Saturday, February 24, 2018

Update!


We have been married for almost two months now and the time is flying by faster than it ever has. I feel like I've been on the adventure of a lifetime ever since I was born as a Bontrager, and getting a last name switch hasn't changed that a bit. Yes, life looks totally different---but my husband also loves people, action, and a full schedule, and we've been going strong since our wedding day! We have actually been traveling more than we have been home, since we got married, so I very much feel as though the pace of life I lived before is just continuing on at similar speed.

Many of you have been asking to see the wedding pictures. Our photographer was amazing and I cannot speak highly enough of her! And I definitely can't wait to share the pictures, and our story, and all of that...! But I like to move in order, and I have a few "pre-wedding" posts that I never got published before the wedding. So I'll be sharing those first, and then wedding pictures + links, and then honeymoon + home life, and then our story of how we "came to be us", and then possibly by the time I've done all of that we will be middle-aged and I won't be blogging anymore.
Joking of course.

In other random news...
*my brother Josh has launched his dream project-a new blog-and you don't want to miss following him there at www.joshuabontrager.com His mission is to "inspire and equip intentional Christians to know, live, and speak the TRUTH"!
Joshua is an amazing writer with a huge heart for Jesus + people. I am so proud of this newest venture of his! Watch the introduction trailer here
*my sister Allison is hosting her 6th retreat for young women, in April of this year! She still has a few spots left for attendance! Calling girls everywhere-this retreat is an experience of a lifetime and you will be SO GLAD that you went! Visit the website for all the details, and also to read the "rave reviews" from girls who have attended past retreats! My sister-in-love Cassidy is one of the speakers and my other two sisters-in-loves will be treating attendees to some delicious cooking. Honestly girls-you don't want to miss this! It is definitely unlike any other conference/retreat you have ever attended---my sista has a flair for whipping some of of the most incredible get-togethers!

That's it for today, friends-thanks for reading!
-Chels

30 comments:

  1. That wasn't an update of anything. It was a sales pitch through and through. Such good "Christians" you all are.

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    1. To be honest I wasn't sure what kind of a title to give this, since it was a somewhat jumbled array of information. I thought it would be easiest to combine my links for my siblings, along with a little update on how I'm going to be blogging the next while/order of my upcoming posts.
      Give a little grace please-choosing titles for posts is definitely the hardest + my least favorite part of blogging. =)

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    2. Chels, I ain't tryin to blast you, but I have to agree with the above comment. I was expecting an actual update not a promise of one. Anyway. Lookin forward to 'em ~Someone

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    3. I clearly need help with my titles! Ideas anyone? =)
      It is funny because when I initially started this post a few days ago I COULD NOT think of what to call it---tried and tried and just nothing was coming for me! I had "Update Etc" but felt like the "Etc" sounded too ETC so I just finally ditched trying and just posted it. =)

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    4. Chels like I said I wasn't tryin to be hatefull. I guess you coulda titled it Update Coming Soon or something. Blessings to you and John. ~Someone

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    5. No worries-thanks for your thoughts! =)

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    6. Hi Chelsy how about this for a blog post title "Something old but good and something new from the Bontrager side of the family". That way Josh's blog and Allison's workshop are both covered.

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  2. So glad you are doing well, Chelsy! May the Lord bless your new endeavors as a wife!

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  3. About the Young Women's retreat, I have some questions. What age range is considered a young woman? I'm in my 40s, am I too old? Are they mostly single, or are some married, who come? Or even with a child or two? That transition from young adulthood to borderline middle age can be weird, especially for those who are still single, or even single-again.
    Clarification; not that I'd be planning to go to this one, as I live out of country. But it's also helpful info for someone who could do that closer to where I am.
    Looking forward to your next updates. Enjoy the adventures.

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    1. Allison could help better with those questions; I'm not exactly sure on that! Sorry!

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  4. Thanks for the update, Chelsy! Always good to hear from you. :)

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  5. I think your title is just fine!


    I think this line explains it all...

    "We have actually been traveling more than we have been home, since we got married."

    Hence the length of the update!:)

    When I look back on my first whirlwind months as a new wife, if I had a blog, my update would read... "We are alive. This post is short since I haven't seen the power cord to my laptop since before the wedding ;-D ��."


    So you're more than ahead in my book!:)



    Best wishes and blessings to you and the husband on this newest journey in life!

