a post wherein I write for the first time in a while

It’s been a minute.

4 months of minutes.

On the one hand, I’m sad about that. I miss creating in this space, learning to craft the words that I share with you all.

On the other hand, though, I am thankful. I’m thankful that it’s been 4 months because in those 4 months it’s been a learning of unfurling my tightened grip on, “of course I can do all the things”, and realizing afresh, “oh right, I can’t”. More than that, too, is that I really don’t want to. I gave up rest trying to do it all and that was a sad trade. Not just the physical rest that is relinquished when I’m running around like a mad woman, but the soul rest that is neglected when I’m acting in such a way as to say, “catch ya later, God”. Good things don’t spring out of that.

So, 4 months it has been. In that time my son has gone from the occasional timid step to running laps in the house, my husband has completed another MBA class, and my daughter has gained that gap in her mouth that brings with it her mother’s song and dance routine to “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”. We’ve begun planning AK’s 2nd grade year (someone please explain HOW), we’ve hosted sweet family, we’ve taken a trip to Colorado to visit more sweet family, we’ve traded in snow days for tank-tops, we’ve begun planning a vegetable garden for next year, Jack’s word count has tripled, and, well, we’ve just lived life.

It’s been sweet and oh so stretching, new and routine, happy and hard, peaceful and stressful. It’s been LIFE, in all its hope and hard-won holiness. There’s been celebration and sweet provision, anxieties and arguments, the best kind of laughter and the painful kind of tears. It’s been a weird weave of normal everyday and not what we expected at all. In it all, those bonds that weave the 4 of us together have had kinks and knots worked out of them, stray strings that need to be pulled have been, and the cord as a whole has tightened. They’ve been a blur, these 4 months, but as we’ve been on this side of things, able to take some deep breaths and survey what’s come, we’ve seen the fresh shoots of growth and the ripe fruit the Lord has worked out from it all.

And we are grateful.

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In completion of this little post today, I thought I’d share a few bits and pieces that I’ve been enjoying as of late. A few favorite things, you know, which are always a delightful thing to be able to share.

Madewell is having a 25% off summer must-haves sale right now! I ordered this tank in the heather mercury color. I love their whisper cotton v-neck tees, so I’ve no doubt I’ll feel equal love about the tanks.

Another classic tank that I’ve added to my wardrobe this month is this striped tank from the A New Day line at Target. Just an easy comfy tank that I’ve worn dressed up and down many times already. Such a good price, too.

I’ve been slowly getting rid of the kid’s plastic plates and cups collection we’ve accumulated over the past few years and replacing them with bamboo pieces. Love these plates from Amazon that we got in the “coastal” color scheme. AK wanted the set that “looked like the ocean”. :)

We are in the midst of planning our women’s fall retreat at church and the topic this year is “Emotions” — we’re going light. I was so excited to discover the book Untangling Emotions recently and have just begun to work my way through it. The Lord is so kind in the details.

I’ve listened to almost every episode of the Good Enough podcast and every single one has just been excellent! The Self Care, Pinterest-Perfect Homes, and Work and Vocation episodes are definitely my top three, but truly, just listen to all of them. Thankful for the wisdom, humility, and grace displayed in these conversations.

I LOVE french toast, like really really. So, when our dear friend, Rachel, came over for brunch a couple Saturdays ago I had to make Peanut Butter Crunch French Toast from the Half-Baked Harvest cookbook. If for only that recipe, you should buy that cookbook. The peanut butter and the crunchy topping with the cinnamon whipped cream and the fresh berries!? Oh glory! Meanwhile, though, I’d try the Whipped Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Raspberries. It’s going on my list. I cannot imagine you’d be disappointed. That girl knows her way around a kitchen.

There’s always more to share, but I shall stop there.

Enjoy your Wednesday, lovelies!

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friday chats || jan. 18. 2019

Hello, my friends!

I hope you’ve had such a beautiful week!

Ours has been sweet, though a bit of a blur as sleep has continued lacking and we are still trying to catch up from last week. Thankful, though, for the ways we’ve seen grace multiplied. We were able to get little man into the doctor and discover he had his first ear infection — poor buddy :(, but praise the Lord for medicine and seeing our boy get on the mend! Honestly, I was so thankful it wasn’t something more intense and the doctor said it was an earlier on ear infection, so God was so gracious in that way!

