Four Years

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Four years ago today, the Mr. and I got married. It was the most precious day of my life.

P you are my hero, my life, my dearest friend. I can’t wait to celebrate when you get home!

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Photography by the amazing Gabriel Ryan Photographers.

Eating for One

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While the Mr needs a lot of substance and comfort (and meat) in his meals at the end of the day, I’m always happy to create something simple with whatever I can find in the kitchen. Since he’s gone for training, I’ve gotten a kick out of seeing what I can dish up out of a seemingly empty fridge. It’s strangely gratifying, and the wallet and the waistline are definitely better off.

But needless to say, I’m ready to fill up the fridge with comfort food and share the dinner table again.

Do you eat differently when your man is away?

(Eggs with goat cheese and arugula salad / Kashi veggie pizza / roasted sweet potatoes and eggs over medium)

Sound Check: I’ll Keep You Safe

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I’ve felt a little nostalgic the last few days with Mr being gone.

This lovely song by Sleeping at Last is comforting on this cloudy morning… It reminds me that I don’t have to live life perfectly to be loved or held close. And that God is with me, whether my husband is or not.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Can you feel the weight of it?

The whole world at your fingertips

Don’t be, don’t be afraid

Our mistakes, they were bound to be made

But I promise you I’ll keep you safe

. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

I hope you have a lovely, peaceful weekend. xo

(ps – can you spot our two pups in this photo?)

 

While He’s Gone

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Yesterday the Mr. left for a month of training. He’s not far, but he won’t be able to contact me while he’s away.

These long stretches of time apart are definitely intimidating… But instead of just wishing the time away, I’ve been inspired to try new things, knockout some to-dos around the house (like a good ol’ fashioned deep spring cleaning), and go to more yoga classes. Here are a few other ideas:

1. Let our little guy Remi (above) sleep in our bed to keep me company.

2. Try a few new simple and tasty meals (I tried this one last night with a glass of white wine and it was amazing!).

3. Finally use this deal I bought with my 2 besties (Eek! I’m a little scared!).

4. Daydream about a mini getaway we’re planning for our fourth anniversary, as soon as he gets home (below is a photo from our last mini getaway at New Year’s).

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I’ll continue to share my solo adventures as the weeks go by (quickly, I hope!). Any other ideas of how to make the time pass?

Why Thank You

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Last week, I was thankful to receive nominations for two blog awards. Blogging has been such a beautiful, rewarding experience so far, and I am so grateful for the community it has allowed me to be a part of.

The Inspiring Blog Award nomination was from a blogger friend in Chicago, In Real Life – a lovely slice-of-life blog (with some of the cutest kids in cyberspace!). The Liebster Award nomination came from my beautiful and inspiring cousin Anna who writes This Mom’s Gotta Run, documenting her fitness journey.

While I haven’t had the time to follow through on the official rules for these awards, I do want to share with you some friends who have inspired me – as a blogger, as a military wife, and as a woman. I hope you’ll check them out!

Planted Oak

The Sustainable Spot

Navy Wife Chronicles

Brighton the Day

Snugs and the Man

The Cautious Crow

Bound

CrumbBums

Dear Olympia

Aprons and Cammies

Sound Check: A Case of You

James Blake is one of those rare artists whose voice and melodies are so hypnotizing and stir something in your heart. His cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” is just devastatingly beautiful. You’d never know this brilliant kid is only 24 years old!

The Mr. is heading out of town for a month of training on Monday, so we’ll be spending lots of good QT together this weekend (with a fire and dinner out). Have a great weekend! xo

Our Anchors We Will Weigh

I’m blessed to live and work with people I love who also happen to have amazing taste. When a friend of mine introduced me to Jon Contino’s work, I flipped.

As a going away present for my hubby before he left for boot camp, I bought this print and had our friends and family sign it with encouragement and words of love at his going away party. It now hangs in our bedroom as a daily reminder of how much we are loved.

Because I’m Lazy

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I like to cook. But only if what I’m cooking allows me to have an undistracted conversation with whoever’s company I’m enjoying, and not have to rush back to my phone with greasy fingers for the sixth time because I can’t remember if it said 1/2 Tbsp or 3/4 tsp, or dammit was I not supposed to add that egg yet?

If a recipe requires more than one pan, a lot of chopping, or any ingredient I can’t find at Trader Joe’s, I immediately start to panic and I’m unlikely to try it. And that is why this article is amazing. 34 two-ingredient recipes. Oh the simplicity!  The Flourless Nutella Cake and Lemon Mousse are first on my list to try.

Sound Check: Sometimes He Does

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My grandparents in the mountains of NC

This tune by Lori McKenna is haunting, and at first listen, sounds like a mournful ballad about how her man doesn’t love her the way he should.

But the chorus clarifies the intention of this bittersweet song, which is that the love he has for her runs more deeply than what he does or doesn’t do to give her a sense of value or beauty.

Sometimes he loves me more

than I deserve to be loved

And sometimes he’s more than a heart like mine

could ever dream of

I’m thankful that my husband is the kind who listens when I tell him how my day went. And the love he has for me is sweeter than I could ever hope for. But the daily reality is… he is just a man. And he knows well that I am just a woman. And this mutual understanding of one another’s humanness frees us from the expectations of perfection and fulfillment that would ultimately crush us both. It frees us to love each other, wildly and without fear.

This song reminds me to be thankful for the darling man God gave me, regardless of our circumstances, our expectations, or our broken humanity… and reminds us both that our ultimate value is found in our Maker, not in one another.