Some highlights of our year are:
Michaela, from Northern Ireland, came to visit in November 2012! We met Michaela while serving with OM Ships and she has remained one of my closest friends for years now! This was actually the second time that she has visited me in Florence! And the BIG news!?!?!?!?!? Nick and I are going to visit HER this time! She is getting married and I am one of her bridesmaids! So, just about the time we finish opening the Christmas gifts, we will be leaving for Northern Ireland!!!
December 2012 was our 5 year anniversary! We celebrated by revisiting a soda shop in Asheville, NC. Time flies! We are already just two month away from our 6th anniversary!!! We LOVE being married to each other!!!
One of my wittle sisters got married in April 2013! Mary Ashley is now an "Owens"! Now we are all grown up and have each other over for meals...at our own grown up homes...on our grown up plates...with our grown up husbands...weird!!! We are really good at playing grown up, though, because we used to do it all of the time with our Barbies (I think our Barbies were a lot more mature)!
Nick and I ran our first race together for my 28th birthday! The Color Vibe was fun, but last weekend we ran The Color Run and it was even more fun!!! They even had a Unicorn that danced and led us all to the Start Line!
This past weekend we went to visit my Aunt Vicki in Atlanta, ran The Color Run and saw the Atlanta Braves. While sitting at that baseball game, I couldn't help but thinking about the past. I remember when I was sure that I would never marry an American, never live in America and definitely never live in Florence, SC! But, as the saying goes, "Never Say Never"...I have broken all of my "rules" and couldn't be happier! And as for Nick. Everyone knew, including Nick, that he was definitely going to play pro baseball. While at Francis Marion University, he was scouted by the Mets, but he prayed that he wouldn't get drafted if God didn't want him to have that career. However, after the draft came and went and he didn't receive a call, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He pushed and pushed until he finally played pro baseball for an independent team in Aiken, SC. He played worse than he ever played in his life, until he was finally injured and out for good. So, just like me, Nick is living the life he never planned for himself! But, also just like me, he is loving it! God really is so good. He cares for us and wants what is best for us! Nick and I had different plans for our lives, but we are so thankful that God has been in control and that he has brought us to where we are now!
We met in our Disney interviews, worked together in the Magic Kingdom and got married while still in college. We shared our little car, "George", and worked like crazy pretty much every hour we weren't in classes. Since then, we have been professional window washers and a janitor, babysat, been a nanny, tutored and taught school, worked in a pottery warehouse, done odd jobs for anyone that would pay us, served with OM Ships International and now...here we are! Living in Florence, SC! Soon settling into our first home (which is a story all by itself)! Working for Black Mountain Development! Still checking off items on our Bucket List!
It is so fun to look back and see how far we have come! Although, we started off as poor married college students, we both feel like we are finally turning into grown ups! And now, my dad is taking us all out to eat at Schlotzsky's (we really never eat anywhere else in town) to celebrate our one year anniversary!!!
Our Adventure Continues...