Today is our official two year anniversary, but we celebrated on Sunday with a day trip to the Catskills. We had so much fun hiking, exploring little mountain towns, taking in the GORGEOUSNESS of upstate NY fall, enjoying some good eats and trying to wrap our minds around the fact that we've already been married for two years!
We left home early Sunday morning and had to make it a whole HOUR to New Paltz before we had our coffee. It was tough, but we managed. ;) It was worth it too--The Bakery in New Paltz was sooo yummy. We had egg sandwiches, obviously (you know my love for egg sandwiches!) and took a big pumpkin chocolate chip cookie to go.
From there we drove another hour north to hike to Kaaterskill Falls, the highest falls in New York. Even higher than Niagara top to bottom!
Kaaterskill was so beautiful. After trekking around at the base, we ended up driving to the top since the trail from base to top is now closed because it's so dangerous. At the top, we took in some of the most unbelievable views of the Catskills and the changing colors. There were hundreds of names and dates etched into the rocks, some dating back to the early 1800s!
We did a bit more hiking at a nearby park and campground, and then continued to Hunter Mountain, a ski slope, where we went SKYRIDIN'.
The skyride was just a ski lift they were running to the top of the highest mountain, but we enjoyed incorporating the term into as many conversations as possible. It was beautiful actually, a really cool way to see the Catskills. I love how a simple change in perspective can really wow you. We took a nerdy video which I will share.
At the end of the video I say "I'm not going to drop it" because he was nervous the whole time that I was going to drop my phone off the lift. Nervous Nelly!
Hunter Mountain had Oktoberfest going on, so we walked around a bit before hitting the road again. We went to a little tavern that had over 300 beers. I've been wanting to try Wolaver's Pumpkin! SO YUMMY! and we got cheese fries. We walked around Hunter, Phoenecia, and then Woodstock where we saw an amazing drum circle and channeled good vibes from the 1969 festival.
We stopped in New Paltz again on the way home for a Thai food dinner. It was a perfect way to spend the day with the man I love.
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Guys, TWO YEARS. It feels like we've been married forever, but at the same time it's gone by so fast. I am the luckiest girl in the world to call Luke my husband. Never have I known a man so faithful, loving, encouraging and respectable. I could go on and on about his good traits, but the one I am most thankful for is his ability to love me so well.
It is difficult to put into words the love I have for Luke. Growing up, I was that girl who ALWAYS had a boyfriend. I dated from roughly ages 13-21 until the final breakup of my life as a sophomore in college. I knew of Luke then--he was the cute Southern transfer student who played on the soccer team and had recently started hanging out with my friends--but I did not anticipate what would happen between us. The last thing I expected was to get into another relationship, let alone the one that would last. You just never know what life has in store. God is so good and kind. He knew Luke had just what I needed. Of course we have our difficulties sometimes (sometimes often), but we are incredibly blessed with a beautiful, happy marriage and life together. And I have never been so proud of him as I am now! He works so hard every day to complete his graduate work and to be the very best he can be for Nyack College. The way his players respect and respond to him has shown me worlds about his character. I'm so so so excited to see where his coaching career will take us down the road.
Thank you so much to everyone who has loved us and prayed for us these past two years (and prior). Thank you for being part of our relationship and support system. I ask you to continue to support us in prayer these next several months as we determine the next steps of our journey. It's always a bit intimidating when the future is unknown, but God is so faithful and he has provided all that we've ever needed and I know he will continue to do so!
We really really love you all!