    ~Elizabeth


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    1. That's hilarious---and the struggle of not finding things for weeks after the wedding?? VERY REAL! =)

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  6. Thanks for sharing! Look forward to those upcoming posts when you have time :)

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  7. I would like to apologize to you. I followed your blog and followed the Maxwells blog for a long time. I was worried that the Maxwells would kill your spirit because you're not like them. I'm only going by what they write in the Mom and Dad corners and it's nothing like how you were raised. But the two of you look so happy. John is absolutely glowing. I never saw him look this happy in pictures before. Again, I apologize for a comment I made when you got engaged. I was just worried for you.

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    1. Apology accepted-no worries! =)
      We are definitely both very happy + very blessed! I'm loving my new community and all of my new family has been very warm + welcoming to me as the newest daughter! In the short time John + I have been married we've already had a number of very fun times with the whole Maxwell clan and I am super thankful for each of them. =)

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  8. Looking forward to more blog posts!

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  9. Well, I enjoyed the update and look forward to hearing more of your story, you seem to be a very compatible, fun-loving young couple! The wedding photos so far have been beautiful. The colour and setting of the outdoor shot was stunning, what a talented photographer! Love from Rose in the UK.

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  10. Chelsy,
    Thank you for taking the time to give us a quick update. It's a privilege to follow your family. I look forward to your following posts.

    Your graciousness toward others is quite admirable.

    Blessings!

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  11. Thanks for the update, Chels!! So happy to see you two starting out your life together!

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  12. I just want to let you know that you did ok chelsy on your post. Yes it maybe could've been titled Prelude to an Update or something like that as I was a little surprised to see some old news about your siblings and maybe it caught others off guard also and that's where the discrepancy came in. But all in all I'm just grateful you posted and I didn't mind it one bit! Thankyou in advance for sharing your pics and story. Can't wait to see them!

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  13. I’m glad you posted, and look forward to hearing about your wedding planning experience, your actual wedding, the honeymoon, and I am especially interested in hearing about what it’s like to move so far away from a family you are so clearly devoted to, and starting a new life so far away, and as a part of a new extended family. (Wasn’t this a long sentence:)).
    You look radiantly happy in your more recent photos, as does John, and it’s a joy to see. I very much look forward to hearing about your new life.
    Much love to you

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  14. I totally agree that figuring out a title is the HARDEST part of a blog post!!! It drives me crazy! Sometimes I've wondered if my titles even made sense with the post haha. Go easy on us bloggers -- we aren't trying to lie to anyone!
    Sometimes I'll just put the date (2.28.18) as the title for lack of anything else. Great hearing from you, and I can't wait for all the future posts!!

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  15. Great to hear from you! It takes me back to my newlywed days. My husband was a farmer, so we didn't do any traveling, but daily life definitely happened at whirlwind speed. We made a lot of good memories working together. Now I have two little people that keep me busy in the house more than in the barn:-) Treasure the moments of just you and him working, playing and living together. I'm looking forward to reading your love story.

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  16. Hi,
    I would like to request a post about your home renovations. It seems that you and John have worked very hard and I would love to see your progress. With before and after pictures of possible :-D

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    1. Yes!! Eventually I will get to that, although it might be a few months! Stay tuned!

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  17. Let me preface this by saying I don't really have a question/comment for publication just using this as a way to 'message you.' :)

    I'm a long-time reader of your blog (I don't remember how I came across it!) but I have always enjoyed reading it. Sometimes life gets you down and having uplifting or happy things to read can be so helpful. So thank you for being a source of that through your blog for some nameless and faceless 'anons' out there!

    I don't know if you ever need ideas for content for blog posts but I would like tips on combining households as you and your new husband did. Did you already have most of what you needed or did you wait to decorate/purchase furniture until you moved into your new home? And style tips for decorating! Selecting paint, flooring etc. Renovations and remodel ideas would be appreciated (hgtv enthusiast here ha:)

    Are you doing work to the exterior of you new home as well?

    And adjusting to a new city, how are you going about finding a new church and meeting new friends? Did you get a job outside the home to help meet new people? Or join any groups perhaps? I am curious as I have considered moving out of the area I live but being a single female 20-something I'd literally be totally on my own if I did so, and I'm not too brave/kinda a shy person.

    Well that was a lot! Thanks again for your blog, it is appreciated and enjoyed.

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    1. Hey! Thanks so much for your questions! I am already planning to be talking about some of those things in the future. It is taking me a while to catch up with everything with doing a series on our wedding! But hopefully I will get to some of that eventually.
      Thanks so much again for commenting!

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