Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dirty White Socks

My husband owns so many white socks. Sooooo many. I'm not kidding. He has two dresser drawers dedicated to them, and they are overflowing, and that is not counting when every single pair is clean (because they never are all clean because he somehow manages to have just as many dirty white socks as he does clean ones. It seriously is a mystery I don't think I will ever be able to solve.). Now before you think this a blog post written just to complain about the number of socks my husband owns (although I really could go on about this for awhile...), let me get to the point here.

The other day I was doing our laundry (I didn't waste a second getting started on those housewife duties post-wedding), and per usual, as you can guess, it was sock time. An entire basket was filled with those infinite white socks. AN ENTIRE LAUNDRY BASKET!  I'll admit, I began to become slightly frustrated and agitated a) at the fact that someone even owns this many socks b) that this many socks were all dirty at the same time and c) that I was the lucky one given the task of finding each one's matching pair to return to their home inside the dresser drawer. Normally, I might find myself complaining about it to my husband, or silently cursing the 10+ minutes I was spending doing this chore when I could be doing something else, like writing a blog post about how much I hate white socks ;). Anyway, today I decided to take a different approach. One that actually made my afternoon a whole lot brighter and put an entirely different light on what it was that I was doing. I actually caught myself smiling and laughing out loud a few times. For every pair of socks that I matched, I thought of a reason I loved my husband. Seems silly, right? Well, it wasn't. It was fun, made me appreciate the fact that I even have a husband with so many socks to match for, and helped me to appreciate that sometimes in life even those annoying and bothersome everyday tasks you have to do can have a little positive meaning behind them ☺

Curious about my list? Here it is (and yes, there really were 24 pairs of socks for a 2 week period. I did the math- that's 1.7 socks a day. How does that even happen? At what point during the day does he decide he needs a new pair of socks? I don't think anyone will ever know. Since he's probably reading this-- I love you, boo ☺).

Sock Pair 1. He's funny.
Sock Pair 2. He's smart.
Sock Pair 3. He's loving.
Sock Pair 4. He's talented.
Sock Pair 5. He's super handsome.
Sock Pair 6. He's thoughtful.
Sock Pair 7. He works hard.
Sock Pair 8. He's passionate.
Sock Pair 9. He knows how to show me that he loves me.
Sock Pair 10. He's a great handyman.
Sock Pair 11. He has so many hobbies that he loves.
Sock Pair 12. He loves to travel with me.
Sock Pair 13. He loves spoiling me.
Sock Pair 14. He helps me out around the house (even if I have to ask him more than once ☺).
Sock Pair 15. He brings out the best in me.
Sock Pair 16. He strives for perfection in everything he does.
Sock Pair 17. He cares about other people.
Sock Pair 18. He is an excellent cook.
Sock Pair 19. He knows just how to make me feel better when I'm down or upset.
Sock Pair 20. He's a huge dork (in a loving way, of course).
Sock Pair 21. He loves his family and mine.
Sock Pair 22. He has the cutest smile.
Sock Pair 23. He makes me feel safe.
Sock Pair 24. He's my best friend.

There you have it. The moral of this post is: I hate white socks, but I love my husband ☺

J's face as I walked down the aisle... seriously though, I'm still melting 

PS. We leave for our honeymoon to Hawaii tomorrow!!! We are so excited and I can't wait to post all about it when we get home. Until then.... have a Merry Christmas & happy holidays everyone!

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann

Monday, December 15, 2014


Simplicity. For some reason, this word has been on my mind a lot this holiday season. After the hustle, bustle, and craziness leading up to getting married in October, there was a brief moment of calm following the wedding. Let me repeat that- brief moment of calm. It seems that life has this way of speeding up so fast that you never quite have time to catch up to it, and then as soon as you think it’s slowed down enough for you to breathe, it picks back up again, usually at an even faster rate. For me, it feels like this all year long, as I make my way through life’s ebbs and flows, but even moreso especially during the holidays. Christmas dinner #1. Christmas dinner #2. Buy presents. Work party. Annual friend’s ugly sweater party. Christmas concert. Christmas dinner #47. Buy more presents. Decorate the house. Order Christmas cards. Mail out Christmas cards. Bake cookies. Christmas dinner #52. Buy more presents. Wrap presents. Deliver presents. Christmas dinner #98. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

Now don’t get me wrong, I 100% enjoy doing everything I just listed, but man, even thinking about it all is exhausting. And I know I’m not the only one.

Jesus was born in a manger on a calm, quiet, starry night. A sweet, innocent baby entered into the world, surrounded by nothing else but piles of hay, docile animals, his parents, and love. Simplicity. You do remember that this is what this season is about, right? Because sometimes I forget. I’m sure we all do. How can we possibly bring a sense of peace and calm into our own lives during what is viewed as possibly the most hectic and overwhelming time of year? Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Take time out to sit in quiet thought or prayer. Be thankful that you even have the option of being overwhelmed by places to go, people to buy gifts for, and endless moments with family and friends. Give yourself a break. It’s impossible to be in five places at once, so spend time with the ones who mean the most to you, and politely remind the others that your family is who is most important to you during this time.

And most importantly, be joyful. Christmas is for us to celebrate the life of a man who was born to die to save us- the most incredible, selfless, loving act of all time. You do remember that this is what this season is about, right? Keep that in mind this holiday season- it truly is as simple as that.

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

First Blog Post, Post-Wedding

I'mmmmmmm baaaaack!!!!!! Hey everyone!! Due to various super awesome, fun, and exciting life events that recently happened (I may or may not have gotten married.....), my blog life was put on hold for the past few months. Now that Justin and I have started settling into married life, I decided to pick back up where I left off and get back to the wonderful world of writing and updating you on my thoughts, my life, and everything in between. As I said, the most exciting thing that has happened since I've been gone has been Justin and my wedding day. I spent the past couple hours updating our website, so to give my welcome back a big grand opening, head on over there to see what's new!

Glad to be back, until next time....

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann
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