Let the Countdown Begin

Sometimes we look at the past year and wonder how it’s gone so quickly. Other times we wonder how we’ve only been married for one year and not ten. With eleven days left to go in our “Julie and Julia” blog project, we’ve got a bittersweet feeling that comes with the end of any era. We’ve been praying about what to do with this thing since January, and we both feel like the Lord has given us much closure in moving on, in letting it be a digitally tangible example of how we lived, what we ate, and who we met during our first year of marriage. The husband is already on to new projects, and the wife can’t possibly stay out of writing for long, though God only knows when she’ll commit to doing anything for longer than a week. We pray for that daily.

All that to say, we’d like to use this post as an opportunity to answer questions about marriage, about blogging, about anything you’d like to know from us (silly or not). If no one participates, it will just be like every other post on this blog. But at this point, with eleven days left, we’ve really got nothing to lose!

Have at it: If you could ask us one question, what would it be?

19 thoughts on “Let the Countdown Begin”

  1. I’m not sure you can pinpoint one thing that was the toughest during your first year of marriage. And instead of focusing on what you had to work on, I would like to know what was the best part about being married and starting a life together?

    1. I think it’s almost as difficult to pinpoint one thing that stood out as the best! When you have the perspective that neither of you is going anywhere, that this is forever, just living in the same place is so much fun. It’s more difficult than any other roommate relationship because you aren’t afraid to be yourself or voice your opinion, but you work through things to an extent that you never would with anyone else. Mostly because you know that if you don’t resolve it now, it could go on for 50 years! This is incredibly challenging, but such an amazing experience. It evokes a lot of emotion, but to us that’s the only way to live: with your whole heart.

  2. On the blogging side of things, I have a terrible time getting things to look right, changing the layouts, adding pages or buttons (whatever those are), etc. Has there been a good resource you’ve used to help with these issues and to learn coding tips or are you just one of those blog genius people? 🙂

    Sad the end is near for OMP but so excited for your 2nd of year of marriage – it’s way better than the first! Love you both.

    1. This one will take a little more preparation, but we’ll be with you soon. 🙂 Oh, and we love you back. And your little munchkin family.

  3. Happy anniversary, you two! I didn’t realize this was just a one-year thing! I love your story…the secret engagement is just so cool. How are you celebrating your anniversary? I’m also curious what advice you’d give to couples in their first year of marriage. We’re posting on this same topic on our marriage/family blog tomorrow!

    1. We’re taking a long weekend to somewhere that Kyle is planning, but Jen doesn’t know about. It’s only within driving distance but should be a great time- the first trip we’ve taken for just the two of us since our honeymoon!

      Also, if we can squeeze two pieces of advice into one, it would be these: Be patient and also quick to forgive. We’re already getting better at this, but it’s definitely not intuitive. We’re both pretty stubborn people, which only makes us realize that the more patient we get, the more we’re leaning on God. We know we could never be calm and forgiving on our own! Marriage usually drives you closer to Jesus, if only because you realize that both of you are ridiculously sinful. Living under one roof somehow brings it out in you!

  4. Year one almost in the books – congrats! I’m only 32 years ahead of you. It just gets better. The time traveled together is a bond hard to explain. Sorry I have no questions for you, but I’d like to thank you for sharing. Take a long look at your pictures and let those images depicts your devotion and commitment to each other in the years to come. Thankfully, I’m living proof that youthful love transcends age and time. All the best as you continue to build your life…together!

    1. Thanks for sharing Randy! We love advice from anyone who has been married for longer than we have. We can’t wait for more adventures together and hope to have as many fond memories and experiences as you!

    1. How little we fought compared to when we were dating. I’m not sure what that says about our dating relationship but marriage was…not easier…but smoother than I thought it would be in year 1.

    1. That showing up really means something. And I mean I took that into other areas of my life. You don’t always have to be Faulkner in every post you write just like you don’t have to be Piper in every quiet time you have or Jeter in every softball game you play. You just have to show up, every day, and you’ll grow into your talents.

    1. I’ll probably buy something like a new dress from Forever 21. I haven’t been shopping in so long that I don’t have anything specific in mind, but I know I’ll find at least 5 things there that I love! Plus I know it won’t break the bank. 🙂

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