friday chats

Hello, lovelies, and happiest of Fridays to you all!

I’ve loved this short week! Holiday weeks always give extra pieces of wonderful because it makes the work week shorter and our favorite guy gets days off more quickly!

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We’ve also been having a happy week because we’ve had Auntie Bear in town. Auntie Bear (Bear is her family nickname) is J’s older sister and oh, she is loved in this household! She and AK have a particularly sweet bond and AK had been counting down the days until her arrival from about the beginning of December. We’ve had a lovely week, in it’s sweet simplicity. Walks, trampoline jumps, movies and books, dance parties and snuggles, good food, many conversations, and ushering in the new year with sparkling apple cider and buffalo wings. Bear has been so thoughtful in her help to me, too, as she’s done many dishes, helped me cook and clean, and just poured out auntie love on the kids. Thankful for days like these with our Bear.

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To top off all this goodness my sweet man took today off so that we could have another day all together while Bear is in town AND he’s taking Monday off, too, as an extra family day before my birthday next weekend and before his next MBA class begins a few days later! Gosh, I love that man.

I do hope you’ve all had beautiful weeks ringing in the new year. Are you midnight people or there’s-absolutely-no-way-I-could-make-it people?

Now, onto MY FAVORITE THINGS from this week.

  • Our dear friends, the Noels, sent us such a thoughtful Christmas package and my gift was this beautiful Determination Cement Necklace from a collaboration that Liz did with Wells Cooperative. I’ve mentioned before about Liz founding the Dream Retreat with two of her good friends and any piece of the Dream Collection from Wells Cooperative gives back to the retreat. I love that! The pieces are lovely and so meaningful. I’ve asked for the Precious Gift White Agate Necklace for my birthday. I’ve seen it on Liz and it’s the perfect piece to wear everyday. I’m so proud of my friend!

  • My parents gifted AK Connect Four as part of her Christmas this year and we’ve had so much fun playing it with her. She’s become quite good at it, too! Sometimes I forget about introducing AK to the games J and I played growing up, so I was so glad to have this reminder of how something so simple as connecting 4 plastic circles could make for such good family time.

  • I chose several gluten and dairy free recipes to make for dinner while Bear is here because that’s the way she tries to eat on a regular basis. My brother and sis-in-love in TX also eat that way so Megan is a wealth of good recipes in that way! Megan had recently sent me a Pinterest board of some Whole30 recipes that they had tried and liked so I peeked at these as I was menu-planning for Bear’s visit. A couple nights ago I made these lettuce wraps and they were delicious! I substituted back in soy sauce because that was okay for us to use and I left out the water chestnuts because I do. not. like. them, but this recipe got a hearty “yay!” from all of us!

  • My parents also gifted the kids Ellie Holcomb’s new album, Sing: Creation Songs, for Christmas. It’s one I’ve been eager to try so we were so excited about it. It is excellent! So joyful, so fun, so full of good truth to fill our little’s ears. Several of the songs are absolutely dance-worthy, too. #5 is particularly happy and AK asks to repeat it at least 4 times in a row every time. I’m so thankful for good music like this. If you’ve never listened to Ellie Holcomb before you really ought try her Red Sea Road album, too. It is JUST SO GOOD.

  • This dusty pink short sleeve hoodie was a Christmas from my dad and I’ve been loving it! It’s so comfy and cozy, the shade of pink is perfect, and it’s a great length to wear with leggings. The Everyday & Company Shop is a new favorite of mine. I’m not spending shopping money right now (more to come on this later) but I’m keeping my little list going of some lovely staples to add to my closet.

  • We just watched Christopher Robin last night and, oh friends, I couldn’t have loved it more. It was every bit as sweet and comfortable and dear as you’d expect anything with Pooh Bear to ever be. I most definitely want to add this one to our family collection to watch for all the years to come. It was simply happy.

Any new favorite finds or moments this week you’d care to share?
I do hope you all have a beautiful Friday!

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!

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!