Where Have I Been??

Well hello my beautiful blog friends!

Sheew, has it been a summer for the books or what?! (And I’m not just talking about the heat wave!)

Tonight I wanted to come on here and just give a little life update, as… let’s call out the elephant in the room…I’ve been a little absent from the interwebs as of late!

Sure I’ve gotten married, and been on our dream honeymoon to Santorini…But we’re now exactly a month out, and I’m still only sporadically back on the blog.

And that’s because…I’ve just been basking in the bliss of newlywed life!

That, and also learning and adjusting to being a wife and a life partner!

I’ve never lived with anyone before, other than my college roommates, and as Steven and I obviously didn’t live together before we got married, not only am I adjusting to being married, but also —sharing the same living space with someone!

Which is fun and exciting and truly something so special to be sharing with Steven as we learn so much more about each other!

One of the biggest adjustments for me is living life now as a team. Which, to be honest is arguably the most beautiful part of marriage, but it also has resulted in the shifting of everything from my daily routine, bedtime, when I eat lunch, how I buy groceries, laundry habits, etc. Plus…I’m doing all these things “for two” now, rather than just little ‘ol me. Which – please don’t read that as me complaining- quite the opposite! I love having a partner to do life with, and it is such a joy to align our lives as one!

But with that alignment comes the rearranging of priorities, and let’s be honest: when my husband is finished with work for the day, I want to be present and hang out with him and give him 100% of my attention. And so for someone who has been used to working on my acting “stuff” from 10am -2pm, and on my blog from 2pm-9pm everyday…when he closes his laptop for the day at 5, I want to do the same.

So I’ve been trying to figure out a new daily routine where I can get everything done, so thank you for your patience while I work out the kinks.

Thankfully, I am finally in a good place, and ready to jump back in, head first, into the blogging space!

Other things I’ve been up to in the interim…

The biggest news is that my mom had successful heart surgery, praise be to God.

I booked two modeling jobs, one of which is with my handsome husband! Yep – I submitted a few snapshots of him along with my submission, and we booked a print shoot together for an international restaurant chain! Woo hoo!

We just had Steven’s godson/nephew come stay with us for the weekend…which was so incredibly fun! We went to the Reds game, an FC Cincinnati soccer game, and Kings Island…where we rode Orion, which is one of only seven GIGA COASTERS in the world! I literally saw stars during the ride, and was the most scared I’ve ever been on a roller coaster! It has a 300+ ft drop and goes over 91mph! Let’s just say I prayed my way through it!!

I’ve written over 200 thank you notes! (The last one just went out today!)

And lastly, we’ve been dealing with a boatload of home-owner headaches: mainly a leak in our roof, and the plethora of issues that brings! But hey…I guess that just comes with the territory of growing up!

Speaking of our home, that could be a super fun video to share: a home tour! I’ll work on putting that together!

I’ve also got lots to say about all the current cultural happenings right now…everything from Disney’s continued decline, to the suppression of Sound of Freedom — Steven and I are seeing it this weekend.

Overall, I have just missed you, my friends, and I am so glad to be back into the swing of things!

Thank you for giving me the luxury of enjoying this first month as a newly married woman! Now it’s back to the grind!

26 responses to “Where Have I Been??”

  1. I am so happy for you two! I wish His blessings on your marriage. 🙏🏻❤️ Isn’t home ownership wonderful? No more calling the complex office to have something fixed! How fun that you guys have a job together coming up, I wonder what the name of the company is? hehe… Be well! 🥰

  2. So excited for you in your new life. God first, your husband and then your home and family. We love hearing about how God has blessed but keep your priorities in place. Congratulations! God is always good

  3. It’s certainly a journey! Gail and I will celebrate our 50th next month. So, yeah, I know about the adjustments. Blessings to you and Steven and may you also have 50+ together.

  4. Congratulations! May the love last a lifetime and a few days after. May everyday feel like the day you said ‘I Do’ before actually vocalizing it. May the love spread to all who cross your path. Thanks for sharing… Much Love

  5. Love your blog and your desire to honor Hod above all else. Continue to put Him first, hubby and family next, and work last, just as you have been doing. No one says on their deathbed, “I wish I’d spent more time at the office!”

