Tuesday, November 3, 2015

30 Days of Gratefulness - Day 2

Today I got to spend a little time with one of my dearest girlfriends in the Great Girlfriend Mecca - Target.  We wandered, we laughed, we drank coffee, and solved all the world problems before we hit the frozen food aisle.  ( I kid, obviously... We had them solved way before that ;) We perused the Christmas goodies and redecorated our homes a few dozen times with the cool stuff we found.  It was such a wonderful way to spend a few hours and, as I always do when we hang out, I left feeling energized.

I am so thankful for friends - real, honest to goodness friends.  The kind who have seen your ugly and your awesome - maybe in the span of a few minutes! - and love you just as much.  The girls who will set you straight, call you on your crap, offer to bring you soup when you're sick, go with you to try on on jeans AGAIN because the first 2,539 pairs were obviously cut all wrong ;), take up for you in any and every circumstance (maybe even when you're wrong-ish), and general love you like you share a physical blood line.

When we moved from Charleston, I mourned my friendships so much... I missed living and working with my dearest girlfriends and was sure that that was a void that would never be filled.  We had such a wonderful "posse".  We'd head out and run into friends at our favorite places and I often felt a little like I lived in an episode of Cheers.  I was simply SURE I would never have such a thing here in Nashville, there was no way that could ever be repeated.

And you know what... I don't and it hasn't.

And that is ok... Because what I HAVE found here is beautiful and life giving in its own right.  The friendships that I have been gifted in this place and this season are incredible and just what I need.   I have finally learned (and am continuing to learn!)  to be grateful for those and see them for alllllll their beauty.  Though maybe slightly smaller in number than what I left behind, they are have just as much weight in their value.  Comparing what I have now and what I had then robbed me of SO much time building and soaking in these current life changing relationships.  (Comparison is such a time and joy killer....but that's a subject for another day.)  I am so grateful for the friends in my life... all of them, the ones here and the ones there, the ones that are new and the ones that have been around awhile.... and each separate relationship for a million different reasons.

"Thank you Father for the gift of friendships... Thank you that you see fit for us to not walk this journey of life alone but, rather, you desire to give us people to adventure alongside.  Thank you for every nugget of wisdom and truth that each of these friends have spoken into my life and for the fact that, in my slightly hard headedness, they probably had to repeat themselves a time or two and loved me enough to do it =)  Thank you, Jesus, for allowing me to be involved in the ins and outs of their lives and to become a part of their families and that each of them have become part of mine.  I will forever be humbled by the amount of love I feel from each of my friends and how it is just a glimpse here on Earth of how much You love and care for us. I'm so grateful."

Monday, November 2, 2015

30 Days of Grateful - Day 1

I haven't blogged in forever and a day but I'm just jumping right in here with a personal challenge... I want to write for the next month about things I'm thankful for.  I know it's a tad cliche and we shouldn't work on thankfulness only in November.... I've thought that myself and probably even said such things out loud to Jonathan.  It's kind of like how I don't like getting treats and flowers just because it's Valentines Day, thankfulness and appreciating our world is something that should be happening constantly.  Buuuut unfortunately isn't the case, at least not with me.  I let attitudes of entitlement and frustration and impatience creep in and before I know it I am looking right past the gifts and right into that downward spiral of being unsatisfied, frustrated, and ungrateful.  I'm praying that sitting down to really look for, appreciate, and call out the things that I am blessed with will make a thankful heart even more of a habit in my life - and therefore in the lives of those who I am blessed to influence....

Ok...so to start with, let me also say that my list is in no particular order of importance.  I am not more grateful for the things I list first or less grateful for the last few things.  I know that might sound silly to point out but welcome to my brain, where one states the obvious and worries about the ridiculous =)

Now that allllll of that is out of the way.... whew....

