Saturday, August 11, 2007

Remembering. . .and Making New Memories

August 9, 2002
5 years ago this past Thursday was the best day of my life! I am humbled by what a "good and perfect gift" God gave to me in Matt. I love you honey!

August 9, 2007
So, how does someone so creative, fun, and adventurous choose to celebrate a 5 year anniversary? Well, since our friends Peter & Jen also celebrated their 5th anniversary just days before us, Matt and Peter came up with a plan for the four of us to celebrate together. . . rather than writing out the whole story, I'm going to let these photos do most of the talking. . .

Yup. . .a ride in a hot air baloon!!

It was amazing watching the baloon get blown up.

It was HUGE!

There was a quick scramble to get in. . .

. . . and then we were off! (Jason was on the ground taking photos of the set up and lift off.)

Jen and me moments after lift off.

Peter - faithfully recording this memory.

The views were breathtaking.

This red baloon took off about 5 minutes before ours did.

A photo taken of our street as we passed by.

It was amazing how low the red baloon flew over the bridge near our flat.

About an hour after take-off our trip came to an end.

Sad. Yes. But the adventure was not over yet. . .

The baloon crew took us back to the park near Peter and Jen's flat and told us that anyone who goes higher than one meter is now a part of a special club. They had us all kneel, gave us diplomas, and a new name and title. I was dubbed the "Duchess of the Quiet Castle" and Matt was the given the honor of "Earl of the Festival and the Sun."

And no - not over yet. . .

. . . as we were kneeling they had each of us lean forward while they baptized us with earth, fire and water.

This means they took a chunk of our bangs, lit it on fire, poured champagne over it to put out the fire, and then smeared a little mud on our forhead. Really - I'm not kidding. (I'm hoping Peter's video of this turned out.)

Ahhhh yes. . .this is the stuff memories are made of!

Thank you my love for filling these past 5 years with such wonderful memories!


Marc Peter said...

So fun! Matt & Peter are studs. :)

Congrats on 5 successful years.

ian said...

Congratulations!!! What a great one!!!

Melissa said...

awesome! :-)

Anonymous said...

baptized with the spirit, the water, the earth and the fire. wow. you guys have me beat! :)

funny. sharon. you're hair is so black and you look so european! way to go, missionary! charming.

Anonymous said...

oh, and congratulations! i'm so glad you guys are married.

Carrie~Margaret said...

Happy Times indeed!! may God just bless y'all with many more years of Him & eachother!!!
with the Love of Jesus to y'all!

Josh and Stacy Mathews said...

Happy 5th!!!!! It doesn't seem that long ago when you two were hitched. Maybe ten years will be skydiving?!?!?

Anonymous said...

I never heard this whole story wow that is hilarious.