Margaret (Curtis) McDaniel + Curtis McDaniel = Curtis.Squared

December 19, 2009

Additional Photos

For those of you that have been wanting to see pictures of our new houses (inside & outside), I have finally posted them on facebook -- here is a link for those of you that are not on facebook: Our New Home

You can also see more pictures of Curtis' Installation & Ordination Service here: Reverend Curtis McDaniel

Lastly, I forgot to post during October when I traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia to attend to my cousin's wedding. These pictures are available here: 10.10.09

In the future, I will post these links along with the original posts so that you can look at additional pictures that are not included on our blog.

December 10, 2009

Margaret's 25th Birthday

On November 30, Curtis and I celebrated my 25th birthday. Mondays are Curtis' day off and it just so happened that my birthday was on a Monday! He was super sweet and took me to Forsyth Park because I love going to parks. That was the first park that I've been to since we moved to Savannah. You can see the pretty fountain in the background.


As we walked around, I found this amazing tree that looked like God made it just for me to sit on it!


One of my favorite birthday gifts this year was this purse that my mother-in-law made for me! It was very thoughtful.

I had a great time receiving birthday wishes from all of my close friends and family. Thanks for making my day so special. We celebrated by going to Long Horn and we watched the movie, New Moon. It's hard to believe I'm already 25!

December 4, 2009

Reverend Curtis

On November 22, Curtis was ordained by the Savannah River Presbytery. For those of you unaccustomed to the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) denomination, this is a thorough process that Curtis has been working hard towards for the past 3+ years. He had to obtain his Master of Divinity (strenuous 3 year program), work as a pastoral intern for at least a year, take 5 written examinations, stand before a Candidates & Credentials Committee, preach a sermon before the Savannah River Presbytery, and take an oral examination in front of all the elders of the Savannah River Presbytery. After a unanimous presbytery vote from all the elders, I am proud to share with you that Curtis was approved in October and ordained on November 22nd.

The picture above shows Curtis giving his first official Benediction (as a teaching elder) to the congregation at his Ordination & Installation service.

Praise the Lord that He carried Curtis & I through this time!

During the service, we sang 2 great hymns - "Before the Throne of God Above" and "In Christ Alone." These are 2 of our favorites, especially "In Christ Alone," which we sang at our wedding.

These are all of the elders (teaching and ruling) that served as Curtis' Commission, along with some guests of the Commission: Curtis' dad, Curt; My dad, Rick; and a good family friend, Randy. These were the men that prayed and laid their hands on Curtis, which symbolizes that that they believe God has called Curtis to this special role as a pastor.

I Peter 5:1-5
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

Pictured above are 2 of my uncles, my aunt, and my cousin, Elle, that traveled from Melbourne, FL.

We had lots of friends and family come and support us as Curtis achieved this life goal, including Curtis' dad & sisters from Pennsylvania. We were so blessed to have the support and encouragement of those that we love.



And here we are with Elle! :)

November 20, 2009

We've moved!

Last week, Curtis and I moved into our first house! God has been so gracious in providing this house for us just in time before our 3 month apartment lease ended. We are very excited about this and we desire to use this house for God's glory. We pray that our new home will be a place where we can minister to others. Our Grace Church family, once again, helped us move across Wilmington Island from our apartment into our house. We are so thankful for their support during the move!

Now we are slowly unpacking and finding that we have more stuff than we ever realized that we had! We're hoping that we can have our house somewhat put-together as we have lots of family and friends coming into town this coming weekend for Curtis' upcoming Ordination and Installation Service. (I am so proud of my husband!) Although this picture is from the previous owner, you can see the beautiful airy kitchen nook that we have to your left...even though we have a different table there now.


I hope to send out an email with our new address shortly. If you would like to be included on that email and do not think that I have your email address, please email me at mrs.margaretmcd@gmail.com and I will include you on the email.

September 1, 2009

Remembering Saint Louis

Now that we are in Savannah, we've been finding some pictures of good friends from St. Louis and places we visited in St. Louis:

Curtis had asked me where I would want to visit in St. Louis before we left and I had always wanted to visit the Jewel Box in Forest Park. We went on one of our final days in St. Louis, only to find that it wasn't as wonderful as I had imagined in my head. Still, it was a beautiful little green house that was built a long time ago. It was nice to look at and I'm glad that I can finally say that I have been.


