Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Greetings


Swinging by the wish everyone a Merry Christmas from the Kells!! I can't wait to spend the evening with my in-laws and then Christmas day with my family. It's sure to be full of fun, food, games, laughter!! I hope everyone's day is full of merriment and joy!! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Merry Friday

Today I'm participating in my very first link up, and who better to choose than Christina - her blog is beautiful and it's what first peaked my interest into the blogger world!! I initially stumbled upon Christina's blog when I was newly engaged and looking for more pictures of my sought out wedding venue. Since then I've been following and decided it was finally time to take the plunge myself, so hello world!!


Things that I am loving this week...

One | Today was my last day in the office til next Friday!! This little hygienist is one happy lady!!

Two | Flash forward to tomorrow which is our office Christmas party at Kings Kitchen!! I've never been here before but I snooped out their website and I'm so excited for some yummy southern cooking. Has anyone from Charlotte been here before?? It sounds delicioussssss

Three | I think I need a drumroll for this one... Can anyone else believe that Christmas is only 4 days away!!? It really didn't hit me until we hit the big 2 0 today that the 25th is literally right around the corner!! I'm pumped to catch up with momma bear and make some holiday treats before all the festivities begin!!

Four | I must share my newest addiction: Archer Farm's Sea Salt Carmel Hot Chocolate!! I admit my sweet tooth gets the best of me most nights, and this is the perfect treat to cuddle up on the couch with!! Thank you Target for filling my mug with this carmely, chocolatey goodness.

Five | Last but not least congratulations to one of my sweet friends on her engagement!! I am so blessed to be apart of this girls life. I have always looked up to her ambition, passion for life, and love of Christ. Let the wedding bells ring, I am so excited to see these two say I do!!

The two love birds, snagged for a test shot at my wedding - shout out to Julie Staley for being an amazing photographer!! 



I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and the upcoming holiday!! I'm praying for snow but this Carolina girl is pretty sure it's not in the cards this year... Did I mention the high for today was 70?!! For now I'll be vicariously living through my blogger friends in colder climates!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday


I'm striving to reach my goal of blogging at least once a week, so hello again lovely ladies!!

I can not believe that it's already Monday!! I am blessed and so very happy to be working full-time but December is definitely a big month in the dental world!! Many of our patients have been trying to get in before the holidays, and before their benefits renew in January so I have been one busy little worker bee!! Unfortunately I don't have much to report on my weekend, or lack there of, as I spent most of it working. Yes, yes, there are some dental offices open on Saturdays - though we are very much the unicorn of our area!!

Aside from working, I am super excited for the quickly approaching holiday!! I can't wait to celebrate Christmas with my new husband, family, friends, in-laws, and co-workers!! I love everything about Christmas!! It's literally two holidays in one, honoring the generosity of Saint Nicholas' feasts and gift giving while also celebrating the birth of our Savior!! I have to give a special thanks to my parents for always reminding us of the reason for the season!! Every Christmas morning my mom made a small cake or brownies with a single candle on top to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. I can still remember huddling around the coffee table with our wrapped gifts on the floor, singing happy birthday to baby Jesus - such sweet memories I can't help but smile!!

I hope I can find traditions and explanations for my future children to always keep Christmas centered around Him...


Now that I have Monday out of the way I will be one happy camper to finish my week singing christmas songs, cleaning teeth, and eating lots of holiday treats!! Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for my very first link up on Friday!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sisters


As I was cleaning out the trunk of my car I stumbled upon a crinkled up piece of paper that was folded over several times. I opened it up and was so excited to find something that I thought was forever lost!! Honestly I should have know better, if something is "lost" it's probably hidden in the depths of my trunk or back seat - I shamelessly live out of my car!! 

But back to the note, it was something that I had been given at a bridal luncheon for one of my best friends weddings. Now that I've found it, I'm obligated to share it's sweet and thoughtful words...

On a hot humid day, a young wife sat with her mother drinking iced tea, and rocking away on the family's porch swing. As they talked about marriage, about the responsibilities of life, and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter. 

"Don't forget your sisters," she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. 

"They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them. Remember that 'sisters' means ALL the women in your life... your girlfriends, your daughters, your aunts, grandmothers, ect. You will need other women. Women always do."

''What a funny piece of advice,' the young wife thought, 'Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman for goodness sake! A grown-up! Surely my husband, and the family we may start, will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her mother. She kept in contact with her sisters and made more friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mother really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and mysteries upon a woman, sisters become the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what she learned:

Time passes.
Life happens.
Distance separates.
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Hearts break.
Parents dies.
Colleagues forget favors.
Careers end.

BUT....

Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girlfriend is never farther away than needing her can reach. When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end. Sometimes, they even break the rules and walk beside you, or come in and carry you out. Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-laws, mothers, mother-in-laws, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, cousins, and extended family, all bless our life!! The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other. Every day, we need each other still. Pass this on to all women who help make your life meaningful, I just did. 

Sadly I have no idea where this is from but I love the advice it gives. I love all of my 'sisters' and don't know where I would be without them. They bless me, encourage my marriage, support my dreams, and most importantly keep me sane!! 



