a reflection of 2019

2019 reviews and reflections

2019: a house, a wedding, and a puppy

2019 brought a lot of greatness and growth to my personal life, it was really quite amazing.

In April, Joe (my husband) and I were trying to figure out what to do since my lease was ending in June, we were getting married in October, and I didn’t want to live at his house with only one bathroom (lol). After a lot of consideration and financial discussions, we decided to buy a house.

Y’all, buying a house is a PROCESS. We thought we had one in the bag, paid for the home inspections and everything, well it didn’t work out. At that point, you basically have to start over so that was fun. Eventually, we found one that worked out really well for us. The backyard is big and fenced in, there’s some room to grow, and most importantly we agreed on the place.

2019 a year of changes, growth, and love

By July I fully moved in, and then we quickly realized that financially, Joe had to move in too, so he did. He did a lot of work on the house before and during that time, while I mostly did wedding prep.

This brings me to the next MAJOR life change: I GOT MARRIED!! I mean here are some pictures and that’s really all I can say about that because the biggest thing was, I got married!!! I mean 10/10 would recommend marriage so far. I wouldn’t recommend a wedding because that shit was STRESSFUL. Joe constantly says he would do it again in a heartbeat. For me, the attention, the amount of work, the MONEY, is just a one-time thing most definitely. I am VERY VERY VERY happy to be married.

mary and joe walking down the street
Photo Credit: Katie Harmis
wedding picture with bridesmaids
Photo Credit: Katie Harmis
Mary wedding ready
Photo Credit: Katie Harmis

After Joe and I honeymooned in Punta Cana, we decided to get a puppy. It was most definitely NOT a spur of the moment decision. We had talked about it once we moved into the house. Our other dog is getting older, we moved into a house with big (for our area) yard and it was already fenced in. Now, personally, I wanted a smaller dog that I could hold and carry around, like a baby to hold off the baby fever, but instead, we got a St. Bernard.

janet the day we brought her hoem

I’m not sure what it’s like in other states, but it’s hard to adopt dogs. There’s no possible way that you can walk into a pound (at least near us) and walk out with the guarantee that you’ll get a dog. There’s a waitlist, pet meets (which isn’t a bad idea), a limited number of dogs, and some cases home visits. It takes a long time to be approved which in my opinion isn’t always beneficial, especially when the dogs are older. We did keep an eye on the local shelters to see if we were interested in any of the dogs, but I found re-homing Facebook groups most useful.

joe holding janet

We found Janet from a newly engaged couple who both worked and went to school full-time. They felt it best to find her a new home with people that were home more and could give her the right amount of attention. I wasn’t sold on a super big dog, but Joe saw the picture and I could tell how much she meant to him, so I caved and we got a big dog.

mary trying to hold janet like a baby

I think I could hold her for about 3 weeks. She’s too big and squirmy now. She’s crazy, energetic, but most importantly adorable. In case you were wondering, we now have (including her) a St. Bernard (Janet), Rylie (Wheaton Terrier), Miranda Bailey (cat 2), and of course Leslie Knope (cat 1). We are currently loving our little farm.

So that’s what I did in 2019. Let me know what you did in the comments! Here’s to 2020!!

xoxo mary rose


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