Jordan's anniversary gift from me this year was two tickets to a charity benefit for the Jeremiah Castille Foundation where Nick Saban was the main speaker. He was so excited when I told him we were going. I thought that seeing Saban would be the ultimate highlight for both of us, but when we got there we realized that Siran Stacy and his daughter was sitting at our table! For those of you who do not remember, back in 2007 Siran's wife and four of his children were killed by a driver commiting suiside after being diagnosed with AIDS. His only surviving daughter, Shelly is his youngest and was also there with him at the benefit. I have heard him tell his story several times and it goes without saying that the respect that I have for this man is immeasurable. He has turned his tragedy into his testimony and used the horrible events in his life as a way to witness to others. Having dinner and conversation with a person that we respect so much ended up being the most memorable event from that night. He was even kind enough to get a picture with us. We also got to meet Simeon Castill who was also celebrating his 2nd wedding anniversary, and Matt Cadell (who caught the winning touchdown pass at the Arkansas game two years ago!)
There were MANY other local and even some national celebrities there that night including Roger Schultz who came in 2nd place on The Biggest Loser (one of my favorite shows) two years ago!! But the main reason we were all there was for the Castille Foundation. This is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help children and families in low income communities. They provide education, after school activities and so many other things through ministry. It is a wonderful organization to support. For more information, visit:
Jordan and I went to McCormick and Schmicks for anniversary #2 and it was wonderful! Neither of us had ever been there before so we were definately looking forward to it! After that, we shared a chocolate peanut butter cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory. Ahh! SO good as always! It is hard to believe that it's already been two years since we got married--time flies! I cant wait to see what the next 50 have to offer :)
Today is our 2nd wedding anniversary. It is also Jordan 27th birthday today!!! Needless to say that June 14th is such a special day for us. We were originally supposed to get married on May 24th, 2008; however Jordan's brother was in Iraq at the time serving our country (thank God for men like him) and wouldnt be home until the June11th. Jordan's birthday just happen to fall on a Saturday that year so we said "why not?". So Josh flew in from Iraq on a Thursday night just in time to catch up on sleep for the rehearsal dinner the next day, and then be in our wedding on that Saturday. He left for the airport soon after :( But we were so thankful to have him with us on that day and beside us when we said our vows.
I have always loved that fact that we got married on that day, and Jordan always tells me that marrying me was the best birthday present he has ever gotten :) I am so blessed to have such an amazing man, friend, provider and partner in life for a husband. These past two years have been SO much fun and a truly wonderful experience. God has blessed me beyond words!
This past weekend Jordan and I took a trip to Nashville to go see my brother in law and sister in law run the Country Music Marathon. We headed up Friday morning and just took our time getting there--which was SO nice. We got into Nashville about 2 o'clock and just walked around Downtown. We did the whole Nashville experience since it was just the two of us at the time (we hadn't met up with the rest of the family just yet). We had a beer at Rippy's across from Tootsies, went in all the shops, explored Fort Nashborough, saw LP stadium (where the Titans play)... Just had a blast. That night, we ate with everyone at The Aquarium which was very neat and the kids loved it! We got up bright and early the next morning so Jordan could take Jeremy and Melissa to the starting line. We mapped out the course and then met up with them with signs to cheer them on at mile nine. Then we continued sight-seeing for a little while at Belmont University until it was time to head to the finish line. The weather was terrible to say the least, but Jeremy and Melissa did a great job and we are so proud of them both! We ate so much good food while we were there and I believe that I had ice cream every single day! It was SO nice to have a little getaway--even if it was just for a weekend. We are definately looking forward to going back soon :) Next stop......the beach!
This past Sunday, we celebrated Easter and our nephew Braeden's birthday with Jordan's family. After church, we all went over there and ate lunch and watched Braeden open up presents. We are so glad to have him home--even if it is for a short time. My brother in law is in the Air Force and they have been stationed in Germany since Braeden was a baby. So we are grateful for every time we get to see him. Luckily, they are moving back to the states for good! Yay! They will be in San Angelo, TX for 6 months and then they will have to see where Josh gets his orders where they will be after that. It was so good to have Dana and Braeden home (Josh comes home this coming up weekend) and are so glad they will be closer :) Hope everyone has a great week!
5/6 nieces and nephews
My Katie Bug
Dana, Melissa and me (we FINALLY have a pic with Dana)!
Hello Bloggers :) My name is Andrea Justice. I married Jordan Justice on June 14th, 2008 and we now live in McCalla, Al in a house that we bought, put LOTS of work into, and finally made something that we can call home. We have two dogs named Roxi and Berklie who currently serve as our children for the time being. I fall short of it daily, but always try to put the Lord first in all that I do. Jordan and I attend Hoover Church of Christ and love their message, fellowship and their community involvement. I am a graduate of The University of Montevallo and an alumnae of Chi Omega Sorority. I work at a real estate and property management company in Birmingham, Al and am really enjoying it at this point in my life. I couldnt ask for better co-workers--they definately keep me entertained :) I am not very crafty myself, but I absolutely appreciate people who are... I love to see the creative things that people can think of and then wish I would have thought of them first.
This is of course just a glimpse into our lives (mostly mine)--it is not too terribly exciting, but I hope you enjoy my posts, pictures, thoughts and randomness that is shared of our journey together! Happy Blogging!