I (Caren) had just come home from a 4 month mission trip when I was set up on a blind date with Nuge at the end of May. We clicked almost right off and became very close friends. He came into my life shortly after the birth of my niece, Emma, who has brought much joy to our lives. 2007 was only the beginning of what would be an amazing 2008.
In late February, Nuge proposed, and obviously, I said yes. We both graduated from UTA; him in May and me in August. He was able to see our beach cabin in Galveston one time before hurricane Ike took it away just a few months later. In early September, we tied the knot on my grandparents' 55th wedding anniversary, which was a great honor and pleasure. Right before that, Nuge opened his heart fully to our amazing Christ Jesus and we have been growing in Him ever since. A little over a month later, we lost my beloved MawMaw in a very long battle with diabetes and complications. In December, we took our honeymoon, provided by Nuge's parents, to Jamaica. Our first Christmas was wonderful. 2008 was awesome!
We stayed strong in our faith and marriage into the 2009 year. My grandparents decided to move up here to get away from the hurricanes. So in March, Arlington got new residents. It has been wonderful having my grandparents here. When Nuge's job required him to change from first shift (8-5) to second shift (3-12+am), I decided to stop working as a subsitute and stay home full time. For my birthday, Nuge bought me all the things I needed for a new puppy, and a few weeks later, we brought Gus home. After a few months of living in Nuge's parents' house, we decided to buy our own. So in October, we became official homeowners and even hosted our first Thanksgiving here. Complete with a turkey that Nuge made himself. I spent my very first Christmas ever (with Nuge of course) with my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins. It was quite amazing. But 2010 had some awesome things to offer for us as well.
On Januray 2, we were able to celebrate Nuge's grandfather's 83rd birthday. Which we also used to announce that we were pregnant to his side of the family. Our joy came with some sadness. Just 2 days later, we lost our sweet puppy Gus to a tragic complication during surgery. We feel that God took Gus away from us at His perfect timing. It sucks, but we trust in the Lord and know that He knows best. Yesterday, we were blessed beyond belief with the sound of our baby's heartbeat. So coming to you, in September, will be a Baby Nugent.