words of advice for the new year

“Take a shower and be somebody.”

-my wise Daddy, to an unnamed family member


{This is a lovely shot of my bouquet from my wonderful, dear, life-long friend and attendant Chelsea Harms. Thank you, Chels!}
We have spent the last week knee-deep in marital bliss.

We have been in lots of states and seen lots of family and friends.
We are exhausted.
Tomorrow we are leaving for honeymoon phase 4, which is the Texas phase. It has been absolutely wonderful to spend time with the Nixes in Nebraska. I am truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful family, and I hope hope hope we get to spend lots of quality time with Aaron’s parents, sisters, brother-in-law, brother and sister-in-law (and puppies Lily and Izzy) in the upcoming years.
I want a Bichon puppy, too…
…guess i’ll have to wait until next Christmas.

Christmas Eve

Good morning, blog world!

It’s 6:20 a.m., my body hasn’t adjusted to mountain time, and there’s a man in my bed. Yes, I’m blogging from the honeymoon. He’s snoozing…visions of sugarplums and that whole bit… and I can’t seem to sleep past 6 a.m. I haven’t been able to since we landed at Vail.
I’m technically not allowed to post anything, check my e-mail or facebook while we’re honeymooning, but since he’s asleep and I CAN’T fall asleep, I figure it’s OK to do this.
The wedding was a whirlwind for us. A beautiful, hilarious, amazing whirlwind that left us here, fireside, on the top of a mountain, watching the snow fall. If you were a part of our wedding, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. It was an incredible gift to see those whom we love gather together in one place for those hours, and our hearts are overjoyed and thankful for you.
We’re off to hit the slopes for one more full day before traveling to Aaron’s parents’ home tomorrow evening.
Merry Christmas!

Wedding Day

I’m getting married to my best friend at 4:30 this afternoon.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:

If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


This has been quite the week:

  1. I finished college.
  2. I found out today I officially got the job I’ve been praying for/ working toward for two months. I’ve known since Monday that pending a background report I would be offered the job, so I’ve been a bit more relaxed since then, but it’s still nerve wracking to wait.
  3. I am getting married in four days.

    “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

It was so easy to be overwhelmed by this semester. Admittedly, I often was. But I was consistently pushed forward by the people in my life, and the temptation to fail or stop never won out. Thank you to everyone who prayed for my 21-credit-hour, 20 hour work week, wedding planning life over the past semester.

I am eager to stop thinking about school and work hard on wedding stuff for the next four days. I’ve only got four, but I’m determined to make these the best days of my single life.