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People often speak of life in terms of chapters. We close one chapter, one season of life, to begin another. While I agree, certain phases are certainly chapters, I tend to think of life more often as a series of books, made up of several volumes. Chapters within individual books within one big series.

So if preschool, elementary, middle, and high school years are all chapters; Childhood or Adolescence may be the book they comprise.

Last summer, Jonathan and I closed one dusty, well loved book. While we were wrapping up the chapters on Life After College, Living With Roommates, and How To Be An Adult, we were ultimately reading the last pages of that entire book, perhaps titled, “Singleness,” or maybe a more fitting, “Before There Was You.”

On a hot day in the middle of June we cracked the spine of a fresh new publication, entitled, “Being The Becks.” We imagine this to be a very large and hefty book. We’ve breezed through a few chapters already, namely, Living In A Hotel, Renovating An Old House, and Owning A Dog For Three Days.

Ah yes, we’re just getting started.

And so with the beginning of this new book, it felt right to begin a new blog as well.

What should you expect there? 

To be honest, we have no expectations. We don’t need to be famous (or even well-known) bloggers. Our ambition is not to make a profit off of this space. We just want to record our adventures, and to share our lives with our family and friends.

If you’ve been a faithful reader of this old blog, you can expect the new space to be more open, honest, and genuine. In a brief writing hiatus I’ve found that I work things out over the keyboard, my mind gaining more clarity with each letter, each word, each paragraph. With that said, we don’t anticipate accepting advertisers or writing sponsored posts there; just real life.

In the same vein, we don’t intend to heavily advertise ourselves. While we may share a special post on Facebook every now and then, we won’t blow up your newsfeed and we won’t link to everything we write. We foresee this space to be a close little community. If you want to read what we have to share, we are honored and we welcome you, but we’re not out to force our words on the masses.

Here’s to the best book we’ve ever read…

Visit our new blog at beingthebecks.com

Hi! Here’s my first pass at this once a month blogging thing. I think I like it and it was nice to gradually add to the post throughout the month. Takes the pressure off, ya know? Hopefully I’ll have some house updates to share soon! In the meantime, here’s what happened in November. 

Although it wasn’t technically in November, it is worth mentioning that Jonathan and I spent our first night in the “Beck Bungalow” on Halloween night!

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The house was still an absolute wreck, but we brought a mattress in from the shed, ordered a pizza, and sat out on our front porch with a few bags of candy. This ended up being such a sweet way for us to meet so many of our new neighbors as they brought their kids around trick-or-treating. Everyone was so welcoming and I felt particularly overwhelmed with kindness when a neighbor brought over food from a party they had been hosting, apologizing for not realizing we had moved in already, regretting that they hadn’t been able to invite us to the party. Such a small gesture, but it made us feel so welcomed into our new community.

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This month we had our first house guest! Our friend Michael was in Charlotte interviewing for a residency at Carolina’s Medical Center (CMC) and we loved having him in town to go out to dinner (Bad Daddy’s!) and spend the night. We didn’t have much to offer in terms of accommodations – just a mattress on the floor – but it made us so excited to host out of town guests once the house is in a little better shape.

Jonathan’s parents and my mom graciously made the drive to Charlotte several times this month to help us around the house. My mom and I washed all the windows, inside and out. We unpacked all of our wedding gifts and, thanks to mold from the basement, washed them all by hand. We unfortunately found lots of mold on everything from suede shoes to wooden spatulas, so all of those things went to the trash. I think I threw away 9 pairs of shoes. :( Jonathan and his dad installed cabinets, bathroom backsplash, and even baseboards! The house looks so much more complete with baseboards and I am loving it.

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One morning there was a knock at the door and I opened it to find an older gentleman that I did not recognize. To my surprise, it was the man that used to own the house! He came right in and gave me some of the house’s history — he and his wife lived there for 36 years! I think he liked some of the changes, but he did ask where lots of things were, “What happened to that shelf? Why did you get rid of the refrigerator? I hope you didn’t cut down my rhododendron bush!” Jonathan and I are planning to have him and his wife over for dinner some time next month.

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This month I read “The Stranger Beside Me” by Ann Rule, which I found to be utterly disturbing. Ann Rule is a true crime writer who was contracted to write a book on a case of missing girls back in the seventies. When Ted Bundy became the prime suspect in the serial murder case, Ann was shocked because she actually was friends with Ted and had worked with him at a previous job. Talk about a crazy coincidence. I read it because it was on a list of books recommended for people who liked the podcast Serial but it was a little too much for me.

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In the middle of the month we took a Saturday off from our house duties and made a day trip to Chapel Hill to watch UNC play Miami. When I was a little girl my dad took me to basketball and football games in Chapel Hill, I visited my siblings at college there, and Jonathan proposed to me on campus. So even though I didn’t go to school at UNC, Chapel Hill is still one of my “happy places.”

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My brother always hosts a great tailgate, and this time he did a bunch of mini sandwiches – burgers, bbq, pimento cheese, buffalo chicken, etc… It was so nice to take a day off from house work and enjoy the beautiful fall weather with family and friends. Plus, the Heels won, so it was an all around great day.

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I took two trips to the mountains of Virginia in November. The first of which was for a girls’ weekend with two of my friends from college, Kara and Laney. We sat around the fire, drank wine, went antiquing, laughed, watched movies, etc… I hate living in different cities than all of my best friends but it’s so sweet when you can spend time together!

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The second trip to VA was for Thanksgiving with my side of the family. Jonathan and I went up on Wednesday night and stayed until Friday afternoon. It was great to have the whole fam in one place for more than a couple of hours! Everyone brought a dish, but we also all worked together in the kitchen to make some more things on Thanksgiving day. It was a lot of fun!

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We spent the weekend after Thanksgiving in Durham with Jonathan’s family which was also great. It worked out well that they were planning on having Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday this year, so splitting our first holiday as a married couple was pretty painless! Jonathan’s sister Allison hosted the meal and we loved eating on the back deck while watching football around a fire.

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Last, but certainly not least, we celebrated Jonathan’s birthday at the end of the month! The big two-eight. I surprised him with dinner at Beef ‘N’ Bottle, a small steakhouse here in Charlotte. It looks so unassuming and honestly run down from the outside, but the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Happy Birthday, JB!

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For every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

My friends, I have been writing this blog for nearly six years now. It has seen me through college, failed relationships, internships, career hunting, numerous moves, several jobs, engagement, marriage, house buying and home renovating. It has been years since I’ve posted with much consistency, but I’ve loved having a place where I could chronicle a few of the fun going-ons in my life. Not only that, this blog has stretched me as a writer and afforded me multiple different opportunities to work writing into a career.

But, for everything there is a season. Recently I’ve felt it tugging on me that this ol’ blog is coming close to rounding out its season. I’m planning to share several posts with room makeover reveals once we are settled into the house – how could I not? After that it is my intention to write once a month – just 12 posts a year – mainly to keep our families and far-away friends up-to-date with what’s going on in our lives.

I’d love to keep up with you on Instagram, so please feel free to find me there. And if you miss my writing so terribly you just can’t stand it, you can keep up with my freelance work on Charlotte Agenda.

Thanks so much to all of you who have read Meet Virginia over the past six years. I’ve made true, lasting friendships through this little blog, and for that reason alone, it has been more than worth it.

I’ll “see you” guys at the end of the month!

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