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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

That's My Boy...

Well, it's been a while since I have posted on "Life Is Bliss." Things have been a bit crazy around the O'Quinn household with starting a business and raising a young lad. In the midst of it all, Holly and I are always thankful for God's blessing and provision in our lives. Jake is 3 months old now, so the coo's and smiles are a plenty. Holly says they are developmentally appropriate. I think he thinks we look funny. Nonetheless, I have attached the obligatory Jake pictures. Life is truly Bliss!

Jake loves his bunny...

...and his Baby Einstein.

Jake chillin' in his camo...

...and with his friend Kelli.

Holly and I before our 4 year anniversary date!

My "Andy Bowman Naptime" picture...

That's my Boy!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Jacob meets Charlie

Sunday night we had some fun visitors come over to the house. The honored guest was Jacob's new friend Charlie Bowman. They had a great time getting to know one another and Charlie really liked sucking on Jacob's hand. It was so much fun to watch their interaction. I hope they will be great friends some day.

I had so much fun catching up with with my old college roommates Amy and April. I haven't seen April since Amy's wedding four years ago, so it was really good to see her. We are really hoping that she and her husband Jason will take up residence in the great state of Texas, which may take some convincing, but we miss them both a whole lot!

Ken and Shanta joined the fun as well. Since they are really big Jacob and Charlie fans, they were not about to miss out on the introduction of these little guys. They are getting a lot of good training with all of these babies. It was fun to get to see everyone and catch up on old times. Enjoy the pictures!

Charlie going for Jacob's hand....

He got it!

Amy and Charlie, Me and Jacob!

Ken and Shanta...parents in training!

Charlie was very alert and playful!

Amy giving Jacob some sugar!

Me and the twins! Where are my eyes?

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Today Jason and I celebrate our four year wedding anniversary. It seems like just the other day that we were getting ready for our wedding, and the town of Abilene was in the midst of a flood. It was absolute insanity! It rained everyday for over a week prior to the day of our wedding. Being that Abilene seldom experiences much rainfall, it relies on it’s creeks to manage excess water rather than a real drainage system. Brilliance! I headed to the church to get ready around 3:00, and at 3:30 the neighborhood I was living in was being evacuated! My parents were a nervous wreck through the wedding and the reception wondering what they would come back to find after it all. Thankfully the water never hit the house (my grandparent’s house), and we have fond memories and fun stories to share from that day.

It’s amazing to me how so many things have changed since the day we got married. The most obvious being that we are now a family rather than a couple, but what I am referring to is much deeper than that. I’ve heard the phrase, “I never thought I could love my spouse more than I did on the day we married’, and when I first heard that I was not married myself. This statement always gave me something to look forward to and made me prayerful that I would experience that same kind of love this person was talking about. Now I can say that I have. In the midst of four years A LOT of things have changed, but it’s my love for Jason that has surprised me the most. It’s true, I love him so much more than I did on the day we married and I have no doubt that four more years of marriage to Jason will bring even more love to my heart.

Jason, I’m honored to be your wife and stand beside you and support you. Each day I have the pleasure to witness you in your finest moments, and I’m reminded why I fell in love with you. I love you because you are a man of integrity, romance, humor, spontaneity, faith, diligence, honor, grace, love, compassion, leadership, humility, talent, empathy, and so much more. I thank God for you and promise that I will work to continue to uphold what we vowed together on this day four years ago. I love you with all of my heart.

We vow to honor God whole-heartedly, while honoring one another with hearts of love, purpose, and commitment. To have a spirit of forgiveness and understanding that respects each other and most importantly our Heavenly Father. We recognize God as our stronghold, and we dedicate our lives to prayerful service to Him, striving to grow our marriage and our family in a household of faith. We will work to develop an unparalleled emotional and spiritual relationship that is based on trust, compassion, honesty and most importantly prayer.


O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.

Isaiah 25:1