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Welcoming Weekend – grateful heart


This past weekend was a great one. One that we haven’t had in a little while.

Last week was one of my sweet friend’s bachelorette party. And our group likes to celebrate in style. It’s a pity that I’m not there for most of these celebrations (as a matter of fact, Brian and I had to come back to the US a couple of weeks before one of my friend’s wedding..). It’s such a bummer.

But it fills my heart with joy and gratitude that they still know how to include me in the celebration. Not only did I help on the design of the shirts, and helping decide on which props to bring, they surprised me by printing out my photo and taking me with them! How amazing are they?

They are like sisters to me, and I only have tons of love for each one of them. :)


Saturday night after getting home from work I was feeling a bit inspired so I whipped up some Betty Crocker Chicken Marsalla for the hubs and I. The chicken was heavenly! I thought the hubs would be home sooner, but it turns out he was stuck at work, so by the time we could eat the pasta had dried up significantly.. which was a bummer. Anyone has any tips on how to keep it nice and moist? I’d love to know!chicken_marsalla

Sunday we were able to go to the church we’ve been eyeing for a few weeks now. It was so beautiful, and big too! If it weren’t for the amazing people there, we’d definitely be opening random doors until we found the right one.

The church is tucked away in this amazing lot. They have a winter garden, as well as a vegetable garden. They are so very connected with the community and have tons of opportunities for giving back.

We were surprised how most of the people there seemed to be older – and they were! Most of them had been going to that church for over 20+ years. We were the youngest couple there! They were so very welcoming, and friendly, and just nice.

It’s a tight knit community too, they could tell right away that we were new to the church and everyone came to welcome us. It definitely felt different that his parents’ church, where there are quite a bit of younger couples, but it felt right to be there.

The welcoming nature of their church reminded me of a Matthew verse I read a couple weeks ago.


But that was our weekend. We had an amazing time yesterday too. Seeing my nieces and nephew always put a smile on my face. And every day that passes brings me closer to meeting my newest niece, who’s about to join us in less than 2 weeks! Yikes!

I also scored some jewels at a consignment store – yay for J Crew work pants and a Calvin Klein dress! and stopped at Barnes and Nobles for some inspirational books.

I’ll talk more about it once I’ve read some more. It’s a 365 devotional book called Savour. So far I’m loving it, and it’s hard to refrain from reading it all at once!

How was your weekend?

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

Author: Andrea T

Happily married to the sweetest guy, mother to a furry kitten, lover of all things shiny and sparkly. Quirky, girly and passionate about illustration and design.

11 thoughts on “Welcoming Weekend – grateful heart

  1. Sounds like a great weekend! Good friends are the best! Hope the rest of your week is awesome!


  2. A perfect weekend! Your girl friends are so sweet to carry a picture of you to their festivities – my group of girl friends will do that too, when someone can’t be there. So sweet!


  3. What a great weekend!


  4. If you put a little bit of Olive Oil in the pasta, it should stay pretty moist! I usually just keep it in the water until I’m ready to eat it — that’s probably not what Julia Child would tell you to do, but it works for me! :)

    Looks like you had a great weekend! I’ve really wanted to read the devotional Savor! I may have to splurge this weekend and purchase it.



    • Oh, I never though of keeping it in the water.. I always thought that could make it too soft.. but that definitely makes me want to give it a try!

      The book is so far amazing. It’s wonderful to take a few minutes of your day to connect with God and unwind, and be thankful. You should definitely splurge!


  5. Great weekend! If you leave a little of the water the pasta was boiled in, as opposed to draining it all out, and add a dash of oil, too, the pasta should keep from drying out so much.
    p.s. Your blog is really pretty :)


  6. Looks like a fun weekend! Such good friends to bring your head along!


  7. Deinha lindaaaa.. fez mt falta! Mt saudades. Love you


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