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Thankful For: Community

Over the past year, I have become extremely thankful for the community we have here in San Antonio. As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t have any family in town, but we have been extremely blessed with friendships strong enough to feel as if we were family.

I am so thankful for the community we have at Redeemer. For the wonderful women in my Bible study and how they prayed for me as I made the decision to leave my job. For our fun community group and the ways they encourage us as a couple as well as individually. For our youth group and all the ways they make me laugh and grow. For all of the sweet friendships we’ve developed with so many different people and families. We know our life here in San Antonio wouldn’t be the same without them.

I am also very thankful for the community I developed in my years at Bromley. While working alongside some truly talented people, I was able to make some wonderful friends that could make even the longest meetings more fun (trust me, that’s no small task!).

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! What are you thankful for today?

Riley and Becca’s Wedding in Nashville

Chip and Riley have been friends for a while now. Riley was actually the best man at our wedding two years ago. They became friends sophomore year at Trinity and were roommates in an apartment together with two other good friends, Will and Jeff, senior year. These four guys are all pretty awesome. We have lots of memories hanging out together in their less than glamorous apartment in New England Village, complete with walks to Panchito’s for queso and margaritas.

After completing the Masters in Education program at Trinity, Riley went down to Honduras with Mission Lazarus. While there, he met this awesome girl named Becca. Over the course of the last year, we’ve been able to spend some time with her and have to admit, we’re a big fan of her. She’s so very sweet and has such a loving heart. A couple of weekends ago, Riley and Becca got married on a beautiful sunny day in Tennessee.

Chip and I decided to drive to Tennessee with the NEV guys instead of flying for the wedding. After some pretty entertaining email chains to figure out the carpooling, we all decided to meet in Dallas, where Will and Katie live, and then drive together to Nashville from there. We spent Wednesday night at their house and got to an early start on Thursday in our rented minivan complete with a dozen cup holders and DVD player. Nicely done, soccer moms.

On the road to Dallas

On the road to Dallas

Six adults in a minivan

Six adults in a minivan

Backseat buddies

Backseat buddies

We got into Nashville sometime around 8:00pm on Thursday and after checking in at our hotel, we all went to Broadway Brewhouse for drinks. Friday morning, we went and had a great breakfast at a place called Fido. I knew I was going to like this place based on their cute name and all of the dog pictures they had. Put dogs somewhere in your business = I’m a fan. After breakfast, we met back at the hotel before heading out to get the guys’ suits for the wedding. Had to make sure those boys look pretty ;)

Breakfast at Fido's

Breakfast at Fido

Picking up their suits

Picking up their suits

Looking good, boys

Looking good, boys

We then had some barbecue for lunch and drove over to Riley’s house to pick up “a few” things to set up out at Owen Farm for the wedding. It was definitely more than a few things! We were laughing as we practically emptied Riley’s house and filled two sedans, our minivan, and Riley’s truck bed full of wedding decorations. Now the weather had been a bit patchy on Friday. It was raining while we were at breakfast, cleared up while picking up the suits, and was feeling a bit muggy while we loaded up the cars. We drove out to the farm in Chapmansboro with minimal rain, but once we started unloading everything into the barn and bar/dance floor space, it started to pour. The weather just wasn’t on board with the scheduled activities Friday! The rain eventually stopped for a half hour or so, so the bridal party was still able to have a quick rehearsal, but the setting up got pushed to Saturday morning. After leaving the farm, we drove back into Nashville for a great rehearsal dinner, complete with cute videos made my Riley’s sister and the photographer as well as two sweet speeches from Becca’s dad as well ast Riley’s dad.

"You know it's going to be good when there are flying pigs"

“You know it’s going to be good when there are flying pigs”

Playing football at Riley's

Playing football at Riley’s

Loading up Riley's truck

Loading up Riley’s truck

Beautiful drive to Owen Farm

Beautiful drive to Owen Farm

Waiting for the rain to pass

Waiting for the rain to pass

With Chip at the rehearsal dinner

With Chip at the rehearsal dinner

Cheers to Riley and Becca!

Cheers to Riley and Becca!

On Saturday morning, while all the groomsmen got ready and helped set everything (shout out to Page and Kelsey as well!), Jeff, Megan, Katie, and I went out to Loveless Cafe for breakfast. A good friend of mine recommended this place and used to work for a radio show that aired from the barn there. There was a bit of a wait for our table, but we spent it doing some quality people watching. While my omelet wasn’t phenomenal, the biscuits were amazing. Not entirely sure how many I had. Oops.

