Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, David

Last week was my older brother David’s 25th birthday. So hard to wrap my brain around the fact that the four “older kids” in our family (as opposed to the three “little girls”) are all in their twenties. Where the heck has time gone…

This Throwback Thursday is in honor of David. He didn’t get to spend this past birthday as us Deans prefer with “sugar” cereal, a King For The Day crown, Happy Birthday signs around the house, and spoiling love and care from family members. Instead, he put his boots on and went about an army officer’s normal day in Afghanistan. He’s been there about eight months now, and MAN has it provoked growth in my prayer life! Any anxieties and fears have to be taken to the Lord daily because I am in no way in control of Dave’s safety over there. (Praise the Lord he only has a few weeks left and he’ll be out of Afghanistan and back to his post in Italy!)

To celebrate his belated birthday, the photos in this post show snippets of the past 25 years of David’s life. (That’s quite a few years so these photos compose just a short summary. ;)) Dave, I love you so much and am eagerly waiting for May when you come to the States and I get see your face in person! Thanks for making me proud and encouraging me through your faith, servant’s heart, humor, strength, perseverance, affection… and lushus eyelashes. 🙂 Love you!

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Yes, we WERE a darling, homeschooled, true-90s bunch…

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Skip a few years …… crazy as ever.

100_2096100_2171Plebe year at West Point….. true to his Black Knights.

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Best big brother…

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Granny and Papa Beaumont’s 50th wedding anniversary, 2008! David surprised them. 🙂

DSCN4312DSCN7233Ring Weekend at West Point, during Firstie (senior) year…

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Sandhurst military competition at West Point, 2010…..

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West Point graduation, 2010!

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Pillow fight with little Abby and handlebar mustache ……

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The parents and little girls visiting him in Italy before his deployment….

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Aaaand Afghanistan……….

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Love you, Dave.

Weekend At Home: The Patchwork Girl of Oz

This weekend I’m in Northern Virginia, home to see my sister Tori’s drama play, “The Patchwork Girl of Oz.” My roommate Arielle and I drove up yesterday evening through the snow and craziness of I-95 to arrive in time for the 7 o’clock showing. Though the drive was rather frightening, I was so glad when we arrived safely, with time to spare before the show. I pretty much tackled this guy when I saw him at the church (little brother Clarky)…

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He’s on crutches because he recently tore some ligaments in his right foot while playing basketball… crazy boy!tori_13webThe play was SO good! Tori and rest of our church’s Homeschool Co-op Drama Club did a fabulous job performing this stage adaption to the book by L. Frank Baum. The sets were incredible, the kids did great, and I was laughing all night. Tor Tor was a sassy Porcelain Cat, and she was incredible. SO proud of her!

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Yes, she’s the white feline in the unitard….

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Me with my Dad and all but one of my sisters. So proud of Tori!!

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This kid……

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The two cats, Tori and Wes (the Cowardly Lion)…

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Our crazy cat….

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Love her!

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So glad Arielle could come with me!

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My brother Clark (with the crutches) and good friend Chris….. 
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They’re ridiculous.

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It was a great night, and I’m so glad to be home and able to relax for the rest of the weekend. I love home. Now off to talk wedding stuff with my sister….. Happy Saturday!

A Needed Laugh

Today has been one of those days. The kind when you get out of bed 15 minutes before class. When you can barely move because of the previous day’s workout. When you forgot more than one of the homework readings you were supposed to do. When you get off your bike and immediately trip, slamming your knees on the pavement first before the rest of you goes down. When you aren’t dressed for the negative a MILLION degree weather that’s come over Virginia. When you go to class and your professor adds assignments due next class period that aren’t in the syllabus. When you see friends and they ask if you’re tired. When you miss your family terribly despite it only being two weeks into the semester.

MMMMhhhmmmm…. love these days.

If you’re having a day like this, know that I’m 100% feeling your pain. (Literally. My knees are bruised and throbbing from my bike fall.) These next words and funny pictures are for you. I hope they put a smile on your face and bring you encouragement!

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, nor let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16a)

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

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Arielle – Roommate Shoot

It’s not like we planned to call each other “spouse.” “Husband” and “wife.” It just kinda happened. And before you start freaking out and thinking weird things, I should say that my roommate Arielle and I love the Lord, love men, and God has richly blessed our friendship.

I have four roommates, but technically you would say I have one roommate and three housemates. And Miss Arielle Poe is my technical roommate. We met sophomore year and have lived together junior and senior year. It’s been great watching our friendship grow as we’ve experienced the struggles and joys of friendship and roommateship (yes, that’s a word). We have many inside jokes, funny memories, and would-be-awkward-to-anyone-else-but-ourselves moments.We are blessed to share the room in the house that looks like it would be the master-suite, and at some point last year, we fell into calling eachother “husband” and “wife.” (Maybe this is TMI, but take it as you will. Haha.) I love how weirdly we joke and how our friendship has a special bond because of our living quarters. It’s wonderful. :):)

I’ve been telling Arie forever that I wanted to do a photoshoot of her (she was BORN a model), and this past Sunday I finally got around to it. And let me tell you, she’s a stunner, folks. I’m stoked to show these photos. Please leave her some love in the comments!!

Without further adeau…. Miss Arielle Poe.


