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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
I’ve been known to be somewhat of a bridge-burner. Not intentionally. Not maliciously. But I do it. when there’s physical distance, or when I’ve been hurt, sometimes it’s just easier to light a match. sometimes it burns slowly and steadily, and you wait for the last board to burn. other times, it’s destroyed before you even knew it was on fire. but it happens.
I realized this a few years ago now, when I was thinking about the medium sized list of people I never stayed connected with and wondered why. there weren’t many times I could give you THE reason.
But I’m glad I’ve realized this, for now it can be fixed.
So I’ve been trying to reconnect with a lot of the people I’ve found I lost touch with.
Coffee dates here and there, game nights, and phone calls.
and it’s been really nice.
Everyone has burned a bridge or two in their lifetime, so I challenge you to follow my lead.
Connect with an old friend. You may be surprised where it takes you.
my job has been a huge blessing in more ways than one. i have great hours. it’s manageable. and it pays the bills while stephen looks for a job he’ll enjoy. but perhaps the best thing about my job is the motivation its given me to make a career for myself that I’m passionate about.
Every day, it becomes even more clear to me that I was meant for more than this. more than making coffee and copies. I was meant to live a life of fulfillment - not just getby-ment. So i’m doing something about it.
I’ve been challenging myself in creative ways. I’m starting to pick my camera up more frequently. and I’ve got really cool things in the works for 2014 with Kate.
So get excited. I’m not sure what’s coming, and I’m not sure when it’s coming. But things are happening. and I can’t wait to tell you all about them.
monday. my dear, sweet grandmother passed away.
friday. i got rear ended. she didn’t have insurance.
thank God for a new week.
sometimes we have the perfect words strung into lengthy, eloquent sentences to describe precisely how we feel. sometimes we don’t.
right now i don’t. and that’s okay, too.
We have one!
And we love it. we moved in a little over a month ago, and it’s just gotten more wonderful every day. We have so much more space to fill than our last place and we’re enjoying collecting things piece by piece. i’m sure one day, i’ll take some photos. :) our next big project is a dining room table that stephen and my dad are working to create.
So many other things have been happening in our lives lately - all for good.
We are so happy here, and are right where we want to be right now.
I promise I’ll try and do better at keeping you all updated. but sometimes life is just so cool i don’t have time to think about it.