A Belated (But Much Needed) Look Back at 2015

It is January 3rd of 2016, and I am just now updating social media about reminiscing on the past year of my life. That pretty accurately describes my days lately – the closer we get to Tim’s graduation, the more I find myself running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Ironic, isn’t it? I totally would have thought I’d have it all together by now. And here we are, less than one whole month away from Family Day and I am feeling more pressure than I have in the entire 2+ we’ve spent apart.

2015 was a beautiful year, and definitely a landmark one at that. I rung in last New Year together with Tim, as we have for several years now. We adopted our Harlow, expanding our family of 3 to a family of 4 – and the serving as the last addition we will have for quite a few years. We thrived in an apartment of our own for each of its 365 days, and Tim even got a vehicle of his own – and solely on his own. We took a road trip and visited some of our best friends, and Tim came home and went immediately to our local recruiting office – which was followed shortly by him swearing into the USMC in the Delayed Entry Program. We got new tattoos, got engaged, and traveled to Vegas for my 21st birthday. We also got to meet my nephew – my dad’s first grandchild – together over the summer, an experience I cherish more than I could put into words. I attended my first bridal shower and bachelorette party (both my own), and had the wedding of my dreams. We got to honeymoon in the paradise that is Cancun, Mexico, where Tim and I both tried new foods, got to experience things well beyond our comfort zones, and all-around had one of the best weeks of our lives. And got to do so together, as newlyweds. Tim left for boot camp right before the holidays, and I had a lot of fun weeding out the real from the fake in his absence. We’ve had the highest of highs and a couple of lows, but I firmly believe our relationship flourished this year – more so than any of the years before. We truly are growing up together, and that’s something I’ve always appreciated in him, and in our partnership.

Like anything else in my life, I’ve managed to grow in ways I didn’t know I could prior to this new and challenging chapter. I’ve always been independent, but I now know a level of independence I didn’t know I had prior to Tim leaving. It’s always been in my nature, but I have a new appreciation for being alone and getting things done and taken care of on my own that I didn’t fully understand before. I’m still learning each day, but this experience has not only benefit Tim in the obvious ways, but has brought some things out in me that I’d never acknowledged previously.

Every facet of 2015, every piece of that puzzle, somehow came together to form this beautiful end result that I honestly never would have envisioned my life to be at this time last year. But such is life, isn’t it? Just when you think you have it all figured out, something happens to remind you just how wrong you are on that front. It was a wild whirlwind to say the least, but even the bad that came with the good brought us to where we are now – and where we are now is truly the best we’ve ever been, ever. There’s not a doubt in my mind that this next year will test and try us in ways we did not know were possible, but I look forward to and anticipate all of the adventures and accomplishments to come in this next new chapter in our Lawry book of life: beginning with watching my husband who left me as a recruit earn the honorable title of United States Marine.

Until next time, loves.

xo

Jess

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