Tuesday, July 31, 2012

a little date

On a Saturday afternoon (after Husband had found me in my adventuring) I had a nostalgic craving for IHOP.  So we took a walk to our local IHOP to fulfill my remembrances of yummy waffles and over cooked eggs.
It was so overpriced, service was so awkward, and yet it was so good!
Thank you Husband, for fulfilling this silly girl's nostalgic craving (:


on a Saturday morning when sleep won't return to me and Husband
will still sleep for several more hours,
I go adventuring.
And by adventuring I mean getting a vanilla latte from my coffee shop
and walking to my thrift store (:

Although, more often than not Husband will come find me and join me on my adventure.
Such a stud.


P.S. The highlight of my morning was when a homeless guy asked if he could buy my hat.....
                                                  smiled about that one for hours (:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

how to make a lovely day

1. Go find your favorite person... or let them find you
(my fave person's name begins H and ends with usband

2. Go find some beauty

3. Eat some yummy food
(Breanne, you will appreciate this)

and last but DEFINITELY not least
4. Then cuddle with your favorite person
and if you can find a cute kid to cuddle with too that's extra nice


The Pursuit Of Simplicity and The Beauty Found Therein

At the beginning of each year Husband and I talk a little bit about our vision for the next year and this year the heart beat that Husband heard me continually expressing was the desire for simplicity in our home.
We found that each thing we have in our home is an investment of our time and limited space. And that many of the "things" we were investing in were not worth the investment.

Our last apartment was rather spacious (and light filled. I really miss all those beautiful windows!) and so we expanded to that space.
(There is seriously so much great either free or ridiculously cheap stuff in Chicago!)
However, when we decided to move to a smaller space for varying reasons I was overwhelmed and honestly embarrassed by much we had I had. I was shamed to look at how much stuff I had and that I knew I probably didn't use half of it on a regular basis. Then God began to delve in my heart as to WHY I felt the need to accumulate so much. And my sins of distrust of God's providence, discontent with my physical image, and laziness in being a good steward, were graciously revealed.

Since then I have been slowly and joyfully each month setting aside time to sort through and either sell or get rid of the unneeded. And it has been truly been such a joy! Almost similar to weights being lifted off as each thing I was keeping "in case I might need it one day" or an article of clothing I had "so that I would look like that one girl" has left Husband's and I's home.

I know I have caused Husband to panic a time or two and I have heard him say "are you SURE you want to get rid of that?" more than once (:
but he has been so gracious in this beautiful season of growing in contentment and simplicity that God is bringing me through.

My heart rejoices in the salvation of Christ and that I do not need that I do not need to prove anything to please His heart! This is just one of the many ways God is revealing that in the way I live I do not believe this truth and choose to put on another identity than the one God has given me through Christ.

I'm going through our books next, so if you're coming through Chi-town and want some books feel free to stop by (;


Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I feel a little sick and a little sore
Emotions are a plenty and confusing
Motivation is nowhere to be found
I just want to cuddle with Husband and let the time pass us by
And the thought of leaving my cool home to go outside in the heat makes me want to cry.

And yet off to work on my bike I go
and I will count my blessings as I go.

hope you have a wonderful day


Monday, July 23, 2012


On Sunday we thoroughly enjoyed sleeping in, going to church together, having a yummy picnic, and  then exploring more of the arts festival with Pedro.   

We often see guys slack lining on the blvd and Husband decided (with a little convincing from Pedro and I ;)) he would try it out.
 He rocked it (:

And now after a busy, busy weekend and a busy week ahead
I feel like I need a long nap just to get started.

hope your weekend was a good one!
happy monday

A Saturday

 Our Saturday was chock full of working at the Arts Fair, meetings, and just lots and lots of fun.
We had so much fun at the Arts Fair! We worked it almost all day Saturday and I had so much fun people watching and listening to the performing artists.
Our super cool friend Pedro also came out to hang with us and he kept us laughing the whole time (:
I love where we live!

Friday, July 20, 2012


I just changed the blog settings so anyone can comment.
In case you had something to say (:

Have a wonderful weekend!


Little Letters

Dear 75 Degree Weather,
You're my favorite (:

Dear Husband,
Thank you for this afternoon! Swimming, Wrath of the Titans, and an evening nap.... it was just wonderful.

Dear Communication Skills,
Apparently I need to work on you some more.

Dear Too Small Pants,
I really hope you just shrunk last time I washed you.

Dear Love Handles,
good bye.

Dear Evening Light,
You are so beautiful coming through my front window!

Dear Tan Legs Of Mine,
I don't think we've met before, hello (:

Dear City of Chicago,
Could you please make a little more effort to fix the many huge holes in the roads that want to swallow me and my bike whole and never spit us back out? 

Dear Husband,
Thank you for going on little adventures with me (:


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Birthday Wish List.....

In a couple weeks I won't be 22 anymore,

I will be the brand new, chic age of 23.

every year someone will ask me what I want for my birthday
and I can't think of anything.

but the thing is there is usually is something I've been dreaming of
and I just can't remember it in that specific moment.
(or I feel silly and childish about it and don't want to share)

so when today I remembered my birthday is coming up,

I started dreaming up a very silly little
Wish List

a nutella mocha from Ipsento

some Sprinkles cupcakes

for Husband to go thrifting with me (:

this lovely dress
(this is where I feel silly, this dress is WAY too expensive for my goodwill closet :))

and this cute print!

But all I really really want is to to hear from loved ones and cuddle with Husband all day. 
and maybe a cupcake (: