Holy Moments on a Tuesday Morning

On the way to work last week, I had Christmas music blaring: the same way I’ve been playing it for over a month already. As much as I still adore the music, I have to be honest, the excitement has subsided as I hear the jingling and familiar voices for the dozenth time. Maybe I…

Things They Don’t Tell You About Decorating For Christmas

Like many couples, my husband and I had very different opinions about when was an appropriate time to prepare our home, our minds, and our hearts for the Christmas holiday. Max chose to die on the “decorate after Thanksgiving” hill, while I was sneaking in the occasional Christmas song mid-October. Since my birthday falls around…

My New Life as a Morning Person

I turn 27 in a week, and I have decided that in the 27th year of my life, I am going to be a morning person. This decision came to me at breakfast today. Granted, it was 10:30 and I had already downed 3 cups of coffee, but still, I meant it. In the past,…

What I’m Tired of Hearing As a Newlywed

“How’s married life?” is a question that my husband and I are asked almost daily as we journey through our first few months of being newlyweds. (Tuesday was our 4 month anniversary, but who keeps track of that stuff?) Well meaning people want to know how things are going, but after months of hearing almost exactly…

The View From Knollview Street

I live on Knollview Street. A few weeks ago, my husband was in Arizona so I spent some time alone in the house. I actually enjoyed the quiet. Don’t misunderstand that- the house was not quiet because Max was not there to talk; the house was quiet because Max was not there for me to…

Counting Chins: 3 Years Later

Today marks the 3 year anniversary of blogging on this website. If that wasn’t exciting enough, tomorrow is the 2 year anniversary of the first time I ever met my husband. It’s a big week for me. SO much has changed in 3 years. For starters, to the relief of all my friends and family,…

10 Minutes of Prayer

I am really bad at praying. Although it involves one of my favorite things, talking, I just continually fail to have a prayer life that doesn’t fall flat. Talking with other Christians, I hear stories of people praying for hours. Deep into the night praying and crying and connecting with God. Although I have had…

Before I Go on Another Diet

I have put on a few pounds since my wedding.   It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that I have put on a little weight, because before the wedding I was involved in awful, unspeakable things like working out 6 days a week and eating healthy almost every day. I would get up…

Empty Mugs & Full Hearts

About a month ago, I published a post declaring it was going to be the best school year ever. I decided then that I was going to be positive and happy and encouraging at all times and focus on all the little things that I loved about my job. But that was a month ago,…

All of our Somethings Could Change Everything

Every waking moment, there is something new to be heartbroken about. Watching the news feels like punishment as  I struggle to find a balance of empathy and compassion for those suffering that doesn’t paralyze me. Hate groups in Charlottesville. Hurricanes in Texas. Refugees from Syria. Ignoring the pain of the world by turning my eyes…

3 Things I Have Learned About Marriage

Marriage is everything I thought it would be and much, much more. Easier in some areas that I thought would be challenging,  yet it’s harder in areas that I thought would be a breeze. A little over two months ago we made our vows, and there have been difficult moments, as everyone told me there…

June 17, 2017

In no organized fashion or chronological order, here are pictures from the very best day ever. Thank you to Jenna Wood (love your name) for pictures and Lauren Luecke for the incredible flowers!       The beginning.