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Hello! It's been awhile! We've been settling into our day-to-day routine here in San Diego. We've met some kind people, been attending a church downtown, spent a fair share of time eating fish tacos. I'm training for a half marathon! We are learning to trust God more and more every day. And, of course, we've had more than a couple beach days. :)

Today I cleaned our apartment because our landlord asked to show a couple people the floor plan, and then later I thought to snap a few photos so we remember where we spent our first several months in San Diego. We're looking for a new place to live with 2 bedrooms--however, if we don't find anything affordable, we might stay in this current tiny place! It's month-to-month until August so we have a bit of time to decide. 

Enjoy a few snapshots. There's not much to see! We sold or donated most of our possessions and I'm enjoying this massive simplification of our belongings. Turns out we really don't need much to live at all. 



Here's one of the two of us from last night after a mini-date of craft beers from a cool place down the street. Oh yeah, did I mention that THE BEST taco shop, bagel shop, donut shop and happy hour joint are within walking distance of us? We're in trouble!


Historic Flooding in my Hometown

I'd like to take a moment to solicit your prayers for those affected by the floodwaters in Pennsylvania and New York.

When the images you see on television are of far-away, unfamiliar places, your heart sinks somewhat and you think "How sad for them." When the images are of the place where you grew up, of familiar landmarks, of businesses whose owners are your friends and acquaintences, your heart breaks. 

Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania is the river town I grew up in. The Susquehanna flows directly through town underneath a giant bridge and its swells have given us a scare a time or two before, but I have never seen anything like these photos.

The downtown area.

We know a family whose home is in the flooded area near the bottom of the photo. My old high school at the top.

The river separates the town, flowing strongly under the big bridge. When I was 16 years old I exceeded the speed limit by 5mph crossing the bridge and failed my driver's test.

The town's restored historic theater is at the top left. The gray building is a flower shop, and I've entertained dreams of opening a bakery in the empty brick building next door.

The catholic church is on the left, the bank is in the middle, and on the right you can see the first of the main street buildings. Just out of view is my best friend's grandmother's furniture store.

Gay's True Value has been in business forever. Despite opposition from many residents, Super Wal-Mart has just opened down the street and it's feared that Gay's won't make it. It would be really sad to see it shut down.


The response from those of us who have ever called Tunkhannock home makes it very clear: we have a connection this place. Whether it's restoring a historic landmark, fighting to protect the integrity of our land, or even standing up to big-box stores that threaten small businesses, the residents want what's best for the town. It's not a perfect place, but it's home. I hope that those of us who have ventured away will return, if even for a day, to find someone who needs help and get the town back on its feet. Maybe it will be a reunion of sorts, old neighbors and classmates banding together for a greater purpose. I'll take that over running into someone at the bar any day.

Photo credits: Barb Gay

Heard | Hem -- Half Acre

Every once in awhile I hear a song I can't get enough of. I wanted to share this one with is so beautiful. I love the words, too. The feelings associated with your hometown can be so conflicting. I love going home to mine in rural Pennsylvania, but there are memories there I try to leave behind.

Bright Windowsill

I'm sitting at our new (to us) desk in our bright bedroom. It is simple and light in here, not many items yet. Sunshine is dancing on the white surface of the desk, leaves from trees casting their shadows. The taste of the coffee I'm drinking is reminiscent of Honduras itself, where it originated from: a bit muddy, out of the ordinary, not what I'm used to, but delicious and endearing in its own way.

We are still, slowly, making our apartment feel like home. Trying not to break the bank as we purchase items needed to feel normal, like a couch. It's a small space, but 20 miles down the river folks are living in 90 square feet, so I'm not complaining. I like it here in Nyack very much. I like the fact we can take the train into New York City for the afternoon (still have yet to do it). I really like the fact I've seen my family twice in the past three weeks. I'm happy because Luke loves his job here. As for me, I'm off to an interview at 1. What I'd like to do with myself is still sort of beyond me, but this particular interview is at a bakery and I know I would enjoy that. We shall see.

I'm sorry it's been so long since I've updated. We finally just got internet in our apartment yesterday, so I'm looking forward to sharing with you the goings-on of our life! Bear with me. :)

A Peek in our Library

Hi everyone! I'm just popping in for a quick post today. I know when I shared our screened-in porch I said I would be back to show you photos of a couple other spaces in our home, and I'm glad I snapped a few when everything was still intact! As of right now, our house is in full-blown packing mode and looking pretty empty. I can't believe tomorrow is my last day of work and we only have 4 days until we pack the cars and go! I'm trying to stay afloat, and Luke is doing a great job keeping me sane. He has packed up so much of our house while I've been at work...and I love him for it.

Today I wanted to show you one of our joint favorite nooks of the house. In the corner of the living room is a bookshelf that houses our little library. We both love books and the idea of having a library in our future home, and this is definitely a humble beginning. There are lots of books we love that aren't seen here, but these things take time. I'll point out a couple of my favorite details while you take a closer look...

1) Budvase of lavender, memento from my best friend Mary's beautiful wedding.

2) Vintage Kodak Instamatic I found for $2 at an antique store.

