April: all sorts of amazing

Did I once write that October was my favorite month? If so…that may still be the case…but April is a close second. Not that it’s really putting its best foot forward here…spring in Boston tends to be about 5 days and it always comes later than you think, leaving earlier than it should. But I take what I can get.

April, in and of itself, though, is just a delight. With the timing of Easter, the sun making itself known, flowers starting to blossom, gardening projects at the ready, anddd my birthday – it’s a time of renewed hope. Our lord makes all things new, and I love that the celebration of His resurrection happens at this time of the year. The Church, in all her wisdom, knows best. There is so much goodness happening and coming…

Container Gardening // We are trying our hand at balcony/container gardening for the second year (though, last year was a bit hectic since my move into the apartment didn’t happen until post-wedding in June), and we have high hopes. Last year was pretty successful for some herbs and a couple veggies. So this year we’re going to keep on with several herbs and branch out to something new (like blueberries!). Keep it simple.

Spring Cleaning // We also plan to do some serious de-cluttering. It’s tough living in a small space, because sometimes no matter how organized you are, it still feels like we own a million things (which we don’t). Still, though, we still find ourselves collecting things that need not be collected. So let the purging commence!

All the free things // For some reason, we’ve had a lot of free things thrown at us lately. The biggie – free Panera coffee for the month of April…ummm OKAY. I won’t ask questions. And there happens to be a Panera about a 12 minute walk away from our apartment. Then somehow we have four free drinks at Starbucks in addition to the gift card from my dad. Add that to a free meal from Blue Apron (a generous giveaway at Camp Patton), two restaurant gift cards, and we’re living the Easter season in a high and luxurious way.

Movement // Kevin and I recently began going on runs together about 3-4 times a week. It. Is. Lovely. Just getting fresh air and our heart rates up has been fantastic. We’ve also had the chance to get morning walks in together whilst the free coffee at Panera is a thing.

NOUS ALLONS QUEBEC // Yes, ladies & gents. We are going back to Quebec. This weekend. My heart can’t handle the excitement… 🙂

So much goodness. Lord, please magnify this time! What’s everyone else looking forward to this spring?

Our Little Nazareth

I often complain about me and Kevin’s tiny apartment (I apologize to those who have had to listen to me!). It is tiny, truly (at least compared to my last several apartments). We once had a guest stay on our futon as he needed a place to crash  for one night while en route from Minnesota to Maine. We did it, but it was not the most comfortable of evenings. Our bathroom is in the bedroom, and it was like midnight and our guest had to walk uncomfortably around me and Kevin’s bed to use it. Talk about awkard.com.

Anyway, yes it is small and I’ve spent many months playing tetris in our closets and bookshelves. I’ve lamented over not being able to decorate as much as I would love to for the seasons. I’ve gotten frustrated over the two feet of movement room in the “kitchen”. BUTTTTTTTTT….yes, there’s a but. It has become our home. And I am coming to really love it.

It’s our little Nazareth. And it really is a place of peace. Even though we live on a main road which can be a bit traffic-y and noisy at times, I really feel distant from my work/commute/busyness when I’m home. Our Lord was born into poverty; Mary and Joseph weren’t living in a palace. And I’m grateful that we can learn from them. We look to them as our model for family and they help us along our way. We are building our domestic Church, and it’s so exciting!

For Kevin’s birthday, I got him The Little Oratory, a really great read on making our homes into little oratories, integrating liturgical living into family life. I’ve read through most of it and it have loved it. I look forward to utilizing it in the possible house we will one day own and live in, but for now, even with the small space we have, there is so much we can do to make it a home filled with Christ. And it makes all the difference. Our home is still a work in progress – we have most of our wall things waiting to be hung up once we know if we’re allowed to nail the wall. 😉

Finally, my home is with my beloved. We love to dream of our future home – it’s a big hobby of ours – but we both know that home is truly wherever we are with one another.

On another note, we’re giving a talk at Northeastern’s Catholic Center this Wednesday on dating & relationships, and we could use your prayers! Kevin’s great at this thing…I’m not. Thanks!

In my own little corner…

While we are still very much in the process of putting our apartment together, I have to say…our kitchen is kind of my happy place. And despite the small space, we have found a way to display my our kitchenaid stand mixer (which, I must say, is my new favorite toy) while still keeping the whole area functional. My former roommates (all 5 of them) plus a few other ladies generously pitched in to get me us this gift. It is greatly appreciated and will get some dang good use!

Kitchenaid

Things I’ve done with my kitchenaid to date:

1. Shred chicken each week to have a stash full for sandwiches, wraps, salads, pizza varieties, lasagna, etc. (it works like a charm,and has been a time saver, as well as added meat to our meals).

2. Make homemade cool whip as a healthier, cheaper, and more delicious dessert option.

3. Bake my favorite chocolate chip oatmeal cookies (can be found here).

4. Make waffle batter (weekends are always better with waffles).

Kevin has grown to love our kitchenaid as well. =)