Saturday, August 8, 2015

the pursuit of happiness

we've been asked countless times why we've chosen the west as our next residence, and well, the answer is quite simple: why not?! okay, okay, I admit... it wasn't that easy. in all honesty, for the past few months while I was very heavily weighing this decision, it was the only location that kept coming back to me each time I thought about it. 

I'd go to look at houses, or jobs, and somehow I'd always put in the Flagstaff/Sedona area of Arizona. I never knew that's where I wanted to be, but as I've learned to accept it, sometimes these things just happen, as a push of confidence. you just always have to trust that little voice inside your heart. 

"for I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 
jeremiah 29:11

and honestly... let's face it... who wouldn't want to live in such a beautiful place? not only are we given the opportunity to visit the places below, but there's also the grand canyon national park, petrified forest national park, and Lake Mead, which sits on the Nevada border. I cannot wait for all the adventuring to start!


go out and be happy, folks. you deserve it!

Monday, August 3, 2015

that outdoor life

so, as we're looking through the house, both inside and out, I'm attempting to visualize what I want our humble abode to look like to appeal to potential buyers... and I have to say, I'm enjoying what I'm "seeing".

there are so many possibilities, but the last thing that I want to do is to get overwhelmed and plan for "too much". as we all know, pinterest can be quite lovely... but other times, may give us a rush of information and ideas that just aren't justifiable. SO. I'm attempting to think in a more relaxed manner... as in... what would be the easiest thing to do with the least amount of work?!

well, a simple white rock layer with some easy to control, shade loving hostas and ferns will hopefully do the trick.

 I'll also want to incorporate a few other things as well - such as the old, rusty tonka truck we have sitting in our front yard and the remaining pots from last seasons "ideas".

since fall and winter is coming (can you believe it's already August?!), I've decided to add some plentifall pansies to brighten up the outside. from what I've read, they survive below-zero temps with little damage and have the ability to spread up to 18". after even more research, I've found that cyclamen is another nice flower that's not only gorgeous but survives those awful winter temps. 

and of course... saving the best for last... ornamental kale and cabbage! I can grow it through the fall and winter with minimal care, which lets be honest, is exactly what I need. 

 I'm hopeful that all this will play out to our favor - but who knows - our minds seem to change so much that we may just end up finding something different at our local green house!

don't be afraid to get your hands a little dirty!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

life, love, and liberty

sometimes I wonder what really goes on inside our heads... 

"want to sell our house?" ... okay!
"how about we move?" ...okay! 
"...across the country?" ... okay!

aaaaaand here's the kicker... 

"hey, I know we're in the middle of home renovations and getting rid of 60% of our possessions, but... wanna rescue a dog?" ...okay!

welcome to our absolutely insane, crazy beautiful, highly adored life, Miss Liberty! you are a 9 month old chocolate lab who's only wish in this world is to be loved - and well, friends, as most of you know... that is what we were born to do.

although she's not quite sure on why this Mia chick is so hyper and has to jump constantly; and why this happy Kona girl keeps pestering her to play... she enjoys watching them from the safety of the couch. she also HAS to stay right next to her momma at all times... so needless to say, she's fitting in quite well. 

she's quite shy; I've yet to hear her bark (we didn't hear Mia bark for at least two weeks, I believe); I have to coax her through the doorways into the house and bedrooms; she's still not sure how to get off the bed in the mornings; her entire body wags with a rush of happiness anytime you speak to her; and most of all... she's so thankful she just can't stop giving you kisses. 

as the saying goes, "whoever says money can't buy you happiness, has obviously never paid an adoption fee", has never been so true. 

take the time to love your pets a little harder tonight, friends!


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