the newlywed life, love, & adventures of Charles & Megan Britt

  it’s a new year & it’s time for a new place to store our thoughts & life.
  (click the above link)

      happy 2011
-m- 

please, take a moment to read about this incredibly strong family and to pray for them during  this heartbreaking time; pray for Susan’s peace and comfort; pray for Jerel’s peace as well as his strength; pray for their three beautiful children: for their understanding, their peace, and their ability to wade through these next several days/weeks/months/years. pray for the community which has grown to know and love Susan; pray that those who know God will only strengthen their desire to know Him more through Susan’s story… pray for those who do not know Him to view Susan’s story as one that provides great Hope.  Pray for the extended families of both Jerel & Susan; pray for their community, those who they consider family. Pray the words of the song below. Pray.

"[Let them] sing a song of hope
Sing along
God of heaven come down
Heaven come down
Just [let them] know that You are near is enough 
God of heaven come down, heaven come down"

how is it already december 17th?!

my goodness, i canNOT believe that Christmas is NEXT WEEKEND.  I have SEVEN DAYS to finish about 200 things! it definitely came quickly this year; wasn’t it july last week?  were we not in costa rica just a few days ago? the older i get, the faster time flies. it’s actually a bit frightening. 

charles & i began many new traditions this season, including “pick a cute ornament for each other” and “pick one ornament that represents something that happened over the year.”  we’ll probably eliminate the first tradition in a few years, once we own enough ornaments… but i really like the “pick one that represents something from that year.”  we’ll stick to that one for a very long time.  

this year, i chose this one for charles:


beer: it’s good for what ales you.”
{{i just realized how blurry this photo is, lo siento!}}


he chose this one for me:

a little bird/penguin thing.
{{i love birds & penguins, so it’s perfect.}}

&& we chose this one together:

a blue mixer! isn’t that the CUTEST thing ever?
{{we got a blue mixer as a wedding gift, so it is perfectly perfect for something that happened this year.}}


it was fun to find them; we went on a target date to do so {which is fun in and of itself}. the only problem is, since we were at target, i also wanted to buy about 28 things that we didn’t need… but i refrained {probably only because charles was there}.


aside from ornament-gathering & target-shopping, i’ve been wrapping oh-so-many gifts.  i absolutely & positively L.O.V.E. giving & wrapping gifts, so this year I wanted to do something creative with my wrapping. {{sometimes i wonder why, because people will rip the paper anyway… but whatever, the presents look cute while sitting underneath the tree. and i had fun.}}


here’s how I decided to wrap things: 

brown craft paper + homemade felt flowers + raffia + cute little sparkle things


a closer look at the flowers that i slaved over forEVER. 


annnnnnnd, finally:


a few presents were wrapped with this cute owl paper that was only $2.20 {at target, obviously}.


that’s all for now… i need to go to the grocery store before mr.husband gets home from work. i went on a HUGE cleaning frenzy earlier {i.e.: dusted EVERYTHING, cleaned the stove top/oven, cleaned out drawers, compiled a goodwill pile, AND vacuumed… until the vacuum started smoking and smelling like fire} and now all that we have left in the fridge is a carton of eggnog, some cottage cheese, and some lunch meat. i’ve been grocery-procrastinating this week, blah. 


dreaming of a white christmas,

i love dave barnes. it’s weird, because “his genre” of music is one that I don’t normally listen to… but, for some reason, i just really like his music. matt glass sang his song “amen" during our wedding ceremony & he is one of the best {not-super-famous} people that i’ve seen perform live. his music & the above Christmas song is just so cute.

{so is THIS one… sounds like my parents’ house on Christmas.}


{{how in the world did he get jennifer love hewitt in this video? AND hillary scott from lady antebellum?!}}

"Joy might be the one most sought-after gift of this season. 
 Though it can be elusive, people of faith remain ever open to its coming.
    Pause now and open your soul to the joy lurking at the edges of your 
          awareness. 
            Receive the gift with gladness.”
                    
{d365}

joy&peace&dave barnes,
m.

(ps: i’ve updated so many times as of recently BECAUSE my husband has been working mucho.) 

{some favorite things}

if Oprah can have TWO entire episodes dedicated to her favorite things, I’m fairly certain that I’m allowed to have an entire entry for my favorite things as of tonight.


Winter 14.5 oz. Filled Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body Works

Three owls Happy Hoolidays greeting card

and…. FINALLY:


… I REALLLLLLLY love my sweet & handsome husband.

actually… he SHOULD be #1 on this little list of mine.
  
(even if he doesn’t like cold weather)


eggnog&peace&grace,
m. 