And oh my goodness, I’ve continued to just feel so loved by dear ones even days after my birthday. Surprise gifts being handed to me or showing up on my doorstep. The kindest words in cards or texts. Being taken to dinner by some of the best. Just feeling so encouraged, so loved, and so very grateful for the people that fill my life up. They are the loveliest, wisest, kindest, most thoughtful, generous, loving, and beautiful souls.

grateful, grateful, grateful.

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Onto MY FAVORITE THINGS from this week:

  • For my birthday dessert this year I wanted to try the chocolate roll recipe from the Magnolia Table cookbook. So on the afternoon of my birthday, J, Little, and I set to making it. It’s actually quite a simple process and the cookbook has step by step pictures of how to achieve the “rolling” portion which is helpful if you’ve never done it before! The batter is heavy on the egg whites with much less flour and this makes the cake so light and fluffy. The texture and weight is perfect when it’s not only filled with cream, but topped with a drizzle of homemade hot fudge and a spoonful of homemade whipped cream! It was the perfect ending to the day. I would buy the cookbook just for that recipe and Joanna’s homemade whipped cream — it’s my favorite.

  • We cleaned out our basement a week or so ago and are on our way to turning it into a playroom. I can’t wait to have that space set up for AK, Jack, and their friends to go disappear into for hours and imagine, create, make messes, and have a space all their own. I’m trying to piece together my ideas for storage, decor, and the larger pieces of furniture that we’d like to have in the space to make it delightful and comfortable for the kids, and a teepee has definitely topped the list. This sweet one I found on Amazon looks is a great price and looks like the perfect thing to encourages little dreams and adventures.

  • It is quite possible that I’ve mentioned this book to you all before, but Every Moment Holy is a book that I’d like to add to our bookshelf soon. It is a collection of liturgies for the everyday moments and make-ups of our lives. Such things like “a liturgy for the ritual of morning coffee” and “a liturgy for experiencing laughter” and “a liturgy for a husband & wife at close of the day”. It’s bound so beautifully and is something that just encourages a recognition of how profound and meaningful life, in all its various forms and parts, is meant to be, and how present our God is in it all.

  • Jack in these overalls from H&M. When we got them they were a bit too big for him and I have been waiting with bated breath to put them on him. :) They did not disappoint. oh my goodness. He is all sorts of heart-melting goodness in them! I want him to wear them every single day. I find that clothes from H&M seem to fit him well and last us well, too.

  • These Salted Chocolate Snack Bars from Pinch of Yum have become a decent staple for us. They are gluten-free, diary-free, and naturally sweetened. And so so good! I made them once when Meg and Zach (our sister and brother-in-love) were over and they have become a favorite for them, as well! I made a couple of batches for us all to take on our road trip to TX last Thanksgiving and they were the perfect accompaniment to our afternoon coffee pick-ups. I’m going to make another batch when Momma Coobs comes to town next week!

  • My sweet parents gifted me these mixing bowls for my birthday and I was giddy when I opened them! In the last 2 years my two largest mixing bowls had met sad ends so my bowl collection was sorely in need of increasing. These bowls are beautiful, so sturdy, my favorite colors (much more grey tones in there than the picture shows), and with the most helpful little spout on the end of each one. They have already been broken in and are just making my baking all the more happy!

  • This year I’ve begun using a journal my sis-in-love gave me for my “one sentence a day” writings down. I’ll share more on this later, but I’d wholeheartedly encourage you to purchase a simple journal like these and begin doing this for yourself. It’s already been a sweet rhythm for my days.

    Happy Weekending, lovelies!

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Friday || 4.6.18


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The past week has held many days like this: rain and clouds, rain and clouds. I know I express an unpopular opinion amongst many of my friends and family members when I say that I don't mind it one little bit. Now, I will say, having a pup and a 6 year old does make me relieved to see the sun after multiple days of rain, but I can't help it, I just loo-oo-oove the cozy of rain. My kindred spirit, Rachel, and I met up at a coffee shop last Friday and we were laughing about how we were just keeping quiet when the people around us were bemoaning the rain. We just rejoiced in spirit in our little rain-loving club.

