Monday, April 06, 2015

April Update

I often wonder just how many of my past entries have begun with the words "it's been a while" or "let's catch up". It feels as though months and months have passed by since I last connected with you all here, but in reality I've only been away for a few weeks. I may never be as consistent with sharing here as I'd like to be, but after nearly 3 years of blogging, I'm finally realizing that there's nothing wrong with my long spans of silence and stillness. Life gets pretty hectic and priorities change.

I used to have really big plans for this blog, but here lately I'm wanting more and more to simply use it as an outlet. A place to pour out my heart and share what's on my mind when time allows. I'm no longer wrapped up in the amount of followers I have or don't have, though I do appreciate each and every individual that has made the effort to follow along, read my thoughts and share their own (you guys are seriously awesome). With all that being said, there are a handful of things that I'd like to share about that have happened while I've been away.

1. I started sportin' a new 'do. I'd been going back and forth with the whole full bangs idea for a long time. I tried them out a couple years ago, but quickly veered back to the good ol' side bangs soon after. My sister-in-law did the honors a little over a month ago, and I love the way that they turned out. On the days that I don't really feel like bothering with them, I just use a headband to keep them pushed back. I do think that they suit me well and I plan to keep them for a long time.

2. I believe I found a new home church. In early March, I was invited to a service at Citylife Church here in Tampa by my good friend, Steph. As soon as I walked into this church, I had a good feeling about it. The week before, I had visited another church that was closer to our house with my friend, Lauren, and both of us felt it wasn't the right place. Citylife was different though. In a way, stepping through the front doors felt like coming home. I know that I was leaning towards a smaller church, but despite it's size, I feel good here. The praise and worship was anointed, the message was just what I needed to hear and I felt the Holy Spirit as soon as I entered the sanctuary. I've only been able to go to one service so far, but I look forward to going back soon. G wasn't able to visit yet either, but I have a feeling he'll like it too.

3. G and I were able to visit our friends in northern Florida. Ever since our friends, Jennifer and Jose, moved up to the Jacksonville area back in October, we have been trying to plan a trip up to visit them. Two weeks ago, we were finally able to. It was awesome how everything fell into place. G and I were afraid we weren't going to be able to make the trip up before my LOA from Target was up (I go back in a week). But, lo and behold, it happened and we had a blast! We stayed with them for two days before heading down to St. Augustine, which brings me to my next point.

4. We were finally able to stay in St. Augustine for a couple days. Although it was rainy a good portion of our time there, we made the best of it. I'll be sharing a whole entry about our time there. Good food was eaten, great places were explored and memories were made. I'm so glad we were able to enjoy some quality alone time. It was much needed.

5. I finally purchased an e-reader (as an early anniversary present). My dear friend, Charlene (from Charlene Zale), pretty much talked me into it. She's extremely persuasive and it played a huge role in my decision to pick the Kindle Paperwhite. It's been one heck of an investment. I've found that I read quicker when using my Kindle. Since our wedding anniversary is in May, I decided it could be an early present (totally justifiable). I couldn't be more happy with this device.

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