Thursday, January 22, 2015

Red Rocks

We spent most of our time in Denver exploring everything within walking distance of our hotel.  You know us though, and you know we can't be in the middle of all this creation goodness and not get out and soak some of it in!

So we rented a car and drove to Red Rocks- just outside of Denver, and easy to get to (if Siri doesn't lead you astray…).  Y'all, this place was breathtaking.  

We were with other people, so we didn't spend a ton of time there and would have loved to spend hours longer hiking around.  It's the perfect little trip out of town if you're like we were and don't have a lot of time.

Friday, January 16, 2015

so long, 2014!

What a year...

New job.
and so so cold.

and rest.

and Shauna.


Lots of outdoors.
and some special house guests.

World cup watching.
and family weekend.

Filled up our love tanks in Cali.

27 (me) and 5 (married)

Fightin' Texas Aggie football.

Pumpkins and PR's


and more adventures

Saturday, January 10, 2015

resolutions and such

I love New Years.

I love a fresh start, a clean slate. It's the human in me, the sinner, that welcomes with open arms a chance to start anew. 

I've made all the resolutions- to eat better, run more, take my vitamins, make my bed. 

...and then I screw it up. It never fails. (Back to that human/sinner thing, I guess.)

This year, I didn't put any measurable goals into writing- nothing to start on January 1, only to break on January 10.  

"The thing" to do is declare a word for the year. I didn't plan on it, and I'm still kind of non-committal, but every time I read about someone's word for the year, one word keeps coming to my mind...
(And not like pickles...)

I want to soak it all in- to thrive on every bit of joy this life has to offer (and oh, there is so much!). I want to dance through the exciting seasons, but I also want to love the mundane. 

I want to throw off the things that keep me from relishing in this life- to learn to live in freedom and give grace, whatever that looks like. And if life has taught me anything, it will look different every day, every week, every season. 

I need to give myself grace. I can be so hard on myself. I beat myself up at work, at home, in my relationships. But this year, I want to start every day anew- His mercies are new every morning. And just as I give myself grace, I want that to overflow to others. Grace upon grace. 

If the son has set you free, you are FREE indeed.
Freedom. Free to admit my shortcomings, embrace the messy, listen to my body's limitations. Free to boldly declare that I am enough, that I am valuable.  I have been bought with a price. My debt has been paid- the One who created me said I am worth it. Why is it so hard for me to believe that sometimes?

Did you make a resolution this year? Do you have a word? Share with me- I love it!

(Probably influenced by Shauna Niequist and Jen Hatmaker... Good stuff right there.)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

doing Denver

I took a few days off before Christmas and got to join Kahler on a work trip in Denver.  Work covered his hotel room and we found a really great deal on my plane ticket, so it was a no-brainer.  Besides, who wants to sit at home while their husband explores a new city without them!?

I spent my mornings sleeping in, visiting local coffee shops and reading books- hello, vacation!

He spent his mornings at a conference where he presented one morning.  (And can we talk about how cool that makes him!?)

The weather was basically perfect- highs in the low 60's every day, lows in the 30's.  We got a good run in one day at Commons Park- so fun, so pretty, and so much WEED.

We spent a lot of time exploring downtown.  Our hotel was right in the middle of everything, which was perfect.  We didn't have a car, but everything was within walking distance.  Lots of good food, drink, and people watching along the 16th Street Mall and Larimer Square.  A few places we ate and loved were Fresh Craft, Tamayo, Rock Bottom Brewery, and a Greek place on 15th Street (can't remember the name!) .  We also visited the German Christmas Market on 16th Street.

More posts to come…

SUCH a much-needed relaxing trip and perfectly timed right before the holidays.  All in all, we pretty much fell in love with this city.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

advent: slowing down

Without a doubt- "the most wonderful time of the year".  I couldn't agree more.

Also one of the most hectic, busy, and sometimes stressful times of the year.
{We just don't sing about that.}

This entire fall has been a little on the hectic side for us- overcommitting, traveling every weekend…
Don't get me wrong- we bring a lot of it on ourselves and most of the time, LOVE it.
…it just can't be sustained.

So this month, we've decided to slow down.  Our schedule is still pretty packed, but we want to soak in the glory of the reason we celebrate this season and focus on being intentional- with ourselves, with one another, with others.

This is our advent calendar- nothing extravagant.  I ordered the wooden tags on Amazon and put the whole thing together in one evening.  I numbered strips of paper and wrapped them around the tags.  Every day has something written on the inside- mostly small things, just ways that we can be intentional about this season.  Here are some of the things I included:

  • Buy a Christmas tree
  • Christmas movie night (no phones)
  • Advent Bible study
  • Make gifts: Christmas Crackers and Apple Pie Bourbon
  • Cook dinner together (again, phones off)
  • Check the freezer for a Christmas treat! (Eggnog ice cream)
  • Go on an ADVENTure (for us, something outside)
It's so easy to let this season come and go without really focusing on why this is a season at all, but we refuse to let that happen here this year.


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