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On Wednesday evening, Bradley and I met up with our friends Jessie and Olly. We explored Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London. It was fun, cute and oh, so very festive.
Watch what we got up to in our latest video:
Half a year of being married to Bradley Maybury has flown by. It feels like just yesterday that we were on honeymoon in Mexico, both in total awe of our how beautifully perfect our wedding was. Now that I’m taking the time to sit down and really think about it, I realise how much has happened in those six months.
We have traveled far and wide (Bradley more than myself, obviously). He swept me off my feet once again straight after our week in Mexico and took me to Bangkok. We spent the 48 hours we had there in a complete daze from the jet lag, but we loved every single second of it. In August we flew to Monaco to celebrate my sister-in-law’s wedding. We ended the night lying on a sun-lounger on the beach, gazing at the stars. We talked about love and life and all the things we want to do together. September brought a chilly trip to Wales with my parents-in-law. We went for walks on the beach in our wellies and spent the afternoons building puzzles. November took us to Miami. Bradley held my hand as I led him into shop after shop. And now, our first Christmas as husband and wife will be in South Africa, my country of birth.
We’re so fortunate to have traveling so easily (and affordably) at hand in our first year of marriage. Even though Bradley’s job means that we’re apart quite often, the perks do a great job of balancing it out. We’re trying to make the most out of these perks in the following few months, as he has a new job (and an impressive one at that) lined up starting in September 2017. Gone will be the random, spur of the moment date days when he isn’t flying, and also gone will be the spontaneous flights to anywhere and everywhere. But I do look forward to having him home every night of the week, every week.
The last 6 months as a married couple have not only had it’s beautiful memories, but it’s also taught me the most valuable lessons in loving someone else. It’s taught me that love is a two-way street. That he loves it when I make him a cup of tea early in the morning just as much as I love it when he brings me a cup of tea when I’m writing. That his dreams and aspirations needs nurturing, watering and fueling just as much as mine do.
I’ve learned to treasure the little moments – the lazy days in bed, the countless coffee dates, the flowers and the presents he surprises me with and most of all, each and every time he tells me how much he loves me.
Together we’ve focused on how to put God first in our decisions. We prayed for the right doors to open when it came to his job interviews. We listen to podcasts in long car journeys and hold hands in the alter call of each church service. We continually bring our big dreams to Jesus’ feet, completely expectant in what He can do.
The last six months as Mrs Maybury has been everything I have ever dreamed of and more. Before I met Bradley, God promised me that my relationship with my future husband would be exciting and easy. He told me to be so excited for what was ahead.
I can sit here today on this cold Wednesday afternoon in December and testify as to how faithful our Father is. Loving Bradley Maybury has been the easiest thing I’ve done in my entire life. Words can’t say how much I’m looking forward to loving him at ease for the next half a year and of course, the many, many, many more years that follow.
It was made by The Lovely Photographers.
To honour the looming Christmas season, Bradley and I decided to spend our Wednesday afternoon building gingerbread houses. Watch the video here.
P, no kittens were hurt in the making of this video
With Bradley flying, I was left with the job of filming this week’s video! I had some fun and made a video I have loved watching other people do on YouTube. You can click here to watch it 🙂
Another Wednesday, another video!
We had such a good response from launching our YouTube Channel last week. It made us so happy and we felt super encouraged to carry on. So thank you if you left us a lovely comment, message or like. We truly value you!
If you didn’t already know, Bradley works for an airline company. One of his work benefits include being able to take a loved one with him on his travels for a super cheap price. When Miami came up on his roster for this month, I could barely contain my excitement and desperation for him to take me with him. Thankfully he said yes, and so last Saturday we packed our little suitcase and went to Miami for 24 hours (oh, so short and sweet!). I was lucky enough to travel in First Class on the way out, which left me feeling like such a (well-slept) princess. I almost didn’t get onto the flight home due to the plane being fully booked. But with some patience and a few extra prayers in the airport, the crew managed to find me a comfy seat for the journey home.
The weekend was wonderful to say the least, and of course we documented as much as possible in order to post a new video for today.
So here is our trip to Miami…
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See you all next Wednesday!
A fair number of friends and blog readers have nagged me to start my own YouTube channel ever since I started miekeey.com. I said no, explaining that I’m shy and awkward and it just simply isn’t me.
Well, almost two years and a heavy sigh later, I have given in and decided to give it a go. But I refuse to do it by myself…
As some of you may already know, Bradley loves to make videos. He has uploaded several videos in the past year of his travels abroad, our honeymoon and a few other adventures here and there. He has a beautiful gift for creativity and a love for social media. I have never met anyone who can just throw together a video as fast and as well as he can.
So as husband and wife, we have decided to combine forces. The Maybury’s is now a channel on Youtube. We would love for you to support us by giving our latest video a watch, and if you really feel like it you could even subscribe (it’s free, don’t worry)!
This is something new that we’re not taking too seriously. It’s a fun way to spend time together, have a little giggle and show to the world that being a young married couple within the church isn’t all that strange.
Our first video is a fun one, where Bradley gives his best attempt to do my make-up. Watch out for the following video coming out next Wednesday (we may be heading somewhere real exciting and squeal-worthy).
You can watch it here.