I think one of the reasons I love the rain is that it forces you to slow down, to some extent or another, and we all need a reminder to do that sometimes, don't you think? And I love when a reminder like that comes before a weekend. Sometimes on weekends we turn into maniac tasks monsters, determined to accomplish ALL the things and see some major lines dashed across our written to-do lists. And while that isn't always a bad thing, I think it's best to have it as the more "occasional" rather than the "regular". Our weekends need to carry rest with them, to bring refreshment into our souls and bodies, and to allow us to simply be. The Lord uses all sorts of things to gently prod our hearts to be reminded of our need to rest. I've no doubt sometimes that reminder comes through rain.

On to the 

F A V O R I T E S


I love shopping for baby boy clothes. Oh my goodness, it's fun! I have three beautiful nephews so I've had a taste over the years with shopping for them and so it made me all the more eager when we found out we had our little Jack on the way! There are, of course, the occasional splurges with  something extra sweet or special for him, but for the most part I've found wonderful deals through Old Navy, H&M, and Target's Cat & Jack line, to name a few. And with how fast he grows (oh my heart) it's hard for me to justify spending a great deal on clothes for this season. Pieces like this avocado onesie from Old Navy, this shirt and shorts suspenders adorableness from H&M, and this perfect for Easter bunny romper from Target we bought him are just a taste of the delights! And then when you find out that The Honest Co. is now making Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox diapers!? Oh. My. Gracious. Fun, you guys. All the fun!

If you don't listen to the Risen Motherhood Podcast, you need to start. I love these gals. They are so real, down-to-earth, and exude such a love for the gospel! They recently did a series on education and I thought it was fabulous. Above all, they just encourage the freedom that we have in Christ to choose whatever method of schooling is best for our individual families. When it comes to a subject that so often brings debate because we feel like we have to prove ourselves or defend our decision --- oftentimes when no one is even questioning us -- I was so thankful for these refreshing conversations on it!

In a need to eliminate that conversations of, "what is that really great dish we made that time that we both loved?" #thisiswhatparenthooddoestoyou J and I have realized that we need to have a better way to organize our favorite recipes. I've never kept a recipe box, but I have these lovely Rifle Paper Co recipe cards a sweet friend gave me forever ago. So, it only seems logical that I would look into purchasing a Rifle Paper Co recipe box and I've fallen in love with this Herb Garden design. And her categories are spot on, which is necessity.

Today, my sweet girl is going to have her first salon haircut. Oh, it's a BIG day. With all her sensory struggles the idea of going to a place to have her haircut was not an option up until now -- the thought of it terrified her. So, this is a big deal and it is such a sweet testament to how she's grown the past year and just leaves us so grateful for the many many ways we see the Lord working in her. We are so heart-exploding proud of her!! I'm planning on ordering a couple new bows for her new look from this favorite bow shop of mine: Fourth + Pierce. These are darling, well-made leather bows and I adore the simplicity of them. A few I'm eyeing: the Brie, the Zoe, and the Dee. These also make lovely gifts for baby girls -- it's been such fun sharing them with my precious niece and other sweet friends.

My dear sister made this sheet cake from Half Bake Harvest for Easter last Sunday and, oh my gracious, it was good. This one is going in our favorites recipe box for sure. Meg (my sis) made the icing with semi-sweet chocolate because that's what she had and I think I'm going to stick with that in future (I'm not usually a milk chocolate person). Or maybe I'll try dark chocolate one day because that is my favorite favorite forever. 

Ruth Chou Simons, the lovely lady behind the Gracelaced book and blog, just released a new book, Garden of Truth, this week and I am so excited about it. Anything I've read of hers, whether in her Gracelaced book, her blog, or her Instagram, always spurs me on to know and treasure my Savior and His words all the more. I have gifted the Gracelaced book to several dear friends of mine and I've no doubt I will do the same with her new one (I've actually already done it once). To pair the living and active truths of Scripture with absolutely stunning artwork is just such a piece of worship. I'm so grateful for treasures like this to enjoy!

Any favorite things this week you'd like to share, lovely ones?? I hope that your weekend is full of goodness! Happy Friday!