10 things: 12.2013.

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  1. i would love to have a “year of the sock” à la amanda.
  2. dear youtube, thank you for helping me determine that our washing machine was, in fact, broken and for showing me how to fix it so easily!
  3. and then there is this (unfortunately they re-did the video & added annoying extra commentary – skip that part. the little boy is incredible!): 
  4. it took everything in me to not put up our advent calendar the day we got it. this is the first time either one of us has done an advent calendar, and we for sure picked a stellar one – this beauty from naptime diaries. it was my favorite decoration, and it was my very favorite way to end each day.IMG_3747
  5. this month was full of great highs & hard lows…
  6. but through both, we learned deeper value in God’s vision of marriage. and we are so, so thankful.
  7. our little JulieAnne is still rockin’ through the winter, still giving us beautiful lemons. it’s, like, “infinity x ten” times better than a unity candle. and the flowers that are still blooming in december…in minnesota?! our house smells heavenly with the sweetest smelling perfume.
  8. our contribution to christmas eve dinner was, per usual, dessert. we ended up tweaking this gingerbread latte cake with this eggnog buttercream. YUM!
  9. my absolute favorite memory of our first married christmas was christmas morning with just us. it was more special than i imagined it could be.
  10. we got to have a fun new year’s eve night with just the girls while we sent michael & joy to the thunder game. it was our second annual celebration, kicked off with pan-a-cakes for dinner :o)
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10 things: 10.2013.

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  1. i have learned, and love, that dustin likes to sign the cards & gifts that we give. he doesn’t want me to sign his name for him.
  2. we are so grateful to join a couple’s group with some old & new friends.
  3. obviously such momentous occasions call for making a recipe that’s been held in the wings for ages: smitten kitchen’s apple pie cookies. i did apple and peach…i just couldn’t resist the peaches.
  4. then, the ladies & guys from our couple’s group meet separately every other wednesday to do a ladies’ small group & a guys’ night. such a gift!
  5. although we aren’t super consistent with them, video calls with our nieces are highly anticipated & pure entertainment.
  6. the sunrises have been incredible this month.
  7. we have EIGHT lemons on our sweet little lemon tree!
  8. this instagram post by cranny and me had me laughing so hard when i found it, i had tears streaming down my face, and i couldn’t stop. the look on his face with those goggles – i mean, come on!
  9. we can’t wait to dive into the new artisan bread in 5 minutes a day. we already have so many recipes bookmarked.
  10. i’ve been scrolling back regularly to this image rhiannon posted…IMG_3480

10 things: 08.2013.

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  1. we kicked off this month’s dinners making quinoa-beet burgers. and we both liked them!
  2. a special bonus visit gave us the chance to spend more time with the nieces celebrating piper & gabi’s birthdays in minnesota, too :o) and i got to go with on a very special trip to the American Girl doll store.
  3. to celebrate our first wedding month-iversary, we made the most delicious treat: peach dumplings (thank you, smitten kitchen cookbook)!
  4. i felt so special to be able to video chat with miss piper after her first day of kindergarten!!
  5. we had a blast at the state fair – dustin’s first time :o)
  6. dustin started his residency.
  7. our little lemons have started to turn yellow!! i find myself googling “how to take care of a lemon tree” many times a week…
  8. we are slowly finding our new rhythm & routines now that we are both working.
  9. watching dustin & blackjack together every morning is just the sweetest thing.
  10. we have had an onslaught of delicious tomatoes from our produce CSA, so tried a new recipe – a cozy kitchen’s heirloom tomato jam. it’s insanely good. i pretty much wanna spread it on everything.

10 things: 07.2013.

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  1. WE’RE MAAAAAAAARRIED!!
  2. i had so much fun cooking for our wedding with the nieces. marshmallows, cake, & frosting, oh my!
  3. we got to celebrate miss allisyn’s birthday in minnesota :o)
  4. we made our first big purchase together – a truck!
  5. i reconnected with today’s letters, one of my favorite blogs. they’re totes flaming my desire to homestead one day.
  6. we started our first tradition: sunday morning waffles, thanks to the fabulous the faux martha’s recipe.
  7. julie-ann (our wedding lemon tree) joined the family. we’re quite smitten.
  8. husband made the most delicious pork chops!
  9. tommy turned ONE…and is going to be a big brother!
  10. we went to our first wedding as the crawfords.

10 things: 06.2013.

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  1. i have the most genuine, thoughtful, loving friends who planned the most fabulous shower & bachelorette parties for me. i was abundantly blessed to start june off surrounded by some of my very favorite people – laughing, introducing them to each other, sharing a meal & stories, and truly being humbled & overwhelmed by their love, joy, & presence. for a never-ending list of reasons, i am truly, truly the luckiest.
  2. our pup turned 10 years old!
  3. on the heels of my work trip to europe, dustin had his two week AT for the Guard. it was unfortunate timing, and as hard as we tried to make the best of it, being away for so long, back-to-back was pretty much killer.
  4. i had so much fun making OK & MN cookies :o)
  5. caroline has a voice that resonates deeply in me. her style of sharing & processing what the Lord is teaching her continues to refresh & challenge my thoughts & perspective. her post, this is a gift, is no exception.
  6. ohmygoodness – the at&t commercials slay me! this one in particular: 
  7. then there was that date night where i was SUPER excited to take my fiancé to man of steel…and i fell asleep. oops?
  8. our CSA pick-up began again! that’s what i call christmas in june!!
  9. i found the perfect fabric for the gabi & piper’s flower girl dresses. eeeek!
  10. we got the sweetest little orchid – i’ve always wanted one. now, to try to keep it alive…

10 things: 05.2013.