3) One of the vintage dessert plates from our wedding.

4) The tiniest pewter frame for which I have not yet found the perfect tiniest photo.

5) Sailboat drawing by Mary, a wedding gift.

6) This was a "birthday present" for Luke last year. I definitely had personal motives in mind with this one.

7)  One of three globe bookends I've picked at yard sales. I guess I've started a collection.

8) Luke and I each subscribe to one magazine. My pick is Real Simple, his is Outside.


It's fun to walk over to the bookshelf and choose a book I haven't read in awhile. Speaking of things you haven't read in awhile, do any friends spy books that belong to you? I've been bad about returning in the past...I promise to be better!

We're off to spend a much-anticipated evening with great friends. I'm sad to leave these amazing people but so glad for the brief time we had getting to know them. I'll try to check in on Monday but I think it will be really hectic, so we'll see...have a beautiful weekend!


Our Screened-in Porch: A Peaceful Place

In just a little over two weeks, Luke and I will be leaving our first home and moving somewhere new. I have to be honest and say that when it comes to change, excitement usually wins out over sentimentality for me. I love our beautiful home and I'm so grateful that the first nine months of our marriage were spent here, but I don't dread leaving because I know something else awaits us. I know it involves downsizing significantly and living in a building full of other people, but I think it will be fun and exciting. I also can't wait to tackle our new small space with functional and inspirational solutions (and share them with you!).

I'm going to try to document some spaces around our house until we leave. I'm bringing you one of my favorites first: the screened-in porch. I love relaxing and eating meals out here. I put some time and, as you'll see, not a lot of money into making it feel special. I'm so glad I did, because here's what it looked like after a winter of neglect:

Dead tree, dead leaves, a random saw, spiders galore...scary! 

 Here's what it looks like now:



The rug and matching patio furniture was there when we moved in, but mostly everything else in the room was picked at a thrift store or yard sale, starting with the light above the table. I got it at a yard sale for $5. It was painted a bright teal color when I bought it.


I knew that I wanted to tone it down, so I spent maybe 10 minutes dabbing a rag soaked with white acrylic paint all over the surface.


You're familiar with the chairs that surround the table, and the table itself was scored for just $10 at a yard sale. Unbelievable, right? Perfect for sharing meals.


I got the round lace tablecloth and all of the antique blue budvases at thrift stores. The tablecloth was 99 cents and I paid no more than 75 cents for each budvase.


The lanterns were dusty and worn when Luke's grandmom bought them for me at her favorite antique market. I took them apart, cleaned them up and bought new wicks and lamp oil for them--now they're good as new!

They're so lovely in the evening...


My dad picked up the cool wine crates off the side of the road for me because he knew I'd love them. For now, I'm using them as side tables. The hand-painted lamp was $1 at a thrift store.


The colorful Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs were purchased from two separate yard sales for a total of 3 or 4 dollars. I thought they were fun and cheerful, but I don't think they'll make the move.


This garden table I use for my seedlings is perfect. I mentioned before that I got it at a yard sale for $3. Speaking of which, check out that post and see the difference in the baby plants! It's like a jungle now!


The two plant tables below were found at a thrift store and flea market for a few bucks apiece. I had intentions to paint both of them, but their purpose is served well just the way they are. Both of the plants (jade on the left, peperomia on the right) were gifts from Luke on two consecutive Valentine's days.


Last but not least, the oriental throw rug from this post found its home on the back porch. I love stepping out of the house and having it lead me to such a peaceful place.


So that's our screened-in porch. It's an easily neglected room which can be one of the most enjoyable if you show it a little love! After you are done perusing the photos, leave a comment and tell me: have you ever realized the potential of a neglected area of your home and revitalized it?

picked | Bread Box & Throw Rug

I'm in love with thrift/antique store shopping and yard saling. In my new category of blog posts "picked" I'll share some of my finds with you, and later on post about what I did with them (so you know I'm not secretly a hoarder!). I see lots of hidden potential in things. Once, in a cluttered flea market booth, Luke commented "I look at this room and think, 'What is all this crap?' but you look at it and think, 'There could be something here.'" He was right. I never look past anything based on its current state--I patiently look, I love the search,and I pick things based on their potential, often changing them later to appeal to my taste. 

I love the lettering and the slightly vintage/worn on this $1.50 bread box. I haven't decided what exactly I'm going to do with it, but I'm definitely going to update it in some way.

This $3 throw rug (2' x 3') from another yard sale is inside the front door currently. Don't know where its home will ultimately be. Maybe the screened-in porch.

I got some dorky crafting stuff too, but that's boring to anyone but me. I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing Saturday today! I had a somewhat lazy evening after a crazy day at work...we accomplished our first wedding delivery & setup for a gorgeous wedding at The Dairy Barn in Fort Mill. Proud of my boss and how well the bakery is doing. I often feel so lucky to have my job!

For weekend inspiration, I'll share this gorgeous home tour with you (courtesy of Apartment Therapy). I pretty much died at every photo. It's kind of my dream space...I may have to copy that vintage plate wall from all our leftover wedding dishes!