I am thankful for my home... for the walls that keep us dry and warm and together.  I am thankful for the floor that is all too often covered in toys and shoes and littered with cheerio crumbs and for the space that I share with the people I love best in the world.  It's easy for me to find the flaws in this gift - it's too small, it's rented and not something we own, the days where it's messy trump the days when it's not...etc, etc, etc.  I can find the flaws so easily - and I don't like that.  I want to be grateful that, while it's a home we rent, that brings it's own perks and is not a sign of failure to be an adult.  When something breaks, we have a team of kind, hardworking, and efficient handymen that come and - poof! - the broken things is fixed. (Thank you Jesus for them because I am not known for my ability to fix things properly.)  We don't have to worry about cutting the grass or painting the trim... It's all beautifully maintained for us.  That's a blessing.  I am grateful that the slightly disheveled space is made so in part by a cheerful toddler and busy, hardworking husband and that, thought sometimes messy, it's safe and clean and somewhere I chose to live. Those are blessings.

So,  let me start my Days of Gratitude with this -

Thank you Jesus for my home, for a physical space in the world that is a solace from the hustle and bustle.  Thank you that it is safe, clean, and lovely.  Thank you Jesus that, in this space, there are treasures that remind me of great adventures with my husband, books and journals that take me back to places where I was stretched and grown as a person and believer, photos of people and places I love deeply, and, generally, thank you that this home houses physical reminders of your goodness in this life I've lived so far.  Thank you for the roof over my head, the carpet under my feet, and the walls that keep out the wind and rain tonight.

Thank you Father for the gift of our home... I am so grateful.

PS - I realize that I am publishing this technically on Nov. 2nd...I'll get caught up =)

Friday, January 17, 2014

I have a REALLY good reason I've been away... No. Really...


Way to keep up with the blog there Kristi.

Unlike every other time that I've checked out of the blog-o-spere, 
I DO have some a pretty good reason this time:

Oh yes!
A little person is invading our home in mid April and we could not possibly be more thrilled!

With every little wiggle and kick, I am more and more humbled that the Lord chooses to bring life into the world this way...  
I feel like He's letting us aid Him in the most amazing miracle =)

Don't get me wrong, I have learned that pregnancy is faaaaar from glamorous but console myself in those less than red carpet moments by remembering that I am GROWING A HUMAN.

I mean.


It about knocks me speechless.... which is impressive in and of itself ;)

I think we are very close to a final name decision 

(Side note - Naming him and choosing a stroller have been the hardest part of this whole thing!  Choosing to bring life into the world was a BREEZE compared to the 6,327 stroller choices and the fact that everyone from our families to the grocery store check out lady has a name opinion!  Seriously people...  Rant over.)

and can't wait to share that with y'all!

Stay tuned... 
If life with just me and my rock star man wasn't crazy enough, 
adding a third little personality is gonna be BONKERS =)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Great Moving Adventure of 2013


Sorry about that little unintentional sabbatical but apparently the local internet company didn't see the urgency in me being connected to the World Wide Web at our new apartment.  I tried to explain that I have 10's of people who depend on my nonsense in their lives but apparently the lady I was talking to wasn't one of them.


We have officially moved into our new home here in Nashville and - to be brief... I LOVE IT.  Since I'm sure you've been chewing your nails to the quik waiting for my return I'll catch you up real fast like and use photos =) You. Are. Welcome.

I spent a ton of time being useful. And posing awkwardly in my papa's old hard hat. Which was totally not useful =)

I took a little break mid week to hit one of our faaaaavorite watering holes in the Lowcountry and see some faces that I miss oh so much =)

I can't even tell you how much I love glancing around and being surrounded by pretty Carolina flags and what not.... I even treated myself to a new hat to hide the crazy that was my hair commemorate the move =)

I came across some photos that would clearly fall into the category of "The Awkward Years"
and went through four peoples lifetime worth of stuff from the attic.

I said goodbye to the best backyard in history

and the most amazing wallpaper to ever grace a wall.

