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!

friday || 9.8.17


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I'm starting this post very simply by saying it's been a pleasant week and I am thankful for it.

The weekend lies ahead now and I am so glad it does.

Today holds a Home Goods stop, therapy for my Little, a phone chat with my bestie, bratwursts on the grill, the US Open men's semifinals, and watching the weekend roll in with my dearest people. I'm thoroughly content with today already.


~ A few of my favorite things this week ~

1. The P.F. Candle Co. My sweet friend, Julia, sent me a candle from them a couple years ago, an apple orchard scent which was so ideal for fall. I love the simplicity of their design, too.....vintage classic, I think. They have a spiced pumpkin scent now which I am eager to order a case of. This orange cardomom scent intrigues me, too, so perhaps I'll give it a try.

sitting in our sunroom with the fall breeze blowing through while catching up with a dear friend.

pulling on my slippers and a sweater in the morning because of the chill in the air.

2. Ruth Chou Simmons new book, gracelaced. What a work of art. Just seeing the Amazon images of the pages with passages of Scripture painted by her ~ it's stunning.

our "new" dresser, thanks to my sweet man's hardwork. another step toward our bedroom haven!

planning the women's retreat at our church alongside such wise, thoughtful, creative souls.

3. I've shared before what a gift Christy Nockels' music has been to my heart for years now. Her newest single, Build My Life, has been my daily song as of late. And I was so excited when I saw her share about her new album, Be Held: Lullabies for the Beloved, that is being released later this month. I can't wait to have those songs arrive on my doorstep. 

all the plans that AK is making for when her baby brother arrives. be still my heart.

anticipating our little family getaway next week.

4. I spotted this chair while browsing through Target's furniture online. I'm searching for a chair to go in the corner by my side of our bed and the size of this one would be perfect. I feel in love with the color, particularly when I read the name: Delight Seaglass. It makes me think of my sweet mama and her precious collection of seaglass from the Maine coast. This "seaglass" chair would be a perfect bit of color against the light gray walls we will have soon.

reflux medicine and tylenol -- sweet pregnancy helpers.

my little Target dollar aisle "thankful" sign that I picked up the other day. it's just sweet.

5. My sweet friend, Darby, found this doormat on West Elm for me after I had posted about needing to find this perfect doormat I had spied on Pinterest. I got the link from Darby when I was chatting with my mother-in-love the other day and mentioned it to her and how excited I was that it had been discovered. So a couple evenings ago UPS delivered a happy package to me that contained this very mat, from my most thoughtful Momma Coobs! It is the most suitable fall and winter doormat I have ever come across and I can't wait to cozy up our front stoop with mums and pumpkins to compliment that welcoming phrase! 

How has your first full week of September been, lovelies? What are some of your favorite things this week??

I hope you all have the happiest Friday and the most refreshing weekend!

 

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!!