I'm currently on Thanksgiving break ! I'm off the whole week and so pumped to catch up with family and friends this break. It's a packed break and I couldn't be happier about that :). Also I've started to pull out Christmas decorations. I can't wait to deck our little abode in lights. 

A few shots from the weekend: 

Breakfast and coffee at 7th Flag with two of my most high-energy active friends. They make me look boring! I always leave these conversations creatively energized and encouraged. Big hearts for the Lord, these gals. 

Breakfast and coffee at 7th Flag with two of my most high-energy active friends. They make me look boring! I always leave these conversations creatively energized and encouraged. Big hearts for the Lord, these gals. 

Oh hey there lavender donut and sliced grapefruit. It wouldn't be a week if I didn't go to my happy place Whole Foods. This meal was spent catching up with my old roommate Shelley. 

Oh hey there lavender donut and sliced grapefruit. It wouldn't be a week if I didn't go to my happy place Whole Foods. This meal was spent catching up with my old roommate Shelley. 

For my birthday, Sharon gifted me this fox plate and lipstick ! This gift is pretty spot on. I wouldn't expect anything less from this kindred friend of mine–she knows me and I love that :) 

For my birthday, Sharon gifted me this fox plate and lipstick ! This gift is pretty spot on. I wouldn't expect anything less from this kindred friend of mine–she knows me and I love that :) 

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Yesterday was a little bit out of the norm and for that I am incredibly thankful for because spontaneity feeds my soul ! 

A project my team has been working on came back from the printers. I helped with this particular spread. It's hard to tell but the red is foil stamp ! This project has been at the printers for a while now, so it hasn't been on my mind, so when it came in, fresh ink smell and all, it was a pleasant surprise. 

A project my team has been working on came back from the printers. I helped with this particular spread. It's hard to tell but the red is foil stamp ! This project has been at the printers for a while now, so it hasn't been on my mind, so when it came in, fresh ink smell and all, it was a pleasant surprise. 

Melissa left an Anthro candle at my door !! I was feeling a little down on my drive home and it was so unexpected to come home to this. Oh Anthro candles, you smell so good. Thanks Melissa T, so glad to have you in my life. PS: Anthro candles are kind of an inside joke for my small group, because roommate and I will mention them frequently at our small group time. 

Melissa left an Anthro candle at my door !! I was feeling a little down on my drive home and it was so unexpected to come home to this. Oh Anthro candles, you smell so good. Thanks Melissa T, so glad to have you in my life. PS: Anthro candles are kind of an inside joke for my small group, because roommate and I will mention them frequently at our small group time. 

Another thing different from the usual Thursday was that Yoga class ended early because we had a sub, so Layne and I went to La Madeline for dinner. I'm not much of a wine drinker but to celebrate her trunk show and my birthday, we both got a glass. I even had time for a quick errand at the end of the night, which was a reminder to me of an answered prayer I feel like I've been praying: that God would multiply my time for HIs glory. 

Another thing different from the usual Thursday was that Yoga class ended early because we had a sub, so Layne and I went to La Madeline for dinner. I'm not much of a wine drinker but to celebrate her trunk show and my birthday, we both got a glass. I even had time for a quick errand at the end of the night, which was a reminder to me of an answered prayer I feel like I've been praying: that God would multiply my time for HIs glory. 

Happy Friday, have a good one. 

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To Austinites, Round Rock seems like a faraway city, so when I tell people I work past Round Rock, the first question is always, how long is the drive? 

Surprisingly because it's against traffic flow I get to work between 25-30 minutes!

When I first started commuting it was exhausting (especially because I used to commute 5 minutes when I worked at the Austin Stone), but now the drive has become one of my favorite parts about the job. 

First of all, because I love being in a moving vehicle. Train, plane, car, you name it, I like to be moving in it. This is probably a consequence of my parents driving me around the neighborhood when I was a baby to get me to fall asleep. Oh parents, how I appreciate you so, sorry I was such a difficult baby. 

Second, the time spent in the car has been so good for my soul to process and pray. I tend to be a go-go-go type of person and I do my best reflecting and processing with friends over coffee, but the past year, it's been a good growing experience to be alone in a car with my thoughts. It's also been a sweet time to pray for people and whatever I have going on in the evening. 

The last stop light I cross every morning to get to campus !

The last stop light I cross every morning to get to campus !


