Sunday, August 14, 2016

Brigadoon


"You'll never find peace by hating, lad. It only shuts ye off more from the world. And this town is only a cursed place, if ye make it so. To the rest of us, 'tis a blessed place!"
-Brigadoon 1954


Oh Canada. 


Brigadoon is the name of my parent's lake cottage (and also a wonderful movie) and this year we ventured up yonder into the wild wild wilderness. We stopped twice overnight on the way up to go by Watkins Glen and Ithaca and a few other adventurous places. 





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Lovely view from the park we stopped to have lunch at on the way. Shikellamy Park.





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Watkins Glen was everything Witt said it was and more.





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An incredible Greek feast in Downtown Ithaca.





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Drinking Lauren's no fruit Sangria.




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Silly P.




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Witt and Ela's mad skills on the board.





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Ela caught her first fish with Uncle Witt!





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Piper doesn't love the water, or getting dirty or the bugs so basically we are the same person.





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A new favorite, and the reason I have eaten super healthy for 3 weeks since, Poutine from a food truck in Barry's Bay. 
Gravy. Fries. Cheese.
You're welcome. 




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While Witt and Dad fished Mom and I colored and drank Italian white wine I bought in the bay. Lauren and Mary gave me this coloring book and I mean....Cats in Paris. Hashtag INLOVE.




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Catch o' the day



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Red on the dock.




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Writing in my journal, coffee, and feeling anxious about big decisions this fall.

Nothing calms me down more than writing it out and giving it to God.




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Pretty much where Mom and I were when the sun was out.







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Eating the catch. Yum!





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"This is the place of places and it is here."
Gertrude Stein






Saturday, June 4, 2016

Your Cup Will Never Be Empty, For I Will Be Your Wine

Last weekend we celebrated six years of marriage in Edenton, NC at a beautiful B & B, walking distance from downtown and the water.



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This year has been challenging in some ways but I'm so thankful that the challenges have brought us so much closer and not further apart.

I can't imagine navigating life without Witt by my side. His positivity, his common sense, his smile, his laugh, the way I always feel completely safe when I'm with him. I love that he can take charge of any situation and I know that it will turn out ok.

Infertility has been the hardest thing I've gone through but Witt never stops saying "when" we have children not "if."



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Front porch sittin'


I know its often been hard to understand what I'm going through but he's put aside his own feelings so many times and encouraged me when he didn't understand why a pregnancy announcement or another baby shower upset me so much.

He's also helped me many times to put my feelings aside and realize that every baby is a gift from God, and to celebrate every life, regardless of my circumstances.

One thing I've tried not to do is let infertility define us. There are times where all I want to do is  try all the latest diets and read all the books but the majority of the time I want to focus on living life and enjoying these moments we have before kids, even if it's lasting longer than we thought.



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I want to look back and think of fun trips, and laughter and date nights, of serving at church and making gifts and parties for family, instead of misery and impatience.

I believe there is a reason we go through things and I'm happy to be saving for adoption and letting God be in charge right now.

Everyone's story is different and life is a ebb and flow with many different paths.

I can honestly say I am happy with the journey God has given me and so thankful to have a best friend by my side.



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Our B & B had the most delightful front porch and when it rained on Sunday we sat at a table and drank rosé and read books and magazines.



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The lighthouse
of Edenton, NC.



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When we got to Edenton we ate lunch and then walked around the tiny town. We stumbled into a wine shop and found they had a beautiful little patio squeezed between the downtown buildings and filled with plants and tables and chairs. We bought a glass of wine and sat outside.
It was an auspicious beginning to the trip.



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 Sunday was rainy and so we did a trolley tour around Edenton and learned about the history of the town.


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One of my favorite afternoons it continued to rain and rain but we borrowed umbrellas and explored the graveyards and towns on foot.



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At night we walked downtown and sat by the water with a glass of wine.



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Witt was inspired by the gardens which we learned are maintained by local volunteers.



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Witt gave me my favorite book in hard cover which was so thoughtful.



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 The trip was our real gifts but I did give Witt Bob Dylan's latest CD. This CD ended up being Sinatra inspired which are my favorite songs so it was a gift for both of us.
I love this song.



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Looking forward to many more.


"With this hand I will lift your sorrows. Your cup will never be empty, for I will be your wine. With this candle, I will light your way into darkness. With this ring, I ask you to be mine."
-Tim Burton






Saturday, April 9, 2016

Banana Bread

A miracle happened today--I baked banana bread. Not only that. This wasn't something I baked for Witt and watched him eat, I could eat it and it was undeniably the best banana bread I have ever put in my mouth.

In fact- it's more like banana cake. But since the ingredients are so wholesome I would totally eat this for breakfast.

Moist, buttery with just enough banana flavor not to be over powering but so that you know for sure you are eating banana bread.

Plus- its so easy!



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Elana's Pantry Banana Cake

I made mine in one normal loaf pan with the same time and temp as the recipe. I changed the oil in the recipe, for the original go here.

Ingredients:

3 cups almond flour (not almond meal)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup honey or agave nectar (I used Witt's honey)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 ripe banana's mashed, about 1 cup

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. In mixer, blend wet ingredients. Then stir together with the dry ingredients. Pour and smooth into loaf pan. I lined my loaf pan with parchment paper to help it slide right out.

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.




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Today I am trusting in His promises.
During my devotions I asked God to give me a song and Pandora played this.


Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love...



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Friday, April 8, 2016

Waterfalls and Riverways

Last weekend we went up to Boone, NC with Nan.
We planned to hike and then take a trip downtown so Nan could walk around ASU and soak up her future in the fall.

After driving and winding through the mountains for what seemed like hours, listening to this soundtrack on repeat, Witt turned off the Blue Ridge Parkway down a looong gravel road and finally to our destination. 

We set off with backpacks and water bottles and I hiked alongside a river, crossed creeks and up steep embankments, all the while giving Witt and Nan ample fodder to ridicule my hiking style. Doesn't everyone wave their arms in the air while trying to make it safely from rock to slippery rock? I only nearly fell in a thousand times.

Somehow I made it to the treasure Witt wanted to show us, a beautiful waterfall with huge pools of water and rock in a beautiful setting. It looked like the most perfect place to swim and though even though Nan threatened she was going to jump in, we refrained since the air was brisk.



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Nan hiked most of it barefoot, Last of the Mohican Style, but when she put her hiking boots back on and didn't want to get them wet Witt carried her safely across the creek like a true gentleman.




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Our esteemed guide and shoe peddler:




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We drove into Boone and walked around with the wind whipping us into shape at a very cold temperature.


Nan didn't choose the hood life, it chose her.




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App State '18



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We drove home, happy, tired and in need of showers.
Nan and I watched this movie while Witt installed our new dishwasher.
There's no rest for the weary but I am so thankful for him.
And my new dishwasher.
I'll never take that for granted.




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