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 || 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.