Bye Columbus!

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“What?? I’m going with you, right? RIGHT??”

As excited as I am for the next chapter that my hubs and I are beginning, today’s post is about the chapter we are closing. I want to express my gratitude to the people we’ve met and the city we’ve lived in for 2 1/2 years.

Bye Columbus.

I must admit, in the beginning, we had very low (if any) expectations of Columbus, Ohio. Our first impressions were drab – dreary weather and run down houses around campus. But for a million reasons, it was the right choice. And as time went on, the city grew on us. The Columbus Adventures have been many.

We loved our home here, in the summers and in the winter.

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We loved our friends here, and hosting them in our home whenever possible for parties, girls nights, movie nights, brunches, and grad school work groups…

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We got Ryman here!

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Winter SUCKED A LOT, but we got through it, and celebrated our first two married Christmases here.

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The National Championship in football didn’t hurt either – it definitely made it a fun time to be at a fun place.

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The people though…THE PEOPLE is always the thing hardest to leave, isn’t it?

The way God put the right people in our lives at the right times… I can’t even. Right off the bat, I met Laura, a fellow Vandy grad. LAURA I WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST WITHOUT YOU. And we met other Vandy friends along the way.

Then we made our friends through Jonathan’s grad program. ALSO LOST WITHOUT YOU GUYS.

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And then out of the blue, I went to a Stella and Dot party that a coworker was hosting, and met another girl, who introduced me to lots of girls, and through them I joined an incredible women’s bible study. This group of women taught me so much, and they don’t even know it.

Along the way, many of my coworkers became friends, and the hubs and I continued to meet awesome people out of the blue. Like I said, this city grew on us, thanks to the people who’ve made it feel like home these past few years.

All this to say, I am so thrilled for the next chapter, but today I’m a little sad saying good by to this one. Bye Columbus!

And just because I love it, here is the “one second a day” video I made from July – December of 2014… Captures a lot of favorite travels and Columbus moments!

Moving

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Yes, it’s my wedding week, but I just have to share with you all about our big move last week. Even though Jonathan won’t join me in Columbus until August, I was able to move into our house last weekend. So Jonathan and two of his fabulous, brave friends drove up from Nashville with a big (and I mean, the biggest they have) Uhaul full of all our earthly belongings. So I’ve spent the last week or so trying my best to unpack, organize, and make the place start to feel like home.

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{Had to get one with Brutus!}

First, let me show you a few walking-in-the-door empty photos. Clean slate!photo (7)

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I’ve worked hard, and already gone through so many boxes I’ve lost count.

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A mess! But now I’m beginning to see the light…Just about everything is about in its place, except of course that there is a lot of wall hanging yet to do…

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I will be sure to share more photos as I figure out how exactly I’m decorating the house. I’m not much of a decorator…Any tips? Ideas? Volunteers???

Ode to Kenner

On Saturday, we’ll move away from the house we have loved for the last two years. A lot has happened in and around these walls — happiness, heart break, hope, homework, meals, craft fails, parties (lots and lots of parties), snow, friendships, fights, and the list goes on.  The people who have lived in and visited our house have really made it the home it is.  So, much like Katy’s part one and part two, here is my Ode to Kenner.

Beautiful from the day we moved in:

We made our very first turkey:

I started getting into photography and experimenting around the house:

I even took a photography class…for which Halloween made a good topic:

There were many game/wine nights:

Katy got Tucker…

Who ran away and got hurt:

Two great Christmases, along with wine and cheese parties:

I could go on and on with the great events we’ve hosted with our even greater friends, but I’ll stop at this.  More than anything, I’m just going to miss the everyday comfort of a place that has really started to feel like home.  Fond memories, always.

Oh, and I’ll REALLY miss my days on the porch…

Love,

MM