Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Blog Is Back!!!

Hello, Hello!

The technical issues on the blog have finally been resolved, and it is up and running again! I have greatly missed posting and writing over the past few months, and am so happy to have it back up! There will be some fun and exciting posts soon, and hopefully, lots of pictures and updates!


 (....and Charles and Nathanael :-)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

One Month Old! :-)

     My, how the time has flown by! It is hard to believe that one month has already passed since Nathanael was born. 
Here he is in all of his one month cuteness:

There are lots and lots more photos of this adorable little man, but that is all that I will share for now. More to come soon! :-)

Gloria (And Charles and Nathanael, too) 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Happily Celebrating Our One Year Wedding Anniversary!!

Charles and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary, on June 19th, 2017. God also gave us a wonderful anniversary gift; our Precious Son, Nathaniel Timothy Edward Flanagan! He was born on June 19th, at 11:54pm. The photo above was taken on June 18th, Gloria's 22nd Birthday; only a few hours before she went into labor. Since we were in the hospital giving birth on the day of our anniversary, this post has been a bit delayed in being published. :-)
We have decided to mark the special event of our one year anniversary by posting a copy of the vows we made to each other on our wedding day. Charles and I wrote our own vows. <3

~ Our Wedding Vows ~
I, Charles, take you Gloria, to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death do us part. By God's Grace and the guidance of The Holy Spirit, I will love you and pursue Christ with you. I will let God make me into the man you deserve. I will provide for you, pursue you and keep you safe. I will continually seek to love you, comfort you, honor and cherish you. I will be your confident, your pillar to lean on, and your safe haven. I will faithfully follow Christ as I entrust our marriage and Family to Him. I will be committed to lead you spiritually, and to set as my goal in life to please the Lord in all things. Forsaking all others, I will keep myself only for you. I will never leave you, and I will seek to love you as Christ loves the Church. Gloria, you are my beloved, and I am Yours.

I, Gloria, take you, Charles, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, in plenty an in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death do us part. I take you to be my best friend and my faithful partner. I promise to be your best friend, and will always inspire and encourage you to be the Mighty, yet Tender hearted man in Christ I know you are. I will stand beside you as a help mate, and trust you to lead our home. I will honor, and respect you always. I promise to be there for you in both times of laughter, and in times of crying. I will pray with you. I will love you faithfully and with all my heart; whatever may come I will be by your side. I Promise to seek and serve Christ Jesus with you all of the days of my life. God has prepared our lives for this marriage, and through Him I will ever strengthen, help, comfort and encourage you, my Dear Husband. I promise to you my life as your faithful partner, loving you fearlessly, unconditionally and faithfully, through all that life may bring. Charles, where you go I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. You are my Beloved and I am Yours. 

Pastor Rod to the Congregation:

"Now, Charles and Gloria will exchange rings.
The rings symbolize the Purity of the Marriage
– The Circle represents 'the Marriage Never Ending'
– AND, the rings are also a Symbol to all the world of their Covenant Commitment"

"Gloria, with this ring, I seal the vows I have made to you, to be your husband and your friend forever."

"Charles, with this ring, I seal the vows I have made to you, to be your wife and your friend forever."

Charles was so Happy we were Man and Wife, that he jumped for Joy! :-) 

One year later....

Taken on June 18th, 2017

.....Our Precious little Nathanael arrived June 19th at 11:54pm!

     Thank You, Lord Jesus, for our precious anniversary Baby, Nathanael Timothy! Thank You for all the adventures and life lessons that you have brought us through this year. Thank You, Lord, for everything that You have done and are doing in our lives. We love You, Lord. Please help us continue to grow in You and love each other (and others) as You love us. In Your Name we Pray, Jesus. We Praise You, Lord! Thank You for Blessing us so much. Thank You for Blessing us with each other, with Nathanael, our Family and Friends, and most importantly, with Your Salvation. You Are Wonderful, Lord. And, we are honored to serve You. Amen. :-)

   Gloria and Charles...and Nathanael, too!


Nathanael Timothy Edward Flanagan! 

Born on June 19th, 2017

At 11:54pm

Birth Weight: 6 pounds and 4 ounces
Length: 20''

Meaning of His name ~

  Nathanael: God Gives 
Timothy: God Honoring
Edward: Wealthy Guardian

His Name definition written in our own words:

    God gave Nathanael to us. We pray that he will always honor God.
 Having a personal relationship with The Lord Jesus makes him very wealthy, indeed, and we pray that he will always be a protector, defender and keeper of God's word and His people. :-)  

Nathanael's Personality:

      So far, Nathanael has a very gentle spirit. He does not cry much, except when he is hungry. He actually tries very hard not to cry during diaper changes, blood sugar checks, and when he is cold. It amazes both Charles and I that Nathanael puts so much effort into not crying, as he is too young to have much, if any, incentive to do so. However, it certainly blesses his Mommy and Daddy that he is such an easy Baby! :-) We look forward to watching Nathanael grow and getting to know him more and more. Now that he is here, we can't imagine our lives without him! :-) 

     Nathanael is such a Precious miracle. He is beautiful inside and out, and Mommy and Daddy are very proud of him! We are awestruck with the goodness of God in giving and creating this Precious little man. He is  a beautiful and Precious life formed, and created by God himself. To think that this beautiful life was formed inside my womb, invokes within me a feeling of awestruck wonder which is beyond words. Charles and I are delighted to finally get to meet this Precious Miracle and hold him in our arms! 
Thank You, Lord Jesus for everything; especially Nathanael! :-) 

         Gloria and Charles...and Nathanael! 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A New Season in Life...Events from Mid April to Current (Late May)

A lot has happened during the past few weeks!
               In mid April, we celebrated Mom Fast's Birthday with dinner at the Fast house.

