And things just keep getting better!! Josiah had plans on coming in town this weekend to do some wedding prep stuff before he moved back in the middle of June….however, before getting on his boat, his boss called him in and asked if he would be interested in leaving a month early with some severance pay so that they can hire and train new cooks before summer camp! YES PLEASE!! I’ll take him back on the mainland!!
So, he was supposed to get in Wednesday evening into Dana Point, but the weather was questionable and they canceled all boats except for one to Long Beach. I hustled and got out of town – and made it up there with NO traffic! We swang by Jamie’s house in the LBC to pick up a bag she had left and had a great time chatting with her dad who we absolutely love! Then, it was back down to Oceanside to meet his parents and grandparents for dinner! We made it there in no time and had a WONDERFUL time at Jolly Roger’s by the fire eating good food and enjoying great company. Went home to enjoy dessert to celebrate our engagement and Grandpa Cerullo and Carol’s 2nd wedding anniversary! Sat around the table and played the ‘UnGame’ which basically just leaves room for conversation – I sat there amazed that this is my new family. With my hubs-to-be on my side and new in-laws and grandparent-in-laws (is there a term for this?!)…all who absolutely love the Lord and are absolutely precious!! I drove home smiling the whole way 🙂
Thursday I went to work and then headed out to meet up with Josiah at his friends’ house in Escondido. It was awesome getting to meet and hang out with Bree, Luke and their baby Logan in person! I’ve heard all about them and it was nice to put a face with a name. We enjoyed some intense time of UNO, lots of laugh, and we got to hear one of Luke’s new songs. Fabulous!! Then, Josiah and I headed off to get some couple time! We grabbed a bite to eat and headed to the movies – Clash of the Titans it was (which is ironic because I remember seeing a trailer and thinking, it’s a good thing Josiah doesn’t live here right now or I’d be in that movie….); however, I actually enjoyed it. Maybe it was just the company I got to sit next to – but the movie was also decent.
Friday we got up and were ready to knock out some wedding errands! We putzed around in Oceanside and then headed down to San Diego to go to the mall to register. Well, this lasted all of about an hour before we were overwhelmed, over it, and hungry! So we opted to take a lunch break and decided heading over to USD to watch the end of swim practice in the sun (and one of Jamie’s swimmer’s worked with Josiah last year on the island…small world, big God!) sounded much more enticing than finishing our registry! So, on we went! We got to see Sarah and then enjoyed some WONDERFUL time on the BOUNCY trampoline that the divers use for practice. It was quite dangerous, but thoroughly enjoyable! We spent Friday evening taking engagement pictures out at the Harbor and hanging out downtown with our friend, Jo, who is our wedding photographer! It was a blast! Although a little awkward to be on the receiving end of pictures all the time…might be surprising to hear me say that, but it was!
Saturday morning, Josiah headed back over for round 2! We picked up Jo and headed to La Jolla Cove – Josiah’s idea – and it was PERFECT! I can’t wait to see how all of those pictures turn out! After dropping Jo back off, we headed up to Oceanside to go to church at Healing Streams and it was INCREDIBLE. We all got to share our sides of the ‘first encounter’ and we were incredibly blessed to have the church pray for us. Josiah got to teach, his grandpa spoke about his trip to Africa, and another member, Matt, blessed us with some words as well. A very blessed evening up there….I continue to stand in awe. After meeting lots of new faces and mingling, we headed to Cold Stone and to rent a movie, ‘Gamers’. Don’t watch it. We’d heard the warnings, but wanted to decide ourselves. Should have taken heed to what was spoken.
Sunday, we headed down to church at Horizon Park Chapel so he could meet the youth group. Afterwards, it was up to pick up my mom in Solana Beach and meet his mom for lunch in Del Mar. We had a LOVELY time at Milton’s and then headed over to the Bridal Expo. Josiah was such a trooper, and despite verbal complaints, we have photographic evidence he enjoyed himself as well. So nice to have the love, support, and encouragement of the moms on this journey! Once we wrapped things up there, it was off to Dana Point – or so we thought! Lynn accidentally locked her keys in the car, but thankfully my car was parked about a mile down the street so we were able to awkwardly solicit a ride and jam in the back of a Neon and had a sweet couple drop us off at my car so we could get Josiah to the boat in time!
He headed out at 5…and it’s so exciting to think that he’ll be back so soon so we can start doing all the daily stuff together!! Be praying for this time of transition…for Josiah – that the Lord would provide the right job and the right place to live for now. And, for us, that we would continue to be transformed into His image as a couple!!