Prince William

I wanted to take some time to brag on my husband a bit. I obviously find him incredible, but I am blown away by him lately.

First, the last year has shown me how much self-discipline he holds with his weight loss journey. He’s lost 100 pounds and is still going. He’s shown such dedication and tenacity to follow through on this goal he set, and I am so proud of his hard work! He’s always been handsome, but he is even more attractive now. My very own Prince William! ( They kind of look a like to me!)

He has been on a massive reading kick since the new year and I love seeing him devouring books. Reading is something we both love, so it’s been fun to get his recommendations and talk through what we’re both reading – especially if we read something right after the other.

William is on fire for his faith right now and I love the leadership he’s providing in our daily devotion and in attending Sunday School and Service each week. I love seeing him so passionate and engaged in what he believes and seeking greater knowledge. We’ve even talked about both going to seminary some day; him to be able to teach and potentially pastor a church, and me to be a youth pastor – the career I job shadowed in high school on career day. I really enjoy learning about what God is teaching him and hearing what he’s learning through scripture study and the pastors whose books he’s reading.

Mostly, I’ve just really enjoyed his being on semester break. We’ve been able to enjoy some good time together watching movies, binging TV shows, making fun meals and reading together. He’s made some delicious meals lately for us, and I’ve loved having him come cook at the soup kitchen too. The guests have loved his cooking almost as much as I enjoy it on a regular basis at home.

I don’t brag publicly on my husband near enough, but had to just share today how amazing and inspiring I find him and how grateful bi am each day that he chooses me.

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Friday No. 2

January is flying by friends! Which is good, because it’s also wearing me out. My two part-time jobs schedule has been a bit overwhelming this month, but should calm down beginning next week, and really calm down for February.

We’ve made some fun meals at the soup kitchen this week that have been a big hit with guests, so it’s been a fun week over there with amazing volunteers and some good creativity in the kitchen!

I’ve already read three books so far this month, and am hopeful this weekend to finish another 2-3. A solid start to the year’s reading goals.

It finally feels like winter here. The temperature dropped into the teens and single digits and the snow came. We had snow in November, but December and early January we’re unseasonably warm and snow free.

We’ve been on a barbeque kick around here lately. We went out for barbecue last Thursday, made ribs for the National Championship game on Monday and enjoyed leftovers Tuesday, and are making pulled for for today and tomorrow. Something about the smoky sweet flavor of barbecue is comfort food at it’s finest right now amidst this cold winter weather.

I’m still loving the devotional that William and I are going through together, and the intentionality of sitting down each day to read and talk about scripture together. This week we’ve focused on the wildness of baptism and it has been so good!

What’s been happening in your world this week?

TBB Asks: Keep Me Entertained

Books you have read multiple times:

The Harry Potter series. Pride & Prejudice. A River Runs Through It. To Kill a Mockingbird.

Favorite book/author of all time:

Book – A River Runs Through It. The descriptive writing is so beautiful and the symbology is powerful.

Author – Kate Morton

Favorite TV show to binge:

I love binging The Great British Bake Off and Troll Hunters on Netflix. Really, any show these days I prefer to binge…

Favorite new-ish TV show:

Young Sheldon, though it’s in season two, is probably the newest show I watch outside of Netflix.

Favorite movie of all time:

Mary Poppins. Singing in the Rain. Beauty and the Beast.

Movie you are looking forward to watching:

Mary Poppins Returns and Captain Marvel.

First concert you attended:

Brittney Spears Oops I Did It Again! Tour on July 4, 2000.

Ultimate Concert:

I’d love to be able to take William to see The Beatles. He’d cry and it would be the most special gift. However, that is clearly not a possibility…

Favorite music artist/band:

I don’t know that I have a favorite…

How do you listen?

We use YouTube music to stream and my husband has a fun vinyl collection.

How would you answer these questions?

Friday No. 1

This week has me feeling all sorts of confused by what day of the week we’re in, and what’s happening. I will be grateful for the return to “normalcy” to come later this month.

I have been working hard at both the library and soup kitchen and feeling the weight of two very physically demanding jobs. Being on your feet all day moving books and canned goods around can really zap your energy by the end of the day!

William and I began doing a devotion together each day on the first of January. I am loving it, and it is easily the best part of 2019 so far. I enjoy digging into the Bible together and reading different translations to see how word choice can effect meaning. I like seeing what we learn each day and spending this time together.

We went out for barbecue last night at a local place and it totally hit the spot. I enjoyed pulled pork, potato salad and coleslaw, while William had brisket, coleslaw and fries. While it may not rival what you can find south of the Mason Dixon, what a treat to find where we live!

I read the most touching book of poetry about dogs by Mary Oliver to start the year, and hope it is a sign of the good reading life I’ll experience this year. Currently I’m reading a fun middle-grade book about pumpkins, Bach, and the sweetest neighborhood.

What’s been happening with you this week?

2018: A Year In Review

Can y’all believe 2018 has come and gone? This year was filled with so much and it blows my mind we’re onto 2019. I swear my family just made a time capsule to celebrate the New Year in 2000, and now we’re just one year away from 2020!

January

  • Visited Toronto

February

  • Celebrated turning twenty-nine

March

  • Went to Pittsburgh for the first & second rounds of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament

April

  • My sweet mother-in-law came to visit!
  • Learned how to golf at the driving range

May

  • Flew to Colorado for Mother’s Day and my brother’s college graduation
  • Started working at our local library
  • Started work as the director of our local student-run soup kitchen

July

  • Northington Family Beach Trip
  • Kayaking in the Finger Lakes with my Farm to Table students

August

  • Taking the in-laws to Toronto
  • Going to a Blue Jays game

September

  • A weekend in Montréal
  • Celebrating William’s birthday

October

  • Celebrating three years of marriage

November

  • Bonnie’s basketball season tipped off
  • A weekend in Ithaca with Laura & Dan
  • Having Bryant & Nicole visit
  • 24 hours in Toronto
  • Hosting my family for Thanksgiving

December

  • Went to a touring show of Hamilton
  • Went to Pittsburgh for a week to take care of my Grammy after surgery
  • Decided to change denominations

I know 2019 will be a big year with celebrating my thirtieth birthday and traveling to Ireland with William and my precious in-laws! May this next year continue to be full of abundant love, laughter and deep joy!

December Reading

December was a bit different than I anticipated, and as a result, didn’t leave much time for reading. I finished two books this month.

I Heart Band by Michelle Shusterman

This was such a cute children’s fiction chapter book about friendship, middle school and growing up. The lessons they learn and situations they find themselves in are so relatable and endearing. I’m so glad some of our library patrons recommended this one to me!

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

What a sweet romantic comedy about two people unready to find love who do. I enjoyed the friendship and family dynamics, the dates the characters had, and loved the cute ending!

What did you read this month?

2018 In Photos

I wrote a post on this same prompt last year and couldn’t resist making it again!

Find a photo from the year‘s greatest adventure – big or small.

Find a photo of a significant moment.

What photo makes you feel most alive?

Pick your favorite photo of you and the people you love.

Search for a photo of a morning you want to remember.

Find a photo that represents joy.

Locate a photo of the people that shaped your year.

Find a photo of you trying something new.

Identify an image of something you are proud of.

What is a photo that you’ll want to pass down for generations to come?