Holy crap! The last time I posted on here was September 9th… it’s December 21st!!! I wish I could have documented this past year more, but it honestly was so difficult. Though I had optimistic expectation for my blog in 2016, my photographer was away the whole year. To be quite frank – I was also in Harlingen. I love Harlingen, don’t get me wrong, but I felt I had exhausted pretty much all of the “scenic” settings of a small, not-so-aesthetically-pleasing town that I could. Perhaps I am not creative enough.

But alas as I type this, we are 10 days away from 2017. 2016 was amazing. Fonz joined the marines and left in January, we got married in April, and we moved to South Carolina this month… plus so much in between! I think my favorite part of this year was when Fonz was based in Oceanside, California for training. I believe I went three times over the course of 4 months and each time I found a new reason to love the area. California is everything we wanted in a place to live – beautiful, sunny, relaxed, fun, on the coast. We were praying to God we got stationed there once he was done with training, but God works in mysterious ways! His orders instead sent us to Beaufort, South Carolina. I had no idea Beaufort was exactly what I wanted until we arrived here on December 16th. We some how managed to find all the things we adored about California in a different way. It is the most beautiful, quaint little town.  The downtown district and historic neighborhoods send me into a swoon each time I turn the corner. We are about an hour away from Savannah, Georgia (America’s most haunted city – AWESOME) and an hour and a half away from Charleston. There is so much history here! I just love it. The best thing about this little town? Dogs are pretty much allowed anywhere. In fact, they welcome dogs!!! We even took Mika to Kmart …though I’m pretty sure that was not allowed (we dodged in and out of aisles hiding from employees). One of our favorite parts about California was obviously the abundance of beach. Though it’s not the Pacific, we still got a beach! Now we have a little baby one in our backyard! Between our backyard and about 50 feet of pine trees and brush lay sand and waves, perfect for just the two of us.

Though I think it will be easy to call this place home, nothing can really compare to our forever home: the Rio Grande Valley. As a last hurrah to the Valley and our time there, we decided to take some photos with Anahi Photography on the island. Her and Edgar did an amazing job. We just loved how they turned out, so I wanted to share some of my favorites on here:

002 It started raining immediately, but I feel like it made it 10x’s better! Anahi and Edgar had a great vision.017019 021 029027043051056058060066073077084We seriously thought we NAILED this ^ Dirty Dancing move at the time, but we could not stop laughing at how contorted Fonz looked when we received the photos! Hahah I feel like I can see the veins in his forehead bursting from here!
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Until next time! I promise this time it won’t be another four months ;)

xo Shelby

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Oh, Shelby, I love reading your blog. You are such a gifted writer. I can’t wait to read the book you will write. Love the pictures. I see such love and warmth in them. I wish you guys the absolutely best in life. Tell me where & I will send you enchiladas! LOL

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Oooohhh don’t tempt me with those Vegas enchiladas! That’s one thing we just won’t stop missing!! lol and thank you, thank you!! It makes me so happy to hear that! It really is fun for me to have somewhere to write. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! xo

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These are gorgeous photos! Each one more interesting than the one before. You two are meant for each other and for sharing an amazing life! Who knows where you’ll go next! Enjoy every moment in your new time and space together!

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Dearest Shelby! I love your blog so much and I’m so happy you’re back at blogging! The pictures are truly works of art and they echo the love you have for each other and your life together! I’m so thrilled you are finally able to be together and live your lives as you have dreamed. It’s just 4 days till old St. Nick has his “big scene” so I wish you two a Very Merry Christmas. Love you so! Karen

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Thank you so much, Karen! I am very happy too :) Merry Christmas to you and Tim! We love y’all!

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Shelby! Beautiful photos! So excited about your move to SC. That area is really fun, glad you are enjoying it so far. Greg’s brother lives about 4 hours north of you, but lived in Kiawah for a long time. Hope y’all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!

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Hi Judy!! Thank you! It really is – we’ve already had so much fun exploring Beaufort and even a bit of Charleston in the short time we’ve been here. I can’t get over how pretty it is! Y’all have a merry Christmas and a happy new year, too!! Eat some tamales for us! lol!

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