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Happy Halloween everybody!
On this last day of October, I am so excited to debut a new adventure for me and Linds in the form of a new website!!
You can check out what we’ve been working on here. Make sure to subscribe to our new blog and follow us both as we write about life and living with quality! All my writing and art will now be on the new website, and Lindsey will now join me with her thoughts and stories!
I am so so very excited about this new chapter in our story, and I can’t wait to see all of you there!
The big move is almost here! I am so ready. Yesterday I worked and worked and worked (for hooouurs!) till my muscles were aching, yet somehow I still felt like I didn’t do very much.
How does that happen?
In other news, we had our first snow here in Denver last night. I can’t wait to be out of downtown because I think the snow will be prettier outside of the city, but I did take some pictures today to document the year’s first snow. (Technically it snowed a little here Oct 6th, but Lindsey and I were in Florida, so it didn’t count for us!! :-P)
I just love the effect of snow on colorful leaves. It’s so dynamic!
What do the Laney’s do when their house is full of boxes and there is always something else that could be done?
We go to a pumpkin farm, of course! And this isn’t just any old trip to a pumpkin farm, people. This is a treasured tradition in our family. Every year we go to a pumpkin farm, take lots and lots of pictures (naturally), pick out the perfect pumpkin or two, and then end the festivities with a trip to Starbucks for a tasty beverage.
There was no way we were going to skip this trip just because we’re about to move, all our stuff is packed, and everything is in a general state of craziness! So, we went, we took pictures, we selected a pumpkin for carving and some for decoration (which hopefully I can post sometime next week!), and we had fun together.
Wowsers, people. It’s been a busy 2 and a half weeks for me! AND
I’m married now!!
So lovely, so wonderful. I can’t wait to share pictures.
We also had a fantastic honeymoon in Key West, which was brilliant and truly just beyond what words can describe.
I can’t believe we did it! It’s so amazing to come out on the other side so thankful, so in awe…so at a lack for words to describe how great and crazy and wonderful and dream-like the last two weeks have been. But here I am, Mrs. Laney, and ready for the next adventure, which right now includes packing up our place to move to a newer bigger place (where I’ll actually have an art studio!) in a few weeks, enjoying the beauty of fall and the start of the holiday season, and debuting some exciting changes to this blog!
I’m working hard and am very excited. :)
This is all going on in the midst of being totally obsessed with my new wife. :D Yes, we’ve been together for several years, but marriage changes things; it really does. To stand there with her, holding her hands in mine, and look into her eyes and recite vows that I meant and mean with all my heart in front of God and family and friends…
That changes things in a relationship.
I wasn’t sure what it would be like because I already knew in my heart (and had expressed to her) that I am committed to her for life, but speaking those sacred vows out loud and hearing her speak them to me and celebrating the wonder of our love and commitment with our family and friends…it was life changing.
And that, my friends, is why marriage is important. It’s pretty simple; marrying your life partner changes things. I don’t know that I had even begun to understand that before Lindsey put that ring on my finger and I said “I do,” but things are different now because we chose to vow our lives to one another in a special ceremony that both highlighted our commitment and celebrated it. There isn’t anything like it, and I’m so thankful to have those images and memories in my mind now.
I understand that there is so much disagreement around the subject of same-sex marriage in our country and around the world, but in looking back on this week, it all seems quite simple to me. Marriage is sacred and wonderful; it is an institution to be celebrated and a commitment to be held in high honor by all (not just the two people getting married). Protecting and honoring marriage isn’t about making sure the people getting married are a woman and a man; protecting and honoring marriage is about making sure we all realize what a sacred commitment it is, what an important decision it is, what a beautiful privilege it is.
I hope and pray that someday the people who claim to be fighting for marriage (the people who are really just focused on isolating an entire people group based on misunderstanding and a lack of knowledge, experience, and love) will return to and recognize the simplicity that’s at the foundation of marriage. Marriage is about love, about committing forever, about binding one’s self by word and by deed to another person, about building family where there wasn’t one before.
I’m so thankful that I got to marry Lindsey and that I get to be married to her “till death do us part!”
I’ll leave you all today with a pic from our honeymoon (there will be more of those to come later!). :D So in love!
2 weeks until our wedding now! I.am.so.excited.
The wedding work is definitely taking its toll on us! We’ve been doing such a good job of planning and staying organized, but (as I’m sure is normal) we are feeling the pressure and exhaustion of planning all the details of such a big event! This past weekend we both desperately needed a break. Since we have the Rocky Mountains in our proverbial backyard, we decided to spend Sunday in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was so refreshing, beautiful, peaceful, and just what we needed. I took about 150 photos! That was heaven for me. :) Here are just a few!
It was so lovely! And, as you can see, we got quite close to a bull elk and several of his cows who were enjoying the river and foliage along our hiking trail. What a privilege!
The next two weeks are going to be crazy for blog writing (as this whole month seems to be!), but exciting changes are coming to “a better story” in October! Can’t wait to show you guys. :)
For today I’m going to focus on some more wedding day work that has to be done! Enjoy the pictures!!
3 weeks of the Candida Cleanse diet, and I’m done! Done done done.
I actually ate strawberries and raspberries this morning in some hot cream of rice.
I love fruit! :D
I am so so proud of myself for accomplishing this cleanse. My body feels better; I have great energy; my skin and eyes appear clearer; I haven’t been having to take pills for indigestion every single day like I used to. It’s wonderful!
I’ll be adding back the foods that I haven’t been eating very gradually over the next couple weeks and staying on my candida cleanse supplements, but the worst part is most definitely over!
I’m really just so excited that I did it. :) It was super hard, and it’s a great thing to get through something hard and come out triumphant on the other side.
This cleanse has been incredibly inspiring for me in that I just feel so much more excited about living in a healthy body, about doing what I can to work with and for my body instead of against it (and not truly appreciating it!). I am more thankful for my body and more confident than ever before that I can live healthy in this body.
And that was worth the 3 weeks of hardcore restrictions!
This morning I’ve got the windows open, and the breeze coming through the house is giving both Lindsey and I the fall crave. I am so excited!
I just love the fall season so very very much. That color that happens in a maple leaf….you know, the one that looks like the whole tree has been set on fire….it’s my very favorite color. I love the dynamics of fall–how it looks like everything is so much more dimensional than it was just a few weeks earlier. I love the smells that come with the falling leaves and cool air. I love the taste of coffee in a sweatshirt and jeans with cool air on my cheeks. Pumpkin farm and special Starbucks trips; apple cider; fall crafts and decorations making everything about our home seem more playful and excited; Halloween and corn mazes; Thanksgiving; looking around the corner at Christmas and snow.
I’ve always said that August feels like a Thursday to me. It’s not quite the joy of Friday, knowing it’s finally the weekend, but it has a hint in it that some of my very favorite things are about to come. As we start to approach the end of August this amazing breeze is whispering just that….fall is coming, fall is coming! And it’s painting my face in smiles today. :)
I am so excited that I just finished another class today! I got everything I needed to do with my schoolwork done.
And I’ve had many hours this afternoon for quality! So I’ve been cleaning (which I find very relaxing) and to-do listing and, best of all, working with my photography. So, to celebrate the end of a class and the (almost) end of July, here are some pics from our 4th fireworks fun. :)
Happy end of another class! Happy almost-end of another month!