Currently | August

August completely snuck up on me. I wasn’t even thinking about it being the first Wednesday of the month until I saw that a fellow blogger had done their August Currently post! I knew I didn’t want to miss the chance to share about what was going on in our lives right now, especially with so many changes! I’ll warn you, this is definitely the “Moving/New City” edition of currently. So if hearing about our move and new life in Ohio is boring, by all means feel free to skip this, but if you’ve been wondering what we are up to then read on my friends!

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HEARTING | This new stage of life. Now, don’t let my affection for it fool you. It hasn’t been all rosy and I’m still adjusting to being home alone more often than not. But I love our new similar schedules and weekends!!! Have I mentioned we have actual weekends for the first time in our marriage? I really am excited for this new stage and all it has in store for us. It makes my heart VERY happy so I would definitely say I am hearting this.

WATCHING | Lots of baseball, Family Feud, and my current favorite Netflix binge- Jane The Virgin. Husband and I have cable for the first time in our 3 years of marriage. Husband is thrilled with having some sports channels to watch, especially Cincinnati Reds baseball games. We have also found that most nights when we sit down to eat dinner Family Feud is the only thing worth watching (I know, we are so boring). I’ve been watching the second season of Jane The Virgin and guys, I love this show so much. The colors, the filming, the story line, everything about it. It’s silly, but I enjoy it immensely.

EXPLORING | Our new city and home town. We live about 25 minutes from downtown Cincinnati but we also have quite a lot of amazing things in our neck of the woods. We love having the city close enough to take advantage of all it has to offer. We are finally figuring out our basic way around and learning the major road ways. I’m happy to say I can get quite a few places without the GPS. There is still plenty to explore though!

CREATING | a home! Slowly but surely this new apartment is becoming our home. We still have about a million boxes to unpack, but it really is starting to feel like home. I’m excited to embrace all of the new things I love about this apartment and really create a welcoming, cozy home.

EATING | too much Cincinnati style chili. You guys don’t need to know how many times we have had some form of Cincinnati style chili over the last week and a half, but it’s an embarrassingly large number. We’ve always loved it and it was our favorite thing to eat when visiting. We thought the draw would be gone once we lived here, but so far, I still want it 24/7.

Thanks so much to Anne over at In Residence and Dana at Something Good for hosting such a lovely link-up!

Goodbye & Hello

In one week we will load up the moving truck and leave Beckley, WV. In 8 days we will leave our beloved West Virginia and make a new home in Ohio. With so many big changes, there are so very many emotions. At first, I felt like there were too many big and exciting things happening for me to feel sad, so I should just ignore any sad feelings. Then my friend Moriah who is going through big life changes as well wrote about the things she will miss over on Untidy Grace. She stated it so well…”Just because it’s time doesn’t mean it won’t be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. And the two feelings- that elation & fierce loss- will war within you.” Needless to say, there has been a constant war within my heart these past few weeks.

In attempt to honor and recognize the loss, I wanted to write about it. West Virginia has made these first 22 years pretty spectacular, but I have faith that Ohio is going to treat us pretty well too. As I write this, I can truthfully admit, I don’t think I have any idea what we are getting ourselves into, nor have I accepted this reality of how much our lives are about to change. Someone once told me, one of the only consistent things in life is change, and I think that’s pretty true. As we enter into these coming days of change and uncertainty I’m so incredibly thankful for the things I am certain of: My husband and our relationship, a family that loves and supports us – even from afar, and a God who has directed our path’s for his Glory and our good.

I’m preparing to say goodbye to some major things in my life. My heart aches, tears are shed, and I mourn the losses. Thankfully, I’m stepping into some amazing things and I am so ready and excited to say hello to those. The lists below are by no means exhaustive and in no particular order, but they are on my heart and mind right now. Have you had to say goodbye & hello to anything recently?

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Goodbye

  1. Mountains all around me.
  2. Being only an hour from my momma (and just a little further from my sister).
  3. Worship with our WV church family.
  4. Being a house away from a spectacular aunt & uncle.
  5. Our colorful & quirky apartment.
  6. The local coffee shop where we are on a first name basis.
  7. So many people we love.
  8. Being 10 minutes (& no traffic) away from everything we need.
  9. Quick trips to Charleston for family & fun.
  10. A lifetime of experiences and their reminders; especially these first 3 years of marriage.

Hello

  1. City living – well, *near* a city living.
  2. Cincinnati style chili – my fav.
  3. Being close to other family members & meeting new baby cousins.
  4. Nearby Target, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, & More.
  5. New apartment to make into home in a fantastic location (& it has a pool!)
  6. Exploring and finding new favorite local places.
  7. Husband’s new job and establishing his career.
  8. Events and opportunities in our city; Sporting events, concerts, theater, and more.
  9. Hosting our family for weekend visits and showing off our new home and city. Helping them love it like we do.
  10. Growing closer to my husband as we step out in faith and build a new lifetime of experiences and memories.

