making my $8 wifi purchase worth it

 

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(Stole this from Katie's Instagram. Cali, here I come!)

Here I sit, at least 10,000 feet in the air, next to a lady who bought a ticket for her cat to fly to Cali, wondering if it’s she or I who has a better grip on life ;)

I think it's probably her. I just spent $8 on wifi so that I could check Instagram and maybe text a friend or two. So I'm blogging from the sky to make my in-flight wifi purchase worth it! 

(side note: I just crossed my legs and kicked said cat. thankfully it's dark and cat lady didn't notice.)

Maybe this blog post will be more of a play-by-play of my flight. I know you all will LOVE that. 

I would really like to know why in 2K15 I can't charge my phone at my seat. Four hours is a long time for a girl to entertain herself with a dying phone. Especially when said girl has the attention span of a 2 year old. 

I wish I could quiet my mind enough to use this time to pray. BUT! I am listening to praise & worship music, so that's kinda praying! Right?  

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to spend a weekend away with my BFF. Katie & I have know each other for almost 15 years and we've never! taken! a! vacation! together! (Other than dragging the other one to something family related.) Technially Kate is working this weekend and I'm crashing. We're like a married couple. Kinda. I guess we're just the best of friends. I like that better, anyway. This weekend is going to be so very good for my soul. I feel closest to God when I'm at the ocean! Who doesn't?! I can't wait to stand in awe of Him and all that He created. 

Now I'm going to find something else to do with all the internet access I have. 

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xo from wherever I am between Chicago & LA!

 

guess who's back

Well hello there blogging world, it's been awhile. Let's just say that if blogging were my job, I'd be fired and if blogging were my child, I'd lose custody. Thankfully its neither and its just for funsies. 

Since the last time I blogged A LOT has happened. Here are the photos to prove it.


I moved.

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I never imagined myself living with my girlfriends. Mostly because in all my dreams I stopped "planning" at about age twenty-three which is where I got married and started that chapter of my life. Whats that saying? You plan and God laughs. Exactly. He knows way better. Living with my friends has been THE BEST. It feels very Sex and the City-esque. 

My best friend had a baby.

After thirty-one hours of labor and the most prayers I've ever prayed in my life, my rockstar BFF, Geena, welcomed her little girl into the world with her awesome husband, Brad, by her side. Evelyn Michelle is so incredibly loved.

I took a week staycation.

After leaving my job in the suburbs, I wanted one week to relax before starting my new job in the city. My week off and staycation in our new apartment basically left me with the realization that I will never, ever be able to live alone, ever. I spent most of my days literally counting down the hours until my roommates would come home from work. 

I started my new job.

My biggest fear when applying for new nanny jobs was that I was going to end up working for parents that were not easy to get along with or that had crazy, unrealistic expectations of what they wanted me to be doing with their child. AKA they expected me to teach the child French, while simultaneously helping him compose like Mozart and paint like van Gogh. But guess what! I found the most amazing couple to work for and I love their family. 

I spent a weekend at the beach with my own family.

We've been coming to Myrtle Beach as a family for the last 20+ years and this was the first time in a while that all of us were able to be there at the same time. I spent the whole weekend soaking up the sun and family time. It was such a gift.

The Hawks won the Stanley Cup.

Nothing else needs to be said. It was the best week. Chicago was alive and celebratory ALL. WEEK. LONG. 

I turned twenty-four.

Ever since I was a little girl, my parents have always decorated the kitchen for our birthdays. This year was the first time I didn't wake up to decorations. Instead, I came home from work to find that my momma had decorated my apartment for me!

I threw Lauren's bachelorette party.

I love being the Maid of Honor. Planning this night to honor Laur was such a blast! We had dinner at River Roast and then danced the night away at Public House. And somewhere in between those two events, we were given an (almost) free limo ride around the city. It was such a special evening. I CANNOT wait for the wedding. 

My little sister turned twenty-one.

We had so much fun staying up too late and exploring city bars. I'm still catching up on sleep, one week later. 


Sooooooo, there you have it. My life for the past few months. It's been so very good and I'm loving every single minute. And now, I'm off to finish a bottle of wine with my roommates who are currently snapchatting each other from across the room.

xo, Melanie Elizabeth

NFP, whole foods, and other quick takes

First thing's first. AMEN for warm weather (finally) and chubby babes in bathing suits. All the heart eye emojis are acceptable here. 

