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We took my parents to see the Transiberian Orchestra almost a month ago. They put on a GREAT show!

Ticket to Ride is one of our favorite games to play at my parents’ house.. if you haven’t tried it yet, you should. It’s great, but not too much of a thinker so you can chit chat while you play!

So cute, right?

Thanksgiving.

Word Became FleshDahlman's Tea#PapersForDayzzz

Ashlee's gift for all of us at our Christmas party a few weeks ago

We life in a Nerf World #findingdartsfordayzzz

We live in a Nerf World #findingdartsfordayzzz

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I love our tree. I’ll just be honest, it makes me really happy. So be prepared for a picture on just about every blog post and one picture via instagram/Twitter once a week.

Our first presents!

The beginning of another project. Final result to come!

The beginning of another project. Final result to come!

Making food like a good wife... that has happened rarely over the past few weeks (#endofsemesterprobs),so I had to take a photo to document this important event.

Making food like a good wife… that has happened rarely over the past few weeks (#endofsemesterprobs),so I had to take a photo to document this important event.

And Dunkin' Donuts opened less than a mile from our house last week. Need I say more?

And Dunkin’ Donuts opened less than a mile from our house last week. Need I say more?

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CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE!

And I’m excited for it.

It pretty much takes everything in me not to buy every decoration in T.J. Maxx right now. Have you been there? Have you experienced the cuteness? The lure? Well, it’s there. So, if you haven’t experienced it, stay away.

The only reason I talked myself down from buying everything I could fit in a cart was the thought, “Where will I put this after Christmas… in our one bedroom apartment with closets already stuffed to the brim…?” And the logic took over, phew.

So, here are the decorations we have so far. Nothing is new except the tree, of course, (which my parents donated to us this season! yay! thank you!) the adorable tree skirt I made, and the FREE printable I found online shown a few pictures below.

CHRISTMAS!!!

Most definitely borrowed this idea from Pinterest, brilliant no-sew tree skirt! It was extremely time-consuming, though. Much more than I expected.

I most definitely borrowed this idea from Pinterest, brilliant no-sew tree skirt! It was extremely time-consuming, though… much more than I expected, but so worth it!!

Thanks, Kelly, for this adorable reindeer mat!! So precious!

Thanks, Kelly, for this adorable reindeer mat!! So precious!

This chalkboard is in our kitchen, now harboring the Christmas spirit... and reminding us about the Joy of Christmas that is Christ!

This chalkboard is in our kitchen, now harboring the Christmas spirit… and reminding us about the Joy of Christmas that is Christ!

MERRYCHRISTMAS

Free Printable

I found his cute FREE PRINTABLE here.

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I know you've seen this already, but I just love our Christmas tree! I tell Jacob all the time how much I love it because it just makes me smile. I'm super dorky, but so much in the Christmas spirit!

I know you’ve seen this already, but I just love our Christmas tree! I tell Jacob all the time how much I love it because it just makes me smile. I like to just sit and look at it all the time. I’m silly, I know, but so into the Christmas spirit that I can’t help myself!

My mother makes buckeyes all the time around Christmas, so I had to carry on that tradition! Although hers look (much) better than mine, I'd say pretty good for my first time.

My mother makes buckeyes all the time around Christmas, so I had to carry on that tradition! Although hers look (much) better than mine, I’d say pretty good for my first time.

Merry Christmas, y’all!


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So You Like My Tree Skirt?

Thanks!! Me too!!

But I can’t take all the credit… I totally got the idea from Pinterest. Busted, I know.

However, I did spend a lot of time on it, so I will accept your compliments and continue enjoying myself while I sip my coffee and admire how precious our tree looks with that beautiful skirt underneath it.

So pretty, right??

So pretty, right??

Any-hoo, in case you didn’t bother following the link to the original tutorial, I’ll let you know what I did.

I bought the cheapest tree skirt I could find, since we didn’t already have one I could use as a base for this project.

Original

Not cute, I know, but totally perfect for this project. I had a lot of leftover burlap from other projects, so I went to Hancock Fabrics and bought 2 yards of a deep, pretty red color. This is a NO-SEW tree skirt project, by the way. Glorious, right?

Then I started hot gluing the pretty red fabric to the ugly skirt, starting with the outermost rim. I started each row at the slit in the skirt, that way I could still open up the skirt to get it around the tree afterwards:). I glued small sections of fabric at a time and folded the fabric over at the top to create the ruffled look. I continued all the way around until I came back to the slit, and then I started the next layer with the burlap. I repeated this over and over until the whole skirt was finished!

Completed Skirt

Sounds easy enough, right? And it was! However, this project honestly took about 5 hours, so if you’re planning to do one similar to this one, block off some serious time!I was also really sore afterwards from sitting hunched over on the floor for so long working on this… ha! And I went through a TON of glue sticks. And I mean a ton.

Huge

It’s also rather huge, and since I liked where we already had the tree (I didn’t want to pull it out any farther from the wall), I just folded the back of the skirt under so it lines up with the wall. You can’t really tell, and it works for us! This skirt will look great with a bigger tree in years to come, as well!Pretty

When I was searching for a cheap skirt to start out with, I saw skirts priced from $25-$35! All in all, this skirt cost about $15 between the original ugly skirt, the red fabric, and some extra glue sticks. I’d say that’s a win because this one is way cuter than many of the other ones I saw while shopping! :)

Skirt

And what could possibly scream Christmas more than this pretty picture?!

