Saturday, October 3, 2015

Time Spent

[ Back date November 10, 2014 ]

So the subject of our home search has been sitting in my drafts for a while now...

If anyone has been through this process I'm sure you know how consuming it can be. I've gone through many different stages of crazy in the past couple weeks; therefore this post has been written several different ways up to this point. Pity parties have been held and outlandish home lusting has occurred. I have been slightly obsessed with our online MLS portal, checking it several times a day, and more if I have the day off work.

In the back of my mind I kept telling myself, "yes we are blessed, yes there are bigger problems in the world" but my selfish wanting kept surfacing over and over again. I couldn't find peace in our home.

After all the time I've spent searching and looking, I can recall by memory the street names and details of several listings. I am the crazy lady who jumps every time I feel my phone vibrate with a new email. I admittedly check the MLS when I take a bathroom break at work because 3 hours passing makes a big difference?! The super convicting realization is, at the end of the day our home search is a purely worldly thing. If you add up that time throughout the day, have I spent nearly a fraction of it in study of scripture? Have I spent the same amount of time catering to my husband's needs? Can I recall as many bible verses as I can home listings? Have I checked on my friends and family as many times as I have the MLS? If we're being real the list could go on and on...

I know that I can't completely ignore listings because, let's be honest I'm obviously anxious to find a home - but I can re-prioritize my time and limit myself from checking a bazillion times a day...

Friday, October 24, 2014

B Lane

Our house is officially under contract!! I went from fretting about showings and keeping a clean house to now being somewhat sentimental about the whole thing. This is Tyler and I's first home together as husband and wife. When I leave for work in the morning I now smile, looking at our cute home, and I have to say the memories we made will be missed!! 

None the less, it is a blessing and exactly what we have prayer for. The day after my last post, mentioning my discouragement about our lack of showings, we actually got an offer and had a signed contract the following day. Tyler is constantly reminding me of how blessed we are and I have to agree - God is good!!

If you're curious where we will be moving to... well we are too!! No plans yet but thankfully my parents and my mother-in-law have both offered us beds if need be. We are actively searching and looking so only time will tell.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Five on Friday

What are the chances?! Just when I come back after a mini-break for summer, my favorite link-up also returns. 
Happy Five on Friday via Christina at Carolina Charm!! Here's the latest and greatest...

One | Tyler and I had our first wedding anniversary last month!! So with that and the upcoming holiday season I've been thinking about getting some pictures made! It's been one year since our wedding and over two years since our anniversary photos so I don't think they would still be appropriate for a christmas card. Time to start brainstorming.

Two | Tyler and I decided to take the plunge and purchase my first car!! It happened somewhat sooner than planned but I'm enjoying the change. My prior, grandma of a car started slowly falling apart. After one too many bills from the shop we decided to kick Betty to the curb. Best part of welcoming Bella to the family... heated seats!!
Three |  Our house is on the market, as previously mentioned. It's only been 3 weeks but we've had a decent amount of showings. It seems like a good thing, but then when nobody bites it can easily be a discouraging thing. 

Four | "She knew she loved him when 'home' went from being a place to being a person." - E. Leventhal
Aside from homes, cars, anniversaries and announcements I need to say how thankful I am for my husband. With so much change going on in our lives I am so lucky to have him as my steadfast. 

Five | Prayers for the week to come...
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. | Luke 12:48 b
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. | 1 Timothy 6:7-8

Monday, September 29, 2014

Charleston Honeymoon

Our belated honeymoon was spent in Charleston, one of my favorite southern cities!! We stayed four nights at a condo/apartment we found through - it had loads of historic charm!! Unfortunately the few pictures I did snap definitely don't do it justice; think old wooden floors, original brick masonry with messy coastal mortar, white linens and a huge master tub. Our rental was right above Sticky Fingers, corner of Meeting and Hassel, so our hallways constantly smelled like smoked pork and bacon which I was not mad about!!

We were pretty centrally located so walking everywhere was easy, aside from The Battery which was still worth the hike.
Our trip consisted of sightseeing, walking, eating, sleeping - rinse and repeat!!

Now, for anyone who has been to Charleston before you know that I can't not mention the food!! We ate our way through Charleston at least three times a day if not more. My favorite meal of the entire trip was at T Bonz Gill & Grill; their Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries was simple but so so good!! It was actually my first time ever trying Pimento Cheese (the look of it always freaked me out as a kid) so I may not be the best judge, but with thick cut tomato, melted cheddar and homemade pimento cheese I was in love!!

One of my favorite parts of the trip was actually driving up and down the coast seeing all the different vacation homes and beach communities. Since I have been to Charleston once before in the winter time, this was something new and different from my last visit. We parked at Folly Beach for a couple hours to soak up some rays and left with a parking ticket in hand!! Oops... Tyler was thrilled because of course I assured him prior to parking there that there was no way we would get a ticket!!

My sweet stud

After our beach-capade we visited with my brother and his wife who live just north of Charleston. We ate at Sesame, which was probably the most interesting burger menu I have ever seen!! I had the Napa Valley burger which was topped with fig & bacon jam, bleu cheese, and red wine reduction. There was so many good things on the menu, we will definitely be back to try more!! ps. they also have adult milkshakes!!

via | Build your own: choose from beef, black beak, chicken, or turkey...
After finishing some burgers at Sesame, we went down to one of the local bars on the water. My brother is in the Navy so it was good catching up on their turf before his pending orders this fall. My brother was coming off a 12 hour shift on his 5th day straight!! So we relaxed for a bit watching the boaters and kayakers before he had to hit the sack. Sadly we did not take advantage of the dockside photo op...

On one of our last nights we did the Haunted Jail Ghost Tour which was alright. I have been on a walking tour through Charleston before and liked that much better. I was expecting to see more inside the jail when in reality we just walked through some stuffy, empty rooms. I didn't realize it had been used as several different things since it's original purpose - such as a police station and day care center, creepy...

After checking out at 10 a.m. we revisited our favorite breakfast spot of the trip, Toast. We love love love breakfast and this place was awesome!! I got The Eggs Meeting Street which is a fried green tomato, topped with crab cake, poached egg and remoulade sauce - heaven on a plate. Tyler's favorite was the Philly Breakfast Sandwich on a homemade biscuit. The only thing I regret was not doing the bottomless mimosas!!

Our belated honeymoon was an absolute success!! It was the perfect adventure for us to end our first year as newlyweds!! I've always loved vacationing with our family and friends but after this trip I can't wait to plan our next private getaway as a couple!! I can not add enough !! !! !!  Tyler is my favorite person and best friend, who better to explore with.

If you have any weekend trip recommendations please share!!