One month of marriage down…forever to go.

The title says it all, folks. Yesterday, Jonathan and I celebrated one month of marriage. By celebrated, I mean that we exchanged text messages. He is currently out in Kansas City on a business trip and attending a tech/IT conference. Meanwhile, I am still here, doing the usual. I have, however, decided to stay with my parents for two nights. It’s kind of a surreal feeling to go back to my little twin bed with my wedding dress hanging up right next to me as I sleep.

The first month of marriage has been legitimately amazing. Obviously, I gave you a report of our honeymoon and actual wedding day. I thought I’d share a few pictures I have received back from our photographer since those posts!

Just a few notes about each photo:
Top Left: My face when I realized my friend, Chris McFadden, was in the house, and was about to sing a song for us all. Top Center: Me dipping  Jonathan. He is not dead. Top Right: Jonathan dipping me. Left Center: The entire bridal party. Bottom Center: The song that Chris sang, which I kept a surprise for Jonathan. It’s his favorite worship song, “Scandal of Grace” by Hillsong United. Bottom Right: We prayed at the end of our first look in the gallery at our venue. Bottom Left: Our flower girl was making it RAIN!

One fun thing that has happened in this month, that really doesn’t have anything to do with being married, is that I discovered I have a deep love for music from the 70’s. It all started with a wedding gift. We received a record player from my cousin Amanda and her family and I bought Journey’s Greatest Hits, Chris Stapleton’s Traveler, and Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits. I immediately realized Fleetwood Mac was one of the greatest bands of all time. Unfortunately, my Journey record skipped all through “Don’t Stop Believing.” Talk about a let-down.

Some of my favorite songs from the 70’s are:
1. Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton
2. Bennie and the Jets – Elton John
3. You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
4. Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
5. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
6. Reelin’ in the Years – Steely Dan
7. O-o-h Child – The Five Stairsteps
8. Ophelia – The Band
9. Knowing Me, Knowing You – ABBA
10. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
11. The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
12. Tusk – Fleetwood Mac

One of the coolest things that God has done in my life in the last month is that he has brought a handful of new volunteers that were perfect strangers into my life. God is doing some spooky good stuff around here, and honestly, it was just in time. I wasn’t sure I would be able to bring in anybody new. I honestly just posted a Craigslist ad like I’d done a few times before. God is good.

As for living with a boy, living away from my parents, and spending most of my day with Jonathan, everything is off to a great start. My response when people ask how newlywed life is going is typically “I haven’t kicked him out yet.” 

I’m really enjoying cooking in our kitchen, although lacking the luxury of a dishwasher is the worst. Not being able to throw in a load of laundry overnight is kind of a bummer, but it isn’t the end of the world. My parents are installing a washer and dryer in the basement for Jonathan and I to use, so that’s neat.

Speaking of family…we are awaiting the birth of our first nephew, Clark. He will be born via scheduled c-section November 5, if everything goes as planned. We also got to attend the vow renewal ceremony of Jonathan’s grandparents this past Saturday. They have been married 75 years. I cannot even imagine. Here’s a cute picture of them dancing at the wedding.

Harper Wedding

I am getting a MAJOR itch to get my nose pierced, get a tattoo, and change my hair. I think it’s the whole thing of being on my own now. Realistically speaking, the next big thing I do will probably be just buying new glasses.

Who knows…
I’m sure something will happen by the next post.

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