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Saturday, April 28, 2012

We're building a house!

I'm so excited! Yesterday Matt and I met with his mom (our realtor) and the realtor for a local builder to sign all the contracts and put in the official offer for our new house that we're having built. It will be our first home and we are so blessed to be building it from the ground up. We even get to pick the grout between the bricks, lol. I can't wait to start picking cabinet colors and countertops, etc. It's an adorable little cottage-style patio home. For those who aren't as familiar with real estate terms, "cottage style" is a nice way of saying it's a fairly small ("cozy") one-story, and "patio home" is a nice way of saying that it's on a fairly small lot and the house itself takes up most of the lot (and therefore the houses are pretty close together). Nonetheless, we could not be more pleased. We feel like the size of the house and the lot will work for us for probably 10 years or more. The floorplan is below.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I got a wife chop on my birthday

I cut off a huge chunk of hair to donate yesterday and thought I'd share pictures. This was the first cut beyond a trim in 3 years, haha. I had been thinking about donating a little bit for a while now, but Matt wanted me to get a dramatically shorter cut, and I agreed. So here are the results!
Front before
Side before
Donation ponytails
Front after
Back after
Side after

Monday, April 9, 2012

Books I Read during Lent

In my Mardi Gras post, I mentioned that I was giving up secular books for Lent. That turned out to be a very good decision. I feel like I grew stronger in my faith, grew closer to God, and heard a few messages from God through the experience of reading all those Christian books in just over 6 weeks. I feel like I have motivation to start going to church again (and not just to small group, but to "big church" as well). I feel like I have motivation to start tithing (which is something I've never really done). I feel like my prayer life has improved. I feel like I am better equipped to answer certain anti-God/anti-Christian arguments that might be thrown my way. I just feel like I have grown so much through the brief but intense experience. And spending all that time selecting Christian books to read, even for specific book clubs or reading challenges, has ingrained a tendency to look for Christian books into my head.

So here's the list of all the books I read during Lent, with links to my Goodreads reviews.

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Miracles by C.S. Lewis
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
More Than Ordinary: Enjoying Life with God by Doug Sherman
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren F. Winner
The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Never Let Me Go

"Never Let Me Go" by Florence + The Machine

Looking out from underneath,
Fractured moonlight on the sea
Reflections still look the same to me,
As before I went under.

And it's peaceful in the deep,
Cathedral where you cannot breathe,
No need to pray, no need to speak
Now I am under.

And it's breaking over me,
A thousand miles onto the sea bed,
Found the place to rest my head.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

And the arms of the ocean are carrying me,
And all this devotion was rushing out of me,
And the crashes are heaven, for a sinner like me,
The arms of the ocean deliver me.

Though the pressure's hard to take,
It's the only way I can escape,
It seems a heavy choice to make,
Now I am under.

And it's breaking over me,
A thousand miles down to the sea bed,
Found the place to rest my head.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

And the arms of the ocean are carrying me,
And all this devotion was rushing out of me,
And the crashes are heaven, for a sinner like me,
The arms of the ocean deliver me.

And it's over,
And I'm going under,
But I'm not giving up!
I'm just giving in.

Oh, slipping underneath.
Oh, so cold, but so sweet.

In the arms of the ocean, so sweet and so cold,
And all this devotion I never knew at all,
And the crashes are Heaven, for a sinner released,
And the arms of the ocean,
Deliver me.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

Deliver me.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

Deliver me.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

And it's over,
And I'm goin' under,
But I'm not givin' up!
I'm just givin' in.

Oh, slipping underneath.
Oh, so cold, but so sweet