Waiting for breakfast

Waiting for breakfast

People watching at Loveless Cafe

People watching at Loveless Cafe

As rainy as Friday was, Saturday afternoon couldn’t have been any different. It was a sunny, clear day with a light breeze. Perfect weather for an outdoor wedding. Everything looked so beautiful and the ceremony was one of the sweetest I’ve ever been to. Every piece of the ceremony was so intentional and I admire all the work and thought Riley and Becca put into this very special day. I loved the door that hid Becca from view until she walked down the aisle. Daniel Player chose so many amazing Scripture verses that speak about marriage. Riley and Becca wrote the sweetest vows. The ceremony included them having communion with their parents. It was all so beautiful and definitely had me shedding a few tears!

After the ceremony, it was time to celebrate. We had a great time stomping our feet to Mumford’s “I Will Wait for You,” singing (read: screaming) to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” shuffling to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” and full on dancing to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” We ended the evening with more dancing and Oreos courtesy of Riley’s grooms cake.

Riley and Becca, we love you guys so much, thanks for letting us celebrate this big day with you and your families!!

With Megan before the wedding

With Megan before the wedding

Beautiful ceremony site

Beautiful ceremony site

Riley's adorable nieces

Riley’s adorable nieces

The Currys are one of the most loving families I know

The Currys are one of the most loving families I know

Such a beautiful bride!

Such a beautiful bride!

They're married!!

They’re married!!

Riley's signature fist pump

Riley’s signature fist pump

With Chip after the ceremony

With Chip after the ceremony

Love this guy

Love this guy

Those NEV boys did a good job

Those NEV boys did a good job

The NEV Wives Club

The NEV Wives Club

Beautiful reception

Sunny reception

Shout out to Reid for the beautiful hand-written notes with the weekend's itinerary ;)

Shout out to Reid for the awesome hand-written notes with the weekend’s itinerary ;)

Brunch at the Boiler House

As I mentioned in one of my last posts, Haley and I had an awesome brunch at the Boiler House last Saturday. We had been wanting to go to brunch for a while now so we made the decision that Saturday would be the day. Our only criteria was that they would serve (cheap) mimosas. What can I say, we’re two classy gals. After doing some research online and talking to some food guru friends, we decided to go to the Boiler House in the Pearl Brewery. It also helped that Chip had won a $50 gift card there and kindly offered it to us (what a sweet husband).

Kicking brunch off right

Kicking brunch off right

I don’t mean to brag or anything, but Haley and I dominated that brunch. We took full advantage of our gift card and ordered three different plates to split. The menu at the Boiler House is pretty awesome and we actually had a little difficulty narrowing down our choices to just three (where’s a sampler plate when you need it?). In the end we chose the Bacon Benedict, the Mac & Egg, and the Chocolate-Espresso Pancakes. As you can see, we were pros and made sure we ordered different kinds of food from hearty to sweet. Here’s what the spread looked like:

We take brunch seriously

We take brunch seriously

Chocolate espresso pancakes, anyone?

Chocolate espresso pancakes, anyone?

The next time I go to the Boiler House and eat just one plate like a normal person, it will definitely be the Bacon Benedict. I’m getting hungry now just thinking about it. The Mac & Egg was really good, too, but I would prefer it with just one poached egg instead of two (it got a little too runny about halfway through). The pancakes were tasty and also came with some jalapeno sausage, but it wasn’t as sweet as we were expecting; not sure what that says about us.

So thankful for a great morning with Haley

So thankful for a great morning with Haley

We came in right at $49.80 (#winning) and spent the rest of the morning/early afternoon in a significant food coma and completely worthless to society. We walked around the Pearl for a bit and then made our way back to Haley’s house to wait for Mark and Rachel to get back later in the afternoon. I don’t think I moved from Haley’s couch while we watched You’ve Got Mail, but that’s what Saturday’s are for, right?

Confession: this was my first time seeing You've Got Mail

Confession: this was my first time seeing You’ve Got Mail

We eventually snapped out of our food coma just in time for our dinner at Bohanans that evening. Haley, not sure about you, but I’m totally ready for another brunch!

A weekend with friends

Last weekend was a sweet reminder of the great gift of friendships. One of my closest friends from Trinity, Rachel, and her husband Mark were in town for a friend’s wedding. I last saw Rachel when I went to visit her in Chicago last summer, so it had definitely been a while since we last hung out. It was a quick visit, but a great one nonetheless.

Mark and Rachel flew in late Friday night, so Chip and I hung out at Matt and Haley’s house until it was time to pick them up for the airport. We had a low key night hanging out and catching up, talking until significantly past my bedtime. There really isn’t anything better than great conversation with sweet friends over wine (except for maybe if sugar suddenly became a “good” calorie… a girl can dream).

