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365 Days

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One year ago today, I packed up all of my earthly belongings and drove away from my childhood home, where my entire family lives on a single street in a city with a population of 291, en route to Little Rock, Arkansas. Chad and I had been dating for just over three years, living 6.5 hours apart the entire time. I’d secured myself a job and a place to live, and had it on good authority that Chad would propose before the year was up (read: I made him promise he would propose before the year was up before I agreed to move out of state).

So many things have happened in the past 365 days – it’s almost unreal. I started a new job. I moved – twice. We joined our first church together. I got engaged! Chad and I took our first vacation together (the engagement cruise). I planned a wedding. I made approximately 16 round-trip flights to Houston for family, holiday and wedding-related things (both my wedding and others). WE GOT MARRIED. We honeymooned in Mexico for the most amazing week of my life. I made significant accomplishments at work. The list goes on and on…

When I look back on it, there is a huge mixture of emotions that I can recall. Lots of nerves when I first moved here. Joy from seeing Chad several times a week, rather than once every 8 weeks. Pure elation and shock when Chad proposed. Stress when it came to wedding planning. A complete surrealism as I walked down the aisle. Total relaxation on the pristine beaches of Playa del Carmen – and so much more.

Yes, it has been quite a year for me/us. It’s amazing how so much can change in such a short time. Let’s all just make sure we’re taking the time to ENJOY life!

Here’s the past 365 days in a slideshow (just the highlights!):

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Beach Babes!

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We’re back from sunny Florida, and what a GREAT trip it was! Some awesome time with my future in-laws and picture perfect weather. Seriously, not a cloud in the sky and 85 degrees for an entire week – it was HEAVEN!

As some of you know, Chad’s grandpa lives in Bonita Springs, Florida (right between Fort Myers and Naples). We made the trip down and met up with his entire immediate family for the first time in two years – it was worth the wait! Between beach trips, pool parties, hot tubs, shopping, dog tracks and DELICIOUS food, I really can’t say that I would have changed a single thing! Well, unless we could have stayed longer!

I took a million photos, but of course my camera cord is at Chad’s house – so I’ll have to post those later (probably on Facebook). It was sad to say goodbye to everyone, but we were excited about the fact that the next time we’ll all be together is for the WEDDING!!! YAY!!!

So, what has been YOUR favorite family vacation?