celebration Chi2TN grateful heart monday

A Grateful Heart (+ weeklong linkup!)

November 24, 2014
Well so much for me “catching up on” all of my Project 52 this past weekend! Oops! I had grand plans of sharing my most recent photos for the series, as well as spending hours (yes, I seriously had hoped for that) catching up on all of my favorite blogs and none of it happened. BUT, don’t assume this means I was just lounging around and watching Cops all day either (although I feel like I need a day like that soon). Believe it or not, I was pretty productive this weekend.Today, I am grateful for our Nashville home. And by this, I mean an actual, physical house… a roof to cover our heads.

Praise!! This weekend was all about signing our lease and literally running to the bank and to FedEx to overnight the security deposit. This weekend was about meeting with our top three movers and after what felt like a crazy day of speed dating, we finally decided on one… which meant more signing and more bank runs. (This is also when Emily realized she’d lost her checkbook- something she’s NEVER done in her life before, and therefore having to go BACK to the bank for a third time so that her banker could take care of the problem.) (Talking about it in 3rd person makes me feel like I’m talking about someone else and it’s not totally my fault.) This weekend was about moving our actual move date UP about a week and a half, which also means my days of watching movies and packing “for fun” is now more like, “OMG we gotta get this place packed NOW.” So obviously there’s a whollllllle lot going on over here, but all of it is good (well, minus the checkbook fiasco) and I’m giving SO MUCH PRAISE that all of it really is going so smoothly.

Oooj & Cleo, reporting for packing duty. (They hate this part.)

We are incredibly excited about the house we found in Nashville. We’d prayed for what felt like so long for a “perfect home” that would fit our “home-life” needs as well as Christian’s studio needs and this house is seriously perfect for it all. I can’t wait to share some of it with you guys in the months to come. Until then, if you could keep us in your prayers… this next month is going to be about a lot of details and packing and I’m hoping we’re also able to enjoy the last of our days in Chicago while we are still here. The good news is that since we’re now moving BEFORE Christmas (Dec 16th to be exact!), we’ll be able to breathe easy and really relax and enjoy my favorite holiday with our families. And once again, I am grateful.

(And PS- thank you all so much for continuing to bear with me as it still feels like I’m on a bit of a blogging break. I’m told these boxes can’t pack themselves but I think that’s something someone should look into inventing..) (Also, Thanksgiving is this week. !!!!!!!!!! I’ll have some special Thanksgiving related posts these next three days – can’t wait!)

What are you grateful for?

Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries! This linkup will be open until Friday! 

1. Link up to your Grateful Heart post, not just your blog’s homepage, and please link your post back to Ember Grey (via link or GH button) so that others can link up too! *Any posts that do not have to do with this GH topic or those that do not link back up to this blog will be deleted. 

2. If you use #gratefulheart on Twitter, tag me and I will retweet! @embergreyblog

3. Carry on and be grateful! XO!
Ember Grey: Grateful Heart


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  • Congrats on the new place! It is such a relief when big pieces like a home & movers fall into place, I hope that packing goes smoothly! Pace yourself and don't feel guilty about taking breaks 🙂 I take lots of mini ones when I'm packing, it's the only way I stay sane!

  • How awesome that God has blessed you with a great home in Nashville. (we need to have a coffee date!) I have been so convicted lately to be more grateful for my home after spending time with people over the last few weeks who don't own any home but have to freeze out in the cold 🙁 God is good!

  • I love love love them in that picture.

    Happy you have a roof over your head!

  • Liz

    Congratulations! So happy that things are pulling together for you! I can only imagine how crazy things must be for you right now. Praying for a smooth transition and that you get all settled in comfortably with plenty of energy left to enjoy Christmas 🙂

  • How exciting!! It will be so nice to be semi-settled before Christmas. Remind me why you guys chose to move to Nashville? I've heard great things about it.

    V
    Life+1

  • Praise God!! 🙂 Hooray!! I know exactly how elated you must be feeling about the house being sorted 🙂 I'm so happy that things are falling into place and delighted that you'll get to ENJOY Christmas rather than finish packing frantically over the holidays. I can't wait to hear all about it when you get there – wish I could help you pack, that part is no fun. Eyes on the prize though! 🙂 XO

  • I feel SO much better knowing we have an actual house to go to now, yes 🙂 And don't you worry, lady. I'm really good with the packing breaks haha!! 😉

  • Thank you, my sweet friend!!! 🙂 It's hilarious the way the packing began…. organized with everything having its place in each box…. to now it's just like- just throw all the crap into a box. hahah!

