H.A.M.B. Drags, 2017

The HAMB Drag nationals have been a family tradition for nearly the entire length of our marriage. Over the past 10 years, we’ve only missed out on the yearly event once or twice. For our family it’s almost like a holiday and it ranks up there right around Christmas.

If I was to give this years festivities one sentence to summarize them with, it would be “The Year We Almost Melted”.

Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit… but maybe I’m not. Whatever way you choose to look at it, I have never been that hot for that long, ever.

The HAMB Drags are held at MoKan Dragstrip which was built in the 1960’s and I’m fairly certain than no improvements or changes have been made since the day it opened. There are no air-conditioned buildings and shade is next to impossible to come by. But even if you do manage to find relief from the relentless sun, in the summer months, it’s still hot. We managed to tough it out for nearly 5 hours before giving up and heading home.

Were we total wimps? I’ll let you be the judge.

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Celebrating a Decade of Us!

10 years ago today,in a little town in AR, we said I do.

To have and to hold from this day forward,
For better, for worse,
For richer, for poorer,
In sickness and in health,
To love and to cherish,
Til death do us part.

Now here we are 1 decade, 3 houses, 2 children, COUNTLESS cars, and 1 tornado later. We’ve experienced the good, the hard, and the unexpected. I’m not going to say the past 10 years have been easy, but I will say that the highs have been oh so much higher than the lows and the good has far outweighed the bad.

In honor of our 10th anniversary I thought it would be fun to share 10 ways we make our marriage matter. 10 ways we choose us. After all, it take a whole lot of everyday moments to add up to a decade.

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Nine Years…

Nine years
Just one year shy of a decade.

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Nine years ago we said I do.
To have and to hold from this day forward,
For better, for worse,
For richer, for poorer,
In sickness and in health,
To love and to cherish,
Til death do us part.

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Nine years ago we had no idea that we would have two amazing girls that we would be so proud to call ours. We never imagined that when we did have children, we would choose to homes school them. Building a home and two old cars seemed like something we would never be able to accomplish, physically and financially.

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We had no clue the love, grace, truth, and friendships we would find in a church and the pain we would feel when that chapter of our life came to an end.  We couldn’t fathom the thought that we would see our home destroyed by a tornado and through that loss so much good would come to our lives. Where sorrow began, there was joy in the end.

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I had no idea how much he would make me laugh. Year, after year, after year. And that 9 years later his hugs would still be the thing that makes me feel safe, untouchable, like no matter what happens everything is going to be okay.

Our life together isn’t always roses.
It is far from easy and our love story is full of flaws and brokenness that led us together.

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But any rough day that comes is worth it.

Russell Todd Newman I love you immensely.
I love your grumpy faces in the mornings, the way you tease me even when it makes me mad, and the hard worker and amazing father that you are. I always have been and always will be proud to call you mine. 

Happy Anniversary!

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