 

The Deans Eat // Seventy Three

We are officially in our final full week in our apartment and I’m beginning to freak out a bit. I mean, who am I kidding, I’m way past freaking out! Things are feeling a bit chaotic and over my head at this point. The to-do list continues to grow and I’m truly wondering if  it can all be accomplished. This weekend my darling mother came to visit, but mostly to just help me pack and clean my apartment. She was heaven sent and helped us accomplish SO MUCH! Mom’s are great like that. We packed 20+ boxes over the course of the weekend with some fun thrown in there. With all of this packing, we really focused on the kitchen and I’m left with minimal supplies for cooking, so I’m having to get a bit creative. These are easy, basic meals that don’t take too much time or supplies. Hopefully we can stick to the menu this week, because next week we will be left with eating sandwiches or going out!

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Monday – Grilled Chicken & Veggies

Tuesday – Hamburgers

Wednesday – Spaghetti

Thursday – Paninis

Friday – Skillet Meal

Saturday & Sunday – Out or Leftovers!

Currently | July

Is it already July? Seriously. Agh. I can’t keep up. Can’t let this month slip by without doing my favorite post. Read on to see what I’m up to this month, ya know, apart from moving and all.

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TOASTING | Husband’s new job. I know I mentioned we are moving, but little was said about Husband’s new job. We got pretty frustrated and discouraged while we waited and searched for his first post grad job. With each new possibility that arose, my heart would commit, and before I knew it I had our entire future planned in my mind. This resulted in a lot of heartache and crushed plans. When this job came along, it wasn’t even something we were majorly considering. Things moved so quickly I didn’t even have time to think and dream and plan. Then there we were, accepting a job and making the decision to move. This job is something Husband has dreamed of for so long and he is so excited to get started and grow in this company. It’s exciting & unexpected, but very obviously God’s plan.

GOING | to really miss West Virginia. Expect me to write on this more soon. Really been feeling the things we are going to be saying goodbye to here. Just because the future is so exciting, doesn’t change the hurt of the things we are leaving.

SMELLING | White Peach Mango wax bars. Husband picked this scent out at the store a few weeks ago and I’ve loved heating this in my Scentsy recently. It’s such a delicious & summery scent!

WEARING | Clothes? I never know what to put for this one. Guys, I work from home and don’t go many places. My wardrobe is not very exciting. I have been digging a few simple maxi dresses I got this summer and I feel like I’ve been living in those. They are super comfy and can be dressed up or down which is a definite win in my book!

WISHLISTING | Everything possible for my dream home. While I’m not exactly moving into my dream home, we are moving into a new apartment with more decorating possibilities. Even more so I will be living near a handful of new to-me stores that will bring lots of fun. My wishlist is about a mile long right now. If you check out my Pinterest, you will get a little bit of an idea of the things I’m wishing for.

Thanks so much to Anne over at In Residence and Jenna at Gold & Bloom for hosting such a lovely link-up!

The Deans Eat // Seventy Two

Happy 4th of July! I realize I’m a day late on this greeting and this blog post, but yesterday was not for blogging. Unfortunately here in rainy WV it wasn’t much for normal Independence day activities either. We ate some food, played games, and swam in the pouring rain. It was a weird one, but a good one! Now it’s back to the grind and this week’s to-do list is staring me in the face. While I love a 4 day work week, I’m a little stressed out to only have 6 days this week to accomplish the many many things that need to be accomplished. But I’ll grab some coffee, turn up the music, and power on through. Here’s to keeping my sanity!

As we get closer to our move date (TWO WEEKS – 4 DAYS) our food habits will continue to change as our kitchen slowly ends up in boxes instead of cabinets. This past week was unfortunately not very successful on the menu planning front. Neither one of us wanted to cook or clean so we ate out far too much. I’m hoping to avoid that this week, but we shall see. We also continue to try and eat through the foods we have on hand, and avoid buying food as much as possible, which is going to require some creativity for sure. This week is nothing fancy and we don’t really have any plans, all though my momma will be visiting this weekend to help us pack and spend some time with us before we move. It will be nice having her around for the weekend! Hopefully we can actually stick to this week’s meal plan and stop succumbing to the ever tempting option of eating out.

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Monday | 4th of July Celebrations

Tuesday | Potato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Wednesday | Skillet Lasagna & Caesar Salad

Thursday | Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas (Didn’t eat last week)

Friday | Double Stuffed Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Veggies

Saturday | Pizza

Sunday | Out to Eat