2nd Quarter Update 2015

Well the last time I posted was in April with  my 1st quarter post… that’s bad. April and May got busy with work and then I was focused on other things and never got into a blogging rhythm. So since you haven’t heard from me in 3 months, here is an update:


In April I set the goal to deep clean our apartment and that didn’t happen, so I set it again for May along with running once a week and those didn’t happen either, so the only goals I set in June were for my Etsy shop. I guess I haven’t been very motivated to get things done in my free time, but that’s ok. Seasons like that happen. Plus I’ve had a hard time thinking of goals I actually want to achieve (for example, I want a cleaner apartment, but I don’t actually want to clean my apartment). If you have any goal suggestions, let me know.


  • Church Garage Sale – This was my second year running our church’s massive garage sale to raise money for our high school summer mission trip. If you want more details you can look at my post from last year, but over all it went really smoothly and was not stressful, just nutty (with 3 long days of standing)!The Cozywood Life 2nd Quarter Update 2015-2
  • Jr. High Philly Mission Trip – The first weekend of May we took our Junior High students to Philadelphia to do service projects. We split the students into 5 teams and sent them to different ministries around the city to serve. I had a really great team this year and it’s encouraging to seeing God working in and through student’s lives.
  • Finished my job at the church – at the end of May I finished my job at the church. The second year working there was much better than the first, which I am grateful for, but I am definitely ready to move on. While I love youth ministry, I want to do it as a volunteer, not for my career. Sometimes the job was frustrating because I felt stuck in a position that I didn’t want because I knew that I could not move up and that I didn’t want to be a youth pastor for a living.  Chris and I are taking the summer to figure out what my work life will look like next year and I’m excited to see what could happen.
  • Chris’s Internship – Chris is interning at a hospital this summer as an assistant chaplain. He is already half way through and he has really enjoyed it. His days consist of some meetings and then going around visiting with patients. I love hearing his stories, especially since he has started to build relationships with some long term patients. Chris has a great supervisor who asks him great questions and helps him figure out the best way to handle different situations. He is also good about giving Chris freedom to do the job, which shows that he trust and respects the work that Chris is doing.


In May we went to the Outer Banks with my family and it was so fun! Growing up we were on trips for hockey, to see family, or up at our cabin, so this was the first time we took a “going away” vacation as a family. It was filled with beach time, games (Settlers, Nertz, wiffle ball, bocce ball, and Spikeball), mini golf, checking out the local sites, and spending time together. My mom also taught me some of her sewing tips which was super helpful for getting my Etsy shop going. Here are some pictures from our trip:

The Cozywood Life 2nd Quarter Update 2015 Outer Banks mini golf

Mini golf! A family tradition no matter where we are.

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Our house was on the beach, so this was our deck leading out to the ocean.

The Cozywood Life 2nd Quarter Update 2015 Outer Banks Lighthouses

Bodie Island Lighthouse on the left and Currituck Beach Lighthouse on the right.

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We discovered a hang gliding tournament when we went to visit the local dunes to fly our kite.

The Cozywood Life 2nd Quarter Update 2015 Roanake Island

Visiting Roanoke Island.

The Cozywood Life 2nd Quarter Update 2015 Outer Banks Fishing Docks

We went to the fishing docks one afternoon to watch the boats come in. We got to see them unload what they caught from the day and clean up.


  • We locked our keys in the car while on vacation within the first hour of being there. Chris was so excited to play wiffle ball on the beach that he locked them in the trunk while getting the gear. The best part is how differently we handled the situation. Chris immediately thought of all the people we could call to come unlock the car and I ran to the closet, got a wire hanger, and my dad and I tried to break into the car. What can I say, we grew up near Detroit. After about 45 minutes of trying in the rain, Chris got our insurance company to send someone over. Within 30 seconds of hanging up we got the car door unlock. I wish I would have taken some pictures as we pried the door open with a plastic sand shovel to stick the wire in the door, but I was a little preoccupied.
  • Vacation also resulted in the first time I’ve spent Mother’s Day with my mom in 10 years! That is crazy!
  • Chris preached on Good Friday and on Deacon Appreciation Sunday! I love seeing how God has been working in him over the past several years. He has taken the speaking techniques he has learned in school and personalized them to connect with his audience. He has  engaged with Scripture and has learned so many great lessons that he is eager to share. I think he is a great teacher and it has been great to see him have more opportunities to practice that gift.The Cozywood Life 2nd Quarter Update 2015-1
  • I made my first sale on Etsy! I actually made six sales in June, which I am happy about because the beginning of the month is when I really started working on my shop (though I opened it in March).
  • Now that we are in summer mode at work, my boss has been playing music in his office so loud and it is quite hilarious and sometime inappropriate. So far I have listened to weird songs I’ve never heard of, Don’t You Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot Like Me, and Afternoon Delight. Very interesting play list he has going.


  • Chris met with a new orthopedic surgeon and scheduled his second elbow surgery. While his bone healed great in the first surgery, we later learned that the ligament that holds his radius in place was damaged during the injury and we didn’t notice until the healing process. Based on how Chris puts weight on his arm, his radius bone can pop out of place, which can be anywhere from weird to uncomfortable to really painful. While he can live with it, his quality of life (especially because he loves activity) would be better if we got it fixed. So his surgery is tentatively scheduled for Friday, July 31.


In April Chris challenged me to only watch tv socially, meaning I was watching 1-2 shows (or about 3 hours) a week. This was a dramatic change from my normal. While it was hard at first, I found that I enjoyed having more free time and I got a lot more done. I even read two books in a month which is huge for me!

But then May rolled around and I binge-watched Gilmore Girls like nobody’s business and finished last week. While I loved it (I grew up watching it, but never saw every episode in a row) I was ready for it to be over and to have my life back. Now that I am caught up on my other yearly shows (Bones and Scandal) I will stick with my two summer shows (Bachelorette and So You Think You Can Dance, neither of which I’m loving so far) and try not to watch anything else. I really need to start using my time better. And read more.


In March I read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine and Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup. Both focused on setting goals, developing good habits, time management, and saving money. I feel like I need to read them again! I also read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins which was so good, but it took me so long to read (I’m blaming Gilmore Girls). And now I am rereading the Harry Potter series (it will be my third time and yes I have the book chest in the link haha).

Things to look forward to in the 3rd Quarter

  • This weekend one of my college roommates is getting married!
  • Chris’s elbow surgery, which is tentatively scheduled for Friday, July 31.
  • Chris starts classes again and this year will be his last at Princeton and his first at Rutger’s. Because he is doing a dual program, this year he will be part time at each school. Luckily his first semester Rutger’s class is online. He will also be doing an internship 15 hours a week plus working at the church 15 hours a week, so he will be a busy boy!
  • We are doing our annual family hangout Up North over Labor Day.

This next quarter I really am planning to post more than once every 3 months. I even planned out a posting schedule for the next few months, so hopefully that will help!

1 Comment

  1. So love hearing your thecozyqpodlife updates. As always, I am very proud of all your accomplishments and firsts. Love the keys locked in the car story. I’m with you on the wire hangar. So proud of Chris as well in his growth in so many areas. I look forward to enjoying time with you both over Labor Day.

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