Dreaming of Europe

Monday, January 20, 2014

Hey folks! Long time no talk! :(

Last Monday, I really thought I had finally kicked the bug I picked up on the first of the year.. and was so excited and motivated to take 2014 by storm! I was so excited and motivated that I made the foolish decision to do a fruit fast too soon after being sick. The combination of that stress on my body, plus my immune system being weakened from a steroid shot the week before... well, a fever and chills and a ton of yucky feelings late Monday night sent me back to the doctor and in bed all of this week, all over again. I'm to a point where I'll be happy to never see my bed again.

It's funny how these things happen... I'm bursting with motivation and joy for the new year and have so many goals I'm ready to put into practice. Yet, I ended up helpless in my bed. I taught Sunday school yesterday morning to my 9th and 10th grade girls, we looked at Psalm 139.

 "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." - Psalm 139:16 

This verse kind of helped to put things into perspective for me. Even though I sit here.. TWENTY days into the month and having completed nothing, let people down, left emails unread and my husband on his own for mealtimes... God ordained all the days for me. This simple thought was really powerful for me yesterday. I may not have felt like I needed that period (let's be honest I can probably refer to this as a season now.. haha!) but the Lord did. I don't know why, but I'm going to tuck that scripture away as comfort. And now, I'm going to jump back into life ready to take care of business! 

Before the start of this year I remember thinking that I didn't want to look back and remember how many shows I watched on Netflix. I didn't want to waste lots of hours in that way... tv is fun and I especially love watching during the cardio part of my workouts, but I felt convicted about this for some reason. It ended up being super ironic because literally all I've done is watch tv for weeks. Yikes! 

However.. the one thing I've been dreaming about a lot is our upcoming Europe trip (in June!)

We just booked our hotel for the Paris portion of the trip, and it's walking distance from the Eiffel Tower. I'm already daydreaming about us waking up, finding a bakery for some pastries, and eating our goodies on the lawn by the tower. YAY! I'm swooning just thinking about it.

We've also FINALLY located a realistic option for a photo session while we're abroad, pray with me for availability.. we're hoping to end up looking like these fine people:

Photo from here.

Except if we're honest, these are crazy beautiful people and we'll be less model-like. :) I will share more details once we book! EEEEEEEEEEE!

We've also been hooked on Downton Abbey since it's return. Ben snoozed through the first episode (typical!) but after the second one he remembered his love for the show and is now trying to persuade me to watch the whole season today... (he has MLK day off!)

We specifically planned to visit Highclere Castle, where Downton is filmed. I keep checking the website for Summer dates and ticket availability. But basically I've been envisioning myself walking around the grounds Lady Mary style during every episode.

This post doesn't have a whole lot of rhyme or reason to it.... but I'm back! 

What has been going on in your new year? Any Europe suggestions for us? Has anyone else been fighting the January sickness? I'm hoping February will be good to us. :) 


  1. Glad you're feeling better! Thanks for sharing that verse! It's exactly what I needed today!

  2. Glad you are feeling better! Europe! I am dreaming for you! :) We are in love with Downton too-we are caught up to the fourth season. Such a good show!

    Happy Monday!

  3. Ahh! Stacy Reeves was my wedding photographer! She's so amazing! Hope you feel better soon!

  4. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip plans! We're planning to go to Europe in the next couple of years and looking for ideas.

  5. So glad to hear you're feeling better, sweet friend! I'm right there with you... But I would love to hangout in my bed for a day or two ((except lovely work won't slow down enough for me to feel fully relaxed on a sick day to recoup)). I'm loving seeing your Europe plans. Ours are coming along, too. Poland in April, here we come! :) ((Not nearly as glamorous as Paris and England, but nice to see family, nonetheless)). :)

  6. Glad you're feeling better! Paris is so beautiful - my husband and I went there 2 summers ago and loved it - although it was mid-August, so very hot for us Brits! One of the things I loved in Paris was the Ponts des Arts - the bridge with the love locks on it!

    I don't know if you're intending to visit Ireland as well as England (I'm a Northern Irish native) - but if you are, the Giant's Causeway and the North Coast generally are fabulous places of wild, beautiful nature!

  7. Glad you are feeling better lady! I dream of having a photo session with my hubs in front of the Eiffel Tower. WHAT A DREAM! Yall will have an absolute blast!

  8. You're gonna have such a blast in Paris and I can't wait to see what beautiful photos you guys take! I'm so sorry to hear you were down for the count but hopefully you're feeling a ton better.

    Chelsea & The City

  9. If you get chance, take a day trip to Versailles! It is absolutely beautiful! A quaint town to explore, gorgeous gardens to picnic in, and a stunning palace! Just a quick train ride outside of Paris. And your pictures are going to be GORGEOUS for sure!


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