Saying Goodbye

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Our big move day is coming up soon! We move on Saturday afternoon as soon as the moving company drives away.

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We have lived in our tiny little apartment on campus since August of 2010. It has been such a journey and we have met so many new people. My husband Daniel has been studying for his Masters in Divinity at Golden Gate Theological Seminary. He was able to finish his program in 3 years and I am so proud of him for being able to graduate on Friday.

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We were able to experience so much of the city, going to baseball games, driving over the bridge weekly, driving along the coast, and enjoying so many different kinds of food. San Francisco has been one of the most beautiful and cool places we have lived. We will miss the runs along the water, the ocean, the rolling hills, and the beautiful architecture. Daniel is a huge Giants fan so we can definitely see ourselves coming back to the city for one reason or another.

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Sunday was our last day at church and it was bitter sweet. Our friends at church were very supportive and excited for the new opportunities but it was sad to say our goodbyes. I have always had a hard time with goodbyes. I tend to compartmentalize things, I suppose as a defense mechanism. I don’t let myself think about saying goodbye to people until the last day.

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There are a lot of people we have met during our time here that will last past our time in SF. We have definitely made friends with people that will last a lifetime. It makes it easier to say goodbye when you know that some day (hopefully soon) we will see each other again.

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Our time here has gone by so fast! We can’t believe we are already done but it has been wonderful and we have made so many good memories!

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God has blessed us with our time here and we are so excited for the new journey He is taking us on. Pray that we continue to seek God’s guidance and we follow in obedience as this new journey unfolds.

Paint the *Kitchen* Red

We move in less than two weeks and we are definitely getting anxious!

One of the first projects I plan to tackle will be the kitchen

Currently the kitchen looks a bit like this (previous owner’s furniture and decorations):

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It is very yellow and I believe there are chickens and sunflowers everywhere…

There are good bones to work with. The cabinets are in pretty good shape and are white and the counter tops are in good shape.

We definitely plan to take down the wall paper and any decorations he leaves. There is currently no back splash so we will install a tile back splash (I hope I can try to do this on my own…but we will see…). I have yet to decide on a color (any ideas?)…

Maybe a grey square tile…

I think we will paint the walls a light grey and add some red accents. I have already collected many red kitchen items on accident and think it is a fun color to play with.

Here are a few pictures I have found for inspiration:

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I’m in love with these red stools from World Market and we are going to do a island/cart instead of a table to save on space (the dining room is right next to the kitchen and is a more informal space).

I also have thought about doing one of the walls in chalk board paint… I love the idea of putting shopping lists, menus, or cute messages on the wall.

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A great place to go for design inspiration and tips is Houzz.com or you can download their app for your phone or iPad! I have found so many great articles and images on their site, I would definitely recommend it! I love design and am so excited to get my hands on a paint roller and paint brush! It is exciting to finally to get to live somewhere we can call our own and do whatever we want to! 

Book Review of the Month: Author Kahled Hosseini

I’ve decided to start sharing a book review on my blog once a month. Here is a look at my journey and love affair with books…

Five years ago (when Daniel and I first started dating) my husband, Daniel, challenged me to read 12 books in one year. At that time I had probably read a total of 12 books in my life, so the challenge seemed daunting. If you don’t know Daniel, he is an avid reading and lover of books, a look in our apartment will prove my point quickly. I think he was bothered by the fact that his girlfriend and now wife didn’t share his passion in the slightest.

That first year I managed to achieve my goal of 12, and the years following I have increased the 12 to 15 or 16. I have grown to appreciate literature in a new way. I am so grateful for my husbands challenge as it has opened me up to a new love and passion.

I read just about any genre but my favorite is Historical Fiction novels. I love to learn about history while reading something that has a great story line. A few of my favorite Historical Fiction novels are The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

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Both novels are set in Afghanistan and both tell the stories of the struggle and turmoil the characters face during war and unrest in the country. They give us a glimpse into what life is like for both men and women in a war torn country. At times the novels are grotesque in detail but they help you truly understand the situations these characters are in.

Hosseini shares a taste of Afghan history along side stories of friendship, family, and hardship. These novels will change the way you see the world and you can’t walk away without feeling something. The books aren’t for the light-hearted but I would recommend them to anyone up for a good read and open to a new perspective on the world…

“Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heartwrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love, a stunning accomplishment.” – Goodreads.com

If you have read either or both books I would love to hear your thoughts on the books! Please comment below…