Visiting Venice: Day 1

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Today you’re off to Venice. Get excited! Wait. Not yet. First you have to get to Chicago. And then Toronto, dontchaknow. Add in a brief stop for Fruhstuck (thanks 4 years of German class) in Frankfurt and you’ve made it. But you’ll get there eventually. And you’ll be pleasantly surprised by both the quality (very good) […]

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Oh hello there!

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Should we try this again? You know that whole I actually login and write stuff down about what’s going on in our crazy life and you occasionally read it, offer color commentary or just secretly binge read a month’s worth of posts like I do with oh so many bloggers? Truth is its hard to […]

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on girlfriends…

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Sitting 30 days out from our wedding day (no hives yet), I was browsing through the photos one of my girlfriends sent to me yesterday from the festivities and I realized something. People should really get married more often. I mean when else do you get a chance to spend time with all of your girlfriends from your […]

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For the love of bridal mags

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One of the perks of being newly engaged is receiving a plethora of bridal magazines to kick off your planning process. Oh sure there is that whole formal establishment of your life partner and all but you and I both know that all anyone cares about are the details. And they seem to take serious concern […]

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5 years later

It’s not often that I use the blog as a platform for love and mushiness but with our big announcement last week, I figured this was as good a time as any. 5 years ago today I went on a date with my best friend’s brother’s best friend from college. We watched the Illini get their […]

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Prayer and Gratitude

I wanted to come back from my blog vacation and share with you the beautiful wedding of Claire and Ian, complete with a breathtaking view of the 18th hole at Torrey Pines, La Jolla sunsets and the chatter of friends and family. Or the unique ways that Austin gets into your soul and makes you […]

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Vacation Recap: full heart, tired body

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My body is tired. My heart is full. I may or may not be reconsidering having children of my own someday. These are just a few of my symptoms after a weekend spent with my family to the (slight) northwest. It was a Murphy/Gleason weekend and it was lovely. Give me a weekend filled with […]

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