Living free because Jesus Christ chose me. Wife to Anthony, mom to Samuel. Love reading, blogging, crafting & cooking! Sac State MA alumni, passionate about life.


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8 Years Ago...

I married my best friend.

I thought I loved him then! I didn't know you could grow to love someone more with time's passing. The weeks have turned into months and years. The time we've spent together causes my heart to grow more in love than I'd ever imagined.

We met a long time ago and started hanging out a lot in 2002 or 2003. The timeline is fuzzy, because it's hard for me to recollect being an adult and him not being around.

Our relationship has been through instant messaging, text messaging, emailing, phone calling, instagramming, and facetiming. We've been there for each other through marriages, deaths, moves, breakups, infertility, babies, and so many other things. We've been around for short hair, long hair, soul patches, clean shaven, beards, faux hawks, weight changes, and more!

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't talk to him. He's the first person I tell when something is good or bad. He's seen the best of me and sadly the worst of me too.

There have been Christmases and birthdays, steaks and cakes, feasting and eating, and coffee and coffee and coffee.

We've travelled along the entire West Coast, across the midwest, and down the East Coast. We've been on trains, planes, boats, bikes, ferries, and cars. We've walked and talked along the streets of Sacramento, San Francisco, Monterey, Portland, Seatte, Vancouver, New York City, Washington DC, Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Durham.

There have been many, many trips to the Happiest Place on Earth.

There have been sleepless nights and long conversations into the wee morning hours. There have been prayers prayed, songs sung, tears shed. And there has been a lot of laughing and joking and smiling.

We've started and finished school. We've gotten into debt, we've paid off debt. We've saved up for things we needed to buy.

We've seen job: changes, successes, resignations, and hunts.

This last year has been our best and hardest one yet. Our family has grown!

We've stared together at our sweet boy and just smiled.

I can't imagine a life where Anthony wasn't in it and I'm so glad I don't have to!

Happy 8 years to my wonderful Hubster. I love you and can't wait to see what's up next.


A lot has happened...

...since my last post. 

To start we had our baby! Samuel Anthony Price was welcomed in to the world on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 7:11pm weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches.


The delivery was very fast and went as smoothly, especially since my birth plan goal was... to have a baby. We spent two nights at the hospital and were discharged in the afternoon on Christmas Day.

We celebrated Christmas at home as a family of 3 with a delicious meal Anthony made (heated up) from Whole Foods (thank the Lord for pre-made turkey, potatoes, gravy, and cranberry relish)! Our wonderful friends picked it up from Whole Foods for us and delivered to our house, so grateful for them. The next day my mother-in-law, Donna (or Grandma Don as we've been calling her, haha!) arrived and was our personal waitress, housecleaner, grocery shopper, and holder of the baby in the morning so we could sleep a couple hours. 

On Saturday, December 28, we received a phone call from my sister Heidi that my Grandma Coryell (Papa's sweetheart) had passed away in her sleep. We are so grateful she didn't suffer and was able to see a lot of pictures of Samuel. We also had the chance to Facetime with her on Christmas Eve and she was telling Sammy jokes. The next day, we found out Anthony's Grandpa Dave had passed away too. He had been suffering for some time and we are relieved he is no longer in pain. He helped raise Anthony and was always happy to share a bowl of French Silk ice cream and ice-cold Dr. Pepper with you, no matter the weather. 

Monday, December 30, we said goodbye to Donna and were surprised by my Mom and Dad coming into Raleigh a day early. After many delays and trip changes, they finally arrived to see our new home. They came bearing gifts and helped us organize our house. 

New Year's Eve landed us in the children's emergency room as Samuel wasn't breathing properly.

After a night of observation and tests we were discharged on New Year's Day with a clean bill of health for our sweet boy. We were grateful my parents were in town and here for the moral support we needed.  

My parents insisted we try Bojangles, we've held out for 6.5 months but gave in to the pressure. We also went out to dinner at our favorite BBQ in Raleigh: Clyde Cooper's BBQ.

We introduced Sammy to our favorite bakery and our friend: Tanya of Yellow Dog Bakery. We took Samuel to church for the first time and he was the best dressed person in the building. The following week we said goodbye to my Dad and Anthony continued orientation for his new job.

Samuel got his first official bath and gave us the cutest little grin.

My mom stayed with us another week. Thanks to my traveling hairdresser, Nicole, I finally got my hair done (third time of rescheduling finally worked)! Sammy was entertained by his Grammy (my mom) who held him and cooked Aebelskivers (Danish pancakes) for us. 

