Lucky, Blessed, & So Damn Happy

At this moment right now, we should be on a big jet plane with China as our destination. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. Derek and I got a call last Friday that our visas got delayed. They’re not really sure why this happened, or how long it will take to get them. The only information that we got was that there are 39 other people that this happened to, and that we won’t be leaving on Monday (today) anymore.

To say I was upset would be an understatement. We are all packed up and so ready to leave. We celebrated all week and said all of our goodbyes, and now we just have to sit and wait.

If you know me personally, you know that when things don’t go as planned, I get overwhelmed. And I also get really anxious when I am not staying busy. So to not have a job, a house, or even a car, and to not know when we are leaving or have a plan has left me feeling upset. So upset and anxious that I think I made myself sick. I’ve been fighting a cold since Saturday morning, and I haven’t been sick all year. (Maybe its a good thing we didn’t travel today.)

This morning I woke up and looked at the time. It was 8:25. Of course, it was the exact time that our plane was leaving Salt Lake. I could have laid there in bed. I could’ve felt overwhelmed and upset. I could’ve let my anxiety of not knowing make me more sick. But instead I decided to change my mind set. I decided to pay more attention to Harvey and snuggle him a little longer. I decided to look through my photos from the last couple weeks. I decided that even though I didn’t have plans for the day, I was going to get out of bed, shower, stretch and write today. I decided that instead of feeling upset, anxious, and overwhelmed, I was going to feel blessed, lucky and so so happy.

I am blessed, lucky, and happy to have a husband who puts up with my moody self and my mental breakdowns. I am lucky to have family who lets Derek and I stay with them even when the “in-between” is longer than planned. I am blessed to have family, friends, and co workers who keep me busy with coffee dates, daily conversations, and going away parties even when we’re not going away yet.


I am happy to have Harvey, who some how knows when I am sick or sad and cuddles up to me just to make me feel better. I am lucky to have such a beautiful home town that is filled with beautiful views, sunsets, and people that I am going to miss so much.

Reading this, you may think I am dramatic or over sensitive. And the truth is, I am. I have always been sensitive. When I feel something, I feel it with every sense of my body. When I am sad, it ruins my day. When I get sick, I feel like I am dying. When I am overwhelmed or anxious, I just want to be alone. But today, I am choosing to feel blessed, lucky, and happy. Because let me tell you, that’s the complete truth. I am so blessed. I am so lucky. And I am so damn happy.

In the last week, Derek and I did all of our favorite things in this town. We did our favorite hike in Zion. We went to Cedar mountain to spend time in one of our favorite places with Derek’s dad and family friends who were up there hunting. (Derek didn’t get his hunting tag this year, but we still made our way up there for the day.) Since Derek didn’t have his tag, the only shooting this deer got was my camera lens. (I was happy about it 😉 )

We ate at all of our favorite restaurants, went on our favorite drives, and spent time with all of our favorite people. It was the perfect week to temporarily end our time in this town, but now I am just looking at it as the perfect week to end to summer. Because that is exactly what it ended up being.

So, here’s to plans falling through, here’s to not knowing when, here’s to being spontaneous, here’s to knowing that it will always work out when it’s supposed to, and here’s to staying so damn happy.

Onto the next adventure, Wren

Highlights of Summer 2017

Since there are so many changes happening this fall for us, I considered this summer the “Last great Summer.” I soaked up every memory, adventure, and minute spent with my favorite people and I never wanted to forget it. So I decided to capture some of my favorite moments and put them all together in a highlight video.

A few of our friends have already moved away, and it makes me sad that they won’t be here when we get home from China, but I know that with change, comes growth. And I am so happy I decided to make this video to look back on. We have had such a great last few months, spent with the greatest people ever. Some who are in this video, and some who are not. Nonetheless, you all know who you are and WE LOVE YOU ALL.

Happy fall ya’ll… Only 5 more days until we leave this beautiful home of ours!

Thanks for watching!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

It’s FINALLY August

Happy August friends! We’ve been looking forward to this month all year, but I can’t believe it is already here. Only 26 more days until we leave the country! We’ve officially moved out our house and into my mom’s for the next few weeks. We miss our house already, but knowing that it is temporary has made it easier. Call us crazy, but we’re actually excited to live out of our suitcases for the next six months!











Harvey has been very confused why we are not going back home, and why we are sleeping with him at my mom’s house. He’s been having bad separation anxiety because I think he can sense that we’re leaving. It’s been hard, but I am glad that he will be well taken care of and be some where that he is familiar with. Derek and I have been soaking up all of the snuggles we can get, and spoiling him even more than we usually do. I miss him already, but I already know that Christmas is going to be super special this year.

(See?…Soooo spoiled)

Like I said in a previous post, Derek and I have been spending as much time with our friends and family as we can before we go. We are so blessed when it comes to the people that we have in our life.

Derek and I threw a “goodbye to our house for now” party a few weeks ago, and all night I was reminded how lucky we are when it comes to friends. I was planning on taking a photo of all of us, but I was having too much fun that I forgot, and I even lost my phone. At least I got these with(a few of) my girls before that happened.

*Life tip: Surround yourself with people who make you forget to check (or in my case, lose) your phone.*

In the last month, we’ve had two little getaways. In the middle of July, we made it up to Kolob to go camping with our friends Jordan and Leslie for the night. Harvey had so much fun in the water and it was so nice to get away to cooler weather and put our tent to use! Like always, we were too busy having fun with our friends so I didn’t take many pictures, but I promise they do exist! 😉

Last week, Derek and I made our way down to Vegas for the night to celebrate our eight years together anniversary and to see one of our favorite bands, Taking Back Sunday. We’ve seen them before, but not for a few years, so it was fun to celebrate being together by seeing them live and listening to the music that we fell in love to. It was nice to get away and have a little break before we had to move all of our stuff out of our house.

We’ve had such a great summer so far, and we’re looking forward to what is in store for us for the rest of this month and year. A lot is changing, but we’re ready for it!

Onto the next adventure, Wren