“Spirit lead me where my trust is without boarders, let me walk upon the water wherever you would call me.Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.” Oceans- Hillsong United
Brandon and I were about to embark on the longest road trip of our life together as we moved from Wisconsin to California. In true Chappell fashion, we had less than a month to pack up our apartment and hit the road to California. (This quick decision, quick action scenario has played out a number of times for us.) Moving outside of Wisconsin was a huge challenge for me personally, as I had never lived outside of Milwaukee county in my 22 years of life. For my honest account of the emotions of making a big move for the first time in my life, click HERE.
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5 Best Places to Eat In Milwaukee Co.
For all my fellow foodies out there—since moving away from Milwaukee, there are certain restaurants that are unique to Milwaukee that I CRAVE while being away. Brandon and I make it a point to go to these places as often as we can when we travel back home. Whether it is for 24 hours breakfast, craft beer, creative pizza concoctions or taco Tuesday, these are some of the best places to get good eats in Milwaukee, Wi.
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Last week, Brandon and I celebrated our second anniversary! It’s crazy how fast these past two years have gone. Being married two years seems like forever and not long enough at the same time.
We have had a lot of adventures in our two years of marriage- moving 4 times, living in California, working in the redwoods- teaching science classes and running challenge courses-, working completely opposite shifts, etc.
In celebrating our two year anniversary and being a part of some of our best friends wedding, I can’t help but reflect on our wedding day.
Our wedding day was a close to perfect as possible. The weather was amazing, we were surrounded by friends and family and we finally going to be married!
That morning we spent time with our respective parties (bridesmaids and groomsmen), eating breakfast and getting pampered. Brandon got a straight razor shave (how fancy!) and I got my nails and hair down by some friends. It was great spending time with some of our closest friends and family as we got ready for the big event.
Waiting in the pastor’s office for the ceremony to start was on of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I could not wait to see my groom at the end of the aisle. I had constant butterflies in my stomach and could not sit still, I was too EXCITED!
I always thought that I would be really nervous being the center of attention as I came down the aisle (I am not someone that likes the spotlight) but all the excitement took over and I was beaming! I loved looking around and seeing friends and family there supporting us. And at the end of the aisle, was my groom!
The ceremony went by so quickly with funny little slip ups and lots of smiling. As a more shy person and someone who doesn’t like PDA, leading up to the wedding I was also really nervous about kissing Brandon in front of everyone, but just like walking down the aisle, excitement took over and it did not bother me at all.
The reception was such a blast! We had Famous Dave’s cater our wedding and that was one of the best decision we made for our wedding. It was so freaking good!!! (although, I only ate a little bit of it.) We also had a bib decorating contest since we were having messy food and people would be dressed nicely. It was so fun to see everyone’s creative ideas for the bibs.
Walking around, officially a married couple and talking to all of our friends and family was such a special thing. Weddings are so amazing in that way, they aren’t just a big party, they are a public declaration of your life being joined to another person’s. So having both of our families in one room was really special.
After visiting with friends and family, I danced the whole night away. I really don’t remember being off the dance floor for any large amount of time. The dance floor is definitely the place to be at a wedding!
Like all other weddings, of course we had things that went wrong, but nothing that was so major. Our card box was stolen that night, we almost didn’t have music for the dance party because I forgot my laptop at my parent’s house, and some underage relatives had been served alcohol…… but all in all, it was a great night!
I am so thankful for the advice that we got– that things were going to go wrong, but the wedding isn’t about all the add ons. The wedding is about us, and as long as we ended the day married, then everything went right!
That night, as we were heading to the bed and breakfast that we booked for the night, we let the windows down, breathed in the cool air and reflected on how absolutely ecstatic we were to be married. No amount of mishaps could ruin the fact that we were married and had our whole married life ahead of us.
Being able to celebrate Ben and Lizzie’s wedding last weekend was such a delight! Not only are they some of our closest friends, but it is so exciting to be on the other size of a wedding day- having already gotten married- and knowing what pure joy rests on the other side of the wedding.
Two years in, we are more in love than ever and have more adventures and memories to share and reflect on. Marriage doesn’t mean everything is going to be perfect forever, but I find that no matter what, I have an amazing partner in this crazy life we live and I am completely, perfectly and incandescently happy. (Thank you Pride and Prejudice!)
There are some moments in life that show you the quality of the people that surround you. Sometimes, these moments show you the people that don’t meet your needs or expectations. And sometimes, these moments show you the people that hold the qualities you value most.
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Adventure can take you to some pretty crazy places. Crazy big, crazy beautiful, crazy far from home.
Our latest adventure has brought us to Kansas. Now, you might be thinking…. How is Kansas an adventurous spot?
It’s true, there may not be a ton of typical adventurous things to do. The adventure that drew Brandon and I here is prepping for the adventures that come out of financial freedom and the eager wish to start a family in the next couple of years.
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My nieces and nephews have been in our family for almost half of my life. I can’t really even remember my life before my nieces and nephews. They bring so much joy in their goofy little stories. I would always volunteer to go pick them up from their daycare room because I couldn’t wait to see their giant smiles when they saw me at the door or gate. Nieces and nephews give some of the best hugs (it’s a known fact) and the best snuggles (my oldest nephew is a prime example of this.)
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Today’s friday favorite is a picture from while Brandon and I were dating. This was right after we were reunited after I was gone for a week in Florida with Cru for Big Break.
It was a tough week being away from each other but we learned a lot during that time and it was so sweet to be able to come back together after a week!
I chose this picture because it shows our goofiness while also showing my pure delight of being back with my love ❤
Alright, so the title is a little misleading……
After moving from California to Kansas and not having secured a job yet, I had a lot of time on my hands to find things to keep me busy.
There is something about being around my mother-in-law Kim that just makes me want to be a good cook! Kim has taught me a lot about cooking and shared family recipes with me. I love the time we spend together in the kitchen, putting together a family recipe or trying something new to both of us.
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Happy Friday everyone!
I would like to start a post called “Friday Favorites” where, each week, I share something that is a favorite of mine and/or Brandon’s.– a picture, a place, a song, a book, a movie etc.
Today’s Friday favorite is “When You Walk Into the Room” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt. We discovered this song just before our wedding and loved it so much that we had it play during communion at our wedding.
It has become somewhat of a life anthem for us…. “We love you/ we’ll never stop/ We can’t live without you, Jesus / We love you/ and we can’t get enough/ all this is for you Jesus./
We are the people that we are because of Jesus. And it was so special to us to be able to proclaim it at our wedding in such a beautiful way.
If you haven’t heard it before, give it a listen 🙂