Our marriage turned one on Saturday! It is hard to believe it has already been a year since that drizzly, freezing, windy, wonderful day when we said ‘I do.’
In honor of our 1 Year Anniversary, I wrote this subtotals poem:
Zipcodes lived in: 2
Jobs held: 5
Wedding Presents Ruined: 2 (1 by Will, 1 by me… instructions are important, you guys)
Countries Visited: 3
Pancakes Eaten: 300
Weddings Attended: 9
Seasons of Friday Night Lights Watched: 3 going on 4 (Texas Forever)
Life Goals Accomplished: 2 (Will graduated from college, I finished listening to Les Mis on audiobook)
Books read: 24
Plants Killed: 4
Years Married: 1
We lived here:
We danced here (and at every single one of the 8 weddings after):
Photo Credit: BJ Brawner
We went to our first 1920’s Themed Murder Mystery Party:
And Will got his first taste of Broadway (he loved it).
We traveled far:
Oahu, Hawaii Sydney Bridge Climb, Sydney, Australia
Our first helicopter ride, over the Great Barrier Reef.
We spent Christmas in New Zealand:
Braved the glow worm caves (mind the mascara eyes, I was unprepared for being splashed in the face repeatedly by 50 degree water):
And found time to stop by Middle Earth:
I discovered that I married my Dad (great choice on my part, also check out that cute little baby bottom!!):
And did a whole lot of this (again, Texas Forever):
Friday Night Lights + Greek Yogurt Pancakes = the best way to spend a Saturday morning.
*Not pictured: The many messes, doctors appointments, prescriptions, special diets, burned dinners, tears and squabbles that also composed our year. I never think to grab my camera for those moments, but I probably should! Looking back on all of the good memories doesn’t diminish the not so good ones- but it brings them into sharp focus. I see how God has carried us this year, and knit us together through joy and hardship. Marriage isn’t all easy but it isn’t all hard either. For that too I am grateful.
We would like to thank our sweet family(s) and friends for supporting us this year (both literally, what with the moving twice, and emotionally, what with the moving twice) and loving us so well. God has blessed us immensely this year.
Most of all, I am grateful that I get to be married to my favorite person in the whole world. Will has graciously, sacrificially loved me this year through many health scares and worries and woes. He has bolstered me and encouraged me and prayed for me. He didn’t even bat an eye when we went to go see Noah Gundersen, and I had to wear a breath right strip over my nose because I had an upper respiratory infection. That’s true love.
I am reminded of this verse as we charge headlong into whatever is next for us:
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
Let’s do this, year two!