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Roommate Holls and I always keep a box of mac&cheese in our pantry. It's for moments when you are exhausted and don't want to cook or when you don't want to combat traffic (or the cold) to go get groceries. Last night was one of those days. I came in the door starving, ate a pickle to hold me over as I waited for the water to boil. Ten minutes later I was on the couch eating this: 

When you're hangry ... mac&cheese, my friend is something to be grateful for 

When you're hangry ... mac&cheese, my friend is something to be grateful for 

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Growing up I always had to do things first because I was the older twin (note: I am 1 minute older than Kae). In recent years Kae has "gone first" in marriage and now motherhood. And for that, I am tremendously grateful. She's an incredible example of what it looks like to be a godly wife and mother, and it has been a joy these past couple of years to watch her step into her role as a wife and now a mother and do it beautifully and with humility. It's helped shape my ideas of marriage and motherhood. See her most recent post about Rose–it will make you tear up and/or feel warm and fuzzy inside. Warning: Expect to squee: Rose is ADORABLE. 

James and Kae are two of the most thoughtful people I know. Thanks in part, I think, to the fact that they are both Dreamers (according to YUD) and Dreamers are "reflective, imaginative, calm." I'm so glad they're my siblings ... I mean ... who else is going to buy the new Taylor Swift album for me for my birthday? Thanks Riedels, love yall. 

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So I didn't post on Friday but here's some photos of a great weekend to make up for that: 

Photo Booth fun at Taylor&Ryan's wedding Friday night ! Left: Here's me and my favorite person (hi Peter!). It's hard to see but I'm rocking a top hat, which by the way I wish I owned one. This was our first wedding together as a couple and it was so much fun to dance with Peter :). Right: My small group (missing leaders Taylor & Rachel). These gals are amazing. I'm so grateful to see them weekly and do life with them.  Congrats to the beautiful bride and groom Taylor and Ryan!

Photo Booth fun at Taylor&Ryan's wedding Friday night ! Left: Here's me and my favorite person (hi Peter!). It's hard to see but I'm rocking a top hat, which by the way I wish I owned one. This was our first wedding together as a couple and it was so much fun to dance with Peter :). Right: My small group (missing leaders Taylor & Rachel). These gals are amazing. I'm so grateful to see them weekly and do life with them. 

Congrats to the beautiful bride and groom Taylor and Ryan!

After wedding Contigo with (from L to R): Jaime, Emily, and Joy. Contigo is by far one of my favorite places in Austin. I'm glad I got to spend it here with these ladies over good conversation after a fun night of dancing. 

After wedding Contigo with (from L to R): Jaime, Emily, and Joy. Contigo is by far one of my favorite places in Austin. I'm glad I got to spend it here with these ladies over good conversation after a fun night of dancing. 

Satuday night was spent down town with Peter seeing Noah Gundersen. At the end of the show David Ramirez came on stage to sing with the band "Take it Easy." It's one of my Dad's favorite Eagles songs, so I was excited to hear it covered by two of my favorite musicians. 

Satuday night was spent down town with Peter seeing Noah Gundersen. At the end of the show David Ramirez came on stage to sing with the band "Take it Easy." It's one of my Dad's favorite Eagles songs, so I was excited to hear it covered by two of my favorite musicians. 

This weekend bestie Layne hosted her first Oh Dandelion trunk show. Currently she sells her products online but it's a dream of hers to have a brick and mortar. Sunday was a little taste of that! The event was a huge success with a great turn out. Everything was beautifully set up! Great job and congrats Layne! 

This weekend bestie Layne hosted her first Oh Dandelion trunk show. Currently she sells her products online but it's a dream of hers to have a brick and mortar. Sunday was a little taste of that! The event was a huge success with a great turn out. Everything was beautifully set up! Great job and congrats Layne! 

Took this picture with the gals to make fun of the fact that we all think our left side is better than our right side. 

Took this picture with the gals to make fun of the fact that we all think our left side is better than our right side. 


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This week some canceled plans meant I had an unexpected night in. I took advantage of the time to make a large pot of meat sauce. Cooking is probably one of those activities I really enjoy but feel like I never have time for, so this particular evening was a real blessing to sip on some shiner, chop and stir away, and then cozy up with a heaping bowl and my bible. Roommate Holls was reading Narnia with a big bowl of popcorn and sipping beer. There was something nice and comforting about doing our own thing but near each other. 

