You know that sang, “Home is where the heart is”? I just learned first hand how true this is.

Garren and Jerry left Monday afternoon, hauling all our “stuff” to Manchester. They are making amazing time and will be there in about 3 hours.

Sybil pulling the trailer like a champ, and two (still enthusiastic) drivers ;)

Sybil pulling the trailer like a champ, and two (still enthusiastic) drivers ;)

Last night, as I was having another bout of pregnancy induced insomnia, I had the thought, “I want to go home.” I realized instantly that I was referring to New Hampshire. A place I have never been. Why? Well that is where my husband is. I literally associate my home with him. Garren is all I need to feel at home no matter where our life may take us. I feel so comforted and at peace with my life for this very reason. Our marriage isn’t perfect, we both make mistakes daily, but the foundation we base our life on is. Serving one another, other people around us, and most importantly God, has helped us see the bigger picture in life.  It’s opened my eyes to to the true meaning behind “home”.

As a child I moved. A. Lot. Four different states and far to many houses to count by the time I was 15 years old. I use to be so jealous of friends who had literally lived in the same house their whole life. I craved that stability and sense of who I am and where I come from. Now I know, no matter where I live, my home will be the same for the  decades of years to come. My home will forever be next to Garren. I realize this is getting sappy, and I am crying just thinking about this. (Pregnancy has made my already horrible crying “reflex” even worse)

In other less emotional news, the second trimester is already BY FAR better than the first. I am still lacking some energy but my nausea is much better. I still feel sick, especially if I go long without food. I am rarely throwing up any more though. This has been greatly appreciated. I will probably do another pregnancy post in a few weeks.

Garren starts Physical Therapy school on August 26th. I love seeing how excited he is. We are both so blessed to have the opportunity to follow our dreams. (I am ecstatic about being a stay at home mom) He is such a hard worker and I know he will excel at this new challenge in his life! While it’s easy to think about life after grad school; after school loans and late nights studying, I am excited for this new chapter in our lives and plan to make the most out of each and every day.


Three days until I go HOME. :)


2nd Anniversary!

On May 6th we celebrated our 2nd anniversary. We went camping the weekend before to celebrate, but not celebrating the day of would just be madness :)

We kept it pretty low key and just went to dinner at Wingers and had the cutest little bottles of Martinellis sparkling cider ever.

The second year of marriage was much harder than the first. We went through some pretty “Adult” trials and had to make “Adult” decisions. That may seem really weird. I mean we are married and have been “Adults” for a while but we would some times laugh at how we felt like kids trying to make it through the grown-up world. The day we lost our baby made us grow up pretty fast. Life took a new perspective and our goals were re-focused. I always knew I was blessed to have Garren as a husband but through the last year I realized we are an incredibly strong unit. We don’t get to pick the trials we have but we did get to chose each other to face them together. I am so excited to start this new adventure. Garren has been working so hard to get to physical therapy school and it is so comforting to know that he will always do his best to take care of me and our family.

Best Parts of our 2 year of marriage:

A very rainy but perfect camping trip

Going to Montana to see Kyle, Heather, and the Kids

Garren getting in to Franklin Pierce University’s DPT Program

Finding out we were going to be parents


So since the 2nd anniversary is the “Cotton” anniversary we tie dyed shirts for each other! Here are pictures of that and the whole anniversary day :)


This isn’t from our actual anniversary… but it makes me happy that we still hold hands in the car :)


He got me my favorite flowers for our anniversary! Gorgeous.


He was a little hungry


I guess after months of eating recipes from Skinnytaste.com he wanted a little bit of fat…. :P


Gross picture, cute bottles!




Ready to Celebrate :)


Notice the 2’s


He did a good job


I like to think I did too!

Bring on year number 3!


What I have Learned in the First 17.5 Months of Marriage.

Marriage is absolutely nothing like I imagined it to be….. its a whole lot better :) There were, however, a lot of things to get use to! So far here is a bit of what I have learned:

The direction toilet paper goes on the holder is NOT a good reason to get into an argument.

Every night really is like having a sleep over with you best friend.

Date nights are even more important now, then they were when we were dating/engaged.

Asking these three questions every night before bed: What was the worst part of your day? The best part of your day? and How can I make you feel more loved? can stop future fights, and start wonderful conversations.

The phrase “I’m sorry” will never go out of style.

My husband is willing to “Kill all of the people” when I wake him up in the middle of the night out of paranoia.

Laughter is the best medicine.

Killing each other is not an option, and even when we are mad at each other I love him more than anything.

Loyalty and Trust are the two greatest things we can practice in marriage. It makes the rest easy.

If you let them, men wont shave. Ever. Kissing sandpaper is never fun.

Coming home to the person you loved and dinner on the table is what happiness is all about,

Our goals and dreams for the future seem much more attainable when we are on the same page.

At times we take each other for granted. I hate this about marriage.

It gets harder…. but more fun to surprise each other.

It’s easier to change your self, then to try and force your spouse change. Be the wife you want to be, don’t try and create the husband you think you want.

You know you are loved when your husband holds your hair when your puking from food poisoning.

I still miss him when I have been at work all day and haven’t seen him.

The two nights I have had to sleep apart from him were horrible.

He lied to me when we were engaged…. he does snore. (Don’t worry I forgave him)

He has realized that there is a price to my long hair. as he finds it every where.

We never run out of things to talk about.

Sometimes boys smell bad. Really bad.

Garren gets the most amazing bed head I have ever seen. Please bless this trait is passed on to our children…. The pictures will be epic.

I’ve wanted a baby since I got my first doll… getting married makes that desire much greater.

I am spoiled. Garren rubs my head every night to help me fall asleep.

Finally I married the most amazing man in the world. Pretty sure the most common phrase he says to me besides “I love you” is “What can I do to help.” He is always serious, and ALWAYS willing to do whatever its i need. Including letting me try 5 different colors of nail polish on his nails so I could decide which I wanted to wear. This list could go on forever, and will continue to grow though out the years. marriage is definitely the greatest adventure I have ever embarked on.