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April 2015

The Big 3 – 0

599268_10151536396888809_1582703194_n_FotorI didn’t really think that much of turning 30. I thought I would have a much harder time with the idea of being out of my 20s, wondering if I would feel a lot older or looking back thinking that I didn’t take more advantage of being younger with less responsibilities. Really the only time that I felt old was when I had a volunteer laughing at work, and then she turned to me and said “Man, Kelly, I wish I had known you when you were my age.” How much older did this girl think I was? Obviously put me in the same category as a crazy aunt or the old lady with no filter.

As I thought more about turning 30, I realized that I wasn’t simply trying to pretend like it wasn’t that big of a deal, but that I was excited to get older. I just feel like life keeps getting better and better. I like the place that I’m in now but also looking forward to what God has next. I’m not naïve to the realities of life. I know life is going to throw newer and bigger challenges and trials. I’m going to be in way over my head either for a day, a month, a year, or even long seasons. I’m going to experience even greater heartache and loss.  But all these things are just a part of life and living on this side of eternity, and through all those things, God is still good.

When I look back throughout just my 20s, I can see God’s hand on my life and what He has brought me through. He still allowed me to make my own mistakes as I tried to do things on my own, but He was with me every step of the way. Times that I would cry out and want Him to fix the situation I was in, He would do so much more by allowing me to walk through those trials and bring me out to a place I would have never even imagined for myself or leave me in a place where I could help walk alongside someone else. Doesn’t mean I can always look back at those times with great fondness and joy, but I can look back and see His faithfulness and His truths are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Knowing all these things helps then face the future with a bit more excitement. It’s ironic I’m even writing this today as the annoying realities of adulthood hit me with having to pay a ton on our federal taxes, electric bill, water bills, and council tax, all on top of having the anxieties and fears of having out first baby any day now, away from family, in a country that still feels very new to us at times. Lots of changes are coming our way, but God has been faithful to me in the past 30 years, I have no reason to believe He will not be faithful tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after…

Grateful,
Kelly + Aaron + Baby B
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Baby + UK = Amazon

We’ve had a handful of people ask what we need for Baby B… And our response is usually the same: ‘we don’t know what we’ll need.’  But one of the benefits of being in a church community with innumerable babies, toddlers, and children is that someone has whatever you would need.  And we are very thankful to have most of the big items (bassinet, stroller, crib, etc) that we will need for the early stages of having Baby B home with us.  So we thought the best thing to do for our family and friends in the States and UK is create an international option for people that would like to gift or give for Baby B… And Amazon will do just that!  We’ve created this little wishlist of things we Baby B would like… Amazon Gift Cards are also a great way for people on either side of the pond to support Baby B.  Because there is a good chance we’ll be using our Amazon account to order diapers (nappies) anyways.  Take a browse if you’d like by clicking the image below.  If you have any questions, feel free to email: daaronbucy [at] me [dot] com.  All three of us love that options like this allow us to feel close and connected to our family and friends in many cities, and states, and countries around the world!

baby uk amazon

Grateful,
Aaron + Kelly + Baby B
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Kelly’s Birthday

Last month we celebrated Kelly’s 30th.

Which is a big birthday – so we wanted to celebrate in a big way – and by that I mean a box of Krispy Kreme Donuts.  They are a luxury over here, so they only get broken out for special occasions in our house.

In the morning we had our breakfast, and opened all of Kelly’s gifts.  Liverpool has a cool store that has all sorts of home furnishings and random fun items called ‘Utility’ that we really love, so that’s where I picked up most of her gifts.  I tried to get a wide variety of things that Kelly would enjoy – like the Dolly Parton Pocket Wisdom Guide, a D&G fragrance, the new Hunger Games DVD, and some H&M jewelry.  And even had family chip in for a trip to Harry Potter World in London (no judgement 😉 ) at some point this year.

After gifts we headed into town for a lunch down at the Liverpool Docks, got a free coffee and cake from one of the big department stores and then headed to Liverpool Women’s Hospital for another check up.  Of course no celebration day our house would be complete without a nap – so we took a nap and then went to our favorite chicken place (chicken is a big deal in Liverpool, haha) for dinner.

Crazy to think that celebrating Kelly’s birthday was the last major milestone (birthday, anniversary, vacations, etc) that will be just the two of us.

Here are a few pictures.  You can see more on our BUCY FAMILY BAND Instagram account here.  Also, please notice that lovely girl photobombing Kelly in the Liverpool City Center while she’s on the phone with her parents, hahaha!

kb bday

Grateful,
Aaron + Kelly + Baby B
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Wedding Differences.

Weddings in England (just like most things) have some similarities but many differences from weddings in the States. And since arriving in Liverpool we’ve been to several. Most recently for two of our favorites, Terry and Hannah!

The first thing you’ll notice as an American attending a British wedding is that they are significantly longer – as in a whole day affair, from the ceremony to the reception, the party lasts all day. The services (at least in Christian weddings) are typically an hour or two. With a full on worship set (4-6 songs) a sermon from a pastor, lots of readings and prayers, and the signing of the registry in the actual service itself (not as your leaving the reception asking your photographers to help you figure out where the heck to sign, shout out to Candice and Daniel for their help! :)).

Once the ceremony has finished there is usually coffee, tea (it’s not a true British event if you don’t serve tea and coffee!) and some cakes.  Everyone hangs around for awhile, the bridal party gets pictures and then it’s off to the reception. But the reception is really just for the close friends and family – there is a sit down meal, and all of the speeches: Fathers, Groom and Best Man. You eat and hang out until the ‘Evening Do’ – which is what everyone is invited to – so if you came to the wedding, but not to the reception this is your chance to come and party. There is music, some food and drinks and everyone relaxes and celebrates until you see the Bride and Groom off for the day.

It’s a fun day, but a long one! Twelve-ish hours, in fact! I felt exhausted after our wedding and the ceremony was 30 minutes, and the reception was under four hours, haha! But it’s a big deal, and seems fitting to celebrate such a momentous occasion with a full-day of celebration.

Here are some pictures from Terry and Hannah’s wedding – yes, we stole some all of these.

terry and hannah's wedding

Grateful,
Aaron + Kelly + Baby B
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