Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Adventure of 'Firsts'

Seeing as though this is my first post on the new blog, I figured it is rather fitting to observe other 'firsts' also. 'Firsts' can sometimes be intimidating, exciting, exhilarating, nerve wracking, mind blowing, etc... I'm sure every one of you could come up with a word that describes a 'first' best for you. What's the first word that comes to your mind when you think of 'firsts'?

My word is adventure.

The top 3 definitions of "adventure" as found on are as follows:


(noun) exciting or very unusual experience.
2.participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure.
3.a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.

As you can see, adventure can bring along a variety of different emotions.

Here are some firsts that I have experienced over the past couple of years or so... Enjoy :)

On December 21, 2008, I was proposed to for the first time. (and last =) )

On August 29, 2009, I married that boy that proposed. He was the first and only boy I dated.

On August 31, 2009, I made my first meal for my husband. I don't remember what it was. But it doesn't matter. =)

On September 9th (or so), 2009, my now husband and I moved away to New York. That marked the first time ever living outside of Michigan.
Also in September, we wrote out our first ever rent check, I got my first waitressing job,went to my first Bible school class, and decorated my first apartment.

On October 2, 2009 Mark (my wonderful husband) celebrated his birthday for the first time being married! I made spaghetti, Mark's favorite meal. =)

On Thanksgiving Day, 2009 we celebrated with some other couples (mostly newlywed). This was the first time being away from our families on a major holiday. Also in November, I turned 20. For the first time. ha. =)

On December 11th, 2009 Mark and I set up our first Christmas tree, complete with our first ornaments. =) (Last week, we found the tape that we had recorded it on and watched it for the first time. So many memories)

2010 is kind of vague in parts... But in summary...

I hosted Mark and my parents in OUR home for the first time. Hosted my first birthday party. Made my first semi-decent birthday cake. (I am hooked now) Went to New York City for the first time. Evangelized on the streets. Went to Martha's Dandee Creme! (best. soft serve. ever!) Worked at a summer camp. Taught 4 and 5 year olds. Loved it =). Celebrated our first wedding anniversary! Went on my first road trip just with Mark. Flew home for the weekend to go to some really good friends' wedding! Found out we are expecting our first child (May 2011)!!! Had my first ultrasound. Made my first homemade dinner rolls. Played my first Settlers of Catan game. (also hooked in this area...) Hit our first deer. Got PAID to hit the deer... long story... Decided our first baby's name will be Carter Mark after his daddy. =) Went to Babies R Us for the first time for myself. Started a regular exercise program.

There are so many more things.

See? If you really stop and think about it, you've done at least this extensive of a list of firsts. Quite possibly- MORE!

Experiencing firsts give us an opportunity. An opportunity to take each first with a positive attitude, view it as a challenge, and pray that God will guide and direct throughout. Which He will. He always does.

I view firsts as an adventure because for me, they've never occurred before! The biggest first for Mark and I most recently is expecting our first child. This is about the biggest adventure ever, only 2nd to getting married! I find myself experiencing all types of emotions quite often. Fear, Anxiousness, Joy, Relief, Worry, Trust, Trepidation, Love etc...

But no matter the emotions I feel, I know that someone even bigger than me has a clear mind and the ability to lead and guide my emotional being to be a great wife and mom. God is the one in whom I trust daily for constant leading.

My purpose in creating this blog is just to share my life with you. It's not always exciting, but it's always an adventure.