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Who doesn't love a good post on Natural Family Planning. I mean, come on. My lovely friend, Katrina of Cedars and Tiny Flowers writes so beautifully about being open to life in her marriage. I'm so grateful that I have such awesome examples of openness to life surrounding me. If the following sentence doesn't make you want to read her post, I don't know what will- "Thank you, God, for giving us someone who is half me, half my husband, and all yours. Thank you for giving us our son."

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(no link here, just a shoutout to my awesome mama!)

Speaking of NFP. I'm thankful that my parents have been open to life in their marriage. I'm also so, so happy my mom has always been open with us about Natural Family Planning and has always helped my sister and me understand our cycles. I'm thankful that when the day comes, I won't be going into my marriage too blindly! Ha!

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Whole Foods is opening a new chain of grocery stores targeting millennials. They're supposed to be hip & CHEAPER. WOO! Because I have no problem spending the majority of my paycheck on groceries, but I'd rather not ;)

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Rent The Runway. Brilliant. Also, semi budget friendly. And by budget friendly, I mean it satisfies my shopping craving and also the current need I have for new dresses for all these Spring weddings while not "breaking the bank!" Win, win. (side note: I accidentally wrote wine, win... which seems like a better phrase to me!)

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Sweet Nell of Whole Parenting Family wrote an amazing post on holding a sacred space for friends in labor. Gosh, it brought me to tears. Especially as this is the year that two of my dearest friends will give birth for the first time!

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Also, I'm seriously in shock that I graduated from college TWO YEARS AGO. Well, it will be two years this weekend. Someone pour me a drink while I try to remember what happened to make these last two years pass so quickly. 


Super boring this week and that's all I have. Send some good stuff my way! Happy Thursday.... back when I was in college, sooo many years ago ;), I used to look forward to going out on Thursdays. Now, I cant wait to get home from work and not do anything. Getting older is tough! Ha!

xx, Melanie Elizabeth

 

I like everything about it

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I know, you get it, I'm moving. It's all I talk about so stop reading if you don't care.

A few days ago I talked about leaving my current nanny family and how sad that makes me. But what I don't want to talk about is leaving my family at home.

I like coming home from work to a slightly-chaotic-overflowing-with-love home. I like walking into the kitchen to find little Nick trying to do everything but his homework. I like overhearing my mom & dad talk about all their renovations they have planned to make our house into their dream home. I like walking up the stairs to find my brother FaceTiming his cute little girlfriend before bed. I like (actually, hate) sharing a room with my beautiful, crazy sister, but I'm going to miss it anyway. Even though it's slightly irritating to be woken up, I like when my dad opens my door some mornings and asks me what time I have to be at work. I like that my mom asks if I'd like to come home for lunch instead of eating out by work. I like Sunday Mass with my family when Nick holds my hand. I like everything about it here. 

My parents think I'm moving out and will be on my own, but guess what, they cannot get rid of me. Thankfully, I live only a block away from one of our favorite taco places so I can bribe them with tacos to come visit me ;)   

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited. I am so excited to be in the city. And I'm obviously going to miss my home and my family tons. But I'm only a quick train ride away and have every intention of seeing them very, very often!   

Enjoy your Sunday!  

xx, Melanie Elizabeth  

"will you lay with us forever?"

 

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The little ones that I watch have always been a snuggly bunch, and it's the best. But recently, every time I am putting them down for a nap/bedtime, they ask me, "will you lay with us forever?" This question stemmed from them being sad that sometimes I'll rest with them until they fall asleep and then get up and pick up the house while they continue to sleep. And they've never had an issue with this until now. But for some reason, all of a sudden, they want me there when they wake up and it's breaking my already emotional heart. 

Now, instead of rushing through the bedtime process, I'm grabbing a 373954th cup of water and singing 'row your boat' five more times because that's what they like. It's crazy how well I know them and they know me. I know that our crazy 4 year old boy wants me to count with him as he falls asleep so he knows how many seconds until his mama walks through the door. I know that sweet baby girl wants to hold me tight and not let me go as I sing whatever redition of "my mama comes home" she's requested this time. I know that my snuggly 5 year old little miss wants to suck her thumb and hold my hand at the same time until she falls asleep. 

I know what makes their hearts happy and what makes them feel at peace. I know they make my heart happy. Throughout these next few weeks before I make my official move to the city, "will you lay with us forever" will be answered with tons of snuggles and books and songs and kisses. 

