Thursday, April 2, 2015

Update on Life: Big Things!

You may have noticed that I have been writing well below my normal frequency, this is because lots of big things have been happening.

This post is not my normal adventure post but more of an update in life and what is going on right now for us. 

To start Zach has finally completely settled into his new role here in Qatar as a Project Controls  Engineer on the new Qatar Rail Line. He is learning a TON and feels beyond privladged to be working on a project of such great scale. He often comes home from work so excited and gushing about new things he has learned about the project and how cool it is going to be. 

I just can't say how much I love that he has worked his way into a career that he loves and is surrounded by some truly incredible people. Not to mention the numerous mentors that he has in his life that have genuinely invested in him. To them I am so grateful. 

Zach is such a harder worker and so passionate that the sky is the limit for him. I am so lucky to be the woman he chose to stand by his side and lift him up as he "conquers the world". 

As for me, I have finally and officially landed a job as well! It is beyond difficult to get plugged in here since almost every position is filled by knowing the right person at the right time. Luckily, I happened to do just that. I will be working for the same company as Zach but on a different project, the Education a City project. I am so excited to finally be getting back into the work place and build up my resume and connections to hopefully, eventually get back into the marketing side of things. My position will be Administation Manager and we will be working on a state of the art Research Facility where scientists will study disease, cancer and other cutting edge sciences. 

We have FINALLY built up the courage to seek out a local church. We found one, visited last Friday ( that is the holy day here) and were absolutely knocked off of our feet!! I will probably be writing an entire post about it soon because the beauty we saw there simply cannot be summed up in a paragraph. ( Not to mention a whole blog post! ) To give you an idea of what it was like, there were over 67 DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES all praising Jesus together. Something I have never ever experienced before. It was beautiful. I think it was the closest I have been to seeing what heaven will be like. 

The last piece of big news I cannot fully share yet. It is still up in he air. There is a chance that something SUPER fun and COMPLETELY exciting could happen soon. I will keep you posted. 
The only hint I can give is that you may be seeing Zach and I through a whole new medium that I have never been seen through before. 

As for daily life we are having the time of our lives. I go nuts every weekend trying to decide the best way to spend our time whether it be going to one of the museums we have yet to visit,a new mall, local events or time with new friends. There is SO MUCH to do here and I just get giddy thinking of it. 

Even more personal- about a month ago Zach and I started to get serious about our fitness and health so our workout routine has gotten pretty regimented and as well as our nutrition. It would be like us to have all of these aspects of life detailed and planned out. What can I say? We love a good plan. 

Since there is only so much that you can excell in in one life I think it is most fundamental to have strong "mentors" or "experts" to have as pillars or guides in life. For us it starts with our faith and Jesus is the beginning and end of all of that we are. He is our fundamental truth that everything hinges on and everything good in our lives flows from. 
  Building on that foundation we have Dave Ramsey for our finances, Kayla Itsines for our fitness and Joel Fuhrman for our nutrition. This is our cabinet of advisors. 

I think we are certainly not your typical 23 year old newly weds and live a pretty atypical life compared anything we could have even dreamt up for ourselves. 

Thanks for being a part of this journey with us! Adventure posts sure to come soon! 

Shokran & Gig 'Em


One last note: There is a Shake Shack in Doha and let me tell you, it is FABULOUS!! 


  1. Proud daddy smiling. Gig em you two.

  2. Wonderful post, love all of them though! Cant wait to see yall and make some memories at the BEACH!! Proud of you guys, congrats on the new job too!

  3. Lauren! You are the absolute sweetest. I CANNOT WAIT for the beach!! So excited to catch back up with everyone and see how much littl Elizabeth has grown!! Thank you so much!