Month: May 2014

We’re moving tomorrow!

Brad and I officially signed our lease on an apartment today. With every initial and signature we became a little more settled here in Kansas City.

The last two years have been wonderful.

[Side note: To all you unmarrieds out there: it is totally possible to have an awesome first few years of marriage. So many people told me how hard and difficult marriage is. But actually, it can be the best ever!]

Our (almost) first two years in Springfield were a really great time for us. But now we are heading into a time that I’m even more excited about.

We’re ready to start settling, to start putting down roots. We’re back in the same city as both of our parents, we both have sustainable jobs (Yes, I got a job!! PTL!), we’re looking for a church to invest in, and kiddos aren’t as far into the future as they used to be.

Here’s to a whole new chapter of life.

moving

New Corner Shelves

Instead of being depressed about being unemployed and living at my parents house, I’ve decided to take advantage of crashing at their place with lots of free time! They have a great backyard perfect for reading, tanning, and spray painting!

Today, I did all three of those things! I’m currently reading Nehemiah with #SheReadsTruth, listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows while getting tan, and giving new life to some of our furniture!

I bought this corner shelf at a flea market in Springfield for only $5! It used to be in our guest bedroom. I was never a big fan of the color, so I decided to brighten it up!

I spray painted it Coral Isle by Krylon. It turned out a little more pink than I was expecting. I thought it would be a little more coral/salmon than bubble gum pink. But that’s okay! I think I’m going to put it out on the porch at our new apartment. It should bring some brightness to the area and provide a place to put things!

Corner shelf makeover

Next up to be painted is a bench of my mom’s, our old green coffee table, a wooden shelf, and a huge bookcase!

Graduation

I moved to Kansas City almost two weeks ago, but my graduation from Missouri State was on Friday. I was blessed that a lot of my family was able to come for it!

Here are some pictures from graduation day.

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This is my lovely friend Michelle. She began as my labmate and became one of my best friends. I am so thankful that The Lord placed her in my life. My experience at MSU would not have been what it was without her. I already miss seeing her everyday! Next she’s off to get her Ph.D. at Mizzou!

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Brad’s dad Danny managed to snap this picture right before it started to rain after graduation was over.

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Luckily we took pictures ahead of time!

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Michelle and I were fortunate to have a great adviser. I’m so thankful for how much he invested in me to make sure my time at MSU was successful.

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We love our hoods!! My favorite thing about it is that it is Gryffindor colors.

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One of my proudest accomplishments at MSU was winning the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award. Even better, I got to share the honor with Michelle! We’re both such great TA’s they just couldn’t choose between us. Just kidding. But seriously.

But seriously, it was really nice to be recognized for the effort I put into my TA duties. I sure am going to miss teaching.

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Both of my grandmas got to come to graduation!

My dad’s mom (left) came in from California earlier last week. It’s been really nice to spend quality time with her since I don’t get to see her very often.

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True story: I immediately spotted my family when I walked into graduation because I was able to spot Dylan. He stands out in a crowd.

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Me and my parents. They’re great.

After graduation my family headed back to Raymore and Brad and I stayed in Springfield for the weekend. It was really great to spend time with some of our friends in southwest Missouri before we left it for good. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures, so we’re going to jump to Sunday night.

After we got back to Kansas City on Sunday, we went to Bucca di Beppo on the plaza for my graduation celebration.

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This picture is blurry, but I had to take it quick because my grandmas were being so cute. I love that they’ve made a friendship over all these years since they’ve been sharing grandchildren.

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Luckily Bucca di Beppo has a great place for photo ops right outside of it. Here’s me and my mom.

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The whole fam.

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Everyone that came!! I felt so blessed being surrounding by these family and friends.

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And I saved the prettiest for last! Me and my best friend Casie FINALLY live in the same town again. PTL!

In other news…. Brad and I put in a deposit on an apartment today! More details coming soon!!

It’s official: we’re Kansas Citians again

A lot has happened since my last post.

Two weeks ago I had just moved in with our friends Jon and Mallory. I was nervous about living with another couple, but it ended up being great. After over a month of living by myself I was really ready to have people to hang out with every evening. They were so gracious to let me stay with them. Jon and Mallory are truly a great example of what living in a Gospel-centered community looks like. We are so thankful for their generosity and servant hearts. Plus living with their Corgi was pretty fun!

Henry

I finished up my responsibilities at MSU a little early, so I was able to officially move to Kansas City last Wednesday. Finally reunited with Brad and my dog Libby!

(Side note: Libby has been staying with my parents for about 3 weeks now and I’m afraid she’s beginning to like them better than Brad and me! She especially loves hanging out on their deck and in the backyard.)

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Since we weren’t sure when I would be able to move back to KC, we decided to stay with my parents during our transition instead of trying to find a place to live in a rush. So my parents went from being empty-nesters to having a dog, a married couple, and a college student home for the summer staying with them. It’s a full house to say the least.

We’re currently apartment hunting, which is exhausting. We have several items on our want list, but we’re having a hard time finding all of those things in our price range. We’re going to look at an apartment today that we really like, but it does have one downside, so I guess we’ll have to decide if we’re willing to compromise on it!

Kansas City friends
: if you know of affordable, nice apartments please let us know!!! We are looking for a two bedroom that allows pets, preferably in the Northland, but we are flexible. We have a washer and drier, so we’d like to find a place with W/D hook ups.

On top of apartment hunting, I’m also job hunting. Looking for jobs is seriously the worst, am I right?! Filling out applications, tweaking resumes, writing cover letters, waiting for responses, interviews, waiting again… It’s just not that fun.

A few years ago I would have been freaking out about getting a job. There is still a voice in my head that is whispering those same anxieties, but the Lord has been teaching my heart to listen to His voice.

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:25-26

A good friend recently told me to enjoy this time. Keep applying for jobs, but do not let your heart dwell on it. A job will come. The Lord has brought me and Brad to Kansas City for a purpose and He will see us through as He always has. For now, pursue lunches with friends, catching up on things you never have time for, and earnestly seek the Lord.

I officially graduate this Friday, so we’re making one more trip back to Springfield for the weekend. Leaving southwest Missouri is bittersweet, but mostly sweet. Brad and I have spent about 7 years there. We have always claimed Kansas City as home, but it wasn’t until we began the process of moving that we realized how much southwest Missouri had really become our home. But now, it’s time to rediscover our hometown.

That was a lot of thoughts and I’m impressed if you made it to the end of this post!

Please join Brad and me in prayer and we seek a place to live, a job for me, and a church to become a part of. Thanks for following along as we embark on this new journey!

(Look at those cuties. I missed them.)

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