Taking a Break.

Real Life, Taking A Break

With all that is going on in the world today, sometimes we need a break.

My heart aches at the condition of the world today. It feels like each week we wake up to another (or somehow directly affected by) horrific events drawn from hate. We as humans are sucked in by the media and feel all the feels. It’s a daily reminder that there must be change. My heart pours out to all those who are now picking up the pieces from yet another tragedy. We need to stand together; no matter who you are, the color of your skin, or where you’re from. We need to accept one another, hope, pray and find joy in all things.

Let me get real for a sec; these past couple months have been a complete whirlwind. The day after Father’s Day, we lost Chris’ father. It’s such a devastating and heartbreaking loss. It’s unfortunate that something like death forces you to put life into perspective, but we’re moving forward with what life has dealt us. I’m not going to say much else about it, but I’m grateful that his father’s sense of humor, work ethic, and outlook on life will forever be instilled in Chris and hopefully passed down to our children someday.


{photo cred: Tawanda Faye Photography}

Building a house has been rapidly moving forward and I’m trying to enjoy every single ounce of it. We’ll officially close on the house in October, but once the cabinets are hung, we’re only 45 days out. I’m trying to not let the stress consume me in a negative way. Owning a home is such a rewarding thing: wow. While we have been blessed with opportunities, all of our hard work is paying off. Such a feeling to know it’s your home.

With all that has been going on, I’ve been focusing on a few things that have kept me feeling normal.

  1. Appreciating life. It sounds silly, but I have been focusing more on the now rather than worrying about the future.
  2. Cooking & Baking. With all that was going on, we were up in PA for 3 weeks. Living off coffee and vending machine food, throwing in an occasional hoagie and a random cooked meal was the extent of what we ate. I forgot how much these really keep me grounded.
  3. OTF/Lifting. This is my saving grace. It’s the time I look forward to most each day; it’s the time I really think and de-stress.

We had some friends over last night and devoured homemade grilled pizza and vanilla cinnamon cupcakes for Kristen’s birthday.


Good friends.

Good food.

Good times.

Q: What’s been going on with you? 

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