Thursday, December 31, 2015


- Shared our engagement pictures herehere, and here

- Celebrated 5 years of dating (at the end of May, didn't blog about it until June)!

- Went on a mission trip with the SOC. My last trip with the SOC. Emotions were on overload that weekend.

- Celebrated two other sweet bridal showers. Sadly I didn't blog about either of them. 

- Spent SO many nights crafting for our wedding.
From making signs to sanding and staining my grandfather's old tables it was so much fun. I loved how everything came together for our big day!

- Started my new job!!

- Pretty much moved back home the month before the wedding. Enjoyed that month so much with my family!

- Hosted a bridal dinner for my most of my bridesmaids, not all of them could make it to town that weekend, but it was still fun!


I didn't blog at all until the end of this month, probably because it was OUR WEDDING MONTH.

- Went on a day trip with my family to Rock City in Chattanoga, Tennessee.

- Celebrated our 6th July 4th together.

- My sister and best friends threw me a bachelorette party...all weekend long. SO much fun!

- Got our marriage certificate and counted down the days until our wedding!!!


- Went on our honeymoon to Mexico! Blogged all about it here!

- Introduced myself to the blogging world as a married woman! ;)

- Explained about my new job and caught up on life!


- Wrote my Vol 1 of The Marriage Diaries

- Made "The Ultimate Compromise" with Matthew.


- Spent Labor Day weekend giving our dining room table a makeover.

- Shared some things I love about marriage.

- Hosted our first event at our place, game + taco night!

- Started sharing about our wedding with a our getting ready pictures.

- Shared the first looks from our wedding day.

- Wrote Vol 2 of The Marriage Diaries.


- Shared our bridal party pictures.

- After 3 months of living together I shared our updated apartment tour. It was decorated for fall at the time.

- Stood by my best friend as matron of honor as she got married! We celebrated ALL weekend long in the rain!

- My BIL got married on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Fall Creek Falls!

- My blog got a makeover and NEW NAME! Life As The Coats :) 

- Wrote Vol 3 of The Marriage Diaries and celebrated being married 100 days!

- Spent a weekend away in Gatlinburg together. Our first "real" vacation as a married couple other than our honeymoon! We saw a lot of wildlife this weekend, too! From bears to puppies it was an interesting trip!


- We hosted out first annual Friendsgiving and had a BLAST!

- Celebrated our first married Thanksgiving.

- Decorated for Christmas and had our first annual Cozy Christmas Saturday. #BestSaturdayOfTheYear


- Shared our first Christmas cards.

- Shared our Christmas pictures.

- Wrote Vol 4 & 5 of The Marriage Diaries

- Celebrated our first married Christmas and loved every second of it.

And here we are, at the end. We'll celebrate the end of our "wedding year" tonight and I just have so many emotions as 2015 comes to a close. I'm truly having a hard time believing that this year is almost over. I remember exact moments at the end of last year thinking about what a big year 2015 would be for us. I remember when midnight hit on NYE and I shared a kiss with my fiance, knowing that in just a matter of months we'd be sharing a kiss as husband and wife.

It kind of blows my mind that we actually got married. He got down on one knee, we planned a wedding, and it happened. IT HAPPENED. And we've been married almost 6 months. It all happened so fast, but we enjoyed every second while it was happening!

And just for fun, because who knows what will be popular on Instagram/social media this time next year lol. Here is my #2015bestnine. Seems about right, since it was our wedding year and all ;)

My heart is so full looking back on a year that I will always remember as one of the greatest. 
 2015, you were so sweet.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


The turn from December to January always makes me a little sentimental and reflective, but even more so this year. What a HUGE year it was for me and for us. I think 2015 will always be a special year for us for more reasons than one and I'm so grateful that I have this (very public, ha!) journal of sorts to remember all the big things. I so wish I would have blogged more during our engagement days, but time just got away from me. 

2015 was a life-changing year (in the best way possible) to say the very least. From starting a new job, to gaining a new title (hello MRS. COATS ;) ), to moving to a new city, to a new (forever) roommate. 2015 has been the sweetest year. We were showered almost all year long with love and encouragement from our family and friends, and FINALLY, surrounded by the ones we love the most, we became husband and wife. The sweetest year y'all, the sweetest year. 


- We kicked off the new year by going to my first (and only) bridal show! I went with my mom and sister and two best friends and their moms! Kathleen was also a bride and we all had the best time!

- Matthew officially moved out of his apartment in Cookeville and started his big boy job at a firm in Nashville.

- I blogged my first Wedding Wednesday post.

- Set a wedding date and shared it on social media and on here!

- Apartment shopped and got the key to our first place!

- Started working out 4-5 times a week and got serious about my wedding diet.


- Asked my girls to be my bridesmaids and maid of honor.

- Got "iced" in my apartment for almost a whole week. Cookeville and towns near me were under a state of emergency. Scary times!!

- We bought furniture, Matthew moved in our apartment and the furniture we picked out delivered.



-Celebrated Matthew's 23rd birthday

- Asked my two youngest sisters to be my junior bridesmaids.

- Registered for our wedding


- Picked out our wedding flowers and my sister and best friend came to Cookeville and we went hiking at Bee Rock.


- Had my first bridal shower, my family shower.

Watched my best friends graduate from MTSU.

- Worked on wedding invitations and sent them out.

Come back tomorrow for part two! :)