A Beautiful Promise

Our living room here has gone through a few overhauls over the past few days. The most recent has put a table in the corner that Dave and I can both use as a desk. At the same time. We love it.

And that’s exactly what we’re doing tonight.

We’ve got worship music playing, the fire is on, dinner is in the oven, we’re in our pj’s, he’s doing something on his laptop, and I’m coloring.

Yes. Coloring.

I’m an adult, I swear!

My friend Lisa introduced me to adult coloring books earlier in the year and I flippin love them.

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I opened the book to this page and tore it out without even really thinking of it, but while I was coloring I began to really think about the words.

The best is yet to come.

What a beautiful promise! I used to tell myself this all the time when I was single and lonely and sad and depressed. It was so encouraging!

The best is yet to come.

It can and will get better than this.

Well, tonight, as I sit with my husband in a warm home while he texts me that I’m “so beautiful” (when I feel like I look sub-human with no makeup, old glasses, messy hair and a big ol bathrobe) I realize that saying is still true.

The best is [still] yet to come.

Yeah, life is pretty great right now. I can’t complain about anything. But you know what? It’s still gonna get better. And I think that’s a beautiful promise.

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

-C.S. Lewis

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Honeymoon Wrap-Up (AKA: I’m A Slacker)

Dave and I have been married for almost 2 months and I just realized I never wrote about our honeymoon!

Actually, I haven’t written about anything. Not even Simple Little Sunday with the youth – but that’s a story for a different time.

So I’m breaking my silence. You’re welcome, world.

After our wedding, we stayed around for a week before leaving for Kiawah for many reasons, the main one being that we had friends and family coming from LITERALLY all over the country and we didn’t want to get married and immediately leave. We wanted to spend as much time with them as we could before they left.

On Saturday, September 19th we headed south to my happy place – I was so flippin excited! Seriously. I didn’t know what I wanted to do first! Do we stop in Charleston? Go straight to the condo? Go for a bike ride? Walk to the beach? I wanted to do it all!

We arrived at my Aunt and Uncle’s condo that afternoon (if you’re looking for a vacation destination, look no further than here and tell them I sent you) and were greeted with two bags full of goodies complete with gluten free pretzels! The generosity and thoughtfulness of my family never ceases to astound me.

We had a ton of stuff we wanted to do while we were down there and we did almost all of it! We had one day of rain but it wasn’t horrible and we made the best of it by going to the aquarium. Honestly guys, this is the best aquarium I’ve been to. And not just because I took a selfie with a duck.

We had champagne on the beach.

I became a floppy hat person.

Dave got to meet some of my SC friends

Dave, Me, Dana & Ben

JD, John, Teri, Me & Dave

We went to Fort Sumter, Firefly Distillery, Cypress Gardens to hunt for gators, and on a dinner cruise.

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We saw the Vietnam Experience and walked around the Yorktown Aircraft Carrier.

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We went paddle boarding with dolphins and stingrays with Water Dog Paddle Co. (Ryan is amazing, if you find yourself in SC you NEED to join him on a paddle). We saw dolphins, a baby dolphin and SHARKS on a twilight kayak paddle.

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We went for bike rides in an attempt to not get fat and took a pedi-cab from one end of Charleston to the other, not caring about our weight.

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We took a carriage tour around the city and learned all about their history and met Monica and Chandler.

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We went to see the Angel Oak (a HUGE oak tree that’s over 1500 years old!) and kept family tradition alive with a photo-op in front of the Pineapple fountain at Waterfront Park.

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And I took entirely too many pictures of the Ravenel Bridge, because it’s beautiful and I love it.

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All in all, it was the perfect Honeymoon and we didn’t want to leave. Seriously. I almost cried during breakfast our last morning. But the good news, is within the first 30 minutes of being on the island, Dave asked how much I thought a condo there cost. SCORE!

Kiawah, we’ll be back. Because we love you oh so much.