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Four Years


I’ve been down with a migraine all week so the blog has been quieter than I would have liked!  But I couldn’t miss a special post for this special day in our lives! 



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ONE baby.

TWO of us.

THREE states.

FOUR happy years.

Happy fourth anniversary, my love!

Cheers to beginning year five where love looks like letting the other one snooze for a few extra minutes, “date nights” to Target, and a toddler splayed between us in bed.   I appreciate you more with each passing day.

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Frivolous Friday: What would you change about your wedding?

Maybe it is just me, but by Friday, I’m tired of analyzing and tired of doing serious reading on blogs.  On Fridays, I just want to see pretty pictures and read about frivolous things.

In that spirit, here’s my completely frivolous post for today:

A few weekends ago we went to my little sister’s beautiful wedding, which, of course, brought up memories of my own wedding!


In the three years that I’ve been married, I keep thinking of things I would change if I were getting married again, starting with: eloping!  By the week of her wedding, doesn’t every bride just wish she had skipped the stress and saved the money to elope??

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We had a beautiful wedding, held in a park a few minutes away from my parents’ house.  Whenever we visit them, we take Hadden to “our wedding park” to play (there’s a playground in a different part) so it is nice to have happy memories of the actual day and to be making new memories each time we go there.

While we loved many aspects of our wedding, when I look back on the day there are things that I wish I could change.  I don’t have a complete list, but here are a few of those changes I’d make:



1. Guest List

We wanted a small wedding, which is exactly what we got.  Looking back, however, I wish we’d changed up the guest list a bit to allow room for more friends.

2. More Relaxed!

Our wedding was pretty relaxed in many ways, but I wish the reception had been more FUN.  I enjoyed my wedding, but looking back, I wish it had been more like a huge party with all our friends.  And I kinda wish I’d gone with a knee-length dress and gone with my original plan to have the guys in more casual clothes.

3.  Officiant

Our first choice officiant wasn’t available, but now I regret not asking another friend to perform the ceremony.  I wish we’d had an officiant who knew us better as a couple.

4.  Communion and Foot Washing

Originally I wanted everyone to take communion at our wedding and have Caleb and I wash each other’s feet as part of the ceremony (a Christian symbol of service).  I gave those up during the planning, but I wish I’d stuck to my guns.


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My bridesmaids! My friend, Marlena, my two younger sisters and my niece. p.s. Marlena’s book releases THIS MONTH!! It has been in the works since before we met so I’m celebrating this momentous occasion along with her!

 I’m curious!  What would you change about your own wedding??  Bonus points if you can include a link to one of your wedding pictures! : )


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the post-vacation slump

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My beautiful sister and her wonderful new husband

This weekend we had the pleasure of attending my little sister’s wedding.  It was a long weekend as we drove 10 hours each way and then spent the days there in a flurry of wedding details.  But we had a wonderful time with my siblings and especially loved seeing Hadden bond with his cousins.


Now we’re home and I’m in the post-vacation slump.  I have a “thing” about leaving home – I always make sure it is in perfect order before we leave.  All the laundry is done, the sheets and towels are freshly laundered, the dishwasher is turned on as we walk out the door.  I like to come home to a clean house so that the first few days home are still fairly relaxing.  Last night when we first got home we quickly emptied the suitcases, did the laundry, and cleaned out my car. My other quirk about vacations is that I always encourage that Caleb take an extra day off of work.  Because most of our “vacations” actually revolve around other people, we like to take one day to relax together before life starts up again.  So we go to the grocery store and do yard work, but mostly, we hang out.  I love having this extra day built into our vacations to feel settled and connected as a family.  This morning we thought, for about an hour, that we might have been coming down with a stomach virus so I took that as an excuse to lay on the couch most of the day and play with Hadden.  But nothing ever came of the susceptive sickness – it must have simply been a combination of not enough sleep, too much travel, and five days of unhealthy eating.

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Once I decided that we definitely didn’t have any viruses, I baked cookies (my go-to therapy) and packaged them up to be dispersed.  Tomorrow real life continues, the vacation will officially be over, and I’ll need to renew our schedule.  But for tonight, I’m going to pretend we’re still on vacation.  🙂

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