Monday, June 04, 2018

a coffee (up)date

a little less than three years ago, we were sitting in a coffee shop having the conversation that started this entire career change/grad school journey. in the past three years, we’ve enjoyed a lot of coffee together, and a lot of life together. now, here we are at the end of the journey, sipping coffee and looking forward to this next step. it’s funny how a simple thing like coffee brings perspective and brings people together. we did have our first date over coffee, after all!

I tell you how much I love our coffee dates, and how I feel that it makes us slow down and have real conversations. we discuss my new job and how excited we both are that we finally made it to this part of our journey! I tell you that I am a little nervous about starting a new job (one week from today!) because I know there will be a huge learning curve. but at the same time I am super excited because this is the work I have loved doing through my internship this past year! and I am so glad that I got the job I wanted straight out of school!

I tell you how I've felt at peace over the past two years, as God moved everything into place for us every step along the way! most of the anxiety I've felt over the past two years was due to the workload of grad school and getting out of my comfort zone in my internships. but I've always had a peace about the big picture because I just felt God's fingerprints all over it. I'm so glad that He gave me peace during taking the licensure exam and not knowing about a job opening until the last week of the semester! because I would have been freaking out a lot more if I didn't know that He was in control! ;)

we discuss finances and the fact that we have never really had two incomes before. for the past two years we've been living off of just your income while I completed grad school. before that, almost my entire paycheck was going towards paying off my undergrad student loans early. we talk about how we have done pretty well at budgeting over the course of our marriage and that we want to be just as intentional with our budget once we have two incomes again. we don't want to spend more just because we will have more. I tell you that I'm glad you like thrifting and budgeting as much as I do.

I tell you how excited I am to start the house searching process with you in a few months time, and to have our own home again soon! it will be fun to choose a house together for the first time since you already owned our old house when we got married. I can't believe it's been over two years since we moved out of our first home. and I'm so thankful that our parents have allowed us to stay with them to save money for our house, but it will be so nice to have all of our stuff in one place again instead of digging through storage units every few months to find things! ;)

we talk about the journey we've had over the last two years. the challenges, the opportunities, the wins, the failures. there were some pretty tough times, but we learned a lot through them and we are better today because of it. I tell you how glad I am that you always encourage me to chase my dreams and how thankful I am for all the sacrifices you made to help this dream come true. and how ready I am to start chasing our new dreams together!

here's to all of our future coffee dates, our future journeys, and our future together!

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