I know everyone feels this way but, really! How has it been a year of marriage already?! Jordan is my actual best friend and I would make the commitment of marriage to him over and over again. That’s the short version of this story, but I’m not one to tell a short story:
Jordan and I went to school together Kindergarten through Senior Year, and we started dating in Eighth Grade. Our hometown is small and our graduating class was 72 ladies and gents. Although our hometown of Tremont, IL, its experiences, and our classmates are near and dear to us, we were more than hoping to start a life somewhere new. But in God’s charming sense of humor, we lived in a one bedroom apartment on our hometown’s main street — ha! Even though it’s not what we wanted, I have a feeling that the comfort of home was a hidden bit of grace for the “most challenging year”.
The apartment was perfect for us. I adored the wood floors in the kitchen, the gas stove, and the two closets in the bedroom. We made a lot of delicious meals, popped open several bottles of really good wine, and hosted many heavy conversations in that little kitchen. Living together in general was a breeze, and aside from the petty little arguments there were really no “that’s not where I keep the toothpaste” issues.
Our careers took center stage this past year. Jordan and I were so blessed to have jobs that we really loved, but we heavily regret prioritizing them above our daily lives. Our schedules prevented us from spending as much time together as newlyweds need, and having just one mutual day off was pretty limiting. Jordan was commuting a total of three hours a day, and we were both tired by the time he came home. Our life together consisted mostly of eating dinner, watching netflix, and sleeping — that life is neither mentally or physically healthy.
Comfort, as you may have already gathered, consumed us this past year. It’s not an entirely terrible thing to just really enjoy being with your person, but we are excited to push the limits in year two. In just under two weeks we are relocating to Champaign, IL. ILL-INI! Jordan is so pumped to be full-time in his beloved college town, and to gain three hours back in his day. His promotion at work initiated this move and I am so proud of all his accomplishments. It goes without saying, our lives are about to become even more Orange & Blue.
We are also proud new puppy parents. Our 10-week old Golden Retriever, Lincoln, came home with us on Saturday. He is absolutely perfect and entirely exhausting! I don’t mean to keep bragging on my husband, but he is such an incredible dog dad! He researches absolutely everything to make sure Lincoln has the best and is getting all of the proper treatment and training from us. And he is just very caring toward Lincoln in every way! It’s a good thing that he and I are both on a ten year baby plan, because if he’s that incredible with a puppy I can only imagine how amazing he’ll be with our human babies! #heartthrob
I have left my job in bridal as we prepare for the move. That was a very hard thing for me to do, and I only did it with the interest of keeping our family first priority. Our close friends and family continue to ask me what my next step is, and to be completely honest with you, I don’t know. Once we get settled in Champaign I will begin exploring opportunities there, but I also am working on some creative outlets as well (more on that later). I’m very grateful for this time to reset and invest all of myself into my marriage and our home!
We celebrated our anniversary last week with a trip to Mexico. Jordan and I have this travel theory where vacations and adventures exist separately. A vacation includes pretty much sunning, eating, drinking, and sleeping and that is precisely what we did during our trip to Mexico. It was much needed time together, but we are already dreaming up an adventure for this coming year! I’m going to be sharing more about that later as well.
As we make this transition to year two we really appreciate the thoughts and prayers from our tribe. I realize that Champaign is a pretty trivial move from Tremont, but baby prayers would be great ;) A special thanks to Jordan for being the most patient man with his new wifey during year one. He’s really an incredible guy, and I am so lucky to have a front row seat to his everyday world!