  6. Enjoy the exultation of being newlyweds. It’s fantastic, as you well know by now. Yet here’s some sage advice: Be willing to sacrifice your preferences for the sake of your spouse. It’s easy at first but it’s a habit that’ll serve you both well in the decades to come. Remember, Jesus sacrificed everything for us, including His life. Don’t let pride cause you to hang on to things you don’t need, anyway. When in doubt, give love. So happy for y’all. God bless.

  7. Congratulations. You should have shifted priorities , marriage changes so many areas and rightly so. You are doing it right, good on ya! Enjoy! Praise God! Don’t forget devotions, Bible reading and prayer together. Hugs!😃❤️

  8. Congrats, Caralyn, I’m so happy for you guys.
    There will probably come a point where at the end of his day he just needs to be alone for some time. Don’t take it personally when that happens… 😉

  9. Good to hear from you, and good to hear everything is going so well!

    If I may be honest, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I also don’t want to live with a (hypothetical) girlfriend before we’re married, and the thought of having someone around all the time is kind of terrifying. I’ve never really been in a relationship where the other person was around all the time; at best we saw each other a couple times a week. I’ve often heard things like “if you’re with the right person, none of that will matter.” I’ve come to realize lately that my mind hears that sentence and interprets it as “if you’re with the right person, none of that will matter, because you’ll give up everything you enjoy in life and everything that makes you who you are, or else she won’t want to be with you, and you’ll want to give up everything because she’s that important to you,” But I finally shared this concern with a few friends recently, and I’m starting to realize that what they’re really saying is “if you’re with the right person, you’ll find a way to make it work, and you’ll find compromises where you can still be who you are, and you’re committed to each other so you don’t have to worry about her leaving.” Hearing you talk about figuring out how to live together made me think of that.

    Of course, none of that is going to make a difference when all the single women with values compatible to mine have moved out of state, but at least I’m learning…

  10. Glad you’re having fun together – that’s exactly as it should be. Don’t worry about us, we’re not going anywhere.

  11. Congratulations! You made me smile with you account of settling in. God bless you both! Enjoy your marriage!❤️

  12. Hi C. Looking back over the last five years, I’m so glad God worked everything out for you so well. Congratulations to you and Steven.
    Great to hear the good news about your mom. Praying she continues to do well.
    God’s richest blessings to you. Always. 🤗🙏💛

  13. This is so beautiful! I had a similar experience when my husband and I were finally married and living together. It’s been a little over a year now and we’re still learning how to be a unit but it’s been the happiest, most blessed year of my life. Sharing life with him is the best thing I can imagine. It’s so good to hear from other couples going through the same process. Marriage is a wonderful gift from God!

  14. Congratulations on your wedding! It’s completely understandable to have an adjustment period when you’ve just entered a new season of life. Enjoy it 🙂 I’ve been going through some life changes within my family since the beginning of the year, and we’re adjusting to a new dynamic ourselves, with more to come, so I’ve been pretty quiet on my blog all year.

    Glad everything went well with your mom!

  15. Congratulations!!! What a journey you’ve been on. You got married, I love your piece about the adjustment from me to “we.”

    My husband had heart surgery five years ago, doing good! Praying your mom keeps recovering and all is good.

    Syncing up schedules is more challenging than it looks. I used to show my daughters a picture of an elephant on a beachball.
    It was my way of saying, “Life is about Balance…we are all like the elephant trying to stand on the beachball.”

    Prioritizing your family is a great place to start! The photos you have posted…striking newlyweds! Blessings to you in your new married life!👏🏻💗

  16. Hello Caralyn,
    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing the details of your wedding. You both look very pleased and happy. May your honeymoon continue forever. I wish you the best years ahead for life.

  17. You’ve been missed, and I’m glad you’re back in the saddle! Looking forward to trying to see you both the next time we come through Cinci to see family in Ohio!

  18. Congrats again and the best for the both of you! I know you’ll do fine. So many things happening and well, you know there’s a saying, “If you want things done, just ask a busy person!” I’ve noticed that I’m the most efficient when I have lots to do. So, you two have that mastered, it’s just, as you said, the synching y’all gotta work on, right? hugs!

  19. Dear Caralyn,
    Congratulations on your marrage I wishing the best for the both of you for many years to come!
    You were braver than I as the thought of that 300+ ft drop and goes over 91mph gives me shivers
    Wereas my wife would have loved every minute

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