friday || 9.1.17


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!



friday || 1.20.17

It's that day we all wait for each week. Friday is here again. :)

I hope that each of you have had a truly wonderful week and that your weekend is equally as wonderful, whatever it may hold.

We are full of the "delights of anticipation" as Anne would say, as we are counting down the last few hours before Nomie (my mom), Uncle Mike, and Auntie Meg arrive in town! The little sister is coming back for her next semester and we are extra happy this time because her boyfriend, Zach, is back this semester, too, so we get our piece of family back here in Louisville again and that makes us so thankful. And my little brother, "Uncle Mike", gets to visit for the first time since AK was born! So between getting Meg and Zach back here in town, Mike visiting, and Nomie topping it off, we are three happy happy people! Living far from all our family makes us savor these times all the more. We don't focus on the end of the visit, we focus on each piece of it, and they never fail to be the best kinds of times. 

So it is, indeed, a very Happy Friday over here.

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

It doesn't take much reading here to discover my love for all things cozy and cable knit sweaters, to me, fit snugly in that category. Spotted this cable crewneck sweater on JCrew Factory and I love the blue tones. 

This down and feather fill parka arrived on the doorstep this week and I'm so pleased with it! I like the weight -- not too huge but definitely feel the warmth. The hood is nice and cozy and the length is perfect!

leftover birthday cake.

I'm making champagne vanilla cupcakes (YES) while the family is in town this weekend and I've been scouring the online for white cake platters. I love the simplicity of this one from World Market and the dainty dots and shape of this one from the threshold line at Target.

good reads that make turning out the light and going to sleep rather difficult.

This book, Finding Winnie, needs to make its way into your home as soon as it can. In one read it has become one of my favorite books to read with AK. It is the sweetest story with the happiest surprise.

I am eager for Ellie Holcomb's new record, Red Sea Road, to release. The way she weaves words and upholds truth in such a beautiful way -- it's just good good stuff!

My mom and younger siblings are bringing several of our Christmas gifts up to us today, the ones that we couldn't fly home, including my gorgeous new marble pastry slab!!!! I'm GIDDY.

texts that come at just the right time, when your heart most needs them.

I have several dear friends who are having babies soon and as we all await their arrival I've been hunting for the best kinds of little things to gift them. Molly and Moo has some darling wooden toys and teeters and this pull-along delilah duck is perfectly sweet!

I'm making monkey bread for our Saturday family brunch tomorrow and we love PW's recipe for it. This is the kind of food that I have to will myself to stop eating because I absolutely would eat myself sick with it.

that AK told me today, "Mom, I get chatty at bedtime."

the sound of rain

My mom is officially hipper than I am. She took one of these transport tote beauties home from Madewell the other day and she is so happy with it! I told her to not be concerned if it goes missing on her trip here.

Any find or little delights from your weeks that you would like to share?? I always love to hear!

Happy Friday, friends! I hope it's a lovely one for you.