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A month ago, someone asked me if the first year of marriage is the hardest. He and his partner have been married for a year and a half and he was hoping I would say yes, the first year was the hardest. I cringed a little and told him that the first three-ish years were the hardest for us.

But I’ve thought about my answer since then, and I decided I would change what I said.

For us, there have not necessarily been entire years that were tough. The hardest parts of marriage to me, to us, have been times of transition and big changes.

Getting out of debt in year three was a really hard, as was having a baby (and dealing with postpartum depression) in year five. When one of us is having issues at work, that’s been really hard too. We’ve been there a few times. If there are any cracks in your marriage, these things add pressure to it and it will be magnified.

This is really scary as we think about starting a business at some point, and hopefully having another baby. It’s almost enough to make us stop dead in our tracks and try to keep everything the same forever. But we know that’s no good, either. Because here we are at year seven and a half, and things are really better than ever.

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April 18, 2014 — 2 Comments

So who watched the Parenthood season finale last night? I’m fully convinced it is the best show on television. I just LOVE it. I don’t want to give anything away if you haven’t seen it yet, but don’t look away from the screen for even a second because you will miss things. So much happened in an hour! I was personally so SO excited for that certain female character to come back. Also, this was the first time I haven’t cried during that show in a long time. I just can’t say good enough things about that show.

It’s Easter weekend (yay!), so my parents are coming down to stay with us and go to church. My mom put together a little Easter basket for Rooney and I don’t know if she or I am more excited that we will finally own the movie Frozen. You’ve seen it, right? We’ve been listening to the soundtrack nonstop for a few weeks now. I hope you have a great weekend!

Without further ado, here are five fun links I want to share!

  • My most popular Instagram from the past week
  • What a pretty, simple blog!
  • A lovely post on the “rules” of parenting a toddler
  • A beautiful post about motherhood


April 15, 2014 — 4 Comments

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When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Outfit details:

Don’t I look like I’m heading to a music festival? I wish! During our college summers, Eric and I would drive four hours up to Willmar, Minn., for Sonshine Festival with a bunch of friends and hang out for the long weekend. These are truly some of my fondest memories and we’ve dreamed of taking Rooney (and any future child/ren) to the festival when she gets a little older.

My top memories are getting a flat tire on the Interstate on the way up, applying a full sleeve of temporary tattoos to our friend Joe’s arm, playing Ultimate Frisbee for an hour while Sanctus Real played in the background, camping near the main stage, and when they opened up the fire hydrants to cool everyone off (it is SO hot, hense the desire for crop tops).

P.S. I wore a two-piece lavender dress to prom my junior year. There were like five inches of midriff showing! I’m still not sure how my mom ever approved that.

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April 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

Hey guys! Happy Friday. We’re leaving in the morning for a weekend at my parents’ and Rooney is going to be SO excited when she finds out she gets to see her cousins. I’m sure we’ll watch Frozen at least once (and listen to the soundtrack the entire two-hour drive). I can’t hardly wait to see my friend Joa and finally meet her sweet baby girl, Ida. Do you guys have fun plans?!

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My favorite links from around the Web lately…

  • Which type of sick patient are you? I’m definitely #1 mixed with #6.
  • Does social media make us lonely?
  • Kristine wears such simple, beautiful outfits

Black + White

April 9, 2014 — 2 Comments







When: Saturday, April 5, 2014

Where: Go Blog Social

Outfit details:

One of my favorite things to do with an outfit is pair two or three things together that you normally wouldn’t think would work. Mixing textures is a great way to do that. On Saturday at Go Blog Social (a social media conference in Kansas City), I wore a silk shirt, faux leather jacket, liquid leggings and the ever-classic Converse high tops. It works because they share a simple color palette. These are all things I had packed in my bag but had not thought of wearing together until the night before. Sometimes the best outfits happen while traveling when you have limited items to choose from and end up wearing something you never would have put together if it was all hanging in separate sections of your closet. This is one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever worn, and it helped me feel confident while in a room of 200 amazing women.

Photos by my friend Gwen from The Makerista

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