The Best Soup, Marriage Wisdom, and Improving My Pace

Happy Thursday, Friends! It’s only been six days since my last post but it feels like it’s been much longer. This past week has been FULL. Thankfully, by God’s grace, I am soon going to have a much more balanced life. I don’t want to share too much yet, but He has opened the door for me to pursue some big goals of mine and put an end to being spread so thin. With that, I plan to post here much more consistently soon. In lieu of a typical sequence of posts, I am writing a quick post to share what we’ve been up to this week!

I spent much of Saturday working on two big projects for my courses, hence the lack of blog posts this week. These are the last courses I plan to take for the foreseeable future, but I’m getting a lot out of them! My higher level course is a strategic look at social media for business. Our final project includes writing a social media proposal for a small business, and I chose a wedding photographer because of my ties to and interest with the wedding industry. While it has been very time-consuming, I’ve also been enjoying it quite a bit!

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We Started Financial Peace University!

Oh happy day! We started Financial Peace University at our church last night and I am SO excited about it. Our sweet group facilitator read about my goal to attend FPU on this page and reached out to invite us to the class. Goodness, y’all – I am thankful for that! I believe God knew we needed a push in our busy season to make FPU a priority. It not only fits my 101 in 1001 goals but also #5 on my 2017 goals. I am really passionate about stewardship and see both time and money as valuable commodities to spend wisely. I am excited to increase our financial literacy and learn about saving and investing through Financial Peace University this fall!

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Lessons from Our First Month of Marriage

Good gracious, y’all! We’ve been married for one month today! I am continually in awe of God’s faithfulness as I look back upon the story He has written for us. To celebrate, today I am sharing ten lessons from our first month of marriage. This certainly is not an exhaustive list, but they are the first that came to mind. Enjoy!

lessons from our first month of marriage

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Marriage is a daily opportunity to serve one another. Every day, there are a hundred ways for Dillon and I to serve each other. Whether it be through cleaning the kitchen (which he is doing right now as I type this) or making dinner so the other can relax, there are countless ways to show love through service.

God needs to be at the center of everything we do. Without God, we can easily become impatient, selfish, and short-sighted. By prayerfully putting God at the center, our eyes are opened to His grace. In that, we can pour His grace out onto one another.

Marriage is a gift to be stewarded well. I waited for Dillon for a long time. We each prayed for each other and lived in obedience to Christ as we waited to meet one another. In that, I often remember what a gift it is that God brought us together and that we have a holy responsibility to steward that gift well.  

We love our families deeply (and miss them so!). Family is deeply important to both of us. We have continued to make time for our sweet families over this past month. This has helped ease the transition of moving out quite a bit!

Sleeping next to Dillon is a lot easier than I anticipated.  I really expected to have a hard time sleeping next to somebody else, even if he’s my husband. Fortunately, I’ve slept pretty well almost every night!

Taking care of our home involves teamwork. Cleaning the kitchen, grocery shopping, laundry, sweeping the floors, budgeting, and more. I didn’t realize how much work it would be to have our own place! We are tag teaming it though, which helps quite a bit.

We need our own space – but not too much of it! From day 1, we’ve made it a point to each have our own time each day. It’s incredibly important to have quiet time to pour into hobbies and restful activities. I’m thankful we’ve honored this!

Forming a budget is challenging but unifying.  Thanks to Dave Ramsay and his Every Dollar tool, this has been made much simpler! We are using the envelope system and it’s been a great motivator so far.

There are no burned dinners in this house!  Long gone are the stereotypes of newlyweds eating burned dinners and spaghetti every night. I have taken great delight in planning out delicious healthy meals each week, and we’re huge fans! I’m excited to share some of my favorite recipes here soon in another recipe roundup.

Always make time for adventures. Enough said. I’m so excited for lifelong adventures shared together!

Married friends, what is one of the lessons you learned in your first month of marriage? Please share below!