{sneak peak at a {possible} christmas card photo}so… I’m terrible at updating. I’ll admit it.I just got an email from someone today asking why I hadn’t updated lately, and found it funny because I didn’t even know that person read this thing!we’ve been so busy! we had the lovely farah & david in town this past weekend for Christmas-esque festivities {including eating at a yummy new restaurant in the southpark area, the cowfish ,drinking chocolate wine, and laughing a lot}. it was so much fun to see the both of them- we love them!I have always {and I mean always} loved this time of the year… and thankfully, I married someone who loves it just as much. I came home last Monday after a {not-so-great-pretty-terrible} day at work & C had strung Christmas lights & candy canes EVERYWHERE.  It reminded me of how the house in THIS scene from my favorite Christmas movie looked & it definitely made my night.  It was so sweet & I love him so very much.C is at work now, and I, unfortunately, am not feeling well. At all. Again.  I have never been sick so many times in one semester, it’s so weird. It’s as if my immune system decided to take a break this season, but I’m hoping that by not working today and getting some much needed rest, I will be back to normal within a few days. Tummy aches & fevers are no fun at all. Especially when I have lots to do.Meanwhile, we’re beginning our advent countdown via d365.com.  My family had always done some form of Advent during the Christmas season, and I wanted to incorporate that meaningful tradition into our marriage. I had heard about this website last year, but was doing my own advent study at the time, so I never really looked into it with detail.  As I was browsing through Barnes&Noble yesterday, I looked for an Advent study & couldn’t find one that I really liked… then, I remembered this site.  It is actually a really neat, convenient, and meaningful way to fully incorporate the true spirit of this beautiful season of Peace & Grace into our lives. :) The following was in today’s devotional:                  “Set aside this time now for something more..             the peace that is coming and that has come.” Those words ring so loudly to me this particular Christmas season; I have recently learned that you never truly know when the “peace” that we experience on a daily basis will be interrupted, whether it be from sickness, the loss of a job, devastating news, or merely a change in what we consider to be “normal.”  Living in North Carolina for the first time in two years has really deepened my love and appreciation for my family {both new and old}, while also igniting my desire to “set aside this time now for something more.”  I am thankful for a season that, despite many “worldly things,” encourages us to rest and experience the peace that is coming and that has come.that’s all for now, happy tuesday!love&peace,M. 

{sneak peak at a {possible} christmas card photo}

so… I’m terrible at updating. I’ll admit it.
I just got an email from someone today asking why I hadn’t updated lately, and found it funny because I didn’t even know that person read this thing!

we’ve been so busy! we had the lovely farah & david in town this past weekend for Christmas-esque festivities {including eating at a yummy new restaurant in the southpark area, the cowfish ,drinking chocolate wine, and laughing a lot}. it was so much fun to see the both of them- we love them!

I have always {and I mean always} loved this time of the year… and thankfully, I married someone who loves it just as much. I came home last Monday after a {not-so-great-pretty-terrible} day at work & C had strung Christmas lights & candy canes EVERYWHERE.  It reminded me of how the house in THIS scene from my favorite Christmas movie looked & it definitely made my night.  It was so sweet & I love him so very much.

C is at work now, and I, unfortunately, am not feeling well. At all. Again.  I have never been sick so many times in one semester, it’s so weird. It’s as if my immune system decided to take a break this season, but I’m hoping that by not working today and getting some much needed rest, I will be back to normal within a few days. Tummy aches & fevers are no fun at all. Especially when I have lots to do.

Meanwhile, we’re beginning our advent countdown via d365.com.  My family had always done some form of Advent during the Christmas season, and I wanted to incorporate that meaningful tradition into our marriage. I had heard about this website last year, but was doing my own advent study at the time, so I never really looked into it with detail.  As I was browsing through Barnes&Noble yesterday, I looked for an Advent study & couldn’t find one that I really liked… then, I remembered this site.  It is actually a really neat, convenient, and meaningful way to fully incorporate the true spirit of this beautiful season of Peace & Grace into our lives. :) The following was in today’s devotional:    
         
     “Set aside this time now for something more..
             the peace that is coming and that has come.” 

