Holiday Goals

Friday, November 27, 2015

We were semi-successful with our Fall Goals (I know fall isn't technically over yet). We did fail to make it on a hike, to the pumpkin patch or the farmer's market a single time, but we still did lots of fun things!

I'm so excited the holidays are here. I'm going to be slightly less ambitious with my Holiday Goals because I really want to spend a lot of time soaking up the season.

-Get our Christmas tree! 
-Decorate our house for Christmas
-Bring home Finley and get him potty trained!
-Drive around and look at all the Christmas lights
-Celebrate with family and friends
-Have all presents purchased and wrapped by December 19
-Remember the true meaning of Christmas in all of our celebrations
-Attend our church's Love Feast - Sunday, Nov 29 at 6:00 (Sanctuary)
-Attend Emmanuel Encounter - Friday, Dec 11 at 7:00 (Kerr Hall)
-Attend Christmas Eve service

Here's the calendar of all the Christmas happenings at our church!



Thursday, November 26, 2015

Feeling extra thankful and grateful this year. 
A home we can host friends and family in, bringing home our puppy in a few weeks, a faith community that we love doing life with, and a God who's grace will never end. It doesn't get much better than that. 


Church on Morgan -- All are Welcome

Thursday, November 5, 2015

This is a big week in the life of our church. Our new building is finally completed and we're kicking things off in a big way. Our building might be fancy and new, but the same people waiting to welcome you in are the same people who instantly made this community my home. This community isn't about judgement. It will welcome you in with open arms -- whether you're a believer, full of doubt, or not sure how you feel. My best friends are people that I didn't know a year ago, and I'm so grateful I get to do life with them. I'm so humbled that God called us to this place and I hope you feel him calling you here too. I hope you join us for one of the events I listed below or any other Sunday because I know if you do, you'll find your home too. Our address is 136 E. Morgan Street and you are always welcome.

Tonight is the House Blessing at 6:00 pm. It'll be a short 45 minute event to bless this space that we are all so excited to call home. We'll grab dinner afterwards at one of the dozens of great restaurants within walking distance.

We are officially on the First Friday roster and tomorrow night is our first event at 6:30 pm. We're celebrating with live music by Zach Wiley, great snacks, and the debut of six large commissioned art pieces by Corey Mason. You can also shop at the Flourish Market, an online boutique + fashion truck dedicated representing brands that provide dignified jobs and fair wages all over the world.

Then on Sunday at 11:00 am is our grand finale...and also just the beginning, Launch Sunday! Lunch is being provided after the service by Backyard Bistro.

If you still aren't sure about any of these events, check out our website or join us one weeknight at one of our community groups for a delicious, home cooked meal and great fellowship with people who just want the chance to love you.


Finley Hunt

Monday, October 26, 2015

Our sweet puppy was born on Saturday, October 24. We were so thrilled to hear the news and just as thrilled to get a picture of him and his 5 brothers and sisters last night. We get to pick him out (we're the first people on the list!) around Thanksgiving weekend and will then bring him home the second weekend in December. We can't wait for this next adventure!


Friday Five + Loving Lately

Friday, October 9, 2015

We are loving this season of life and are so thankful for all the wonderful things we've been doing and participating in. Between celebrating new babies and weddings, supporting the wolfpack and all the great things happening at church, our lives are so so full and we are loving every minute of it.

1. I picked up this cute doormat at Target the other week and we are just loving it. Having friends gather in our home is one of my favorite things and brings me so much joy, so this was perfect to welcome everyone inside. Plus, you can't be $12.99!

2. About 5 weeks ago I started taking Barre3 classes and to say I'm hooked would be an understatement. Barre3 is by no means cheap, but it's an expense that Brandon and I both agreed would be worth it. I've taken other barre classes before and liked them, but never as much as Barre3. There is a larger cardio/aerobic aspect so you really get your heart rate up to burn calories while you're toning muscles. Everyone in the studio could not be nicer and I feel so welcomed every time I go in.

3. Speaking of Barre3...they have a great retail selection (stocked by the amazing Style Hawk) and I snagged these pants this week. They're technically paint spots, but I think they look like the atmosphere. Besides for being super cute, they are incredibly comfy and are cheaper than Lululemon! WITH (wear it to heart) has other really cute patterns and I love that Barre3 is a place where everyone feels free to express some personality in their workout clothes.

4. After our last puppy update, we found out that Presley was expecting her next litter! The puppies are due on October 23 and we are so excited. I have a countdown to their due date on my white board at work. We're so excited and can't wait to get to pick out our little guy. We have also been having lots of fun slowly buying the things we'll need for him. We'd love to hear any of your must haves for a new puppy or any tips you have on training!

5. Two weeks ago we celebrated the marriage of two good friends who are in our small group/missional community at church. It's crazy that I only knew one person in this picture at the beginning of the year and now they are all some of our closest friends. Another great reminder of how everything is perfect in God's timing. Could not be more thankful for these friendships.


Beach Weekending

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The end of last week and the weekend was a nice shakeup from my normal routine. We had a work retreat in Pinehurst and all the girls got to enjoy the Spa at Pinehurst. I got the Champions Massage and it was amazing. I've been very fortunate to have some very nice massages in the last few years while on work trips with Brandon, but I think this one tops it all. We stayed at Pine Needles and it looked straight out of dirty dancing. I forgot how cute Pinehurst is and already have a weekend getaway with Brandon on my mind.

Friday after our retreat was over, I headed to Ocean Isle for a fun beach weekend. Mom and Dale were nice enough to let us stay at the beach house and we all had the best time. We all loved that we didn't have a car big enough to fit the six of us, but the golf cart could! 
The boys swimming the first night

Gorgeous sunset on Friday night

So thankful for these people and their friendship


Labor Day Weekending

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

We kicked off the weekend by celebrating BREW's first birthday with lots of friends. Part of the proceeds from the night went to Help One Now which has a special place in our church community's heart. It was founded by one of our members and our church supports the children in Ferrier Village.
photo via BREW

Saturday we had our home opener vs Troy. It was great to be back in the swing of things and despite the torrential downpour/thunderstorm we had in the middle of tailgate, the weather cleared up and was beautiful for kickoff.

Happy + Hale all day, every day

We left for the beach around halftime and spent the rest of the weekend there. The weather was pretty lousy at the beach, but we still had a good time visiting with family and some family friends who came to stay with us. I'm really looking forward to everything we have going on this September and this was a great start!

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