So….. I like ice cream. like a lot. I’m not sure I realized just how much until last night. This is what my house looked like.
Yesterday was a straight up blizzard. It took me 60 minutes and a whole lot of prayer to get to work. (as opposed to 20 minutes and a little bit of prayer) : ) It was crazy and scary and everything bad. But on the way home, my mom made a pretty big mistake and told me that the cutest little ice cream shop around had their famous $4 Sundaes on sale for just 34 cents! So guess what we did?! We bundled up, got in the car, and drove.
Isn’t he cute?! I think the pink really suits him.
Crazy? Maybe. Worth it? Definitely.
I’ve really been craving nature lately. Maybe it’s the subzero temperatures that are holding me hostage in the house. I want out. I want to travel. I want to explore. So you can imagine my excitement when Stephen and I booked a camping trip with 9 of our very favorite people this week. I’ve never been camping for real. As a kid, my family and I went “camping” in a pop up camper. Although I have lots of fond memories, it wasn’t tent-sleeping-star-gazing camping. And to do it with some of our best friends?! What more could I ask for?
I’ve seen a couple photos of our campsite. (and by “seen” I mean “stared at on my work computer while daydreaming of s’mores and an open fire.”) I haven’t been this excited about something in a long time.
Adventure’s calling. Brb. Gotta go answer it.
But clearly life took people and shook them around until finally they were unrecognizable even to those who had once known them well. Still there was power in once having known someone.Meg Wolitzer - The Interestings
While most of the blogging community has made new years resolutions involving blogging more, I, on the other hand, am taking a different approach. There is so much going on in my life right now. and 97% of it is awesome. this year, I want to live a fuller, more exciting, more 22 year old life so that when I do have the chance to blog, it means something.
I’m young. Like still really young. And a lot of times, I find that I need to be reminded of that. Most people my age are popping breath mints before their morning class to cover up the fun they had last night. Not me. I’ve been out of college for 2 years. I’m married. I have lots and lots of bills to pay. I have a home that needs taken care of, and laundry to do (which I don’t. thanks, Stephen.) I work full time at a law firm. A LAW FIRM.How much more “grown up” does it get? But I’m still 22.
I’m incredibly passionate. I know what I want to do and where I want my life to go and I’m doing everything I know how to get there.
but passion and patience don’t always mix.
it’s hard for me to sit at a desk proofing legal contracts and answering phones when all I want to be doing is creating. I’m checking email inquiries on my bathroom breaks, and daydreaming about my photography rebrand while I file papers. I am so incredibly blessed to have the job that I do right now. It truly is a godsend. But every day here makes me a little more uncomfortable in the healthiest of ways. it reaffirms my passions. it builds the anticipation. and when I’m finally in a place where my dream becomes my career, it will taste that much sweeter.
This year, I vow to enjoy the little things. to take every new opportunity that comes my way. to blog when I have something to say. and to live like I’m 22.
I created a new blog. with things I find pretty or funny or both.
I’ve been making a lot of strides lately towards a happier life. I know I’ve shared a bit about what my year’s been like. it’s been rough. but the past few months have only gotten better. and i know it’ still up from here.i’m using this time to learn myself, and what makes me happy. because life’s too short not to be. i want to be a better person and wife and daughter and friend and employee.
i’m making a ton of progress in my photography business. i have so many exciting new things to share with all of you. and that makes me happy.
i love being a wife. i love taking care of stephen, and waking up to him, and falling asleep next to him, and weekend movie nights, and cooking dinner together, and grocery shopping together, and playing board games together and living together. that makes me happy.
i love good design. i love design that inspires and provokes. i love pretty colors and fonts and words. that makes me happy.
i love baking and trying new recipes. I love watching dough rise and a perfect pie crust and a perfectly frosted cupcake and cookies that are soft and brownies that are rich and using new ingredients. that makes me happy.
i love when i know i’m doing a good job at work. i love when i catch someone’s mistake or when someone tells me my voice sounds nice on the phone. that makes me happy.
i love music playing in our house. i love a good breakdown. i love a catchy melody, or a voice that gives me goosebumps. i love thoughtful lyrics. that makes me happy.
i love decorating our house for the holidays. that makes me happy.
I love the thought of vacationing with our best friends this summer. that makes me happy.
i love the chill in the air, and the nighttime rain, and the cozy that it all brings. that makes me happy.
but most of all, i love the feeling i get when i know i’m where i need to be. when i know God is pleased with who i am and the decisions i make.
i love the beauty that God lets me experience every day. in my relationships. in the rain. in the sunrise. in my kitchen. in the breakdown. in the words. in the friends. in my job. and in my heart.
that makes me the happiest.
What would a happier you look like?
Cooking doesn’t happen much during the week. which is an absolute shame. so when the weekend rolls around, I like to make the most of it.
They were perfect for my favorite potato soup and this chilly weather.
This month, Stephen and I celebrated one whole year of being married.
We picked apples, and went on hayrides, and basically squeezed all the fall fun imaginable into one day. it.was.the.best.
A whole lot of change has happened this year. we’ve moved twice. (but are so happy to be settled now.) we’ve changed jobs and friends and churches and cities and states. but we’ve done it all together.
One thing that we’ve learned this year is that no matter where we are, or how much money we have, it’s always important for us to find new things to do together.
Since I’ve started working so much + spending a lot of time with my photography stuff, we haven’t gotten to explore much of our neighborhood.
So, we drove just a couple miles to Lake Erie, and had a little bit of beach fun before this crazy October snow! (p.s., what was that all about?!)
I love living so close to the city. I love our neighborhood. I love our home. and I wish you could all come visit.
But most importantly, I love Stephen, and I am so blessed to have found him. Here’s to 80 more years.
with saturday’s bride.
I realize it’s only October, but sooner than we know, it will be Christmas time again!! In the spirit of exercising my creative muscles, I’ve been working really hard at designing some Christmas Cards to sell. I am so pleased with the way they turned out! I hope you all like them as much as I do.
There are 10 different designs:
They have neat little edges seen here.
They are available for purchase in either a box set of 10 (as seen above) or individually. Each card comes with a matching envelope.
The insides and backs of the cards are blank.
The dimensions are 7.25” x 5.25”
Individually, they cost $3.50 (for both card and envelope)- shipping included.
As a box set of 10 cards + 10 envelopes, they cost $28 - shipping included.
*If you live local and would like to pick them up, individual cards are $3 and a box set is $25.
If you have any questions I can help to answer, or you would like to make a purchase, please email me at email@example.com
Thank you and Merry October.
I’ve been having a whole lot of fun lately. Remember how I told you I’d been making an effort to reconnect ? Well it’s been great. Two of my very best friends from high school came over this week, and the night turned out a bit differently than we all expected.
Have you ever seen this video? When I discovered these tiny foods, I couldn’t get enough. (remember how much I like tiny things?) So my wonderful mother (who is also a fan of tiny things) bought me a few tiny food kits for Christmas. They have been sitting in my pantry since. I just couldn’t find the right and perfect time to make them.
This week, we found that time.