What…almost a week without a post!? I’m starting to feel like a busy, working, married girl! Oh wait, I am a busy, working, married girl, but very happily so.
David and I have been married and living in our little 400 square foot studio for a month now and we’re absolutely loving it! Our little home is full of life and joy. It might be teeny-tiny but it has 8 windows which let in an incredible amount of light and make it feel big and bright. We love having friends over to play games, eat meals, and consume mass amounts of coffee. Here’s some updates on my life in SLO:
- We went camping in the first month of marriage! This is a really exciting accomplishment because we promised ourselves we wouldn’t become hermits when we got home from the honeymoon. You know how that goes. You go back to work and the daily grind and it gets hard to leave, but WE DID IT! We took off and found a campsite last minute, popped up our awesome tent, found some loose pieces of wood in the brush, made a blazing fire and a kickass meal on the coleman grill, and enjoyed a quiet starry night. We’ve both missed camping a ton and want it to be a big part of our lives. That was the first of many camping adventures in our books.
- I’m learning to cook new things every day AND I’m actually getting the hang of shopping for and following a recipe, I’m kind of good at it actually…It’s awesome! My confidence is growing and I’m so excited to cook for others. So, come on over if you’re in the mood for a home cooked meal, I’d love to feed you.
- I got a job within the first month, which was another goal for us. I’m now working at a funky, fun coffee shop called Top Dog Coffee Bar located in Morro Bay and Cayucos. Pat, the owner contacted me the day I applied after his girlfriend, and co-owner of the shop, saw that I worked at the Lucky Llama and insisted he interview me because “she loves that little coffee shop in Carpinteria”. She does massaging down at Padaro (“Santa Claus”) Beach and goes in for acai bowls every other week. Such a cool, non-coincidence! God had a plan for me. This place is great. The owners roast the coffee themselves at their ranch in Santa Margarita so it’s always really fresh and there’s new varieties coming through weekly. I’ve been really impressed with the quality. I’m getting to do a smidge of barista work there too, which is fun, and I’m really loving getting to know this area through the eyes of the locals and stories of how they ended up here and/or why they never left.
- I’m realizing daily that my role as “wife” suits me so well. I cannot tell you enough how much joy it brings me to care for and look after all of David’s needs. From the simplest of things like stirring the oily jar of peanut butter to more serious situations like listening to his discernment and allowing him to guide me. David is so wise but yet so sensitive to my many emotions. He somehow puts together all my craziness and makes it into sense. I love him dearly and I will say it again proudly; it is my JOY to be his wife.
- Last but certainly not least, I am learning to drive a stick! WooHoo! I can only add this because we are going out on the road tonight to practice again. It might take me a few hundred times to get back into first gear but I will do it! And you will be the first to know when I make it into second, third, fourth, and fifth! No more automatic for me, we’re taking it old school, well tonight at least.
Hopefully, this gives you a peek into my SLO life. I’m loving it here, but missing some friends back home (I’m secretly praying God moves them north…muahaha). Come visit, people! It’s gorgeous!
Happy Life, Happy Wife!
[photograph taken at Spooner’s Cove by the lovely Anna Joy]