8/22/13

We're Moving + Cold-Brewed Tea Infusion

This weekend, Eddie and I are packing up to move out of our first apartment. Ah! We're moving to a house downtown Atlanta with some friends, which we're pretty excited about and have been anticipating since the beginning of the summer. We're looking forward to living in community with other believers and to being more intentional with our time, space, money, and relationships.

We moved the majority of our stuff downtown today, with the help of our amazing family and friends and a U-haul the size of our whole apartment. It took only a few hours and, thankfully, went really smoothly!

Our space in the house is starting to come together already, even though we have quite a lot left to do. We're transitioning from a two bedroom apartment of our own to a house that is already mostly furnished, so we've been going through our things and simplifying. 

Eddie and I are back at the mostly empty apartment tonight for what is probably going to be our last overnighter here. Even though we've known that this move was coming for the last few months and have slowly been packing up, the transition didn't feel real until this morning. I'm ready to move on to a new adventure but there's still that part of me that is anxious to hold on to the familiarity of life as it has been and the comfort (and control) that came with it. I know, though, that the Lord will use this new season to stretch, shape, and reshape both Eddie and me. I'm expectant for what He has for us during our time in Atlanta. He is so good and my heart is so full. I'm thankful that He has paved our way into the city and goes with us on this new adventure.

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On a totally unrelated note, here's the recipe for my current drink of choice: cold-brewed Ceylon black tea infused with mint. I'm trying to get in as much cold-brewed tea as I can before Summer officially slips away. The softer tea taste that cold-brewing provides with a subtle hint of mint...gooood morning to me! I love that I can prep this before bed and all I have to do in the morning is strain it and go.

What you'll need:
3 tsp loose leaf black tea
16 oz water
5(ish) fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
container with a lid

What to do:
1. Combine tea leaves and mint leaves in container. (I use a jar because it seals nicely and gives me the option of drinking the tea immediately after straining or resealing it and saving it for later. Win/win.)
2. Add water. 
3. Place the top securely on the container and give it a good shake to mix all the ingredients together.
4. Leave to steep in the refrigerator for 8-9 hours.
5. Strain and sip away!

Steph

8/21/13

Chattanooga: The Camp House

On our day trip to Chattanooga, my sisters, mom, and I stumbled upon what may be my new favorite coffee shop. After meandering through an antique store behind the tea shop, we noticed a tiny sign that read 'Coffee Bar Open' and went over to check it out.
We open the door and walk into this large, renovated warehouse space with skylights and gorgeous brick walls. Coffee house heaven, you guys. I love stumbling upon awesome new places like this! Turns out the place is an Anglican church on Sunday and is open as a coffee shop during the week. And they serve Counter Culture Coffee! 
Maddie grooving to the music
Even though we had just finished having tea, I couldn't leave this sweet space without getting something, so I got a decaf americano for the road. 
I'm now looking for any reason to head up to Chatty to hang out at this place. Definitely check it out if you're in the city!

Steph

8/20/13

Chattanooga: The English Rose

Earlier this Summer, my sisters and I took my Mom on a belated Mother's Day trip to Tennessee. One of our favorite tea shops, The English Rose, is downtown Chattanooga so we drove up for afternoon tea!
While the tea and snacks are always delicious, my favorite part about teatime is that it's a time set aside for conversation. I got to spend an hour or two sitting with three of my favorite women on the planet. We talked, snacked, drank a few pots of tea and just enjoyed each others company. 
I so adore these ladies!
Steph

8/7/13

Summer Time

This summer has been packed full of activity! We've been working, traveling a little, spending time with family, and doing a few of our traditional summer activities. Six Flags? Check. Braves game? Check. Stone Mountain? Double check. Here's a quick list of the major events of the past few months. I hope to get around to posting on a few of these but we'll see how it goes:

- I started a new part-time job at an Asian-style tea shop downtown.
- Took a day trip to Chattanooga to have tea with my mom and sisters for a belated Mother's Day date.
- Eddie and I took a weekend trip to Miami for my sister-in-law's wedding shower. So much food and so many babies!
- I went to Panama City to visit family for a weekend.
- Eddie and I celebrated our two year anniversary. Time flies, you guys!
- My sister-in-law got married! We had family and friends visiting the week before and after the wedding. It was so much fun and Damaris was a gorgeous bride! 
- We spent a few days with some good friends that were in town for the wedding. We got to show them around Atlanta and took a day trip up to the mountains to go rafting.
- Not For Sale Georgia, the anti-trafficking organization that I volunteer with, had a few events this summer that went really well!
- Eddie and I are moving downtown at the end of the month so we've begun the packing process. Or rather, we've begun grouping our things into 'sell it', 'store it', and 'take it' piles so that packing and moving will go smoothly. There's a lot left to do, though!

That is a very brief overview of life lately, but, for the sake of actually posting something, we'll leave it at that for now.

Steph