Remember back at the beginning of this month when I declared I would be doing Blogtemember?

Clearly, that lasted all of two days, and now October is almost upon is!

But on the bright side, it reminded me that I love blogging in fall. Is that weird; to love blogging during a certain season? If so, I'm okay with that. If you know me at all, you know that I love this season a great deal.  And with that said, I feel that a "currently" post is totally warranted due to the lack of posts and the aforementioned love of fall. 

Currently...I'm reading Anne of Green Gables for the first time and absolutely loving it. 
I think I tried a few times when I was younger, but for some reason, 
couldn't really appreciate how delightful it truly is. 

Currently...I'm not sure how I went so long without getting a Ben Rector album, but I am so glad that's changed! Love his voice and lyrics so much. 

Currently...Loving the abundant amount of pumpkin flavored items!

Currently...I am not a Halloween person, but I am stoked for the dogs to wear these! 


I know a lot of people here in North Carolina didn’t love the fact we didn’t have a "true" summer…I am not one of these people. I love it wasn’t sweltering and dry for months. And I love that the windows can be opened before October.

Something I am really striving for this season, is not to be overwhelmed by life. It's so easy for me to get wrapped up in all the things that need to get done or all the things I want to do.  And before I know it, I've put so much focus on those things, I completely over look the simple, beautiful fact that have more than I could ever need; and the things that need to get done, will get done. Anything else can wait. 

One thing, albeit small, I've been trying to do each day, when I take the dogs out, is to take a deep breath in and just be still for a moment. In that moment, I feel peace. That's what I am striving for each day.

I need to take pause more to just thank God. Whether I’m thanking him for the in my face blessings or the blessings in disguise, it just needs to happen.



A Reality Interruption


Day Two of Blogtember! If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?


Have you ever noticed how supporting your life gets in the way of actually living it?  There isn't a day that goes by where I don't wish for more time.  It's not that I necessarily wish for more time to travel the world or write the next great American novel; just to have enough to do the things I love more and better.  The beautiful thing about this hypothetical scenario, is it doesn't have to be extravagant, just desired.

If I could escape the hold of the ever changing, but always present, "real world," I would...

+ Write...something! As I said, I have no desire to write a future classic, but to have time to write and not have to make time, would be a gift all unto itself.

+ Be a stay at home dog mom. Don't judge me for this desire :)

+ Go horseback riding.  I have realized that a horse person doesn't get over horses, or wanting to ride; they find a way to make it work.  

+ Practice my guitar more. Or practice in general.

I realize that none of these are thrilling, but to me, someone that wishes I had an abundant amount of time to do more of them, they're super exciting.  Mind you, if this scenario ever did transition from hypothetical to reality, I would maybe reexamine this list.

But then again, maybe not.

Quotes from this Pinterest Board




When I decided to do Blogtember, I assumed the posts subject matter would be "easy" stuff.  However, when I sat down to write today's post {Describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are}, I realized just how uneasy this has the potential to be.


Nature versus nurture.  An age old argument that I don't believe has a right or wrong answer.  I have always believed that despite where or who you come from, you have every right and opportunity to become your own person. Of course, the where and who play a significant role, but I do not believe either are the end all, be all.  Each season I've gone through and each person I've met along the way, has made me the person I am today. Where you come from is your starting point; the beginning of your story.

I come from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  It was here I learned that you fall down, scrape your knees, but then get back up.  I learned that crying and laughing is apart of life, and broken hearts don't stay broken. I learned best friends and backstabbing friends aren't as easy to differentiate as one might hope. I learned saying "I love you" doesn't always mean it's true.

I grew up in Boone, North Carolina.  Here I found out how fleeting life can be and not to any moment for granted.  I learned God's hand covers in ways I could not begin to imagine.  I discovered there is something special about sitting in the middle of a deserted road, with your windows down, listening and watching the snow fall.  I learned that four years can change a person in ways that 18 can't even begin to touch.

I am growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina.  I am finding out more and more each day just how selfish I can be.  I'm learning being right shouldn't be the goal.  I am learning that even though I'm really good at talking, communication is not a strength of mine.  I'm learning that God is the backbone of my life and marriage; without Him, nothing works.

It's difficult for me to point to the "what" and the "where" I come from because I believe who we are is ever changing.  There are still things that shape me and I'm learning life is mostly what we choose to see. Life keeps moving on in front of me and I have learned that growing up doesn't end.  I'm 27 years old (scary), but there is not a season of my life that doesn't end without me learning something. Even if that thing is that life keeps moving on despite my best efforts to slow it down.

Ultimately, I come from a place of grace, mercy, hope, forgiveness, and love.  No matter where I am, or who I am with, I know with unwavering certainty, those things will never change.



See Ya Next Year, Summer!


I am not a summer girl.  I don't like hot weather unless I'm at the beach, and I don't get off for two months in my profession.  So with that said, I'm excited that this weekend unofficially ushered in the beautiful season of autumn.

I toyed with the idea of doing a summer recap post, but since our summer was pretty low key by most standards, I just decided on a blanket summer-y post instead.

This summer for us wasn't filled with adventure and excitement; it was filled with life and fun memories.  I guess part of me could be disappointing with the lack of the aforementioned adventure and excitement, but I've come to terms with the fact that sometimes you just have to be content with the normal.  And by most standards, that's what our summer was; normal. 

We had fun this summer visiting the Nation's capital, Boone and the beach.  Nothing extraordinary, but together, we made them extra ordinary :)

See what I did there?

This summer was also a time for me to realize I've let go of a lot of things I love; writing, playing guitar, horseback riding, and unfortunately, a few more things.  This was not an easy epiphany to come to terms with, but I am hoping having it will help me reclaim the things that make up "me."  I also realized that being selfish is okay.  I don't mean that in the negative way, but rather in the way of stepping away from "life" for a few moments and doing whatever it is you want to do (e.g. write, playing guitar, etc).  This benefits everyone in your world, not just you, which ultimately should ease any guilt that comes along with the being selfish part.  Apparently this was just a season of realizing and recognizing for me.

Once again, I can't believe it's a new fresh month, but I'm excited for this September.  One reason for said excitement is for Jenni's Blogtember!  This will pretty much force me not to have writer's block, so praise the Lord for that.

Happy September, everybody!
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