3 things.

Can I just mention a few things that make me really happy?

1. I officially DON’T have a brown thumb! My flowers and garden are doing amazing lately, much to my EXTREME surprise.

2. We get to take our puppy Henry home a week from today! I can’t wait!!

3. My Momma is coming to see me at the end of the month! This one probably makes me the most excited, because the next trip I have planned to Georgia isn’t until March, and I’ve been missing my family like crazy lately.

August has already been a pretty crazy month so far, and there’s no sign of slowing down. I’m so excited for all I have to look forward to!

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All you need is love.

I think it’s safe to say that Summer is in full swing here in the Northwest. Blackberries are everywhere, the parks are packed with people, and I only have to wear a jacket in the mornings and evenings!

It took so long for me to feel comfortable with the sun being out. I felt like at any moment it would be cloudy and cold again for another few weeks, and that thought kept me from enjoying the first couple weeks of sun that we’ve had. Such a shame. But since accepting the sun as an everyday part of my Summer life here, I’ve been able to enjoy all it has to offer.

Josh and I went to Bend, Oregon last weekend to celebrate 2 years of marital bliss. From what I had heard about central Oregon, it’s where all the Portland hipsters go to retire. I expected old people and flat, ugly desert land. (Why we chose to go there is sort of a mystery) But of course we were amazed at what we found. Yes, it was a desert, but one that was surrounded by the most beautiful snow-covered mountains. The downtown area was especially wonderful because it was so similar to my old home in downtown Athens, Ga with all the cute shops and restaurants. We stayed in a cute little cabin that Josh found online, and loved every minute of our 2 night getaway.

I even have pictures to prove it!

Downtown Bend

Steelhead Falls

Home away from home

This weekend we hosted a little house warming party. It was definitely the highlight of my week, and Josh and I felt so full and content that night after everyone headed home. We definitely don’t deserve the friends and relationships that God’s given us here. We’re beyond blessed and I feel that the theme for the past year of my life could be summed up into the phrase ” It’s not where you are, it’s who your with” because without the amazing people around me, our move across the country would have felt like suicide.

Cheers to fantastic people!

And of course awesome food.

So, everyone out there in cyber world that we know and love, consider this your open invitation to come visit now that we have a little space to host you. Happy August everyone!