Last Saturday, we introduced Samuel to coffee culture at the Big Eastern Coffee Championship which happened to be held in Durham this year!

This past week has been our first week on our own. I began my new career as a stay-at-home mom (or domestic engineer). My boss is quite demanding, but rewards me with love and the cutest face I've ever seen. 

We are grateful to have survived the past 5 weeks. We already have a huge support system here in Raleigh and, of course, back in Sacramento. The tangible way people have given to us has helped carry us through these challenging weeks. I do not feel nearly as tired or beat up as one would think considering all that has occurred. I have constantly been reminded of two things that are the theme of my life and writing:

  • The Lord has been with us and has not abandoned us
  • I can live free of worry because the Lord is with us and will provide for us

Each day, I look at Samuel and am reminded of what his name means: the Lord heard my prayer. Thankfulness for the gift we have been given makes my heart want to explode with joy. 


A Knitty Christmas

I have been working at a local yarn store in Raleigh called Great Yarns. The owner Mary was kind enough to hire me seasonally knowing I was pregnant and could only commit to working there for a few months. I have truly enjoyed getting to know the fellow knitting/crocheting ladies, especially Pam and Ellen. They have taught me a lot of new skills, including how to crochet and have encouraged me to push myself and try new things. 

A few weeks ago, the Hubster was perusing Krochet Kids' website and stumbled upon a cream and white striped stocking. He said, now that's a stocking that I would like to hang up! I looked at the picture and said, I can probably make that. His eyes got really big and he said, really? I said, why not? I work at a yarn store and the ladies can help me figure it out!

I went back to work and asked Ellen and Pam what they thought. They said, I should get on Ravelry (my username is malisaprice) and look up a pattern. Then we'd pick out the yarn and they'd show me how to create the large "sock". I found this Striped Stocking pattern from Bernat. Having come to the realization that I knit a little loose, Ellen suggested I use US size 7 needles and Plymouth Yarn's Encore Worsted. I bought three skeins and got busy. 

Last week I had a really bad cold and didn't go in to the yarn store. It was a bummer because I had gotten done with the easy parts of the stocking and was to the Heel section. I needed Pam or Ellen's help. Alas, I turned to YouTube and found this wonderful tutorial from Very Pink Knits with detailed videos on Christmas Stockings. 

In case you're curious, I used Encore Worsted colors Merry (1001- green and red), Winter White (0146), and Regal Red (9601) for the stockings. 3 total skeins made 2 stockings and I'm working on a smaller version for the baby!

I also chose to make a fabric lining using a little tutorial I found on Pinterest. As you may know by now, I LOVE stripes, so of course I was elated when I found a stash of fabric in my sewing desk in Christmas red, green and white stripes. I made the fabric lining slightly larger than the stocking, as the tutorial said, put the right sides together, sewed about 1/4 inch from the edge all the way down one side, around the bottom, and back up the other side. I left the top alone until I folded the edge down about 1/2 inch and sewed across the top to make a neat looking fold. 

I carefully stuffed the knit stocking into the fabric, wrong sides facing each other. I pinned the fabric to the knit stocking around the top.

Then I chose a thread that would blend in, for both stockings I used red, and hand-sewed the fabric to the knit stocking. 

Once done, I grabbed the bottom of the stocking and carefully turned it right side out, with the knit stocking showing. 

I still need to add a little ribbon to the left side of the top of the stockings to hang them up. The best part of this project has been how impressed the Hubster has been with my crafting skills. 

Amazingly, the finished size of the stockings are both very similar to each other and the pattern size! Yeah!!

One more thing, my sisters have both gotten in to knitting since I started this project and I think they'll be passing me up in knitting skills in no time. Especially Heidi, who has gotten a bad case of knitter's elbow due to knitting so much!


Five Minute Friday: Home

The word home evokes many images and sayings. 

Two that I immediately thought of were: Home is where the heart is and Home Tweet Home. The second saying hung above Tweety-Bird's house and is a throwback to my cartoon days.

Home also brings to mind houses. As I thought about houses, they aren't always needed for some place to feel like home. This week I was travelling for work and in doing so, I was keenly aware of what home means to me.

Home means comfort and security. It represents love and a feeling of care. 

To me home doesn't mean the nicest house on the nicest street in the best area. It's a place that's familiar. 

Lately, the thought of home is simply complex. It's people and the person that most represents home to me is Anthony.

What is home for you?

Linking up with Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday, where one word is written about for 5 minutes. 


