Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I had been looking forward to Memorial Day for about a week. We planned to relax and swim all day and that is just what we did. Monday we woke up and ate pancakes with Matthew's parents. Afterwards we went on a walked through the Nature Preserve next to their house. If I lived next to it like they do I would go there everyday. It is FILLED with wildflowers. At some point during the walk a massive grasshopper (I mean massive) landed on my hand and led me to throw my phone into the tall grass near by. We spent about 10 min. looking for it and thankfully a family walking by stopped to help. It was pretty funny. And probably more funny in real life. After our walk we headed to the pool. This is where we spent the majority of the afternoon. We did take a trip to the Outlets later on and follower that trip with some grilling out. It was a pretty awesome day.
Today we have another day off. Matthew went to Tyler to ride bikes with a friend. I'm still debating on what I should do. I'm thinking look at houses (but not too much or it will stress me out), read a little, maybe lay by the pool again, and go grocery shopping. Who knows.
Hope everyone else had a fabulous Monday like we did. Im thankful for the men & women who risk their lives & who serve our country everyday!
(Here are a few pictures from our day)

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Five things I love this week:
  1. Watermelon. I have probably consumed an unhealthy amount. (It has to be perfectly ripe / the perfect shade of pink otherwise it tastes too melony.)
  2. My long black skirt from the Gap. Seriously the most comfortable thing I have ever bought. It's not online otherwise i would show it to you. 
  3. The book of Hebrews. So. Good.
  4. Arizona Green Tea. J and I drank it non stop our senior year of high school & i got a little burnt out after drinking it everyday for a year. It's back and I made someone else a fan. (Matthew of course.)
  5. Caramel Apple suckers. Ya know, the ones that used to only come out in October. Mm. We made the mistake of buying a huge bag & we took them to the movie theatre the other night.
Random picture: This time of the year, three years ago, Matthew and I met in Long Beach, CA for the first time. I've been thinking about how time has flown by. I miss that city. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Yesterday afternoon we got to spend a few hours in Matthew's parents pool before the bad weather came last night. I'm over the bad weather. Ever since the tornado in Tuscaloosa and the one in Joplin I am a little more on edge anytime we are under a tornado warning.
Thankfully I think the bad weather will be gone for a while now. Today it is beautiful outside. Sadly, there will be no swimming. I'm already looking forward to the weekend again when we can swim our little hearts out.

There is no update on the move front. We are still looking for a place to live which will determine when we leave here. All I know is that we have 2 weeks of work left. Yippee!!!

Also, we were planning a trip to Austin for our 6 month anniversary in June.  Since we are moving we are going to go ahead and go next week. Anyone have any ideas on what we should do while we are there? I'd love suggestions.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


'Southern accents are the sweetest sounding American accents.'
-Ben Gibbard via Twitter.
I agree. Texas is the South but it sure isn't the deep South. 
I'm ready to hear those accents again.
3 weeks. 3 weeks. 3 weeks. 
I'm listening to Fleet Foxes while Matthew is asleep on the couch. If you walked in the room it would seem peaceful & that all is quiet around here. If you looked inside of me you would see something else. I'm anxious (but extremely excited!) about moving. I cannot stop thinking about all the details. I'm ready to find a place to live, ready to have a job, and ready to be settled. I know the Lord will drop things in at just the right time. 
Patience? I need it & I'm glad that it does SOMETHING good in me. Because patience.. it can be a beast.
'...the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing..' james 1:3b-4
(Picture taken last summer in TN. & I thought wouldn't have another summer w/J. Funny how things change so quickly)

Saturday, May 21, 2011


The Fleet Foxes came out with a new album recently.
Love this footage & his voice.
2nd & last post today.
Happy Saturday! xoxo.

Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean from Fleet Foxes on Vimeo.


Isn't Rachel McAdams gorgeous? Everytime I see this picture I think about how I would be okay with having hair that short. Then, I realize I'm the one fixing it everyday & it will never look like that. After that realization I go into wishing my hair was long again, like Zooey's hair. Then, I'm reminded of another thing.. that my hair is fine and thin.
Oh the dilemma over things that do not really matter.
Everyday is a little different but today I want long summer waves.
I cut my hair, I grow it back
First the thought and then the act
-The Weepies.

