8 days

September 25, 2012 § 1 Comment

We are 8 days away from leaving the States. I have lots of mixed feelings…I am anxious and excited to begin this new adventure, but I am also increasingly sad as it sinks in that we will be leaving our amazing friends and awesome church.

Last week was really crazy and I still feel like I am trying to┬árecuperate! We shipped out our things last Wednesday, and now most of our belongings are somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean. This week is easy compared to last week; we’ve gotten the hardest part finished (moving our things), and now we just need to wait for our visas to finish processing, book our hotels (on the list today), contact a realtor in Cambridgeshire to help us find a place ASAP once we arrive, sell our car and a few other items, and start making the packing list (which is fairly simple…everything that didn’t go on the boat goes in our bags…as long as it fits, haha!).

So, this week we are spending a lot of time with friends. It’ll be a whirlwind, but I am so thankful for the friends we have, and hope that I can slow down and truly enjoy some final time with our dears.

Last week Rafe and I went to Frying Pan Farm with our good friends Kristin and her daughter Natalie. The littles went on their first carousel ride! Here are a few photos from our trip:

peacock

rocks in his hands

more fun with rocks!

driving a tractor

it’s serious business!

smile!

first carousel ride!

Steel cut oats with pumpkin and cinnamon apple

September 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

Yesterday morning I made this after a chilly long run. It is healthy, easy, and is also a fantastic fall breakfast. Need I say more? Note: This recipe is for one portion, but you can easily double/triple/quadruple it if you want.

Ingredients

1 cup water

1/4 cup steel cut oats

2 tbsp pumpkin puree

1 tsp agave (or brown sugar)

1 apple, chopped into cubes

pumpkin pie seasoning, to taste

cinnamon, to taste

about 1/8 to 1/4 cup milk (according to preference)

Directions

Make the oats according to the directions on the label (mine is 1 cup of water for a 1/4 cup oats).

While the oats are simmering on your stove, chop one apple into 1/2 inch cubes and place in a bowl with a bit of water (about 1/4 cup). Microwave for approximately 3 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Once cooked, strain out the water and set aside.

Once the oats are ready (typically after 20-30 minutes simmering on the stove), add in pumpkin puree, agave (or brown sugar), pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, apples, and milk. Stir together, and enjoy!

It’s officially official: We’re moving to England!

September 14, 2012 § 1 Comment

The news and information that we’ve been waiting for came through this week, so it is now officially official that we are moving to the UK!

Here are the details for those interested:

  • John was offered a job in Cambridgeshire about 1 hr 1/2 drive (45 minute train ride) north of London (which he accepted)
  • We will be flying out on October 3 (that is just shy of 3 weeks)
  • We’ll be there for at least one year, but potentially up to 3.5 years
  • We’ve known since late July we were moving, we just didn’t know the timeframe. Our house is sold, our things are in storage, and we’ve been living with my parents since then.
  • The move is quick, but it actually feels like we’ve been waiting forever (it was our original understanding the start date was in mid-August, so we’ve been ready to ship out for over a month now)

We are excited, a little apprehensive, but mostly just looking forward to this adventure! We know there will be ups and downs, but we feel confident this is the path the Lord has for us, and we know that He will provide all we need over there (a church body, a place to live, a car to drive, etc.). I have plans to keep up with the blog, so for those who want to keep tabs on what we’re up to across the pond, check in here regularly or just follow my blog for updates.

Cheers!

Fall

September 12, 2012 § 2 Comments

We’ve had the windows open all week, and it’s been absolutely wonderful! The mornings finally have a slight chill in them, and each morning I just want to take my son outside and run (which we’ve done each day this week!). I keep looking at the trees and I don’t see much color yet, but I know the leaves will explode in red, yellows and oranges very soon.

I’ve started pinning fall recipes, and I can’t wait to try them out! We’re going to go to the store today, so I’ll be sure to pick up some canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and who knows what else. Here are some of the recipes I’ve recently pinned and want to try out in the next few weeks:

Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa

Butternut Squash Gnocchi in Fontina Cheese Sauce with torn Spinach leaves and Parmesan

Brie and Apple Tarts

 

What are your favorite fall recipes?

Lately

September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve started writing this post about ten different times, and I’ve been having such a hard time saying what I want to say, how I want to say it.

There have been quite a few changes around here. We sold our home and have moved in temporarily with my parents. We’ve been living with them since mid-July, nearly two months. We are so thankful for their generosity, and our standing good relationship has done wonders in this up-and-down time as we are in transition.

Basically, we’re just waiting. It seems like we are waiting on a million things, so I won’t go into detail…and honestly I can’t really go into detail because there aren’t many details that have been worked out yet.

I miss my home (not necessarily the house we had, but I miss having a home that is all mine). I love doing home projects and working on making our space beautiful, yet functional (and baby-proofed!). It’s hard to do that without a space to call my own. Our own.

I’ve had several friends ask me about my blog recently. I realize I have unintentionally taken a break from it this summer. I do miss it. Once things start falling into place around here I hope to pick it back up again in earnest, along with more clarity, focus, and direction.

So, until we get more details and find out when we are moving, things will still be on hold. We’re still waiting, and trying to be patient.

In the meantime, here are some recent photos for those of you that don’t follow me on instagram:

Atlanta visit

July 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m not quite sure where to begin. This summer has been great, but it is going by so quickly and yet so slowly at the same time. We are planning to close on our house a week from today (second contract), which means we will be moving this weekend. Yay!

Where will we be moving? is the big question of the day (week, month, summer). We’ll move in temporarily with my parents and live there for a few weeks or months until we figure out where we’ll end up.

In other news, we went to Atlanta last week for a wedding. It was lovely, and I got to spend a good amount of time with family and old friends…though as usual, there were several people I did not get a chance to spend time with. Sometimes I think I’d need to visit for a month to get to see and catch up with all the people I miss! Here are a few photos from the trip:

Ready to drive south

Watching Bob Ross Joy of Painting

Lucia and Rafe

Cousins in hats

Watching the fireworks

Fun at the lake

Splashing!

When Johnny gave Rafe a bath

Tech Parkway, beautiful Atlanta. I miss skyscraper skylines.

Vroom vroom

June 21, 2012 § 2 Comments

A little peek into a typical day in our home.

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