Watching Favorite Movies

One of my favorite movies is Pride & Prejudice. I love both BBC’s mini series version that I grew up on as well as the Kiera Knightley version that came out while I was in college. Christopher has seen the latter with me, but never the full six hours of BBC’s version. We finally had enough time over these 30 days to make that happen! {Oh, and I should add, I also love the Lizzie Bennett Diaries on Youtube. So good!}

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He wanted to see it because it’s something I love. And because he feels like it will help bring a little culture into his life. However, he didn’t expect to really enjoy it. But, you guys, he did enjoy it. I couldn’t believe it. He loved the wit and dialogue and it just filled me up with so much happiness to have him like something I enjoy so much. It’s kind of like the first time we saw Les Miserables live and he enjoyed it. Ah, sweet joy. :)

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Since he enjoyed it, we decided to broaden his horizons even further by seeing Gone With the Wind together at the Orpheum. At nearly 4 hours long I was a little apprehensive to see how he’d enjoy it (we watched P&P, two hours a day over three days so it was broken up into “normal movie length”). But again, he surprised me (and himself) by really enjoying it.

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So now we’re working on a list of movies I loved growing up that he really needs to see. A lot of them he’s seen already (like Singing in the Rain, Calamity Jane, and Miracle on 34th Street). But there are so many others that he still hasn’t seen just because I didn’t think he’d enjoy them very much (or because they are long and/or musicals).

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Next up on the list is Little Women and then My Fair Lady, but I’m not sure which one to choose after that. I love so many movies featuring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Doris Day, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Grace Kelly, Maureen O’Hara, Fred Astaire, and even a little John Wayne thanks to my dad’s influence. So so many options!

And of course now he’s working on a list for me. I’m curious to see what favorite movies he pulls out from his childhood/teen years. :)

What are your favorite classic movies?

Have you shared a favorite movie with someone and been delighted when they enjoyed it?
I know Christopher won’t enjoy all these older movies, but I’m excited to see which ones he does like!

Love Rach

Traveling back to 1576

We went to a Renaissance Faire last weekend. It was so cool! Well… “cool” as in “a neat experience”… not as in the weather. It was hoooot out. Especially without shade when we watched the joust. They stamped our hands so we could come and go all day so we left midday to go hang out in the air conditioning of a nearby Starbucks. Because we’re wimps. And clearly would not have survived the olden days. ;)

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But back to the Faire! You guys, it was so interesting! If you’ve ever been to a Medieval Times sort of thing, it’s very similar. Except that it’s all day long and you get to walk around and see all the different things. Story tellers, a court jester, musicians, a guy in the stocks who you could throw tomatoes at (he was so sassy and kept insulting the people throwing tomatoes at him – it was pretty hilarious), archery, sword fighting, dancing, lots of craftsman shops, etc. It was really neat to walk through! And the people watching was fabulous.

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They had several people who were playing specific characters who walked about all during the day. Like Queen Elizabeth I and her guards. But there were also just lots of people attending the faire who came in costume. Some of the costumes were really impressive! There were faeries, pirates, and lots of people in Elizabethan era clothing. We didn’t dress up, but Christopher did say at one point that if he had gone to this as a teenager, he totally would’ve dressed up in a costume that he had (from a Medieval themed wedding he was in as a teen). And I’m pretty sure that if I went as a teenager I would’ve gone in at least a flower crown. Now we’re old and no fun. ;) Who knows, maybe we’ll go again next year and dress up as pirates! I’m pretty sure we still have pirate costumes from some college party we attended. :)

the joust

The joust was our favorite part of the day. It was so cool to see! We’d been to Medieval Times before (we went in Orlando on our anniversary) so we’ve seen a joust, but it’s still so cool! Those horses are so well trained. And those poor knights in all those layers of clothes. Yikes! I was hot so I can’t imagine how hot they were! But you’d never know it from their performance. It was excellent! :)

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And of course we came home and watched A Knight’s Tale. Christopher suggested it on the way home and it was the perfect end to the day! I loved that movie when I was in high school and I had forgotten just how funny it was. I’d also forgotten that I can quote the whole movie. Christopher kept laughing at me when I started quoting entire scenes without realizing it, but he absolutely lost it when I pulled out my bass voice and said “Yuuuuuah!” to quote along side Roland after one of Chaucer’s speeches. Apparently my “man voice” is hysterical.


