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Something to Celebrate

There are so many things to be celebrating in our lives right now. Just last month I graduated college with an Associates in Business Administration, we celebrated Luke’s birthday, we moved into our home, and we started growing our homestead… from two dogs… to 2 dogs, 3 pigs, 39 chickens, and 2 rabbits.

That is a lot to be thankful for!

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Today we have a very special reason to celebrate some more. It is our One Year Wedding Anniversary! One year ago was the best day we have experienced together, and surely it will always be a day we cherish.

Our wedding was full of SO much love. Our loved ones truly celebrated us. So many friends and family members dedicated their time to helping prep for the wedding in the days leading up to the event. Our vows were special. I am almost certain there was not a dry eye in the room. The reception was breath taking. When every one remembers the food and tells you that they felt like they were at a wedding from a movie, you know it was a success! I would agree with our guests that it felt like a fairy tale… of course we will ignore the moment I wanted to start crying because I bought parking tickets for the parking garage attached to the venue… and it happened to be the day of the biggest festival in Kalamazoo. There wasn’t parking available for blocks. Did you know if you get out of a car stopped at a green light in a wedding dress on the busiest street in downtown Kalamazoo every one’s road rage seems to dissipate–they will actually cheer for you!

It is astonishing to reflect on the past year and the transitions we have gone through. It wasn’t necessarily the easiest year of my life and it came with a few trials but it lead to an incredible amount of growth.

We experienced a schedule that was not quite ideal for newly weds, getting little time to connect and few nights to sleep next to each other. This was incredibly challenging in the beginning and I quickly felt bitter when others would share how great it is to sleep next to someone every night. I can see now that without this season we would not have been able to get to where we are now. We were both working incredibly hard to obtain our goals. When my car decided to break down on the side of I-94 for the millionth time we were able to purchase a second reliable car. When we could hardly stand being cramped in a tiny rental with two dogs for another minute, we were able to start looking for a house. When unexpected medical bills popped up, we were able to pay them off immediately and didn’t have to feel the weight of the world on our shoulders. I only share this because these were HUGE victories for us. Great achievements are usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. We truly couldn’t change job schedules, or my college classes and we had to sacrifice a lot of our wants and desires during this season.

An incredible amount of growth always happens when you don’t get what you want. I am thankful we learned the lesson of sacrifice early on. I still don’t *looooooveee* the fact that we still experience at least three days a week of hardly seeing each other: on those days the moments we get together is the mere five minutes when I am sleepily trying to get out of bed while he is crawling in bed, and a phone call while I am on my way home from work and he is on his way to work… But this is how my husband is able to provide for our family and our ever-growing homestead. I have also learned to appreciate having the bed to myself a few nights a week. I am entirely grateful for the opportunity to work hard and obtain a sense of satisfaction through doing all things with excellence with joy in my heart.

I am blessed to be sharing this life with such a humble, self-sacrificing, hardworking man. My love has already grown far deeper than I could have ever imagined. Learning and growing together allows for deep connections and a ton of opportunity to show love in such practical and seemingly simple ways. Jumping into homesteading together was one of the best decisions we could have made. There are endless opportunities to grow and learn together. This adventure is just beginning and I can only imagine what year two will look like. I have a feeling it will be full of animals and all things homesteading.

If you are new here, welcome! We have a lot of exciting things in store for year two. Be the first to know when we have something to share by following The Webb Homestead. Find our “firsts” as a source of joy, inspiration, encouragement, or entertainment. We are excited to keep you updated as we grow our homestead and as our future plans begin to unfold.

Samantha

 

27 comments on “Something to Celebrate

  1. What an awesome recap of the first year of marriage! We miss you guys!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your inspiring perspective.

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  3. Courage to sacrifice today leads to celebration tomorrow! Well done! Happy Anniversary!

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  4. Beautiful images and yes we should celebrate every tiny winy things that gives us happiness !!

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  5. Congratulations on your anniversary! Your pictures are beautiful 🙂 I just nominated you for the Cramm award 🙂 You can go here if you’d like to check it out 🙂

    Jo-Ann

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  6. This is beautiful! Love how you’ve written this and I must say, your wedding dress is gorgeous. xx

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  7. Congrats!You both are looking adorable.Love the post .Thanks for following my blog.It means a lot to me .Nice to meet you here😍

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  8. I love that you are so honest and raw about the hard times you went through. So relatable and easy to read. Congratulations on all of your breakthroughs, accomplishments and happy anniversary too!

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  9. Hope your together time expands soon! Happy First Anniversary! xo 💞Here’s to about 65 or more xo 💐

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  10. Wonderful to be able to glimpse your beautiful attitude to your life. Grace and blessings!

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    • This here was a lot of the work of The Lord on my heart. Didn’t necessarily start out as a great attitude. It’s been a humbling year and I’ve learned so so much! I am indeed blessed and highly favored and have something to be joyful about!! Thanks for stopping by, so excited to have encouragers here! 🙂

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  11. You two are a lovely couple. I’m wishing you all the best in everything.

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  12. Beautifully narrated. Your happiness gives me joy. You have such as sweet heart. May this year two best even more thrilling!

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  13. Best wishes and enjoy the weekend.

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  14. Happy anniversary. We just had our 33rd in May. We had several years where we were like ships passing in the night as well when my husband worked the graveyard shift and I worked regular hours. He would leave me notes on the coffee maker and I would put notes in his car. I’ve also had to learn to sleep without him at times even now because he has a bad back and sleeps on the couch sometimes because it seems more comfortable for him. Not sure I would have taken on the job of all those animals, but that’s just me. Wishing you lots of luck in the years to come. I’ll be looking forward to reading some more of your adventures. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Janet

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  15. Congratulations on so many accomplishments! I graduated from Western a couple decades ago, so I can relate to the Kalamazoo traffic comment.

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