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?



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,


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!


Video: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

Hollywood Beach, Florida - November 2012
I'm currently playing this song by Hillsong United on repeat. I love the imagery and the truth woven in every word. The uncertainty in life is real but the reality of the presence of the Lord, of the Spirit, is even more real. Standing on this reality as Eddie and I step into this new season of life. I'm looking forward to digging deeper into life and community, to drawing nearer to the Father's heart.

Hillsong United- Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

"You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown, where feet may fail.
And there I find You in the mystery, in oceans deep, my faith will stand.

And I will call upon Your name, and keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours, and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters. Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me, You've never failed, and You won't start now

And I will call upon Your name, and keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours, and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders.
Let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior"

Steph xo


Celebrating My Love

Yesterday was Eddie's birthday! We spent the day eating, going to church, eating, exploring the city, hanging out...and eating. It was a really relaxing, fun day of celebrating Eddie and all that he is. I'm so thankful for him. The longer we're married, the more I know about him and the more I love him. Can't imagine life without this man!

Here's a quick rundown of our day and the yumminess that it contained!
Breakfast: whole wheat + Nutella waffles with homemade maple syrup, chocolate chips, and blueberries. The weather was gorgeous so we ate out on the back porch in the heat. Taking advantage of the space before it starts to get cold out!

Recently, my cousin brought us some homemade maple syrup from my uncle's farm in Ohio and I've been looking for any excuse to make waffles or pancakes so we can use it! It's thinner and a little less sweet than store bought syrup, which I love.
Lunch: After church, we had brunch at a local restaurant called Parish with my family. Since moving downtown, Eddie and I have been exploring the area and checking out local restaurants. This place has a southern version of Eggs Benedict, burgers, fresh madeleines...it was pretty tasty!
Dinner: Homemade polenta + shrimp + bacon + parmesan cheese. Eddie gave this meal a 10/10! I combined two recipes to make it (one, two) and it turned out really well. The sweetness of the fresh-off-the-cob corn plus the saltiness of the shrimp cooked with bacon made for a really rich and flavorful meal. Definitely saving this one!
Wrapped up the night with chocolate chip cookies! I wasn't joking when I said we ate all day long. We spent the evening in the new house, not unpacking for a change. Just cooking, goofing off, and enjoying the last of the day. Loved celebrating my man and his life!

Love you, Eddie xo