of deep sorrow. But it was also a time the Lord showed me more of Himself and of His great love.

I share this with you now because it was a challenging spring of coming to a place of simply trusting and resting -- only to find myself in tears again, struggling with the loss of wanting to hold my baby!

In the midst of tears and wishing for what might've been and what I longed for, He was so patient and brought me such comfort through the precious promises in His Word as well as through my amazing husband, dear family, and close friends. Heaven is only going to be all the more joyous when I finally meet our precious baby!

And now I am due the end of April and have been so thankful for a wonderful pregnancy thus far. I heard lil' Squirt's heartbeat for the first time last week -- what a precious, precious sound! And such a miracle.

15 week baby bump

And I'm posting this picture simply because I love being married to Dan and am so excited to watch him as a daddy! He is going to be wonderful. [smile]