Remember last year, when I said that 2013 just felt like it would be a big year? It was, and then some. So let’s catch up, shall we?
In January, we started looking for an apartment closer to the farm and saw some pretty dismal prospects. We weren’t planning to buy at all, but came out one weekend to check out a promising short sale his father had already toured, which began our Adventures in Short Sales (read more here).
In February, still waiting on the short sale but knowing we would be leaving the city in a couple of months, I moved out of my apartment and into his officially. It was wonderful to be free of my nightmarish roommate, but living with your significant other had its own ups and downs. After living on my own for the last few years, I had to learn to be less selfish (still a work in progress) and appreciate my dear boyfriend’s quirks.
In March, I came home to flowers… and the news that the bank notified us that we had gotten the short sale. It was crunch time, y’all. We had to be out of that apartment and into our new house in a matter of weeks. A lot of things changed in a very short period of time, and I said goodbye to my job and the city I only thought I’d ever leave to move somewhere that never sees temperatures below 50. Very clever, life.
Summer hit hard and fast, and we worked what felt like 8 days a week at our full time jobs and out at the farm. Saturdays and Sundays were devoted to selling the produce we’d spent all week picking. I was literally up to my elbow in thorny branches and wearing Eau de Bugspray exclusively. On the up side, I had all of the cherry tomatoes I could ever want… and I wanted to eat a lot.
The great relationship I started in early 2012 blossomed, and in October of 2013, my better half asked me to be his blushing bride. I hate to ruin the fairy tale, but it wasn’t such a huge surprise. We’d talked about it a lot, been ring shopping, and I’d even offered on several occasions to give him a few hours to himself in case there was anything he wanted to do (HINT, WINK). I knew it was coming, but I didn’t know when and was no less excited when it actually happened. On the last weekend in October, we went for a walk at the park district near our house and when I turned around to find him on one knee, I was glad I’d changed out of the glow-in-the-dark skeleton hoodie I’d worn to the Halloween parade earlier that afternoon.
It’s been a whirlwind since then (we even went to Europe!), and while we’ve covered a few basics (dress, photographer, DJ, save the dates), there is so much left to do. We are throwing a rather large wedding and keeping costs reasonable is tough. Lots of DIY, friends, and patience will get us through. We’ll be looking to grow the farm this year at the same time, which I expect will present all of the challenges we could possibly need. Someday we do hope to make a living off of the farm and finally leave the office for good, but we have 2014 to get through (and try not to forget to enjoy!) first. We have a lot of life planning to do, but with my best dude by my side, we can take on anything.
I like it. How’s your 2014 looking?