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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The morning I launched this blog from the Orlando airport, I came home to the sweetest, “Welcome to the Blogging World” care package from my friend Elise. It was complete with snazzy pens and a little matching notebook, giant paper clips “just for fun,” a gorgeous scarf – because, “bloggers wear scarves” (um, why didn’t I become a blogger years ago?!) and gift cards to some of her favorite spots.
I used to think you could have too many friends. But with every life change (joining staff with Cru, moving to Indianapolis, moving to Columbus, switching ministries within Cru) I keep realizing my heart is bigger than I know.
Some of my best friends to this day are girls I’ve known since elementary school. And I had bucked teeth in elementary school, so I’m really lucky they even wanted to be my friend to begin with.
I don’t know why but I am super nervous about making my blog live. I’ve been working on it for a while, but sharing it with the “world” makes it more real and not just my own personal ramblings.
I have no clue how many people will actually read my blog, but I’m excited to have a space to share my thoughts, experiences and passions with anyone who’s interested!