Monday, May 30, 2016

confirmation + open doors


i wanted to keep a list of how God has provided confirmation for us about this next life change, because it is cool to look back on things and see how they all fit together. there are tons of details to make this happen that God just worked out for us very quickly. He continued to open doors, even doors we didn't know existed, and there's no doubt in our minds that this is exactly what we should be doing.

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o1; last summer we started the conversation of selling our house & moving into something a little bigger. we found out a neighborhood was going in next door to us and discussed with the developer about buying our land. obviously, he didn't buy our land since we are now selling our house, but looking back it seems this was preparing our hearts to be ready to sell it. Thomas has lived in this house for almost 11 years, he fixed it up with his grandpa and parents, and it is the first house we lived in as a married couple, so there is obviously emotion attached to it. so the fact that we had already decided to sell before we had to make the decision to sell it and move for grad school made the decision process easier because we had already come to terms with it.

it worked out that the developer did not buy it, because we would have moved to a new house a few months before we made the decision to go to grad school - and that would have been a tight spot to be in. since we are selling now and not moving straight into another house, it is helping us to finance grad school hopefully without having to take out any loans. 

o2; the first weekend in November, Thomas totaled one of our cars. we ended up buying his grandpa's car and used the rest of the money we got from our insurance company to pay down a chunk of my undergrad student loans. that helped us out tremendously on getting out of debt, because we didn't want to start grad school if we still had debt from undergrad. this is one of the biggest reasons we were able to pay off my student loans earlier than our 3 year plan, and it helped us be able to save more before i quit my job to go to grad school full time. 

o3; when we first started talking about grad school in the fall of last year, we saw that there was an open house we could attend to learn more about the program and meet with some of the staff. the only open house for the semester was during the same week i had taken off of work in November, on a friday, so i was able to go since i already had it off work. that week was the last of my vacation as well, so if the open house had been another time i would have had to move one of my vacation days. i had planned to take that week off before we even brought up grad school, so that was another thing that just worked out perfectly. 

o4; when we decided that i was going to apply for grad school, we weren't really sure how things were going to work out with Thomas's job, or when he should even start the conversation with them that we were moving, but he wanted to keep his same job. before he talked to his work, he threw out the idea that if i got in, he would just commute everyday so he could keep his job because he loves the company he works for. the commute would have been an hour and a half both ways so that would have been terrible!

however, at the end of last year Thomas got pulled into a meeting with his managers and something came up about this summer. he ended up having to tell them that we were looking at grad school and may be moving this summer, because that would impact what they were discussing. he had to bring it up earlier than we would have liked, but his managers told him they didn't want to lose him and would work things out. so they offered to let him work from the local office in the city we are moving to.

his department is at the corporate office, so they like for everyone to be centralized, but since they like him a lot and didn't want to lose him, they are allowing him to work from the local office while we are away for the 2 years that i'm in school. the fact that they offered that first thing was just such a huge answer to prayer because i don't think they would have pulled the strings to let that happen for just anyone. they had to get it approved by top management but they went to bat for Thomas. this was probably the biggest loose end that tied itself.

o5; one of my concerns about my job was that i didn't have a back up for about 95% of what i do... so i was the only person who knew how to do it. which means that there would be a LOT of training that i would need to do once i gave my notice at work. however, like everything else, the timeline just worked itself out. between January and April of this year, my department moved a lot of work around, so i was able to train someone else on 80% of my job by the time i put my notice in. so now, in the month that i have left i will only have to train the new employee on 20% of what i was doing, which will be less stressful for me and benefits the company at the same time.

o6; i was projecting that we would be able to pay off my undergrad student loans by the end of June, which is when i am leaving my job. however, we were able to hit it hard and pay them off completely in March. so that gave us 3 months where we were able to save more while i am still working!

o7; in March i got both acceptances (from the college of social work and from the graduate school) within 3 days. Thomas also got confirmation in March that top management approved the request for him to work at the local office. we also met with a realtor at the beginning of March, worked on the house during the month, and were able to get it listed by the end of the month. so everything just came together really fast in March!

o8; our house was on the market only 9 days before we got our first offer. we got a second offer the next day, but ended up going with the first offer because it was better. closing was proposed to be May 31, which is a little longer than the typical time frame (according to our realtor) which actually helped us because we wanted a later closing. come to find out the buyers apparently know people from our church and visited there. they are also moving from the city that we are moving to, so it is like we are swapping places in a sense - wild!

o9; we found an apartment in our price range that is actually more square footage than our house now. so it worked out that we won't have to worry about storing our furniture anywhere. we originally reserved a 2nd floor apartment because there weren't any 1st floors available for July. then, the day after we reserved our apartment, a 1st floor became available for a July move in date, so we were able to move our reservation to the 1st floor apartment and it's in building we like better that is a little more private. we really wanted a 1st floor apartment also because our basset hound has back issues and she would have had a tough time going up and down stairs multiple times a day, so it worked out great for our needs!

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these are the big things that provided confirmation and showed us that God was at work among our decision process. i'm sure there were a lot of little confirmations along the way that i have forgotten, but i wanted to have the biggies documented in one place because i know i will want to re-read this story down the road and remember how God worked things out!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

open letters | a link up


i am so excited to be co-hosting the open letters link-up with Julie this month! Julie created this link-up last month and i am so in love with it! writing random letters is a super fun way to journal & i used to do this all the time when i was younger... so it is bringing back memories of my old journaling days! :) don't forget to link up your open letters post at the bottom!

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dear Olive Garden unlimited zuppa tuscana,

you are a tricky little thing pretending to be light with your kale, but then you are loaded with potatoes. the reality is that my stomach pays when i try to "get my money's worth." don't get me wrong, you are super delicious and it's really hard to regret a thing. but when i get that extra bowl "because it's unlimited" and my stomach feels like it's going to pop when i leave the restaurant, something has got to give. i don't want my tombstone to read "spontaneous soup combustion," but then again, you are just so tempting!


dear group emails at work,

you are sometimes entertaining, but also sometimes just annoying. when an email is sent to the entire company, there is really no need to reply-all with your witty remark. because when you do it, then other people feel the need to do it as well. and i don't need an inbox full of witty remarks back to an email that didn't affect me in the first place. however, when it is a smaller group of people arguing back and forth, it is pretty entertaining to read. i mean, if everyone was on these group emails no one would need to watch soap operas! there is enough drama & over reaction to go around! but it is funny to read as long as i don't get dragged into the conversation, so keep the funny ones coming! 


dear our first home,

i will always remember you. you were the place where i came to see Thomas's roommate and started hanging out with Thomas. you were the place where Thomas cooked for me the first time. you were the place where i first told Thomas that i love him. you were the place where we spent our first 3 years of marriage, to the day. i have seen you go from looking like a guy's dorm, to changing into a married couple's first home. i've watched you transform from a house to a home, and it has been so neat! i'm so glad we have pictures along the way & we can see how far you've come! even though we are excited about our next adventure, we will definitely always miss you! thanks for the memories!

p.s. you know what the cool thing about making a home is? once you build it, it goes with you no matter what house you live in. so in a way, you'll always be with us! :)

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Monday, May 23, 2016

project 12 | 2016 | part one


i haven't been doing the monthly project 12 posts this year for two reasons. the first is that while i was working on everything for grad school, it couldn't be public knowledge since my job didn't know yet. i decided not to tell my job until everything was official, so the process had to be on the down low. the second reason is that i have just been worn out from year end at work, the house move, and getting everything set for grad school that something had to go by the wayside, and blogging was that something for a while. 

however, i've still been keeping little notes in my calendars because i love having my years captured month by month and plan to keep up with project 12 this year in a few different chunks. this first chunk is January-March, and i will be posting another chunk soon which is April-May. i'm hoping to get back to the monthly posts, but i'm not sure what life is going to look like once grad school starts! ;) but i wanted to go ahead and capture these five months because they tell a lot of the story of how everything came together!


JANUARY


HIGHLIGHTS
during the month i worked on getting all of my materials for my grad school application together. i had to fill out the application, write a 5-page self reflection essay, another 2-page essay, send transcripts from other schools, and provide 3 letters of recommendation. i had actually started working on this during December, so it took a while to get everything together!

while i worked on that we also worked on de-cluttering the house because we knew we would be listing it in a few months. we were SO glad we did this in January, because we had a lot of work to do in March getting it ready to list and staging it. so, it was nice that we had a clutter-free and organized house to start with!

NOTABLE EVENTS
Jan 1-3 - hit our declutter/organize the house project hard
Jan 9 - birthday celebrations with Thomas's family
Jan 18 - hiking in the snow because Thomas had the day off work
Jan 22 - Thomas had a snow day while i worked from home
Jan 24 - i submitted my completed application to grad school!
Jan 26 - i submitted my undergrad transcripts
Jan 29 - lunch buddies with Thomas at the food trucks


FEBRUARY


HIGHLIGHTS
this is the month where i got accepted to grad school! it is actually a two-part acceptance, so the college of social work had to accept me, but then the official acceptance had to come from the graduate school. i was surprised that i got both acceptances within a few days of each other! i thought i would have to wait a while longer in between, but i was happy to find out so soon! once we got acceptance to school, we started interviewing realtors.

NOTABLE EVENTS
Feb 5-6 - Thomas on a men's retreat with church
Feb 6 - my mom taught me to sew/hem pants
Feb 9 - the college of social work notified me that they received my application
Feb 10 - the college of social work notified me that they were still waiting on a few recommendations
Feb 13 - the way we do valentine's is hiking & chocolate covered strawberries ;)
Feb 14 - we basically made it a hiking weekend
Feb 15 - all of my recommendations were received by the college of social work
Feb 18 - Conservative convention with my parents
Feb 23 - i received acceptance from the college of social work!
Feb 26 - i received official acceptance from the graduate school!!
Feb 27 - our nephew's first birthday
Feb 28 - birthday celebration for my mom and sister
Feb 29 - met with the first realtor


MARCH


HIGHLIGHTS
we met with a few realtors at the beginning of the month and ended up deciding which one we wanted to use. then we spent the rest of the month getting things fixed around the house, staging each room, creating a second bedroom, and getting it ready for showings. this was such a busy month! i also officially accepted the MSW offer this month so grad school became official!

NOTABLE EVENTS
Mar 1 - met with another realtor
Mar 3 - decided on a realtor and confirmed
Mar 6 - day trip to Columbia to check out the area
Mar 7-12 - packing up the house and cleaning out the barn
Mar 8 - i officially accepted the grad school position and mailed my intent letter
Mar 13 - day trip to Columbia to check out apartments
Mar 15 - handyman did an assessment of repairs
Mar 18 - i turned in my application for field practice for school
Mar 18-20 - i visited my maid of honor for the weekend
Mar 21 - handyman worked on repairs
Mar 25 - load up uhaul trailer
Mar 26 - took trailer to my grandma's garage to store what we cleaned out of the barn
Mar 27 - Easter with both families
Mar 28 - moved in with the in-laws
Mar 29 - realtor took pictures of our house for the listing
Mar 30 - house measurements taken and listing finalized
Mar 31 - our house is officially on the market & we had 3 showings


Thursday, May 19, 2016

quinoa enchilada casserole


this recipe is another one that i had been wanting to try for a while. when i was pulling out vegetarian recipes to try out while staying with my in-laws this was my second choice behind the baked southwestern eggrolls. this was as equally delicious as the eggrolls and has moved over into our favorite recipes category!

we try to make meat-less dinner at least once a week to keep things balanced, so i love finding easy yet delicious recipes! i also love the fact that most vegetarian recipes are super quick because you don't have to wait on meat to cook. and we love finding recipes that have enough protein to fill us up so we don't eat #allthesweets right after dinner! :)

we did use vegan cheese for this recipe also. it's a brand called go veggie that we just realized they sell at our grocery store. the lactose free cheese we buy isn't grated, so we always have to grate the cheese and that is not one of my favorite things to do. so we found this vegan cheese that was already grated and decided to give it a try! i was a little scared to try it because i am a picky eater, but it honestly tasted just like real cheese. it has more calcium than cheese, and also has less cholesterol and saturated fat so it's a win, win! 


INGREDIENTS
1 cup quinoa
1 10oz can mild enchilada sauce
1 4oz can chopped green chiles, drained
1/2 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 avocado, diced


INSTRUCTIONS
1) cook quinoa with 2 cups of water in a saucepan according to package instructions and set aside

2) preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil an 8x8 casserole dish

3) in a large bowl, combine quinoa, enchilada sauce, green chiles, corn, black beans, cilantro, cumin, and chili powder. stir in 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and a 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. salt and pepper to taste. 

4) spread the mixture into the casserole dish and top with remaining cheeses. place into oven and cook for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted

5) garnish with avocado and serve immediately



are you a quinoa fan? what are some of your favorite vegetarian recipes?


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

year three.