     Also in mid April, Mom and Dad Flanagan came to visit and stayed with Charles and I for 10 days! It was a special time of fellowship. Time flew by quickly; we were sad to see Mom and Dad leave and miss them very much. We are greatly looking forward to the next time we see them! Below are some pictures from a few of the many activities shared while spending time with Mom and Dad.

  Several interesting things occurred surrounding the time of Mom and Dad's visit, and The Lord has brought about many great and mighty things. For multiple reasons, Charles and I moved out of the cottage we were staying in at the end of April. We are temporarily staying with our Dear Friend, Caleb for a couple months until the new place we are hoping to move into is ready. Caleb stayed with us when he first moved here. We never guessed that he would be returning the favor only a few months later! Lord willing, Charles and I will be moving into a new home around mid July (more details on that will be coming in the future). We could use a lot of prayer during this new season in life. We are deeply grateful for the help, prayers, love and support we have received from our Family and Friends during this eventful time. Moving can be a stressful process - we can only imagine how much more so it would be without all of our loving Family and Friends. The Lord has truly Blessed (and is Blessing us).

    Meanwhile, the Baby is doing well and is growing rapidly. Those kicks and fist bumps can really pack a punch! We have been busy preparing for Baby's arrival. I am packing a diaper bag with a few things for the Baby during the hospital stay. It is pretty much packed - I just need to put some Baby clothes in it. This next week, I will work on packing mine (and Charles') hospital bag(s). Starting in early June, I will be staying in Spokane in order to be closer to the Hospital and high risk maternity team. Mom Fast and Josh will be staying with me until mid June. Charles will come and stay from mid to late June.

    I had about five weeks from April until the first week in May, in which I had a bit more energy than normal. It was wonderful to be able to participate in more activities of daily life, and spend time with Family and Friends. It was also a huge Blessing during our recent move.
Below are some pictures taken during those five weeks. :-)

The Baby bump shortly before we moved:

Some pics of a little farm that Josh and I made out of dominoes: 

Bethany snapped this photo of  Charles and I during a Church service:

Spring Arrived!

Sarah Elizabeth received her Driver's License! She is an excellent driver and we are so proud of her!

A vintage fair which we attended with some Dear Friends and their Son:

I have had to make several trips to Spokane during the past few weeks. We are so grateful for all those who have so graciously driven me to appointments!

An impromptu campfire with Caleb and the Fast Siblings under the full moon:

     Unfortunately, I have been quite under the weather during the past three weeks, due to low blood pressure and increased symptoms from my heart condition. These symptoms are requiring that I rest quite a bit and greatly limiting activities of daily living. I could use a lot of prayer. But, Praise The Lord, the Baby seems to be doing great. The anticipation to meet him or her is growing more each day, though it still feels quite surreal to both Charles and I that soon we will have a Baby to hold in our arms. We look forward to getting to know the Baby's individual personality as it grows up. At 37 weeks pregnant, Baby could come at anytime! :-)

      Last Thursday, Bethany had the day off work, which was a pleasant surprise. She came over and we shared dinner and watched a movie together. It was a special time to relax and spend time together as Sisters.

   Charles has been working hard on overtime hours during the past few weeks. We really enjoyed the three day weekend he received over Memorial Day. I especially enjoyed spending extra time with him.  After lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant, we on a long drive, spending most all of Saturday exploring some new areas. On Sunday afternoon, we also attended the last Second Strings rehearsal of the season. The evening of Memorial Day, we enjoyed a Family BBQ at a nearby Park.

 There were several spawning Carp in a river that we drove by. Bethany and I had been to this particular spot on the river years ago, while we were taking an ornithology class in college. We had never seen so many fish so close to the surface of a river before, and often talk about the experience. Last weekend was a bit late in the season to see Carp spawning in this particular spot, but I was delighted they were still there so Charles could see them, too! We enjoyed the unique and up-close look at so many large sized Carp! Charles was even able to touch a couple of them!

Memorial Day BBQ:

Charles and Teresa enjoying a friendly foot race:

My Handsome Sweetheart:

Sarah and Teresa swimming:

Waiting for the grill to warm up...

This is the same park that Charles and I were married at. We have had quite a bit of flooding this year, and the entire peninsula area where the ceremony took place is completely underwater at the moment! We are so glad it didn't flood last year! :-) 

A special thank you to Sarah for taking all of the below pictures:

 They are trying to make little heart shapes with their fingers...

     To close out the events of this month (May), all of the Fast siblings happened to be all in one place, and off work at the same time (a rare event these days, with everyone's schedules)! We just had to get a group selfie to remember the special occasion. :-)  The six of us had dinner and watched a movie together at Caleb's place (he and Charles are out at work tonight). 

     I hope that you all have had a lovely month and are enjoying the beginnings of summer. I definitely prefer cooler weather, but do look forward to some of the future events this summer (like a camping trip next week, and the Baby arriving soon!). 

        Gloria Joy