This nanny heart of mine isn't (and will NEVER be) ready to leave these babes, here's to hoping my roommates won't mind 7 additional roommates ;)

Happy weekend, friends! 

xx, Melanie Elizabeth

we've (almost) moved

Yesterday afternoon, we signed a lease. Eeek!

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We spent the morning looking at top-of-the-budget, way gorgeous places that we spent so long trying to convince ourselves we could afford. After a crazy morning of searching in literally all the wrong places, we scheduled a semi last minute appointment to view a place none of us really thought would work. The cutest little landlord and her husband met us and showed us around. We ended up spending over an hour looking at the place and talking with them. After finally leaving with an application in hand we giddily headed to a local bar and bought a bottle of champagne. We made our pro and con list and after realizing the pros outweighed to cons, we placed the call! The landlords met us and we proceeded to sign all the papers! 

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I think every little girl dreams of living with her best friend and while I've never discussed that with Kate or even realized it, it's been a dream of mine. And God is fulfilling this dream of mine one hundredfold; I get to live with a childhood best friend and a college best friend! I'M SO, SO EXCITED. 

all about the baby

Wanna know what's really cool? My friend, Geena, is having a baby. And last weekend her mom and sister threw her a baby shower in Maryland. 

Against my better judgement, I decided to book the first flight into Maryland on Saturday morning which resulted in me getting up way super early and me wearing a solid BLACK bra under my WHITE shirt. Oh well, c'est la vie. 

Geena's sister, Alex, picked me up from the airport and we spent the day hanging out with the Cooley littles, eating yummy sushi, and encouraging each other not to spend all of our money at The Rack & Anthropologie. We picked up G's childhood friend, Theresa, from the train and then waited for the momma-to-be to land. G took a red-eye in and didn't land until 1 am, and yet, she still managed to look absolutely stunning & well-rested at her shower the next day. The shower was perfect, as is anything Mrs. Cooley has her hand in. In addition to the delicious food momma Cooley prepared, she also made beautiful outfits for baby Harrington. 

This little girl is going to be SO well dressed! 

Gosh, I'm so thankful that I was able to spend a weekend with Geena before she has the baby. I spent most of my time in Maryland with my hand on her belly, feeling baby girl move all around. I couldn't stop smiling because ~OH MY GOODNESS, MY BEST FRIEND IS HAVING A BABY~ I've spent a lot of my life around women who are having babies, I mean, my mom's best friends have ten kids and seven kids so I've felt a baby kick before. But this was different. I think it was so cool for me because I've known her since before marriage and babies were part of our lives. I've known her since they were dreams of ours and now I get to witness her dreams come true. I get to see God's hand literally at work as she carries her little girl inside her. It's a darn shame that Phoenix is 1,700 miles away because it's really hard to be this far away during one of the most important times in her life. Well, I guess that makes me extra thankful for technology. 

Here's a few more photos from the lovely weekend--

Weekends away always seem to go by so much faster than those spent at home. And this was an extra hard trip to return from because I knew that it was the last time I was going to see G before baby arrives. As hard as it is to leave, it's so exciting to think that this baby will be here in a few short months. Please keep Geena, Bradley, and baby girl in your prayers as their due date quickly approaches. And secretly pray that they make their way closer to the midwest sometime soon ;) 

 

 

 

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A best friend makes anything you do way more fun that it should be!

A best friend makes anything you do way more fun that it should be!

It's very blogger of me to give a weekend recap of a weekend that included a day at a blogger conference.

#CWBNIndiana (CWBN= Catholic Women Blogging Network) was lovely. It was hosted by my one of my all-time fave bloggers and sweet friend, Katrina, and a new favorite of mine, Bonnie. These ladies did a wonderful job. It was perfect because they let the conversation dictate the schedule more so than the idea of this needs to happen at this time

I got to meet some of my other favorites like Nell from Whole Parenting, who is the most genuine and talented (check out her handmade leggings) lady ever, and Ana from Time Flies When You're Having Babies. Ana is SO sweet and has gorgeous hair and has cute babes. What more could you want in life? ;) 

Not only did I get to meet some women that I've been insta-stalking for a few months, but I got to meet plenty of women I've just recently learned about. These women all have such beautiful stories to share on their blogs. One of my other favorites was a woman who is probably one of the smartest women I've ever met, Kathryn. This lady blew my mind. I could listen to her speak for hours. And she kinda promised me a husband! So obviously, she's a favorite.

