For crying out loud, it's time for an update. The end of the year hit with a giant BANG (good and bad) and I'm just trying to recuperate from weeks of crazy here. More on that in a minute, but first- the outfit. I'm still living in this faux fur vest and with several days in the TEENS, I need it. It's practical and so dang chic. Northern women know how to keep warm. Word? Who says nordic can't be a fashion thing?
These pictures were all taken by my sweet friend, Andrea who blogs over at Blonde Bedhead. Girl's got an eye for good photography and I wish I could just hire her to take my pictures all the time. It's so good to meet up with blogger friends occasionally and meet new ones too, like Ashley from Fit Mitten Kitchen! Had a great time hanging out with her and Andrea at Foster Coffee last month. Need more gal pal dates!
So, life updates...
We're in our new home! Today actually marks one whole month of being officially moved in! Praise Him. By way of reminder- we listed our last home in February of 2016 and it took until December 10th to sell and get moved in to our new home. The road getting here was LONG and hard, but now that we're settled, we can look back and say- it was worth it. God was so faithful along the way, and although it sort of felt like my year was hijacked by house showings, here we are. Still standing, and so grateful. I can't wait to release room makeovers and little house updates this year! How fun. Our home is a mid-century ranch and it's loaded with 50's goodness. It just needs new life breathed into it and I can't wait to do that!
In the midst of our gratefulness for a new home and the Christmas season, on December 21st, we lost my grandmother. It was terrible. We weren't ready to say goodbye and she was SO young at heart, but she went home to be with Jesus and is finally released from the pain and suffering she endured before passing. I just returned from her funeral in Florida two days ago and it was hard but beautiful. So beautiful to celebrate her life with family that I haven't seen in such a long time! Hearing all of the kind words shared made my heart happy and helped to grieve and say goodbye. One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was leading worship with my cousins. It was one of my grandma's favorite things to hear all of us cousins together playing music and it was 'especially' meaningful in that moment. Like heaven was touching earth.
So there it is. All the crazy.
I'm sincerely looking forward to this new year ahead and all the possibilities that lie therein. I'm starting a fast today with our church. It's going to be 40 days and I'm so excited because any time I fast like this, there's always HUGE breakthrough on the other side. My soul is better for it and I really need that right now. Wishing you all the best 2017!!
Sweater turtleneck: H&M
Faux Fur Vest: c/o Tobi
Jeans: ANA, JcPenney
Boots: c/o Hush Puppies
Necklace: Birch & Elm