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February 15, 2013

Life Lately & Link Love

After a bad post-college break-up a lot of good people gave me some really good advice.  One in particular that shone above the wine haze was a perspective one of my besties bestowed upon me.  While I was dwelling on the loss of something familiar she was relishing the daring adventure that lay ahead for me. 
"This is SO EXCITING!  You're going to meet someone completely amazing and get married one day.  And we don't even know him yet.  We have no idea what he looks like or when you're going to meet him.  The possibilities are endless.  And maybe you have met him you just didn't know he was the one.  This is by far the most exciting time of your life!"

That same frame of mind rang true while I was pregnant with WellsThe words to the Michael Buble song Haven't Met You Yet resonated strongly with me during a time when I was so unsure of what motherhood and my baby would look like or feel like.  I would play that song over again on my iPod and rock in her chair high on the anticipation of what good things were to come.  Things that were better than what I could have imagined.

I Might Have To Wait
I'll Never Give Up
I Guess It's Half Timing
And The Other Half's Luck
Wherever You Are
Whenever It's Right
You Come Out Of Nowhere And Into My Life

I'm trying to gather that same frame of reference as we land on yet another week of futile house hunting.  The house we presented an offer on is still giving back radio silence and we've all but written it off.
Buying another home just doesn't feel like something we can force and we won't.  Renting may not produce long term results and it means we'll have to pack and move again at some point, but its not the end of the world.  And it's a good way to clean out your closets.

So while my marriage and motherhood are in that oh-so familiar place of stability and comfort as good as homemade mac & cheese plopped down next to garlic mashed potatoes I'm going to embrace the unsettled excitement of dating our next house.  It's going to involve a lot of bad first dates and maybe even end with a relationship that only lasts a short while before we're all ready to move on.

But mentally, I've turned a corner.  I'm really excited to see where this journey takes us.

But first, that road ahead is in South Carolina.  And I'm signing off for the weekend so I can pack us all into the car for the next six hours.  Now, that's a really daring adventure!

Link Love
How incredible was the Cartas de Amor that Jen put together.  I loved reading every single love letter.

Wells and I both are dying over the little playroom vignette Chassity put together for her daughter starring a Jess Brown down and a flamingo.  Two of our own household favorites.

This mom and daughter day in Paris captured on camera.  I would kill to have something like this of Wells and I.  Even in a less glamorous location.

I swoon every time I see Erica's house tour.  Every single time.

Molly's thoughtful Toast Talk about love.  I completely agree.  I think Valentine's Day is the best and why not embrace a day designated to tell the people in your life that you love them.

And I'm obsessed with the progress shots of Erin's kitchen renovation and her full disclosure that she doubts her choices mid process just like the rest of us do.

But not Bailey, that girl is on FIRE and so is her newly debuted third home that's just as impeccably decorated as the the first two.  Scroll though to see several posts that detail the before and afters.


  1. Yay for such a positive attitude. Things will work out, God has a plan for you! You coming by Charleston or just Pawleys?

  2. I recently pinned the quote "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck". It is hard to keep in mind when things are difficult but I can tell you that my unfulfilled wishes pale in comparison to the wonderful way things have turned out for me. Perhaps the things that are not working out will lead to something far better than you hoped for. Keep your chin up :)

  3. Patience is a tough game when you are sooo ready to put down those roots. It will come, and it will be PERFECT for you and your family. Way to go in embracing this time ... enjoy the dating!! xo

  4. Love your wise words and how much you are growing, right before our eyes. Everything's gonna be alright, and you're believing it! Have a safe trip and wonderful weekend.
    xo Nancy

  5. Girlfriend i luvs you. Lilly was pretty pumped :)
    I like this friend of yours. That is exactly the type of outlook I tend to have and share in situations like that too (job loss, breakups...)
    So is Charleston still in the plan this weekend?

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  6. Bailey's houses are so good, I could look at them all day! Your outlook is inspiring, and you are right, there is nothing but excitement and something better waiting for y'all down the road. Have a great weekend!

  7. Would you not kill for a getaway like Erica's outdoor house right about now?! Have a great weekend!

  8. You have such a good outlook on everything! It will all work out in the end the way it's supposed to. Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Great outlook girl. Just think - there's a WHOLE house out there waiting for you to come and decorate! Happy Friday. :)

  10. I also loved all the links you shared here ;) And I like that positive approach, there are things we can't change, but we sure can decide how to embrace them ;)


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