Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Carolina, priceless gem

They say the third time's a charm and that certainly proved true with the snow we've been having.  Last weekend we had snow that I can't complain about - big, white flakes with no ice.  It stuck to the grass, but not to the road and left us eventually just as quickly as it had come.  

Thanks to some great co-workers, Bryce and I had the opportunity to get into the UNC-Virginia game.  We love every time we're here and we especially love the times when UNC wins. 



Hark the sound. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Our perfect 1st married Valentine's day

Although the 5th year we've spent Valentine's Day together, 2013 marks the first with Bryce as my official forever Valentine.  I am madly in love with this guy and so thankful that he is mine.

Per usual, Bryce did not disappoint.  He picked up Papa John's heart shaped pizzas (a la Valentine's Day 2010) and a 1,000 piece puzzle of Van Gogh's Starry Night. I realize this might not be everyone's idea of a perfect Valentine's Day, but for us, it was.  I always love nights when we can just be home together and relax.

We'll be working on this for a while. 

What a perfect day.  

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fun fun fun fun, looking forward to the weekend

In case you forgot:  

Happy Friday!

Stay tuned next week for some guest posts from the hubs, Carolina basketball, and adventures packing the apartment.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I don't have my camera this week, but the internet still works

One of the things I am growing to like more and more with the blog is the "Reading List" feature that appears on my dashboard.  It's like a little newsfeed of any of the blogs that I choose to follow and always displays the most recent posts.

While I haven't been active at all with this blog this week (I don't have my camera this week...), I have seen some pretty interesting videos, and articles around the internet so I figured I'd share those with you.  So enjoy this.  If you haven't already seen/read these things, they're things I was glad I read this week:

UNC-Duke is America's best rivalry by FOX Sports.  Anytime UNC plays Duke is a fun day for me.  I love all the talk that goes on between the students and fans and I love watching the game.  Obviously, this past game didn't end how I would have liked, but it gave me a little bit more hope for our re-match in March.  This is absolutely the best rivalry in college-sports.  Hands down.

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day from Forbes.  They say that "Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time."  This is a good wake up call for anyone in or hoping to be in a leadership role, no matter the capacity.

A Year From Now You May Wish You Had Started Today by Lifehacker.  Bryce sent this to me.  It's true that the days go by slowly, but the weeks fly by.  I [and I suspect lots of people] get hung up so often on the day to day errands and to-do lists that we put off things that are important, big goals, or personal hobbies.  What a great reminder to start something.  Next year will be here quickly.

Happy reading.  Get ready for some pictures in the next post.  Even I'm sad to look at the whole page of the blog and not see any recent pics.  Coming soon.  Promise.

*Although, I think I made it pretty clear above, all the articles linked are not related to me.  Credit for each belongs to the authors and sites on which they are originally posted.  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Live life in love

Today is one of my favorite days of the year.  Now I realize that's probably really easy for me to say, since I have the good fortune of having the best husband on the planet. But really for me, Valentine's day is just a fun day for us to think about love, talk about love, and let people know that you love them. 
So whether you're in a relationship or not today, find somebody you love and let them know it.  Call your parents.  Go out with the girls.  Hug your husband or wife or boyfriend or girlfriend a little bit longer today. 
Don't get caught up in the hustle and bustle today [or any other day].  The point isn't flowers and chocolate and expensive dinners.  The point is that love is all around us.  Celebrate love today. 

"For this is love:  not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." 1 John 4:10

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Blogging for no one

When I started this blog almost a year ago, I publicized every post on facebook or twitter, and often on both. I got a lot of traffic, but my posting was not very frequent.  In fact, the posting eventually came to a halt.  Part of me didn't really know what to write.  [A big] part of me just didn't have time to write (I was finishing grad school and planning a wedding, after all!).  And part of me just forgot about the blog all together.

Since picking it back up, I've only advertised a few posts, but my posts have been significantly more consistent and frankly, just better.  So, what's the difference? I think right now, I'm just busy blogging for no one.  Don't get me wrong - I would eventually like to have consistent followers and input on the blog, but for now having just a few number of views each day gives me some breathing room.

I can play with the layout and design without being too concerned about someone seeing the "in progress" version and I can update and change the content often.

For those that are keeping up with our adventures - what are some blogs that you follow?  What kinds of things would you like to see up here?

I plan to continue promoting this blog occasionally and will eventually determine more concretely what to focus on from a content standpoint, but for now - it's for no one.  Except the faithful few.  And I like it that way. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

House hunting

You may or may not know that over the past few months, Bryce and I have been on the lookout for a new home. We love our apartment (really), but after spending sometime here and really feeling like this is an area where we'd like to settle down, it made sense to start looking for a place to make our home.

During this time, we have spent hours praying about our home, going back and forth on must-haves vs. want-to-haves, reading financial and home blogs, talking with our friends and family, and of course touring homes. We started the process kind of early it feels like, so we've really been able to take our time and not feel rushed into any decisions.

Ultimately, we decided that we'd like to have a house that we will use fully [or at least almost fully] in the present. That is, we want to be able to entertain our friends and family, host bible study and small groups, and just relax now. We also wanted to find a house that would allow us to start a family. We're not in a real rush for kids now, but we would like to have kids one day and we wanted our first house to be one where we can have a family.

We've asked ourselves numerous times -- "What is the purpose of our house?" And each time, we come to the same conclusion. The purpose of our house is the same of every other resource that we have -- to be leveraged for the gospel. Whether that means using our home to grow relationships with others, with one another, or raising our family, the gospel is what remains central to all of that.

With that, I am so very happy and overwhelmingly blessed to say that after all of our time searching, we have found what we hope will pan out to be our first home. I can't say too much about it now as it's not officially ours just yet. We are currently under contract and in the process of all kinds of due diligence work before we expect to close, which won't be until later in March.

Until then, we are thankful for this wonderful blessing and opportunity and we continue to pray that the whole house purchasing process goes smoothly.

Wow. We almost have a house.