Trent’s Mission Homecoming

This was the first time we saw Trent in 2 years.

He was faithfully serving the Lord down in Chile. We got to email him once a week and Skype him on Mother’s Day and Christmas for 40 minutes each. Other than that, we could not talk to Trent. As a missionary, your days are filled from start to finish with planning, teaching, finding, service, and learning. One reason why we could not talk to him much was so he could stay focused on the work. And while I understood this, it didn’t make it any easier not to talk to him or see him! I tried to write him every single week to stay close to him. And I missed him so much, but…

My heart didn’t realize to what level I had missed him until he was back in our arms.

It was almost a tangible feeling to feel so whole with him home. Our family was happy, but now it’s even happier. We are proud of what he did & have felt blessings directly from him serving.

I will say, the hardest thing for me was Trent not being at my wedding. We got married about 6 months after he left. Luckily, he had met Nick and approved of him before leaving, but I still missed him there. I thought about him a lot on our wedding day and even played a song for him at our wedding reception. I found peace knowing he was immersed in the work of bringing the joy of Jesus Christ and the gospel to the world.

About a week and a half ago, the night before I left to go back to work in Texas, I showed Trent our wedding video to allow him to experience a little bit of what our wedding day was like. I looked over at him through watery eyes and tears were quietly streaming down his face. Sacrificing the things we want so badly isn’t always easy, but sometimes is required of us and can bring us blessings. Despite our aching for Trent to be there on that day, we all know that he was in the right place and the right time. We are so proud of him.

I made this little video of his homecoming in hopes to capture some of the emotion associated with a mission homecoming and so we can always remember the special day. We were all so nervous and excited and couldn’t stop crying- emotional roller coasters to the max. Thank you to everyone who has supported our family and especially Trent throughout the years. We love you and couldn’t have done it without you! <3 Finally, thank you to God for protecting our brother and bringing him home to us.

Welcome home, Trent!

Our First Apartment 💗

We’ve been going a million miles an hour for the past month, and it’s been hard to catch our breath. I’m turning in our keys for our Dallas apartment today and instead of cleaning the walls like I should, I am finding myself laying on the floor feeling flooded with emotions. 

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m sad to leave Dallas. I am sad because of all the wonderful people I’ve met, but I’ve been too busy to feel any sadness yet. That is, until now. I am laying here in an empty apartment not wanting to leave all of a sudden. But it’s an apartment- not a living thing, so why am I all of a sudden feeling like this? 

I’ve lived four places in Dallas over the past 3.5+ years of living here, and I’ve never felt sad to move once- in some cases I’ve ran out the door never looking back. 😂 Actually, though. 

So I’m just over here trying to figure out my feelings about this & I think this is why- Three years ago this month I was invited to a dinner party at this very complex. I walked in not thinking much of it then, but I was about to meet my future husband for the first time. This is also the place where we started dating and had our real first kiss. We ended up moving to the same complex after we got married to start eternity together. As I look around the empty rooms, memories from each room seem to come to life. 

This spot will always hold a special place in our hearts. 💗 

XOXO,

Alyse

Honeymoon

     

Our honeymoon was such a dream.

I wanted a surprise (with stipulations aka somewhere tropical) for the honeymoon, so Nick planned it all and surprised me! TBH when he told me we were going to the British Virgin Islands, I had no idea that place existed, but it ended up being a dream. We mainly stayed on Tortola, at the Surf Song Resort on Beef Island. We were in paradise! The water was warm and blue, the sand was white and soft, and the weather was wonderful. We stayed in the Treehouse room, which was our own little place (pictured above) surrounded by trees and windows, so you felt like you were in the middle of the jungle, but you were actually in a comfy room.

Things we did at the British Virgin Islands-

  • Day Sail to go snorkeling.
  • Play with Dolphins.
  • Massages.
  • A day trip Virgin Gorda, where we did a fun hike along the water.
  • Swam in the ocean.
  • Explored Tortola.
  • Took our own little sailboat out.

We also watched a lot of March Madness & Spongebob… so there is that. Haha. But seriously, our honeymoon was so much fun. We had a chef that cooked each of our meals, and I looked forward to that everyday! Mostly, I just had fun not planning or caring about anything else in the world except being with my husband. I loved everything about our honeymoon.

And NOW…. we are planning a little one year anniversary trip this weekend. Any guesses where we are headed?

Stay tuned!

XOXO,

Alyse