bits and pieces || volume 1

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Hello and Happy Tuesday, sweet friends!

It’s a new week and I do hope this new week finds you well and delightfully refreshed after the weekend. If you follow me on Instagram it will not surprise you to hear me say that I love Sundays. Sundays have become the sweetest and most restful days for us over the past months, a true Sabbath. Having that day before we open our eyes to Monday again each week has made such a difference in the rhythms and atmosphere of our home. I take it in like a balm every single week.

It’s been about a month since I’ve blogged and the other day, I found myself thinking about how I needed to explain to you all why it had been so long, but I caught myself. Two kids, homeschooling, husband in MBA classes periodically throughout a year along with his everyday job. This is our life right now. Though I wish I could be consistent with how often this space is filled with new words, I just can’t, and I’ve become okay with that. I want to use this little piece of internet that I have well, with intentionality and thoughtfulness, and not just throw words up on a page to achieve a post. This space is important to me, but the home I keep and the 3 beautiful souls I share it with are far more important, so sometimes this means blogging has to sit simmering on the back-burner for a time. So, I will post as I can and be so grateful for that.

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That handsome man and I celebrated 10 years of marriage on January 31st. A decade. That feels so surreal to say and also completely normal. I love our life together. He is truly my favorite part of everyday. Thanks to our sweetest brother and sister we got to have a night away right after our anniversary and it was the best. Really truly the best. It was all kinds of needed and such a grace to have. More to come on this later. On another note about that man of mine, I just have to say I’m so proud of him. He is currently in his last week with another MBA class and he, once again, has blown me away with his diligence and his perseverance in a loaded schedule, all while never ceasing to be fully husband and daddy to his three. To be the one by his side in any season is my favorite place of all. You better believe, though, that we are absolutely counting down the h o u r s until we can celebrate the end of this class and a nice 6 week break! It is needed.

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I began a new rhythm this past week, and I’m quite fond of it already. I began a daily rhythm of reading for at least 20 minutes during the day. This is not my before bed reading time, but reading time during the lighted hours of the day. It’s forced me to slow for a bit and set aside my to-do list and sit my bum down on the couch with a cup of coffee or tea and let myself rest for a bit. It has amazed me what this 20 minutes does for me and the progress I’m already seeing in my books! I highly recommend this to you, my friends.

I am currently reading:

The Life-Giving Home | My Life in France | The Road Back To You | The Awakening of Miss Prim

In my need for some more fiction on my reading list I borrowed that last book from a dear friend who LOVED it and whom I very much trust in her recommendations to me. So far, it’s a winner.

A bit more pieces to share:

  • In a season where my heart has been heavier and I’ve been processing some deep heart things, these are a few songs that have been keeping my eyes stayed on my surest hope: O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer, He Will Hold Me Fast, He Will, Red Sea Road, Is He Worthy, All That Is To Come, In Every Way (particularly the line, “You are fighting every battle, in my weakness you are strong…”), Good to Know the Father (a song a good friend & pastor of ours wrote. One of my favorite songs we sing.)

  • I’m in the midst of watching, for the first time, the BBC adaptation of Sense & Sensibility and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Edward and Elinor will always, always be a favored couple of mine in the Jane Austen books. I would also very much like to go live in the cottage where the Dashwoods reside after they leave Norland.

  • Have any of you seen First Man? Truth be told, though I love Claire Foy and Ryan Gosling, I was not a fan of this movie.

  • I’ve been dealing with a rather rough bout of skin irritation lately that appears in the form of intense itchiness. Nothing is visible, but the discomfort is miserable. It worsens a great deal at nighttime which has been affecting my sleep nightly for the past several weeks and I’ve begun doing a bit more research into what could be going on and things I could do to help it. One thing my mom recommended is that I make sure I’m using fully natural soaps, with no dyes or fragrances. Like the truly truly natural ones, not the 99.9% natural. Well, some dear friends of ours in GA have begun making soap and lip balm from the beeswax of their little brood of bees and it’s just lovely! Their happy business is called Beelements. I just got a bar in the mail from them and have begun using it. Jessee (our friend) told me that it would probably take several days for it to really begin to make a difference — after the remnant of my other soap clears out — so I am hopeful that with this soap and some other changes I’m trying to make I will have some relief soon.

  • A favorite easy breakfast of mine lately: blend 1 cup almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 heaping tablespoon of peanut butter, and 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder until fully mixed in your blender and sip away.

  • I made this bacon and brussel sprout salad the other night with avocado toast alongside and I was quite happy with the results.

  • I bought this drawing book for AK a while ago, but she hadn’t shown much interest in it until the other day. She pulled it out and flipped through it and seemed to decide it was worth a try because about 20 minutes later she held up a drawing of the most adorable duck I’d ever seen! I was so proud of her and so impressed and I know this book encouraged her confidence so much to see what she was capable of.

  • Our food processor has been on its last leg for a while now — I’ve literally been holding it together to make it work — and the other night, I finally fully broke it. Suggestions for a new one? Should I go basic or look at one of those brilliantly fancy machines they have now?

  • I have been searching and searching for a lovely everyday necklace that I can personalize and I am still so unsure! However, I found this website and they have several sweet and simple options that I’m currently perusing. Do any of you have that one necklace you always, always wear?

Well, friends, I’ve taken up plenty of your time on this not so short catch-up post, but it’s been lovely being back typing to all of you.

I hope each one of you are enjoying a pleasant Tuesday and I’ll talk to you soon.

Until next time, lovely ones!

friday || 9.1.17


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It's September.

The start of my favorite stretch of months and the season that makes my feet light and my heart go skip a few beats on the daily. Truly, the scents of autumn, the tastes of autumn, and that delicious feeling that you're constantly wrapped up in the most cozy embrace -- these delights sit at the top of the list as to why it's my favorite time of year.