Jessica Lyle, a fellow neighbor and seminary student, has become one of my best friends. While I was in St. Louis, I prayed and asked the Lord to provide me with a good friend, and my prayer was answered with my friendship with Jessica. I am excited for her as she will be an intern with RUF at the University of South Carolina starting in January. We're excited that we will only be a few hours away from each other.


This picture was taken on our last night in St. Louis with some of my favorite women: Riva, Kami, BeCa, and Jessica! Each of these women went to my church and either were seminary students or worked to support a seminary student (like me!).

These two ladies (fellow seminary wives) were some of my good friends that I met with every Sunday: Esther & Robyn. This was Esther's last night in St. Louis before they left for her husband, Gavin, to start an internship at a church in Washington, D.C. (a month before we left).


Ironically enough, this picture matches each of the ladies above to their respective husband. Curtis was good friends with these guys - Gavin & Brandon. They also would meet each Sunday night.

Although we already do miss these friends, we are looking forward to making more good friends in Savannah.

August 29, 2009

Settling into Savannah

It's been a little while since we last updated the blog. Our apologies - we do not have the internet until next week. We also can't seem to find our camera cord, so we are unable to upload pictures currently.

As for the actual move to Savannah, it went relatively smooth. I (Margaret) had my last day at KPMG in St. Louis on August 14 while Curtis packed most of our belongings. The Penske truck was loaded up within 2.5 hours in St. Louis on August 18th. We barely fit all of our stuff into the 16 foot truck, Curtis' car and my car. Some of our very good friends, the Lyles, graciously hosted our goodbye party at their apartment. We were able to say goodbye to lots of good friends and some family before our trek across half of the United States. Curtis and I think that night was one of of most memorable times while we were in St. Louis together.

The next morning we set out -- Curtis driving the Penske truck and trailer (carrying my car) that couldn't go faster than 55 mph, while I lead the way in his car. The trip took longer than we expected to get into Chattanooga where we planned to stay for the evening. We dined in a nice restaurant -- The Big River before heading straight to bed for the last half of the trip. The next day, we arrived in Savannah with 30+ church members from Grace (our new church home)waiting to help us unload the truck! It only took about 40 minutes for all of our belongings to make it into our apartment! Curtis preached a sermon on our first Sunday night that he entitled, "Great Expectations."

Now that we've settled in a little bit, we're really excited about being back in the southeast. Curtis loves that everyone greets you when you are on walks, I'm STOKED about the Publix (even if it is a little pricier than the Kroger), and we are looking forward to a warmer winter. Not to mention, we are so much closer to my side of the family. The church has done a really good job welcoming us. On Wednesday, Grace had a reception in our honor. Everyone seems to be excited about Curtis. He has already started meeting up with parents, youth, and volunteers to start planning for the Fall semester. I've also been able to meet up with some of the youth and volunteers and I have really loved getting to know everyone so far.

To give you an update on my job situation, I was fortunate to transfer to the Jacksonville office with KPMG. I will be working some of the time in Jacksonville and some in Savannah. I will be leaving on September 13th to start working for about 8 weeks before I will start working on Savannah clients. Pray for us during this time as it will be hard for me to be away from Curtis during this transition.

July 13, 2009

Savannah, here we come!

Good Evening friends and family,

We are excited to share with you that Curtis will be the new Assistant Pastor of Youth at Grace Church of the Islands Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia! While this position will focus mainly on high school ministry, I (Curtis) will also be responsible for middle school, college, and some general pastoral ministerial duties. We are very excited about this opportunity and the church has welcomed us warmly. We are praising the Lord that He has guided us to where He desires us to minister in His perfect timing. We both feel confident that God has called us to Grace after spending many months in prayer wondering where God would lead us.

As this position is needed as soon as possible, we are planning on moving to Savannah by the 2nd week of August (Lord-willing). Please continue praying for us as we work out all the details including Margaret's job situation, moving from St. Louis, and where we'll live in Savannah, etc. We are confident that the Lord will provide as He always has! We would also ask that you pray for me (Curtis) as I will be traveling to Savannah next week as I am the speaker for the high school youth retreat (July 22-25). Please pray for me as I prepare the talks for the retreat.

