Tuesday, September 11, 2012


It snuck up on me, this move to Nebraska. One day, it's just a job interview, then an offer the next week. A month later it's a start date that's still over a month away. Then it's scheduling the movers/packers to come in two weeks.

But now?

Now, we drive away this evening.

It's been hard to say goodbye to those we know and love here. Many tears have been shed and hugs exchanged. I feel like we are leaving behind so much but I also know that God has opened this door to give us so much more. He's also been helping me to remember that I'm not leaving everything behind, I'm taking a part of it with me in my heart. I carry the love of friends and family with me, something I could never simply forget to pack.

So as we pull out this evening, know that I carry you with me, friends.  I carry the memories we've made, the fun we've shared, and the tears we've cried. I look forward to sharing our future adventures with you, whether that's in person or electronically. Please continue to share yours with me as well. :) I look forward to hearing how God continues to work in your life.

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace." ~Numbers 6:24-26

Soli Deo Gloria,

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Second Anniversary

Many of you will remember our wonderful photos here taken by the lovely Sarah Adams of Photos by Sarah Beth for our 1st anniversary.
See? Gorgeous! :)
Well, when it came time to consider getting photos done for our 2nd anniversary, there was no contest. Photos by Sarah Beth it was! :) We were a little more ambitious this time and dragged Sarah all over DC with us. With the move coming up in just over a week, we wanted to get some photos at some places that were meaningful to us. Of course, we planned all of this before Dan ruptured his Achilles, but we were thankfully able to borrow a wheelchair from our church so he wouldn't have to run around DC on crutches the whole time.

We visited the memorial where Dan proposed, the WWII Memorial to get a picture for address change cards, and some of the places we went on our very first outing with my family and our first date. It was fun to reminisce while we were taking photos as we said good-bye to locations where we have so many memories. We also took some photos after church one day to remember the place where we met and were married. It was so special to have such a good friend with us while we relived the past several years together. Thank you Sarah! :)

And now...some of the photos! :)

Love this one!
I have one like this from our wedding that I absolutely love :)
Pretty much exactly where he proposed
So much time spent on Metro...had to get a photo :)
We took pictures here on our wedding day
Love the brick background!
Thank you, Sarah, for such wonderful anniversary photos! We will sorely miss you in Nebraska! And Happy 2nd Anniversary to the love of my life, Dan! Here's to a lifetime of love together! :)

Soli Deo Gloria,

Monday, September 3, 2012

Book Review: You Be Sweet

I was thrilled to see this cookbook come across the slate for BookSneeze choices this month. They've only recently started doing cookbooks and I always love having a chance to try new recipes. Unfortunately, I missed out on getting this in print, so I had to settle for the e-book version. Once I realized it was 422 pages though (on the Nook, 272 in print), I was glad for the version that weighed less. ;)

"You Be Sweet" is a collection of Southern style dessert and sweet recipes that will make your mouth water. It may also make you think you're gaining weight just by reading it based on the matching Southern style ingredients!

The book is broken into chapters based on anecdotal stories that center around certain events or occasions. Of course, this doesn't mean you can't use recipes from elsewhere in the book for those occasions but it's a cute idea for breaking up the recipes. The only problem is that you don't end up with much logic in how they're organized. It's a good thing then that there is a fabulous index in the back (in the e-book version, the index page numbers are hyperlinked to take you directly to the recipe).

So many of the desserts sound so enticing that I think I bookmarked more than 60 that I want to try! Everything from jams to teas to cakes and pies, even candies and soups! The pictures in the book looked fabulous even on my black-and-white little e-reader so I'm going to have to read the book on the computer to see them in all their colored glory. I only wish there had been more pictures! :)

Overall lovely cookbook with cute stories and beautiful pictures (though too few overall). Can't wait to start whipping up my own Southern style sweets!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

You Be Sweet!

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