Sunday, December 8, 2013

Choose & Cut Christmas


I am proud to announce that our little Kell family of two officially has its first holiday tradition!! The day after thanksgiving Tyler and I made our way up to the mountains to choose and cut our first Christmas tree!! You have no idea how happy this tradition STILL makes me.

1. I never remember having a real tree growing up so this is something totally new and special for me!!
    
2. I absolutely love the smell of pine!! My favorite holiday candle is Bath & Body Work's Fresh Balsam scent - but having a real tree in my living room beats a three-wick any day!!

3. I love roadtrips with my husband. Some of my favorite memoments with my husband are spent in his truck. 

This tradition already has a special place in my heart. So here's all the details...

We started off getting a huge breakfast at one of the local places in town. Then we hit the road for Boone, which surprisingly only took us about 2 1/2 hours. We road the blue ridge parkway for a bit, getting out at one of the lookouts which was beautiful!! Next plan of attack was food - we decided to stop at the Come Back Shack. I'm a sucker for new, "different" types of places and thought this looked perfect. I had some weather appropriate chili and a pumpkin spice milkshake!! For anyone in the Boone area I am jealous you have this available at your every whim.



After filling our empty stomachs we hit the road once again to find us a Christmas tree farm - Snowy Ridge Tree Farm ended up being the lucky winner!! I thought the only challenge would be finding a tree the right height, but goodnight I was wrong!! It took us a while walking around to find one that wasn't too fat, too skinny, too thin in the front, too empty at the top...

My husband finally found one and said it looked just about perfect so I immediately jumped on board!!

Ring the bell, our first Christmas tree was born!!



I can't wait to share more memories and traditions from our first holiday season as man and wife!!

Next on the list is finding our first stockings, wish me luck!!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Employment

I am proud to announce that I have officially entered the real world of full-time employment!!!

I am so relieved, blessed, excited to have finally found this opportunity!! What I thought would take me maybe a month or two after graduation from hygiene school, took me over six months to attain. I have been fortunate to find some fill-in work over the past couple months, but honestly the whole experience was emotionally draining.

I've consistently held a job since I was sixteen years old. I worked my way through college and even maintained 40 hour work weeks during my last semester in hygiene school. Not quite sure how I functioned on so little sleep but I was motivated and had bills to pay. Needless to say I was eager to graduate and begin my chosen profession. Being newly engaged at the time I had dreamed up this picture of how everything would turn out. I set our wedding date giving me "plently" of time to find a job and get settled before we said our I do's.

In the end my picture perfect dream was far from reality. After our wedding festivities came to a close I found myself struggling more and more with the sporadic and unreliable schedule as a fill-in hygienist. I was "supposed" to have a full-time job, I was "supposed" to have a secure paycheck by now. I admit that I became some what lost in my day to day activities. I was running out of ways to keep busy and free time became my lonesome enemy. I started comparing myself to friends and it only left me wanting. Seeing this side of me come out just makes me want to cringe...

A couple months after getting married I finally got an email back for a full-time position. I had recently been doing some bible study about prayer and felt this opportunity was my answer. I was so excited this day had finally come; everything seemed to be falling into place. Days went by after my interview and I could feel my patience growing thin. A week went by and I started to feel disappointment take over. I found myself being embarrassed that I had even told my family and friends about the interview. I prayed for direction, soon realizing that I had to let go of the control I was practically strangling. Another week came and I was able to find peace in His word.

"For I know the plans I have for you", says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" - Jeremiah 29:11

I accepted that I didn't get the job, that other plans had been made for me. I allowed myself to trust in His timing and found peace about my lost opportunity. When I finally let go and gave myself to His work my answer unexpectedly came with a full-time job offer, over two weeks after my initial interview.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer - Romans 12:12



I'm not proud of how I stumbled in my post-grad journey but I am thankful for how it has helped me draw closer to Him. Trust in His timing for it is not our own. Little by little He will always provide, it challenges us to walk by faith and not by sight. I'm thankful to be left counting my blessings...

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sunday Drives

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Today is Sunday which is without a doubt my FAVORITE day of the week!! It means a guaranteed day off from work, coffee and eggs made by me, bacon and hash-browns made by husband, church with friends, and then whatever else we want because it's Sunday Funday!! My one guilty pleasure is definitely the random "Sunday Drive" - My husband and I take to the road, wasting gas, just to see what we can find...

Driving around with Tyler has always held some of my favorite memories. Our first date was just that - after the normal dinner and a movie we ended up taking to the backroads to see what we could find. He taught me how to drive his huge monster of a truck, claiming I was the first girl ever to drive it, which I still like to believe. We spent the night driving around in circles, getting lost and not wanting to go home. 

If you are ever bored and can spare the time and gas, try getting lost on the road with someone you love - I don't think you'll be disappointed!!



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Welcome

I can't promise that I'm going to be good at this... Creating a blog is somewhat uncharted territory for me, but I thought it would be something fun and new - plus a great way to share with my family and friends who are scattered across the states.

So welcome to my little slice of the interweb!! I can't wait to dive into the world of blogging. For starters, I'm enjoying making things look "pretty" around here with help from this pretty lady - Marquis Clark. Thanks for beautifying my space, it already feels like home!!