SO MANY FAVORITES! 


I dragged my new-to-blogging childhood friend, Katie, with me for a weekend away and I'm pretty sure we were the only ones not married and without children, which was perfect with me because boy, do I love talking Natural Family Planning, teething, and labor + delivery. I am definitely a wife and mom trapped in a non-married and childless girl's body.  

I cannot wait for this gorgeous Chicago skyline to be my backyard!

I cannot wait for this gorgeous Chicago skyline to be my backyard!

After a beautiful mass at Notre Dame and breakfast near campus on Sunday, Katie + I headed back to Chicago to start our apartment hunt. Katie, Maria (my college friend), and I are moving to Chicago in June and the process is making me CRAZY! I'm really thankful Katie + Maria are much better at this than I am, because all that matters in my mind is: pretty + somewhat affordable + safe location. So out of 90% of the places I share with my roommates, only 10% actually fit our criteria. Katie always responds with a sweet text/email saying, "well, did you see that (blahblahthisdoesntworkatallblahblah) and I obviously say, "no, I just love (oneirrelevantfeature)."

Wish us luck that I don't drive them crazy with my terrible suggestions for the next 2+ months until we move. And then I guess for the next year after we move ;) 

xx, Melanie 

will blog more consistently... starting... NOW!

Happy Sunday! Apparently I took a non-intentional hiatus from blogging.. oops. I've been busy searching for jobs + apartments for my upcoming move to the city in June! I've seriously been so {hashtag blessed, ya know} -- please tell me someone gets my reference from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day -- anyway, I've been so lucky to work with such incredible nanny families previously and I have been dreading leaving my current (AWESOME) family for fear of working for a crazy family. So after a few weeks of applying for and not loving/not getting nannying jobs, this evening I signed a contract with a family that I cannot wait to work for. They're nice, young, normal, Catholic (YAY!) people and they have one little boy and are expecting a second babe this fall.

Oh God is so, so good.

So heres to me finally feeling a little more confident that my move is happening + going to be great. And to me blogging more now that things are falling into place.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :)

xx, Melanie Elizabeth

(And as for the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day reference, I highly recommend seeing that movie. It's so cute and had me and my faux children (AKA the kids I nanny for) laughing out loud!)

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Stop what you're doing & take a minute (4min., 26sec. to be exact) to watch this video! Danielle Rose is an incredibly talented, Christian singer that I've blogged about once before here. And today, she released her first music video! Danielle's lovely sister, Aubry, sent me the video the other day and I have watched it 10+ times since then. Each time, I still get chills & tears in my eyes. This video makes me want to hop on the next plane to China and love on all those sweet babes that have no one to love them. THIS IS WORTH WATCHING!

And if you're like me, and not quiet able to hop on the next plane, here's another way you can help Little Flower!

xx, Melanie Elizabeth

written on my heart

I have a college degree and I can't wait to be a wife + mother. There, I said it.

I haven't ever wanted to be anything else. God's written it upon my heart since I was a little girl. Most of the people in my life already know this and have no issue with it. Not that they're really allowed to have an issue with it, anyway. But for some reason, the rest of the world seems to be completely shocked when I share my career goals with them.

Very recently, as in yesterday recently, in his general audience address, Pope Francis said, "to be a mother is a great treasure. Mothers, in their unconditional and sacrificial love for their children, are the antidote to individualism; they are the greatest enemies against war.”  I think Pope Francis and I have a very similar thought process when it comes to motherhood, and actually everything else, but specifically motherhood. He went on to say that being a mother is a gift and that through their sacrificing, mothers help society overcome self-centered tendencies. I want nothing more than to experience the gift of motherhood.

