Nine Years Married

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June 18, 2005

Today marks the 9th anniversary, since my husband and I said “I do.”

And since then, we’ve continued to say I do. I do take you as my best friend to explore and adventure life together, no matter what we face, let’s do it together! In nine years, we have already shared many adventures. Today, I’ll highlight a few.

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Our first quest took us to Kauai in 2005 where we kayaked rivers, tubed down irrigation ditches, went off-roading in mud buggies, discovered some native hotspots for eating, and conquered Hanakapiai Falls. The hike to the falls was crazy. The sun was going down, we didn’t catch the group with a tour guide, but we managed to follow the overgrown trails to the waterfall and back out before it was completely dark.

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We bought our first house on Mix Street in Bay City, Michigan in 2005 where we both worked on staff at a church. The house was built in 1952 and needed work. We loved it. Even though the basement flooded in 2007 from the sewer drain. We were ankle deep in brown water, toilet paper, and poo.

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MIX STREET HOUSE

We journeyed through California in 2008 doing ministry work, but also having a lot of fun!

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Newport Beach, CA

We toured through England with my dear friend, Joanna and her husband, who are residents of Ipswich. Joanna and I first met during a school exchange program to England in 2002 where her family hosted me. They will forever be my English family!

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London’s Tower Bridge, 2008
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Posing with the Police in London

 

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Sir and Madam of Warwick Castle

 

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Stonehenge

In 2009, we started a very new journey, adding to our family! I became pregnant with my daughter in June 2009. And three months into the pregnancy, we traveled to Costa Rica for a missionary trip and to see Jonathan’s family.

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Jonathan and I with his Auntie
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Posing with Jonathan’s cousin and his wife
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Church Valentine’s Banquet, two days before I delivered!

My baby girl was born on February 14, 2010. Our adventures continued with our trio. We went to Seattle, Washington!

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Since then, we added three more beautiful children to our Cordero clan. Two are being cared for in Heaven and our son, Gabriel is here, making sure Bella knows what its like to have a brother pull her hair.

Now our family is pursuing a life-dream adventure. The country life. We built a home on land and are moving toward a self-sustaining lifestyle with hobby farming.

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The best part of this story is simple: I did it with my true love, Jonathan Cordero. I can’t wait to see what the future holds; I know it will be great as long as I’m with him.

 

 

Simple Shack Serenity

Throw your cares to the wind and journey to…The Shack.

No… not the song. It’s a little ol’ place up in Jugville, Michigan.

The Shack is a great place for a couple’s getaway or a family retreat. My immediate family spent a weekend at the resort to celebrate my parents’ 31st wedding anniversary. It was a splendid choice for the occasion.

Here are some highlights from our trip…

FISHING AND PADDLE BOATING:

Husband, Jonathan, Made Quite the Catch
Paddled Until our Hearts Content

WALKING THE BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY AND TRAILS:

Along Robinson Lake
Through the Woods and Cottages

THE MUSEUM:

Please, let me introduce you to Chief Blue Cloud and my sister, Carmen
Isabella, honing her skills for the farm
“Howdy. This is my fine collection of rakes.”
“Along with my rakes, I have a mighty fine supply of apple juice.”
Fantastic Country Kitchen
Go Bella, Go!
Bella Gave Up

WEEKEND BREAKFAST, DINNER, AND SUNDAE BUFFETS!

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The Banana Split Sundae Bar! Treats All Around!

EXOTIC ANIMALS:

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The Boar and His Friend

REST, RELAXATION, AND A ROYAL GOOD TIME!

Aunt Carmen and Isabella Swinging
Peek-A-Boo

The Shack was a wonderful, tranquil, and beautiful place.

Check it out sometime. You’ll be glad you did!

The Shack:

2263 W 14th Street
White Cloud, MI 49349
(231) 924-6683

http://www.theshackbandb.com

Vacation Station

View of Silver Lake from our balcony

Two weeks ago, Jonathan and I celebrated our seven-year anniversary by taking a two-day trip to Silver Lake and Pentwater, Michigan. If you haven’t ever visited these beautiful cities, it’s time to schedule a trip!

Morning cup of joe on the beach outside our hotel

Our third floor room at the Waterfront Dunes Resort overlooked the view of Silver Lake and the sands dunes. We rented a wave runner and cruised the lake. We enjoyed the scenery, but more importantly, we created major waves! (Sorry little kayaks…you should have rented a wave runner.) After nearly tipping twice, we docked by the dunes, climbed the tallest one, and ran down like a couple of kids. It was awesome!

That evening, we drove fifteen minutes north to Pentwater, jamming to the tunes of my beloved 80’s music.

Pentwater is a small village with a gorgeous marina and quaint shops. Our favorite stores were Gustafson’s Antiques, Storybook Village, and the Nautical Shop.

Pentwater Marina
The Nautical Shop
Gull Landing:
Jonathan’s Salmon
Gull Landing:
My Pasta Dish. Yum!

One of the hottest spots was Gull Landing. We loved this restaurant so much that we ate there twice (dinner and lunch). Yes…it was that good. At dinner, they had a live band covering classic jazz hits. Jonathan ordered salmon, and I ordered pasta. It was incredible.

But the best part of all was…the coffee!

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Life Just Got Better!

It was a Dutch coffee called Douwe Egberts. It was rich and smooth. Upon further investigation, I located Douwe Egberts not only online, but locally in the International Foods aisle at Meijer! Now I can enjoy a cup or more of this delicious coffee every day! Hooray!