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Joseph and I embarked on a whirlwind of a trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary. First up: two days in Iceland!

Of the 5 European cities we were visiting throughout our trip, I was most excited about this stop. And it totally lived up to (even exceeded!) my expectations. It was incredible experience after incredible experience.

We landed at 6am in Iceland, which was midnight at our departure location. We were exhausted, but we had to stay up all day. The sun is only up for around 4 hours in Iceland at this time of the year, and I wasn’t going to let us miss any of that precious daylight! So we headed off to one of the most amazing places we’ve ever been…

When people find out we’ve been married 10 years, they all have the same response: Shock. And a little bit of confusion.
I see people’s eyes glaze over as they do mental gymnastics trying to reconcile that fact with all else they know about me. It doesn’t help that we both look young (myself especially, sorry y’all).

I might look 22, but no, I didn’t get married at age 12! I got married at age 19, which is slightly less insane.

But still absolutely insane. (Don’t blame me, love made me crazy. If it doesn’t, you ain’t doing it right.)

Two years ago, I fell into an amazing job I never would have expected to love so much. I work with botanists. They speak in a foreign language (of Latin names but also very technical science speak). Honestly, I don’t fully listen to a lot of conversations. I’ve learned to pick up what I need to.

And what I’ve learned and seen has transformed the way I view the world.

Have you ever booked a vacation months in advance, and when the time finally comes it’s exactly what you need? That’s where Joseph and I were last week. We desperately needed a break from work. Things had been crazy for the both of us for a few weeks, but they were just starting to calm down enough that we didn’t feel guilty about taking a break. Lucky for us we had a wonderful trip to unwind and disconnect.

We spent two nights at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas Panhandle. At 126 miles long, it’s the second-largest canyon in the U.S. (behind, of course, the Grand Canyon). And it’s beautiful.