My Movember Man


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The essence of Christmas and Advent season is sacred to me, but the actual process of getting to December 25th can be stressful. My family is comprised of foodies. Everyone cooks and cooks really good food, so Thanksgiving has always been our special time.

I’m so extremely thankful I was able to get just enough time off of work to make it home to Chicago for Thanksgiving this year. It’ll be the quickest trip, but a trip none the less. We can’t wait to see our families.

Can I talk about my husband for a moment? If I’m going to say one thing I am thankful for this year, it is Jordan Short. He is kind, strong, funny, and the hardest working man I know. He supports my creative endeavors and holds me during the hard moments. I wouldn’t want to spend my days with anyone else.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! And let’s remember, calories don’t count on holidays.

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“My heart is, and always will be, yours.” – Sense and Sensibility

Six years. Six years just me and you. Thank you for sharing this journey. Here’s to all the rest. xoxo


^ Our bridal party were major troopers that day through the rain and snow! I definitely misjudged the choice of bridesmaid dress for spring!



^ I had fun looking back through these photos. We couldn’t find them saved anywhere on our computer/hard drives but thankfully I found the master disc!

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Balancing Act


I was working on an Interests Lately post, but I haven’t had much access to my computer this week. We had a minor mishap with Jordan’s main work machine (back up your files, friends). Regardless, my heart has been a little heavy lately and my original post wasn’t right at this time.

Does anyone else feel that life is a giant pendulum and once the balance has been reached, it starts to swing again? My pendulum is currently swinging a lot.

I’ve cried a lot this year; joyful tears, personal tears, but many more for others. Sometimes, life and death cohabit the same space. Sometimes, we are celebrating and mourning with friends and family almost simultaneously. It’s in these moments, when I am reminded to soak up this precious life.

Jordan and I are spending the next few days away visiting friends. I am grateful for these opportunities. Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully you are able to spend it with the people you love 🙂

You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light (2 Sam. 22:29, NIV).

(Photo taken in Marie Antoinette’s kitchen in the Petite Trianon, Versailles)


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I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. When Harry Met Sally 

We were young, naive and in love. Truthfully, we’re even more in love now. Thanks for a wonderful beginning to this journey called marriage. Excited for all the years to come.