Enduring All Things: March 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

Why I Still Send Hand-Written Thank You Notes

Ah Snail Mail. Don't you just love snail mail? I can remember a time when we always got a lot of boring letters in our mailbox (that weren't junk mail) and we would actually get so excited when we got an email. Or a text message. Or an instant message. Do you remember that? Like OMGsh somebody wrote on my MySpace wall! (Was it called a wall?).

I saw a meme recently about this. I found the meme again but I can't find where it originally came from. But anyway, the top pane is 10 years ago and the guy has his arms full of letters and says "Sigh... Letters" but then he's at his computer which says "Ding! You've got mail!" and he's jumping up and down. Then the bottom pane is today and he's sitting at his computer with a meh face and 220 Unread Emails and then he's holding a letter and jumping for joy saying "OMGsh! A letter!"

I think you get the picture.
Snail Mail and hand written letters are almost extinct these days. It's so much more convenient to send an email or text. But I believe there is still a lot of value in hand written thank you notes. They mean so much more and they're fun to write. Especially when you have super cute cards from The Invite Lady!
Sending someone a letter in the mail is old school. It's out of style. Nobody does that anymore, right? And I mean, why would we? You have to have stationery or at least paper, envelopes, and stamps. You have to write it with a pen or pencil (do you remember what those are?) or print it out, stuff the letter in the envelope, find a stamp to go on it, and walk to the mail box. Then it takes a minimum of three days to get to the destination.

OR you could just type up an email or text right on your computer or phone and click send. The recipient gets it instantaneously and can text you right back! I get it! It's so much more convenient!
Snail Mail and hand written letters are almost extinct these days. It's so much more convenient to send an email or text. But I believe there is still a lot of value in hand written thank you notes. They mean so much more and they're fun to write. Especially when you have super cute cards from The Invite Lady!
But to me, that's just it. Snail Mail takes more time and effort. It means more. I've always been the kind of person for whom effort means a lot more than the final product, you know? Like if Pearson gave me a single rose once per month for a year, I would love it so much more than if he gave me a dozen roses at one time. He thinks that's super inefficient, but it just means he thought about me and put the effort in 12 times instead of just once.

So I don't write hand-written letters for just anybody and all the time like I do with texts and emails. But I love to do it for something special.

And I should say here again that I totally understand that it's easier and usually just makes more sense to send a text instead. The internet and technology have made life so much easier and I certainly respect that. So please don't read this and think I resent you for not sending me snail mail or anything like that. That's not what I mean by this at all.
Snail Mail and hand written letters are almost extinct these days. It's so much more convenient to send an email or text. But I believe there is still a lot of value in hand written thank you notes. They mean so much more and they're fun to write. Especially when you have super cute cards from The Invite Lady!
Another reason I still write them is because I'm good at it. And I don't admit that I'm good at very much in life. For some reason I've always been good at encouraging people through written words. This also goes for emails, social media, and texts. I mean, it makes sense because I'm a blogger. I write a lot and I like to write. But there's something about specifically writing to one person, expressing my thanks and gratitude or expressing my condolences and encouragement.

You know how we talk about gifts people have in The Church? Like we're all different and we all have different gifts and talents that we use to further God's Kingdom here on Earth. Some people are good at preaching or teaching. Some people are good with children. Some people are organized and good at planning events. The list could go on. I've always said I'm an encourager. And it's certainly important to encourage people in person which is something I'm working on. But I'm good at and really enjoy encouraging through written words.

Ok anyway, enough of my rambling. You know, I still think even if you don't consider yourself good with words, writing notes and thank you cards is important. It's not that hard. All you have to write is "Thank you for the [whatever it was]. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and I value our friendship!" Then lick the envelope, slap on a stamp, and put it in the mail box.

Oh but first you have to get some really cute stationery. For me, this makes all the difference! The cuter the "Thank You" cards are, the more they make me want to use them! Some of the cutest I've seen come from The Invite Lady.

*She gave me a couple different designs of my choice in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
Snail Mail and hand written letters are almost extinct these days. It's so much more convenient to send an email or text. But I believe there is still a lot of value in hand written thank you notes. They mean so much more and they're fun to write. Especially when you have super cute cards from The Invite Lady!
Y'all, The Invite Lady has a ton of cute designs to choose from. She does invitations and thank you cards for kids parties, baby showers, bridal showers, and really any party you could think of. Plus, there is a lot of personalized stationary and neutral, adorable, greeting cards, thank you cards and even recipe cards! I had the hardest time picking out designs I wanted. Even a lot of the thank you notes that were meant for baby showers and such were cute possibilities!

Do you still send snail mail? Do you still like to receive snail mail?
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A Slight Change in Niche

Hello you beautiful readers! I've been doing a lot of thinking in the last few weeks. Lots of pondering and brainstorming about this here blog. And I've decided that I'm going to broaden my niche a little.
I've always tried to make this blog about marriage. And don't get me wrong, I love my marriage and I love marriage in general. And I'm still super passionate about helping people work on their marriage. In fact, for now I'm even going to keep the tagline "Build a marriage that will endure anything that comes your way."

