How time has flown! My husband, Tim, and I have passed our ten months of marriage already which made me realize I haven't been keeping up very well with our story and I hope to get back to writing it soon [one of my goals this year is to finish writing our story up to the point when we get married. Stayed tuned for Part Five!]; furthermore, I am so enjoying this journey of life with Tim - every step, every learning curve, every moment of grace, forgiveness, love, joy, laughter, frustration, growth, cuddles and the constant peace of having him near, of having him to do life with.
Twenty-seventeen has brought with it some changes in our lives. Tim turned twenty-seven [Whooo! Now it sounds like we're the same age, even though I am four months and four days older], I found out I need glasses [we picked out my frames together on his birthday], and we both started new jobs! Our new positions are actually still within Rock Solid Refuge [check out their new website - it looks pretty rad], we just changed departments. Tim is now on Night Watch and I am now the Development Assistant, working on promotions for Rock Solid. We both are feeling good in our new roles and enjoy the change of pace. Tim will also be moving on from Rock Solid and into full time work with the carpenter he works for during his weeks off from Rock Solid. Tim is hoping to do his apprenticeship with this carpenter! We're super excited for this change and the many ways we can apply it in our future. One such plan is to use Tim's carpentry skills and my interior design knowledge to design and build our own house!
This last month, Tim has been the driving force behind us in making plans for our future - having goals to work towards and laying out the steps of how to get there. So far we've started small with goals for this year in our health, our home and our work, and a couple long-term goals for where we hope to be in eight to ten years. I find this all very exciting, having someone to dream and plan with, and it is also pretty great because I get to write out more lists! Making goals, arranging priorities and marking them off the list as we accomplish them is one of those things I view as super satisfying. Yep. It's good. It's still a work in progress, but having someone pushing you and encouraging you to better yourself, your marriage and home is truly a blessing and a thrilling adventure. I can't thank my man enough for that.
Another new thing this year arrived in the form of an invitation - to my ten year high school reunion - and the realization which came with it! How has it been ten years already?! Am I that old? I know people who are older than me are thinking I'm still a just a fledgling, but this is where it starts, right? You get your ten year reunion and then the twenty year one and we just keep growing and learning and aging, but at the same time, it feels not that long and yet ages ago too. Age is a weird thing, a good thing and a hard-to-wrap-your-mind-around-it thing. I'm still growing, but I am so thankful for where I am and who I am today.
Here's to this new year.
PS... this is my first time ever having to wear prescription glasses and it took a bit of getting used to. I was shocked at how tired it made my whole body feel as my eyes adjusted to better vision. It seems kind of odd, but my friend, Rachel, worded it well, "It feels like your eyes are being stretched." Yep! She nailed it.