Month: April 2014

Great Things

I’m still in Springfield longing for the day I live with my husband again, but some pretty great things have happened to me lately.

1. I got my edited thesis back today, made the corrections, and it’s ready to be printed and turned in tomorrow!

2. Yesterday I finished an afghan for a friend that I’ve been working on for a while. I love finishing big projects!

3. Living with the Taylor’s rocks. I get awesome dinners, people to hang out with, and a furry corgi to love on.

4. My adviser okay-ed me to leave school early once my TA responsibilities are done, so I get to move to KC in a week!

5. The weather is going to be beautiful the next couple of days!

6. I bought some really pretty nail polish today.

7. A couple of weeks ago I entered into a giveaway at A Beautiful Mess for their Kelly Moore bag, and I actually won!! I never enter those things, because your chances of winning are so unlikely, but by some miracle I was picked the one time I decided to enter! I’m so excited to get my bag in the mail!

My heart aches to be in KC with Brad (and my dog), but I’m trying to soak up my last days in Springfield and focus on the happy things here. I was feeling a little down this weekend, but the Lord has reminded me that He is faithful, and I am blessed.

Lately 4.22.14

It’s been pretty crazy around here lately, so my thoughts may be a little scattered.

Brad has officially been living in KC for a month. He loves his new job and he’s enjoying spending time with his dad, but I think he’s getting pretty tired of driving down to Springfield every weekend.

We’ve been packing up as much as we can every weekend to send with Brad. My parents are so generous to let us store all of our stuff at their house! This is my last week in our duplex. We’re officially moving the remainder of our things this Sunday. The house is a little depressing right now because all that’s left is the furniture, some kitchen stuff, and my clothes.

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I’m a big fan of The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery. She was coming to Springfield in concert with Hunter Hayes and I really wanted to see her, but didn’t want to pay for tickets because they were a little expensive and I’d basically be paying to see Hunter Hayes. Luckily, working for MSU has its perks and I was able to get free tickets a couple of days before the concert! My friend Michelle and I watched her season together, so it was a lot of fun to get to see her in person!

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I’ve been thankful for cuddles with this little girl since Brad has been gone. My parents came to visit for Easter this weekend and they took her with them so we wouldn’t have to mess with her during the big move. I really miss her, but I know she’s loving it at my parents. I’m worried that she’ll like them better than Brad and me!

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I will not miss all of the cats around our duplex.

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We’re sure going to miss Saturday brunch at Gailey’s.

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We got a fish! It’s a Betta and its name is Noodles. Brad has been wanting a fish for a while, so we finally got one! It’s new home is in Brad’s office at Midwestern.

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I had my thesis defense and presentation last week and I passed! I wasn’t too worried about not passing, but it feels good to be done with it. To complete my masters degree at MSU there are a few requirements: write a thesis, take a comprehensive exam with each committee member, give a thesis presentation and defend it with your committee, and take a certain number of graduate courses. I’ve turned in my thesis, passed my thesis defense, taken all of my classes, and taken two of my comprehensive exams. That means all I have left is to take one more comprehensive exam! It’s crazy that I am so close to being done!

I’ve decided that graduating from graduate school is more like graduating from high school than from undergraduate. I was still super busy working and studying clear up until graduation when I was at SBU. But in high school, the last month was laid back and I slowly got everything turned in and taken care of. Now, I have stuff to do before graduation, but the majority of my responsibilities have been fulfilled already and graduation is still three weeks away.

One thing that has remained the same about each graduation is how I feel about it. At the end of each chapter of education, I’ve been thankful for what I’ve learned and the relationships I’ve made, but I’ve been ready for the next step and what the Lord has for me. My time at MSU has been great, but I don’t think I’ll miss it. I’m really looking forward to our new adventure!

Okay enough rambling. Now you’re updated on our life!

Katelyn and Brad’s Springfield Restaurant Guide

Brad and I have tried to take full advantage of all that Springfield has to offer while we’ve lived here. I even wrote a post about things to do in Springfield!

