we adore your silly/goofy side, the way you encourage and motivate us, how you speak truth in our lives, the way you wholeheartedly love people, especially your fam, and jesus. you bring out the best in us, and we are grateful! we hope this new year brings you so much joy, and we can't wait to experience it with you!
we love you,
e, j & c


time flies

this past weekend marked our two year anniversary of living in our little home. man oh man does time fly by so fast. two years ago, drew had just finished law school, taken the bar, and we left a city that we loved dearly. we were excited about the next stage, which included a new town {for me}, a new job for drew, and a new home. looking back, it seems like we just moved here yesterday, but at the same time it feels like we have been here forever. funny how time works like that.
we loved that this home had great bones--hardwood floors, tall ceilings, crown molding, a massive front porch, big windows, and a back porch-- all the character of a home that's almost 100 years old. But it had room for improvement, and we wanted to be able to make it our own.
two years later, it is still a labor of love and a work in progress, but i thought i'd share the "before" pics in preparation of a "current" home tour in a few days.
the living room-- great floors, horrible wall color &  ugly fan w/ light kit.
the dining room {looks small here, but is fairly large} and the kitchen
glimpse into the master bedroom
guest room {not pictured is the office/3rd bedroom} and tiny bath {we wanted two baths, but you can't have everything, right?!}
don't be deceived, the yard looks ok & green here--it's a trick // the dirty deck
  this pic is after some tlc, but last spring, we put in a ton of man hours & sweat removing debris {read buried cinder blocks, bricks, and beer bottles}
after we cleaned up a lot, we had the yard completely cleared and leveled, and then wes {b's hubby} helped us with a workable plan including all new shrubs, trees, and sod.
here's an "in the process shot" from last summer when we laid the sod and planted all the new stuff. we did the work ourselves; it was serious bonding time for drewski and i. so thankful we make a good team, if i do say so myself.
i'll be back soon with the "now" pics{eeek...i'm nervous}! -j.


Back to school

It's official, school has started back and it's so weird to be a carpool mom...summer flew by, I blinked and it was over and now we are adjusting to this new normal, a new schedule, new friends, new routines, new bedtimes, new wake times (getting up when its still dark sucks) new nap times, you get where I'm going with this. Schedules with kids is like a revolving door, constant motion, never stopping, round and round, constantly adjusting. I'm starting to kinda believe that if I can handle the change and adjustments with grace then maybe just maybe my kids will acclimate a little easier. If I don't fret the small stuff then it could possibly help them roll with the punches and have a happy heart no matter if the revolving door takes em out. I desperately want to set that kind of example in hopes that my kiddos will follow suit. Receive Grace, Give Grace, Repeat Daily, or in our case moment by moment!  

Change is good, hard but good and in about 2 weeks we'll do it all again when the 2 littles start school and then again in a couple months when we move and yet again for holidays and breaks, etc etc...change is a sure thing, but thankfully, there is one thing that never changes, Jesus is the same always. His love never stops, It is continuous, all around us, perfect, unchanging

I'm holding fast and just riding this revolving door...

"So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. " 
Hebrews 10:22-25 MSG


mmmm mondays.....

after a quick weekend trip to sullivan's and some not so healthy wonderfully yummy meals, i will be making a serious effort this week to get back on track in the healthy eating department, since our summer vacations are now complete...sad, but true! i saw this salad on pinterest and it combines a few of my most favorite things! so easy to make and would be such a great side dish to grilled chicken, shrimp, or fish. i can't wait to make it at some point this week! - j