Twenty-Four Years.

I still can't believe that last week I celebrated my 24th birthday. It seems like just yesterday, I was celebrating my 19th birthday with my boyfriend who would eventually become my husband just 2 and a half years later. I think back to when I was 21 and saying "I Do" and thinking how lucky I was to marry this man. Ive been wife for over 2 and a half years now and my how things have changed in just a few short years. I guess a lot of the change that I am feeling is simply just the change of growing up and growing older. I have found myself slowing down and craving simplicity.  

The biggest change that I have noticed is with my home. 3 years ago if you would have asked me to describe my dream home for our newlywed years, I would have told you that I would want to build a home in a new neighborhood and be 5 feet from my neighbor and live that suburban lifestyle. Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting this life and this home. Today if you asked me what I wanted in a home, I would tell you that I would love nothing more than lots of land! I would love to not see my neighbors, I want to have a place to run around with my dogs and one day my children, Lord willing. I want room for a garden and room to gather together with family and friends.

Thankfully, The Lord knew that my heart would change, and he placed our current home in our path. It has land, it has space. Yes, I can see my neighbor, but it still gives us room to live and love. Isn't amazing to look back and see how God directs your path now, to set you up for your future. I used to despise living so far out of town, and having so much land. Now, looking out at our yard while writing this post, I am happy and content. I find rest and peace in my home. 

For my birthday, my parents gifted me a sign from Between You and Me Signs that says: "Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together, you can't help but communicate. And if we had more room in between us, think of all we'd miss. Love grows best in litter houses just like this." This quote truly speaks to my heart and my desire for our home and family.

A lot has changed in my heart over the past year, my desires, my hopes for the future, my overall interest have changed. Part of me is nervous about the change, but the other part of me realizes that if I don't change I will never be able to grow into the women the Lord has for me to become. I like to think that I live more simply now. I enjoy the fresh air and space around me and I don't crave a full schedule and not a moment of rest. 

I love that I can change and be myself with my husband by my side. He truly is my best friend, and my biggest cheerleader. He has faith in me, even when I have no faith in myself. 

Saying I Do to him almost 3 years ago was the best decision that I have made so far in my life.

The funny thing, is that our wedding was simple, rustic and was a time to spend with family and friends, and that is what I truly strive for in my life and home. Simple, a little rustic, and a place to gather with loved ones.

So, heres to another year, full of love and family. I am so blessed for all of those who read this blog and who follow along with me and my journey of life. Thank you!!

1 comment :

  1. Can I just say that I'm absolutely obsessed with your wedding seating! I love the hay bales & the quilts :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista