1) First and most important, our beautiful niece was born Tuesday morning! Her name is Eleanor Jane Ryan 🙂 We now have 4 nieces and 2 nephews (a third nephew due in April!)!
2) Next plan to see family is in March – we are going to Florida for a week with my side of the family! We are flying into Atlanta then taking a car rental to drive the rest of the way. It will be Chad’s first time seeing Sea Escape, the house my family rents out on the island. 🙂
3) Chad made homemade pico de gallo a few weeks ago and now I’ve started making “homemade” chips.. So we’re definitely a good pair 😉
4) Dance Moms. I am sadly invested in the show Dance Moms. 😛 I’m trying to figure out how to watch season 5, the current season, without cable, for free, haha.
5) We made it a full week without eating out. Naturally I want to reward ourselves by eating out?!?
6) It’s tax season. I got a W2 from Wells Fargo yesterday. I can’t believe I worked there last year! It feels so long ago.
7) Chad and I are very excited for our upcoming trip to Montreal! A French city in Quebec, Canada. We will be there the weekend of our Anniversary!!!
2014 pushed me in some beautiful, difficult ways. Moving from home (forever my home), to a foreign place.
I am a go-getter and am ever more confident in my capabilities.
But it was also a year of some forced optimism.
Now, in 2015, I’ve decided to face my darkness. First with humility, to learn from it. Then with strength, to defeat it.
It sounds dramatic, I know… But I think of beautiful photos, and before the beautiful photos are produced, they go into a dark room to develop.
I’m not choosing suffering in 2015. I just want to feel out what I’m thrown this year and learn from it all. 🙂
-Chad… Just kidding,
Chelsea & I have been in the Christmas spirit for two weeks now–we’re glad to see that many of you are catching up now that Thanksgiving is over. 🙂 Yes, we’ve been listening to Christmas music non-stop for the past two weeks (an abomination to many of you, I know), and we won’t let up until Christmas is over!
I wanted to share a Spotify playlist of my absolute favorite Christmas songs.* I decided to limit myself by making it a “countdown”: there are 28 days from now until Christmas…so that’s how many songs there are lol. So here they are, in ranked order (from top-to-bottom, best-to-“worst”): Continue reading
I feel blessed.
When we love hard, play hard, and fight hard.
When you haven’t looked at porn in years.
When you sing me melodies.
When you take me to church.
When you thank me for blessing you.
When we sit in the same room and read. Continue reading
Between being at Gordon-Conwell, Boston, & the Atlantis Oceanfront Inn, we went to a few other places. We spent time at Bearskin Neck in Rockport, MA and at a handful of restaurants on the North Shore:
Although my photo edit makes it look rather bleak, Bearskin Neck is a cute, little shopping district with a ton of hole-in-the-wall shops. The road lined with shops eventually becomes a thin peninsula, with water on three sides of it.
After spending a day in downtown Boston, Chelsea & I went with my parents to the Atlantis Oceanfront Inn in Gloucester, MA to help them check-in. So here’s that:
Not a bad view from the inn, eh?
After spending time (& no money) hanging out at our seminary dwelling with my parents, we spent a day in downtown Boston. Here we go!:
We spent most of our time around Boston Common, Chelsea & I’s favorite part of the city. As much as I love downtown Des Moines, this place is hard to beat.
Chelsea & I can’t wait to go home for Christmas–we love our families, we love our Des Moines. But two weeks ago our home-cravings were (temporarily) satisfied: my parents visited us! They had never been to New England before, so we were honored to show them the [few] ropes [that we know of]. Here are some things we did while hanging out at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary:
Dad & Mom on campus. They came at the perfect time: perfect weather, leaves turning, leaves falling.
What are the words that make you cringe when it comes to faith/Christianity? I have two. Continue reading