Travel Guide: 48 Hours in Charleston

Travel Guide: 48 Hours in Charleston

I was fortunate enough recently to travel to Charleston, South Carolina with my director for a Conference. Charleston has been on my list since Julia Engel moved there a couple years ago. If you don’t follow her blog galmeetsglam.com - please go do that now. She has some incredible resources on what to do in Charleston and it was her list that ultimately inspired our itinerary.

Read More

Tapia Brothers Farm and Feeling Thankful!

Tapia Brothers Farm and Feeling Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year has brought so much change to our lives. Between a new home and new jobs - God has seriously brought our rhythms into a very different season. And we are LOVING it. More often than not, I am thankful for the consistent things in our lives; Jesus, our church, and our families. But this year I am more and more grateful for the inconsistent things; the new friends, varied day to day routines and all the different opportunities that have come our way.

Read More

Elephant Delicatessen and Portland Winery Tour

Elephant Delicatessen and Portland Winery Tour

It's here! A mini guide to my favorite restaurant in Portland and a look at our mini winery tour. A couple weekends ago Jeff and I flew up to Portland to attend a good friend's wedding. As a bonus, Jeff's wine collector Dad took us around town to visit some local wineries. It was such a fun adventure day and I wanted to share with you all where we went. 

Read More

What I Learned from a Month Off from Blogging

Wine tasting in Oregon

So I actually took about 6 weeks or so "off" from blogging. It was one part the accident of being super busy and not having the time and one part deciding to focus on the busy things and not the blog.

We hosted numerous friends and family as well as people visiting our church for a conference. We traveled to Florida, reconnected with friends and worked some late nights at our jobs. I tried to not feel guilty about being absent on here and I did succeed. However, I made some pretty big realizations that I thought I would share with you all.

What I Learned from a Month Off from Blogging:

1. I really REALLY love blogging. I miss it when I am not doing it. It really is one of (if not the only) truly creative outlet I have. 

2. It is really REALLY important to have a creative outlet. Creating something, telling a story, posting a photo is so life giving. It says I matter. Life matters. 

3. The moments of life really do matter. I always heard it said when I was very young that life goes by so quickly. I am convinced that until you are in your 20s this doesn't seem like a real thing. It most definitely is. Jeff and I are assessing a lot lately where and how we are spending our precious time. Are we living enough? Are we exploring our city, eating delicious food, helping friends? Are we choosing to not give into stress and trust God? Blogging helps me capture life but it also encourages me to live it out. 

So all this to say - I have a lot of life coming up and therefore a lot of moments, travels and topics to write about. 

Thanks for sticking with me. I love you to the roses and back.

xoxo

~ A ~

5 Tips for Maintaining Long Distance Friendships

5 Tips for Maintaining Long Distance Friendships

Over the years I have discovered that you can grow closer to someone even if you are moving farther a part. Enter Laurel. Laurel is one of my absolute best friends. Our friendship has grown so much from our time as gal pals in Youth Group. We have gone from catching up when I was home in college to maintaining a steady stream of everyday correspondence as adults over 10 years later.

Read More

Saturday Stories: Female Leaders, Rain and Cupcakes

Saturday Stories: Female Leaders, Rain and Cupcakes

Jeff and I are fortunate to be a part of a small cohort of church leaders currently being trained in church planting. There are 13 couples in the group and we take part in a two year program full of summits, conferences and various curriculums. The men in the group are currently participating in more of an immersive track which involves heavy study, seminary credits and papers. From the onset of the program I was desperate for more instruction and inclusion.

Read More