Saturday was the wedding so while Mark and Rachel were in the Austin area for that very special event, Haley and I had the most delicious brunch at the Boiler House. It was so good that it’s getting its own post, so stay tuned for that. Once Mark and Rachel got back in town and Haley and I had finally digested all the food we ate, we tried going back to the Pearl Brewery to show them how much that area has grown. Unfortunately, we weren’t very successful since Saturday was the night of the Fiesta Flambeau Parade and streets along the parade route were closed off as early as 3:00 in the afternoon. After trying several different routes to get the Pearl, we had to chalk it up as a loss and went back to casa de Beham to hang out some more before dinner.

We spent Saturday evening having a swanky and tasty dinner at Luke. We were also joined by more good Trinity friends John and Niki. After dinner, we walked over to Bohanans for drinks and to listen to Brent Watkins’ (the music director at Redeemer) awesome jazz band. If you’re looking for a nice bar to have unique drinks, I cannot recommend Bohanans enough. The service was awesome and the ambiance can’t be beat. Our server Alex was the best and recommended great drinks for our group (you won’t regret ordering the Brooklynite!). While we were having drinks, some torrential rain started that kept us at Bohanans a little longer. Pretty sure the weather forecast said we had a 30% chance of rain. Guess that’s the same as a borderline hurricane. So of course, we eventually sent Chip and Matt to go get our cars from Luke where we had parked. Don’t worry, we were kind and sent them with umbrellas.

The Brooklynite

The Brooklynite

With wonderful friends at Bohanans

With wonderful friends at Bohanans

Sunday was the last day in San Antonio for the Pomeroys. While they lived in San Antonio, they were very active members of Redeemer and helped Matt with the youth group. It was so great getting to do the youth Christian Education hour together after the service. Once we left church, we made our way over to The Cove for lunch. I was so glad that another awesome Trinity friend Jessica came to lunch with her fiance (congrats again, guys!). Enjoying a texas burger outside with more great time with friends was the perfect way to wrap up the weekend. I’m so glad Mark and Rachel were able to visit for the weekend and can’t wait to see them again!

Golfing with the Behams

About a month ago, we did a couple’s golf outing with the Behams… to answer your question, no, I’m not a golfer. I’ve golfed once before with my dad and brother and lasted about 13 holes. Haley played a little bit in high school and has a pretty awesome set of pink clubs from it. But that’s about as far as our golfing skills go. However, our husbands really enjoy playing and had been suggesting how fun it would be for all four of us to go together. Haley and I decided to give it a shot (although we did think about packing some mimosas for ourselves) and went off to golf with Matt and Chip.

Considering our inexperience, the boys wanted to make sure we spent some time at the driving range to warm up. I’m hoping it improved our game a little bit and that I would have played even worse without those practice swings. We were able to take our time for the first few holes, but then we started to hold up the people playing behind us, so Haley and I stuck to the par-three’s and occasional swings while the guys actually played at a much faster pace than the two of us. Haley and I left after the first nine holes since it was getting pretty warm and we were in need of some Sonic drinks (yes, need) and left the boys to finish the rest of the holes.

While we didn’t play more than a total of three holes each, we did have a lot of fun. I have to say, a golf swing feels pretty awkward, but I did get a couple of good shots in, as well as a lot of unintentional practice swings (those golf balls are a lot smaller than I realized!). Haley had much more success than I did; guess those high school golf years paid off :)

It did feel like the golf course was against us and trying to kick us out a couple of times. Exhibit A: while driving by Haley’s golfball and trying to scoop it up without stopping, she accidentally rolled out of the cart. Pretty funny, but it did cause a small grass stain on her jeans. Exhibit B: while teeing off on one hole, we received many ant bites. It would only be a slight exaggeration to say we were attacked.

Haley’s bitten foot

Exhibit C: one of my golf balls got to a particular wet and muddy part of grass. Our cart was struggling to drive through it, so I walked out to get my golf ball and stepped into so much mud. Wasn’t very happy about my dirty shoes and jeans!

Didn’t know a golf course could be so muddy

Exhibit D: it was just way too hot for a Saturday in October.

Hopefully we didn’t drive Matt and Chip too crazy while golfing with them. I have noticed they haven’t invited us out again… coincidence?

The boys golfing while Haley and I watched from the cart

Celebrate

Over the last year, Haley and I have become very good friends. It would be an understatement to say that her friendship has been a huge blessing to me. When Chip and I decided to stay in San Antonio after graduating in 2009, one of our reasons was to be around all our close friends. Over the years, however, many of them have moved to new places for school, jobs and many other reasons. Before we knew it, a lot of our best friends were in Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Washington DC and Nashville. We now have some fun cities to visit our friends in, but we were missing quality time with other people. Since joining Redeemer Presbyterian about a year ago, we have made lots of new friendships, but our relationship with the Matt and Haley Beham is particularly special. Matt and Chip get along extremely well and it makes me so happy whenever they have “guy” time and go golfing or just hang out while Haley and I chat over some wine. Getting to know Haley this past year has been so great and I am so surprised and appreciative at how similarly God made us. Needless to say, I love it when we hang out with the Behams.