THOMAS

wow.  three years. i can honestly say that on the day we wed, i had no idea that we'd be where we are today. so much has happened and changed in these last three years for both of us, but all for the better. even the tough times challenged us and pushed us to be better, lean on the Lord, and lean on each other.

i'm so thankful for marriage & how it has allowed me to pursue my dreams. even dreams that i didn't fully realize i had beforehand. with your support and encouragement, i've come to realize more about who i am and who i want to be. and i hope i've given you the freedom to do that too.



marriage still seems a little strange to me at times. like the fact that we get to have sleepovers every single night and spend our free time just hanging out. or the fact that there is someone who wants to bring me coffee at work to surprise me. and even the fact that we get to make decisions together and chase our dreams. 

it's so much fun sometimes i feel like we are getting away with something. you're my best of all best friends and i'm so glad we get to share all of our years to come together. i'm excited for this new adventure that we are embarking on, and i'm really looking forward to moving to a new city with you!



it's kind of like honeymooning all over again if you think about it! we will have a chance to really focus on our relationship. it will be so good for us & i am glad we get this opportunity! our little two year adventure! :)

i can't believe we only have one week left in our first home. you've been here 11 years, and i've been here 3. it has been really cool to see this place transform from a house into a home over the last 5 years. it is sad to move on, but at the same time i am excited for this next chapter. i love you and cannot wait to see what the next three years bring!

WITH MY WHOLE HEART


[post script]
happy birthday! today we turn 3, but today you also turn 31! :)


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Africa Study Bible Kickstarter Campaign


we sometimes take for granted the fact that we have a Bible in our own language and in a way we culturally understand. many Christians have multiple Bibles in our homes, and even multiple translations. each one in our native language, right at our fingertips. yet there are some people in the world who would love to have a Bible in their language or with their cultural perspective, and it doesn't exist. yet. 

Oasis International is changing that for the African people. they are hosting a kickstarter campaign this week through June 16 to raise one million dollars in order to print the first 100,000 copies of their Africa Study Bible! there are many incentives for contributors to the campaign too, like artwork prints, a copy of the Africa Study Bible, or an all expense paid trip to the launch of Africa Study Bible in the US or Africa! how neat would that be?! below is the press release about this amazing project and how you can get involved!




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Millions of English-speaking Africans know and love Christ, but for many, God’s word is hard to grasp. With nearly every full evangelical study Bible written from the viewpoint of the United States and United Kingdom, Africans have lacked a resource that connects with their unique experience, hindering discipleship. But that is about to change as major Christian organizations, led by Oasis International, are joining together to launch the Africa Study Bible (ASB), a six-year, cross-continental effort that has produced the first study Bible developed by Africans for Africans.

“With the ASB, we’re bringing the power of Scripture to Africa in a new and culturally relevant way,” says Dr. Matthew Elliott, president of Oasis, publisher of the ASB. “Under the leadership of an 11-member editorial board of scholars from across Africa, we’ve brought together 350 writers and editors from over 40 African countries, representing 50 denominations. This is an unprecedented project that will impact the global church.”

With the editorial nearly complete, Oasis, with the support of its partners, is inviting fellow Christians to join with them in helping get the ASB into the hands of Africans. With a goal of raising one million dollars to print the first 100,000 copies, Oasis is seeking private donors as well as launching a Kickstarter campaign, which begins April 18 and runs through June 16. Contributors to the Kickstarter campaign have the opportunity to receive incentives ranging from artwork prints to limited Italian leather editions of the ASB as well as all-expense paid trips to the launch of the ASB in the United States and in Africa.

“Our goal is to have the first run of the ASB available in Africa by the end of 2016,” says Elliott. “We already know of more than 100 million people in denominations and movements in Africa whose leaders want to use the ASB for discipleship so there is a lot of anticipation throughout the continent.”

Designed to grow the faith of African church members, teach them to evangelize their communities, and apply a biblical worldview to their society, the ASB uses the New Living Translation and includes 2,400 plus features such as application notes, stories and proverbs, touchpoints that link Africa and the Bible, learn notes that explain basic theology, and major theme articles that apply the Bible to key issues. Oasis plans to initially release the ASB in English with French and Portuguese translations in development. Oasis is also developing a full-featured app of the study Bible.

To support the effort, Oasis is partnering with Tyndale House Publishers to create the study Bible. Other participants include Campus Crusade for Christ, International, Willow Creek and Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), Scripture Union, Africa Leadership, TransWorld Radio, Moody Broadcasting, Center for Early African Christianity, PJA (Publications pour la Jeunesse Africane), MMD Global, The Livingstone Corporation, InSight Books, Urban Ministries Inc., and the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, with additional participants being added on a regular basis.

