Tuesday, June 11, 2013

happy mail.

today was such a happy mail day! no more hole-y rain boots. (: a must in New Orleans.

anyone heard of Roma Boots? I first heard about them from my friends in Romania. for every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need, sort of like Toms shoes. the neat thing about the boots though, is that the company works with Roma communities like the one we worked with on our trips to Romania. also, a percentage of their sales go towards helping the children break out of their cycle of poverty and despair. love it. the founder was born in Romania in an area much like the one I worked with, so you can imagine how excited I was to hear about this company.

anyway, I'm not trying to sell anything, I just found it all so neat and thought I'd share it with you.  (sounds like they're doing lots of good in Moore, OK right now too!) there's a video on the website that will give a little more insight.. romaboots.com. definitely worth watching. seeing all of the photos takes me back to that hospital. love that place.

thanks goes to Chad's parents for the wonderful birthday gift. his momma loves to spoil me. (;

watch: roma boots.
read: a holy experience.
listen: he is faithful | bryan and katie torwalt.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

birthday things.

so my wonderful husband treated me to a day full of early birthday things on Friday. he had the whole day planned out and I didn't know any of it before we left the house. needless to say, I'm feeling pretty loved.

we went to breakfast, had some coffee, did a little shopping for me, some shopping for house things, had lunch, walked by the set for the show Chad is working on, participated in national doughnut day (like the good americans we are), went to a movie and got some take out for dinner at home. and then I passed out because I've been a sickhead all week and all of that just did me in, ha. somewhere in there we returned the rental car we had and picked up the Jetta from a body shop (someone backed into my car and the driver's side mirror was basically hanging by a thread.. another story, another day). I also realized I'm no good at actually taking photos of us doing these fun things. I need to work on that.

I love you, Chad Taylor. you sure do know how to make a lady feel special. you're my favorite.


Monday, June 03, 2013

then.. now.

[if looks could kill..]

[over a year ago. there's an extra friend here, so really we only lived with just five other people. (; ]

we started out with lots of roommates here in New Orleans. loved it. and wouldn't trade that time for anything. I really am so thankful that we had friends who were willing to share one space with us. (if any of you are reading this.. hi! we love you!) we spent a couple of years at that apartment and were able to have the cheapest rent possible living that close to downtown, I'm pretty sure. needless to say, splitting rent four ways is fabulous for a season, especially when you're not working very much. so we were able to build our savings back up a little and this year we just felt like we were able to move somewhere on our own. we basically only lived together, just us, for a year before moving here, so the change has been fun.

so here we are. in the house! for the most part, we're unpacked. we get a little bit done everyday, it seems, but it also feels like there's a lot left to do. we have also been able to do a little bit of yard work (also going to take some time) which has been fun and something a little new for me. I even used a hedge trimmer for the first time! feeling super accomplished. almost like cutting hair. (: