Friday Letters: A Farewell to Lagrange

Dear Lagrange, 

We’ll be leaving you soon- as in one week from today. As you’d expect, I have a whopping ZERO boxes packed, which means it’ll be a long week. My last week. There are many things I’ve loved about living here and few things I haven’t really loved, but I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that JRB and I are 100 percent thankful for the two years we’ve had here. 

When we first moved, we were newlyweds, recent graduates, and fairly clueless. We made about $3 each, but had very expensive taste. (Ok, maybe that was just me.) You grew us in innumerable ways and have strengthened our marriage at one of its most important stages- the first stage. 

Our first six months here, I pretty much hated it. I didn’t know anyone and had already eaten at every restaurant. Although that time was a trying one, JRB and I were forced to grow as a couple. We made friends together, took care of our sick dog Miller together, Googled and found a church together, and even got plugged into that church. 

Slowly your people became our people. In the past two years, we’ve vacationed with friends from here, prayed for and with friends from here, and been blessed (financially, spiritually, and physically) by friends from here. I know that the Lord placed us here on purpose because of the meaningful relationships we’ve made. 

I’ll miss the Caprese flatbread from Mare Sol, the french fries from Cart Barn, and everything about Taste of Lemon. I’ll miss First Baptist Church on the Square and meetings in Tom Farr’s (Top 10 Most Interesting and Most Intelligent Person I’ve Ever Met) office. I’ll miss our college students and the infamous Settlers group each Wednesday night. I’ll miss Bunco- even though no strategy is involved so I only went for the conversations. I’ll miss the house we bought and transformed into our first home where we hosted our first Friendsgiving and Family Christmas- even though we’re still paying the mortgage until someone buys it. (Any takers???) I’ll miss getting ANYWHERE I need to be in less than 15 minutes. I’ll miss getting hugs and kisses from all the sweet babies, a lot of which aren’t actually babies anymore. Our dogs will miss our backdoor neighbor, Mr. Fred, who gave them Milk Bones every day. (The good news is that we’re fairly certain that Sam will shed some pounds.)

We’ll miss this place- this place that I made fun of and looked down on until it completely captivated me and introduced me to some of the best kind of people. Lagrange has the kind of people who bring you dinner when they know you’ve had a hard week, help you pack and move twice in two years, house sit and dog sit while you’re out of town, encourage you through job searches, take you in like you’re their own children, feed you the BEST home cooking there is, offer a place to stay the night when your air conditioning is broken, and generously give of themselves, their possessions, and their time. 

We’re so thankful for our time here, but more importantly the people that filled the time. See you later, Lagrange!

Love, 

The Biermans

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Miller Bierman

It came to my attention that today marks the 2 year mark of JRB and I adopting our first dog, Miller. I can’t believe it’s been two years since we adopted the sick puppy I mistook as introverted. The first week or two we had him, I fell asleep every night afraid that he would die. Fortunately, Miller has cat-like tendencies and has somehow survived numerous illnesses and mishaps. 

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As a young puppy, Miller was quite the dreadful dog. As aforementioned, he was sick the first two weeks we had him. He also quickly went from a $30 pound puppy to a very, very expensive dog by chewing through baseboards, laundry, tennis shoes, etc. Thankfully he has finally learned to be a good dog. 

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Miller enjoys playing fetch and taking ownership of the one piece of furniture he’s allowed on in our house- this chair. He keeps it warm and only allows a few, loved people to sit in it. He’s a creature of habit with a strict bedtime of 10 p.m. He sleeps in the same spot every night and cannot be thwarted from that spot. 

 

Weekend Update: Sick Beach Trip

For the Fourth, JRB and I traveled to Hilton Head Island, SC for a vacation with my parents and some family friends. It was a sick trip (as in really fun and great) until it became as sick trip (as in JRB and I coming down with a stomach virus).

The trip began with a lunch stop at Starland Cafe in Savannah,GA followed by dessert at Back in the Day Bakery. We lusted over the Rosemary Ham and Italian panini, red velvet cupcake, and lavender cookie.

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After arriving, JRB and I rode our bikes to the beach, walked, and then got caught in the rain. (As you can see, we probably wouldn’t have gotten caught in the rain if we had paid attention to the sky.)

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The next day, our FAVORITE holiday, was a blast! We woke up early to go on a bike ride around the island, ate a yummy breakfast, and spent the day on the beach people watching, playing bocce ball, and enjoying each other’s company (when I say each other, I mean mainly the two babies on the trip.)

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I’m an only child, so I claim “aunt-ship” over all of my friends’ babies. Ergo, this is my niece Livvy Kate. She’s a doll, right?

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I feel bad for the boys in about 15 years (assuming she gets that hair under control).

It was on July 5th that things took a turn for the worst. I got sick on the beach, and JRB followed suit roughly 12 hours later. For the remainder of our trip, we took turns taking swigs of Pepto and Gatorade, taking naps, and sharing our symptoms. These are the only pictures that occurred after we got hit by that despicable stomach bug.

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This was at Harbour Town. JRB and I finally resurfaced for (a bland) dinner on Sunday.

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We spent most of our time in the rocking chairs near the bathroom, though.

Happy birthday, ‘Merica!

 

Weekend Update: Austin, TX

Here lately, I’ve been on the road- partly for work, and a lot for fun! The highlight was definitely my trip to Austin. I went for work, but was able to visit my friend Ginny for a couple of days. Highlights included

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 Enfrijoladas at El Alma

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 Paddle boarding and a morning jog around the lake in Zilker Park

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The ultimate tourist move- visiting the state Capitol

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 Nutella & Banana Stuffed French Crepes at Elizabeth Street Cafe

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Selfies at the graffiti park

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breakfast tacos at Austin Java

iced chai lattes from Joe’s

yellowfin tuna at Perla’s

shopping till we dropped at Madewell in the Domain shopping center

matching gel manicures

Can you tell that Ginny and I love food and being girly? This is why we love each other so much! I had the best time and would’ve had just had fun if we had never even left her apartment. Time with old friends is simply the best (but good food makes it even better).