“We have seen the hand of God in amazing ways throughout the development of this project,” says Elliott. “In the words of our supervising editor, Dr. John Jusu, the content of the ASB is bubbling up from the cultures of Africa. The biblical truth is percolating through our own cultures and stories to create a rich and textured tapestry that Africans can claim as their own.”


help bring this project into reality by contributing to the kickstarter campaign today!



Monday, May 09, 2016

from accountant to social worker | the details



since we announced our life change & moving plans, we've gotten a few questions over and over. so i figured it would be best to just get all of these details out in one place!


WHY THE CAREER CHANGE/WHY SOCIAL WORK?

when i was in the middle of my undergraduate degree in accounting, i seriously considered changing schools and doing social work. i can't explain it, but adoption has always been a constant theme in my life and something that i am super passionate about. i've been researching adoption and foster care in my free time over the past few years and that is what led me to social work. social work has popped up pretty consistently these past few years and i finally realized it's something i need to be doing. it's hard to explain, but i feel like i was made to do this.

it took me a while to accept the fact that changing careers wasn't a failure. i spent 4 years getting my accounting degree, i was at the top of my class, i got a great job right out of school, and i've technically gotten 2 promotions in my past 4 years - so leaving that all behind is tough. but accounting has taught me a lot about life and budgeting and has prepared me to deal with difficult situations and people, so in a way the corporate world has prepared me for social work. i don't know why my life path went there just to change so drastically, but i just know social work is where my path is headed now.

i've come to realize that i'm just not motivated by the same things that a lot of people in the corporate world are. not that they are wrong, they are just motivated differently than me. as an INFJ, i have to do work that matters and makes a difference. and at the end of the day, well, accounting just doesn't fulfill me. some people don't have to be passionate about the career they are in, and their interests aren't tied to the work that they do, but i'm learning for me i need that. in no way do i believe that social work will be easier or less stressful than accounting. i know it will be harder in some ways and a draining job at times, but it is life-giving and meaningful work. and that makes all the difference. (sorry, had a Robert Frost moment!)


WHEN DOES SCHOOL START?

school starts in August, so we will be moving in July to get settled before the hustle and bustle of school begins!

WAS GRAD SCHOOL ALWAYS IN THE PLANS?

no. i had entertained the idea of getting my MBA in order to meet the education hours requirement for the CPA exam a while back, but i dreaded thinking about another 2 years of business or accounting related classes. once i started my full time job i realized there was no way i would be able to keep up with a masters program while doing this stressful job, especially during the year long transition onto our new system at the time.

when i first started looking at masters of social work programs, it looked like i would be able to do my specialization from the city i live now, at the satellite campus. so i thought about doing the part time program and continuing to work for as long as i could during the program. however, my specialization is only offered at the main campus so that wasn't even an option. it works out better this way though, because i would have probably died of stress if i had attempted to do grad school while in my current job. the part time program also takes 3 years, so i would rather be a full time student and finish in 2 years. it makes more sense, and saves my sanity. :)


WHAT WILL THOMAS DO?

this is the most frequent question we get, and one of the really cool things that just fell into place and opened doors for us. the company Thomas works for has an office in the city we are moving to, so they are letting him work his same job from that office. his department is centralized in our current city, so it is rare for someone to be allowed to do his job from another location, but they really love Thomas and believe in him and didn't want to lose him, so they offered to let him work from this other location. that was such a blessing & definitely one of the biggest unknowns in this process once we found out i would have to do the degree from the main campus.

also it is cool to see how God worked out Thomas's job change, knowing this move was coming. if Thomas was still working for the company that moved to Iowa, he wouldn't have had the opportunity to work from a different location because there isn't one where we are moving. the timing of his whole job change was just incredible, but now we see why the change was necessary in the first place. this is just another example of the extra opportunities we have now with him in this new job!


between November 2015 and March 2016, there were so many unknowns and unanswered questions. going into 2016, i knew that i was applying to grad school but no other details, that is why i chose trust as my word for this year. my type A self loves to have all of the details worked out, and even though when i applied to grad school we had hardly any details worked out, i felt a peace about this decision. and isn't that what faith is after all? acting without knowing all the answers.

it is cool to look back on these past few months and see how everything unfolded. and to understand why some things did or did not happen before we even had the conversation to make this move. i can see God working in all of the details on this side of it, and it is just really cool! and we have definitely felt so much confirmation over making this move!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

the big move | SOLD!



our house was officially listed on Thursday, March 31, and 9 days later on Friday, April 8 we got an offer on our house! it was a really amazing offer, so we accepted it the same night! then, the next day we got another offer, but it wasn't as good so we felt really confident about accepting the first offer!

our realtor emailed us the offer contract as a surprise on friday afternoon! it was our busiest week of the year at my job and i had been working overtime every day that week, so i was exhausted and the surprise was very welcome! i was sitting at my desk working and Thomas called my work phone to tell me to check my personal email & there it was - our first offer! 

we were told the buyers really wanted the house, and that they were excited when we accepted their offer! we really had no idea what to expect between accepting the offer & closing, so our realtor talked us through what the next steps would be. the first step is for the inspector to come out and inspect the house. our inspection was done on Monday, April 18. a few days later, the inspector sent us a list of things that needed to be done. we then were able to decide what we would agree to do and what we would negotiate with the buyers. we went back and forth a few times to get down to the final list, but when we finally decided on the list we ended up not having too much to fix which was nice! 

after the inspection comes the appraisal, ours was done on Wednesday, April 20. the appraisal is done by the buyer's lender and it is what the buyer's mortgage is based on. so if the appraisal is lower than what the buyer's agreed to pay, i believe there are a few different options and ways to negotiate. we aren't at that point yet though, so i can't speak to how it works.

i mentioned that we stayed with my in-laws while the house was being shown, but we are back home now. for a few more weeks at least ;) we moved in with them on Monday, March 28 and didn't move back into our house until after the inspection Monday, April 18. there was still a possibility of showings even though we were under contract, so that's why we stayed out the extra time. in total we were out of our house for 3 weeks, and when we came home it felt so nice to finally sleep in our own bed again! we have a 3 inch foam mattress topper so our bed literally felt like a cloud that first night!

so where we are right now is we are currently working on the inspection repairs and waiting to hear back about the appraisal, but should know the final details soon and be on our way to closing! closing will be around the end of May, and we will be living with my in-laws again at the end of May and the month of June. i officially leave my job at the end of June and then the beginning of July is when we will move to our new city!

we are so ready to have this process behind us because it has been a lot of work, but we also want to enjoy our last few weeks in our home. we haven't had much down time these last few months, so i am hoping that we can get these repairs handled quickly and at least have a few days to just enjoy our home before we have to pack up and move out. life has been non-stop these last two months, and i don't want to rush through these last days just because we are tired. so, we're working on capturing photos and memories from the house so i can make a photo book for us to always remember our first place. we are sad to see our first home go, yet at the same time really excited about our next adventure! :)


have you ever moved from your first home as a married couple/childhood home?

Monday, May 02, 2016

Fish Flix | a review

i received a copy of this movie for review purposes, but all opinions are 100% my own.

thomas & i don't have cable, so we tend to watch movies or seasons of tv shows on DVD. thomas loves to watch movies, but i am not always in the mood to watch a movie so it is always a battle on what to watch. i tend to lean towards watching tv shows because i can get invested, i'm pretty sure that's why i like reading too. it's hard for me to get into something for a short 2 hours because i know the end is quickly approaching. that being said, when i am in the mood to watch a movie, i want it to count! ;)

when we do decide to watch a movie, it always seems like it is a long process to find a movie that looks interesting, but doesn't have a lot of inappropriate language, dress, etc in it. sometimes we will look through 30 movies and end up getting frustrated and not watching anything. other times we will find a movie, but it is not always that great of one. enter Fish Flix, a movie website that offers Christian DVD's that the whole family can enjoy.

i really like that Fish Flix has wholesome feature films, because a lot of times we will end up watching a kid movie just because we know it's "safe". but we definitely get tired of kid movies all the time and want to watch something else. we recently watched the Return to the Hiding Place DVD from Fish Flix, and it was one of the best movies we have seen in a while!

it is about the secret student army that helped Corrie Ten Boom in Nazi Germany. it is based on Hans Poley's book, but it is not part of the well known story of Corrie Ten Boom so it was cool to learn some of the behind the scenes of that time. we loved the way the movie was done, it wasn't filmed like a lot of low-budget Christian movies if you know what i mean! the actors were great and the story flowed so well! it is one of our new favorites that we will pull out next time we have to search through 30 movies to find a good one! ;)


the thing i love most about Fish Flix is that the whole website is full of movies we would love all in one place. so instead of checking out three different places for a movie and maybe finding one, we know we can go to the website and choose any of the ones available. also, right now you can get a $5 coupon to Fish Flix if you join their email list. you can join by visiting www.fishflix.com/5gift or by texting 5-GIFT to 44222.



what movie on Fish Flix do you think you'll watch first?