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Say it outloud

My husband has an encouragement he likes to give while I’m styling events. “Say it out loud and see if it sounds like a good idea”. This comes in handy when I need a floating table and go through 8 different plans before deciding on nine helium filled balloons (all smiles when it worked!).

If only we had listened to this advice while planning the direction of the last two years of our life. Brilliant plans, that we would move to San Diego with twin toddlers and that Matt would go to seminary to get his Masters of Divinity (because he is crazy smart like that and loves the study of God). Genius plans, that he would become a notorious blackjack card counter (did I mention he is crazy smart).

Until recently this is what we did; studying/blogging together late into the night and weekend trips to Las Vegas to pay our bills (cue in hardest year of my life).

If you follow me on twitter you may already know that we are moving in just a few weeks. My husband has taken a new job and our family is moving to Reno, NV. I have a hundred thoughts on this move… there is no Anthropologie in Reno (gasp!), but it is only three hours from San Fransisco (hooray!).

Mostly though we just want to be boring for awhile; love God, love our family and work hard.

In the midst of this difficult season there has been so much good in life. Thank you for being a part of that good. Starting this site has been a bright point of our year for sure, and one that I am looking forward continuing on in even better ways. You are rock stars (seriously!) thanks for being here. I wish I could give you each a hug today…

Photo by Jackie Rueda via the wee lass.

PS. They’re releasing a documentary on the blackjack team Matt played on. If you are interested in a bunch of Christian guys counting cards (ironic I know), see more here.

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  1. I wish you and your family all the luck in the world with the big move! I’m a huge admirer of your work – your beautiful blog is a welcomed escape from my day job and I am so glad to have found you! I know this will be a crazy hard but exciting next month for you but we’re here supporting you all along the way! xo

  2. I lived in Reno for a year and I have a real fondness for it. Reno can be a very inspiring place for a creative person! The thrift stores and antique stores are second-to-none, and it’s about an hour’s drive from the jaw-dropping gorgeousness that is Lake Tahoe. Best wishes for a smooth and stress-free move!

  3. Victoria you made me lough out loud with the card counting – and you summarized it brilliantly in your PS…card counting Christian guys – too funny.
    Best of luck with the move. We don’t have Anthro here in Ottawa either ;(, helps me not spend money.

  4. Christian guys counting cards – how hilarious!

    You know what they say – a change is as good as a holiday and what’s wrong with being a little boring for a while?! Good luck with move, I don’t envy the packing part though!

    Hugs to you on this lovely Thursday,
    Stephie x

  5. Okay, your life sounds so awesomely hilarious, count me in! (c: Honestly, that story is something that if you said *that* out loud, it would sound like a movie plot! I’m so glad you stopped by my blog so I could find yours, it is awesome! And you can bet your design style (sorry, just had to make the betting reference (c:) that I will be looking forward to following along on the shenanigans…

  6. Wow, I wish you the best in your move. Everyone who follows your blog can see that you find (and create) beauty in everything and I’m sure you will do the same in Reno! Can’t wait to read how everything goes and may blessings follow you and your family wherever you are.

  7. sooo…totally random, i know, but my husband and i just moved to reno not quite two years ago, and started a church here about 9 months ago. i enjoy your blog immensely (though i’m relatively new to it), and am just getting ready to read your “holy rollers” story. anyway, if you’re looking for a church or a friend while you’re here, i’d be happy to meet you. :)

  8. well, i wish you the very best in your move. bring some jackets, cause it’s still stupid cold here. and SUP is a terrific place for lunch! :)
    let me know if you need anything when you get here, and i’ll be happy to help where i can!

  9. I’m a little late to this party but came across your site via pinterest! Love your site :)

    I was checking out the Styled Mag and read your husband’s “bio” and thought, “blackjack card counter” hmmm..I was just listening to a story about a card counter on This American Life. I had no idea your husband and the subject of Ira’s interview are one in the same. cool!

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