Miscellany Monday & A Giveaway!

Aug 19, 2013


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This has just been a crazy last few days..

>>We spent all of last week preparing to put our house on the market. We cleaned our house top to bottom, moved things around, touched up things, staged it for potential buyers, and met with our realtor. When we finally got the official "go" we contacted her and set up a meeting to sign papers on Saturday morning. Michael came home from work Friday with news that we'd have to wait because everyone has to be in sync - his company, the relocation company, and our realtor. So until he gets official travel orders, we won't know if our realtor is a "preferred agent" of the relocation company. And we can't talk to the relocation company until Michael's company gives us those darn orders.

So it kind of feels like all that momentum and excitement and hard work hit a brick wall and my patience isn't very strong when it comes to things like this. So our next step is waiting to hear from Michael's new boss, be assigned a relocation consultant, find out if we can, in fact, work with the realtor we chose, and finally, put our house on the market. It's not like we only have six weeks to sell. Oh wait.....we only have six. weeks. to. sell. Not to mention find a place to live in Knoxville....

Breathe. In....and out.....in....

>>In spite of all of that, we've been trying to enjoy our time here as much as possible. It's the little things, you know? Like dinner on our back deck. The weather has been unbelievably cool the past few days and we took advantage of the fact that the humidity didn't hit us like a wall as we stepped outside. We originally had an outdoor loveseat, two chairs, and a table on our deck. We put all of that in a storage unit and put a small table with two chairs in their place in hopes to make the deck look bigger and more open. It's been fun to have space to lay a quilt and relax with our little guy and have some dinner.








>>A few weeks ago I signed up for the Cara Box Exchange with Kaitlyn from Wifessionals. I had such a fun time picking out the goodies to send to the blogger I got paired with, and I received the box from the blogger who got paired with me! It was so fun to get it in the mail and I can't wait to do a reveal post soon!

>>I've got good news (for me!) - our internet is back! No more blogging from my phone and going over our data usage (three times! oops!). I can't tell you how good it feels to use my computer. Silly, I know, but it's a huge relief here!

>>Not too long ago I was reading Carissa's blog and saw that she had a copy of Bread & Wine and couldn't put it down. I just had to see what it was all about and ordered myself a copy! It came a few days ago and now I see why she was raving over it.
Bread & Wine is a story/cook book written by Shauna Niquest. She has an absolutely beautiful way of sharing stories around recipes and conveying her love for the art of meal time. She writes eloquently and inspirationally about family, the dinner table, and how that all ties in to the true Bread & Body of Christ. And let's just talk about the cover- amazing! I hate to admit this, but I do sometimes judge a book by its cover and you can see why I was drawn to this one.




I've made it through much of the book and am absolutely in love. I'm a sentimental type of gal and the stories warm my heart and make me want to invite my family and friends over for a dinner party. I can't wait to finish it and start going to work on some of her recipes!

Remember when I was excited last week about reaching 100 followers? Well I wanted to celebrate by doing a giveaway! I'm super excited as this is my first giveaway ever on the blog - hopefully I'll have more to come! What's up for grabs? Your very own copy of Bread & Wine! Enter below for your chance to win!


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I'd love if you'd take the extra points opportunities and share this giveaway on your blog! Below is a button you can add to your blog post to share the giveaway! The giveaway is open for one week and I'll announce the winner next Monday! Good luck! 

Overwhelmed by Grace

19 comments:

  1. How frustrating! I hope you get those orders soon! Gosh, if you only have six weeks, then I only have six weeks, and I'd better get my act together!!

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  2. Oh, and my book recommendation is The Forgotten Garden :) I just read it last weekend and couldn't put it down!

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  3. You've (maybe?) seen a few book reviews for this on my blog, but I am loving anything by Kate Morton right now.

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  4. This book was amazing! I have been thinking of getting several people a copy!

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  5. Hi, thanks for the giveaway. fun to enter and the book looks like a great read. ;)

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    1. I'm glad you entered! :) It's a wonderful book! Good luck!

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  6. I've wanted to read that book for a while now. I hope I win it. ;-) I think a book I would recommend would be any by Jodi Piccoult.

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  7. The exchange sounds super fun. Can't wait to see what that's all about. Congrats on 100 followers! And god bless sprint.. Unlimited data :) haha

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  8. oooo Nothing I like better than new recipes to try. Thanks friend! Hope I win ;)

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  9. Yay for getting your internet back! Boo about the real estate agent deal. Don't worry: it's all going to work out, even if not on your timeline. Isn't this weather dreamy? But we've had a ton of rain, and that's stinky.

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  10. I'm so sorry about the frustration with putting your house on the market. But the good news is, you shouldn't have a problem selling your house in 6 weeks. My husband is a realtor and it is a seller's market. Your blog is beautiful, as well as your photography! I loved "Bread and Wine." I took it on my vacation and couldn't put it down. I think I was the only one around the pool highlighting in their book!

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  11. Love those cute little legs!!! ...that book sounds great!!

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    1. It is! If you're not the lucky winner I highly suggest going to get it! :)

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  13. i really hope things start to look better on the sale of your home. i can imagine how stressful it may be! dinners outside are always such a breath of fresh air. they are so much more enjoyable especially when the weather starts to cool!
    honestly i'm not good on recommendations since the last book i read was ages ago. but i have been wanting to read this one and Cold Tangerines.

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway!

    We relocated out of state and discovered that it was better for us to rent our house (thanks housing market!). We are currently living in a rented house and renting our property and hoping to sell our property in a few years. Do your best to be flexible! Hope all goes smoothly for you!

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway! Very excited to read this book (even if I don't win it I am going to purchase it)!

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to dig in and eat yummy.

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  17. Looks like a great book! I may even buy it if I don't win it :) As for a book recommendation: anything by Marisa de los Santos—looove her writing!

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