Hello friends! How is everyone!? How was your Thanksgiving!?

I am just absolutely loving the Ohio way of life! This morning I went running and I was surrounded by gorgeous trees and birds singing and a babbling brook — it was so picturesque.

So far, my parents and I have watched 3 Hallmark movies, decorated the house for Christmas, went to the Christmas kickoff weekend on the little Main Street by their home, and have had a couple play dates with my little nephews!

So it has been just a beautiful time home.


I’m actually just about to go pick him up from the airport and then we’re going to our final walk through for our condo downtown! And then closing tomorrow!!!

Between you and me…I have a surprise for Steven tonight.

Yesterday, my mom and I made Filipino Sinigang soup to have for dinner tonight. We wanted to have something special to welcome him to Cincinnati, and have a little piece of home here for him. So I’m really excited to surprise him with that tonight. I made the traditional pork version for him and my parents, and a seafood version for myself. (Recipe here!)

I was cutting apart a 2 pound rack of pork ribs yesterday for the recipe — mom was like, “Is this my daughter!?” haha

But they had a little sneak peak taste test of the soup yesterday and my parents loved it!

I just can’t believe this is all coming together. I am so grateful.

This weekend, we’re having our big family Thanksgiving dinner! We did it a week late this year so that we could include Steven in it, now that he’s here! So I’m super excited for that as well.

Thank you again for your patience with me as I navigate this crazy busy period of my life! Come Thursday after we officially move in tomorrow, I will be back to “posting topics as usual.”

I hope you all have a blessed Monday! It’s going to be a great week! And happy Advent!

OK – off to pick up my man at the airport and see our place before it’s officially OUR PLACE!




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31 responses to “IT’S HAPPENING!”

  1. Your Filipino Sinagang soup is sure to be a hit. I have made a vegan version several times and it is always a hit. Enjoy all the hectic times of moving and marriage planning and wonderful family times. xo

    • ooh that’s a great idea, Kenneth! Thank you! hahha you’re right – I’ve got quite a bit on my plate right now! heheh but a great suggestion none the less! Hugs and love xox

    • Thank you so much Mark! I really appreciate that. We have so much on the horizon 🙂 it’s an exciting time! Hugs and love xox

    • Thank you Derek! It feels amazing to be back home in the midwest and near my family! everyone arrives today for a belated Thanksgiving!! Hugs and love xox

  2. I am very happy for you and Steven, Caralyn! Such an exciting time in your lives. Be well, be safe! ❤️🙏🏻☺️

    • thank you Mike! ooooh that is a great suggestion! i LOVED mt. adams growing up! I was of course, just a kid and not of legal drinking age, so I’m really excited to check it out as an adult! Hugs and love xox

    • oh nice!!! that is a very traditional celebratory food! we were actually talking about how to figure out how to include that in our wedding! Hugs and love xox

    • Thank you Greg! it feels so good to be back in the midwest – i love it here! Hugs and love xox

  3. Fabulous update on your big transition…love will see you through each day.
    I’m sure your dinner was a winner! Keep us posted on everything dear sister…❤

    • Thank you Lisa Beth! It is really something! we’re really coming along! thanks for saying that 🙂 it WAS a big hit! I certainly will! Hugs and love xox

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