But there are so many other things I want to write about as well. And maybe I won't actually share those other things so much here on the blog, but certainly on social media. If you follow me on Instagram especially, you've probably already seen this change. (Particularly in my stories and highlights). I've even already changed my title to "Lifestyle & Marriage Blogger" over there.

So anyway, from now on, I'm allowing myself to post about things besides marriage. Though, if I'm being honest, I can probably relate everything I write back to marriage. Anyway, some of the other things you'll see here (and on social media) include my faith, Pip, progress on our keto diet, our adventures in the Pacific North West, my nerdy obsessions (Disney, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Musicals etc), some beauty and fashion, and whatever else I feel like posting!

Really, this won't change much from what I've been posting since I started this blog. The only difference is now I'm owning it. I'm no longer calling this a "marriage blog," but rather a "lifestyle & marriage blog." Basically, I won't feel guilty about posting anything that doesn't have to do with marriage!

So nothing official is changing. By that I mean, the name and tagline will be the same. I'm not even changing the about page. I'm just changing my mindset about the blog and wanted to let you guys know!

So, as always, thanks for reading! I'm really thankful for you readers for sticking with me and always coming back!

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Friday, March 23, 2018

13 FREE Easter/Spring Printables

So a few months ago, I rounded up 13 FREE Halloween Printables for you guys. Halloween is my favorite holiday and there was a Friday the 13th in October! So I had to celebrate somehow. Anyway, now it's a couple Fridays before Easter and I thought I'd round up 13 FREE Easter Printables.
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!
No Easter is not my favorite holiday. In fact, it's not even top three. But, I have to admit, the decorations, colors, and traditions that go along with Easter and spring in general are some of the cutest. I keep seeing wonderful free printables everywhere so I thought why not share them with you guys!

And, in a similar fashion to the Halloween post, most of these come from The Dating Divas. But not all of them do this time. Enjoy! (Also, since these are all free, I'm NOT getting any kind of affiliate commissions.)
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

ONE || 40 Printable Easter Egg Hunt Clues

I have never thought to use clues for an Easter Egg Hunt making it more like a scavenger hunt. Have you? Am I weird in that? We always just searched for eggs in the yard. But I LOVE the idea! These are some of the cutest printable clues and they're split up into indoor and outdoor categories as well as big and little kids categories. The clues are so clever like "I’m full of paper and ink, but I am not a book like you might think. (printer)"
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

TWO || Easter Egg Hubby Hunt

Here is another Easter scavenger hunt, but this one is for your hubby! I'm telling you, The Dating Divas always come up with the cutest printables for any occasion, and these clues are no exception. I'm pretty sure I'm going to use these on Easter this year to make the holiday a little special.
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

THREE || Easter Egg Hunt Game

The Dating Divas have another idea to make Easter egg hunts a little more exciting. With this game, all the eggs have a number inside and after they've all been found, everybody opens the eggs and counts up their points. The point values are random and somebody will be lucky enough to have the most points and win the grand prize! I love that this can be played with all ages so have a few couples over for a group date, play it as a family, or gather your kids' friends for a competitive play date!
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

FOUR || Printable Easter Bingo Game for Kids

Is this not the cutest bingo card you've ever seen? I think any kid would love playing this game. The printable includes 8 different bingo cards as well as little cards that someone draws from a pile and calls out during the game. Too cute!
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

FIVE || Some Bunny Loves You Easter Surprise

I love that The Dating Divas have created this as a care package printable pack so that it can really be sent to anybody all over the world! As the name suggests, it would be perfect for your spouse at home, but it would also be a fun surprise for anybody that you love all over the globe! I'm thinking I might send an Easter care package to my parents and my in-laws since we haven't been able to spend Easter with them since we got married all those years ago.
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

SIX || Spring Subway Art

I don't know about you, but one of my new favorite ways to decorate my home is with cute, simple printables. Especially subway art. I've got a couple nice 8x10 picture frames and I rotate prints through the seasons. This one is currently on my mantle (I just didn't have time to photograph it for this post).
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

SEVEN || Intimate Easter Basket

And it wouldn't be a real holiday if The Dating Divas didn't come up with something special for couples to enjoy! This printable includes gift tags and coupons. Plus the post has some great ideas for other goodies to include in the basket! Hint: Think chocolate body paint! What?!
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

EIGHT || Printable Hop, Hop Easter Decor

This adorable pack includes a "HOP" banner in several colors, full sheet stripe patterns, and plenty of other adorable goodies for an Easter party! (Or just to leave up all season, in my opinion)
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

