2016 In Review

Today, I’m linking up with one of my favorite blogs, Helene in Between, to recap the year 2016. I loved her link-up, Tell Me About It Tuesday, way back in the day when I blogged before!

I am kicking myself that I took such a long break from blogging because 2016 was a great/eventful year for us. I wish I had taken the time to sit down and write about each fantastic event. But alas, this condensed version will have to do. πŸ™‚

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Probably the most exciting thing that happened in 2016 was that we got married! Our April wedding was very small and private. It was perfect and looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. Right before the wedding, my awesome teammates at my school threw me the most perfect wedding shower (we had one for family and friends a few weeks after the wedding). I was so grateful for the support of my fellow teachers last spring and I miss them all so much.
Shortly before the end of the school year, we found out my husband was being transferred within his company to a different city. In August of 2014, I moved home to start my teaching career and shortly after, moved in with my now husband. We had every intention of making our life in that house, but sometimes God has other plans. We put our house on the market and moved in July.

I cried the day we cleaned our house and left.

Before moving, we spent many hours looking for a new house and I spent a lot of time driving back and forth between home and soon-to-be-home. My husband was commuting already, so we did what we could on his extended lunch breaks. We couldn’t find the right fit before it was time to move, so we ended up in a less than desirable apartment for the short term.

All that driving wasn’t good for my butt.

In August, I started teaching a new grade in a new school in a new district — and I took on a second subject! It’s been a learning process every day, but I love my kiddos and seeing their smiling faces each day.
Near the end of September, an amazing house came on the market that was perfect for us. We put an offer in just a few hours after viewing it and it was accepted almost immediately. We closed at the end of October and I have loved getting to decorate it and put it all together.

I love the little wine/cookbook nook I created!

We ended the year (literally) with a little gift and a celebration. My birthday was December 31, and we took a short drive to trade in my 2012 Ford Escape for a new 2016 Lincoln MKX. My husband also scored a great deal on a 2009 Corvette! He’s been yearning for a sports car to play with for a while now. We decided now is the time since we don’t have kiddos of our own. πŸ™‚

*all the heart eyes*

Helene in Between


  1. says

    Congratulations on getting married! You look stunning and your rings are gorgeous! It’s also nice to see a fellow (soon to be for me) teacher blogger out here!

    • jessica1407 says

      Thank you! We love them too! It’s been almost five years since I’ve had a new vehicle, so it’s been fun so far!

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