This Is Life a Year Later

I love the month of May! It used to only signify the end of a  school year (AWESOME!), but now it’s so much more! I graduated in May. My Mom’s birthday is in May (she won’t let us forget it!). I got married in May. We moved to Wolf Mountain in May and in just a week, my younger sister is going to be married in May.

May is like Christmastime for me! It’s so full of beautiful beginnings, hard-earned endings, and moments of remembrance. My heart just sings throughout this month, and I don’t want it to end. So, it’s a good thing we have a couple weeks left!

I wanted to sum up the life Ben and I have lived this last year. We have been through some easy times, and some very difficult ones. I have cried, laughed, and rejoiced this year and it has been a gift to live within it. 

Last Saturday marked one year since we moved to Wolf Mountain Christian Camp. We were excited and nervous to begin the camp journey again. 

Life has a tendency of moving quite FAST! We scrambled to settle in while also learning how to minister, be a family, and rest. We had times of feeling very overwhelmed, but who doesn’t in life? Life is busy and hard. Often, you simply have to stick to it! And in the sticking to it, you find beauty, joy, and the wild thought of being on an adventure you don’t want to leave! Continue reading

4 Fun Secrets to a Happy Marriage

Yes, yes I know I’m young. But if I waited around for the time I become a wise sage-like woman, then I would never write anything….at all. So, we are just going to ignore the fact that I’ve only been married for 1 year and about 11 months.

Are you ignoring yet?


Let’s get started.


 REalize that the timetable for your life is also the best time of your life

Some of the best fun you’ll have is when you forget about where everyone else is at in life, and you just LIVE with each other on the timetable for your marriage. You enjoy yourself when you decide to live your own life, instead of trying to fit into the lives of everyone else. Continue reading

Digging My Grave with a Home Depot Shovel

It was one of those conversations. You know, the kind where you just talk in circles and try to explain your reasons while insulting each other in the process. Go ahead,  it’s ok to smile or laugh…I mean we’ve all had them. No marriage is perfect. 

That tinge of misunderstanding is coloring your tone, and it’s just a no-win situation…at least for a little while. And such was the case for the loving husband and the happy wife (aka me & Ben). It was a frustrating conversation about Home Depot (and life, for that matter) and the things we needed to purchase for our home.  By the way, his suggested purchases weren’t  unreasonable, but I’m a tight wad and don’t spend money when I should. 

I am happy to report that this photo was taken about a week and a half after the initial Home Depot fiasco! This is me doing grocery shopping and Home Depot errands without throwing an adult fit!

We had already had a busy day at work whilst also being hit with lots of different things. I mean, it’s life. That’s what happens. Needless to say, there was a lot going on for the both of us. After getting home, I suggested going into town to get a few things we needed. It would also serve as a nice breather from the tension we were feeling, but then he suggested going in to Home Depot while we were at it. He wanted to conquer more in less time. 

BUT I DIDN’T WANT TO SPEND MONEY OR SPEND LONGER IN TOWN! Enter in the frustrating misunderstandings, going in circle conversations, not-so loving words, but then a lot of loving words…etc & so forth. 

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