Category Archives: Friends

Seven Quick Takes

Linking up with Jen for another round of Friday takes

1. You guys. I don’t know which one of you it was, but I just want to say a huge thank you to the kind soul who nominated this little ol’ blog for the Sheenazing Awards that Bonnie is hosting (in the Best Looking Blog category). You seriously made my week… especially considering I’m in the running with people like Anna and Jen. If you haven’t yet, go over and vote for all of your favorites, and maybe find some new faves while you’re at it.

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Halloween + Wedding (But Not a Halloween Wedding)

All the crazy from the past week is over, everyone has gone or is traveling home now, and I’m doing my best to counter the general malaise by pounding out a recap/photo dump from the past week. It doesn’t help that the lovely October honeymoon is over, and November is here with a vengeance, as evidenced by the snow coming down outside my window. My mother-in-law sent me a thoughtful email in which she commented how reentry is always so hard.. and she is so right. It’s always hard coming off an awesome weekend filled with fun, family, and laughter, and then trying to get back into our old routine. So! Buckle up, this will probably be a longer post than usual. Continue reading

Weekend Update

I’m finally starting to feel recovered from the weekend, and the laundry pile has an end in sight, so I can justify a few minutes here.

Saturday we went to Minnesota for a college friend’s wedding. We only live about 2 hours apart, but I’m terrible about the whole meaning-to-do-things-then-never-getting-around-to-it thing, so it’s the first time we actually went to see her. We managed to make it into the church just in time, but I ended up missing the best part (vows, of course) because in our hurry to get in, we didn’t change Grace and there was a wardrobe issue of the very wet variety. So! I think half the ceremony was spent in the church bathroom. Of course, we didn’t bring a change of nice clothes for her, so we had to hit up Walmart for something wedding appropriate… which was much more difficult than I had expected. In retrospect, since it was crazy hot, we should have just let her wear her shorts and tank top after all… but oh well. Continue reading

Thankful Thursday

a few of the things I’m thankful for today, in no particular order-

1. Coffee. Especially on mornings after short nights. (Can I get a amen?!)

2. That my church is unlocked, so I can go hang with Jesus whenever I need some one-on-one time with Him. I know that’s not always the case, even in the various other places I’ve lived.

3. Long conversations with my best friend, who’s there for me when I need her, even from halfway across the country.

4. Laughter. Oh, how laughter makes everything better! (as does coffee, cheese, and flowers)

5. Growing new friendships. It’s been hard being far away from many of the people I’m the closest to, but it’s been so good to make the change from acquaintances to friends with the people we’ve met here.

6. Lovely weather. I think May is my favorite month, mostly because of the weather. I love the sunshine, flowers blooming, green grass, and perfect temperatures, with all the promise of summer yet to come. And, perhaps best of all, the bugs aren’t out in full force yet. Wins all around.

7. Speaking of flowers, my first rose appeared yesterday on one of the bushes in front of the house. I can’t wait to enjoy them all summer.

What are you thankful for today?

linking up with Carina today–

a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut


So we made a super quick long-weekend trip to Ohio for our university’s homecoming weekend a couple of weeks ago. It was a complete whirlwind, but we loved every minute. My college girlfriends had a reunion that weekend and it was so good to see everyone again, especially since most of us hadn’t seen each other in at least two years. We also got to finally introduce Grace to everyone, especially a couple of “aunties” who send her fun gifts regularly. Joe and Grace got to spend a lot of quality time (though not enough, of course) with his parents who live in the area (I did, too, but not as much as they did). Grace had fun tearing through Grandma and Grandpa’s house. 🙂

I loved every minute of big, long hugs, meeting new friends, catching up with old ones, smiling until my face hurt, staying up too late, the late night run to Kroger for snacks and booze, ahem juice, bringing up all those remember-whens, loving on cute babies, realizing how many of us still had the pizza place’s number in our phones (just in case), laughing until we couldn’t breathe and promising that this time, we’re gonna do a better job at staying in touch.

As I always do, I wish I had taken more pictures. I just rarely pull out the camera because I prefer to be in the moment rather than behind the lens. For those of you who have found the secret of the ability to do both, please share. For now, here’s the few I have. (By the way, I’m still waiting on photo-laden emails to surprise me in my inbox or new albums on Facebook from all of you who did have those cameras out)

As an aside- the giant nasty bruise front the window falling on me is finally almost gone. ha!

haha! oh Kate. I miss this already!

my loves.
beautiful Lauren
I’m so glad you came, Kevin!

my beautiful sisters! I love you all!

Laura: Scythian sends their regards. 😉