Two wonderful years

Two wonderful years

Dinner together

Three years ago this very week I went kayaking with a new friend. Two years ago today, I married him. You can read a little more about how that all evolved here.

Husband and I have had a beautiful two years of marriage–I find it impossible to sum it up in a single post. Over the past two years we have been stretched, we have grown individually and in unity, we have learned ever more what it means to put Christ at the center of our marriage, and we have learned to put our trust ever more in God to see us through struggles.

I can only pray for many, many more years of growing and changing and learning together.

In honor of what we consider a sacred commitment to each other and our Lord, we have taken every opportunity over the past week to celebrate, remember and simply be together…

Rose petals

Second anniversary

Flowers from husband

More flowers from Husband

Breakfast together

Last year we headed to the mountains to go camping, this year we stuck closer to home, spending a little time in historic Smithfield, Va.

Smithfield Station

Long walks with Husband

Kayaking together

A country sunset bike ride.

Delicious baked apple and ice cream.

A souvenir plaque from Smithfield adorns our bedroom.

Happy Birthday…er, anniversary?


Not sure exactly what you’d call it, but we’re celebrating! Today marks one whole year from the moment I decided to turn someday into today and take a stab at this blog. I started with a list of things I was thankful for in that moment, and in the spirit of tradition I think I’ll do it again (along with sharing a few of my fav photos from the year).

Today I am thankful for:

  • A wonderful husband who makes delicious food
  • A meaningful job
  • Crisp fall weather that is settling over our home
  • Open windows (you know I had to throw that in there!)
  • A puppy who is slowly but surely getting better
  • Family, of all shapes and sizes
  • Weekends for sleeping in and taking my time
  • Sandals

    This right here is why I blog.

    I started this little space as a place for my thoughts, both creative and introspective. I began this ritual because I needed a way to reflect, to recognize and celebrate the good and to process through the difficult. I have learned some valuable lessons–lessons on contentment, life, beauty and joy. I have learned to be where I am, in the moment I am in. To love that moment.


    In this space I have contemplated busy-ness and peace, explained why I need more rain in my life, described the heartache of meeting my newest nephew, and shared some of my favorite thrifty finds.


    Overall, it’s been a good year.