One thing Haley and I have in common is a love for the British Royal Family. We know probably a bit too much about the Queen and the beloved Will and Kate duo (we’ve joked that we’ll throw a British tea party whenever they have a child… normal, right?). So when Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton came out with her own party-planning book, Celebrate, Haley and I naturally mentioned it to each other one day and how excited we were to get ourselves a copy. Turns out we also both made a mental note to get it for each other because that is exactly what we got for our birthdays.

Chip and I went over to the Behams house last Thursday evening to go buy some wine together for our birthday dinner at Fralo’s this past Saturday. I brought in Haley’s gift and placed it on the table next to the gift she had got me. It didn’t take long to realize our gifts were the exact same size and shape… by the time we opened our gifts, we were doubled over laughing at what great taste in gifts we both have :) Luckily Chip had my phone at this point so he was able to get the next series of pictures:

Shortly after opening our gifts

With our awesome books

I have to say, this book is pretty awesome. I’ve flipped through it a few times now and have found so many recipes and party-planning tips that I can’t wait to use. I will definitely be blogging about any Pippa-inspired dishes and crafts!

A much bigger book than I had anticipated!

Holiday ideas…

Pretty page for the Summer section… love this book’s organization

Birthdays!

This past week was a festive one… in a span of five days, we celebrated three special birthdays. On Wednesday, I turned 25 (hello, quarter of a century!). Considering it was a birthday in the middle of the week (I definitely prefer weekend birthdays!), I still had a very special and fun day. After a great breakfast at home, Chip dropped me off at work. The day included a decorated desk and chocolate cake in the afternoon (who doesn’t love that??). After work, two of my really good co-worker friends, Annaliz and Priscilla, treated me to a happy hour over at Landry’s. I am so thankful for these two ladies and the joy they add throughout my work day :)

My festive desk

YUM.

Happy hour with Annaliz and Priscilla

That’s some cute grilled cheese

Chip then picked me up and we made our way over to Bin 555 to celebrate both of our birthdays (Chip’s 26th birthday was yesterday!). Since we would be celebrating both of our birthdays, we decided to splurge a little bit and ordered some tasty grilled cheese sandwiches for appetizers, had a tasty meal and then a nutella dish for dessert. While I prefer the nutella dish at Tre Trattoria, this one was pretty good, too.

After dinner, we went back to our house to open birthday gifts. I’m pretty excited about the two books Chip got me – Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Stacy London’s The Truth About Style. These books have been on my list for a while, so I can’t wait to get to them. Fun fact: when I tagged Stacy London in my tweet about these books, she actually replied. How awesome is that? I’m convinced we could totally be BFF’s :) Wrigley was also sweet and got me a gift card to Spa D’sante. What a thoughtful pup.

So excited to read these.

Friday was my good friend Haley‘s birthday and we surprisingly got each other the same gift :) This was pretty funny and will be its own separate post!

With Chip’s birthday on Sunday, we thought it would be fun to celebrate our three birthdays together on Saturday with a group dinner at Fralo’s. Fralo’s is hands-down one of my favorite restaurants in town and we were really excited for us to spend the evening here. We had a great time with all of our friends and are so thankful to everyone who was able to come celebrate with us (big shout out to the wonderful Jeff and Megan Claydon who drove from Houston for the event! We love you guys!!). The wine was great, the appetizers tasty, the pizza delicious and the live music awesome (really, he was great… Haley and I shamelessly sang along to most of the songs). Following dinner, we went and saw the new James Bond movie Skyfall with the Behams. It was a great movie, although we were all a little tired when the movie ended after midnight… definitely past my bedtime!

Three cheers for Fralo’s!

Having a great time at dinner

Some different shots of the table… not pictured: the Claydons, the Barnetts, Bekah McNeel… totally meant to get a full group picture!!

Since Sunday was going to be a busy day, Chip opened his birthday gifts in the morning before church. I think he’ll enjoy the two books I got him and the golf outing Wrigley is treating him to! We spent most of Sunday afternoon with the youth group at Redeemer doing a scavenger hunt throughout downtown San Antonio. It was a really fun afternoon running around with these teenagers, doing pyramids in front of the Alamo, interviewing tourists, getting a picture on one of the RiverWalk tour boats, etc. After the scavenger hunt, we spent some time over at Eliot’s (one of the other youth leaders) apartment to watch the Texans-Bears game.

It was a great weekend getting to spend time with so many great friends. Thanks, everyone, for making our birthdays so special!