Yes

*Disclaimer: I am sorry that I’m completely obsessed with our Christmas tree and all I ever want to do is look at it, take pictures of it, and repeat.


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Awkward & Awesome Thursday

Awkward

-Still typing in my old password to my gmail account. Yep, just thought I would update you that I’m still in that 12-month-long rut. Must. Remember.

-Anytime  I feel remotely under the weather someone asks me if I am pregnant. Seriously? Just because we’re married now does NOT mean we’re going to have babies anytime soon…

-Every day I overdress for the “cold weather.” I discovered today the root of this problem. I check the weather on my phone every morning, and it gives me the day’s high and low weather. Since it’s the beginning of my day, I assume the temperature will be the low… even if it is 11am when I walk outside for the first time. I realized today that just because it is the beginning of my day, that does not mean that it is also the beginning of everyone else’s day… Wow. Lesson learned. The world does not revolve around me.

Awesome

-Putting up our first Christmas tree!! Pictures of our Christmas decorations to come:)

-Listening to my fellow students in chapel today singing

To our God we lift up one voice
To our God we lift up one song
To our God we light up one voice
Singing Allelujah

Can you say magical? I felt overwhelmed with God’s presence today.

-Getting 12 hours of sleep last night. Today was the first morning I woke up feeling genuinely well rested and ready to tackle the day in quite some time. I think that sleep was the last thing I needed to kick this sickness thing in the butt! Feeling great today!

(Awkward & Awesome is an idea borrowed from Sydney @ The Daybook)


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A Day for Thanksgiving

Today I am overwhelmed with the abundantly long list of things and people for whom I am thankful, so I thought I should share just a little bit of that list.

Above all, I’m thankful that Jesus died for me, for mankind, to rescue us from sin and bring us back to God in reconciliation. And even more than that, he continues loving me despite my tendency to forget him. What abundant grace–let’s gather at his throne today and give him the all the thanks.

I’m thankful for my wonderful, merciful, hilarious husband. Thank you, Jacob, for loving me when I’m at my worst and listening to my crazy dreams. I’ve learned so much about the depth of God’s love for me through you over the past 5 months. Thank you for laughing with me, cheering me up, encouraging me to sit with Jesus, and letting me do whatever I want when it comes to decorating our apartment. :) And buying me furniture. Big thanks for that ;) You are a superstar and I’m so, so thankful God gave me you as my husband, best friend, partner, and encourager. I can’t say thank you enough. I love you!!

I’m so thankful for my family, who loves me so well all the way from Ohio. I’m blessed and so happy to be spending today with you. The love you guys have for me (and for Jacob!) has blown me away, and I cherish every moment we get to spend together. Thank you for sacrificing for us and welcoming us home no matter what else has been going on in our lives. You guys are such a blessing.

I’m thankful for our family here in Tennessee. It has been SUCH a blessing to have sisters with whom I can share life-I love you girls! And thank you Larry & Teresa for opening your home to us at all times, while at the same time giving us space to figure out what it is to be married and on our own. You guys are also a HUGE blessing to us and I delight in the time we get to share with you guys.

I’m thankful for the crazy communities the Lord has blessed us with! Thank you for surrounding us with people both here and in Ohio who love you and love us and encourage us to seek you together! We feel SO BLESSED and cannot even say enough how wonderfully encouraged and loved we feel by all of our friends, both near and far.

And thank you, Lord, for helping us adjust in our church transition. The past few weeks have been so refreshing and genuinely enjoyable. Thank you for transforming my mind, opening my eyes, and humbling my heart to meet you in our new church. Thank you for surrounding us with brothers and sisters who encourage us to do what may not be the easiest, but in the end is definitely the most growth-provoking and encouraging. Thank you for providing us with opportunities to use our gifts to serve you and be blessed by you and also to bless our brothers and sisters. I have been overwhelmed by your faithfulness in this season of our lives. Amen and AMEN!

And last but not least in the slightest bit, I’m incredibly thankful for our jobs. God has provided for us more than we could have ever hoped! We both are in positions that humble us and give us great opportunities for ministry.

We are so blessed!! PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE HIM!!!


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For all of our Ohio friends…

Decorations are slowly coming together, but here’s where we’re at now!

This is the top of the shelf you can’t see because I cut it off… oops! Trinkets from the wedding!

I’m not sure why that card is so low on the refrigerator… photographer’s overlook I guess;)

We’re still working on regular chairs for the table.. :)

We have a washer and dryer!!! Yes, it is wonderful. Especially the really really loud and LONG beep it makes randomly throughout the cycle. Hilarious. But I kind of like it… it’s silly and gives this little place character. And it literally went off just as I was typing this. Ha!!

We finally hung the pretty thing over our bed!! After all this time… and we laughed afterwards because it only took us literally 4 minutes. Silly us.

We got our nightstand/dresser set from IKEA and we love it!!