Thanks Mom for loaning me your le creuset pot, it's the perfect size for the types of dishes I like to make :)

Thanks Mom for loaning me your le creuset pot, it's the perfect size for the types of dishes I like to make :)

PS: I'm currently reading and enjoying Colossians; this morning I read chapter 3 and was reminded in verses 15-17 the importance of practicing gratitude. It was a good reminder for me to keep blogging. I'm grateful for this small space on the world wide web and the outlet it has become to be grateful in Christ. Sometimes I get self conscious about what people are thinking when they read, but most of the time I just remember I'm only really blogging for friends and family, and these people are for me. Thanks all.

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Melissa and Emily left me and Holly notes at our door yesterday. I feel so thankful to be neighbors with these gals! It was such a great mid-week reminder that I am loved. Melissa drew me a fox !! 

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Some background: I love San Antonio. When I first moved back from LA to Austin, I worked part time at the Austin Stone. Three days a week I worked in the office and the other two days I freelanced for a wedding company but often I road tripped to San Antonio on those days because two of my closest friends lived there. I was also pretty restless during that transition time so it was nice to get out of Austin. 

For my birthday I wanted to spend a day in San Antonio with Peter. I sent him a few things I wanted to do and he planned the day wonderfully (including an awesome surprise in the afternoon)!

First stop: Buc-ee's 

Whenever I'm enroute to SA, I stop at Buc-ee's. We got some kolaches :) to kick off the day. 

Second stop: El Milagrito 

Our first stop in San Antonio was for breakfast tacos ! We ate brunch at a yummy and authentic Mexican restaurant. It's one of those places that is super laid back and not pretentious in decor. 

Third stop: Local Coffee on Broadway St.

My favorite coffee shop ! We spent a few hours here reading and listening to music. I made Peter take a pretty lengthy personality quiz called Your Unique Design because I am all about those personality quizzes. Pretty much the whole day was full of favorite moments, but there was something about being at a coffee shop with Peter that I especially loved. The funny thing about going to Local with Peter is that I've never sat in a chair before because they have really nice sturdy stools at Local, but Peter totally went straight for the chairs when we were trying to decide where to sit, so that was a new experience for me. hah! It's these little things in life, guys. 

Fourth stop: My surprise !! 

Peter bought me art for my birthday !! Swoon. Here's the back story: a few weeks ago Peter drove up to Georgetown to have lunch with me at Thundercloud subs (favorite!) and next door is the Georgetown Art Center so after lunch we walked around the gallery. As we were leaving the gallery, we noticed a piece that we had missed and stopped to look at it. We both really liked it. So much so, that I actually looked the artist up and tweeted her saying I enjoyed her piece. I thought that was the end of that. But guess what? The artist lives in San Antonio ! And Peter surprised me by buying me the piece we saw at the gallery and arranging a meeting with the artist !! I was so shocked when he told me and pretty bewildered as we drove to a Starbucks to meet her !! The artist had the piece wrapped in string and shared the story behind it: 

It's called "Welcome Home" which is one of the reasons why I liked the piece so much–such a great title, in my opinion. The artist and her husband aren't from Texas, so when they moved here, she created this piece. The cactus and the grackle represent the south and the swirling lines around the grackle represent moving. 

So blessed by this surprise ! 

Fifth stop: The Pearl 

Next stop was the Pearl which is this cool shopping center that has been on my list to visit. We had dinner at a trendy restaurant there called Cured. Before our reservations we met up with my best friend Emily who is currently going through a counseling grad program at UTSA. It was sweet to see her and walk around the area with her. 

Sixth stop: SPURS GAME ! 

I think some people gave Peter a hard time about us going to a Spurs game on my birthday, but I promise yall, it was my idea ! I have always wanted a team to cheer for, but because I'm not big on sports, I never really found one. I sort of thought maybe I would be a Lakers fan at one point because my roommates in college loved them but that never happened. Now that I'm dating Peter, who loves the Spurs, it seems like the right team to cheer for; plus I love San Antonio, so there's that too. Anyway, the game–it was so much fun. I got WAY more into it than I thought I would... I was pretty bummed we didn't win the game (we were SO close). 

Here's to more adventures in the future with this one 

Here's to more adventures in the future with this one 

Cheers to 25 ! 

 

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