Hello Again!

Let's just dive right in.

Hi, friends! How are you? I hope you'll leave me a comment and let me know. I've so truly missed keeping up with your lives and your stories. It will be so good to talk to you again - more than a month after my last post!! How did that happen? It wasn't intentional - this time away from blogging - but a break that came because life got busy. And that's the way it should be, right? But I've missed this - the writing, the sharing, you. Especially you! Honestly, I've been a little bit lonely without this space. (And a huge thanks for reaching out to me while I was away - the emails made me feel so loved!)

So go ahead and pull up a chair. Grab some coffee, or wine. (I think it's acceptable to drink wine before lunch if you splash a little Sierra mist in there, right? If the answer is no please just don't tell me.) Anyways, settle in. Let's get caught up.

*I should note that I'm writing this post on my iPad, as we have no internet at the house yet. Therefore if the formatting is wonky or the pictures out of line, I'm sorry!!

Now I couldn't begin to "recap" everything that's happened this month, so I'm going to dive in with the current highlights. :)

For starters, we moved! Last month Thomas, Nellie, and I packed up our yellow townhouse in downtown Blacksburg and moved out of the hustle. We stayed in Montgomery County, but now instead of sirens we hear birds each morning and rather than construction on the next block there are cows. We consider ourselves so, so lucky to have found our new home - a white cottage (farmhouse? what's the difference?) in the tiniest town you can imagine. There's a big, fenced in back yard. There are wood floors and so many windows that I'm having a hard time deciding on curtains. I took several "before" pictures before all the bins and boxes were moved, and once we sort out the internet situation, I'll be posting those with plenty of "curtain a or curtain b??" questions. The yard is big, the house is small, and our excitement to spruce it up is enormous.

I applied to an online grad school program and got in! After deciding in February that we actually weren't going to move out of state for grad school, I felt immediate relief but also a small sense of disappointment. Like all the planning, prep, and excitement had maybe been for nothing. It wasn't until I had lunch with my best and dearest friend Emily, who is getting her masters degree online, that the lightbulb went off. I applied the next day, received my acceptance a few days later, and will be starting classes towards my degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in May! I'm especially excited about this program because it's an online/in-person mix, so I'll be traveling to take a week long condensed course every few months.

Because I'll be in school full time, I won't be nannying for the girls this summer like I had planned. Deciding to leave my current job was the hardest - because I love those girls with everything I am - but I eventually came to terms with the fact that nannying isn't my forever. And if I wanted to get started on this degree, I needed to just rip off the old and dive in to the new. (How's that for mixing metaphors?) My last day will be towards the end of this month and I have terribly mixed emotions about it.

And as most of you already know from our Instagram announcement, we're adopting!! I'll save all the details and thoughts on that topic for another post - but feel free to ask me any questions you want to! I've found that a general lack of information on the process can make people feel awkward or uncomfortable talking about it, but I hope that won't be the case here. :)

In other news, I've been...
Watching a lot of Revenge
Hired to shoot the home interiors for a second edition of an ebook
Crocheting an iPad case
Planning a beach vacation for the end of this month
Exploring downtown Richmond over this weekend
Getting ready for a weekend trip to DC (so much traveling!)
Filling out adoption paperwork
Playing with Nellie in the backyard
Making plans for the backyard - clothesline! garden! white light lanterns!
Taking care of T as he pulled his back on our last day of moving and couldn't walk for a week
Making an appointment to add a few piercings - first, my nose!
Getting my feet wet with a new church
Writing! So much personal writing, just for the fun of it
Keeping an eye out for volunteer spots
Shopping for a bike
Brainstorming a new project with my sister
Considering an Etsy shop

What about you?

Wishing you all a Monday full of love, and thanks for reading this marathon post!
Love, Eliza 


  1. So many exciting things! I love visiting Richmond. Hope you have a great week!

  2. Yay! So glad to hear from you! I'm so excited/happy for you! :)

  3. To answer your question: I'm hanging in there.

    Adopting!! OMG! YAY! I follow your instagram account religiously and somehow missed that announcement. Welcome back!

  4. Wow so much going on! So excited about your adoption!!! I have a friend who lives in Blacksburg who just adopted from a SW VA adoption agency... she blogged about her experience (@ highfieldfamily.blogspot.com) and if you ever want a friend to talk to about the whole process, I can totally hook you guys up! She is a really awesome lady.

    So excited for you and all of these upcoming BIG things. Congrats on getting into grad school!! Also, I can't wait to see more pictures of your new home :)

  5. I'm busy with my paper these days and haven't had a vacation for a long time.