Monroe and I have had an amazing year. I think the first few months of our marriage were much harder than we had anticipated, but also much better than we could have ever imagined. It sure took some getting used to not only being together all the time, but living together. There are so many things you really don't know about a person until you share every single thing with each other.
Saying I struggled with being homesick, is a drastic understatement. I cried a lot, and really would have done anything in my power to move Monroe, Tango and myself back to Alexandria. It was so difficult not having a group of girls here in Dallas, having a job that I despised and missing my family more than humanly possible. I am so blessed that I had Monroe through all of this, to hold me and love me, even when I said things like "I feel like you have kidnapped me". He sure is a trooper!! Looking back now on these feelings its hard to even capture them; I am so happy here in Dallas now, I would have a hard time leaving. There are certainly days where I miss my family back home, but Monroe and I have really made a wonderful life for ourselves here in Dallas.
The Lord has worked so much in both of our lives this past year, both as individuals and as a couple. After visiting a number of churches we really felt called to Park Cities Baptist Church. We joined the Church in May as well as the Mason's Newlywed Class; which is a Sunday School class for Newlyweds' only. The class has been such a blessing to us both. We have made such wonderful friends; it is so great to have friends that are at the same stage in life as us. Through this class, Monroe has joined a Softball team, I have had girls nights and we have had couples nights as well. I will never stop being amazed at what the Lord does when you TRULY give Him control over everything in your life. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
Being laid off from my miserable job in July, was truly a blessing. Monroe and I had been struggling with whether or not I should resign, or wait it out. We trusted the Lord, and knew that He had something so much better planned for me. I started my new job on September 21st working for Bain & Company. I LOVE it!!! It is the PERFECT job for me. I am surrounded by amazing people. Once again, this was a total God thing!
Monroe is doing amazing at work, brining in new clients...conveniently most who like to play golf. I am so proud of all that he does. He is a smart man, and an inspiration to me daily. I am so proud to have him as my husband, and know that no matter what life throws at us, he will be there for me. Now, if we could only get him to shut dresser and cabinet doors he might be perfect :)
Over the past year we have done so many fun things. I will just list a few and try to include some pictures of some events.
Very important event in our household....our first hockey game as husband and wife! I am trying to be a Stars fan, but my heart will always be with the Caps. It is really fun to go to the Stars games though. My sweet husband has a way of getting us free tickets :)
|At our first Stars game as husband and wife|
|On Thanksgiving Day|
|Monroe carving our first turkey|
|The WHOLE Campbell group! At Allison and Dan's graduation!|
|Dancing the night away at Meredith and Matt's wedding|
|On a hike in the Smokey Mountians|
|All of of both McLeod's and Campbells; only missing Tripp and Dan :(|
|Me and Monroe on the chair lift SO fun!|
|I am in love with these boys!|
My best friend Carmen had a baby August 31st. Nina is perfect, and I will post more about her when I go visit in the beginning of December.