Hello readers!

My name is Holley Perkins and this is my attempt at starting a blog!

For my first post, I will tell you a little about myself.

I am 16 years old. I live in a small, yet growing, town in Tennessee called Athens! I am engaged to a wonderful man named Patrick McKiven! πŸ™‚ We have been together for 9 months and engaged for 5. We have set the date for the wedding as October 5th, 2013. (For now ;))

I have named my blog “Railroader’s Fiancee” because Patrick works (duh) on the railroad! He is currently a signal helper for Norfolk Southern.

When he first started working this job, I took it a little hard. He travels a lot and at first it seemed that he was out of reach. Before he started working I could pick up the phone and call him whenever I pleased. We talked all day, every day, since the first day we started dating. He came over whenever we felt like spending time together (I have very gracious parents that don’t mind him being here. Good thing since he practically lives here when he isn’t working!) So I assume that my insecurities about his new job came from him being so far away and not as available as he used to be.

Up until 2 weeks ago I struggled with this. However, after a few heated conversations about how this is how it is going to be, I can take it or leave it, I have come to look at the bright side of things. (: I now enjoy the time I have with him and think on the happy things rather than dread the time without him that I knew was coming.

He was always telling me this will be the life I live. I will be a railroader’s wife. He will work a lot sometimes and I will need to prove that I can handle it. (I was not proving it for awhile there.) I now embrace it. I know that what we have, is really very easy. My father drove a semi and was gone a lot when I was little. My mother survived it. Patrick’s father was also a railroader and was gone a lot during Patrick’s childhood. His mother survived too. Both of them were gone way more than Patrick ever will be. At least we have facebook & cell phones. Our mothers were lucky to get a call from a pay phone sometimes.

While Patrick is working, I am trying to finish high school, plan a wedding, and learn how to be a housewife. (Who knew buying trash bags and ground beef was so puzzling!)

I have always wanted to start a blog (and keep up with it), and my friend, Kate (allthingsworking.wordpress.com), encouraged me to πŸ™‚ so here we go! Comments and advice are very welcome! πŸ™‚

A picture I took of us πŸ™‚

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