Archive for March, 2011


I love a good before and after pic when it comes to home decor. I realized that I never posted pics of our house even though we’ve been here for nearly a year. So, here are some pics – before we moved in (and before we painted) with their corresponding after shots. Enjoy!

First, living room:



Next, bedroom:



Guest room/office:






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The race.

Well friends, I finally did it. I ran my half-marathon today! Yes, my legs feel like they are going to break at any given moment, but that’s not the point. The point is I survived. And I met my goal of running the whole thing, with a pretty decent time to boot. The weird part about it all is that all day today I have been battling with an insatiable hunger. I can’t seem to eat enough! I guess that will happen after burning over 1500 calories in one morning.

Highlight of the race: around mile 8, passing a drink station where people were handing out PBR (beer) instead of water or Gatorade. I contemplated grabbing some but didn’t think a shot of beer would help me in my quest.

I’m so glad I did this, even if I did have to get up at 4:30 in the morning. I’m also very thankful to my lovely husband who drove my friend and I to the race at 5:30 in the morning and stood in the cold to take pictures. He’s a keeper for sure.

Getting pumped up before the race.


And we're off!

Amber crossing the finish line.

About to receive my medal after the finish!

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Three Years!

Dave and I celebrated our anniversary last week… can’t believe it’s been three years since our wedding day! We celebrated with a trip to the beach over spring break (the week before) and then went out to dinner on the 15th. Despite how the weather turned out for our beach trip (cold and rainy most of the time), we had a lovely time escaping our normal schedule. Plus, there’s just something about being by the ocean and hearing the waves.

Dave brought his surfboard with him hoping that he would be able to catch some waves while we were there. On the third day (the day we left), he ventured out into the 43 degree water because the surf was so good. Sadly, he was back out of the water 15 minutes later because it was so freezing even though he was wearing a wetsuit and boots.

I made Dave a cake (banana cake, to be exact, as that is his favorite!)

We had a great time with our friends, Paul and Stephanie who visited from Texas during the first half of spring break. The highlight of the trip was visiting Counter Culture coffee roasters where we got a tour and got to learn all about the roasting process. It was really cool and made even better by the coffee we got to try at the end!

We also drank a lot of great beer : )

It meant a lot that they made the trip to see us and we had a great time together! I also really appreciated the break from school work as this semester has been quite hectic. All in all, a great spring break!

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Wesley Watson

Wesley Watson, our 14 year-old yellow Labrador from England, went to sleep two weeks ago today. It was a very sad day indeed. He lived a long and good life, and he brought so much joy to so many people.

I remember the day we brought him home from the breeder. We had only gone to ‘take a look’ but ended up coming home with a brand new puppy! We had no bed, no food, no bowls, and no idea what we were doing. So my parents bought the book The Perfect Puppy and we all jumped in head-first to dog ownership.

This is Jess with Wesley when he was still a wee lad. He was such a cutie.

Wesley with his nephew, Winston.

It’s crazy to think that we actually brought him over with us from England. I’ll never forget the sad look on his face when we landed in Little Rock, AR, and they brought him out to us (after a VERY long flight across the Atlantic, in a crate, in the cargo hold). I felt so sorry for him, but I was so glad he was with us in such a new place.

It’s funny how pets become so much a part of our lives, I can’t imagine moving to the States without Wes. For the Watsons, Wesley was our constant in the midst of so much change.

Saying goodbye to Wesley brought up many of the same feelings that I had saying goodbye to Gran back in June. It’s hard to be so far away and not having much concrete closure when someone so close to you is gone. But it’s times like these when I am reminded that God redeems all things, not that I really know what that means, or what it looks like to my human mind, but I trust in His goodness and redemption.

I’m so thankful that Wesley was such a big part of our family. I’m thankful for the great memories we have because of him. But most of all, I’m thankful for the calm that he brought to our home. Even before he was really old, Wesley had a wise old soul. His very presence made a stressful day seem that little bit better and easier to deal with. He will be terribly terribly missed. But among the sadness and the tears, are the beautiful memories we hold of a dog who’s life was a gift of love.

“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.”
John Galsworthy


Wesley Watson. February 8th, 1997 – February 16th, 2011.

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