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Happy Valentines Day

“We’ve been together for a while now
We’re growing stronger everyday now
It feels so good and there’s no doubt
I will stay with you as each morning brings sunrise
And the flowers bloom in springtime
All my love you can rely
And I’ll stay with you

Oh I’ll stay with you through the ups and the downs
Oh I’ll stay with you when no one else is around
And when the dark clouds arrive
I will stay by your side
I know we’ll be alright
I will stay with you”

-John Legend


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Life is busy, life is full and as much as I wish for it to slow down sometimes, life is good. Our weekends are filled with friends and family and travels. And our weeks are busy with work and small group and trying to squeeze in some quality time with each other. But time is flying by and I am thankful to enjoy it. Here’s a quick recap of our lives the past few months according to my iphone:

We spent a weekend in October with the Neely family at Pawley’s Island. It always feels good to be near the water. Something about it..

We saw John Legend in concert for the first time. A-mazing. If you get the chance, go. I’m now stalking tour dates because that definitely won’t be the last time.

My dear friend Ashima came to visit & she taught me how to cook Indian food!

And we went to the NC state fair. Note to self: Do not go the state fair on the opening weekend. ever. again.

We fostered this little pup named Tebow – & he melted my heart!

We went to visit these two lovebirds up in NYC.

Spent Thanksgiving down in SC with my parents.

Spent my first Christmas in NC with the Neelys!

Spent some time before Christmas in Blowing Rock with the Neelys.

Spent a weekend in VA beach with my college roomies watching a friend get married.

And most excitingly..

Welcomed this sweet, sweet baby nephew of mine into the world on December 14th. He is a joy and a blessing and we are so thankful for his life.

That’s a pretty short recap for what the past 3 months have entailed. But we will try to not be missing in action from this little blog again!

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It’s good to be home and wake up to these lovely views every day for a week.


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happy anniversary

Today is our two year anniversary. It feels like the time has FLOWN by. But when I think about everything that we have done over the past two years – it feels like we squeezed a lot in. We adopted a dog, we bought a house, we took a roadtrip down the California coastline, we visited Meg in NYC, we considered starting a small business, we’ve made friends and made our house into our home, we’ve learned how to forgive and how to show grace. We’ve grown an enormous amount together. We’ve seen almost every side of each other. And I still feel like the luckiest girl in the world today. I am so thankful that God made Ryan for me, to be my partner in this life – through all of it’s ups and downs. And I am thankful that Ryan loves me just as I am.  He is smart, creative, funny, generous and is my very best friend and I feel incredibly blessed. I am thankful for these years because I know we will always look back on them fondly and cherish the adventures we have gone on and I am so excited for what the future holds!


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Happy 4th!

Happy Fourth of July!

I am so thankful for the endless list of freedoms we have in this country. And for those who work to keep it that way.

And happy birthday to our Charlie Monster who turns 5 today! We are thankful for the love and never ending entertainment he has given us the past 2 years. We can’t imagine life without him!

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Moving into Summer.

The month of June has been somewhat of a whirlwind and I can’t believe it will be July by the end of the week. Does anyone else feel like time goes by faster the older you get? Here’s a quick recap of the past month – it has been super busy, but no complaints here!

We somehow squeezed in a visit to my parents house which always recharges me a little bit –  this time we took Ryan’s sisters along with us.

My mama recently adopted a third stray kitten that she found in my Grandma’s barn – therefore he is named Barnabas aka Barney. He is the wildest kitten I’ve ever met and never really wears himself out to curl up and be sweet. We are trying to slowly introduce Charlie to cats so that one day we might be able to have one and know that he is not going to eat it. He did pretty good! He is just very, very curious. He could care less about squirrels, birds, rabbits, even other dogs – but he is VERY interested in the felines.

Thankfully this little guy isn’t the least bit phased by Charles.

This past weekend we took a 4 day trip to Newport, Rhode Island, where I graduated high school, to attend a dear friend, Faith’s wedding. Of course, I did not get any pictures of the friends I saw. Awesome. I chose not to bring my camera to the wedding because I knew Faith would have some amazing photographers (she IS a wedding photographer herself). Therefore I now have no proof I saw any old friends. Hopefully there will be some pictures of us when she gets her pictures back.

[photography by Peter Silvia]

The wedding was absolutely beautiful and a lot of fun with an awesome photo booth for endless entertainment. The reception was held at Glen Manor House in Portsmouth, RI. So many cute ideas I can’t even name them all. Faith looked gorgeous and I wish her and Jefferson the very best.

Honestly, those things are a lot of fun.

We saw a lot of boats preparing for the TransAtlantic race that started on Sunday from Newport to Lizard’s Point, England..

..toured the Breakers, the Vanderbilt’s  Summer home..

..played on the rocks at Ft. Adams, where I used to live..

hello lil’ 67 Jackson Road!

..found our future home [just looked it up, almost $2 million, dkhjndfjk!!?@!]..

[“Imagine…” HAHA]

.. and took a Sunset Cruise of beautiful Newport.

And now we are back to reality. Until next weekend when we will be going on a mule trip 🙂


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Goodbye Oprah

I have to say, I am going to miss Oprah.  Oprah has been around for as long as I can remember (her show has literally been around for the number of years I have been alive) and though I have not watched her religiously, I feel like she has been a part of my life growing up. She was on the TV many days after I got home from school from a young age up through high school, in college and even now that I’m married and get home a little earlier than the usual working crowd.

I just finished watching the finale of her show and I think she summed it up beautifully, no fancy gift-giving, no special guests, just a heartfelt thank you to her fans and those that inspired and taught her throughout her life. Even her fourth grade teacher was present. And she ended her show with the sentence, “To God be the Glory,” which made it a little sweeter in my eyes.

I am thankful to Oprah for using her fame in a positive way – she is a rare breed for that. I’m thankful that she was not afraid to bring light to certain situations that so desperately needed light shed on them, like sexual abuse, women’s rights and raising consciousness about the war going on in our country right now and the military families involved. I’m thankful that she inspires people around the world to be the best of themselves they can be – to not be afraid to follow their dreams and passions, to intentionally give hope to someone who needs hope. And I am thankful that she recognized and thanked God, because she is right, her life story was not a coincidence.  What’s the secret to “The Oprah Winfrey Show’s” success? “I say my team, and Jesus,” Oprah tells the audience. “Nothing but the hand of God.”

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