Thank you for your prayers throughout this long process as we now know how they have been answered. We are excited to celebrate with you what the Lord has done for us and how He has used your prayers on our behalf. We look forward to sharing many more adventures with you as the Lord uses us to advance His Kingdom in Savannah.

Grace and Peace,
Curtis & Margaret McDaniel <><

July 10, 2009

The Waiting Game

Psalm 27:14 "Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!"

Curtis and I are waiting patiently for the Lord to show us where He wants us to minister. We are very excited to start dreaming of how God can use us wherever Curtis receives a call. We hope to have news to share with you very soon. Please keep praying for us!

June 9, 2009

Celebrating Our 1 Year Wedding Anniversary

Curtis and I spent five days in Chicago, Illinois to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary last weekend. We had a wonderful time together, we can't believe it's already been a year of marriage! Although it has been a very challenging and transitional year, we are so happy that the Lord brought us together. My work scheduled me to travel for three weeks in June, so it was nice to have some time with Curtis before I would be sent all over the place.

We purchased CityPasses so that we could explore the different attractions around Chicago for a reduced price! One of our favorite locations was the Adler Planetarium. It has a beautiful view of the cityscape of Chicago and Lake Michigan!


Curtis and I also had the opportunity to go to the John Hancock Observatory and watch the sun set over the city. It was gorgeous! We also visited the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor for some dessert to see the sparkling lights of the city at night.


We also visited Millenium Park and viewed the famous bean that reflects the city of Chicago in it...







We quickly found that it also reflected ourselves in it!











Curtis certainly enjoyed playing inside the bean with his own reflection. I also did! We can be so goofy together! :)



Of course, while we were in Chicago, we had to try some of the deep dish Chicago-style pizza. Some of our friends (and our hotel's concierge) recommended us to go to Giordano's. Curtis and I are now convinced that Chicago-style pizza is delicious!

Another place that we went to was the Field Museum. Here I am standing in front of one of the few actual full-size T-Rex fossil skeletons in the world!









Another attraction that we went to was the Shedd Aquarium. We were able to stand right next to a huge aquarium filled with sharks, watch dolphins swim swiftly, and watch beluga whales dancing together in the water. We also went to the Planet Earth 4D, and we looked great sporting our 4D glasses!

On one final note, if you EVER go to Chicago, you've got to check this restaurant out -- it's called Billy Goat Tavern. It has the best hamburgers/cheeseburgers that Curtis and I have ever had! The original owner was known for having a pet billy goat...the restaurant is very unique and casual, but it was somewhere we plan to go back whenever we visit Chicago!

We can't wait to see where the Lord leads us in this upcoming year! Please keep praying for us as we discern where God wants us. We do hope to provide you with an update soon on a call (job) for Curtis in the near future, but we'll have to see what His timing is for us.

We also can't wait to see where we get to visit for our next anniversary! :)

May 22, 2009

Curtis graduates from Seminary!





On May 15th, Curtis graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary! He spent three years working hard for this day to arrive, and he finished with the highest honors, Summa Cum Laude. Curtis now has his Master of Divinity! He had most of his family with him to celebrate this milestone in his life: his wife (me), his parents, one of his sisters, one of his aunts, my parents, along with several professors and friends. Chuck Colson was the speaker at his commencement, giving an excellent message on making the invisible kingdom visible.


We had several celebrations on behalf of his graduation, including a lunch with both sets of parents at our apartment and a cookout with a few of his good friends and their families.





We also celebrated by having a nice Italian dinner at The Hill with our families. The night ended with a McDaniel family game of Rock Band 2. Here's a picture of Karen (Curtis' mom) and I playing the drums together.


It was a treat to see my parents because I hadn't seen them much since Curtis and I got married last June. My dad had never been to St. Louis before, so we spent some of the weekend showing my parents around the area including the St. Louis Zoo, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, and Grant's Farm.


I was very fortunate to have four days off during my busy season at work to celebrate Curtis' wonderful accomplishment! I am so proud of him! It was great to spend a weekend with both of our families and make lots of really sweet memories.