Summer Date Idea

My husband, Anthony and I are major coffee connoisseurs. So any activity we do, will involve a coffee shop. Our favorite summer date is to hop in the car and drive somewhere new. We like to try out the local coffee shops and walk around the area. 

Recently, we were in Auburn (just outside of where we live) and we went to a ravine. My cousin was with us and thought it would be fun to take pictures of Anthony and me. We began posing for the camera.


Please hop on over to Mandie's blog, where I'm sharing an idea for a Summer Date Night...  


Grace - easy to receive, difficult to give

I've had a little trouble figuring out what to write here lately. Yesterday, after the Hubster and I had a long conversation, I found myself remembering this painting

I realized I love receiving the grace of God and having grace extended to me by others. But giving it, that's another story. Anthony brought up a situation where I was in the wrong. I admitted I was wrong, but knew I wasn't ready to do anything about it. 

As I sat in the car thinking about Jesus and the grace he freely provides, my heart softened. Friends, I didn't do anything to make my heart change. I sat there staring out the car window thinking about what Jesus did for me. I thought, I can't withhold grace from this person or situation. I've been given a lot more grace and forgiveness and I need to extend that to others. 

So, I closed my eyes and asked my Father to forgive me and help me to be willing to forgive and let go of anger and hurt. Amazingly, I know He did and, today, I feel a little lighter.


Friday Faves, Coffee Date, & InstaFriday

If we were to sit and have coffee today, I'd tell you that this has been a busy week.

Last Saturday, my sister-in-law, Brianna, got married. The wedding was beautiful and the food, primarily made by my mother-in-law and her family, was delicious. The cake was gone in no time and was heavenly. Brianna was a beautiful bride and Chad (her new hubby) is a wonderful fit for her and our family. 

photo credit: Benton Studios

Their wedding helped me realize that I'm not perfect or in control of really anything. If it weren't for Jesus, I'd be nothing. I'm so grateful for the people in my life that love me and stick around as I learn to become more like Jesus. 

Instagramed pictures from the wedding: 

Like my mani/pedi? Tonya (PC's wife) came to the rescue and painted them for me! P.S. Big, curly hair is an all-time favorite.

The Hubster & Me

Anthony & Donna (his mom, my mother-in-law)

Scott (my father-in-law) & Me

If we had coffee, I'd tell you that Scott & Donna are the most wonderful in-laws I could have ever asked for. They are my faves.

The Bridesmaids: Elise, Me, Chelsea, & Kourtney

I'd also tell you that I have a really thoughtful and incredibly sweet Hubster. Whenever we grocery shop together, he always asks me if I want flowers. This time, accompanied by our cousin, Brittany, I said yes. She helped him pick out a beautiful bouquet. 

When I Instagrammed the picture of the flowers, I said "I love pretty things." Anthony thinks cards are a waste of money. However, he replied to the flower picture and said, "I love pretty things too. That's why I picked you." Pretty much the best online "card" I could get. 

As we drank our coffee, I'd probably be wearing a striped shirt or pants. I'd say I might be needing a stripe intervention. We went to the mall on Tuesday and I bought 4 striped items. Add that to the growing collection and I think I now have 75% striped clothes. 

My coworker and I have become good friends. Her nickname is Sissy (real name is Stacey) and mine is Missy. Sissy gave me the prettiest top and earrings for my birthday. They were the only non-striped outfit I wore all week. 

In fact, I wore them to the SacTweetup. Where I met Donelle in person.

Donelle is such a fun lady and I'm looking forward to getting to know her better. She also started a really cool blog, Seen In Sacramento, where she talks about how awesome our town/city is.

One of my favorite things things about working downtown is the horse police. They are awesome, especially when they cross the street like pedestrians do!

Please don't stage a stripe intervention on me, I have a few more striped outfits I have my eye on!

What have you been up to this week? 

Linking up with Rachel, Alissa, and Jeanett!


High Five for Friday

I'm joining Lauren (From My Grey Desk Blog) for her weekly High Five for Friday post! 

Here are my high fives this week:

1. Accepting the fact that I am not perfect & I can never be. Not going to lie, this is incredibly hard for me to believe. I've spent a lot of time trying to be perfect.

2. Hanging out with my sister Heather and making some awesome pottery from Petroglyphs (post to come next week) for a birthday prezzie from her! Woo hoo. I can't wait to show you what we made.

3. The library. And reading books. Books that came highly recommended by Modern Mrs. Darcy. If you haven't gotten her Ultimate Beach Reading guide, you are seriously missing out. It's free! Thank you Anne for compiling such an awesome resource.

