Marriage: Year 2

Thursday, June 4, 2015

We got back from our Anniversary trip Tuesday evening and I can't believe the last few days were real....

A couple of years ago, when we were exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway for our first time, I really had to pee. #WhatsNew

As we were twisting and turning on a mountain's edge road, I kept thinking to myself: We're on top of a mountain. There's not going to be any bathrooms for miles... I'm going to have to pull a Chipotle napkin out of the glovebox and do my thing on the side of the road.
But we turned the corner and it was like it was meant to be. We were greeted by a random, old country store. We immediately pulled in, I relieved myself, and we thought...wait -- where are we?
We just had to walk around and explore.

We discovered that this camping store was actually part of a beautiful place called
Pisgah Inn.

Blown away by the fact that this was actually a stunning motel property, in the middle of nowhere on top of a mountain, we promised ourselves we have to one day stay here.
So, our second wedding anniversary rolled around and we did this:

Ahhh....I'm almost at a loss for words on how to describe this place. So quiet that you can hear a bird walking in the grass. I tip toed around our room and whispered all day. You should've seen the look on my face when I discovered how enchanting the sound of rain is on top of a mountain.

Prices for the motel are incredibly reasonable. Every room has a view of the mountains, and breakfast at their restaurant is complimentary! Did I mention the entire restaurant overlooks the mountains too?
Enjoying a cup of coffee here every morning was like straight out of a movie.

Our server Jerry - a very kind older man - came over to our table at one point and know, I don't usually say things like this, but it's so nice to see two people so in love.
He didn't even know it was our anniversary.

I didn't know how to respond to such a nice compliment! I don't think Mitch and I have any secrets...honestly, sometimes I forget we're even married. We've both grown and changed, physically and mentally, yet some things haven't changed at all. He's still my best friend. In this beautiful, nasty, fun yet unfair game of life... he's my right hand man. My teammate.

3 days alone with him lost in a mountain forest was a dream come true.
We laughed, we overate, we got up early to watch foggy sunrises from our rockers on the porch...

We stayed up late and sat on our porch under full moon light, eating homemade popcorn, wrapped in fuzzy blankets. We watched countless thunderstorms roll by for hours, high-fiving each other when we finally captured a shot of lightening.

We took casual drives on the parkway, grabbed iced coffee downtown Asheville, and went swimming under waterfalls...

While downtown Asheville, one of the best places to visit I might add, we made a trip to the infamous 'Before I Die' wall and wrote down our wishes...

Me: "Change the world & Save animals"

Mitch: "Live more sustainably"

What would you write?

While at this wall, I made a new friend.
His name is Happy.
He has the most beautiful, deep blue eyes and while he's been to Vietnam twice, he'll never get over the fact that he lost his leg to a nasty brown recluse spider bite.

I love meeting kind souls. He is keeper of the chalkboard so you must go to him to get chalk!
And you just might find yourself lost in great conversation...


This trip changed me.
I feel renewed, like a new chapter in my book of life is about to begin.
I see Mitch in a different light. My gratitude for him is overflowing.

I can't comprehend how lucky I got with a partnership like this.
I come from a broken family, I've never witnessed a happy marriage.
It's a very foreign concept to me.... this husband and wife stuff.
and Mitch is in the same exact boat.

We just take it day by day.

My only goal every day is to make him laugh - at least once. I love our Taco Salad Tuesdays and sitting on the couch, eating pizza, watching The Office on Wednesday nights.
I live for those mundane moments.

"People feel like they lose something when they get married, but it doesn't have to be that way. There's nothing more exciting about having a witness to your life"

Or in our case, having a solid best friend.
"When you're in lust your heart beats,
When you're in love your soul eats."


Happy 2 years, Mitch.
  I can't believe I get to do this life with you.
Thank you, so damn much, for being the best thing that's ever happened to me.
I love you.


  1. Oh my gosh I have no words for this post. I read it at the perfect time as I had a bad day and it actually changed my perspective on most of the day and what I currently should be doing. (Not eating a bowl of ice cream). I love the purity and honesty of it, I even teared up a bit. I read somewhere once that marriage isn't about you, it's about the other person. On the surface that might sound harsh, but the idea is that if you try everyday to please your partner, you end up being that much happier and more fulfilled as well. As soon as I started living by that, my life changed. Yours has too I see :) you are my favorite couple and that trip looks amazing! ! Thank you thank you for sharing!

    P.s. I would write: live more sustainability. I'm not coping mitch I swear! Lol. It's something I've thought a lot about. I would also like to visit the Carolinas :)

    1. Kristin! I'm so glad we have our little 'blog bond' :) I'm also glad this could help pull you out of a funk. I have those days....more often than people would think. HEY nothing wrong with a little ice cream...chocolate chip cookies are my go to lol. You're exactly right about marriage. It's always about respecting and caring for the other person. I've come a long way with that too and it definitely changed the relationship for the better - of course working at it every single day!

      HEY Carolinas are only a 17 hour drive from the 603! We've driven down here a few times. Of course you'll have my blog as your tour guide so I think you should come on down this Summer! Mitch and I really want to live sustainably in the future. Like tiny house, chickens and fruit trees sustainable lol you've got the backyard for that! You should look into it

    2. Tim is beyond obsessed with tiny houses! And I've been wanting a lemon tree but our association doesn't allow chickens :( maybe next place!

  2. GOOD LORD young lady, how COLD was that water?????

    1. ANDY my lips were blue for hours. #NOLIE #DOITFORTHESHOT


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