i think this is the longest break i've ever taken from blogging. i won't lie-- it has been sort of liberating to just leave all technology behind for a few weeks, including this little blog of mine. i feel like i have so much to say, but not enough time to say it. we got back from europe today and we are feeling millions of emotions. to say that europe was a blessing/huge learning experience/humbling/the best time we've ever had is an understatement. it really felt like the trip of a lifetime, and we feel incredibly thankful that we were able to go back to both of our missions before babies. anyway, that's an entirely different post. i just wanted to let you all know that we are alive and doing very well. we're exhausted. this also is an understatement. traveling across europe for three weeks is intense, a lot of work, but totally worth it. we leave from my parents home tomorrow and drive back to utah. then i will be unpacking my entire life from the past 6 months back into my home that i have missed DEARLY. i need to be there. i need to feel at home again somewhere. there really is no place like home. plus, jake and i are still married! and still very happy together even, can you believe it? i don't care who you are or who you travel with, three weeks is a long time to be constantly with the same person. but we survived, and i would not have rather done it with anyone else. i wish you could have been there to see how hard i laughed millions of different times. i am still very much in love. and with that, i leave you with this picture taken almost 3 years ago, a few weeks before jake asked me to marry him. for some reason i just really love it. talk to you in a few days when i can feel sane again. ta-ta!