How Things Change in 1 Year!

September 14, 2013 will always have a special place in my heart. It is the day my best friend asked me to be his wife… and without the slightest hesitation I said yes! I cherish the thoughtfulness of our friends and family who were there to encourage and support us in our decision that night, and the way they have all along and still do today; the night would not have been the same without them! So much has changed since last year: we got MARRIED almost 4 months ago, had the most amazing honeymoon in Naples, Florida, have started our own home and branch of the family, and have grown more in love every day. When I look back and reflect, I am in complete awe of our Father and all of His faithfulness. I am so thankful that our Creator has molded and grown us to be the other’s biggest encourager, truest friend, and forever love. This year we have started learning the responsibility of having a home, while trying to balance going to school full-time and working on and off-campus jobs. We could not do it without God’s grace and the help of our families! We do not pretend to be perfect and definitely don’t have things all together, but we are walking through life together, intimately with each other and our Savior. I love learning to create a nurturing, clean, and comfortable home. I love seeing Duncan train our dog, mow the yard, and be the man that God has called him to be. I love learning to love an imperfect person more each day and to see him fully and with total admiration, as Christ sees him. We celebrated our “one year since we got engaged” spending the morning together relaxing and having breakfast, then going to Nakatos (which is where we went the night of our engagement). The little things, like sleeping in together and sharing meals together, are some of the sweetest times. I treasure the times we laugh and cry together. I am blessed beyond words for all the small things that true love does: leaving notes when you know your significant other is having a rough day; love spends twenty minutes picking out the best candle for your home together; it is taking the time to drop everything, every ounce of stress and worry, and lift your spouse up in prayer; it’s valuing each other enough to dream together often, not be so focused on your own personal agenda, and humbly recognize when your love needs a back scratch. Life is sweeter with you, Duncan Tillack, and I love being your Mrs.

The Night of Our Engagement

Overwhelmed by the Lord’s provision, moments after saying YES to this man!

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One of the most surreal, breathtaking moments.

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Car ride to Nakatos celebrating our “one year since we got engaged”!

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Loving breakfast with my husband!

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My husband is so artsy. Love his creative eye!

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“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” -James 1:17

Always & Forever,

Alex

2 Months of Wedded Bliss!

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.”      -Ephesians 4:2-3

Marriage is a crazy, wonderful gift from God. In these two months of marriage, I have learned more about loving fully and unconditionally than ever in my life. Never before have I had a friendship with another person quite like this; one in which you know every strength and weakness, can disagree and be completely honest about it, forgive unceasingly, share the same home, share all of your fears and hopes, and build your life and move toward Christ together. I could not be more inspired by Duncan; he sets the most incredible example for me and everyone around him. He has challenged me to pray for joy and take every opportunity to get to know people and reveal to them a glimpse of Christ’s love. It is so easy for me to get caught up in myself and my own little realm of the world, but I have been moved to pray for people and to be able to see them as our Heavenly Father and Creator sees them. This is especially true with Duncan; when I step back and take the time to see him as Christ sees him, I see the most perfect, breathtaking man. That does not mean that we don’t have silly arguments or don’t disagree on a multitude of topics, because we do. But because of God’s grace, we are still able to be vulnerable, to reconcile, and to be one as Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Tillack. Marriage is growing each day with your best friend, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. These past couple months have been full of quality time, learning together, settling into our home, raising our puppy (Kya), celebrating our birthdays, camping trips, and other little life adventures. God always loves perfectly, shows unending mercy, and is always faithful, but we must choose to seek Him and be transformed to be more like Him in all areas. Marriage is an incredible platform for this, and there is nothing else in this world like it. To God be all the glory!Leet Wedding

“Together is the best place to be.”