As a college student, I had professors and employers tell me to "pick something else" when discussing future jobs. On the first day of a new course, most of the class period was spent having each student share a little about him/herself. We would share the basics like: name, year in school, major, ideal career, and something interesting about yourself. As you can imagine, my ideal career was always wife + mother. And as if that didn't get enough funny looks, I would always follow it up with, "and something interesting about me is that I was at least 5 kids!" Most of the time the professor would laugh uncomfortably and ask what I wanted as a job, as if I didn't understand the question. I made sure to restate exactly what I said, "I want to be a wife + mother and raise a family." After it was clear that I wasn't confused by the question, the professor would smile and move on to the next student. On one specific assignment, I was asked to find ways to apply things I had learned in my management class to my career of choice. I obviously wrote all about how to effectively use these techniques to manage a home & family and when I received the assignment back, the professors had left a note (along with the A) that read, "Aim higher, young lady!" Had I written that I wanted to be a nurse, would he have told me to aim to be a doctor? Or if I wanted to be a teacher, would he have told me to aim to be the principal? Who was he to tell me that my career path wasn't high enough?

I'm pretty sure that if we went around the world and asked every mom with a college degree if she's ever used it while raising her children, the answer would be a yes. Every. Single. Time. And that's not saying you need a degree to be a wife + mother, but why can't I apply what I've learned in college to raising a family? For a culture that is all about women's rights and women having it all, we sure are quick to knock a woman wanting her "all" to be a family. I don't think that every woman is called to motherhood, or that we should shame those who choose a career over family, but I just don't understand why so many people are still so shocked at the idea of motherhood as a desire and choice. For a society full of pro-choicers, you think they'd accept that my choice is LIFE + family.

I'm not a naive tween waiting around for my prince charming to show up at any moment. I'm not counting down the literal minutes until I get married and start having babies. However, I AM looking forward to the day when God brings the man I will marry into my life. And I AM hoping & praying He blesses that marriage with lots of children. I am trusting in His plan to fulfill the desires He has placed on my heart.

If you want to read a more eloquently written post on the subject of women actually wanting to be mothers and stay-at-home-moms at that, check out Katrina of Cedars and Tiny Flowers. She wrote a beautiful post all about it here.

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xx, Melanie Elizabeth

east coast holiday | christmas 2014

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Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. I love all the time spent with family and friends. I love the snow. And I don't care how old I am, I still love opening presents! I love EVERYTHING about it. This year, I spent half of my time with my family in Charlotte and the other half with the Cooleys in Maryland! Here's a few photos from my trips!

Someone from Southwest Airlines should hire me, I could blog/post/share my love for this airline all day long! And my love for my sweet friend, Lauren, who dropped me off at the airport on Christmas Eve. First stop, Charlotte! The rest of my family drove down the day before but I think I lucked out with an extra day of work and a quick flight down!

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Christmas is so fun because Nick still brings such a magical, childlike innocence to the Holiday!

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I snagged this photo from my sister, Becca. After Christmas, my family spent a few days in Hilton Head. I love that my parents still hold hands when they walk together.

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After grabbing lunch at a super yummy Korean restaurant, Brad, Geena, & I took the littles for ice cream!

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G is the cutest pregnant woman, ever! I can't wait to see her & Bradley as parents!

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My godson, Isaiah, is too cute! He's the sweetest, snuggliest little boy!

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Every year, the Cooleys hold a family meeting before New Years. (Alex blogged about it here.) This year I was able to attend! It's really nice to take some time before the year ends to reflect on all the great things that happened in the previous year and take a few minutes to think about what you want out of the next year!

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My BFF + sister, Geena Harrington! When I visited Geena and the Cooleys for the first time about ten years ago, Geena & I stood here and took a picture in this same spot. It's so cool to see all the awesome things God has done in our lives over the last ten years!

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I love this Cooley girl. Ellie always sacrifices her bed for me and never complains about it. She's also super talented at gymnastics and rummy :)

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This is what happens when the Baltimore Ravens and the San Diego Chargers both play really big games at the same time. The solo Chargers fan (AKA Bradley) gets stuck watching his game off his computer while all the Ravens fans watched the game on the TV.

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I finished up my Maryland trip with a Ravens win and snuggling Cooley littles on the couch.

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I rang in the New Year with my friend, Lauren, and her brother + his new wife! This girl gets married THIS year!

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And, since my family was still in Charlotte I had to watch Alabama play in the Sugar Bowl by myself. I coped fairly well with my bottle of Veuve and some Crimson Tide Jell-O Jigglers. Sad to see them lose, but excited to watch Oregon beat Ohio on the 12th!

I'm really looking forward to all that 2015 will bring! A new job, a move to the city, baby Harrington, and Lauren's wedding, to name a few!

