#lifewithoutfilters: WAKE UP.

You know, as much as people dread Mondays, I appreciate the fact that it’s the perfect day to start something new. This month, I’m all about fresh starts and new beginnings, so I appreciate that each week I have an easy day to designate as the first day of something new.

I mentioned at the beginning of the month, that October was going to be a fresh start for fitness and healthy living for Stuart and me.

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Rainy days call for…Jaws?

Yesterday was a dreary, cold, rainy day in Malvern. And let’s be honest, whenever it’s a dreary, cold, rainy day all I feel like doing is staying in sweats and snuggling up under a warm blanket with a hot cup of coffee. Some rainy days I don’t have this option, but luckily today, after Stuart and I got some work done (that’s right, no slacking on support even on rainy days!) we decided to relax a bit and watch a movie.

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What Would I Die For?


My pastor read this quote at church this past Sunday, and it really hit me. What would I die for?

The first 2 things that came to mind were my faith in Jesus Christ, and my husband, Stuart. There are maybe a few other things I would die for, including my family and friends, but realizing these were the first two things that came to mind made me very thankful.

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Happy Birthday Stell!

Today is our baby’s birthday! Some people view their dogs as their kids and a member of the family. Yep, we’re those people. And we’re not ashamed of it. I mean, we didn’t go as far as throwing her a doggy birthday party or making a cake, (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) we just really, really love our furball.

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Happy Fab Fall Friday!

I got a new “do” this week! A little shorter, a little more natural. I don’t know about you, but a new hairstyle kind of makes me feel like a new person, and just all around happy. I guess it was perfect timing to fit in with my fresh start this month!

Not only that, but I got to spend some time with a great friend who not only encouraged me, made me laugh hard and spoke truth to my heart, but also brought me my favorite Starbucks drink.

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#lifewithoutfilters: Just Do It.

I’ve seen some people post Instagram pictures using the hashtag, #lifewithoutfilters, and I love it. I know I’m guilty of trying to make each picture just right…taking 10 pictures of the same thing from different angles to see which one is best. Adding some cilantro as garnish on top of my pico de gallo so it looks extra yummy, only to take it off before digging in.

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I. Love. Fall.

Fall is my FAVORITE. And in my opinion, you really can’t get a more perfect place to enjoy fall than in Chester County, PA. Lucky for us, we’re going to be in Chester County for a couple months this fall. We kicked the season off well this weekend, by going apple picking with some friends. Besides the yummy apples, the orchard we went to has the most amazing apple cider donuts, and if there were any left from the six we bought, I’d include a picture…

Some other things I love about fall are:

  • sitting in my mom’s screened in porch at night in sweats, reading a good book.
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It’s been real.

This past week we were incredibly blessed to have the use of our friends’ beach house in Ocean City, NJ. It was the perfect first anniversary mini getaway! We took every advantage we could, but also spent lots of time relaxing and simply enjoying being together. Some of the things we made sure to do were:

  • Go to the beach! (Duh.)
  • Celebrate our first anniversary.
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Fish Status.

Have you ever had moments in your life when you can hear or feel God telling you to do something, but all you want to do is turn in the opposite direction and run as fast as you can?

Yeah, me too.

Most recently I experienced this feeling when we received news of our first placement with Athletes in Action.

We got the call about two weeks ago that the allocation team had placed us in Dayton, OH, where the team serves 7 college campuses.

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One year ago today I became Mrs. Stuart Grandlienard. It was by far the best day of my life, and for those who know me well, it wasn’t simply because it was a whole day all about me! (Although it was definitely fun feeling as close to a Princess as I probably ever will for a day.) It was so special to have so many of our friends and family all in one room to see us become husband and wife, then to dance the night away with us afterwards!

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