Rooted and Built Up

Jan 11, 2016 | 6 comments

Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. – Colossians 2:7

It has been months since I’ve linked up with Emily over at Ember Grey for her Grateful Heat link-up. I’ve missed connecting with her and the other bloggers involved in this link-up event so I decided to join in again and share a bit about the joys going on over here. I’m feeling especially grateful right now for finally feeling rooted.

I’ve got a lot of optimism going in to 2016. Last year wasn’t so awesome. There were highlights here and there and a few really awesome things happened but as a whole – the year sucked. I was stressed out over a new job and another move. My husband and I were both regularly frustrated all year over one thing or another (the car broke down, my dog had a tumor then required surgery, etc…) and we argued more than normal (because stress will do that to you). It was a good year but it wasn’t a great year. It’s not going to go down in our memory book as one of our best years.

But something happened over Christmas break.

Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. - Colossians 2:7

I took time off over the holidays and we went screen-free for about a week. We went out together, curled up at home and watched movies, laughed, joked, and just generally reconnected. It was awesome. It created a major shift in our marriage and in an amazing great way. A few nights ago I remember saying to my husband, “I love feeling like your best friend again.” There was never a time when we weren’t best friends but that time off together was really more important than I thought.

We’ve both felt the shift since those weeks. We laugh more and feel more connected. We’ve had conversations about buying a home soon since we’re feeling so rooted and permanent here in Atlanta. We’ve returned to conversations about trying to conceive (which was one of our major stresses and heartbreaks in 2015) and/or trying to adopt. I believe we’re at a point where we intend to adopt even if we are able to conceive a biological child.

Last year’s stresses too a bigger toll on both of us than I thought. It feels so good to feel connected.

Ashley in Winter

When I read that verse in Colossians a few days ago, “Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” it really made me stop and think about how jumbled our lives have been lately. Since we married in 2011 we’ve moved 6 times and lived in 3 different states. Combined, we’ve had 6 different jobs. We’ve attended 4 different churches. There just hasn’t been stability or consistency at all, but it feels like we are finally moving past that.

It feels good to be heading down a path of feeling rooted. We are talking about adopting and continuing to try to conceive, we’re having conversations about buying a home in the next year or so, we’re feeling good about careers and health, and we visited a new church yesterday in our search for a new “home” church. There is a lot of optimism that 2016 is going to be one of our best years yet.

And we feel closer than ever.

We’re also trying to be very deliberate about planning at least 3 vacations this year so we can get away and spend time together away from the demands of every day life and career. We’re thinking about tripping to Denver, CO (so I can visit my blogging BFF Allison from The Book Wheel), who yes, I do indeed speak to multiple times per day), Washington, DC (because it’s one of my favorite places), and a beach somewhere (location TBD).

Ashley Tropical

I’m actually vacation planning this week. He wants to go on vacation in that order which would mean Denver in March. Brrrrrrrrrrrr! I was hoping to push that off until June but whatever…I’ll freeze…and enjoy the hell out of it. 😉

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