This next guest post is Taylor. She is GORGEOUS!! She's a newlywed girl who has a knack for DIY! Her and her hubby are so in love and the cutest couple ever! So head on over to her blog and get to know her :)
My name is Taylor and I was so thrilled when Denise asked me to do a guest blog for her. I was like sure, yea, I’d love to.
When I sat down and thought about what to right, only 1 thing really came to my mind.
Love, Marriage, Husband. All those words, my mind racing with thoughts and ideas.
Let me first share with you who we are and what we are about. We are both sinners save by God’s grace and for that we are eternally grateful. We were both raised in a small town in TN. We came from completely different backgrounds, yet both our families were well known in the community. I’m Taylor, I’m a dental hygienist, who loves to cook, clean, scrapbook, photograph, blog, DIY, Pinterest, workout, among many other things.
Joseph finished his undergrad and is now in his first year of law school. He loves to work out, read, study, and spend time with his wife of course.
So here goes, here is “Our” story.
From the beginning, we met in 2006, I was single but he wasn’t. I never in a million years thought this would work. We started out by talking, meeting, after he broke up with his girlfriend of course. Then one night, at a red light, after supper, he asked me to be his “girlfriend”, and of course, I said yes!
Fast forward, 5 years, after many long nights, fights, long talks, dreaming about our futures, him moving off to school, coming back, different dreams we had, being back in the same town together for 2 years, me moving off to school, and lots of other exciting times and events save for a later date of course.
2009, on fall break, in Atlanta, Joseph asked me to be his wife, after a long 3 ½ year wait, I was thrilled, excited, ecstatic, so happy. Of course, I said YES!!
So you’re probably wondering why we waited until 2011 to get married. Well we both wanted to finish our undergrads and be able to financially support and enjoy our marriage.
May 2011. I couldn’t believe it was finally here. Our wedding. It was perfect. Everything I wanted and more. The honeymoon was great.
And then time stopped. And everything went wrong. Not with our marriage, but with our future plans.
After the wedding, we were supposed to move to Florida, for Joseph to start law school.
But I had to take my boards for my FL dental hygiene license first. So 1 week after our honeymoon. My mom, me, Joseph, and my very willing patient made the drive to Gainesville for me to take my boards. It was a long 3 days, but afterwards, I felt I did great. I had no doubt in my mind I passed. I had already passed my TN boards with flying colors. And then Monday came, the day to get my tests results. I walked in the building, got my envelope, opened it, I couldn’t believe what I saw on the paper, I failed, by 2 points, how was the possible.
The drive home was incredibly long, sad, and emotional. I just wanted to be home, in my comfort zone, to work things out. We had a house contract in the works, but we knew after this news it wouldn’t be possible to keep the house.
June 2011. I fought my score, but I lost. I did everything in my power to get my score changed. How could I fail. I was so disappointed in myself. So all of June, Joseph and I, spent lots of time together, did fun things, and enjoyed each other’s company. But we knew we needed to make a tough decision about what we wanted to do.
July 2011. This was the hardest decision we had ever made, and we didn’t make it willingly, but we knew it was our only option. I would stay in TN and work as a hygienist, to make sure we had a good income, and Joseph would move to FL to start law school. Wow. July 19th, we loaded up the uhaul and moved Joseph down to FL, that was an adventure to say the least. So fun, enjoyable, happy. I stayed for 3 weeks down here with him to get him settle, spend time with him, and enjoy ourselves before he started law school. Then the 3 weeks were up, I had to go home, I didn’t want to, it was the longest drive back to TN ever. I made it home, but I sure didn’t think I could handle it.
August 2011. I got a job in TN, so we now have some kind of income. Yay. But every day is a struggle, a battle, but I know in the end it will pay off. I come visit him every week or every other week, and I know the drive is long, and I only get a few days with him, but it is so worth it.
So there is a little of our story, trust me, there has been a lot left out, and a lot not said, but my blog would be a million pages if I told you everything.
The lesson here is, life isn’t always what you think it should be. God gives you roadblocks and you have to learn to overcome them. But trust me without him I would not make it through daily living. It is not easy, having to leave my newly married man down here, but hopefully, in December when I retake my boards, I will be better prepared, I will rock them, pass them, and be able to move down here with my husband.
I challenge anyone who is struggling in any way to know that in the end everything will work out! You have to laugh, cry, give lots of kisses and hugs, lean on friends, lean and trust in God. But always remember, somebody, somewhere else, is struggling too.
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