Thursday, September 27, 2012

Okay. I have some big news. Let's start it out with a story.

Sophomore year of college I got really into home decor blogs. I would read about all these awesome moms and young couples who took averagely cute houses and made them gorgeous. I was hooked and have a few blogs that I've read since then, followed their DIY projects, and loved life.

Maybe that's not a story but it's background information. Since then I have dreamed of one day having a home of my own (or if I was lucky, with a handsome hubby! getting one of those in three months and two days- holla!) to demolish and decorate and change into an incredible gem.

When Ben and I first got engaged, one of the first things that we began praying about was where we would live. We both have the hospitality gene engrained in us and were aching for a home to open up to people. We longed for a place to live that we could make into a safe place for ourselves, close friends, family, people from church, etc. We prayed wholeheartedly that God would provide a house. And several doors kept closing in our faces. That was hard and sad but each house we almost went for, we both had a silent lack of peace about it. The few houses we pursued, we were just so excited that neither of us wanted to say that it didn't feel quite right.

So we decided to sit back and look into signing an apartment lease for our first six months of marriage. There would be so many other life changes happening, we could just start slow with a small, low maintenance spot. Ben's heart was breaking at the idea of not being able to have a garden where he could grow fresh veggies, and flower beds to make beautiful. I think he feels most happy while gardening. He's obsessed. Ask me about our worm farm later. But really we have one of those.

Three months went by and we were at peace, although not enthused, about our apartment situation. We were really good at listing out all the reasons why this decision was practical. We weren't good at listing reasons why we were excited for the apartment, we were just excited to be roomies. :)

And then, as the Lord does, he provided, when we least expected it. It's so beautiful and wonderful how He gets you when you're not ready. Surprise Joy. A situation with a house was seemingly handed to us. A red brick house on a large corner lot, in the exact place we want to be? A seller who is distant family and is willing to owner finance? (owner financing means we take a lone from the seller instead of from a bank. basically that means we won't have to deal with lots of paperwork and credit. good news for young newlyweds!) lots of potential to redo things? lots of fun design challenges? two bedrooms? a large garage? It seemed too good to be true. But we moved forward, praying that if this was where we were supposed to live, the Lord would provide.

Well, on Monday evening, we signed our electronic contracts. We close on Monday, November 5th. It's all I can think about! I am so excited to blog through all of our updates and plans and inspirations for our home.

For now, I'll leave you with this:


Okay. No. We'll be removing that thing the second we move in. Maybe after all the furniture is in because that could be handy, you know.

We'll also be:
  • ripping that yank lightpost out of the yard 
  • taking all the rocks out of the flowerbeds and planting flowers and joy! 
  • ripping out those large bushes 
  • hopefully redoing the circle drive! Ben hates it. :) 
  • painting the front door a fun color
  • taking off the little metal awnings that are over the windows. Long term I want to add SHUTTERS. 
  • move out the wheelchair ramp! I just had to say that again. There is one in the back too. I'm hoping we'll be able to sell those little babies on Craigslist. Someone has got to need them, right?

REJOICE! Stay tuned for updates on the first changes we're making. :) 

love does by bob goff.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Well, I apologize if I didn't grab your attention with this title. I took off the words, "book review". I feel like that made it extra boring.

As I've mentioned when discussing other nonfiction books like here and here, sometimes these kinds of books can be boring. Well, not boring. But kind of.

You grab a book, thinking, "wow, I'm feeling empowered, let me enrich my well being through the reading of this book!!" and then you read one or two chapters, underlining quotes, tweeting them. Perhaps an instagram. But then you set the book on your nightstand and three months later you're like "oh yeah I forgot this book!".

So when I find a keeper, I'm eager to talk about it! I heard about Bob Goff's "Love Does" through the same things I just poked fun at. This book was all over twitter and instagram so I ordered it to find out for myself.

This book just details stories of things that have happened in Bob's life. Each chapter talks about a situation and how he learned from and about Jesus through it. It's basically a solid coffee date with Bob Goff. I was hooked. His writing is super upbeat and easy to read. Seriously. I finished the book in two one hour sittings. I read it Harry Potter style, where you're so hooked you just keep turning pages and reading ferociously.