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Monday: Flu + Slowing Down

This morning I woke up feeling nauseous and feverish, and the dreaded word, “INFLUENZA,” flashed across my brain. The flu has been taking quite a toll recently, campuswide at CNU and even nationwide. Everywhere you turn you’re bombarded with the advice to “Get a flu shot!” “Wash your hands!” and “Stay away from others should you feel yourself getting sick!” Naturally, I’ve boycotted the first requirement and have done my best to follow the last two. (Us Deans let our immune systems fight for themselves!) So today, I laid low and have taken big doses of rest and liquids. I hate sitting still all day but on days like this when your body says, “STAY,” it becomes peaceful to doze in and out of sleep as the rain falls and the breeze blows through my window (whoopss, sorry…. got on the cheesy train for a bit there). Here are some photos from today…. Happy Monday!

Still working to unpack and fold laundry… don’t judge me!

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Spending time in the Word…. Love Hebrews.

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Organizing my books for the semester…. The joys of being an English Lit major.

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Candle Mom got me for Christmas. It smells like MEN and I love it! Haha

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Rain on the deck outside my room…..

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Finished and submitted my application to go to East Asia for a year with Cru after I graduate! Stoked to see how the Lord leads.cru

East Asia (Part One)

At LONG last, I’ve gotten around to sorting through (most of!) my 3000+ photos from my East Asia adventure! I got home in early July after the INCREDIBLE 6-week trip, having fallen in love with the culture, food, and people of East Asia. I’m excited to share tiny snippets from the trip here on the blog! Enjoy this first assortment of photos…. and expect many more in the coming week!

Me and my awesome team…. LOVE THEM!

Grace & Megan

I looooove these two featured in tonight’s post. Both Megan and Grace go to CNU, love Jesus, and are absolutelytotallycompletely wonderful. I’ve known Megan since her freshman year last year, but Grace was a freshman this year and I remember when I first heard she was coming to CNU. Grace has two awesome older sisters, Britney and Kathryn Fitzgerald, who both went to CNU (’10 grad and ’12 grads) and when I heard ANOTHER Fitzgerald was coming, I knew she was gonna be ridiculously amazing and was almost scared to meet her! (Silly Debbie.) She DID turn out to be totally amazing and loveable and crazy and gorgeous and QUITE the comedian, and I’m so so glad she came to CNU! I’m so blessed to know both Megan and Grace. They bring SO much light into my life. Megan disciples (mentors) Grace and the two of them make a ridiculously amazing pair. This shoot I did of them last week is one of my favorites from Finals’ week shoots!! Enjoy.

First jump….. (These girls are crazy.)

Waiting on the median for the cars to pass…

Final jump!!

Kate & Bethany

Another shoot of two darling girls! Kate and Bethany go to CNU and are involved in Cru with me. Kate is a sophomore and disciples (mentors) Bethany, a freshman, like I do with Lauren. They are real sweet and real funny girls, and I had so much fun with them! We took these last week during finals and it was a GREAT stress relief for me. Enjoy my favorites!!

Megan & Lauren

I don’t know where to begin with these two. Cheesy as it is, my heart overflows with joy and love when I think of my darlings Lauren and Megan. I’ve been in love with them since their freshman, my sophomore year last year, and this past school year that love has only grown.

Lauren recently joined Young Life at CNU and has started leading at York High School (whoop whoop!!). She has such a heart for high schoolers and I can’t wait to see her THRIVE at York! She also plays tennis for CNU, and on top of that is an excellent soccer player (baaasically is just an amazing all-around athlete). Lo is one of the most compassionate, sweetest girls I know and she cares deeply for those around her. She is a faithful friend and someone you just want to be around all the time! I’ve had the joy of getting to know her even better this past year through “discipling” her (Cru term for biblical mentoring) and every week when we’d meet, I’d look forward to learning from her!! Lo gives great hugs, has the BEST laugh, and seeing her makes my day 20584084360280x brighter!! Lauren truly shines the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” I hope to be more like her one day!!

Megan is a crazy, goofy loveable dear who is always on the move and ready conquer the world! She’s the president of T.A.P. (The Africa Project, an organization at CNU that Megan started to raise money to build an orphanage in Africa), she participates in what seems like EVERY intramural sport offered at CNU, she’s involved in Cru, and she loves Jesus, isn’t afraid to call you out, and can often be found wrestling dancing in my living room with my roommate and one of her bestfriends, Rachel Hrovat. Megan can make me laugh like none other and is an incredible encourager on bad AND good days. She has a passion for the Lord that provokes me to run after Him more. She is a faithful doer of the things He’s put in her path, and she desires to please Him as she lives out His purposes in her life!

Both girls are (OBVIOUSLY) amazing women and I can’t believe I get to call them my friends!!! I am so blessed!! I did this shoot of them a few months ago, and have had the folder of pictures sitting on my desktop, staring at me for me to go through and post! Tonight, at home in Northern VA away from them and CNU, I find myself missing them terribly. Lauren & Megan, I love you girls always and forever. Enjoy these MUCH overdue photos of your gorgeous faces!

Freshman Suite Photoshoot

Another spring shoot of some freshman suitemates at CNU!! These girls were darling. They kept me laughing, and patiently waited for many a runner to pass by on the Noland Trail during the shoot (silly runners…. trails and bridges are for photoshoots, not afternoon jogs!) I absolutely LOVED the girls’ simple but classy outfit coordination. Enjoy my favorites!!