On a more serious note... 
As ready as we were to move on to a new phase of life here in Nashville, selling the home was difficult for sure.  
This was the house my mom grew up in, where I had just about every one of my childhood birthday parties, where my growth chart was still prominently placed on a door frame, and even the house where Jonathan proposed.  I got ready for my senior prom in that bathroom and 99.9 % of my family memories take place on 6 Paula Drive.  I don't think I had a friend in my lifetime that didn't spend time at Nana's and I can still remember my sweet Papa staying up around the clock to keep the generator running after Hurricane Hugo.... It was home and leaving it was hard. Needless to say, I did shed a tear when it was time for the final walk through and, honestly, can't think on it too long or I may find myself crying now BUT it was time.  I'm glad to know a new family will have years of memories within those walls and I'm grateful we could get it all warmed up for them =)

Ok...moving on....

After a week of packing and going through stuff and questioning why anyone let me buy these:
Seriously. Who is gonna fess up to letting those happen?

We took a few awesome "in front of the UHaul" pics and hit the road =)

SOMEONE is obviously going for husband of the year because we ended up making a little pitstop at Ikea. Yea. He loves me.

The damage there was minor really and we rolled into Nashville late that night... Bright and early on Friday, we drug our half dead selves out of bed and began the final phase of The Great Move of 2013 - Moving into the new apartment!


We are still trying to unpack and get settled but I can feel the 'awesome' already settling in.  Once you can see the carpet and we buy a couch =) I'll share some photos!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The time I did the Carlton

It's a big day around these parts...

No only did I successfully pack FOUR WHOLE BOXES after my rant last night but this opened today in Nashville:
Glory. Hallelujah. Amen.

I don't know if I can put into words the level of happy dance I did when I heard the news but think this may sum it up:

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I've been perusing the H & M website lately in preparation for my first visit -

(Because yes I do find taking the time to do prep work for a new store opening more important than packing to move.  I've got priorities like that.)

and really want to live in their look book...

These are also just a few of the pretties that I may need to invite to live in my closet...

Wish me luck.... I'm guessing it's a madhouse...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The post where I whine a little about moving...

Oh dear friends....

Why is moving so difficult?  I mean.... why isn't there a little fairy who just pops up in a cute tutu and magically whips all the stuff into boxes for me?

Because we don't live in a Disney movie mainly... That's why.  
Well, that and the fact that I convinced that the Lord is trying to build my character by making me deal with the slight hoarding tendency that follows me around.  I finally began packing some of our current Nashville home today and made it approximately 1/12 of the way through a box before I declared that we should really just leave our stuff for the next people and start again.

Once I got that one box sorta packed I decided I was in need of a break.  Cause, you know whining like a five year old while packing your wedding photos can wear a sister slap out!

I played on Pinterest and got sucked into the void of pallet headboards and forty bazillion paint options.

And then my head began to hurt from the idiocy of what I was doing.. or not doing, which is not packing.

So, I am going to put on my big girl pants and attempt to pack at least three whole boxes tonight... wish me luck and maybe pray for J to have some extra patience =)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Miscellany Monday - Me and my ombre nails are movin' on up...

Buckle up. Change is in the air for the Robinson's so I'm even shocking myself with the amount of ADD I have right now...

*  I am completely obsessed with this nail polish collection... Addicted times 100.
I may have to rock ombre nails looooong after they stop being cool.
And did you catch that it's only $3.99? 
As my sweet friend Jenn says - "Awesome Sauce!" (Hi Jenn!)

*  We are about to do this...

And, while I am stoked for a new place, moving about sends me into a panic.  Have I mentioned before I don't love change? Well. I don't love change.   I also don't like getting rid of things and being forced to face my hoarder tendencies. We'll officially be selling our home in Charleston and become for real, uber legit Nashvillians.  Once all your crap makes it to a new city I think it's fair to say you are officially a resident, right?

*  Since we are about to move into a slightly larger apartment - with a fireplace!! - I've been stalking Pinterest like a crazy person for inspiration... I apparently need to also be stalking it for a money tree cause we all know that being crafty queen ain't free.
If you have a sec, pop over and check out my
Home Inspiration Board...
I'd love feedback/suggestions/friends to call me down when I break into hives choosing paint colors...
(Seriously Jenn....Why do you live so far away...)

*  I need this to live in my closet.
In case you can't read it clearly it says
"Love God, Sweet Tea, and The SEC"..
Say it with me:
yes and amen.

Over and out friends =)

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