Those words ring so loudly to me this particular Christmas season; I have recently learned that you never truly know when the “peace” that we experience on a daily basis will be interrupted, whether it be from sickness, the loss of a job, devastating news, or merely a change in what we consider to be “normal.”  Living in North Carolina for the first time in two years has really deepened my love and appreciation for my family {both new and old}, while also igniting my desire to “set aside this time now for something more.”  I am thankful for a season that, despite many “worldly things,” encourages us to rest and experience the peace that is coming and that has come.

that’s all for now, happy tuesday!

love&peace,
M. 

thankfulness.



i figured, due to tomorrow’s theme of being thankful, i ought to write about some of the most simple things in my life that make me oh-so-satisfied & grateful:

  1.  grace&mercy
  2.  my marriage
  3. a cozy little nest of a home
  4. freedom&peace
  5. flannel sheets
  6. rest
  7. food. this might be cliche, but really… I have any kind of food I want
    only 1/4 a mile down the road at Harris Teeter
  8. family
  9. hot coffee
  10. the Christmas season {it really IS the most wonderful time of year} 
  11. a job that is flexible and that I actually enjoy {most days}
  12. a hard-working, super-serving, and sweet husband 
  13. new guitar strings
  14. candles that make our house cozy&warm
  15. having the ability to be educated&to further my knowledge/love for learning

those are just fifteen of the most simple of things.
i’m off to finish my baking frenzy before thanksgiving festivities begin tomorrow!

ilovethistimeofyear.

(also, i want a puppy). 

first “yummy” of the season


Charles had to work late tonight (Yes, on a Friday. Yuck.)
This meant that I had a night to myself.
Our nest was already clean (thanks, hubs.)…
Soo, I decided I’d practice one of my “Thanksgiving Yummies.” 
You know, just to make sure it tasted okay.
{Plus, I wanted to eat pie.}

I found the recipe at none other than the famous  Pioneer Woman 
& decided I’d alter it a bit and make it “my own.”
It’s official name is Nantucket Cranberry Pie*, which makes it sound really fancy.
But it isn’t! It’s really easy to prepare! (*Click the title for the recipe).

For my version, I used “sugar in the raw” instead of white sugar & added a splash of vanilla & about 1.5 tsp. of cinnamon. I also added some crushed walnuts to the crushed pecans (only about 1/4 of a cup). I sprinkled the top with a mixture of brown sugar & raw sugar, rather than with white sugar. I also baked it with sugar on top the entire time, rather than only the last 5 minutes {as the recipe called for}.  

It turned out pretty yummy and made our entire little place smell AMAZING.
I only tasted a bite, because I’m waiting for C. to come home before we totally eat it all. 

 Here are some photos. Just because I’m that bored on a Friday evening:
cranberries.
CRANBERRIES.

cranberries+pecans+walnuts
CRANBERRIES+PECANS+WALNUTTYS


MR. MIXER {he’s my favorite thing in our kitchen. even though I’ve only used him once}

buttery, sugary, cinnamon-y deliciousness {maybe some salmonella, too?}


the final product. “cinnamon&pecan&cranberry pie.”  

this would be a fun first pet, I believe.(not sure what it is, though…) 

this would be a fun first pet, I believe.
(not sure what it is, though…) 

(Source: lovepop)

{this photo has nothing to do with us right now, I just like it.}I promise I haven’t forgotten about this lovely little corner.It’s just that life has gotten a hold of me & I really haven’t had time!work + school + The Plague of Fall (aka: colds/allergies) have gotten the best of us.But… we’ve been cooking lots of yummy things lately {baked apples, gluten free shrimp pasta with a lemon, garlic, butter sauce, pumpkin things, etc.} & are going to be doing fun Christmas things in the very near future.  Christmas is our very favorite time of the year & I think we’re both looking forward to decorating/cooking/baking/etc.  watching “elf” and spending time with our family will also be a highlight of this holiday season. Charles got a new job & we are SO HAPPY! He loves it & I am excited to see him come home excited :] thanks, God, for the amazing opportunity. can’t wait for a relaxing weekend {minus defensive driving school… thanks, speeding ticket.}. it’s sad, I am totally living for the weekends during this season of our life. i know it won’t be that way forever, though :] love, flannel sheets, & acoustic jack johnson,m.britt 

{this photo has nothing to do with us right now, I just like it.}

I promise I haven’t forgotten about this lovely little corner.
It’s just that life has gotten a hold of me & I really haven’t had time!
work + school + The Plague of Fall (aka: colds/allergies) have gotten the best of us.

But… we’ve been cooking lots of yummy things lately {baked apples, gluten free shrimp pasta with a lemon, garlic, butter sauce, pumpkin things, etc.} & are going to be doing fun Christmas things in the very near future.  Christmas is our very favorite time of the year & I think we’re both looking forward to decorating/cooking/baking/etc.  watching “elf” and spending time with our family will also be a highlight of this holiday season. 

Charles got a new job & we are SO HAPPY! He loves it & I am excited to see him come home excited :] thanks, God, for the amazing opportunity. 

can’t wait for a relaxing weekend {minus defensive driving school… thanks, speeding ticket.}. it’s sad, I am totally living for the weekends during this season of our life. i know it won’t be that way forever, though :] 

love, flannel sheets, & acoustic jack johnson,
m.britt 

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