This is a post where I let my thoughts run wild.

Husbands are good because you can wear their clothes. Guy clothes are so much more comfortable than girl clothes. To Jordan's dismay, wearing his clothes is one of my favorite things.

So yesterday I felt a change in the air: it is officially the holiday season. I always forget how much I love this time of year. The grocery store has all their trees out and it smells wonderful. We can start watching Christmas movies! I am a major lover of Christmas movies (My favorite one is Scrooged with Bill Murray). My birthday is this month. The big 22, woo! There is also hot chocolate and other yummy food. Time with family and friends and the best of all...gift exchanges.

That is another thing husbands are good for: gift exchanges. Christmas has been infinitely more fun since getting married to my best friend. Yesterday I picked up a piece of paper to find that it was a shopping list made by Jordan. It had two things on it. 1. Bread and 2. Secret stuff for Bri. This guy, seriously. He makes my heart smile. It has been super fun planning gifts for one another this year. I have been scheming different ideas for the passed few months and it's finally time to start buying and wrapping and anxiously awaiting to see what he thinks.

As this year comes to a close and I review everything that Jordan and I have been through, I can see the blessing of trials. I don't talk much about personal issues on here mostly because I like to keep them that way: personal. But I think a lot of you know bits and pieces of this year. Some of you know more than others.

This year in a nutshell...
We finished school and moved to a new and unfamiliar place (at least for me). We lived with Jordan's parents while working crappy jobs and waiting for Jordan's officer training. The summer came and brought Jordan's training. I was unable to go with him so I went back home to my parent's house in Colorado and he went to Georgia. We were separated for three and a half months or 114 days. He was able to visit for a few days in July and I can count on one hand how many times we got to talk on the phone. Jordan's training brought with it a lot of financial issues and frustrations with the government that have, to this day, not been resolved. In September we moved back to Texas and are again living with his parents. We have found better jobs and are slowly getting on our feet to hopefully be on our own within the next few months.

I am going to start calling this year "The Year of Instability." One of the biggest things I have learned through all of this is everyone's story is different. It has been hard to watch my other married friends and wish that we could live their story instead. People like to ask us when we are going to have babies or the favorite question, are you pregnant yet? Well, it is just not in the cards for us right now. Looking back on this year it is almost laughable to try and add a baby to the mix. We have a lot of other things that need to get taken care of before it is time for children and I feel like our Heavenly Father knows this, too. I am finally ready to live out our story, not anyone else's story.

My number one favorite blessing right now is this...I am so in love with my husband. Being separated was difficult, but being reunited has been so worth it. I feel like I did when Jordan and I first started dating. I am falling in love with him all over again and it has been so much fun! Although it has been a tough year, it has made us better and we have also been immensely blessed.

Thanks to all of you that have given kind words either on here or somewhere else. It means a lot to have encouragement and support (especially this summer), even from those that I may not know personally.


  1. Dude, I am literally wearing that EXACT t-shirt right now!!! Hahaha. Nerdy target men's tees for the win! :D Okay, I'm gonna go back and actually read your post now so I can comment more thoughfully haha :)

  2. haha that is crazy! Target has the best graphic tees for guys.

  3. Sorry I'm always asking if you're pregnant yet ;)

  4. That's funny that you spell Bri like that instead of Bree. Nice! I got married earlier this year and my newlywed story sounds a little like yours. Really difficult and lots of ups and downs. There is no where to go but up, right? Keep your chin up and demand lots of hugs and kisses from the husby, it helps :)

  5. aw I know what you mean my husband just got out of the Army we got married in Dec. of '09 and we only saw each other 3 times between then and now lol its hard seeing other married couples getting to be 'norma' but I learned that its your life and you get to make your own normal :) you guys are really cute! so happy for you that you2 get to be together now!