You are the light of the world…
– Matthew 5:14
Oooh yes, I’m bringing back ‘my weekend in photos’. These used to be my absolute favourite blog posts to write – but over the past several months as I got busier, I forgot to snap my weekends and so they eventually came to an end. I’m totally out of the habit of taking photos of everything I do, so it’s going to take me some time to fully get back into the swing of it, but I feel like I’ve got a good starting point this week.
Bradley and I jetted off to Monaco early on Saturday morning so that we could spend the weekend celebrating the wedding of my sister-in-law, Megan and (now my brother-in-law!) Nick. It was a beautiful weekend filled with sunshine, laughter, a few too many happy-tears and so much love. Bradley was made to be the official videographer, meaning that our camera was mainly dedicated to that job. Although fortunately, I did manage to get the odd occasion to snap some photos of Monaco for you.
The wedding took place on Sunday and was the most stunning day ever. I sadly didn’t take many photos due to being so wrapped up in the joy of the day, but you’ll just have to take my word for how beautiful it was.
I enjoyed every minute of Monaco – a place I really recommend to visit if you haven’t already. It’s the perfect destination for a long weekend, with so much to do and see, but not too much so that you feel totally overwhelmed.
Dear 24-year-old Mieke,
As I’m writing this, you’ve just turned 23. A number you used to see as ancient, yet now realise feels just as young as 13.
Your 22nd year of life brought you the happiest of memories. The love of your life got down on one knee and asked you to be his forever. He placed that shiny ring on your shaking finger and made your smile stretch into the biggest smile in the world. He wiped your tears and made you laugh all at once. You planned a beautiful wedding with the help of the best of friends and family.
You celebrated – oh, did you celebrate – with three hen-do’s, so many kind words and the most precious gifts just for you and your love. Your friends sure know how to love you.
Your father walked you down the aisle in your 22nd year. He handed you over to your new husband with a firm handshake and tear-filled eyes. He stood next to your mother as he watched his baby girl marry the man of her dreams. The rain poured outside as God sent His heavenly kiss to the happy couple. You danced the night away, hardly believing that you could be so lucky and so blessed.
And now as year number 22 comes to a close, you look back with a smile on your face, so much love in your heart and nothing but pure excitement for what’s ahead.
I hope this next year treats you just as kindly as the past 23. May it be the year that challenges you, strengthens you and changes you in all the best ways. I pray that you remain thankful, sending regular prayers of gratitude to your Father in Heaven, who provides so generously. I pray that your heart remains open – open for new beginnings and accepting of any potential closed doors. May you be hungry for God’s word every single day, desperate to know more, learn more and grow more. On the days when He seems quiet, I pray your faith will trust in His promises.
Oh, I have a feeling that this year is going to be just as wonderful as your last year. I declare that this year your dream of being an author will come to be. Through God’s grace, you will write a beautiful love story. And through God’s provision and favour, your love story will be published. As people read it, they will encounter Him and fall head over heels in love for their Lord and Saviour. May lives be changed all for His glory and not for your own.
May this also be the year that you and your loving husband fall even more in love with each other. I pray that you serve each other with grace, forgiveness, compassion, joy and so much love. I pray that your marriage strengthens and blossoms into something more beautiful than you could ever imagine.
This next year ahead is your year, Mieke Maybury. I just know it.
I have always been a cat-lover, and at some point in our relationship had converted Bradley into being one too. Bradley found Peaches online, where she was advertised as a long-haired, black and white, 8 week-old kitten. He picked her up last Wednesday from owners who had clearly not cared for her very much. She hadn’t had any of her vaccinations, along with no flee or worming treatments. Her eyes were so gunky and infected that after a nap, they sometimes couldn’t open until we cleaned them up. Her nose was runny, and she sneezed every few minutes.
We booked a vets appointment straight away the next morning, where they prescribed her some antibiotics. We have had to give her them orally twice a day for the past 4 days. Since then we have seen her turn into such an active, playful little kitty. Her eyes can open properly – she has the most beautiful, big eyes ever! – and her sneezing has completely stopped.
We have fallen in love with her, despite the fact that she’s wet the bed, the sofa, bitten open her treat bag and ruined the majority of our bed linens with her sharp claws. Even my parents (who were totally against a pet) love her. She wakes up early and watches the Olympics with my dad, occasionally falling asleep on his shoulder and she helps my mum read her Bible every morning, sometimes getting distracted by her necklace. She naps on my lap when I write my devotionals and purrs every time she’s near Bradley.
Not entirely trusting her litter-box abilities, we take her to her kitty box every couple of hours so she can do what she needs to do. The first few nights she slept in mine and Bradley’s bed (making herself comfortable in between us both, of course), but after waking us up every few hours to play, we decided it’s probably best to close our door during bedtime to let her sleep by herself. Last night was the first night she slept without us, and she didn’t complain once! She clawed the door for 5 minutes, and then I’m assuming she made herself comfortable on another bed in the house.
She loves the kitchen, especially when someone is cooking. We have taught her to not jump on the counter (despite her resistance), so instead she sits on the kitchen chairs, playing with the tassels of the cushions.
(this has become her new favourite napping spot too!)
She loves to cuddle, and particularly loves her tummy being stroked. She mistakes fingers and toes for toys and is scared of her own shadow. She doesn’t like any of the toys we bought her, preferring a pen or nail file instead. She gets distracted by anything, and occasionally falls asleep mid-play.
She’s totally the cutest, isn’t she?