Happy, happy 2015!!

xo, Melanie Elizabeth

a guide to the (almost) happiest place on earth // AKA Costco

Disclaimer (because that's what all the cool bloggers do): any and all information being shared in this post is simply my opinion (based on facts, obviously).

I don't pretend to be an expert on anything, and Costco isn't any different. I do find myself at Costco at least once a week and I fancy myself quite the cart loading pro; it's like playing the real life version of Tetris. I would, however, consider my dad extremely savvy in all things Costco and 'smart shopping'. So, rather than have you listen to an impulsive twenty-something ramble on about how great the rotisserie chicken is (which it is), I'm going to have my dad, a Vice President of a billion dollar business, share the ins and the outs of Costco.

QUICK TIPS

  • The best way to maximize a Costco membership is to work off what my dad calls a 'pantry system', meaning you purchase well-priced items today and store them until needed.
  • Costco has a monthly coupon book. While some of the items are only a one time sale, more common household items, like toothbrushes, toothpaste, paper plates, laundry detergent, and vitamins are part of a regular rotation. (added bonus-these coupons are instant savings, so you don't need the actual coupon!)
  • The quality of their products is second to none, whether it be their food, clothing, or beauty products.
  • Additionally, they have phenomenal deals on local restaurants and attractions. Our Costco sells $100 gift cards to restaurants for only $80 and a $70 experience to Indoor Skydiving for only $40.

BEST BUYS- here are the things we ALWAYS buy from Costco

  • Food

    • the fruit is great quality for a really good price is you don't mind buying the large quantity
    • the meat is some of the best we've ever had, same with the seafood
    • the Kirkland milk is rBGH free and compared to our local grocers one of the best prices for a hormone free milk
    • the bulk canned vegetables/fruit are a great value and if you don't use all of the item right away, it can be bagged and frozen
    • prepared meals in the refrigerated section like mac & cheese, meat loaf & mashed potatoes, and fettuccine alfredo
    • frozen meals in the freezer section, obviously. The Kirkland frozen cheese pizza is a seriously great deal, you get 4 really yummy cheese pizzas for $9.99. Also, the frozen chicken breast is a great way to buy bulk and be able to pull out of your freezer as you need it
  • Household items

    • Kirkland paper towels/toilet paper- both are great quality and a good deal
    • Kirkland paper plates
    • Kirkland bar soap
    • toothbrushes/toothpaste
    • feminine products
  • Alcohol

    • Consistently a great buy. Their beers are not always the cheapest price, but their wine selection is top notch and very reasonably priced.
    • Veuve- today, Costco was selling a bottle for $41 and the local grocery store sells it for $52
    • my momma (who is always my dad's shopping partner and arm candy) also loves the Mionetto prosecco, which Costco sells for $9.99
  • Miscellaneous

    • electronics- we've bought multiple laptops from Costco and have been very happy with our purchases
    • housewares- most recently we bought a kitchen sink that is not only beautiful, but was really simple to install on our own. We also bought a Dyson Vacuum over ten years ago and they replaced it for us a few years ago after it stopped working

After spending the morning at Costco with my dad, I secretly (and not so secretly, now) wished that all members could spend thirty minutes with him to get a really quick, awesome understanding of all that Costco has to offer. And anyone who finds this post at all helpful can thank Katrina, from Cedars and Tiny Flowers, for the gentle push to rack my dad's brain for a quick guide!

Happy, happy Saturday! Roll Tide, Bama!

