Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dear Denver

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., we celebrated our day off in Denver with our dear Sherwoods. The air was thin, the food was good, the company was even better.  It's pretty awesome when your hubby has a sister who then becomes a loving & supportive sister to you, and then she marries an awesome person, which then creates this group of 4 peeps, who are guaranteed to have an awesome time whenever they're all together...which is exactly what happened. Here are some of our favorite moments of the weekend. 

Fun & Delicious Moments

Adventurous Moments

Beautiful Moments

Perfect Moments

"I have decided to stick with love..."
-Martin Luther King Jr.


Sunday, January 6, 2013


A week ago yesterday A & I boarded a train to Chicago. If you have talked to me in the past week, at some point in the conversation, I was probably telling you about how much I loved our train ride experience. We had 7 ½ hours to be still, think & reflect, which to be honest, doesn’t happen often in my life. So many places to go, things to do and people to see ya know!? But on the train I felt this sense of peace & relief as I had no where to go, nothing to do and no one to see except my sleeping hubby next to me and the beautiful country side covered in snow passing by.  As I leaned my head against the cool glass window I started to think about 2013, and what I guess you could call my “new years resolutions.” It came down to 3 main things:

 Finish Strong- A starts residency in 6 months and our life will look different than it does now. There is a strong chance we will be moving somewhere new and even though I am so excited about that transition, I want to finish strong in KC…working harder than I ever have, loving & giving more than before & being present in my mind and heart are ways I want to finish strong.

     Simplify- I’m cutting down on some of my weekly activities so I can give more of myself and my very best in my marriage, work &  relationships.  I’ve also already started to simplify by filling several boxes of things to give away. So much STUFF we don’t need and so many people who really do!

     Grow-When January 1, 2014 comes around, I want to be able to look back at 2013 and see major spiritual & personal growth in my life.  I want to grow stronger in my walk with the Lord than ever before...dig deeper into the word of God, worship, pray, learn and grow.

I feel a little nervous about making this a blog post, because you know once you put something out there like that there is a whole new level of pressure to actually do what your saying you want to do! But just as I am typing, the hymn “Your Grace is Sufficient for me” comes to mind and I feel a sense of relief…

"Your grace is sufficient for me.
Your strength is made perfect when I am weak.
And all that I cling to, I lay at your feet.
Your grace is sufficient for me."

Here’s to 2013! 

A few pics from the train ride...


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Great Gatsby NYE 2013

This weekend, we traveled back to 1922, the year of Great Gatsby. In a little home in the heart of Chicago, the roaring 20s came back to life in an epic new years event. We welcomed 2013 with the class and style of the era but most importantly with  people we adore. It felt as if the Great Gatsby hosted the party himself but instead, the vision belonged to the lovely hostess Rebecca Win Goldstein.  Andrew and I traveled by train from KC to Chi to be with our dear friends Brittany, Rebecca, & Larry. Last year we celebrated New Years together in KC in the form of Glitter Twenty Twelve so we were excited to continue the tradition. This whirlwind of a weekend included adventures in the city, macaroons, chocolate cake, sheep fur, jamin to the Lumineers, the bean, wicker park, falling asleep on the couch, scary movies, and just being together. Another part of the weekend included transforming Rebie's home from cozy and clean to glam & gold.  Needless to say, we had a memorable weekend and cherished every minute of it. 

On the train ride home A & I made a little video recapturing one of the highlights of the party...the photo booth of course! 


party pics...
Hello Darling
Aud Lang Syne
Happy New Year!

playing in the city...
The Bean 
The Best

Stay classy Chi!