Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Some Pictures to Wet Your Whistle :)

So, I lied.
I said I was updating soon.
And that was almost two months ago.
So shameful. So sad. I have no excuses except I just haven't really felt like blogging.
But it's my blog so I'm just going to pick up like I have been posting all this time.
I can do that, right?
So in honor of my precious and wonderful mother who told me I had to blog :), I am posting just a few pictures of our new home decorated for Christmas to get back up on the blogging horse.
Can I just say what a joy it is to own your own home and be able to decorate multiple spaces for Christmas? And to have your entire family come to your home and stay there for Christmas? Oh my goodness I can't even contain my excitement.

I was very excited to find this precious little secretary dresser below at an awesome antique store for $50...already painted! It is one of my favorite pieces in our house and it sits in a perfect little nook in our foyer. (The picture is cropped weird because to the left is our bannister that leads to the upstairs but my sweet husband had to take the bannister off to put the secretary in place and it hasn't gone back on yet...but that is on his honey-do list :))
And lastly I'll leave you with a larger view of our living room showing our tree.
Don't worry, there will be more pictures, more updates, and more catch-up.
But for the next little while, I am going to enjoy the season and just soak up all that God has done for us this year. I'm going to be joyfully busy getting ready for my family's arrival & then truly enjoying the time we have together. :)
Merry Christmas from our home to yours. :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

So much I wanna post about.

Hi peeps!

I have been so ridiculously MIA it's not even funny.

And I am starting to really miss blogging.

We've been busy little beavers with all things house related.

And we're kind of going 90 miles a minute.

There is SO much I want to post about....

so much it overwhelms me.

I just need to find the time and put posts together one at a time

and not feel like I have to give an update on what has been going on in our lives

Because it would be the longest post known to man.
So I am sorry for the teaser but I PROMISE I am posting soon.

And you can hold me to it. :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Go Noles!

This picture is pretty poor quality but I just had to show my baby supporting her Seminoles.

We bought her this little scarf at the Pittmaster Festival this weekend which had pretty delicious barbecue and was really fun.
We felt the need to buy this for her especially because EVERYONE and their mother up here is a University of Georgia fan and we plan to support our team in every way possible from far away.
Because we're awesome.
62-10 was the score on Saturday.
Are you kidding me?!?
Can't wait for the game this weekend!

And also T-minus 8 days until CLOSING!
AHHHH I can't even handle my excitement. :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Big 2-4

I like being 24 so far. Probably because the first day of this birth year was awesome.

I spent the whole day with my husband.

I got happy birthday texts and facebook messages.

We went to church.

My sweet new friend suprised me with a present at church.

We went to Dunkin Donuts.

Matt actually drank coffee.

I opened up cards and presents.

We watched an episode of Everwood.

(since we're not in our house and don't have cable or internet yet, we have been watching seasons of this show--it's so good. I never saw it when it was on TV.)

We drove around to find a park for Lucy to play at.

Matt threw the football for her and I enjoyed laying in the sun on fresh cut grass.

We came home and watched two more episodes of Everwood.

Then we got ready and went to Fogo de Chao for dinner, an awesome brazillian steakhouse, where pretty much we committed gluttony and felt like we needed to be rolled out of there afterwards.

And even though Matt was a wonderful husband and made me feel very special,

he kind of freaked out a little bit when he saw the bill.


Because in all of our 3 years of marriage, we have never paid that much for one meal.

But it was SO worth it. And my very frugal hubby felt the same way.
So here's to 24....I'm excited for a GREAT year. :)
New city.
New job.
New house.
New friends.
Lord, help me to honor you with all of the blessings you have poured out on my life.

Friday, August 26, 2011

It's My Birthday Weekend & I Won't Cry If I Want To :)

Well, on Sunday, August 28 I will officially be entering my mid twenties.

The big year away from a quarter of a century.

I am very very grateful and thankful to the Lord for this season of life that I'm in. :)

I'm thankful for everything he has provided me--a husband who I have so much fun with but also with who I can experience trials and growth with, my wonderful family, our new friends & church home here in Atlanta, a new job (details to come :)), and a real home!

WOW. I think those are about all the presents I can handle. :)

("Real" Side note: Wish I would have thought this way immediately but instead I had to have a selfish heart check--sometimes I don't act like I'm in my mid twenties OR like I'm grateful but I'm thankful for a husband who loves me despite my actions and a God who gives us grace upon grace.)

I posted this today because this weekend I'm going to be having fun & celebrating. (And we still don't have internet LOL. :))

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song." -Psalm 28:7

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bear With Me...

While I work on my blog.

I'm getting sick of it again and am thinking of a name change, new colors, and a fresh new look that better suites ME. It may look a little weird if you come here while I'm still working on it but just stay with me and hopefully in the end it will be as cute as I see it in my head. :)

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Now I've Had The Time of My Life...

