Saturday, March 12, 2016

Announcing....!!!

Baby Dickerson!!!

Due October 20th, 2016



God is good and has exceedingly blessed Matthew and I with this gift of life inside me!  I found out a few days before Valentine's Day, so I waited to tell Matthew until Valentine's Day.  I made a scavenger hunt throughout our house with letters that he had to unscramble at the end: 
A-B-B-Y....
hmmm...wonder what that might spell!?!

Later that afternoon, we had made valentines for my family, so we took them over and had them open them.  We made them in the shape of letters, so what do you think they spelled?

It took them a few minutes to catch our drift.  We had written cutesy little sayings on each one, like for the B it said, "Happy Valentine's Day...B Mine!"  or the Y said, "Happy Valentine's Day...Y? Because we love you!"  We then had them line up to take a picture and as we were resetting them into the right letters Ethan caught on to what we were doing!  


Matthew and I are so excited to begin this new stage of life and can't wait to welcome this little one into our lives!  (As for morning sickness, I've been feeling pretty good, as long as I eat regular, small meals.  Matthew and I just got back from a week of prison ministry in Florida, and then caught a really bad stomach bug, but we are steadily getting over that and so glad to be feeling better once again!)

  


"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate."
Psalm 127:3-5



Anniversaries!

On March 10th, Jordan and Caleb celebrated 4 years of marriage!


And on March 12th, Matthew and I celebrated 6 months of marriage!


How time flies when you're having fun!  We are all enjoying married life and are so thankful for the spouse that God has placed in our lives!  God is a good God who looks out for His children and blesses them beyond measure.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mom's Birthday!

Today is Mom's Birthday!
And what better gift for her birthday than to have Caleb, Jordan, Victoria, Berea & Evangeline coming in for a visit!!!  


Our mother is the best in the world (and no, I'm not biased; it's a fact!)  She is the most caring, tender, loving, sweet, wonderful mother and I'm glad to call her my own.  She has devoted her life to raising a godly family and "her children shall rise up and call her blessed".

 We love you, Mom, and hope that you have a terrific birthday today!  We thank God for giving you to us.  Happy Birthday!


Monday, February 22, 2016

Our Holidays....

Boy,...better late than never!  Here are a few pictures to capture what we did for Thanksgiving and Christmas!


While my family was having Thanksgiving at home with my grandparents and aunts and uncles, Matthew and I drove up to Ohio to spend the holiday with Matthew's side of the family.  We had a good time and a lovely trip.  Almost all of Matthew's family were there as well as the Hynes family (Luke's inlaws and long-time friends of the Dickersons).  It was wonderful to get to see everyone again and to meet people I had heard so much about.

(We celebrated an early Thanksgiving with my family before we left for Ohio.)

Whenever the Hynes and Dickersons get together, they like to take a big family picture of all the kids.  Both the Dickersons and the Hynes have 13 kids each.  So in the above photo, all of them are lined up in birth order.

In the picture below, they are there with their spouses.
(Matthew and I are both in green left of the middle)



We then spent Christmas and New Year with my family.

Here are Matthew and I in front of our Christmas tree at our house.  Matthew cut down that tree from our property and trimmed it up.  My family then came over and helped us make homemade ornaments for it.  Our first tree was definitely a big memory maker!

Here's Dad making fried fish for Christmas Eve!

Hanging out on the couch...

Sweet family time

 
Matthew had a few Christmas performances scheduled at some local churches, so here he is playing at one of them.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Jordan's 27th Birthday!

On January 20th, my sister Jordan celebrated her 27th birthday!
 
 On her birthday date with her husband, Caleb, she got her haircut and donated about 12 inches to Lock of Love.  I think her haircut looks adorable!

Here are some before pictures...


 Jordan is a dear, sweet sister and she was always a good example to us growing up.  We love her dearly and pray that the Lord showers her with many blessings in this year to come!
Jordan & Caleb's three girls: Berea, Evangeline and Victoria!  They are all growing up so fast!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Happy Birthday Jordan!  
We love you.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Trip To Asheville, NC

 On the one year anniversary of when Matthew and I started courting, Matthew surprised me by taking me back up the mountainat at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC, where we met.  He woke me up at 3:00 in the morning and said, "Let's go to Asheville." !!!

Do any of you remember this picture from last year?

Well...this one is from this year!

And we've got the hardware this year!!!

 And it just keeps getting better!



We got to Ridgecrest in time to watch the sunrise up on the mountain.  Unfortunately,  it was very cloudy and foggy so we only saw quick glimpses of the sunrise behind the clouds.  But we stayed up there for about 2 hours and talked, sang, prayed, played the guitar, and took pictures. ;-)




 Our sunrise. ;-)

Enjoying breakfast together...


Matthew had booked us a hotel, so we were able to make it a two day trip.  We spent part of one day traveling up the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It was beautiful.  This was the first time either of us had been on it and it was enough to make us want to go back!






Matthew knows how much I love horses, so he took me horse back riding as well, which was a lot of fun!  Here we are on our rides.




Matthew had a perky horse who liked to have her own way. -chuckle-

There was only one other couple who shared the ride with us, so it was much more personal than other rides I've been on before.  We were able to chat with our guide and get to know her a little bit too, as she explained the unique parts of her job.


We made a drive down to Chimney Rock and hiked most of the trails up there.  The views were amazing.





Up on Chimney Rock...
 
 
 

After hiking at Chimney Rock we traveled down the road to walk around the park by Lake Lure.  Here we are at the Visitor's Center in Lake Lure, NC.
The trip was beautiful and I loved sharing it with my beloved.  It was so special to be able to go back to the place where we first met only last year and relive those special memories!  Matthew is such a sweetheart to think of taking me back there!