2 Years.

It’s weird. 2 years of marriage went by uncomfortably fast. But it feels good to say that those two years were vastly substantial. Lots of meat. Real rich.

Here’s our story in a few pictures.

We met in 2007. He didn’t give me a second thought and I thought he was rude and scary.

I did a lot of dancing in 2008. A single, care-free and crazy gal. He got to live the life of the road and spent most of his time with good people.

Thanks to the pretty lady in the middle, we were reunited at the beginning of 2009. Our status went from acquaintances to friends over the year. And then on September 11th, we spend the day together. By the end of September, we decided we wanted to get married. And the rest is history….

My life with Daniel is better than it ever was without him, even in our rough moments. He is my best friend, and my leader. I love him THE MOST much.

 

Trinkets and Treasures.

I had a wonderful anniversary celebration weekend with Daniel. St. Augustine is always so much fun, and we really got to explore a good part of it this time. We must have walked at least 10 miles total over the past few days, enjoying the sites and sounds of old buildings, cobblestone streets and mandolin players. We climbed the lighthouse (which is a great feat for me because of my fear of heights) and visited the Castillo de San Marcos.  It was a good thing we walked so much, because I about ate my weight in delicious food. There happened to be a Celtic Festival going on, so there were kilts and bagpipes everywhere. We stayed at the Cedar House Inn, and I cannot brag enough about it. It was the perfect blend of sophisticated and down to earth. We did not expect such fantastic hospitality, and later on found out that the Cedar House is in the Top 15 most romantic places in the United States. Our breakfasts were nothing short of dazzling and delectable. My favorite was the puff pastry Belgium waffle deck, drizzled with syrup and walnuts. Cyndi, our host, was the sweetest lady and made sure we were having the best time.

We picked up a few souvenirs on each little adventure, many of them being food items (sorry… we’ve already devoured them). But here are a few of the things I bought while on our trip.

In the shops of historic downtown, there is this tiny, hole-in-the-wall bead shop that has the best things. I got this precious sterling silver ring with an amethyst, my birthstone, in it.

These were the first beads I saw when I walked into that bead shop and I had to have them! I don’t know why I didn’t pick up some more, there were all kinds of colors.

I found this Kalimba in the Earthbound Trading Co. shop. When you pluck the metal tongs, it makes a really earthy, tribal sound. I’m sure I will find a use for it in a song or two.

This map of Florida was one of the earliest and most influential maps of the American southeast that was ever published. Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues engraved it in the 1500’s. Although beautiful work, he was a little off. But it seemed he got the “idea” of the shape of Florida. I am excited to put this up somewhere in our house.

I picked up some teas from the Old City Remedies located in the Old Drug Store. Yerba Mate is said to be the perfect balance between coffee and green tea. It is a great energizer, aides in weight loss and is very nutritional. Once cup gives you 250% percent of your daily antioxidants. It isn’t heavy on the oils, so it won’t give you that yucky-acid stomach or the jitters like coffee does. The other tea, Blueberry Bingo, is a mixture of hibiscus, elderberries, blueberries, apples, cornflower and black tea. The store assistant recommended this to boost the immune system, because I’ve been fighting a cold for days. It also smells delightful. Just this tiny bag makes my whole kitchen smell great, even when it is sealed and in the cabinet.

The weekend with my husband was a much needed break. The past two years have been quite eventful, to say the least. At the end of the day, it was a blessing to get to escape with Daniel and I am so grateful.

 

Sweet Boy.

I know I already did a picture post of Abram recently, but MAN I took these pictures of him a few days ago while we were playing outside and I can’t NOT share them!

But before I do, just an update on me: I had a rough week. Monday’s post was all about needing God, and it rang true for me the past few days. I really let most things defeat me this week. It’s just one punch in the jaw after another, and this morning I woke up with achy eyes and the beginnings of a sore throat. It’s difficult not to allow myself to fall into a depression or feel like God is against me. But I press on, with the promises of scripture and the encouragement that surrounds me all the time.

Tomorrow Daniel and I leave for St. Augustine for our 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!! It’s gross how fast time has come and gone. I hate it. But I look forward to spending a few days with my husband, celebrating one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. We are staying at the Cedar House Inn and booked a room that looks very similar to the one we stayed in on our honeymoon. I can’t wait to see the fort tomorrow and go on a wine tour and tasting Saturday afternoon!

Enough of me though, here’s my cute boy:

I know. I can’t take it either.