Please Say You'll Come Over! {Giveaway}

December 3, 2015

I love that my blog friends are just as real to me as my real friends.  The only downside is that I can’t get together with you all for coffee dates!  So…  I’m inviting you to a virtual coffee date!  Of course, this coffee date will be at my house since Caleb’s so much more entertained at home than he is at a coffee shop and I want to talk to you instead of chasing him around. I'd love it if you'd join me in a little impromptu coffee date! Affiliate links may be used in this post. Ordering a product through this link may result in a
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+ If we were on a coffee date I’d excitedly welcome you into my house and happily give you a house tour, all the while apologizing for the dishes in the sink, the unmade bed, and the laundry waiting to be put away.  Sometimes things just don’t get done and, if I’m honest with you, I don’t know the last time I made my bed.  #RealLife + If we were on a coffee date you’d laugh at how my Christmas tree is decorated all cute and put together except for the bottom foot.  That’s Caleb’s territory and he only gets to play with the needles so no decorations go down there.  Even with the decorations out of reach two ornaments have already broken.  (One of those broken ornaments may or may not have been Nate’s fault…) + If we were on a coffee date I’d remember that you’re actually here to drink coffee so I’d pull out my new stainless steel French Press.  I’d happily boil some water and French Press it up because, really, a French Press is so much better than a normal coffee pot!  We’d both remark on how awesome it is to be able to make coffee in such a trendy way in the comfort of our own homes.  I’d put a little eggnog in my coffee instead of creamer since it’s Christmas season and I’d recommend to you that you do the same!  Don’t worry, though, I’d offer cream and sugar too if you’d rather take your coffee that way. + If we were on a coffee date, after the tour has been taken and the coffee has been poured, things would get awkward for a hot second.  My introvert tendencies would come out and I’d have to fight through my awkwardness and my hatred of small talk.  Maybe you wouldn’t notice how rough it was for me or maybe you would.  (I secretly hope you wouldn’t)  As we chat, I’d get livelier and livelier as our conversations get into deeper territories and I feel as though we’re truly connecting. + If we were on a coffee date I’d pepper you with questions about how you’re seriously doing.  You know, the things you wouldn’t necessarily share on your blog.  I’d do my best to rejoice with you, mourn with you, empathize with you, and speak words of wisdom into your life. I would share bits of my heart with you that aren’t laid bare on my blog.  I’d give you a glimpse of the inner workings in my life.  We’d laugh, cry, and pray about the things going on in our lives.  We’d marvel over social media and how it only encompasses a certain portion of our lives.  It takes a face to face interaction to truly get to the heart of someone else. + If we were on a coffee date we’d need to talk about some lighter stuff too.  I’d excitedly spill all the wonderful details about Nate’s new job and our new lives.  I’d tell you how happy I am here and how it was an absolutely needed change.  A tear would creep into my eye as I share with you about how hard marriage had gotten before we moved.  I’d let you know how Nate and I were pretty much running on survival mode while he was in school and working.  We hardly saw one another and had stopped joking around with one another.  As committed as we were to one another our marriage had been struggling and as much as we absolutely loved each other it was hard to be in love with one another.  God brought this job at such a perfect time and graciously put us in a small town where we can have a more simple pace of life – so much more to our liking. + If we were on a coffee date I’d remember that we had two more slices of chocolate whiskey devil’s food cake in the fridge and I’d insist that you try some!  It’s SO good!  While we’re in the kitchen I’d also realize that both our coffee cups were running a little low and I’d pour each of us a little more coffee from the French Press since 34 ounces goes a long way!  I’d tell you that you should definitely get this French Press for yourself!  It’s absolutely easy to use, keeps the coffee warm for a LONG time (stainless steel – especially insulated stainless steel – is awesome), and doesn’t break when you little sister drops it in the driveway (I’m looking at you Dinah!).  πŸ˜‰ I even have a 30% off code you can use!  Just enter the code OFGN42CX at checkout.  You’re welcome. + If we were on a coffee date you’d comment on how tasty the coffee we’re drinking is and I’d realize that I hadn’t told you about where I got it!  I’m so excited about this coffee!  I got it from Bethesda Coffee Roasting Company, an awesome subscription coffee service that sends out monthly orders of single origin, sustainably sourced coffee from all over the globe!  This month’s coffee was a dark roast from Mexico and it was so cool to learn that a portion of this month’s proceeds went to support the African Children’s Choir.  (You know how I feel about African children, right?)  Even though I prefer a lighter roast and this roast is pretty dark I still really enjoyed drinking it.  It takes a good cup of dark roast for me to truly enjoy and this was one!  You should definitely get on the ball and order some coffee for yourself!  There are tons of different subscription options ranging from $11.99 to $33.99 so they definitely offer something you can afford! + If we were on a coffee date Caleb would wake up from his nap and start fussing.  I’d get him up out of his room and you’d be so excited to meet him (at least I hope you’d be excited!).  Caleb hates waking up so he’d see you and grumpily lay his head on my shoulder, not thrilled that there was a stranger in our home.  I’d give him his coffee real quick (aka: nurse him) and then he’d be ready to go.  He’d still stay close to me at first and frown at you, not sure what to think.  You’d pull out one of his toys and start playing with him and it wouldn’t take long for him to warm up to you.  Gradually you’d have him sitting on your lap, “chattering” with you, and grinning from ear to ear.  He may even give you a hug or, if you’re lucky, a kiss! + We’d get back to chatting as Caleb got down and started playing on his own.  I’d tell you how good one is on my little man.  I’d share with you how hard Caleb’s first year of life was and how his stubborn and opinionated personality caused many tears of frustration and confusion.  He’s still super stubborn and opinionated but he’s also very obedient, funny, and interactive now.  I’d try to get him to show you all his fun tricks like waving, clapping, and, of course, saying “gobble, gobble.”  He’d hand you a toy to feed to his puppy and would have a blast handing you the toy over and over (and over and over) until you insist that the puppy is full.  I’d explain to you that I think there was some sort of magic switch that flipped when Caleb turned one.  I don’t know what it was but I’m certainly not complaining.  I don’t want to jinx it but I could almost say that Caleb is an easy baby now! +  If we were on a coffee date we’d look at our phones and realize that 3 hours had passed and you needed to get home.  We’d hug each other, take a quick picture (because it didn’t happen if a picture wasn’t taken), and head our separate ways – rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. Come on over, let's have a coffee date! Your Turn:
How do you take your coffee?
What would you tell me if we were on a coffee date?
<><><><><><><><><><><> One winner will receive one shipment of the Adventurer Coffee Subscription package which includes (4) 6 ounce bags of high-quality premium coffee and 1 stainless steel coffee travel mug (Prize pack value, $47.99). Entering is easy. You simply need to enter your name and email address and confirm that it’s okay for Bethesda Coffee to send you one thank you email.

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