Each story is painted so well that you laugh and smile as you read, but you are also getting those solid thinker quotes that really challenge you! And the thing is, his stories are REALLY good. He talks about sailing from LA to Hawaii, and how he let all his kids write letters to foreign leaders asking if they could come see them and how they went all over the world and met all these foreign leaders. The man is so fun and happy that he literally puts his phone number in the end of the book, "just in case he can do anything for you". Loved this book. If you've read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts! If not, check it out! :)

“I used to want to fix people, but now I just want to be with them.” 

 “Failure is just part of the process, and it's not just okay; it's better than okay. God doesn't want failure to shut us down. God didn't make it a three-strikes-and-you're-out sort of thing. It's more about how God helps us dust ourselves off so we can swing for the fences again. And all of this without keeping a meticulous record of our screw-ups.” 

“But the kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence. It's a love that operates more like a sign language than being spoken outright.”  

"I especially see evidence of God in other people's lives. What's beautiful about them looks an awful lot like God to me."

ps, in case I hadn't convinced you, please view this picture of Bob Goff. He's so jolly!!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

So far, my semester has been defined by this word, in different ways. I am counting down the days till I become a wife (108!!!) and drowning underneath the fun tasks of wedding planning. We are about to start premarital counseling with a couple at church. Trying to figure out where to live, and planning the decor of our new home. Praying for Ben daily. Joining a bible study on marriage.

Yet, one of my biggest concerns coming into this semester was not wanting to check out on my friends and commitments in College Station. I do not want my last semester of possibility to invest in these things daily to go wasted, I want to be present where I am. People talk about this all the time, but I think right now it's just especially applicable to my life, where everything is about to totally change and I'm on the verge of wishing days away so I can be bound together with my beloved.

On that note, I thought I'd share something that is helping me with this. This semester, I moved into a new house with new roommates. Me and one other girl live upstairs. On the first day I moved in, we somehow came up with the concept of taking a picture together every day, representing what we are doing or just, whatever. Courtney has challenged me to celebrate the little things and I know I will cry when we take the last "Courtney and Victoria Picture of the Day" as we call it. I am so thankful for the Lord for placing this sweet friend in my life for this time! If you'd like to see more of our pictures, follow me on twitter/instagram! @bonjourvictoria :)

please excuse the jank iphone photos. you gotta do what you gotta do, yall.

House full o' Hooties!

Monday, September 3, 2012

It's rare to meet lovely people in your college classes. They're out there, I'm sure. But we're often too shy or awkward or preoccupied to meet them I think. I met Catherine, one of the lovely residents of this house in a class last semester and I am so thankful for it. She was such a light in the dread of that class and I am really glad she rapped Kanye West's "Stronger" for us. (Remember that?!) Thank you to Catherine, and her sweet roomies for opening up their doors for my blogging creepiness! 

This porch made me realize how important it is to welcome people into your home on a positive note. 
Ah! LOVE this mirror. It reminds me of a DIY project I have brewing for the wedding. I simply love the intentional effort that went into this little area.

Five little owl hooks. Precious for some Chi Omega ladies!

I love the random selection of things in this little tray. Having a tray like this in the entryway is so great to make the little items that get dropped off for convenience (sunglasses) look clean and crisp!

See those mirrors? Could so easily be DIY-ed! Maybe they were. Also I'm obsessed with how these girls put a birdcage on their dvd player to camouflage it. Also love that buffet piece and all the dvd's in baskets. Okay. I love everything here.

I don't know if they put out fresh baby's breath for my benefit or are just that stinking cute. I'm leaning towards the latter.

I've said it once, I'll say it again. I LOVE large printed pictures. This little mantle is precious and filled with love.

There are so many skinny little shelves in this house. I'm loving it!

Love this piece of furniture with the baskets. LOVE it.
Cutely organized jewelry shout out!
I love the curved shape of this couch. And just couches in people's rooms in general.

Cute, CUTE Texas pillow. Could totally be DIY-ed. Would be precious in a nursery. Cool. That's my new mindset. #nobabyforatleast5yrs

This display is close to one of my favorite little spots in this house!

A photo as a reminder that we are here for a purpose greater than ourselves.

I'm slightly obsessed with the placement of this couch!

Anthro bedding looking dreamy...

There are so many adorable details in this house it was hard for me to even try to pick them out. Hope this provides some inspiration for those of you who are still settling into new places! :)

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