The Return of the Blogger

Oh, man. Longest blog hiatus ever, right? HOW ARE YOU GUYS!? I’ve missed blogging so much, and I’m SO thrilled to say the days are currently less crazy, the NEW blog / site is up and running, and I have about 87,000 pictures to catch you up on now. ;)

First things first – huge shout out to my website-genius brother, Brad, who graciously set everything up for me while I danced and watched Curious George with my nephew. THREE CHEERS for Brad. And Henry. And Curious George.

Now do me a little favor – if you have a bookmark or a blog subscription, go ahead and update the web address. Absolutely Bositively is officially moving over to its own domain, so you can find me and the 87,000 photos over at www.absolutelybositively.com. This blog will remain exactly as it is now, but every post from here on out will be at the new site.

Thanks for bearing with me over the last few months of craziness! I really am so excited to get back to normal posting. I’m finally able to hang out with my dear old friend, free time. ;) Now come hang with me at the new site!

LOVE YOU ALL.

~Cait

If I Could Go Back…

Five years ago today, I stood on a flowered stage and promised myself to you. I promised to love and cherish you, in sickness and in health, for better or for worse. The day that took almost a year to plan was over in what felt like a matter of seconds, and all the sudden, I was your wife.

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If I could go back…I’d pick a different dress. I would have tried on more poofy dresses or looked for a copycat of Julia Roberts’ dress from Runaway Bride. I’d probably have a different color scheme, and I would have my hair and makeup professionally done. I’d spend less time worried about the music for the reception, and I’d spend more time soaking up each “this only happens once” moment. I would have taken more pictures, I would have talked to our grandparents more that day, and I would have directly handed my bouquet to my best friend instead of throwing it. My guest list might be a bit different. I might even have planned a destination wedding instead of a big church wedding.

But I’d still choose you.

5year-04

If I could go back, I may have suggested we pick a different apartment – one that wasn’t above chain smokers who played death metal music at record-breaking decibels. I might have asked you to keep looking for other jobs when you were offered a position at a place that would later lay off a huge portion of employees, including you. I would have taken Jack with us literally everywhere when he was a puppy to conquer his fear of car rides. I would spend less time and money at Old Navy (maybe), and I would spend more time with you and Jesus. I definitely would have researched more about mortgages, escrow, and other ulcer-inducing pains of adulthood.

But I’d still choose you.

5year-01

If I could go back, I would have asked the hard questions and had the big fights earlier. I would have prayed more, complained less, and made more of an effort to encourage you daily. I might have left stupid arguments alone, and I might have made us start exercising together way earlier. I would have planned exactly the same amount of vacations though. ;) I might have planned more. Haha.

But I’d still choose you.

5year-05

Being married for five years makes me feel so super old…but being married to you for five years makes me feel so outrageously blessed. I’d choose you over and over again if I could go back. Thank you for taking care of me, for praying over me daily, and for letting the dog outside when it’s cold or dark. ;)

Here’s to the rest of our years, however many the Lord gives us. I love doing life with you, and I can’t wait to see what new adventures God has for us. I love you, Andrew Robert. Happy Anniversary! :)

~Cait

Slow Down

The older I get, the more I find myself wishing time would slow down. Growing up, I was often wishing it would speed up. I want to be out of high school. I want to be married. I want to hurry up and be on vacation. Even now, I catch myself longing for future things, and it’s a struggle to truly live in and enjoy the present.

Yesterday, we stopped wishing for future things and longed to spend a few more minutes in the past as we celebrated this sweet man who went to be with the Lord last week.

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Andrew’s grandpa was one of the first people to really make me feel like a part of the family when Andrew and I started dating. He always asked, “Where’s my Caitlin?” when we would come to visit, and he gave the best bear hugs ever. He loved his children and grandchildren fiercely. On one of our last hospital visits before he passed away, he grabbed my hand and kissed it. Such a gentleman. :) We spent this weekend sharing stories, loving on Grandma, and celebrating Grandpa’s life and legacy. His passing has challenged us to enjoy every moment God gives us. We are so thankful that Grandpa is in Heaven, probably playing golf and asking where the nearest Chelino’s is. ;)

Send up some prayers for Andrew’s family the next few days and weeks, especially for his sweet Grandma.

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“Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” -2 Corinthians 5:6-8

Hug your loved ones a little tighter this week, and soak up even the slow days. :)

~Cait