(for reference in case you’re curious about which part I’m referring to)

Have you been to a Renaissance Faire before? 

Do you find yourself quoting along with favorite movies? I really do contain myself when anyone other than Christopher or family are around because I know it really annoys some people. Thankfully my family and Christopher don’t mind it because they are often quoting along to their favorite parts, too. :)
Love Rach

Day 23 Check In

So I had great intentions of blogging about all the fun things we’re doing during our 30 days. And I have a little. I shared about going to Gracelandour trip to the DR, our Italy Memories Night, and going to the Civil Rights Museum & down to the arts district. But that’s all I’ve shared on the blog. And on Instagram I shared a picture from a bookstore date night, a family walksome thrift store shopping, and a snapshot from the Renaissance Faire. I’ve also put up a couple of pictures of some of the food we’re making, but there is just so much more that I haven’t managed to share yet. I plan to share all the recipes we really enjoyed in individual posts, but so much of the fun stuff we’ve been doing can easily be shared in list form. Soooo… here ya go!

Other Fun Things We’ve Been Up To:

-Bowling (cosmic bowling of course. With the black lights and disco ball)

-Lots of family walks

-Hitting up the gym together

-Lazy nights in watching sitcom reruns with take out Chinese

-Played Wii Mario Kart (we haven’t played this in years and Christopher is still crazy good at it. He’s weirdly incredible with hand-eye coordination)

-Watched a couple of really great movies (a whole blog post coming on this!)

-Downtown to the Orpheum to see Gone With the Wind on the big screen

-Thrift Store Shopping

-Renaissance Faire (a whole blog post coming on this very soon!)

-Too many trips to frozen yogurt (Menchies is our fav because they have great sugar free flavors for me!)

-Board Games & Coloring in coloring books (because the child in us loves it)

Serious Talks

We’ve also spent a lot of time talking about future plans (home renovation, career things, volunteer work, etc). I’ll be honest, I thought I knew “for sure” which things I really wanted to do. But after this time of prayer and more discussion, I’m finding that I’m not as sure. And that’s probably good for me, ha! I’ll share more on this as we make decisions.

Spiritual Life

We also started a new daily devotional during these 30 days, but we just couldn’t take the cheesiness of it (it was a daily devotional to help build marriages and really took a lot of scriptures out of context) and quit it last week. So we’ve switched to reading through the book of James for the rest of this week since that’s what we’re studying at church. After that we’re switching to the SheReadsTruth & HeReadsTruth app/website to study the book of Daniel. I love studying scripture with Christopher and being challenged by God’s word. And I especially love that we have plenty of time every night to do this instead of trying to cram it in after we get home from wherever we’ve been before we crash in bed. :)

Travel Coming Up

This week we leave for NYC and we are super excited about it! We are also a little sad that our 30 days is coming to a close, but this trip will be the perfect way to end it! We’re just hoping that we both manage to stay healthy on this trip, ha!

So all in all, the 30 days has been AWESOME! A few more blog posts on the fun things we’ve been doing are coming soon! And plenty of delicious recipes will be up on the blog soon. :)

Have you played the Wii lately? It is sooo 2007-2009. ;) But we still have our Wii. I’m glad we brought it out last night. We had fun!

Do you have a favorite frozen yogurt shop?

Any recommendations for a good daily devotional or Bible study? Most of the really great ones I’ve seen have been geared toward women. Which is great for me, but we like to study together sometimes, too.

Love Rach

This is We

Last week we went to the National Civil Rights Museum here in Memphis. If you ever get the opportunity to go, you need to go. It’s incredibly moving. No surprise, I cried as we walked through it. I cannot understand hate and divisiveness. I never have. But they weren’t just tears of sorrow over the suffering of a people from long ago, but also tears for the people who still face racism every day. And tears shed because I was so moved by all the people who stood up and made a difference.

