Home Sweet Home

Surprise….we bought a house last week!!! Part of the radio silence around here has been the stress of trying to close on this house (which we put an offer in on over two months ago!). But we finally closed last Thursday, and we are so thrilled to move into our first home together. It a lovely little house with four bedrooms, a huge back yard for Finley, and lots of popcorn ceilings for us to scrape off. We can’t wait to move in and start making memories here. And I’m sure I’ll be sharing some projects along the way…happy Monday!

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Introducing Finley

We have a new family member…a sweet golden retrieve pup named Finley! We got this precious girl about a week ago, and she has already stolen our hearts. She is seven weeks old, and loves treats, naps, and chewing on everything. We love her so much!

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Cheers to 10 Years!

My college roommates and I spent the weekend in Charlottesville celebrating our friendiversary. We had SO much fun exploring, eating, catching up, and generally just being ridiculous. I love these ladies so much, and every time we’re together I’m reminded how important it is that we invest in these relationships. I tried to pick just a few pictures, but I couldn’t do it—there was simply too much goodness!

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Friday Links (on Saturday)

Friday Links are a round-up of my favorite posts/photos/videos/projects from around the web. 

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I really did intend to post this yesterday, but I got distracted by all of the sand and sunshine and the ocean….so here we are on Saturday! Today we’re celebrating the end of my birthday week and spending the day lounging on the beach. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! XO

For your weekend reading pleasure…

 

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On Birthdays

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Birthdays are such a lovely marker of time. Most of the time we’re too busy to notice the way time is passing around us, the way we’re changing and growing each day. But turning another year older causes you to pause and think back on where you’ve been and how you’ve grown. 27 brought with it a lot of transition—a new job, new environment, new friends. We also celebrated three years of marriage and traveled all over the world. I became a better cook and watched an absurd amount of Parenthood and Gilmore Girls. I read books that changed the way I see God and the world and had countless conversations over cups of coffee and glasses of wine that left my soul nourished and my heart full.  I celebrated marriages and new babies and graduations and birthdays and holidays. And I mourned losses and dreams that never came true. I prayed for peace and healing and grace. I discovered new things about myself, and I changed.

Tomorrow I turn 28, and it feels significant in the way that all new beginnings do.  I’m ushering in a new year that’s full of hope and unpredictability and lessons to be learned.  I’m ushering in a new year that promises to be different from all the rest, because they all are—each year unique and noteworthy and full of surprises.

So here’s to you, 28. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me!

 

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23 Wedding Moments I Hope I Remember Forever

This week Bryan and I celebrate our third wedding anniversary, so today I’m sharing a few precious memories from the day we said our vows. These are just a few of the moments I hope I remember forever….

1. Playing catchphrase with my bridesmaid while we waited for the ceremony to begin.

2. Almost running into Bryan in the hallway before the wedding—he covered his eyes with his hands so he wouldn’t see me in my dress and asked if I wanted to get married later

3. Reading the letter he wrote me—his vows to me on paper.

4. My Memaw coming in to see me while I was getting ready.

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5. The nervous flutter in my stomach right before the doors opened.

6. Bryan’s face—scared and happy and familiar.

7. When I got to the end of the aisle and he leaned over and whispered, “You look really pretty.”

8. My dad’s word to us about what it means to be a family.

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9. Our adorable ring bearer rolling around on the floor throughout the entire ceremony.

10. Two readings—Shakepeare and Ruth—and how perfectly they fit.

11. Our friend TJ killing All Creatures of Our God and King on his guitar.

12. The moment of pure bliss when we walked out of the church and it hit us—we were married.

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13. Walking into our reception and seeing the most important people in our lives all in one place.

14. Dancing to Mumford and Sons and laughing when Bryan stepped on my feet.

15. My Dad starting to cry during our Father/Daughter dance.

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16. Champagne and a Carolina blue wedding cake.

17. Bryan’s college roommates dancing to the theme song from Free Willy.

18. My sister catching the bouquet.

19. Screaming Taylor Swift lyrics at the top of my lungs with my best friends.

20. The fact that our reception turned into the best dance party EVER.

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21. Groans from all our guests when the DJ announced that it was the last song.

22. Putting my head on Bryan’s chest during our last dance—so happy and so thankful for the celebration of the life we were about to start.

23. Running through a tunnel of sparklers, hand in hand with my new husband.

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It’s a Girl!

This past weekend my college roommates and I hosted a baby shower for our friend whose sweet baby girl is due in April.  These ladies are my people, and we’ve been through a lot of big moments together—breakups, graduation, new jobs, weddings, and now a baby.  We had so much fun planning, crafting cute decorations, and spending the day celebrating the new member of our girl squad. We can’t wait to meet you, Kennedy Jane!

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