NINE || Easter Cookie Kit

It also wouldn't be a real holiday if The Divas didn't incorporate cookie baking somehow, am I right? But I'm certainly not complaining! This kit is great for families! You'll all be working together to assemble some delicious Easter treats and you can even make a game out of it. Plus the banner is a precious added bonus!
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

TEN || Dance in the Rain Free Spring Printable

Ok is this print not the cutest! I can't believe it's free. And it's perfect for our new home in the PNW. I may keep it up all winter for a little colorful happiness in the dreary, rainy months.
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

ELEVEN || Easter Egg Bedroom Notes

Another cute printable from The Dating Divas for your marriage! Some of these are innocent and some suggest a little something more. They're a great (and cheesy) way to make Easter fun for the two of you.
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

TWELVE || Let's Go Fly a Kite Free Spring Printable

If you love Mary Poppins like I do, you know exactly where this phrase comes from. It's spring time in London and it's time for Mary Poppins to leave the Banks family. She's done her job and now the children will go out and fly a kite with their cheerful father who sings this song! I love this scene and I love this print!
Easter is one of the most colorful holidays. All the printables you'll find all over the internet are just to die for at this time of year. I've round up 13 of my favorite FREE Easter and Spring printables all in one place. There are ideas here for games, Easter Baskets, and Egg Hunts for both adults and children. Plus some of the cutest printable decor you ever saw!

THIRTEEN || Easter Photo Booth Printables

I always love some good photo booth props. They make any party or get together fun and guarantee you'll have great photos to remember the event. So maybe get some other couples together for a silly Easter group date or invite some kiddos for an Easter party and pull out these props!

So you see? Easter really is a great holiday and the printables are adorable!
What's your favorite holiday?

Do you have any free Easter printables? Post a link in the comments!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dear Portland

Dear Portland,

I love you!

You've welcomed us with open arms.

We've already made several friends and I can't wait for those friendships to grow even more.

We've been on a couple different hikes even though it's been winter and the weather's been iffy (more on that later).

(These pics below are from the Tillamook State Forest on Sunday)
We've dined at some wonderful places, tried some amazing food and drinks, and experienced a small sampling of the "weirdness" of Portland. I think the 90's really are alive here and I think you cater to millennials really well, just like everyone assumes (just not as dramatically as everyone assumes).

I love that we actually live in Hillsboro which is so far out from Portland that we don't get a lot of the weirdness and it just feels like a more hip and modern version of the places we've lived in the past.

I love that everybody walks here. Or rides a bike.

I love that it's so dog friendly here. There are dogs everywhere. Our apartment complex will pay us to adopt from a shelter. Our apartment complex has a dog park and there are two more public ones within walking distance. Most places of business near us allow dogs inside.

I love that everybody goes hiking and trail walking and other outdoor stuff.

I love that there are so many awesome places to do that kind of thing close by. And there are mountains, forests, and the coast all really close! It's gorgeous here!

And I love that it's popular to wear athletic clothing all the time. I don't feel so bad when I do it now.

And I love that it's only snowed once since we got here.

And I love that this winter has supposedly been more mild than usual when it comes to rain.

(The below pics are from Silver Falls State Park about a month ago)
BUT...

Portland, I have a bone to pick with you.

It's supposed to be spring today. And yes, some would argue that your 40° - 60° weather IS spring. But when it's 35° in the morning when I walk Pip, I'm not a happy camper. I think you spoiled me with your 70° a few weeks ago. You little, tease!!

And what's more... It's supposed to snow here this week. WHAT? You're supposed to have mild weather. You're not supposed to get snow in March!

*Yes I know this is the case everywhere, not just Portland. And I know I'm asking for a lot on the first day of spring. But I just wanted to rant.

Does it feel like spring yet where you are?
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Friday, March 16, 2018

What I'm Reading {March 2018}

Well guys, here we are. Another month, another What I'm Reading post. And once again, I only finished one book. And I actually finished that one book in February. Anyway, let's move on to that one review, shall we?

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

As I said in my last book post, it took me forever to read the first Cormoran Strike book. But I read this one in about 1.5 weeks. And that's good for me!

I'm not gonna lie, these aren't the greatest murder mystery novels. I mean this one kept my attention pretty well, but at times it just seemed too long. There was just too much. Does that make sense? Like JKR is trying too hard to cram a bunch of stuff into one book. It was hard to keep all characters, suspects, and conversations straight.

I didn't guess the ending even though I tried and tried to guess the craziest possibility. It was pretty surprising and of course made perfect sense after it was revealed.

Overall, this one was better than the last, but I think that might just be because I was dying to know who could have done such a crazy, violent murder! Yes, all murders are violent, but you'll see what I mean if you read it. It was gruesome.

I am currently still reading the third book in the series, Career of Evil. And I hope to finish that one before the next What I'm Reading post as well as, Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure and maybe a couple others.

What have you read this month? Let me know in the comments!
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