Sunday, December 2, 2012

Giving Thanks

Even though Thanksgiving already came and went (and it was a memorable one this year!), I still feel like I'm in a state of thankfulness. Moving to San Francisco was a big decision and one that was full of a lot of unknowns. We had no place to live, I didn't have a job, and we knew very few people in the city. On top of that, it was several thousands of miles from the people we loved and cared for most.

But as I reflect on the past months of living here I can point to so many gifts of grace.

  • Finding a small space to call our own (in a great neighborhood and in our budget);  
  • Being apart of the Newbigin Fellowship where we've had the chance to learn, ask questions, and grow in our understanding of God and ourselves;
  • Being given an opportunity to work with some great people at a new and unexpected job;
  • Entering into a Church community with a heart for seeing the city renewed;
  • Skyler was given an opportunity to work on a product that reaches a billion people;
  • We were given two weeks to explore the city and surrounding areas (Carmel, Big Sur, Monterey,  Mt.  Tamalpais, and Bolinas) 
  • Time with dear friends and new friends in Tahoe.

As the Advent season begins my current posture of giving thanks has really increased my longings for Christ to be more present in my life. I am so excited about Advent that it's constantly been on my mind. I hope that despite the busyness of December I will be able to find a quiet space in my mind and life to focus on what really matters this season. I hope you will too.

This is the closest thing you will get to a Christmas card. So I hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The little things

It's hard to share the mundane parts of life. I think "certainly no one wants to read about that." But this perspective has forced me to look at everyday life and what I value in my day.

Can the brisk early morning runs, the mid-afternoon coffee breaks, and the nights spent at home be more celebrated?


My resolution is to talk more about the little things.

Some little things that have happened lately:

I signed up for my first half marathon.
I had small successes with a company website. (Microsoft is the worst)
Grace in the moments where I feel defeated.
Chimes Ginger Chews to snack on.
Chats with a quiet co-worker on the walk to the Bart station.
Familiarity of new friends.
Showing up to an event wearing the same adorable polka dot popover as my friend.
Glimpses of beauty outside my office window.
Quiet rooftop moments. 

A Hip Hooray for those little things that have helped me be more present.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Quelle Weekend!

This past weekend was the first time we got to host a friend! It was so fun to show Ashley our neighborhood and spend the weekend exploring.

Lunch at the Ferry Building at Delica (an amazing Japanese Californian fusion restaurant) and then dinner at my favorite neighborhood Indian spot Indian Oven. They never disappoint.

We got up early to explore Land's End. The weather was really warm and it made for a great hike.

Travelled south to Half Moon Bay, where I got to pick out two adorable little pumpkins for our tiny stoop and Ashley grabbed some fruit from a road side stand. 

Next we stopped at Facebook to have a look around and enjoy some refreshments. 

From there we headed back to the city to find Halloween costumes and enjoy some yummy pizza and spicy cauliflower at Delfina in the Mission. Yes, those YSL sparkle jeans do reach my rib cage.

After church we enjoyed an afternoon in Sonoma and tasted a few wines. The views are so stunning.

And when we came home this happened!

And then THIS!

All in all it was a pretty fun and eventful weekend. I can't wait for our next visitor!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Giants

The Giants are in the world series. Game two tonight was another win for the Giants!

The city feels very spirited and alive. I'm not that crazy about baseball but it is fun to cheer for the home team.

Good job men!

I'm taking a much needed night off from the busy-ness of life and hanging out with Skyler, baking mini-apple brown betties, and watching the french film Monsieur Lazhar.

Bonne nuit!

Monday, October 22, 2012


This past week we celebrated our third anniversary(!!). We both were in transitions with jobs (unemployed) so we took advantage of the time and went to TreeBones Resort in Big Sur.

This place is amazing!

The best part is the views, non-existant cell reception, the quiet, and the uninterrupted views of the stars. The trip was super last minute, but we managed to get a camping spot with the best view.

We ate like kings and enjoyed hearing real nature sounds.

As I think about all that has happened and all that has changed I realize how much my marriage has stretched me and shaped me into a better person.

Let's be real for a second.

Marriage is hard. Selflessness is hard. Love is hard. But I am thankful for a man that promised and committed to doing this very difficult, sometimes impossible thing, with me called marriage.

Thank you for everyday of your love. Here's to another year.


Welcome to my new blog!

My name is Allie and I recently moved with my husband to San Francisco. We are Floridians; indeed half my heart still resides there. 

I am learning to love and enjoy my time here even through the bad things (it smells like pee everywhere.)

The journey is just beginning. So, I hope that these pages will be a place where I can share my story. 


p.s. I will not apologize for wearing stripes.