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

December 7, 2010

Christmas Card

If this is your first time visiting our blog, welcome! The Christmas card that we sent out did its job – rather than writing a letter to update all our friends and family about our year, we thought it would be better to just lead you to our family blog. If you did not receive a Christmas card, please understand that it was very difficult to determine who would receive one. We really had to limit how many we sent out. For those of you who send out Christmas cards every year – I applaud you! I think we will only be doing this every few years because of the cost of photography, printing costs, time and postage stamps! Please feel free to visit our blog whenever you need a McDaniel update as we usually try to post whenever we have any events happen in our family life.

One of our friends, Sarah Kohut, who also serves alongside us in the Youth Ministry Team is a professional photographer (her website: She did an excellent job taking pictures for our Christmas cards this year. Although there were only 3 pictures on the Christmas card, we had many more that she took in front of our house and also in downtown Savannah. If you would like to see some of the other pictures that did not make the cut, please click this link. Although we have placed them on facebook, it is not necessary for you to have an account with them in order to view our pictures.

A few updates that have occurred since our last blog post:
-Curtis and I have now been married for 2.5 years!
-On 12/12, Curtis became an Associate Pastor at Grace Church of the Islands. He previously was an Assistant Pastor.
-We will be going on our very first ski trip (ever) with the youth group in January
-I have been working at my current job now for almost a year and I am loving it!

Curtis & Margaret’s 1st Car Purchase

I love this picture because it shows you how Curtis and I show our emotions. Although we are BOTH very excited in this picture, you will notice that I am a lot more expressive than Curtis is! :)

I think that it’s kinda funny that we purchased a house together before we ever purchased a car together. We officially can say that we almost ran Curtis’ 1996 Nissan Maxima into the ground. It was beginning to be scary for me to drive his car since it needed brakes! We have spent the past several months researching and trying to determine what kind of car we should buy. We sought help from our parents and a few uncles (thanks Uncle David & Uncle Ed!) and we finally took the plunge and bought our first car together on December 4.

We purchased a 2008 Honda Civic. It is almost like a brand-new car because it has less than 11,000 miles on it and it has the factory warranty as well as a lifetime warranty. We were very particular about the color. Curtis refused to have a red car because of insurance purposes. We both weren’t really interested in a black or white option. Although I wasn’t opposed to a blue option, we didn’t want both of our cars to be blue. So, we chose a dark gray option (I think its official Honda name is “Polished Metal Metallic”).

We are very happy with our selection and we hope to get a good 10-15+ years out of it! We plan on trying to get at least another 50,000 miles out of my little Prizm. I think we can do it.

My 26th Birthday

Last week, I celebrated my birthday. Curtis was a very sweet husband and took me to all my favorite places -- Chick-fil-A, Carabba’s and the movies. We saw the movie “Tangled” and it was super-cute! I think that will be one of those movies that I will want to own in the future. I also got to talk to a lot of family that I don’t usually get to talk to on a regular basis so that was extra special! On the weekend, my birthday was celebrated with some of our closest friends in Savannah (see above). We went to Toucan CafĂ©, had ice cream cake and rented a movie. Most of the friends that came are in our new small group. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this in our blog before, but we have a small group that we started for young married couples. We love this group because it is helping us to build a community in Savannah where we can pray for each other and share in each other’s lives.

Overall, great birthday! I felt very loved by family and friends.

Thanksgiving 2010

We traveled to Jacksonville for Thanksgiving this year. It was a real treat because I realized that I haven’t had a Thanksgiving meal where my mom has cooked for 5 years (and she is a wonderful cook)! We had some relatives visiting from both sides of my family – the picture above is of my mom’s side of the family. It includes my grandparents, an uncle and cousin, my parents, my brother and us. I’m really glad that we were able to spend some time with my family during Thanksgiving since we stayed at our place for our first two Thanksgivings (in St. Louis the first year and Savannah the second).
We also got to spend some quality time with Mr. & Mrs. Warren. We hadn’t seen them since last Christmas! Curtis and I are very excited about their future plans to become missionaries in Ukraine. We were so glad that we had an opportunity to be with them on Thanksgiving day.
My cousin, Jane, was one of our visitors (pictured above). She’s the closest thing that I have to a sister and we always have a great time when we’re together. Here we are looking at the advertisements for Black Friday and planning out where we will go shopping!