xx, Melanie Elizabeth

glorious impulsiveness

I am impulsive. Very, very impulsive. Thankfully, I have yet to make a negative, life-altering decision based solely on an impulse, but most (if not all) of my decisions are impulsive. Here's a prime example: A few months ago I wanted a car so I drove to the car dealership and drove off the lot with the first (and only) car I looked at. In my defense, I did negotiate the price and was happy with what I ended up paying, but by no means did I do any research or give this pretty important decision much thought. I attribute much of my impulsiveness to my sanguine temperament. If you don't know much about temperaments, I suggest taking a look at this wikipedia article. Don't look too much into it, I can't guarantee that it's all right, but it does a decent job of explaining the four temperaments briefly. You can thank me later for the wikipedia lesson. While most people are predominately one personality type with traces of the other three, I could almost bet my life that if there was some blood test to prove it, I would be 99.9999% sanguine. Here's a few of the many sanguine characteristics: bubbly personality, better talker than listener, IMPULSIVE, expressive, spontaneous, touchy-feely... the list goes on & on. I could quite literally be a case study for anyone looking for a better explanation of what a sanguine person looks like. Some famous examples are Bill Clinton, Robin Williams, Kelly Ripa, and Richard Simmons. None of whom I'm absolutely dying to be like when I grow up. They do say that Peter, 'upon this rock I will build my church' Peter, was also sanguine. Example A- Peter assured Jesus that he was ready to die for Him, only to deny him a few hours later. And still, Jesus made him the first pope. So obviously us sanguines have something to bring to the table. Which was why I started to write this post in the first place. This is how God made me, in all my glorious impulsiveness. Most of the time I can only think of the negative traits of my sanguine personally; like not being able to complete a task before getting totally swept away by another fleeting thought or idea or getting bored when I'm alone. So this week, I'm going to focus on finding the positives of this crazy personally God gave me. Like, the part of me that is so spontaneous and loves to just go with the flow. Or the part of me that is quick to forgive and forget; this part of me makes friendships and relationships much easier!

In all honestly, I love being impulsive! I love being able to make a decision without having to take forever to think about it. I also love my less impulsive friends (ahem, Liz), for begin able to walk me through my own jumbled, crazy thoughts.

(and as always, I'm looking for His will in my impulsiveness)

xo, Melanie Elizabeth

at the moment

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(this describes my life at the moment)

Call it what you'd like: 7 quick takes, on my radar, random post. I'm calling it 'at the moment' because, obviously, I like it and I'm constantly changing my mind on my newest obsession/likes. So in THIS present moment, these are the things I think you all (and by you all, I mean my whopping eleven and a half readers) should like too!

1.

Aubry Rose. Ok, I'm like creepily obsessed with her and she's well aware. In my defense, it's not that creepy because she's friends with Katrina... so I basically know her, right?! This girl knows how to blog. She writes SO beautifully about her marriage/husband and Catholicism. And she's funny! Bonus- she's newly married, so if you scroll back a few months you can see pictures from her GORGEOUS wedding.

2.

Aubry's sister- Danielle. She is a Christian/Catholic singer and she's so incredibly talented! Look her up on iTunes!!

3.

Warby Parker. I love to jump on a good bandwagon and this is no exception. I just ordered my 5 free try-ons. And prescription glasses are only $95 for frames and lenses! AND they donate a pair to a person in need, like TOMS, but cooler.

4.

This story. Read it if you love Lou Holtz or want a reminder that people still do nice things!

5.

Bella Jane! My sweet friend, Brittany, from The Lily Field, finalllllyy had her baby! She & her husband and their two boys welcomed a beautiful 10lb. 8oz little girl. And she just makes me want to melt!

Happy Monday!

xx, Melanie Elizabeth

firmly planted friendships

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(G and her bridal party; women who inspire me daily. photo shamelessly stolen from Katrina.)

 

I was in middle school when my mom told me, "show me who your friends are, and I'll show you who you are," or something to that notion. As a twelve year old little girl, I had absolutely no idea how true this would ring throughout my life!

Earlier in the week, I received a text from a dear friend of mine, Angela, saying she was going to be in town over the weekend! I haven't seen Angela since I was in high school, so I jumped at the opportunity to see her! Angela was my youth group leader my sophomore year, and she rocked. I can't imagine how difficult her job was; Katie & I were not as in to our weekly meetings as we should've been, and we used the time to discuss our latest gossip rather than the gospel like we were supposed to. Angela always figured out a way to reel us back in each time and give us some sort of advice or reflection. I'm so thankful for her.

As I sat at dinner last night with Angela, her sweet sister, Anna, from In Honor of Design, and a few of their friends, I couldn't help but thank God for placing such incredible women in my life! I really only knew Angela, and was meeting the rest of the girls for the first time, but it felt like I had known them for years. All of us are at different stages of our lives; Anna is a wife & mother, one of the other girls was newly married, and the rest of us were either single or just dating. Ordinarily, having such a random group of women meet for the first time would make for an awkward night; however, this was different. All these women shared a real love for The Lord and the conversations were beautiful. They were honest conversations about dating, work, marriage, and motherhood. You name it, we talked about it. Oh, it was so good!