So yesterday my husband came home from work and said the most hilarious thing I had heard all day. He went to the grocery store for me and as I was putting things away this conversation went down:Matt: I think there's something wrong with me.

Me: What's that?

Matt: Well, when I was in the grocery store the song "Now I've Had The Time of my Life....and I Owe It All To Youuuuuuuu" (as he is loudly singing) came on and I wanted to dance. I've never had that feeling before.

:) Cue me laughing uncontrollably at this point. Oh man. There is no one else who can make me laugh more than Matthew Ryan Garlich. And this scenario was that case in point.

On another random note, I am gearing up for Operation First Home & have been pinning on pinterest, doing a little home decor shopping, and attempting to pick out furniture.

It's kind of all I have been thinking about lately and gets me just a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittle excited that I actually get to make our house a home! I also am very excited that we are not only getting a home, but a garden. :) I've always wanted one and can't wait to see if I have a green or black thumb. :)

This is also really random but this picture just puts a huge grin on my face. How adorable is this little girl? Doesn't it just bring you back to a time where playing dress up and waiting for your daddy to come home and see you was the best thing ever and filled your little girl heart with joy. Oh, this makes me so excited to someday hopefully, Lord willing, have a little girl who will most definitely be wrapped around her daddy's finger. :)
Happy One Day Till Hump Day! :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

We have a HOUSE! :)

So Matt and I are beyond excited to announce that come September 20 at closing we will be first time homeowners!

After getting the sad news about our last contract, we were pretty let down.
Then for a while our hunt was way more stressful than fun.
But, we persevered and God literally brought us the perfect house for our family.
Even better than the last one.
It isn't a short sale OR forclosure and has only been on the market for a little bit
but has everything (& more :)) that we were looking for....
A big fenced in yard for Lucy girl & her daddy, wood floors, a bonus room,
and a dining room that I wanted, it's move in ready,
and it's in a great location close to Matt's office.
We are so excited to soon be living in Bethlehem, GA and can't wait to start decorating!
If anyone is traveling through Atlanta (and we know you, lol) you have a place to stay
at the Garlichs! :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


So I said I was going to post soon and I was about to make it all fluffy like I normally do with words like wonderful, precious, adorable...Because if you know me in real life, you know that I do say those words and I truly do try to keep a positive attitude most of the time and I feel like I am genuinely friendly. But then I got to thinking after reading a lot of blogs lately on "being real" just how I portray my life & how I like to show the "best" of everything. And that even when I post about things that are hard I use words like wonderful, great, blessed, precious, and add in the many :)'s so that maybe it doesn't appear like I'm really struggling (or I don't even blog about what really goes on). And I say how I know God is in control and faithful. You see the truth is....I'm pretty prideful. I like to appear like my life is always wonderful. I'm very concerned with what others think of me. I try to "measure up" to ridiculously high standards. I like to appear like I always think my husband is precious but in reality he's a sinner just like me. :) I'm selfish. I don't always trust God. Sometimes I doubt that he is in control. Sometimes I doubt that he is even there. I'm lazy. My prayer life is pitiful. I suck at laundry and let it pile up ridiculous amounts. We currently have dishes in our sink that have been there for 3 days. I am the worst long distance friend and am horrible about calling people back who have left messages on my phone. I could go on and on...

The worst thing is that I am so prideful I HATE being called out on those things which shows the biggest beast of my sins-pride. And my husband likes to sometimes gently, sometimes not so gently call out my prideful heart to which of course I deny most of the time until the Lord, in his rich mercy pricks my heart and softens it. I like my life to seem like it's in a pretty (and precious :)) little box tied up with a bow. But it's not.

The coolest thing when I type all of this out is that immediately I am depressed. Lol, well that's not cool but what is cool is that when I type all of it out and read JUST how much of a sinner I am and how much junk I carry around I am struck with this fact--GOD HAS REDEEMED ME. You see, Jesus needed me to see my depravity and feel overwhelmed with my sin before I could know the depths of his grace, mercy, and love for me. It's funny to me how sometimes in my head I misinterpret the meaning of justification and santification. When Christ became Lord of my life, he wiped away my sin--once and for all. Because of his love for me, he took the punishment for all of the sick sin that I have ever/will ever commit. However, I am still a sinner. I still struggle with my sin on a daily basis. I am not perfect nor will I ever be on this earth. So what do I do with my sin? Ignore it? Let it take over? NO. Accept God's grace daily. Ask him for the strength to fight my against my pride because I can't do it on my own. Ask for opportunities to choose humility over pride and be obedient when he honors my requests. Glorify and honor him when I see fruit in me spring up. So, I'm probably still going to use the word precious and wonderful because I just can't take it out of my vocabulary. :) And sue me, but I also can't escape the smileys. But, I am going to be a little more real because that's what my Dad in heaven would want--and after all, I'm living my life for His glory, not mine.