May 20, 2009

Megan's Graduation

Last week, Curtis & I traveled to Anderson, Indiana to celebrate the graduation of his sister! Megan graduated from Anderson University with her Bachelors degree in Music Business.


We had a great time with Curtis' side of the family. We also got to meet Megan's fiance (Joe)'s side of the family because they prepared a cookout in Megan's honor right after the graduation commencement.




While we were all together, we also got to celebrate Curt (Curtis' father)'s 50th birthday. Here's a picture of Curt's new Cardinals hat that we gave him for his birthday.


We also had the privilege to be with them on Mother's Day. Heather, Curtis' younger sister, created a beautiful slideshow with each family member explaining why Karen (Curtis' mother) was such a wonderful mom written on a heart. It even included their newest member of the family, Belle, their dog. Karen loved it!


The weekend was fun and quick! Curtis had to study for finals on the way to and from Indiana, which made the trip challenging. One final goofy picture to end this post:

The McDaniel siblings!

April 25, 2009

Margaret's 1st Cardinals Game


Last night, we went to the Cardinals vs. Cubs baseball game. I (Margaret) was really excited because it was my first Cardinals game! We went to the game as part of Curtis' birthday gift...but also just because we wanted to do something fun. I've been in St. Louis for about 11 months now, and I was excited to finally be able to go. You can tell by the extremely cheesy face I have in this picture.

Now that I'm in the second round of "busy season" at work, it is difficult for Curtis and I to spend time together, so we try to enjoy the little bit of time that I have available together. I've been working every day until about 9 or 10pm, and next week I'll start working on Saturdays. Thankfully, my direct supervisor understands the significance of the Sabbath, so I will at least have Sundays off.

We had standing room only seats, which was kind of a bummer, but eventually we were able to sit in better seats as the innings went on. The Cardinals won 4-3, it was a close game! I had a great time and I will remember this for a while! Now that we are thinking we may be in St. Louis longer, we hope to go to more baseball games together. :)

April 21, 2009

An Exciting Weekend!


This weekend was one that will be remembered for a while in our family. My (Curtis') sister, Megan, got engaged on Friday! Her fiance, Joe, flew down to Disney (where she is doing an internship) to surprise her and propose. She was totally caught off guard and was thrilled at the proposal. My parents were able to fly down and be there with both of them. They had a great weekend and were able to have a lot of fun celebrating their new engagement! We are both very excited for them as they start their lives together. :)



Curtis celebrated his 25th birthday on Saturday. I (Curtis) played in the seminary basketball tournament in the morning and then spent the day with Margaret opening gifts and relaxing. I had some great gifts from friends and family, and we spent some time enjoying them, especially Rock Band 2 that Margaret got me. We then went out to eat that night and then watched a movie. Margaret even made a wonderful birthday cake for me that was delicious (the rose was for her though ;)! It was a great birthday and we all had a great time.


On Sunday, we had the privilege of seeing our new Senior Pastor at the Kirk-of-the-Hills. Mark Kuiper and his family worshipped with us as he preached in the morning services. We then had a congregational meeting that night and elected him as the next senior pastor. We’re both very excited to see how the Lord has provided for our church, especially since we haven’t had a senior pastor in 2 ½ years! Whether we are here to see him in action or not, we look forward to seeing how God uses this man and his family to do great things!



So, this was a big weekend for us! We’re thankful for the weekend and are looking forward to seeing how God continues to work in the coming months!

April 3, 2009

The Death of a Good Friend


This is the last time that I saw my good friend, Ben McCollum, before he passed away on March 30, 2009. He had Cystic Fibrosis for all 21 years of his life. Although this picture was taken at my wedding, I look forward to seeing him again when Jesus comes back and marries his bride (the church) at that beautiful wedding celebration [Revelation 19]. I miss you Ben-jammin'! I praise the Lord you are finally out of pain!

March 20, 2009

Yay! New Blog!


This blog is intended to help us keep in touch with our friends and family, regardless of where we end up living after Curtis graduates.

We are very excited to see where the Lord calls us! We have applied all over the United States, praying that we will be able to advance God's kingdom wherever we go. We are looking forward to begin dreaming about what our lives will look like and how we will be able to serve, but we cannot do that until we receive a call. Please pray for clarity as God directs us in the way that we should go. :)