My heart has been heavy this week, though, with constant thoughts about so many in Texas who have lost so much and are still watching the rain come down. I can't imagine what they are facing. But what has been so beautiful to see is all the people coming together to serve, help, rescue, and work for the people of Houston. Incredible stories of generosity and kindness and I love seeing that. Praying that the Lord uses these days in such an incredible way. 

I am so happy that this weekend is a long one. When J has Monday off it feels like a mini vacation for us. He is finishing up sanding down baby boy's crib and this weekend we will paint it and it shall be our first piece of furniture ready for his nursery. Oh, it makes me emotional just thinking of that! It's a piece of wonderful.

On to some favorite things from this week. 


~ A few of my favorite things ~

1.These Florence Candlesticks from Magnolia. They are on sale right now, too! Unfortunately, the largest is sold out, but the small and the medium sizes are both in stock. They are simply elegant. I'm picturing them with a fall candle and some pumpkins and greenery for our autumn table.

The fact that it is 100% change of rain all day today. Perfect for September 1st.

The sound of woodwick candles.

2. My new She Reads Truth Bible. It's so well designed, with beautifully hand-lettered key verses for at the beginning of each book, short devotionals throughout, and reading plans for each book. I love the way the pages are laid out with plenty of margin on both sides of the texts to write notes or thoughts as your reading and studying. It's just lovely.

Leftover Irish stew and mashed potatoes in the house.

3. This Textured Open-Front Cardigan from Gap. I bought it in the heather grey color and had it shipped to Colorado for our trip out there earlier this month and I'm so glad I did. I wore it daily out there and it has earned it place as a staple in my closet. It can be worn with everything and I love the length of it as well as the fact that it has a bit more room so it's perfect for my growing little man.

That Saturday means college football now! We will be watching ours with bowls of taco soup in hand and rain tapping on the windows.

4. I ordered my first blanket from The Tartan Blanket Co. To order a tartan blanket from Edinburgh, Scotland made me giddy. One step closer to my dreams of living there one day. I ordered the Wool Knee Blanket in Jacob Tartan, but there are so many other patterns I love, including this one in Thomson Camel. I can't wait for my tartan to arrive. I'm envisioning snuggling up with a classic read and a cup of tea.

Finishing out the tennis year with the US Open and putting together a 1000 piece puzzle.

Podcasts. They've been filling my ears constantly this week.

5. Fall candles. Home Goods allowed us to stock up with some at the end of last week, but we can never have enough so I'm always shopping. I spotted this Pumpkin Latte scented candle from Chesapeake Bay on Amazon and I think it might do well to show up on our doorstep soon. The tin is darling and then I saw it was recommended by Country Living for fall candles, so perfection!

The kicks and flips from the sweet one inside of me. It's magical. He's so loved.

The beautiful friends that I have speckled across this country and the rest of the world. Some of my dearest friends have come through the spaces of Instagram and my blog and that's been one of the sweetest gifts.

What have been your favorite things through this week, lovely ones? Do you have fall plans to usher in September?

Happiest Friday and September 1st to you all!!

friday || 5.5.17


Hi friends!!

Oh, I can't tell you how good it feels to be back typing away to you all! I have missed writing. I have missed sharing with all of you. I've missed this space of mine, my little creative outlet. Life required a time away for a few weeks, though, and it was good, what we needed as we moved and unpacked and settled in. There's been a lot going on in life lately, along with moving into our first home (!!!), that I just needed a few less things on my daily list. And I've learned that's okay, taking a break. It's needed at times and if it is the best thing then I need to get rid of the expectations I put on myself, remember why I do this in the first place, and take the break.

But I am surely happy to be back.


-- A few of my favorite things this week -- 

1. A dear friend of mine had her beautiful baby girl this week and many other precious ones have tiny ones on the way so I've been perusing the baby section of some favorite stores this week. This darling floral bubble one-piece from Gap just had to be purchased for another sweet girl that will be making her way into the world very soon. Sweet clothes for tiny people are my favorite!

2. Our own precious girl is growing non-stop lately and so a-shopping we must go. This frilled hem top from Zara is simply sweet and, of course, this stripe-y frilled sleeve top caught my eye, too.

3. Our sunroom furniture was delivered on Wednesday and, oh my, it was a happy day! We ordered two of these Tullsta chairs from IKEA and we are so pleased with them! They are comfortable, a great height, and I'm still able to pull my legs up into them for "cozy" sitting, so I'm fully satisfied.

4. I've been keeping a list of coffee table books for a while now and I recently added this Cut Flower Garden book to the list. I don't know if there's a better title to sit on the coffee table in our sunroom.

5. This Domino book has also been on that list for some time. The cover itself just begs to be set out on a table.

6. Tomorrow is Derby day and, though I'm excited to watch those beautiful horses run their race, I think I'm more excited about the food we shall indulge in. I'm trying this Kentucky Hot Brown recipe for our celebratory dinner and capping it off with this Carrot Cake . 

7. The Barren Woman's True Identity. This post brought tears. Forever thankful for encouragement like this.

8. I bought this Striped Tulip-Sleeve Tee from Loft last month during their friends and family sale and I love it. It's so light and the sleeves are just cheerful!

9. These Olivewood Canisters are sitting on our coffee bar now and they are such a charming addition.

10. This quote from Elisabeth Elliot. Y'all know my love for her.

"Every assignment is measured and controlled for my eternal good. As I accept the given portion other options are cancelled. Decisions become much easier, directions clearer, and hence my heart becomes inexpressibly quieter."

So so good. That was needed this week. 

Thankful for you, sweet friends. Thankful for y'all sharing a piece of your Friday with me! I hope that y'all's weekends are lovely, lovely, lovely.

Happy Friday, beauties!