Exciting stuff is happening for the Noel’s…

No, I am not pregnant.

Now that we have that out of the way, I am excited to finally be able to say…

The Noel’s are moving to Richmond, Virginia!

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This move has been in the works for several months, but we’ve been waiting for key pieces of the puzzle to fall into place. And over the last few days they (finally) have.

I really miss my family and being able to spend time with them on a regular basis. (Praise the Lord for Face Time and technology, though!) Thankfully, my husband is incredibly selfless and understanding and loves my family dearly as well and is willing to leave the only state he’s ever known as home for us to go on this adventure.

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We settled on Richmond because:

A) it’s a big enough city, which he is used to (sorry, Harrisonburg, you’re just too small for my city-boy hubby),

B) it’s close to family (a 2 hour drive vs. a 14 hour drive!) and

C) my best friend and her husband (and adorable little girls!) live there! Byrd and I haven’t lived in the same city for a loooong time and now to be in the same place at these stages of our lives is going to be so great.

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(Annie is super excited for play dates with Aunt Kate obviously.)

I will be joining Operator Jonathan Lighty at his new restaurant, Chick-fil-A Willow Lawn, which opens on June 15th!

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I can’t wait for Grand Opening week and to be a part of this new team. Emily is flying down next week to keep me company as we drive up on June 8th since Ron has another few weeks of work here.

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Ron will be working for BroadSpectrum as a Project Manager for the Pocahontas Expressway (above); very similar to what he does now with the Selmon Expressway here in Tampa. (HUGE answer to prayer!)

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I can’t wait to see how much the restaurant has changed since I was last there!

It’s hard to believe this season of life in Florida is coming to an end… honestly, it still doesn’t quite feel real!

Stay tuned for more updates on this adventure of ours!

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What I’m Reading: May

Maybe one day I’ll get into a routine of blogging consistently. At least I’m consistent about being inconsistent! Haha.

Since January I’ve read an additional four books which means I’m 30% of the way to my goal of 27 books in 2017! I’m two books behind “schedule” but I think I should be able to catch up pretty quickly.

What Happened to Happily Ever After? by David E. Clarke

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I was given this book by a  dear friend who is a friend of the author. Clarke gives some good tips on avoiding a boring marriage or becoming ships passing in the night, however (and I have to admit here, I finished this book in February so it’s been a little while) the author perpetuates a lot of male/female stereotypes. Not all men don’t want to talk about their days/feelings and not all women are endless chatterboxes (my words, not his). In the Noel household, it’s quite the opposite lol. Clarke makes some good points and suggestions, but I did find myself rolling my eyes sometimes at his male/female cliche’s.

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

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As women, it’s easy to let our emotions interfere or control our study of Scripture. I know it’s easy for me to forget that the Bible is primarily about God, not me. We live in an instantaneous culture and we expect answers and results immediately. We can do the same with the Bible and expect to be able to open to any page and find the answer we’re looking for for our situation. Women of the Word teaches us how to study the Bible with both our hearts and our minds. I highly recommend this book and it’s one I will definitely be re-reading this periodically.

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

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Another book by Jen, None Like Him dives into the ten ways God is different from us and why that’s a good thing. This book will also be on my re-read list! We are created in God’s image, but are not God, despite our sinful, rebellious tendencies.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

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I was fascinated by Gretchen’s research on habits and why some habits stick while others we never seem to master. She gives a framework for understanding yourself and personality which then allows you to answer the questions “how do I change my habits?” Obviously everyone is different so rather than a step-by-step guide to creating or ditching a specific habit, Better Than Before is a practical guidebook on how we can each discover and master the habits of our everyday lives.

Next up in my queue is The Unholy Trinity by Matt Walsh. The sub-heading is “Blocking the Left’s Assault on Life, Marriage, and Gender” so clearly it’s receiving rave reviews from liberals. (HA!) Personally, I find that hilarious because it only further proves his points. -_- And that’s all I’ll say on that for now!