New Reality

We are back in Texas after a wonderful week on the Turks and Caicos islands where we couldn’t quite get enough turquoise blue water, where we got more than enough sun (ouch). Sean and I barely made it home without  a +1 — a “potcake” dog, the island breed. The voice of reason trumped the voice of infatuation and impulse and we did not bring little “Turk” home with us. A few tears were shed as we came to the conclusion. In fact, I’m afraid that me not agreeing to adopt Turk will come up in counseling years down the road at the root of all future marital issues. Yes friends, Sean was that upset.


Sean, who has never had a pet dog, bonded with this cute little guy and is now certain he wants a “man’s dog” as soon as it is the right time to add to Team Strehlow.

It’s time we settle into post-honeymoon married life and create our new reality. We’re not quite sure yet what that will look like but we have had some great conversations about how we will do life together and live under the same roof and make joint decisions.

While I came into marriage already having ideals and ambitions about our married-life lifestyles, those ideals were leveled as I read through Jen Hatmaker’s book, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.

Talk about conviction–reading a book about simplifying and excess while vacationing at a luxury resort on a trendy island in the Caribbean is not a recipe for comfort and complacency. I’m not sure what this is going to look like–navigating through this big life transition of marriage while wading the waters of a conviction to reduce and simplify. In fact, in an initial effort to reduce waste, today I had Sean break down cardboard boxes and start a “recycling pile” as I unpacked boxes of wedding gifts and took them out of their packaging. It is a small act, but it is the beginning of what I anticipate to be a great effort to recycle and make the Strehlow’s a more earth-friendly team.

Stay tuned…


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