Friday, August 12, 2011

So long, So long, So long since I've posted!

The past month has been filled with highs and lows.

Even just thinking about it, I can't believe all of the valleys and mountains the Lord has been guiding us through. :)

And although I don't have time at this very moment to share everything (I promise I will :)) that has happened, I do know that God has been very faithful and he I have seen first hand his promise that he never gives us more than we can handle. :)

I am very thankful for that fact. So, today what I do have time to share is that our beloved home that we have had a contract on since May...the home that I pictured hosting Christmas in with my family, bringing our first child home from the hospital in, decorating every room, you name isn't ours anymore.

We found the news out on Sunday night as we were driving back from St. Louis (I will explain why we were there in a whole other post) that our contract became null and void due to circumstances with the seller. This was a pretty hard pill to swallow at first, but since then we have realized that God's hand is in it. That maybe He has another house that is supposed to be ours.

So, we have started the search all over again. And it was fun for the first .2 seconds. Now I just want someone to find it for me, set up a closing date, and tell me when to be there to sign. :) Just kidding....kind of. I am trying to be grateful that we even have the opportunity to buy a house and grateful that there are such good deals out there, but MAN is house hunting/buying stressful in this market. Everything is either a forclosure or short sale & what isn't can be on the market one day and gone the next.

So, until next time (which hopefully will be sooner than later :))....I am going to try to be excited about finding our first home and less frustrated. If anyone knows of anyone selling their home in the NE suburbs of Atlanta--give me a shout.


Happy Weekend!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pensacola Vaca Recap & Harry Potter Marathon

Well I am back from our wonderful vacation to Pensacola. (and have been back for almost 2 weeks but we still don't have internet & I am working full time so don't hold it against me :)) My parents & aunt and uncle live there but we rented a condo on the beach and chose one of the best weeks EVER...the week of the Blue Angels Air Show! We had THE best time and aside from Matt only being able to stay for the weekend, it was such a great time.

I stole all of my pictures from my sister and cousin because they have amazing cameras & I wanted to give a recap in picture form. Looking at these make me smile and think how blessed I am to be a part of my family. :) Enjoy! :)

Can I go back to the beach please?!? :)

In other news, our house closing isn't going to be as soon as we thought because we are waiting patiently on someone who works in a Bank of America office far, far away to sign off on it. From that point, we can close in 30 days. Our realtor has said it should be super soon but we are learning patience, patience, patience. Matt and I can't hardly go see the house because we want to start weeding, mowing, painting, and cleaning but we can't!

One last thing--my husband loves the Harry Potter movies. I have never been a fan because I started reading the first book in like 3rd grade and couldn't get in to it. Probably because I enjoyed reading books like "Are you there, God, it's me Margaret" which is a tad different genre from Harry. Matt hasn't read the books, but loves the movies and he told me I would love them too if I gave them a chance. So, last Saturday started our week long Harry Potter movie marathon which is leading up to watching the newest movie in the theatre on Saturday. I really like them and love the character development! We are taking this marathon very seriously. As soon as I come home from work, I'll make dinner and then it's HP time. (Mostly because they are so long and I am an old fart and go to bed at 9:30 PM nowadays :)).

Well, that about wraps things up for now. Happy Thursday! :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What I Love Wednesday...

I have been wanting to do a What I Love Wednesday Post again so today is going to be the day!

I am loving the fact that we could be closing on our first home in less than 6 weeks! :)

We heard back from the bank (PTL!) and accepted their counter offer.

Now, we are in the last little home strech with home inspections, surveyors, and waiting to close!

I am sooooooooooo very excited about this.

From the very beginning of our house search, we kept coming back to one of the first ones we looked at. We both have pictured ourselves there and are SO extremely excited to settle in and make it ours!

I am loving finding decorating & diy ideas on Pinterest...

I am loving the fact that the Lord has provided a JOB for me!

I will be working as the Corporate Sales Manager for Doubletree here in ATL.

I start next week and again be among the world of the employed! :)

I am also loving the fact that soon I get to experience the employee store at the Chico's distribution center. After being a very patient wife (haha) and not bothering my husband with taking me because he has been working hard & learning I decided that I can't wait any more & that I HAVE to go...I can't wait to see the deals and hopefully get some new things for my new job!

I am also loving the fact that I am going to be on beautiful Pensacola beach for a week with my family in a week and a half. I can't hardly handle my excitement!!

And lastly I am loving my wonderful, supportive husband. His contstant jokes sometimes drive me a bit up a wall, but there is no other person I would rather share life with. He is a blessing from the Lord and I am so thankful for him. I really think we should start having a romantic date night once a week just like the Bachelorette (minus the group crazy Thai boxing dates). Wouldn't that be amazing if you could just fly across the world for a night, have an incredibly romantic date, and come back home? Yes please. :)

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!