Thursday, April 25, 2013

a little hiatus

So I know by this point anyone who follows this blog thinks I've fallen off the face of the earth (or at least died).
But thankfully niether of those things are true!
It's just that this whole school, working 2 jobs, trying to move around the world thing has been catching up to me. Being busy is so glamorized in our culture. I'd rather have a few days to breathe, thank you very much!
But an end is in sight! My finals for this semester are in less than 2 weeks (holy crap!) and we are only 1 signed form away from being able to submit our visa applications for New Zealand.
Until then, however, I will leave you with this pretty picture from Central Park when we took a day trip last week and a hope that you will return when things start to calm down.
Who knows when that will be? :)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

sistuh friend

I am not a Marylyn Monroe fan. And heck, since I found this on the internet who knows if the lady even said this quote?
But I love it's simplicity and the fact that it's so accurate.
I have loved these past couple of months being close again to my sisters. There really is no relationship on earth like that of a sister. You can go from wanting to ring their neck to defending them against someone else within a split second. Only they understand and know what it's like growing up in your house with your family. The vacations, holiday traditions, mornings getting ready for school, pets, dinners, chores, bedsheet forts, Sunday mornings at church and every and all the other tiny things that were shared together over the years. Things that hold us together.
So yeah, maybe I'm feeling a little sappy. But I'm thankful for each day spent with them now, because after our move I'm not sure when or how often we see eachother.
Soaking the sister time in now.. and after the move skyping with them will have to do :)

Monday, April 8, 2013


I feel like I should have something super insightful to go along with this picture, but I really don't. Just so thankful for the long overdue change to nice weather in these parts :)
Kevin and I have been hanging up our eno hammocks in the many trees of my parents yard lately and soaking up the warm air. There's something so relaxing about a good hammock, am I right?
Kevin mentioned the other day that he is going to experience three springs this year! He had spring in Mississippi while I was still in winter in PA, now this spring that has finally begun, and then a 3rd spring when we move to New Zealand this year! So funny to think about.
We are still in the midst of completing all of our paperwork for our visa applications to NZ. We really are organized and productive people, so this should tell you something about the amount of paperwork necessary to get a visa to NZ! But we do see an end in sight; just waiting on my fingerprints to come back and we can mail off our applications (after they are looked over by at least 5 pairs of eyes!)
Until then, you can find us outside hammocking away :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

a pond

This pond holds many childhood memories for my sister and I.
It's very close to my Grandparents old house, and they used to bring us (along with a loaf of bread) here to feed the ducks. It was hours of free entertainment, and many warm sunny days were spent tossing bits of bread into the water. We made an impromptu stop at the pond last weekend, and it was just as lovely as I remembered it.
I love places like this, that hold a special spot in the heart. I have a few of them in PA, and others scattered around the world. Places that I may never set foot again, but are beautiful and special to me for one reason or another.
This pond is just one of them, but a good one I think.

Monday, April 1, 2013


Kevin is HOME!
I am so glad to put the long-distance stuff behind us & look ahead to our next chapter together.
We've been enjoying eachothers company and visiting family and friends these past few days. And today, his birthday!
So happy to celebrate by his side & look back at everything he's accomplished in this last year.
I got a good one :)

and Happy Easter weekend!
"Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
Mark 16:6