A couple weeks ago I was on ‘grad school spring break,’ meaning, I had the week off from classes and homework. I suddenly felt like a new women and as though I had all of this free time to take advantage of. I didn’t really, but I took advantage of a few homework-free days anyway. Instead of writing papers or reading textbooks, I went back to picking up a few books that my attention has been craving. I finally finished reading Lara Casey‘s, Make It Happen. It was everything I had expected, and more. I’ve been a fan of Lara Casey for a few years now, and the fact that she now has a book on shelves, and I believe another one on the way, left me thrilled and instantly wanting to read. If you’re searching for more purpose in your life, I highly recommend it. I just went through all the highlights and bookmarks in mine, and there’s too much to share without sharing the entire book with you here. This book shares a story of how to make it – a greater purpose than our own – happen. It’s time to start being intentional and living on purpose.
If you’re not following Benton Park Prints on social, you should be. They create fun prints for a wide array of subjects, but they create a lot of fun city prints which I especially love. Some of their featured prints are for two cities which I love most, St. Louis and Chicago. I’ve had my eye on this STL print for awhile, and when we moved, remaining city residents and knowinig that we’d probably be here for awhile, being our first home purchase, I told Tim that I really wanted to buy this print for the new house. Surely enough, this was my Valentine. We finally got it framed and hung in our dining room last weekend, and I am so in love with the way it looks. What’seven more incredible is that Tim had a few of the street names from the original design swapped so that each of these streets in St. Louis has special meaning to us. These streets include the street where the church that our wedding ceremony took place was, the location of our downtown condo that we lived in for two years, our favorite date night place, our current church home and the neighborhood that we now call home. I love things with significance, and looking at this just makes me smile. Have a good weekend friends. Maybe we’ll get a few more things to hang around the house (it’s finally starting to really feel like home around here and the bare wall are starting to diminish!), and maybe you’ll have fun frolicking at some great place on one of St. Louis’s great streets. I know that’s what we plan to do. Have a good one!
Last night was the final night of my second to last grad school course. Can you believe it? Am I really, finally, almost officially done with grad school? For awhile there, it was seemingly beginning to feel like this time may never come. And now that it’s so close? I’m beyond excited, but a part of me is also a teeny bit sad. Is that strange? Probably. I have a love/hate relationship with school, but all in all, I love it, and as I grow older, I’m learning that I love and appreciate it even more than I ever even realized. I’m so nerdy, I legitimately love to learn. I truly enjoy going to class every week. Some nights, outside of class, I’m not so fond of doing so much paper writing and studying, but the more that I get to focus on the aspects that I truly enjoy, the less I mind any of that. I have a feeling I’m not actually going to know what to do with myself once I’m done with school which will be a big adjustment, but one which I think I will happily welcome, for at least a little while anyway. Depending on what the next few months may bring my way, I’m actually considering the possibility of furthering my education even more. Yup. I said it. I really didn’t think I would. I don’t know if that entails another masters degree, of which I’ve got a couple of program options in mind, or maybe something even more than that? Every day I think I know what I want my future to hold, but other days, I have even brighter ideas. But you know what? God’s plan is greater than mine, and I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing, but I’m going to leave the master plan up to him and trust what he’s got in store for me. Whatever it is, I know it must be good. Right now, the biggest thing that I think I will miss about being so involved in my grad school program is getting to work together with the awesome people I’ve had the opportunity to meet on so many group collaborations over these last couple of years. My mind has worked in ways I’ve never dreamed imaginable, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with some pretty incredible people too. What I do know is that I have one week of ‘spring break’ (from school that is which means one week off of studying and paper writing) and then starts my final (for now) nine weeks of school. I’m beginning to feel fairly confident that May will be here before we know it, and I’m excited for what’s to come. New adventure awaits. Bring. It. On.
It’s been just about a month since Emma became a part of our family. I love her more and more each day. Sure, she’s a puppy, and she’s still got a lot to learn, but she is a quick learner and has already learned so much in such a short amount of time. She really is such a good dog too and so loving. She has already grown so much, and she is keeping us busy and active all the time with lots of extra walks and early mornings, but that’s not such a bad thing.
Bentley and Emma have been getting along too, and that didn’t take long, which is such a good thing. I’m glad that they both have each other. Every once in awhile, Bentley makes it clear that he still needs his space, but they love to play together and snuggle with each other. They’ve made so much progress in just a few short weeks, which has been amazing to see, and I can only imagine how much more progress they will continue to make as time goes by. In the meantime, feel free to follow along with either #adventuresofbentleyandemma or #bentleyandemmainthecity on Instagram to see more of my pup pictures. They are one of my favorite things to share via social. If you don’t love dogs, you probably won’t want to follow me on IG 😉 Here’s a little puppy love for you to enjoy…
PS – I am loving our new dog tags from Canine Habits (as shown in the first image in this post). Visit her Facebook and Instagram accounts to see more of her work and to find out when she shares special discount codes!