On this day last year, Jeff and I became landowners, the first step to a dream we shared: to start fresh together in a new house we get to create ourselves. I'm thrilled to be able to say that we've been preparing our land and our budget over the past year…and now we are ready to build! The fantastic architect plans have been reviewed countless times and are finally approved. The Arbushites House of Awesome, as it was written boldly above the original plans we poured over with our builder, is ready to go! Now we begin the process of gathering township approvals, breaking ground, and picking all the glorious things that will make our house our own!
The other night, over steamed clams at Stahley's, Jeff said to me, “I love being married to you.” I told him I hoped so, considering we have been married for 4 months now, but I know he meant more than that sentence stated. He clarified. He meant he finds this life to be fulfilling, fun, and solid. He meant that he feels content in this life with me. He meant that he finds it to be a true partnership. We joke about being team mates and co-captains. This is not something he felt before…and neither did I. When I picture us in my mind’s eye, I see us walking hand in hand towards the next hill, the next horizon, the next adventure life has in store for us. That picture in my mind always makes me feel good.
I became a wife again in my 32nd year. I became a stepmom in my 32nd year. As I embark upon my 33rd year, I feel very positive. I'm excited about a new home my family and I can enjoy together that will be the new beginning we have envisioned for ourselves. I'm hopeful that there are more milestones in store for Jeff and me. I'm grateful that 33 has presented itself as a gift and a joy.
Tomorrow I run my first 10K. I'm excited and proud of myself. I've trained well and have accomplished something new and challenging. I listened to many chapters of my favorite books while running on the trail near my house these last few months…I’ve processed through long work days of death and dying…I've made mental to-do lists and planned events. I have enjoyed pushing myself to do this 10K. I am ready…for the race… and for my 33rd year ahead.