This time last year





We’ve almost made it one year here in Colorado. This time last year, this is what we were doing:

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Just some favorites!


This last year has been amazing, and we have gone places, literally, that we never really thought we would go. It has been so incredibly, fun, hard, hilarious, and challenging, but I know for a fact that neither of us would trade it for any other experience.


We moved to Colorado

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Into our friends basement


Went on our first snowboarding trip


Got a job!


Went to our first bierhouse


Met our amazing church community

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Had our first guests surprise me for my birthday!



Moved into our very own apartment

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Celebrated Jacob’s birthday with the best of friends… and beer

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Went to Oklahoma for our Family Reunion

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Had my parents come back for a visit



Traveled to Tulsa for our cousins wedding/another reunion

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Then made our way to Texas for 2 more weddings, plus some of our favorite coffee

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Back again to Colorado and had yet again another visitor who tried to steal my husband


Enjoyed summer run club with our crazy friends

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Rob moved to Colorado!

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More beer


And friends


Celebrated our 2 year anniversary by going back to Aspen

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And almost died on the way back


Took Rachel’s Zumba class and looked like a fool


More Birthday parties


Finally got Jacob to dress up for Halloween

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Ran our own Turkey Trot

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Then stuffed ourselves on Thanksgiving, with many good friends


Odd conversation


And joy in (most of) our hearts


Jacob took his friends running up mountains, like a champ


Last visitors of 2014! Took them to the  best brunch around


Made my first Kugel and introduced Hanukkah to our Colorado family

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Got in the Christmas spirit

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Wore matching PJ’s


Spent Christmas Eve dating my husband


FaceTimed our family on Christmas morning

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Relaxed and ate all Christmas day

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And for that last two days, we watched it snow, drop into the negatives, and sat inside next to the fire while watching Fantasy Factory


I don’t think I realized how much we actually did this year!

Yesterday, Jake and I were thinking about this year; it’s comparison to other years and where we could be if we didn’t follow this dream. Living in Colorado is expensive, cold, dry, different, uncomfortable, slightly lonesome, and spiritually challenging. Yet, through all of that God has met us in each of those situations and truly exceeded them and expanded our tents. I’ve always said that I never want to put God in a box. Every moment He has the chance, He proves me wrong, expanding my borders and even breaks parts of my square down to what’s probably an ‘L’ shape by now. It’s hard to see what you’ve known come apart, but amazing to see what’s ahead of that.

What I’m trying to say, is that we love Colorado, and maybe not even so much this state, but where God has taken us: up mountains, through passes, in the homes of our best friends, into amazing relationships, leadership positions, marital challenges and victories, and mostly into a place we’ve never been with God.

Seriously, what an amazing year. Thank you, to all of our friends and family who have so selflessly supported us financially and emotionally so that we could be where we are now.


Next year, there is even more to look forward to —  its going to be busy, but with even more victories that we are believing for!

Breaking into new spiritual ground

Deeper and more intentional relationships

Financial intelligence and debt elimination

Just to name a few…

Also we may see you in Texas/Oklahoma in the next year to support >  >  >

Brittany & Matty

Cameron & Alex

Lauren & Faustin

Who knows, there might be more!

We are so excited to see our family and friends in the next couple of months, we’ve missed you and hope that your NYE is amazing: playing games, like I know you will, probably having a dance party, trying to not fall asleep like Papa, all waiting for the ball to drop. Happy New Year’s everyone, we will see you soon!


Jacob & Rachel



2 thoughts on “This time last year

  1. What a year. What a great beginning of your lives together. I am so happy and proud of both of you. And please don’t forget in your “we may see you” section. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Belize. LOVE YOU BOTH. Dad

  2. What a year. What a great beginning of your lives together. I am so happy and proud of both of you. And please don’t forget in your “we may see you” section. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Belize. LOVE YOU BOTH. Dad

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