Tuesday, September 21, 2010


During the incredibly fun reunion concert at Old Threshers, my adorable 3 year old, future little sister, asked if she could play with my phone, so, naturally, I let her.  About half way through, I hear "oooh! What's that?!" as my phone is being put in front of my face! In complete shock, I quickly pushed the phone down and looked around to make sure no body saw...especially a certain someone! I whispered in her ear "shhh. That's a secret!" 

Later that night at another concert, she had my phone again. She took pictures and played with it the whole service. Afterwards she came up and grabbed my hand and gave me the phone back. She then cupped her hands around her mouth, indicating she wanted to tell me a secret. So I bent down and she said with a huge smile as she nodded her head, "Don't worry tori, I didn't let anyone see your secret!" *Smile*

Don't worry, I have since deleted the picture so that somebody couldn't accidently see it! And now the only person besides my own mom who has seen my "secret" is Charissa! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Week in Pictures!

I spent the past week in Nebraska with my wonderful fian cé! We had a very full week planned, with a wedding, Old Threshers, lots of driving and spending time with family! I flew into the Branson Airport on Thursday and Andrew picked me up. As soon as he picked me up we drove up to Nebraska. We spent the first couple days in Seward with my Grandparents, and in Omaha for the wedding of some friends.

Yes, this is the beautiful place where he proposed to me! Not only do I have many wonderful childhood memories here, I now have the memory of the happiest moment of my life! :)

After the wedding Saturday, we stayed in Omaha. Sunday morning we left VERY early (5:30am) and drove over to Mt. Pleasant, IA for Old Threshers! Josiah, Abi, Dan and Bethany decided they were going to fly over and surprise the family. So Andrew and I drove over and picked them up at the airport in Mt. Pleasant, and then the 6 of us drove to where the family was for Church and surprised them! It was so fun! :)

The concert Sunday afternoon was so much fun! Since the whole family was together, the concert turned into a reunion concert. It was so fun to watch. You could just see the joy on everyones faces!

The boys did dueling banjos.

My handsome man! ♥

I think my favorite part of the concert was when they brought Bethany up on sang "Praise God."

 Alaythia truly is Bethany's 'twin!' She can sing it just as fast!

So happy! :)

I enjoyed getting to spend time with Bethany! It was wonderful to see her again!

Wednesday night, the family put on a concert with the Kingery family from Minnesota in Seward. It was a fun-filled night, full of great music! After the concert, we played some late night volleyball with friends in the back yard. It was so fun! I love volleyball! :)

The Kingery Family

It was a wonderful week. And I came home with so many memories and even more sure of the fact that I am marrying into the greatest family! :)

"Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
his love endures forever."
Psalm 106:1

Friday, September 10, 2010


As many of you have noticed... I have not updated since I announced the wonderful news of Andrew and I's engagement. Since that fabulous event, life has been very busy with wedding planning and traveling and work. And this fall I have been coaching volleyball at the school that I graduated from, so that has kind of filled in the rest of my 'free time' for now.

I know many of you are anxiously awaiting our story. I promise we are working on it! Andrew has been VERY busy and so it has been pretty hard to find a time where we can both sit down and write it together. But don't worry, we are working on it, and it's coming... someday! :) In the mean time, we appreciate your prayers as wedding planning continues and we prepare for our special day on

March 5th, 2011!