Well hello there . . .
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I seriously can't believe it's 2018 . . . .
Lets make this year the best one yet, shall we?
As excited as I am for the new year, I'm so excited for TODAY because I'm sharing PART 2 of my reflection of 2017 and I'm all sorts of happy as I sit and reflect on this past year, because let me tell y'all - it was a good one.
I finished the last post with a picture of our car packed up and ready for the nearly three week, 2100 mile journey down to Texas and because I like to keep it real around here, this is what probably 90% of our roadtrip looked like . . .
Taylor drove the ENTIRE way and well as you can see, I slept for most of it . . . #realtalk #iloveroadtrips #taylormaybegtodiffer
So on our trip down to Texas we decided to stop in Utah and Colorado so we could spend some time with our families - my sister lives in Utah and my parents and other two siblings live in Colorado so it just made sense to stop and spend a few days in each place.
In Utah we got to spend precious time with my sister and her family - my niece was born just a few short weeks earlier and this is the first time we met her and we were IN LOVE. My brother just happened to come and visit the same time that we were there, which was perfect!
Then in Colorado we stayed at my parents place and we got to hang out with them and my younger sister, which was too fun!
We decided to quit our jobs a couple weeks earlier than what we had originally planned, because we wanted to spend this time with our family and although we could have made more money by working those few more weeks, these stops were 100% WORTH IT. That time we had to spend with everyone was so special and we're so thankful to have had that time to be with them.
Uncle Tay is the BEST!
We left Colorado and were headed straight for Austin - we stayed in Lubbock for one night to break up the trip and then before we knew it we we're in our new home!
Home Sweet Home
You see that fireplace there? Well I walked into the house and took a second to take it all in then walked over to the fireplace where I sat down and cried . . .
I was overcome with emotion and all of the sudden it hit me that this was all happening - we weren't going back to Washington, this wasn't just a vacation and it wasn't temporary. This new, unfamiliar, scary and empty house was now home and I was TERRIFIED.
Taylor calmed me down and in that moment we decided that we we're going to make this the BEST home and that this new chapter in our lives was going to be one big ole' exciting adventure.
As we walked around the house we both kept seeing imperfections and picking out all of the problems that we saw around the house (and there were plenty), but then we slowly started unpacking and hanging pictures, filling shelves, decorating the walls and all of the sudden those imperfections went away and I started to the see beauty in our little imperfect house. I realized then that the house was far from perfect, but it's what we put into it and the love that's in it that makes a home beautiful.
Although all of those imperfections are still there, when I look at my house now I don't see the imperfections and I often don't think about them, but instead I see a place that is full of love and memories.
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My sweet parents flew into to town the day after we got there so they could help us move in, which was such a blessing.
And then once my parents left we started our Marriage Course!!!
Marriage Course - Day 1
As many of you know, Taylor & I did a six week marriage course and then blogged about it every week - you can catch those posts here:
The course is called The Heart of Family by Kirk & Chelsea Cameron and it is truly an amazing course - I say this over and over again, but both Taylor & I would highly recommend the course. You don't have to have any problems in your marriage or be going through anything, even if you feel like you have the perfect marriage you should do this class. It's 35 dollars and 100% worth the investment. If you have any questions about the course and want to talk about your relationship and/or marriage, PLEASE reach out to Taylor or I and we'd LOVE to talk with you!
Buy the course here!
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Speaking of marriage, Taylor & I celebrated our ONE YEAR anniversary in September!!!
For our anniversary Taylor got me tickets to see Suzy Bogguss, which for those of you who don't know, is one of my all time favorite singers - she is a country singer from the 90's and I LOVE her music.
To top it all off, we got to meet her after the show and get TWO signed CD's - one for me and one for my dad.
Read all about our first anniversary here - it's a good story and i'll bet it's nothing like you'd expect it to be!
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In October we took a trip up to Waco, Texas for Magnolia's 3rd Annual Silobration
This trip is one of the highlights of my year - my parents and Taylors mom all came down for the weekend - we rented an Airbnb in Waco and we spent the weekend shopping at Magnolia, eating cupcakes, drinking sweet tea, wandering up and down the market and watching Jon Foreman and Johnnyswim play AMAZING shows.
Honest to goodness, one of the best weekends ever.
and then from Waco we drove up to Dallas for the Texas State Fair - a must do for any first time Texan.
Also in October, we went and did a little photo shoot for our Christmas cards and we found the CUTEST little ranch right here in Austin - Star Hill Ranch.
One last thing in October . . . we started our brand new JOBS! #adulting
In November we celebrated Taylor turning 27!!!
Happy Birthday BABE!
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Before we knew it, it was December and we were headed back up to Magnolia to take our annual picture with SANTA!
I asked Santa for one thing this year . . . . a job at Magnolia. Although Christmas has passed, I'm still holding on to that wish. Keep your fingers crossed, friends!
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And then it was Christmas and we were back home with Taylor's sweet family in Seattle!
Christmas was magical this year - we flew in on Christmas Eve and we woke up to the most beautiful white Christmas. We got to spend precious time with our two nephews and with Taylor's sisters, brother-in-laws and parents.
We missed my family of course, but we felt so blessed for the opportunity to go home and be surrounded with family.
2017 was one heck of a year and we're grateful for every opportunity and every moment - we're feeling abundantly blessed as we welcome in 2018.
Happy New Year, dear friends!
We love you.
Cheers to 2018
- XO -
I'm Emilee. 26. Homebody. Believer in a simple + intentional life. Daughter of the King. Living in Austin with my hubs.
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