25 February 2013

{Half a Decade of Togetherness}

This may be a repeat for those of you who already follow on instagram, but I wanted to share a few photos from last weekend when Jurg and I slipped away to the Drakensberg in celebration of our five year anniversary!  It was a quick, but wonderful few days away from the city filled with yummy food, cozy fireplaces, and lots of relaxed quality time.  And I'm proud to say that I planned it as a surprise, and it remained a surprise until the moment that we pulled into the driveway of Impofu Lodge {which is really saying something for me}.  Jurg was happy, I was happy, and it turned out to be a perfect place to celebrate half a decade of togetherness.

On my way to Pretoria to meet Jurg at work via the Gautrain //  The unexpected weather we enjoyed on our drive to Underberg // Our adorable country kitchen at Impofu Lodge // How we spent our anniversary - cozied up next to the fire with books and a glass of wine.  Perfection.

View of the Drakensberg mountains from our cottage // Afternoon outing to Lake Naverone // No shortage of lilly pads // Jurg wanted to scope out possible fishing spots {of course}

At Lake Naverone we happened upon the most adorable labrador and immediately made friends {she was an exact replica of my lab {Vogue} in California} // Delicious breakfast spread on our porch one morning // A spontaneous cheese-tasting detour at Underberg Cheesery one afternoon {this was all my doing} // Cute gumboot planters outside

A glimpse of our idyllic mountain cottage // And of course, the sun decided to show its face on the morning that we had to head back to Jo'burg... typical // A mega fail at an attempted selfie // This is what you would call an African road block - this guy was not about to budge!

Relationships aren't easy.  They require complete and utter selflessness and involve a lot of hard work and compromise and personal growth and soul searching and forgiveness.  Our relationship is no exception to this.  Jurg and I have enjoyed tremendous moments of love and joy and laughter together {moments where you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you've met your soul mate}, but we've also been through our fair share of struggle and tears and cultural differences and long distance drama.  

But looking back on the last five years what I can say this: there is no one in this world that I would rather make a life with.  No one that understands me like Jurgen, no one who I can share my heart with like I can with him, no one who can appreciate my weird antics like he can {he constantly says "man, I just wish other people could see the way you act when it's just us two - they wouldn't believe that it's the same person!"}, no one who pushes me to pursue my wildest of dreams like he does, and no one who accepts me just as I am and still loves me like he does.  Through all of our highs and lows, he's been there and I've always known that we have each other.  Which is something that I never want to take for granted.

So today, since we're being sappy and all {which is rare around here}, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite little things about Jurgen.

+  Jurgen is funny.  Belly laugh funny.  He's a storyteller of note and the center of attention at any social gathering or function.  People just gravitate towards him.

+ Jurgen dyes my hair for me.  This may rank as the sweetest thing that a guy has ever done in the history of ever.  He never complains about it and each and every time it makes my heart melt a little bit more.

+ He makes a mean paella and spaghetti bolognese {and he almost always does the dishes: bonus!}.

+ He's smart.  He knows something about everything and can chat for hours to anyone about anything from the Middle East to South African politics to rugby to NFL to Warren Buffet to the new iPhone.  I never have to worry whether he'll be ok at family gatherings because he's always able to find some topic of interest with just about anyone.

+ He loves travel and road trips.  And I just don't think I could make it work with anyone who didn't.  Some of our greatest memories as a couple involve adventures in Zimbabwe, Zambia, California, Namibia, and South Africa... with no shortage of adventures planned for the future.

+ He enjoys the simple things in life.  For instance, people always tease him because he loves to braai {bbq} so much and insists on using only the best wood {South Africans often use actual wood instead of charcoal}.  He's even found a specific "wood guy" who sources chopped wood all the way from the rural area of Tzaneen and this guy drops about 100 bags of wood off directly to Jurgen several times a year. Obsessive... yes.  Bordering on pyro... yes.  But I think it's kind of awesome.

+ He has a pretty darn sexy accent.  And I love it when he mispronounces English words... such as fathom.  He says phantom every.single.time.  Example: "Jenna, I couldn't even phantom that!"

+ He always respects my point of view.  Even when we differ on issues surrounding topics such as politics, religion, or other ethical dilemmas {e.g. the death penalty}, he never tries to downgrade or change my opinions.  We just learn from each other and agree to disagree.  It's amazing.

+ I'm pretty sure he loves me to the moon and back :)

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Thanks so much for the most wonderful 5 years Jurgy Bird - it's certainly been an adventure!

Can't wait to see what the next half decade brings.

Love you THIS much.

{cue end of sappiness}


  1. You guys are so darn cute Jenna!

  2. wonderful pictures. and the dogs are so cute <3
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    maren anita

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  3. Cute, Jenna.looks and sounds lovely.

  4. Ahhh, you guys are so cute, I didn't even mind the sappiness :) Adorable!

  5. this is so beautiful jenna :) you guys are amazing and so perfect for each other! your wedding will be beautiful! x

  6. CONGRATS on 5 years! That's awesome! We are coming up to 3 years and in some ways it feels like its been way longer and in other ways I'm like, "3 years, really?!" haha!


  7. 1) LOVE the pics@
    2) Congrats!!!
    3) He dyes your hair? Oh boy he's a keeper!!!

  8. What a wonderful weekend away!

    I love the little things you love about Jurg. And sometimes it's good to remind ourselves of the awesome things our guys do for us.

  9. Congrats on your 5 year anniversary! That's an exciting milestone. I love the sappy little moments that you wrote about, and that he dyes your hair!! So cute.



  10. You two are adorable and just so perfect together!!
    I can thank Jurgen for one BIG thing - keeping you in SA so I could meet you :)

    Happy Anniversary again sweet girl

  11. happy anniversary! love this. i'm kinda scared to get back in a relationship because i remember how hard it is. but i know that someone is worth it

  12. Ah happy anniversary! you guys are so cute! You met an African man who does the dishes? Wow! He's defo a keeper then! haha

  13. Awww what a super sweet post!! You are the cutest couple :) Love the kitchen in your lodge and the boots plants, such a cute idea!

  14. I don't know why, but the photo of the cow in the road makes me giggle. All of these photos are beautiful, though!
    Jillian - http://epic-thread.blogspot.com

  15. Congrats to you guys Jenna!

    PS I also dye my wife's hair :) Initially I was not too happy, but in the end it is kind of fun, especially when I get to dunk the dye after doing the roots :P

  16. that certainly looks/sounds idyllic. congrats to you guys!!!

  17. happy 5 years! your pictures are so fun and adventurous! So happy to have stumbled upon your blog! It's adorable...hope you will stop by mine. Andddd, I'm your newest follower hey hey hey!

    xo, Kelsey Belle


  18. happy 5 years! your pictures are so fun and adventurous! So happy to have stumbled upon your blog! It's adorable...hope you will stop by mine. Andddd, I'm your newest follower hey hey hey!

    xo, Kelsey Belle


  19. Awww this is SO sweet! Happy 5 years and here's to many MANY more!! xo

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  21. He dyes your hair! That's so darling! Congrats on making it so far!

  22. What a lovely post :) and the pictures look wonderful! And congratulations on being a couple for 5 years, that's kind of big :) yay for love!

  23. What a beautiful post...Happy five years lady! :)

  24. Amazing - Congrats and Happy Anniversary!


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