Mitch and I have been married for about a year and a half now. So, for a year and a half my signature has included my husband’s name. At our wedding, the pastor announced us as the new Mr. and Mrs. Young. My driver’s license is different and my email has changed. For months before we were married, I couldn’t wait to become Mrs. Young and I absolutely love my new monogram.
But, most of the people I know call me by my first name. And even the children I know call me Leigh with a cute little “Miss” attached to the front.
A couple weekends ago, Mitch and I hosted five college kids from my sister’s school who needed a place to stay before heading to the airport early in the morning to go on a Habitat for Humanity trip. As always, we were excited to host together and were excited to meet some of my little sister’s friends from school. Erin left for the trip the day before and simply gave them my phone number to get in touch with us. A few hours before they were supposed to come, my phone rang.
“Hello?” I said as I unsuspectingly picked up my phone.
“Hi! Mrs. Young?” a sweet girl said on the other line.
Mrs. Young? Oh, yes–that’s me! It took a second to sink in. Wait a second, surely my sister told her that Mitch and I mere years ago were in college too. Does my sister think of me as a Mrs.? Did she tell her to call me this to play with my mind? Nope. Just a sweet, innocent college girl showing respect to her friend’s sister and her husband. I guess I am a “Mrs.” after all!
A couple of weeks ago, Mitch and I celebrated four years of being together! I love remembering special days like this! (I am also a firm proponent of everyone celebrating a birthday week, and I love celebrating half-year anniversaries–and maybe half birthdays, too.) Our first date just so happened to fall shortly after this time four years ago, so what better reason to celebrate! All of these fabulous dates also fell right in line with (what also happens to be my sweet little sister’s birthday!) Valentine’s Day! Mitch told me we had plans for the day, but as usual kept me in much suspense. We spent a fun day together writing our “he-said”, “she-said” accounts of our relationship in a sweet journal Mitch found that chronicles your love story through questions you each answer–it was so romantic and so sweet! I think we will absolutely love looking back on it when we are older and have lived much more life together.
We then came home to cook a fancy dinner together–and in true form I caught the oven on fire, spilled an entire pitcher of water over the beautiful table Mitch set, but it was wonderful. I love that he makes our smoky house and drenched table wonderful (and more fun that it would have been otherwise!). So thankful for a husband that shows me the Lord’s love in such a tangible way.
On Valentine’s Day four years ago, Mitch and I went on our very first official date. He brought me flowers and asked if he could take me out to dinner at a nice restaurant. Very romantic. The hostess sat us down at our table for two and brought us each a menu. We both ordered chicken parmesan and were shocked when our waitress brought us each out a bowl of pasta and chicken that looked like a serving dish. They were huge! Mitch was in his peak swim season so the calorie overload was no big deal and he finished his whole meal. After eating until I was full it looked like I had barely touched my plate! I could see Mitch eyeing up the yummy pasta on my plate so I offered him the rest of mine. However, the table was teeny, so we needed to actually switch plates so he could eat up the rest. Just as he began to enjoy his second round, our waitress came back to ask if we needed anything. It was then that she saw the completely empty plate in front of me and the very full plate in front of Mitch. “Uh…did you enjoy that, honey?” she asked me with a confused look on her face. I just smiled and said, “It was great!”
While we were in Colorado, Mitch and his sisters went skiing at Winter Park…which for a novice like myself, is a little too difficult…so my wonderful mother-in-law offered to take me to the hot springs for the day. What are hot springs, you might ask? Hot springs are wonderful pools of all-natural water (that bubbles up from below the earth) that is full of wonderful minerals for your skin. Ladies–this is a must-do for anyone who loves a little pampering! They gave me a fluffy robe and we spent the day going from pool to pool chatting and reading. The best part about it is that you spend the day in your bikini while the temperature is in the single digits…looking out onto snow-covered mountains in your bathing suit is so fun! It was so funny to see our towels freeze each time we spent more than a couple minutes in a particular pool–because the water was so hot it would melt as soon as you wrapped up in it!
We planned on going skiing another day but the temperature was -17, so we opted out of it as to not freeze our little buns off. But, the next day we did something that became an-every-time-we-visit-Colorado must do: We went snowshoeing! This is essentially hiking on a mountain trail on top of (in our case) almost 5 feet of snow! We passed this sign on our way that normally comes up to my 6’4″ husband’s shoulders!
It was so fun to see the beautiful mountains from this perspective…it really reminded me of how beautiful God made His creation!
At one point, I shook a thin tree trunk to see how much snow would come down…now, when there’s almost 5 feet of snow on the ground, the trees are holding a lot too! Before I knew it I was completely covered in the “little bit” I was convinced would fall–oops!
We had so much fun and I was so thankful that my studly husband carried my camera bag the whole time!
Now that Christmas was almost a month ago, I thought it might be appropriate to do a little updating…oops! But better late than never, right? Mitch and I had a wonderful Christmas filled with so many great things. We spent Christmas Eve working at church (I completely lost my voice–like whispering was louder than I could talk–which made my job quite interesting!) and then spent a fun evening at home opening presents with my family (my brother and his fiancee were visiting from Singapore which made it extra fun!). We then woke up very early the next morning to catch our plane to Colorado. We had such a great time visiting with Mitch’s family–from Christmas day with his extended family and grandparents to spending time at his parents’ cozy mountain cabin–we had a blast! We were so blessed by the generosity of both of our families and were so glad we got to spend some time with both!
The night before Christmas Eve, Mitch and I exchanged gifts by using our new stocking tradition…which I loved even more than I thought I would! We each carefully chose gifts for one another and had the best time thinking of ways to cleverly hide them (or not) in each other’s stockings. I filled Mitch’s stocking with a bunch of his favorite candy, a small game (Bananagrams–which comes highly recommended from both of us!) and a couple pieces of paper. On each piece of paper was a rhyming note that would lead him to where his other presents were hidden. Mitch had my stocking full of yummy chocolate truffles and that seemed like that was it…until I discovered the small box he stuffed deeply into the toe. At first sight I thought the wrapped box would contain a clue so I hurried to open it. Instead of a clue I found a beautiful necklace he had chosen for me–of course…his plan all along to fool me!
Recognize these from somewhere else?
One of Mitch’s clues led him to behind the Elway jersey in his closet where he found a new shirt!
We had so much fun implementing our stocking tradition for the first time and decided that it is definitely a keeper! Doing everything for a second time this year has been so much fun…I feel so blessed to be married to such a wonderful man…and it just keeps getting better!
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.” Isaiah 9:6,7
So…it’s been a few weeks since Christmas, but I thought better late than never! This year, Mitch and I sent out our very first photo Christmas card together. We certainly had a mental attempt of this last year, but some time in January we decided it was too late for it to realize itself! With some inspiration, sweater donations from a couple of our friends, and the creative use of a tripod and some decorations at work, we came up with this:
We had so much fun brainstorming and coming up with our card that we decided that this needs to be a one of our new traditions! So…with that said, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry (late) Christmas!