We didn't know how smart we were when we decided to get married over a holiday! So, to celebrate our 1 year anniversary, we rented a cabin in Blue Ridge, GA (in the Appalachian mountains) for the long weekend. The cabin was PERFECT! It was really small with a fireplace and overlooked a creek that cows drank from every day. They also had an outdoor hot tub that we took full advantage of. We got there Friday night and only ventured out on Saturday morning to the Food Lion. Most of our time was spent playing games, watching TV (we indulged since we don't have TV at home!), and enjoying the fireplace. Here are some pics of our time:
The drive up. I think the call it Blue Ridge because the mountains are blue.
The view from the porch. ( We can't wait to go back when it's not 15 degrees so we can spend some time outside!)
A sideways view of our cabin.
Jonathan is awesome at lighting fires!
A cow drinking from the creek.
On Sunday morning, we sat down and talked through our first year of marriage. It was a lot of fun to talk about the joy our marriage has brought us. We went through our vows and talked about areas where we want to improve and areas we feel like we've done a good job. We also decided we wanted to have a theme of what we could run toward this next year and we came up with a passage from Psalm 62:5-8:
"For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us."
The thing that inspired us the most from this passage is to pour our our hearts before Him. It came alive in a reminder that God hears us when we pray. What better way to love one another than to pray for them? So, Jonathan and I committed to praying daily together. We've tried this in the past but haven't done the best job, and are doing it now with new resolve and trusting the grace of God to carry us there. We specifically committed to pray without missing a day for the next 40 days in hopes to develop a habit. So, our plan is to take Ali on a "prayer walk" after work every day and see how that goes.
The other part of the passage that really encouraged us was the exhortation to wait on the Lord. Jonathan and I are both eager to move overseas and I know that I struggle with being impatient to get there, rather than embracing the life God has for us in Atlanta right now. But Atlanta is His will and purpose and He desires to be glorified through us in Atlanta so we want to trust Him to do that rather than getting frustrated He hasn't released us to move overseas yet.
The other tradition we started was to make a video talking about our past year--what we did, what we enjoyed, what we hope for in the next year. Hopefully it will become a fun chronicle for us to watch in the future, as well as a testimony to God's faithfulness to us from the beginning.
We forgot our wedding cake at home, so we had it on Monday night. Surprisingly, it was just as good as we remembered it from a year ago. Jereriah and Lisa did a great job making it!!! Plus, there was some left over for us to share with the rest of our housemates so we all got to enjoy it!
So, all said and done with our first year, we loved it! Of course there were some difficult moments, but it was surprisingly easy for us for the most part. (Way more fun than so many people told us it would be!) We learned tons more about one another, and fell even more deeply in love through it. We can't wait to enjoy year number 2!!!