I think it is safe to assume that most anyone reading this blog already knows the majority about mine and Hector's life. But in case you don't, I'll catch you up right here:
Hector Miranda and I met in Fall of 2007, working together at Banana Republic, in the West Village, here in Dallas. We were friendly, but nothing more. He got my number by inviting me to go to church with him at Watermark... sneaky boy, I know. :) Of course, I gave it to him. We began hanging out and hanging out turned into dating. Dating turned into meeting the family.
One of our first dates
Before we knew it, a year had gone by and Hector proposed to me in February 2009.
I said yes.. :)
We set our date for July 25, 2009. We had a beautiful wedding in Paris, TX at the same church my Mom and Dad got married in, Mt. Olive Baptist. My parents were gracious enough to host the reception at their home in Blossom, TX (where I grew up).
Mr. & Mrs. Hector Miranda
An unforgettable evening
We moved into our first apartment together about 7 days after the wedding. We live in North Oak Cliff, right in the Bishop Arts District. A very charming area, and a wonderful apartment! Perfect for the two of us.
Our apartment is on the top left half.
December was a big month, I finished Nursing School at Texas Woman's University and began my job at Parkland Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Hector quit his two jobs for a much needed break and to have more time to volunteer. He does YoungLife here in Oak Cliff. The first 5 months of my job were a residency, where we had classes and worked with preceptors.
This past week, Hector got a new volunteer job with Watermark Films as a Production Assistant in their upcoming movie "Seasons of Gray." He is so excited and looking forward to the long hours he'll be spending at church with the crew. And I passed my final exam and graduated from my residency! This coming Sunday, I'll go into work for my very first shift as a Nurse
Resident. It is exhilarating, but at the same time, terrifying. I know I'm ready, I've learned SO much in these past 5 months.
In other, unrelated news, I took a different kind of test a few weeks ago.. this was the result:
Yes, that's right. We've all heard of getting a "false positive," right? But what about 6 false positives in a row? I don't think so. While we sure were not trying to have a baby at this point in our lives, it seems the Good Lord above decided it was in His perfect timing.
couldn't believe it FREAKED out! In our minds, we would have started trying for a baby in 2-3 years. We haven't even been married a whole year, for Pete's sake!! Money's pretty tight--nearly every dollar has a destination before we even get it! I'm a night nurse right now, how will this work?? Hector has some trips to Mexico coming up next year, what if he's gone? We certainly don't want that!
We are in the middle of the very tender process of realizing this is a wonderful thing. The Lord's plan is perfect, in it's content and it's timing.
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you," says the Lord. "I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes." Jeremiah 29:11-14a, NLT
We are confident that the Lord would not put us into a situation that we could not handle. We are realizing our wonderful support system here. I have family in Dallas, Hector has family in Dallas, our church, Watermark, is here, a lot of our friends are here and our amazing Community Group is here.
If my calculations are correct, I am somewhere in my 7th week. Our first prenatal appointment is May 25 (next Tuesday), so by then, I'll know for sure.
So, world, keep us in your prayers. We're excited and scared. Whatever happens, we know we'll be ok.