I love this city where I live, but I’m not going to pretend that there isn’t still racial tension here. But there is a lot of good here as well. Last night we walked down Broad Ave in the arts district. And we saw the melting pot. People of different races and socio-economic statuses chatting together. Looking at art, listening to music, and sharing food. Art, music, and food seem to bring people together and I love that Memphis is so rich in these.

We aren’t all the same here in Memphis. There’s a collision of cultures and backgrounds represented here. To be 100% honest, ever since Bethany and her family moved away, my closest friends here in Memphis are all white. But I love that every week I get to chat with people who are African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and some sweet ladies from the middle East. And that’s just by going to the gym, church, dropping the kids off at school, and going to our favorite restaurants within a couple of miles of our house. I love living in a place that is so influenced by so many different people and cultures. Which is why I loved the art on Broad Ave last night.

this is we muralThis is me. This is you. This is we.
We are Memphis.

Have you been to a Civil Rights Museum? 
Does your city have an arts district? 

Love Rach

Pizza on the Grill

Thank you guys so much for your sweet words, encouragement, and prayers after yesterday’s post. I am so thankful for the support of this blogging community.

We are officially a little past halfway through our 30 days. It is going way too fast, but it has been absolutely fabulous. Last night we had an Italy Memories night which included reading back through our travel journal, speaking in as much Italian as we remembered, making our favorite homemade bruschetta & bolognese, and reliving our favorite moments from our trip. :)

One thing that has been really nice about these 30 days (other than all the time together!) has been that we have been able to cook at home more since we aren’t out running around every night from place to place. Which means I’ve finally been able to make some of the recipes I’ve pinned on Pinterest over the years! I’ve been wanting to try pizza on the grill for ages and we finally got around to it this past weekend. :)

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We used artisan pizza dough and our favorite pizza sauce and used SeriousEats’ method of grilling pizza. It was so simple! The longest part was definitely just waiting for the grill to heat up.

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I liked the pizza just as much as I normally like pizza, but Christopher raved about it. He loved the smokey flavor that the charcoal provided and keeps telling me that we need to make it this way every Friday now, ha! I don’t know that we’ll do it every week, but it will definitely go in the rotation of favorite pizzas. :)

Have you tried making pizza on the grill? 
Have you had spent an evening reliving a favorite trip?
Love Rach

What do you say in moments like these?

It was a hard weekend, friends.

I nearly posted this yesterday, but decided I needed a day to just breathe and think about happy things, like the day we began our marriage. But now I’m ready to tackle the feelings and try to put them into words.

I spent Friday night with one of my teen girls in the ICU. The family hasn’t been very public with the details so I’ll remain vague here, but this precious family just lost their 25-year-old daughter and sister. If there is something to be said in times like those, I don’t know what it is. Instead I was a shoulder to cry on and a hand to hold. I dropped that sweet teen girl of mine off with her aunt around midnight and came home and poured my heart out to Christopher. We grieved and prayed together for this family. We crashed late that night.

Saturday afternoon as I was fielding texts and calls from my other teen girls about the situation I got another heart wrenching text. One of my best friends had gone in for a routine 16 week ultrasound and there was no heartbeat. I hate how often I have heard this story in the past 5 years since all my friends started having kids. She was induced and delivered her son that night. My heart just felt like it had shattered. I cannot image what she and her husband are going through right now. And again, I find myself without words. What do you say in moments like these?

Sunday morning I met my friends’ new foster baby. I looked at her perfect face and saw all the innocence there. I breathed deeply and prayed for this tiny preemie baby whose future is so uncertain. There is so much brokenness and pain in this world and it tugs on my heart strings to think of all the possible futures this baby might face.

rach and little miss

So yes, it has been an emotional weekend. My prayers are spread out. I feel so helpless to comfort and help people who I love so much. But I hold close to the truth I know: the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and He saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

If you would, say a prayer for these sweet souls who are in the midst of grief right now.
Love Rach

Our Wedding Video

I meant to share this video last week, but I was a little preoccupied with food poisoning, ha! Anyway,  I know some of you have probably seen this on Facebook already, but if you haven’t yet… here it is. A shortened version of our wedding video. :)

Oh, what a precious day this was! Such a beautiful beginning to our marriage. I am so thankful for every day that I get to spend with this man. Happy 7 years of marriage to us. :)
Love Rach