With Kya Our little family!More with Kya

Always & Forever,

Alex

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” -Song of Solomon 6:3

I remember dreaming about my wedding and honeymoon since I was a little girl. They seemed so far out in the distance that they would never arrive. Now, a month after our wedding and nearly three weeks since we have been home from our honeymoon, I can’t get over the fact that I am now married to my best friend. I’ve always heard that marriage is the closest picture to Christ’s love for us, and now I think I finally get what that means: you get to love and be loved by someone so fully and completely; you see your spouse’s strengths, weaknesses, fears, the things he or she love, his or her core character, etc. You see your spouse more purely and vulnerably than anyone else. You get to choose every single day to love and serve that person, looking out for his or her needs and desires above your own. For our honeymoon, we went to Naples, Florida. It was the most perfect, relaxing, and fun week I could’ve imagined. We stayed in a house right on the beach, and for ten days we simply got to be together (with no agenda or obligations) for the first time ever! It was surreal getting to start and end each day with Duncan right there (it still is!). We got to reflect on our beautiful wedding and the time leading up to it, and cherished every moment of being husband and wife. We went out fishing on the beach each day, which was an absolute blast! One day we caught a sea trout, and Duncan cooked it for our dinner! Duncan is the greatest fisherman, and I love getting to spend time with him doing what he loves, and seeing him so passionate and excited. When you love someone, of course you’re excited for them when they’re excited, happy for them when they’re happy, etc.; when you’re married, it’s multiplied times a million- if they’re ecstatic about something, you are thrilled right along with them, if they’re upset and afraid, you are right there with them in sorrow and to be a comfort. Even though Duncan and I have been friends since I was fourteen and dated for five years, our friendship has grown so deeply in this past month. People have asked if Duncan and I got tired of each other on the honeymoon and how we could spend ten straight days together, but when you love someone so much and are best friends, even if you get a little annoyed with each other every once in a while or one of you hurts the other’s feelings, your favorite place to be is together and everyday is a new adventure with that person. Duncan is servant hearted and treats me with love and respect that reflect Christ’s love. He is patient, kind, and humble. He knows instantly when I am upset and when I am overjoyed. I loved getting to fish together, cook together, go out to dinner and ice cream dates together, and spend time getting to learn more about each other and experience God’s love more fully. It was a trip I will never forget… spending the ten most incredible days at the beach (our favorite place) with my favorite person in the world. ImageImage

 

Our sea trout!

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Our sea trout baked!

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Cheesecake Factory Date! (Love Duncan’s ring 🙂 )

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Dinner date downtown

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The best view!

Always & Forever,

Alex

Our Wedding

May 18, 2014 was one of the most beautiful days. It was the day I married my best friend, the day we officially started our lives together. It was a day only possible with the help of dozens of friends and family. For months, our parents, siblings, relatives, and friends helped prepare to make it the most perfect day. From the meal, to decorations, to the ceremony, to invitations, and every other little detail, nothing was possible without the help of our loved ones. It was truly a celebration of Christ’s love and goodness. The weather was absolutely perfect, which was a blessing in itself. It was blue skies, with occasional clouds, a slight breeze, and temperatures in the low seventies. The night before the wedding, I got to stay with the bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids, and book keepers- the perfect last night as an unmarried woman. The next morning, we had a delicious Panera breakfast, and then headed to the tent to help with last minute decorations. When we arrived, there were already dozens of friends and family members helping finish everything. It was the most special atmosphere. A couple hours later, we began to do our hair and makeup. Meanwhile, the boys were all at Duncan’s and my house, having breakfast and just spending time together. They then headed to Duncan’s cousins’ house, where they got ready and spent the final hours leading up to the wedding. Our photographer arrived and took all the pictures she could without Duncan and me seeing each other. It made the day really special to wait to see each other until the ceremony, and definitely built our anticipation. The last hour before the wedding, the boys went back to Duncan’s cousins’ house and the girls all went into Duncan’s parents’ house, where the ceremony and reception were taking place. We watched out the front window as all the guests arrived. Before I knew it, the ceremony had begun. One by one, my friends, cousins, and sister walked out the front door to meet the guy they would walk down the aisle with. I remember the feeling of being right inside the door all by myself- it was a time of peace and thanking God for all of His faithfulness and bringing Duncan and I to this point. Then came my cue to walk down the aisle with my dad. He was so sweet and comforting, and I loved getting to see all of our friends and family while walking to meet my handsome, teary groom at the end of the aisle. I won’t forget the look on his face, so full of love and admiration that I don’t at all deserve. The ceremony was perfect in every way. Our dads performed the ceremony, which made is so personal and unique. We said our vows and exchanged rings. A couple of Duncan’s groomsmen sang while we took communion and Duncan washed my feet, a symbol of humility and servant hood. We all came back together for the closing moments of the ceremony, and finally we were pronounced HUSBAND and WIFE! We were officially Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Tillack. The reception was the icing on top of the cake. We got to visit with and share our happiness and excitement with all of our guests. We all ate a meal together, cut our cake, had our first dance, and danced with all of our friends and family. To end it all, we left down a pathway lined with smiling faces and sparklers. It was the most wonderful day that I will always remember with the fondest memories!

Always & Forever,

Alex