Friday, May 20, 2011


This morning I woke up to the strangest dream..
(For some reason I got really upset for dropping my books in the mud?)
I woke up singing Celine Dion in Japanese?..
(J sent me her DVD. Awesome)
I woke up to the sweetest message on my bathroom mirror..
(I'll let you in on it: SOS 4:9. He's a keeper)
I woke up to thunder & the pouring rain. Also, the sound of a lawn mower? How does that work?..
(Amazing (the rain part) but it led me to believe it was a Saturday)
I woke up to coffee and ate breakfast on my Indian plate..
(Gotta love blueberries and Anthro dishes on sale)
And I woke up wishing we were moving already!
(Job searching & houses = not fun)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Guess what!? We have some news... 
it's not a baby... 
and we are not buying a home.. BUT.. 
From Texas to Tennessee! It's all happening super quickly.. but we a very excited! We have 3 weeks to find a house, find me a job, and be out of our apartment. Yippee! Keep us in your prayers :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I forgot to mention this in the last post.. but um my husband got to meet & ride mountain bikes with George W. Bush last week. Yep. I tell no lies.

Now after 2 flight delays I am off to pick up Matthew from the airport dressed in my long black skirt, cute grey tank, & some lipstick ;)

That is all.


Life around here lately:
1. Davis Ann and Brad's visit was so much fun. Davis Ann and I stayed up and talked every night till about 2:00am just like I figured we would. It was so refreshing to be around them. Brad & Matthew did lots of boy things while we got to run around the city. Thanks for coming to see me again Davis Ann :)
2. Matthew went to Chattanooga this past weekend. I pick him up from the airport tonight. I sure have missed him. It was weird sending 'I miss you' texts.. It was like we were in a long distance relationship all over again. Well, not really but It did bring back those feelings. I'm thankful I don't have a husband who travels very much. On a positive note it was nice to have a few days alone to reflect on my relationship with the Lord... to see how it has changed since we got married & to see what I need to change in my pursuit of my first love.
3. I've been thinking about this verse a ton lately:
'Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.' Hebrews 10:23-25
I have really missed community. Having Davis Ann and Brad here confirmed even more how important it is to have others encourage you, hold you accountable, and push you on in your faith. We are looking to move to TN. That is why Matthew went to Chattanooga this weekend. A few friends live there and many others live very close by. I'm trying not to get my hopes up but the thought of moving makes me giddy. On another note, the thought of looking for a new job makes me sick.
We are just trusting right now.
4. Overall I am happy. I have a God who loves me. A husband who I adore & who loves me well. And amazing friends & family. Why do I ever complain?!?

We didn't take very many pictures while our guests were here (shame on us). But here are the few we did take. The one of the boys on the bed cracks me up. (Yes, we still have no headboard but hey, its okay!)

Saturday, May 7, 2011


The past week I've been working on a simple graphic design project for Davis Ann. It has been a while since I've looked at design only stuff on the computer & yep it is official.. I am still obsessed with labels & logos like i was a year ago. I still get this overwhelming feeling in my stomach when I look at 'good' design. Is that weird? Maybe if you are an artist you know the feeling I am talking about. Anyways. Here are a few pictures I saw yesterday during my hunt for inspiration.
(& Here is one of my favorite Design websites.)

P.S. Did I mention Davis Ann & Brad are arriving today!? Ahhhh.
It is a happy day.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Not much to say... just that today = pretty.
I just got home from a breakfast date with a cute boy.
Now off to work. Oh to be young and free with nothing to do ;)
I am counting down the hours till our company arrives.

Here is a pretty picture & a pretty link for this pretty day! {pic via Pinterest & I have mentioned before that my sis-in-law & brother are amazing photographers but if you missed it check them out!}

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


So I am happy to announce we are having our first guests come this weekend! (Most of you know who Davis Ann is but if you don't she is my best friend & roommate of 4 1/2 years in college) Her & her boyfriend Brad are driving here on Saturday & staying till Thursday. We have been talking about this since December. The weekend will consist of lots of adventure, coffee dates, & late night talks with Davis Ann. Hooray for friends! (P.S. aren't they so cute!?)

Monday, May 2, 2011


Wow. What a week. I have been saying that phrase in my head a lot the past 24 hours.
It has been a week filled with many mixed emotions: Happiness, relief, sadness, hope, joy, & humility to name a few. It's hard to even determine for myself how I feel about everything. I do above all else feel confident and hopeful. The God of the universe is my God and he is in control.
Today it is cold and rainy. 50 degrees is not ideal for the month of May but I am okay with it. I woke up extremely sleepy for some reason so the steady rain is more than perfect.
Being the sweet husband he is, Matthew went grocery shopping for us while I took a shower. We decided that we would sit at home in front of the fire and watch movies all day.
I love my best friend. He brought home cookie mix and surprised me with Horizon Organic Vanilla milk (my favorite treat!). It always makes me feel like a little girl because of the small carton is comes in.

Even in our little safe haven, the things going on in the world are heavy on our minds. We are still praising God for his goodness, mercy, & love, praying for the south, & for the World.

A few links that are worth taking a look at today:
My brother Wesley's blog.
This blog someone shared on Facebook today. Great article on a Christian-worldview & everything that is going on
This article on CNN about the reaction of other World Leaders and bin Laden's death.