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  1. i got to do my first dress fitting. i still can’t believe i get to wear such a gorgeous wedding dress!
  2. as hard as it was to be away from d for so long, i was able to spend 10 days in europe for work. it was even more beautiful than i imagined.
  3. while in europe, i got to go on a little adventure! i took a train from germany to belgium to see my cousin & her sweet family for the first time in far too long. of particular importance was getting to meet their sweet Everett who had been born just a few months earlier :o)
  4. another europe highlight: lo & behold, i really did have THE most delicious Belgian waffle ever in Belgium. i don’t use the word “ever” lightly, i promise.
  5. we are absolutely loving the mill city farmer’s market winter market
  6. pre-marital skype dates with mike make my heart so, so full.
  7. my handsome fiancé finished his internship!
  8. we found d’s (3 piece!) suit for a steal.
  9. i was so hopeful that we would avoid dress drama, but the bridesmaids’ dresses are looking like they will be quite delayed :o(
  10. i am so happy to have found a veil! i loved che bella.
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10 things: 04.2013.

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  1. d & i started a blog together!
  2. we went to our first hockey game. it was extra special since it was part of dustin’s birthday celebration :o)
  3. we got to spend a whole weekend with eli.
  4. these nanas know what’s what: the 9 nanas
  5. sadly, we have seen too much tragedy lately. i’m reminded over & over again how precious life is. thankfully, in the midst of tragedy, heroes rise up.
  6. we’re finally getting some warm weather!
  7. we got dustin’s wedding band. eeeeek!
  8. we’re at the cake-recipe-testing-invitation-making-suit-shopping stage of wedding planning. so fun!
  9. i’ve said it before, and i’ll say it forever: we have the most wonderful wedding photographer. she sent us a date night package with gourmet popcorn & movie theater tickets!
  10. ohmygoodness: bacio’s french toast.

10 things: 03.2013.

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  1. our community is incredibly kind, generous, & encouraging.
  2. i got as close to tears* as i have so far with wedding stuff when the girls picked, to try on, what they ultimately chose as their bridesmaid dress.
    *i get ridiculously happy & excited but, oddly, haven’t cried yet. still baffles me…
  3. it was SO fun to have a whole weekend with alli & joy (even tho i ruined the surprise for joy’s visit).
  4. celebrating dustin’s birthday was such a such a simple, special, fun day. and i get to celebrate him for all of his birthdays for the rest of his life. rock on!
  5. we celebrated my 2nd hospital-free-iversary!
  6. we broke below 100 days until the wedding. eeeeek! :o)
  7. it was our first Easter together. Good Friday at OD, Easter at UR.  so blessed.
  8. all four of the of the celebrations above were wonderfully timed to hit every other day for the last week of the month. such an awesome way to celebrate out of march & into april.
  9. loving this article from shane claiborne: what if jesus meant all that stuff?
  10. we learned that registering is way more draining than we ever imagined. what a well kept secret…

10 things: 02.2013.

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  1. i can count the number of months until our wedding on one hand. eeek! my heart beats faster just thinking about it…
  2. i get to read an advance copy of bread & wine! (!!!) and it ARRIVED! i can’t wait to read it this weekend. post coming soon.
  3. these pepper jack stuffed pretzel bites. oh! my! goodness! insanely good.
  4. JT’s performance at the grammys – woah!
  5. i love ellen. the dancing, clumbsy thumbsy, the practical jokes. and then she went & had kindness week. major happy tears.
  6. bob goff’s twitter & facebook posts regularly change the course of my day, thoughts, & prayers. two of the most recent:
    :: Jesus won’t try to speak over the noise in our lives; love whispers so we won’t be confused about who’s doing the talking.
    :: Every time we love people extravagantly we answer one more question the world has about God’s character.
  7. i stumbled upon the influence network. i can’t wait to dig in & learn more!
  8. the later sunsets & longer days of daylight are such a wonderful a treat!!
  9. loving these posts: brave moms raise brave kids (jen hatmaker) & how to be a better lover (ann voskamp)
  10. this video about brothers connor & cayden long, the bond that they have, & the way connor looks out for his brother leaves me speechless, soggy from tears, & gives me hope for raising our kids one day:

10 things: 01.2013.

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so happy to be re-visiting this monthly exercise, inspired by sarah kay’s TED talk, “if i should have a daughter.” the video is worth all 18 minutes, but even if you only catch the first few minutes, i hope you’ll find yourself inspired & moved by her thoughts.

  1. my birthday was over-the-top special this year for countless reasons.
  2. we have a wedding date! and the most wonderful venue for the ceremony & reception, in the most unexpected location :o)
  3. LOVing this super fun valentine’s day card from one of my faves, lindsay letters.
  4. dreaming of getting a better life bag to replace my barely-hanging-on work bag. i love their heart, their mission, & their super cute bags!
  5. i can’t seem to put enough lotion on my hands.
  6. so thankful for jenny’s words in this post at dinner: a love story. so many truths about the value of & need for our stories as well as, i think, the creative process in general.
  7. contrary to prior experience…i’m actually digging the budgeting thing. go figure!
  8. wedding planning is absolutely surreal. how did i get so lucky?!
  9. dustin got to experience ipsento!
  10. loving this quote that a friend posted last week:

day by day, dear Lord,
of you three things i pray:
to see You more clearly,
love You more dearly,
follow You more nearly,
day by day.
:: frederick borsch ::