Anna Maria Island Weekend Trip

Recently, my husband and I hopped on a plane and jetted off to Tampa, so we could spend the weekend on Anna Maria Island!

Anna Maria Island is an amazing place to experience a true beach vacation! My family has been vacationing here for over 15 years, and we always look forward to returning.

There’s something so calming about the ocean that other vacation destinations can’t replicate. I’m imagining myself back at the beach right now listening to the ocean waves crashing into the shore, feeling the salty sea breeze and warm sun beaming down on my skin, and enjoying the peace that comes with relaxing in a beach chair under an umbrella with a great book in hand.

Weekend Highlights

This was Zach’s first time to the island! There are so many places we didn’t get to visit on our short weekend trip, but we did our best to relax while still enjoying some of the great things Anna Maria Island has to offer!

  1. Watching the sunrise (and sunset).

    This is something that is special to us, and we make a point to watch the sunrise and sunset on vacations and at home. This picture was taken as the sun was setting. Zach took a hyperlapse of it. His ability to hold his phone still and stay in one spot for so long is impressive!

  2. Eating the most delicious dinner at The Waterfront Restaurant.

    This meal was easily the best meal of the trip! Zach absolutely loved the fresh bread, mashed potatoes, and ribeye. The ribeye was marinated for three days, and the wait was definitely worth it. I love the baked brie appetizer and mashed potatoes. Everything was cooked to perfection and our service was amazing.

  3. Spending time on the lanai.

    Nothing gets better than simply enjoying each other’s company and taking in the view. You just can’t get these views in the Midwest! image3

  4. Creating our own donuts at The Donut Experiment.

    We actually went twice! If you love warm cake donuts with a slightly crunchy exterior and picking out your own toppings, this is the place for you. Zach’s favorite? Crushed peanuts with vanilla frosting. My favorite? Key lime. If you’re visiting on a weekend, arrive as early as possible to avoid long waits! We got there at 7:15 am and had no problems. image1

  5. Browsing through shops.

    We especially loved Back Alley Treasures! They have a variety of local items and other fun trinkets to look at. We didn’t take any pictures while shopping, but we did leave with some homemade soap and soy candles that smell delicious!


Two Months of Marriage

Thursday, May 5, also known as Cinco De Mayo, marks two months of being married! On one hand, it feels like our wedding was yesterday, and on the other hand, it feels like we’ve been married forever.

3-5-2016My husband is a huge blessing in my life, and I’m not sure what I did to deserve him. His kind, compassionate heart is amazing, and he inspires me to work harder and to find my purpose daily.

Our wedding and honeymoon were amazing and living in the fantasy world of vacations and fun adventures seemed too good to be true! Well, that’s only because it was too good to be true. The honeymoon can’t last forever, right?

Marriage isn’t about the lavish wedding or the tropical honeymoon. It’s not even about vacationing, which I’m still in denial about. Don’t get me wrong, those things absolutely are a plus, and I’m one to talk about this. I plan on going on traveling with my husband as much as possible.

Marriage is about the covenant we made before God and our family and friends to serve each other the way God would have us. God created marriage for His children as a gift. I’m no expert. In fact, I’m still learning what exactly that means. I can say up to this point, I have been doing a very mediocre job.

Being married is a blessing, but it also is a challenge. Marriage is a huge change, and it happens without much warning. Of course, we planned our wedding and feel extremely happy to be married (most of the time), but, like with anything else, you never really know what it’s like until you experience it!

I think people glaze over the challenging part of marriage and focus on the positive, especially on social media. The first two months of marriage have been a learning experience to say the least! Two sinful people coming together to live as one can create quite a few opportunities to grow (see what I did there?).

I was used to living alone, waking up and doing whatever, and making plans without worry about anyone else. I could turn on all the lights, do laundry at any time of the day, and work out in the comfort of my living room at 5:30 am. I’m very clumsy, so it’s not uncommon for me to run into things or drop most things at least once. I’m a 95 percent selfish person, and marriage certainly has showed me that. While I don’t intend to stay that way forever, change for me can be very difficult.

Another area in our marriage that I’ve been struggling with is the need for control. I want to feel like I’m in control of my life and of my husband’s life. As you can imagine, this creates a messy relationship. Looking back in my life, I’ve noticed a pattern of starting a project or forming a friendship, and the second it gets hard or feels out of my control, I get upset and want to quit. I know I’m not the only one that feels this way or at least I hope I’m not.

The fact is that I’m not in control. God is in control of everything, even when it feels like He’s not. Right now, I’m fighting against this in so many areas of my life, but most importantly my marriage. My husband is the man I’ve chosen to spend my life with, and he’s chosen me. But, what is crucial, is that God has chosen us. That right there gives us purpose. Whether or not we always see it or feel it, we have a purpose. We all have many purposes, in fact.

One purpose of my life is to be a wife. That means I need to support my husband and to build him up not tear him down. I am going to challenge myself daily to remember that and to live it out. I want to show others how great it is to be married to a Godly man.

Your Turn

Can you relate? Is there anything you learned right away in marriage that you didn’t plan for and that you turned to God for help with? Please share below!