I think that most of yall know that we celebrated 1 year of being married this weekend. Seemingly everyone remembered or texted us or even mailed us a card! I can’t believe how many people reached out and told Zach and I how we inspire them or encourage them or are good friends to them. Or that they love us together. Or just wished us well.
WOW. Any of those single words is unbelievably humbling. Thank you all so very much for being alongside us! For hanging out with us and listening to us when we don’t understand one another. The advice from old wise lips and the truth and goodness from peers is one of a few parts that has gotten us to this place one year later.
Thinking back on the year, I am also very thankful for the communicating we have worked hard on. For a girl that hated conflict and rarely shared about her self, Zach has taught me much about speaking up confidently and being the most transparent and open book there is. We have worked hard at communicating the weird strange things, the hard things, the downright selfish things, as well as the exciting things, the day dream things, the regular old everyday life schedule things, and about every other thing in between.
“…This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”-Nehemiah 8:10
The biggest piece of the pie has been the joy that I receive from Christ. I have Joy tattooed on my hand from a summer that I learned how true this verse is to me. Zach isn’t my strength, and I am not his. I am not even my own strength. We would be down and out constantly if we believed we could fix each other and save each other and fulfill each other. We get to live in joy and freedom knowing that where we fall short of perfection has been forgiven and we can stand before the God that created everything because he chose to set it right in Jesus’s death and resurrection. That’s the only thing that moves me forward each day. We both practice this in the way we strive to treat one another and talk to and about each other.
Anddddd these are the things that we talked about as we hiked through the woods on Sunday. Well that, and a bunch of nonsense and sound effects.
We got to spend the first half of the weekend celebrating Zach’s sister Liz and her new husband as they were married way out in the middle of nowhere! It was fun to remember all of this happening a year ago!
Saturday night, we did our favorite and stayed up late and watched 11.22.63, anyone anyone??
We slept wayyyyyy in, and Zach being the sweetest, woke me up with coffee. We laid and brainstormed what to do with the day!
We had talked about lots of options the last few weeks. We have traveled and explored so many places in the last year. We have bought ourselves plenty of fun things in the last year. We decided that we would make no plans and wake up and decide what to do! Because life lately has been scheduled out to the minute.
We decided to stop at The Library and get brunch. GREAT DECISION
We made our way down to Red Rock Lake and hiked for a couple of hours.
All was well and day dreamy until we hit the first mudhole, and then the second. Snapchats from Zach.
We drove around the other side of the lake and laid out on the beach for a bit as well.
Then we drove back to the city, cleaned ourselves up and went to 801 for some wine, crab cakes, bone marrow (really good actually), and bone in steaks! HEEYOOOO.
Here's to the start of year 2!