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We’ve tried to visit most of the local places to eat in the last two years. We love eating at unique restaurants and support local business at the same time. So here is our guide to our favorite places to fill up in Springfield! I’ve included our favorite thing to order, plus an additional random tip. Enjoy!

Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe
What to order: The Bear Hug (it’s huge, so it can easily be split)
Tip: This is a super popular place to get brunch, so plan to wait on Saturday and Sundays. Also, it closes at 2:00 pm.

Grad School
What to order: The Full Ride burger
Tip: This place is really unique and a fun place to take out-of-town guests, but space is limited, so keep to small parties.

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Springfield Brew Company
What to order: The Macaroni and Cheese (it’s a white cheese)
Tip: This is also a great place to take out-of-town guests. There is a huge variety of foods to meet everyone’s tastes and they brew their own beer there. Also, there’s live music on the weekends upstairs.

Nonna’s Italian Cafe
What to order: The Creme Brulee for dessert
Tip: This is a nice place for a date night. The building is unique and it has a romantic atmosphere.

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Bambinos Cafe
What to order: The Poppa
Tip: Bambinos is actually in the middle of a neighborhood near MSU. It’s one of the few places in Springfield that has outdoor seating if you are looking to enjoy a nice day.

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant
What to order: The Sergio
Tip: I’m picky and I don’t generally like traditional Mexican food, so I usually opt for places like Jose Peppers and On the Border. Unfortunately, neither of those are in Springfield, but Maria’s is the closest you’ll find.

Canton Inn
What to order: The Cashew Chicken Special
Tip: There are a lot of Chinese places in Springfield, but this is our favorite! Plus, you get a 10% discount with your student ID.

Taylor’s Drive In
What to order: A Burger and Fries
Tip: It’s only open Monday through Friday from 11 to 2, so it’s hard to get there is you work 9 to 5! Plus it’s cash only. But it’s been there since 1947 so it’s a little piece of Springfield history.

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Tea Bar and Bites
What to order: The Turkey Gouda sandwich
Tip: This is my favorite place for a girls-day-out! I took my mom here recently and it was her favorite place I’ve taken her in Springfield.

The Aviary Cafe and Creperie
What to order: Carmel Apple Crisp crepe
Tip: Another great place for a ladies lunch. Space is also limited here and it’s pretty popular on the weekends, so make a reservation.

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Hurts Donut
What to order: Try them all! But my favorites are the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and the Cookie Monster
Tip: It’s right next to the movie theater downtown and it’s open all the time! That’s right! It never closes. It’s the perfect place to grab a donut after that late-night movie.

I hope you try each place! Happy eating.

She Reads Truth

I have a confession to make, I’ve never been a devotional girl. I’ve tried to get into so many different devotions over the years, but none of them seemed to stick. Everything I tried was either way too long and wanted me to answer a bunch of questions or it was too short and didn’t offer enough to get much out of it. So I usually just read my study Bible and read the notes that come with the passage, which is great, but I found that I was wanting more.

I had seen some people talking about She Reads Truth on Tumblr (of all places!), so I thought I’d check it out.

She Reads Truth is a website that writes and posts reading plans and devotionals everyday. There is always a current plan that gets posted each day, which is cool because you are studying the same thing with a community of women. You can comment on those posts and be encouraged by others’ words. They also have archived plans that you can do at any time, and many of them are available on the YouVersion Bible app!

The reading is short, but long enough to really get something out of it. It usually takes me 15 to 30 minutes to complete it (depending on what the Lord is doing on my heart!). Part of my struggle with previous plans was that if I got behind by a day or two, it was way too much to catch up to. These plans are short enough to easily read two in one day.

Not only is She Reads Truth convenient, the content is great! It is written by real women who are honest about their struggles. I’ve been convicted, encouraged, and blessed by their words.

One of my favorite things about She Reads Truth is the graphic they make! They create images with verses and encouraging words. Many of them are sized to be the lock screen for your phone! Here are a few of my favorites:

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You can also follow She Reads Truth on Pinterest for more graphics!

I hope that you try a She Reads Truth plan and are blessed by it like I have been!