10/28/13

Fall Traditions


What happens when you find out that your housemates have a fire pit in the basement? Impromptu Fall extravaganza on the back porch, of course! Dinner out back, s'mores, pumpkin carving, roasted pumpkin seeds, and hot apple cider.  
Happy Monday, friends! What was the highlight of your weekend?

Steph

10/25/13

Bonfires + S'mores + Cocoa

Spent Friday night at my parents' house roasting marshmallows and hotdogs and sipping on hot cocoa. Happy Fall memories!

10/3/13

I Remain Confident of This

Apple spice oatmeal + pumpkin chai latte + morning quiet time
The majority of the last week and a half was spent at the hospital with family. Such a range of emotions was felt over that time! Frustration, peace, sorrow, joy, weariness, thankfulness, worry...hope. God's presence was so tangible in a time when my family and I were in the throes of uncertainty. I am so thankful for the network of friends and family that covered us in prayer during that time and continue praying through the healing process that is ahead. Family came to town and friends came out of the woodwork with love, encouragement, prayer, and so many goodies. Muffins, chocolate, caramel apples, coffee, and more.

But the best thing of all: His presence. The burning in my chest at 3 a.m. telling me that He is with us and sees the situation better than we do. The peace in the midst of bad news that said, "Don't give up yet." And the good news that followed which the doctors just could not explain.
 
I meditated on Psalm 27 a lot during the week and clung to the last few verses. God is good not only in the next life but also in the present one and I'm thankful that we got to watch his goodness unfold over the course of the week. We're all home now, resting and recovering. The healing process is underway and, even if it's a long process, I'm trusting the Lord with it. He really does know what he's doing way better than we do.

Psalm 27
"The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior.
Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.
Teach my your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations. I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."

Steph xo

9/23/13

Summer Instax + Season Recap

Happy Fall! I'm already diving headfirst into all things autumnal...hot tea, sweaters, and other cozy things...even though it's still consistently ninety degrees out. Now that it's officially a new season, though, it's about time that I post on Summertime. This week will highlight a few of the trips and big events that happened over the last few months. Road trips, a wedding, friend visits...we had such a full season!

Here are a few instax that I took over the summer:

Chattanooga, TN.
Post 4th of July fireworks!
Seaside, FL
What was the highlight of your summer and what are you most looking forward to this fall?

Steph

9/18/13

Sunset Walks

Since moving into the city, Eddie and I have spent a good chunk of time on the Beltline, a path near our neighborhood. It's so fun to walk the path, watch the sunset, and spend time with each other, friends, and family. Here are a few pictures from one of our recent walks with one of my sisters:

I love our new neighborhood and all the restoration that is going on in and around it!
Hope you all are having a good week,
Steph

9/9/13

The Girl with a Pearl Earring + Date with Mum

A few weeks ago, before the moving frenzy began, my Mom and I went to an event at the High Museum of Art downtown Atlanta. The museum is currently hosting a collection of paintings from the Mauritshuis, the Royal Art Museum in the Netherlands. The main feature of the exhibit is the famous Dutch painting by Johannes Vermeer called the Girl with a Pearl Earring. In honor of the artist, the event was called Vermeer with a Schmear. The museum, which usually opens at ten, opened the exhibit at eight and served bagels with cream cheese and coffee. All of this and the tickets were half price! Win.
I was really looking forward to going to the event and it didn't disappoint! It was a good excuse to get up and get downtown early on my day off and was such a fun thing to do with my Mom! The coffee and bagels were very filling and the museum wasn't crowded at all. Best of all, the art was amazing. The paintings and the history behind them was incredible. We saw 30+ paintings by a variety of Dutch painters, including Vermeer and Rembrandt. I would definitely recommend the exhibit and would go again if I had the chance!
After leaving the museum, my Mum and I wandered through a couple of shops downtown before meeting up with Eddie for lunch in our new neighborhood. It was such a sweet way to end the morning and a great way to kick off our move into the city! Eddie and I began moving that afternoon and finally turned in the keys to the apartment this past weekend.
Here's to many more city adventures!
Steph