"The Baker's Journey" blog and website have a number of different goals behind it: choosing to find thanksgiving in the big things as well as the small things throughout our everyday lives, encouraging others by a way of a bible verse, quote, inspiring post, etc., sharing our thoughts and feelings on certain matters, staying positive and giving others something positive to read in this crazy, messed up world, and to share with you our journey through life, both as individuals and as a married couple in hopes that it can touch someone else out there, as well as keep my husband and I focused on being thankful for what God has done, is doing, and will do in our lives.
As part of our journey as a married couple, we have decided to do something a little crazy. We have committed to "re-dedicating" our lives to each other, and to God. We are calling it...a Fresh Start.
So why am I talking about “a fresh start” and what does “a fresh start” start actually mean?
We will be married for 6 years this coming November, and they have been great years! Our love and marriage has grown stronger every day from all the things we have been through. I can honestly say that God has truly blessed us with a unique and special marriage and relationship. You know the Bible verse 1 Corinthians 13:4-8? Well, our marriage is a true example of that verse. We’re not perfect all the time, but we sure do strive to do our best and be our best for one another. But you know, sometimes life can get twisted up in one’s life and in one’s relationship. That’s just what life does sometimes, it likes to throw you curve balls at times. Plus, we can get so caught-up in “doing life” that it becomes so mundane and we forget how to “live life” and enjoy every moment given to us. And so that’s when this “a fresh start plan” comes into play.
“A Fresh Start Plan” is a plan to “re-date”, “re-engage”, “re-marry”, and “re-honeymoon”. This is the crazy part! In order to not get caught-up in what life tries to throw our way, this year we are going to grasp the notion of living life to the fullest.
“Re-dating” is a way to continue learning about each other, and to fully enjoy being with each other (especially before and after the baby comes so that we continue to find ways to focus on each other while taking care of our little one). Don’t you remember those butterflies you got when you were dating? Do you remember the joy, happiness, and fun from dating? Everything was new and exciting! Well, that’s what we want to try to “re-create” while we “re-date”.
“Re-engagement” means after our “dating period”, Brandon is going to think of a place and time to “re-propose” to me. Now, to some this may seem silly, but it’s a symbolic way of us re-dedicating our lives to each other. In doing so, we are choosing to not allow ourselves to be swept away from life’s curve balls.
“Re-married” means that we will renew our vows at the end of all of this. Again, this may seem silly to do and most couples renew their vows when it’s their 40th anniversary or something, but we want to do them now while we’re still young and half good looking (teehee). So at the end of next Summer or early Fall, we will renew our vows on our land-a place that God has blessed us with and has anointed, and so we both thought it would be a perfect place for us to renew our vows. We will invite close family and friends to come and witness it just like any other wedding ceremony. And we will do all the things that you typically do for a wedding ceremony, only it will be at a more smaller scale. And then after our renewal, we will also have a “re-honeymoon”.
Our “re-honeymoon” won’t actually occur until our 7th anniversary next November-this will give us both time to prepare for it and to save for it. Our honeymoon destination is going to be in Atlantis Bahamas-my dream vacation for decades. Saving and preparing for a trip to the Bahamas is going to be kind of tough, but I trust and believe that God is going to help us with that.
So that is our crazy plan. That is what “A Fresh Start” actually means.
We want to be different and to be set apart from what the world thinks a marriage should be like, and so by doing this crazy plan, we hope that God blesses our marriage and relationship even deeper with Him and with each other. And we hope that it can encourage others to do a similar thing with their relationship/marriage, if they feel like life has gotten in the way.
I will be making a separate blog post for each part of the plan: “Re-dating”, “Re-engaged”, “Renewal”, and “Re-honeymoon”. I will post pictures and little sayings to keep you all updated on each part. We hope that you come along on this journey with us! We are excited to begin this plan and to watch it unfold!