Since leaving my job a few weeks ago, March has been a whirlwind. It's been packed but full of thanksgivings. Sometimes things seem to be moving so fast that I feel like I'm not really appreciating it all...I'm grateful for this morning to look back:

 

Peter and I went to California with Benry&Jess for a conference about church planting movements.  We got to the sunny sunny state a couple days before the conference and managed to fit in a handful of support meetings! Between meetings we stopped by the beach and coffee shops. As you can see from above... California = palm trees galore. My favorite part of the trip was seeing our close friends Josh&Char and their daughters Maddy and Izzy. It was a blessing to wind down and decompress with this family in the evenings after the info packed days at the conference.

I came home from California to the most amazing lingerie shower hosted by my awesome bridesmaids. There were so many cute details including pansies on cupcakes, an avocado bar, and pretty spray roses throughout Layne's apartment.

Peter and I bought a table and put it together! It's our first piece of furniture in our new home, which we have called "the cove."

Oh man, finding this table was a process. I had my heart set on an antique piece from Georgetown...a few heated discussions later, and lots of grace, we were able to get on the same page and found a table that really met our family's needs. It's hard to tell in the picture above, but the piece has really great industrial legs:


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Tomorrow is my last day at Southwestern University. I'm overwhelmed. It has been an amazing year and a half (or so) working at this beautiful campus with kind, talented colleagues. 

I don't really have words. I'm beyond grateful for my experience here. This job was an incredible answered prayer and came at a time when I was so confused about life and struggling to trust that it would all be okay. 

It seemed fitting to post some whimsy Southwestern related photos to bid this job adieu. 

Beautiful sunset outside the office one night

Beautiful sunset outside the office one night

Pirate bike wrapped in twinkle lights mounted in Roots Bistro off the square

Pirate bike wrapped in twinkle lights mounted in Roots Bistro off the square


This little office cove of mine

This little office cove of mine

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I mentioned last week that I took an informal class (great Christmas gift from Kae, thank you!) on Interior Design at UT and loved it! 

One takeaway from the class was the advice from the instructor to print out all the pieces you're considering for a space and to get samples of textiles/tiles/floor, etc. and to lay it all out and see what works and doesn't work. I don't have a printer so I've been taking pictures and screenshots of items and then grouping them up and zooming into them in preview on my computer. 

Below is a little snapshot of some items I already own/been scouring for me and Peter's future living space. Visually seeing all the items together helped me see that a darker rug would nicely anchor the space. Up until now I've only been shopping for neutral rugs since something dark seemed too dramatic. Yet in this process I was reminded that our coffee table is large so it will cover a lot of the rug, so the ends of the rug that will show up will add a nice contrast to the room. 

Another tip learned in class was to have about 20-30% black in the room. It's not a hard and fast rule but something the instructor tries to do in the spaces she designs to create contrast, interest and to ground a room. I currently have my eyes on an antique table with black legs!

There's a lot of parallels between graphic design and interior design so it's been fun to apply a lot of the fundamentals I learned in college to this new interest of mine. 

I pray that I would be able to create spaces for people that would help usher people into worship. I think a dream project would be to design a prayer room!

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Ranunculuses! 

I found this plant outside the door last night; it was waiting patiently for me in the cold with a letter. 

Thanks Peter for this surprise. I am blessed. 

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This past weekend I was spoiled rotten by some of the best gals. You can read more about the weekend here: on Kae's blog.

Love these ladies! (missing from the pic: Sharon and Kae)

Love these ladies! (missing from the pic: Sharon and Kae)

She's the Man. This movie, never gets old. 

She's the Man. This movie, never gets old. 

Grateful, so grateful, that these sisters will stand by my side on my wedding day! 

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So I don't usually post other people's content on my blog, at least I try not to, since there are so many blogs out there that already do that. However, I couldn't resist sharing these dahlias wrapped in brown paper. I don't even know the source of this photo since I found it on pinterest. Whoever you are, thank you for making beautiful work. 

I'll have dahlias in my bouquet for the wedding! Along with my favorite flower the ranunculus. 

I'll have dahlias in my bouquet for the wedding! Along with my favorite flower the ranunculus. 


I like that my blog is just a hodgepodge of iPhone pics. No fancy photography. Though sometimes I secretly wish I was an awesome photographer and could style my life to look like an instagram shot every post ;) 

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So these aren't the best pictures since I snapped them really quickly last night, but I wanted to share with yall the cute jadeite cake stand and custom knife/fork I got for our wedding cake! We're doing a small personal cake for the ceremonial cutting while the rest of our guests get ice cream. 

I hope to pass these down to our kiddos one day! 

The "I do" fork has a P initial on the bottom and the "Me too" has an H :). The knife has our wedding date stamped on it!

The "I do" fork has a P initial on the bottom and the "Me too" has an H :). The knife has our wedding date stamped on it!

Don't get too attached to this cake stand! It's on the small side and Peter's quite concerned about it. Rightly so. It probably will be a little awkward to cut the cake, since the knife length is practically the diameter of the cake. But still. It's adorable! 

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This week I'm taking an informal class at UT on Interior Design. Last night was the first class and, oh man, I loved it! A lot of design fundamentals I learned in graphic design resurfaced in the class—value, unity, scale, etc. I hope I'll be able to apply some of the skills learned to me and Peter's first home. 

After class I came home to the sweetest letterpressed card from Amy, who is a creative-kindred of mine. She lives in Kentucky with her husband where they are both studying at Southern Seminary.

Thanks Amy for your kind words and the sweet reminder to soak up this special season of engagement ! 

Thanks Amy for your kind words and the sweet reminder to soak up this special season of engagement ! 

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I attempted and failed to make Peter some heart shaped scones for Vday. It's the thought that counts, right? I didn't have baking powder so I used baking soda instead (oops). I had a feeling it wouldn't work but I'm an optimist so I punched out hearts and put them in the oven and crossed my fingers. 

For dinner we made scallops together. They're not beautifully plated but oh man were they delicious: 

not pictured is us setting the fire alarm off (twice) 

not pictured is us setting the fire alarm off (twice) 

Unplanned after dinner we slow danced in the kitchen because Bon Iver pandora radio station was playing in the background. It wasn't a very long moment but a sweet memory nonetheless.

Grateful to God for the day and for putting Peter in my life. 

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