Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. Sending lots of love to all of you today and everyday!
I’ve never really been “into” Valentine’s Day (must have been all those single years growing up! haha), but it now holds a special place in my heart for one reason: it marks our first date. Yep, my very first date with Chip (first date ever, actually) was on Valentine’s Day. It was a simple date; after some botched communication at Paloma Blanca (Chip had been told beforehand that he would not need a reservation only to have us told there was a three hour wait when we showed up), we had a sweet, simple dinner at Paesano’s before he dropped me back off at my dorm at Trinity. We have fun remembering that first date every Valentine’s Day and how awkward it got started – “giving” me a flower by having it hang from his car visor for me to grab myself (talk about nonchalant, right?), not getting into Paloma Blanca, driving aimlessly around trying to find a place to go to while fearing we could easily end up at Denny’s, Chip begging the hostess at Paesano’s to get us a table… I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
And as a good Arizonan, happy 102nd birthday to the wonderful Grand Canyon State.
Hope you’re all spending today with those that are dearest to you!
Hello, friends. It’s been a while. Almost a month, to be exact. I really didn’t intend to take such a long break from blogging, but in hindsight, I’m glad it happened. When I first left my job back in the middle of November, I was excited about having more time to blog. I would write down ideas for new posts, think about different images and gifs that I could incorporate to add some color to what I was sharing. And then like many other projects, I turned it into a task that defined me. How long has this draft been sitting around before I finally hit the “publish” button? Did I include enough links? Did I sound funny enough? Smart enough? Gracious enough? How many views did this post get over the last one? I would look at other blogs and think “Hmm maybe I should start a series on that…” or try to sound as witty/smart/whatever adjective. It was as if what I wanted to share was never enough, I had to follow someone’s model.
And that’s when it hit me. I was no longer using this blog as I had originally intended. When I first started this blog a couple of years ago, it was primarily to help stay in touch with friends and family while Chip and I make a life for ourselves here in San Antonio. And in my perfectionist, performing ways, I had turned something good and fun into something that had to define me in some way. But a blog will never define me. Only my position as Christ’s daughter can define me.
I’m thankful I have been able to take a step back and re-evaluate why I share what I have on this blog. It’s not to impress anyone or to have people think highly of me. It’s to share little moments from our everyday life. Thanks for reading, friends.