Monday, September 25, 2017

the first date | year seven

Thomas and i re-create our first date on September 22 every year because it has become tradition. me doing a blog post to commemorate our re-creation has also become a tradition. (you can see past posts here: 2014, 2015, 2016) thankfully it was just a simple low-key date of coffee after i got out of tutoring in accounting lab cause six years ago i was still working on my undergrad degree in accounting. it is so crazy that it's been six years, and so crazy how much life has changed in those six years.

it's also kinda crazy that this is the seventh year that we've done this date, but we've been together for six years. math is kinda funny like that sometimes, it can be confusing. i originally thought this was our sixth time doing the date, because it had been six years. but then i remembered we did the date the original time too so this is actually the seventh time we've done this date! but the sixth time we've re-created the date. i digress. either way, it's been a long time!

this year it fell on a friday, so i was planning on going decaf since i wake up early every saturday morning and go to class for 6 hours. #gradschoolproblems but then i thought about bubble tea and that sounded a lot better than sugary decaf coffee. so we changed it up a little bit this year and went to a tea place instead of Starbucks. and actually our first date was supposed to be at Dunkin because we both like their coffee more, but it was closed by the time we got there since i was in accounting lab until 8pm. little known fact :) also, the tea bar we went to is the same tea bar we had our third date at... so it all kinda fits into the theme!

i love the fact that we take the time to do this every year, and i hope we can do it until our hair has turned gray! and i like the fact that we changed it up this year. i mean, it's kinda the same thing because the date is basically buying way overpriced beverages. ;)

i think it's cool how our first date is always around the first day of fall each year. and this year it fell on the same exact day that ushers fall in! fall is both of our favorite season, and it signifies change, so it fits with the change that this date held in both of our lives! the bummer is that this year September 22 was SO HOT. maybe now that it's officially fall the weather can get the hint and cool off some!

what's your favorite overpriced beverage?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

sensory devotional for the mountains

we are so close to fall which means that it is time to head to the mountains! i love the crispness in the air and the gorgeous views around every bend. there is just something about escaping to the mountains and having slow mornings on the porch of a cabin that has a serenity to it. i always love to have a devotional when i go to the mountains for vacation, so i can really take advantage of those quiet mornings in nature and have a focused quiet time. 

Cathy Baker is releasing a week-long sensory devotional for the mountains & it is the perfect addition to a mountain vacation! the sensory part of the devotional really goes well with the quiet mornings in the mountains because you can really experience God's creation in a new way! 

i don't know when we will be taking our next week long mountain vacation, since i am buried in grad school right now. :) but we currently live with my in-laws (kinda like a family vacation?!) and their front porch has a view of the mountains... so i didn't have to wait to dig into this devotional and pretend i was deep in the mountains! 

each devotion starts and ends with a short prayer to help your heart and mind focus on scripture and the Lord's presence. this simple notion really helps me to be still and quiet my mind down by putting all of the demands of the day away for the moment. 

each devotion also has simple actions you can do to really involve your senses and it is amazing how one simple act can really transform the way you experience the study. something as simple as lifting my hands just has a more intimate affect and helps me to connect deeper to the Lord. 

i really enjoyed this devotional (and pretending i was deep in the mountains) and plan on taking this with me on each future week-long trip i take to the mountains. each trip and location is so unique that there is more to discover through the sensory elements encompassed in this study each time!

if you would like to order this devotional for your next mountain vacation, it is available on Kindle starting today! you can get to it by clicking here

what is your favorite part of a trip to the mountains?

p.s. if the mountains are not your thing, Cathy also has a sensory devotional for the beach that you can get on kindle also!

Monday, September 04, 2017

project 12 | August

i love having my years captured month by month and plan to keep up with project 12 this year as i can. it's fun to look back on the details of our year at the end of it, as well as seeing how we change through the photos each month. :)


this month was pretty busy with my summer semester ending only three days before fall semester started. i did have a few free saturdays before the fall saturday classes started so it was nice to have some full weekends again since my saturdays will be taken until next May. (i'm not crying, i just have something in my eye ;) so this semester i have 2 classes on saturday and 2 classes that are online. the online classes aren't always on a designated day, but we do have lectures and videos that usually add up to around the 3 hours an in-person class is each week. so it will definitely be a time intensive semester again.

it has been an adjustment getting used to working the 11a-11p shift, and different days each week. my supervisor covers multiple ER's so we sometimes travel to other ER's in the area during my shift too. we actually have to cover for an ER on the other side of town for 3 weeks during August & September, so that will be a little different too since we will be splitting the days. basically my schedule has been all over the place and i only know a month's schedule at a time so it makes it hard to plan things and keep my sleep schedule consistent. but i am enjoying the internship a lot and it is worth this crazy schedule for a year to get this experience!

we probably won't start looking for a house until during the spring semester because 1) i'm not going to have time to breathe during the fall semester and 2) we're paying for grad school out of pocket and living on only one income. unfortunately i have no time during the school year to work part-time so we are hoping to be able to build up some money towards a house since we don't have the apartment rent anymore! we are excited to find a house of our own and get settled, but we are also glad that my in-laws are gracious enough to let us crash with them this year so we can build up money and take our time finding a house!

August 5 - last day of my saturday class & trip to the mountains with my in-laws
August 9 - last day of my summer online class
August 12 - day hiking trip with Thomas
August 13 - family celebration for my birthday
August 14 - first day of my new internship!
August 19 - birthday party for my grandma
August 21 - VIP eclipse viewing at the science center (i won tickets on an instagram giveaway!)
August 23 - i turned 29 (getting too close to 30!)
August 24 - online classes for the semester began
August 26 - saturday classes for the semester began
August 27 - trip to an orchard to get apples & pet some animals!
August 29 - i had a system training for my internship
August 30 - live evening video class for one of my online classes

what have you been up to this month?