  • I would love a coffee date, Katie!! Christian will actually be traveling a lot the first month we're there so it would be nice to get out for some coffee dates! 🙂 (And yes- I hear you. There are so many homeless in Chicago – I wish I could save each one of them. I'm very grateful for a roof to cover my head!)

  • Thank you!! 🙂 They are adorable… and have been through many moves so I feel like they're kinda pros now 😉

  • Thanks, Liz!! 🙂 I'm one of those sick people who most of the time thrives in chaos (simply so that it can end) so I'm kind of in a serious LET'S GET THIS DONE mode 😉 Thank you so much for your prayers!

  • We'll come back to lots of boxes and unpacking but that's the fun part, so I don't mind 🙂 We chose Nashville because of Christian's job (music industry) 🙂 Something we'd wanted for quite awhile but the timing wasn't right until recently. Okay so now you need to visit Chicago AND Nashville! 😉

  • Seriously HOORAY!!!! 🙂 Eyes on the prize is right! (Thank goodness for Netflix… it's become my packing buddy) 🙂

  • Jae

    I'm totally with you on this, Emily!

    I'm told these boxes can't pack themselves but I think that's something someone should look into inventing..

  • Liz

    Me too! That is totally me. I hope you get-it-done 😉

  • Definitely! I so hope we can get together sometime now that you'll be closer to my area. Hope you have a great week!!

  • Having a roof to cover your head is something truly to be grateful for! I tell my Jagger everyday we should thank God for this because so many don't have homes! 😉

  • Moving over the holidays sounds so stressful, but just think! It will REALLY feel like Christmas waking up Christmas morning in your new home!!

  • I am so glad for you!! Moving is stressful, but you seem to be taking everything in stride. Perhaps next time Hubs and I make the trip down to GA we can make a stop off in Nashville for a visit!

  • This is so stinkin exciting!! Well, minus the checkbook part lol! I cannot wait to hear all about it and see the pics. God is so good 🙂

  • Hooray! I'm so happy for you guys!

  • So sweet. You're a great mom, Megan!

  • We'll actually be waking up on Christmas morning at my parents house BUT we'll be celebrating NYE and New Years in our new home, which is just as fun! 🙂 🙂

  • I keep telling Melissa that I'll be closer to her now- maybe our trips to GA can overlap!! 🙂 (Of course you guys are always welcome in Nashville too)

  • I can't wait to share more of it too 🙂 (Fortunately we have the BEST banker who immediately "fixed it" and all I had to do was sign. I felt like such a dummy though!)

  • Thank you, Chelsea!!! 🙂 yay!!

  • the house the house the house!

    girl, it's the best ever. i mean, i know, exhausting and stressful but then the best ever. so thrilled for ya'll. SO beyond thrilled.

  • Yay, that is great news! I can't wait to see your new home and hear about your adventures in Nashville. Oh, and I'll be living vicariously through them because I LOVED it there 🙂

  • That is such amazing news, Emily! I can't wait to see how you make that house a home! Lots of prayers your way for a smooth transition!

  • Woohoo for Nashville homes! So excited for you friend, and can't wait to see it for myself someday!!

  • its such a simple thing it seems sometimes, a roof over your head and being grateful for it, but so many people need a home or a roof over their head that it really is a big deal that is lovely for you to acknowledge. Lovely that you'll be in for Christmas though – really be able to make it your own!
    First time linking up – love this idea so much!

  • Monica

    So fun! Congrats… Can't wait to see pictures.

  • Katie @ A Beautiful Little Adv

    wohoo on finding the perfect house!! Best of luck during this stressful time.

  • So glad things are falling into place for your move! Moving is tough work, so I'm glad things are working out!

  • oh thank you!!! 🙂 This made me smile. Can't wait to share the pictures with you all!

  • I can't wait to share them with you, too. I see a Nashville blogger get-together weekend in the future…

  • Thank you, Sarah!! I so appreciate those prayers! 🙂

  • Cannot WAIT for you to see it in person someday (soon)!! 🙂

  • Thank you!!! 🙂 Where do you stay when you guys go?

  • Hi Finley! I'm so glad you stopped by and linked up on Monday! (I'm really behind on my GHM reading, oops!) Hope to see you again in a few days! 🙂

  • Thanks, Monica!! 🙂

  • Thank you so much, Felecia – fortunately we are enjoying the rest of our time here and already have quite a few trips back to Chicago in early 2015.

  • Thank you, Katie! 🙂

  • Thanks, lady! 🙂 It's tough work but definitely worth it. I can't wait to be there and settled.

  • That's wonderful 🙂

  • chall1018

    Yay for the home!!! Oooj and Cleo are so cute!!! I can’t wait to see and read about your
    adventures in Nashville. I love that place!

  • I can't wait to share it with you all!! yay! 🙂