The older I get, the more I have realized that when you have a true friendship with someone, and they have similar friendships with their friends, mixing groups of friends is easy. Take Geena's bridal party for example, we were 5 friends and a whole bunch of sisters, and thats A LOT of different personalities mixing. But because we all shared a common love for Christ and Brad & Geena, we all got along so well. Between the 5 of her friends that stood up in her wedding, none of us live near each other. Cullen is all the way out West, in California, I'm in Chicago, Tara is in Philli, Liz in DC, and Theresa is in NY; but when we get together it feels like we've grown up together, like we were childhood friends that have been reunited. In reality, we rarely see each other and some of us have only known each other for a few short months.

The same thing goes for friends that I have known forever, and for the ones I've made more recently at college. The friendships that have lasted are the ones that have something deeper to them. We may have had commonalities at first, like being roommates or classmates, but the friendships that survived (ugh, for lack of a better word) are the ones that are rooted in something bigger. Sometimes, you may have nothing in common with someone, and God still turns an awkward walk around the park into a beautiful, eleven year and counting friendship.

The point in making, in case my rambling isn't very clear, is that when you have a friendship planted firmly in Christ, it's easy. The conversations flow, friends mingle so well, and days may pass without talking but there's this deep love that doesn't need daily talks, just an understanding that no matter what happens you'll be the first one to answer a phone call or say a quick prayer in a time of need. And I don't know about you, but to me, those are the BEST friendships.

it's going to be great

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(this awesome quote came in my October monthly bundle from Naptime Diaries, and I knew it was a sign!)

 

After many prayerful and tear-filled nights, I have decided to embark on a new journey! I made the decision to quit my incredible job here in Homer Glen, and move to the city of Chicago! I have agonized over this decision for months, trying to decide if I could handle the reverse commute from the city back to my job in the suburbs. After realizing that I would spend at least two hours a day in the car, and deciding that that alone could make me suicidal, I concluded that this was an all or nothing kinda thing! So I'm leaving the comforts (free wine/beer/food/laundry) of home and moving myself about 30 miles east, to my favorite place in the world with one of my dearest friends from college!

After I made this decision, I was so anxious about sharing the news with my boss and dear friend, Jeanette! I wasn't worried about her being mad or not knowing how to tell her, I was worried that I would lose her family and her friendship. Immediately after telling her of my decision (in the middle of my tears) she kept telling me how excited she was for me! It doesn't really get much better than that! She is such an incredible woman of God and has a huge heart, I am dreading the day when I have to say goodbye to her and her family!

Every, single person I have come across in the past week since I decided to uproot has been so, so supportive and excited for me!  I am really so genuinely blessed to have such positive people in my life! Please keep me in your prayers as I search for a new job/apartment!

xx, Melanie Elizabeth

I love, like seriously love, weddings

Betcha thought I was done blabbing about weddings- like Rosie's, Cary's and Geena's... well, you thought wrong! You get to hear me go on and on about Laur's wedding for a whole year and three days. And however long after that I choose to talk about it ;)

Remember yesterday, when I hoped my Monday would be as great as my Sunday, well, it was! Today, Lauren asked me to be her Maid of Honor! AHH! My wedding high may seriously never end and I'm A-OK with that! Champagne toasts turned into Margaritas with my family at Chilis which turned into shots at some biker bar in Lockport. We've had one heck of a MONDAY if you ask me! I'm guessing this is just a taste of how fun the wedding is going to be. September 18, 2015, I'm comin' for ya!

Happy freakin' Monday!

xx, Melanie Elizabeth

sundays are my favorite

Today was great. My mom, dad, Becca, and I ran to Costco (I live and breathe all things Costco) and to Home Goods. I could spend hours in Home Goods, too! I obviously just really like shopping. We helped Becs by apartment decor and also bought pillows to compliment our awesome new couch at home!! We came home for lunch and homemade margaritas (YUM!) and then Nick, dad, and I went to play golf! Some of my favorite memories as a little girl are the ones where my mom and dad would take us kids to play golf in the late afternoon on the weekend! Dad would always let us take turns trying to hit the ball and never get frustrated when we still (on try number 6) couldn't hit it. To my surprise, not much has changed. I haven't picked up a club in years and it took me a while to get used to things again, but I loved being back on the course with my dad! Little Nick is actually REALLY good. He was even hitting some shots harder and farther than my dad! Maybe he'll be my pass to The Masters ;)

I could get used to Sundays like this! Here's to hoping Monday is just as great as Sunday.

xx, Melanie Elizabeth