One year (and 31 weeks)

I can’t believe it’s already been a year.


One very beautiful, difficult, wonderful year.


I remember how we thought we had it all figured out. We knew it would be hard, but I don’t think we had any idea just how hard.

We scored 100% in communication on our pre-marital counseling evaluation. I still can’t fathom how that happened. I guess we were both pretty confident in our own ability to be good communicators. We’re still working on that.

I remember people always told me marriage is about sanctification; how you never really realize how sinful and desperate for grace you are like you do when you’re married. I used to think I was a really humble person who didn’t complain much. Where in the world did I get that idea? In fact, it seems like most everything I thought I was, I found I wasn’t.

One very humbling year.

There are so many things I want to say, but it seems the wrong place to say it.

So instead, let me just say– I love you, Aaron. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life growing with you. If we can make it through this crazy whirlwind first year of marriage, by the grace of God, we can make it through anything.


All wedding photos courtesy of Ryan A Stadler.

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Week: 31

Baby is the size of: a pineapple. Yikes. That’s kinda scary. Can we pick a different fruit?

Loves: NEW GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS AT NOODLES & CO!!!!! Seriously, I thought I had died and gone to heaven yesterday eating the Pasta Fresca with GF Fusili noodles. Pair that with their fancy soda fountain machine and I was one very happy Mama.

Hates: any time Aaron has to work late, stretch marks, weird pregnancy stuff, iron supplements, being dependent on food for life (seriously, HATE IT!), and my hips cracking and popping in the middle of the night. Really, that last one’s more of a love/hate thing. I hate that it happens, but I love how much better I feel after it does.

How I’m Feeling: Soooo happy to be in my third trimester, excited to meet my baby, anxious to get everything crossed off my to-do list. It’s interesting how even though I’ve been sick from iron supplements and achy from hip/joint pain,  this is still the best I’ve felt throughout my pregnancy. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for Autumn.


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