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.

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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 ~

Roommate Diaries: Why We Moved In With a Married Couple

Roommate Diaries: Why We Moved In With a Married Couple

Last Summer Jeff and I moved out of the first apartment we ever shared. It was hard and sweet all at the same time (read more about our move here!) but ultimately we knew we were moving where God wanted us to be. We moved about 5 blocks down the road and in with our best friends, who are also married, Sarah and Casey! 

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Saturday Stories: A Retreat Away to Oceanside

Saturday Stories: A Retreat Away to Oceanside

Last weekend our church pastors took all the missional community (MC) leaders away to a retreat in Oceanside, California. Jeff and I had little expectations going into the weekend but we're excited to see some place new. We barely had time to really think about the weekend before we were packed in the car with 3 other friends and driving down the 405 South.

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Saturday Stories: Forcing Memories in Cleveland for Christmas

Saturday Stories: Forcing Memories in Cleveland for Christmas

Hi Everyone! I'm opening up today about why I am all for forcing some memories and having zero chill at Christmas. Now, don't get me wrong, I have so loved the years my family has laid around the house and taken our time doing just about anything. It does provide the much needed rest we ALL need over the holidays. This year was different for me.

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Our 2018 Resolutions and Party Photos!

Our 2018 Resolutions and Party Photos!

Although 2017 was rough and felt like it went by in 5 seconds, (but seriously, anyone else??) Jeff and I are looking at 2018 with hopeful anticipation of a healthy, bright and connected new year. We are so grateful for all the blessings in our lives, especially in light of everything that happened globally this past year. I wanted to share a quick summary of my resolutions for 2018 and about a thousand photos from our annual Roaring Twenties New Years Bash!

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Moments Are Bigger Than Minutes

Moments Are Bigger Than Minutes

When I met my husband, one of the first things I noticed was he was never without a watch. He always checked his watch, not his phone, for the time and it became a small detail I learned to love. It pointed to his maturity and ability to remain present around me and other people. A quick check of his watch and it was back to the conversation, the meal preparation or whatever adventure we were having. I decided I needed to follow his example and become a watch wearer myself. 

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Loving Lately

Loving Lately

We are currently finishing the process of moving house (or at least trying to) and let me tell you it is giving me serious anxiety. My environments are super important to me and even though were moving house with friends we love, I am super anxious to get settle and organized as quickly as possible. Anyone else feel me?

Here are some things I have been loving lately....

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