Another May 31

Tomorrow is my last day as Youth Pastor (in Pennsylvania; my choice).
A year ago tomorrow was also my last day as Youth Pastor (in Indiana; their choice).

Transitions are never easy, but- and I had a friend tell me this last year- these kids and this congregation have gleaned what they needed to from me, and there are others out there who need me now. At the same time, there's another youth pastor out there with a calling in these kids' lives, in this church's life- God's been preparing them for that role, and they're ready. It's time.

In college, I remembered writing in a paper that you knew the health of your ministry by whether or not it could survive without you. If it can't, it's not pointing to the right person. If it can, to God be the glory.


Pack it Up, Pack it In, Let me Begin.

I've officially hit the packing schlump that always comes with moving. I go hard in the paint for like, 3 days, and then I waive a white flag and pray for Mary Poppins to float herself on in here and sing a song to make everything pack itself. The worst part is that all that's left are kitchen-y things and the good old odds and ends- stuff I don't know what to do with but can't bear to part with.

The goal is to have my apartment totally ready (sans painting, unless I can manage to squeeze that in, too) by June 5. Thirteen days to wrap up life in PA. That seems kind of crazy to me, especially since a year ago, I was still at my job in Indiana. But life keeps rolling, and we've got big dreams for life in Virginia that keep me awake at night because I'm so excited :)

Unrelated: I'm headed to the dentist soon. Not my favorite thing, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. Let's hope he doesn't look anything like this guy:


Products I love: Birchbox

I'm very vocal about my love for the company Birchbox- you fill out a beauty profile, and for $10 a month, they send you a box full of all sorts of goodies, usually valued around $30. I held off for over a year when it came to signing up- I was afraid I'd get stuff I'd never use- but after coveting what other people were getting month after month, I gave it a shot.

Let me tell you this: I would eat ramen for every meal before giving up my Birchbox subscription. Not only have I received some awesome nail polish from them (you know I'm a junkie), but I've also discovered products that I'd otherwise be oblivious to. Take my new best friend, Miss Jessie: I received Miss Jessie's Quick Curl cream in my March box and I've never looked back- it's that good. The same is true for this month's Color Club polish- called "Disco Nap," it's very similar to Chanel's Gold Friction- my favorite polish in the history of Gigi, which I used exclusively for a summer before running out (saddest day of my life).

Anyway, here's a sneak peek into this month's box, along with a list of the contents. If you like beauty products but hate spending an arm and a leg just to find out you don't really like what you bought, Birchbox is the way to go.div style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; ">
May's Gossip Girl Themed Box/ "Chic Sunday Brunch" edition: Dr. Jart +’s Waterfuse BB Cream, Atelier Cologne’s Vanille Insensée, Color Club Nail Polish in Disco Nap, fresh’s Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment, and a copper hair tie from twistband®

You always make me smile.

Kyle Andrews: "You Always Make Me Smile"

I love everything about this. Hello summer :)

Link Love: Young House Love

The Petersiks (www.younghouselove.com) are a family after my own heart- not only are they the type of people who say, "I want (fill in the blank with something awesome)- how can I make it?" but they also blog the whole process (love!). So naturally, their blog has been a proverbial rabbit hole for me, especially since we're getting ready to be homeowners.

Anyway, here's potentially the cutest thing I've found on their blog (besides their daughter Clara, who is too cute for words):
picture via www.younghouselove.com
Cade and I have been talking about the future and parenting, and this dollhouse project will definitely be making an appearance in our home once we've got someone in our lives precious enough to play with it :) And I LOVE that it's filled with Olivia figurines instead of people- totally reminds me of my grandpa and the dollhouse he made (as well as his love of pigs). Too cute.

Fast Forward

Life has been happening at a pretty rapid pace around here, and I figure I should probably post an update so we're all on the same page.

1. Cade and I are in the process of buying a house- we're at the "sit and wait" stage, after having the inspection done and having an electrician come in and check out the wiring. Everything looks good- we have a few minor things to fix, but nothing to call Mike Holmes about. The appraisal is happening this week, and we close June 5.

for the front door, thanks to Pinterest
2. The house is in Fredericksburg, meaning my time here in Pennsylvania is quickly coming to a close (last day of work: 5/31, moving: 6/9). Making the decision to live in Virginia was one of the hardest things I've ever been a part of, because I hate to leave my students. We've had a good year, and it's been awesome to hear them reflect on our time together. God gets the glory when our students grow in their faith, and it's been a blessing to hear the new ways they've connected with our Creator.

3. There is a LOT coming up for us this year- not only will we be navigating our way through being first time homeowners, but we've also got a full plate with trips and visits and event planning- Cade's birthday is June 17, Kelli, Gram, and Murray are coming in June/July, Josh and Kate are getting married in July in IL, Jake and Lauren are getting married in Sept. in LA, and oh yeah, we're getting married in June of next year. In Louisiana. With a separate reception in August in Indiana. Oh, and finding a job in Virginia. That, too. Never a dull moment!

4. I'm hoping to get back into blogging, especially with all our home projects and adventures. I've had a hard time writing much over the past couple years due to the "battle of the blogosphere-" the situation where you post to share life with friends and family, and other people come across your blog, twist your words, and look for ways to use it against you (I know that sounds stupid and very 7th grade, but it's seriously a thing. the world is weird). It'll be nice to breathe a little life back into this place. I kind of felt like I abandoned a friend when I temporarily shut it down last fall.

Long post, but that's the gist of it all. Three more weeks until we call this bad boy "home," and I totally can't wait.