4. The internet and social media. I am so grateful for the friends I have made because of blogging. 

5. Budgeting and a new month. I like sitting down and creating a budget with Anthony. I love the beginning of a new month because our envelopes are full. I am grateful for being able to pay our bills and have room to spare. Also, being able to sponsor two little kids & help with charity: water. Thank you Father for helping us reach bottom a few years ago and teaching us to be better with the money you give us. 

What are your high fives this week?


Speed Dating ~ Blog Style

Confession: I have never speed dated. I've also never been on a blind date. I only went on one date before dating and marrying my Hubster. That guy is now my brother-in-law, Caleb. It's actually a pretty funny story. Maybe I'll tell it here someday. 

I was thrilled when I saw Mariah (aka Thee Fire Wife) talk about Speed Dating on her blog. Mariah linked up with Nicole (aka This Little Momma) and I thought it would be fun to do the same.

photo credit: anthonyprice

  • I'm a perfectionist that tries to be creative and make stuff. You can see how this can be a problem.
  • When I cook, experiments abound. 
  • Headbands and even pony tails give me a headache. Always. 
  • I can't stand clipping my finger nails with clippers, but I still do it.
  • I haven't bit my nails (I know, bad habit...) since February when I started painting them with polish. Thanks Jessica (aka Polish & Pout)!
  • Sometimes I feel like I'm the plainest person in the world. Like Sarah, Plain and Tall. 
  • I have light blonde eyelashes and eyebrows, which means I look tired or sick if I don't wear mascara/draw in my brows.
  • I have never gone to the Grand Canyon and I really want to.
  • I've never felt as hipster as I do today: maxi skirt, Tom's shoes and a scarf. 
  • I have always wanted to travel to some of the European & Scandinavian countries (Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, etc.) 
  • We might go to London this fall! WOO HOO!
  • I can't stand the phrase: nom nom or om nom nom when talking about food. It disgusts me.
  • I am easily amused, especially by commercials with animals in them. 
  • I am the oldest of 4 kids in my family and the oldest of all 15 grandchildren in the extended family. 
  • I'm pretty much late wherever I go, which is a pet peeve of mine. Go figure.
  • I love the old cartoons: Flinstones, Meet the Jetsons, Yogi Bear, etc.
  • I'm really picky about movies I like. Pretty much if I stick with Disney or "family friendly" films, I'll like the movie. Get outside of those parameters and I probably won't like it.
  • I like meeting new people.
  • I love asking people questions, even though it can seem like I'm interrogating them.
  • I have been known to have engaged in an activity for the primary purpose of blogging about it. In fact, that's how Nicole got me to watch Downton Abbey!
  • I have a challenging time remembering the faithfulness of God and that He always, always knows what's best for me.
  • I am learning that my timing does not coincide with God's. Pretty much all of the time.
  • I'm also learning that Jesus freaking rocked it. He was and is so amazing. 
  • If I read a book, I feel compelled to finish it even if I hate it. 
  • This summer, I'm permitting myself to not finish a book and move on.
  • Last week we went to the library to check out a bunch of the books, Anne (aka Modern Mrs. Darcy) shared with her Ultimate Beach Reading: Summer Reading Guide. And I had a wonderful time. 
  • I just finished Julie and Julia and enjoyed it, minus the cussing.

What about you? What would your speed dating list look like?

Linking up here

This Little Momma


Coffee Date & Together 

If we were to sit down for coffee today, I'd order a non-fat mocha with light whip or a Gibraltar. It's a small latte with a little milk and espresso. I'd also ask for a packet of sugar to be added to the Gibraltar. Then I'd order a large glass of water. 

I can't ever drink enough water. 

Then I'd tell you that being together with the Hubster is the brightest part of my life. I'd tell you that I'm not sure exactly when we met. Because, I can't really remember. I believe we started hanging out "as friends" in 2002. We became best friends the summer of 2003 and were inseparable. We texted and IM'ed (instant message as in AOL!) all the time. 

I didn't even know how much I liked Anthony in my life until my mom said I liked him. I said no, I didn't. (I had never really liked anyone else until I met him, so I really didn't know). She asked me, what would you do if he dated someone else or wasn't in your life anymore? I immediately started crying. 

Yeah, I liked him. I liked him alot. And that started the journey of us being together formally.

The funny thing is, like Alissa said in her blog post, I don't remember life without being together. And I can't imagine life without him in the future. 

So, that my friends is what I'd tell you over a cup of the good stuff. 

What would you tell me about your life?

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