Monday, April 24, 2017

Mondays with Manny

Snug as a bug in a rug.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Highs and Lows of the Week

It has been an emotional roller coaster of a week so I thought I would share the highs and lows.


We fell in love with a house close to work on a river, completely updated and we were smitten. We put in an offer on Friday and by Sunday the offer was accepted. Our house went on the market and we were SO EXCITED.


G and I both came down with colds after a long weekend of house chores and showings.


We got to spend quality time with this cutie, my parents and Bennett. It was a gorgeous day for a hike at the park!


Cleaning the house every single morning and leaving it in spotless condition for showings. It's exhausting!


A lovely girls night with two amazing friends. Deep conversation. Laughs. Chips and salsa. Perfection!


Getting flood insurance quotes back on the new house. The rates went up 400% and our realtor and agent told us the rates would continue to climb because they are not regulated. We were warned to walk away from the house. After a few more flood quotes we realized we had to walk away from this house. I was really sad, but also relieved. I cannot imagine paying $500 additional a month on flood insurance that has zero return on investment. 


A much needed weekend getaway to Grand Haven to rest and relax. The weather was incredible. The quality time with G was much needed. Bonus: We left our house clean for showings and didn't have to worry about running out the door at a moments notice. I can't wait to share more about the trip soon!

So that is life lately. What a week! 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mondays with Manny

He knows the drill. After I take him out one last time for the day he waits for me on the landing to head to bed. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

March Goal Review

I set goals for the year and check in each month to see how I did. Lets see how March went!

1. Follow Weight Watchers. Check! I only lost two pounds, but I'll take it. I'm tired of losing and gaining so I purchased a few books to help get to the root of the problem. I am excited to start reading them and start changing the way I view food and myself. Also, I need to learn to navigate eating out better. I got out with suppliers a lot and I just do not make the best choices. HELP!

2. Be intentional with the relationships in my life. Check! I started building good relationships with my new coworkers, met a sweet friend for dinner, had lunch with a coworker, and went to a girls night last Friday. I'm so, so thankful for the girls in my life that build me up, make me laugh a lot and have my back.

3. Read three books a month. Check! Check out my book review here.

4. Move fifteen minutes everyday. Check! Manny and I walk every day for at least thirty minutes. It's my time to disconnect from the day and listen to a podcast and enjoy the fresh air. I also feel like I clean every single day (more on why below) so that is keeping me busy too!

5. Do one thing that inspires you everyday. Check! I have continued writing three things I'm thankful for first thing in the morning in my Notes app. I still try to post what inspires me on insta so follow along @learningtobeawife. It's usually date nights, nature, a fun new cocktail, family, or cute Manny poses.

6. Find a new church community. We are still attending and loving the church near our house. We loved our small group and are sad it's over until May. It was a huge blessing in our life. 

7. Read the Bible and write in my prayer journal everyday. Check! There is so much going on right now (more below) so I'm so reliant on God and His guidance. His peace. Trusting Him to lead on these huge decisions we are making. It's exciting, stressful and scary and I don't know how I could do it without leaning on God. His plan is perfect.

8. Do one house project a month. The past week has been stressful because we found a house we loved so much faster than we anticipated and put our house on the market a week later... So we did all the house projects in one week and we are so tired! And so excited! We had three showings this weekend which meant we did a ton of deep cleaning, organizing and purging and our house has never looked better! But did I mention we are tired? I'll share the process and how we are feeling in another post soon. It's so exciting and yet so surreal. But the house projects are done so there is that.

What did you accomplish last month?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mondays with Manny

We did name him Manchester United so of course we bought him a toy soccer ball... That he destroyed in one day flat.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March Book Review

If you missed my previous book reviews click here and here.

I read A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams and it was my favorite book of the month. I wasn't sure what I would think because it took place in the 1930s. I'm not the biggest fan of books set far back (I know, weird!) but I think I'm going to reconsider now. This book was so interesting. The second half of the book I just could not put it down and had to find out how it all ended. Highly recommend!

I finished One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I read about half of this book last winter and lost interest. I found it cleaning out a closet and decided to pick it up again and I'm so glad I did. Her personal story is powerful and her challenge to look around and be grateful for everything (especially the small things) was inspiring. So inspiring that I actually started a Notes page on my phone to write three things I'm grateful for every morning when I wake up. I'm already noticing what a difference in my day it makes when I start the day counting by blessings. 

Lastly, I read The Husband Project by Kathi Lipp. A girlfriend reached out to me and another girlfriend to see if we wanted to read it and hold each other accountable on the projects. Of course yes! I just finished the book and I already know it's going to be such a blessing for me. I'm guilty of complaining during my precious quality time with G so I'm excited to use these projects to get me out of that funk, change my mindset and be more intentional with him. We meet next week to discuss the projects and how we are going to implement them so maybe I'll do a recap of my 21 days with G if you guys are interested.

What have you been reading? 
Has anyone done The Husband Project?