Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Our First Year

This past Sunday was our one-year anniversary. Its hard to believe it's already been a year since our wedding. What an eventful and blessed 12 months!! For a small glimpse into what this past year was like, I uploaded a selection of snapshots taken from our phones. This is by no means a complete overview, but include quite a few pictures I haven't been able to include in blog posts before. (note - quite conspicuously missing are many pictures of house progress - this is because I am saving those for a post of their own!)

 Moving into our new house

Learning how to cook for two instead of eight...
 Working on the house
Finding swimming holes

 Going hunting for edible mushrooms

 One of our favorite hobbies has become driving around exploring teeny little backroads to ooh and aah over any old houses we can find. Especially log ones.

 150th Gettysburg reenactment

Driving back from Gettysburg along the Blue Ridge Parkway

 Blackberry time!
 On the river for my birthday in July

Sunset on the ridge + picking Queen Anne's Lace

Jordan's anvil

 Jordan making beds for our shop

 Blueberry time
A rainbow promise

Visit from my two youngest siblings
 Texas sunset

Morning sickness is yuck, but a hammock and a book make it better.
 More house progress.

 Sketching the creek

Getting back to sewing
 The drive up to our house

 My rescued pet baby squirrel - now returned to the wild.

 A bit of a bump!

Jordan found this antique farm table in the dump and fixed it up for our kitchen

 Homemade donuts

 Our first glimpse at Marian!

 Cream of mushroom soup from wild picked 'shrooms. Jordan had me get the recipe from his Mom, and even though I'm not the biggest fan of mushrooms, it wasn't bad. :)

My kitchen by lamplight

 Frosty mornings - the cookstove begins to feel good

 Doing laundry

Antiquing (another favorite hobby....)

Our little cookstove just wasn't putting out enough heat for the whole house, so Jordan rigged up this nifty barrel stove - so warm and toasty!!

 Chinking the upstairs

 And for a bit of reality - my messy kitchen.
 It doesn't always look like this, but pretty often it does. : /

 Surprise visit from my family - Carolina makes a cute old-fashioned picture

 Fairies live in our woods. I know because I see their house doors.

 Fall colors

 Working on sewing orders

Thanksgiving. Pie supper at our friends house

Headed to Texas for the holidays

 Jordan loaded up the bed business and took it on the road with us

 Jordan helping work cows

 I got the fun jobs - making a gingerbread village with the kiddos,

Sewing for baby,

 and scrapbooking the wedding.

 Back in Tennessee - a snowfall

Marian getting ready to arrive...

Marian here!

 Exploring the world with Dad

What an amazing year. I wonder what the next will bring...


Rachel Nicole said...

beautiful post, Atlanta! It's so fun seeing your year and comparing it to mine. So very different!

lovely photos!

xo, rn

a Matula ikrek said...

Congratulations Atlanta and Jordan (and Marian), how blessed you are! :o) Carry on!

Lady E. said...

I love catching a glimpse into your rustic and old-fashioned world. What beautiful memories of your first year! Blessings! :)

Ruth Torrijos said...

Oh my, Atlanta! Such a fun first year! :D You know.. I sometimes wonder about switching to cooking for two people, too! Thankfully I don't have to yet :) Looks like you guys are having lots of fun! ;)


Tracey Walker said...

What a lovely life you have. It's a joy to read about and see.

Reyna Nicole said...

Happy anniversary to you both! You have been so blessed and will continue to be in my prayers! :)


Kayla Alexander said...

Happy anniversary to you both! Little Marian is just darling!


Prairie Momma said...

I can't believe it's been a year already, but I loved seeing all the wonderful memories you two are storing away - and now three are storing away!! Looking forward to at least 75 more years!! NM hugs to you!

Kellie said...

Happy anniversary! I am so happy for you and your beautiful family. This post is the stuff that dreams are made of.


Paris Graham said...

What a blessed year, thanks for sharing it with us!

Emily Dempster said...

Happy Anniversary, Atlanta and Jordan!!! You have had such a wonderful, blessed year... :D
Atlanta - I love your blog. Recently I was nominated for the Sunshine Award for my blog in which I then have to in turn nominate a couple of blogs I enjoy reading. I would love to nominate your lovely blog. To see the details, go to

If you don’t want go through with it, that’s fine… I just wanted to nominate you cause I love reading what you write... :)
Love from your sister in Christ,


Desarae said...

Awww, what a beautiful recap! This was so fun to read over and see more pictures from your past year together. :) Congratulations again! I can't believe it has already been a year- but look at all you did in one year! You moved to another state, got married, built and house and home together, and became a mommy! :)

Donna said...

Loved seeing your first year in photos, thank you for sharing. Marian is sure a pretty baby!

Patrizia said...

Such a lovely life God has given you both :)A blessing indeed!


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