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 || 7.14.17

Happy Friday, beauties!

The Fridays as of late have been extra happy in our little household because they have preceded rather empty weekends and they is just what we've needed. 

This Friday is no different and I get to start out the weekend by spending the evening with one of my dearest friends and then several ladies from our church, which shall be so refreshing. I think we might fill our empty Saturday with a trip to a local bakery or donut shop and then a trip to an old cemetery to feed the ducks and geese that reside in the pond there. It may sound morbid, but it is such a lovely cemetery, with such history flowing through it, and our pond visits are always sweet. And perhaps we shall end our time with a visit to a book store or a coffee shop.

Whatever we do, we shall be together and we shall be happy. 

What are your weekend plans??

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

1. This gorgeous Gien Filet Bleu Cup & Saucer from Anthropologie. Now, I shall not be spending $66 on one cup and saucer, but this blue and white loveliness just needed to be noticed.

The excitement of my sweet 5 year old in preparing for her little friend to come over earlier this week.

Catching re-runs of my favorite Monk show.

2. Reading Miss Rumphius to Anna Kate during the summer. It's such a lovely read. I would like such a little cottage on the east coast sea.

Wimbledon. I love Wimbledon. All their white and the stunning shots of the London and the tradition! Ah! It is absolutely on my bucket list to go to Wimbledon one day. During the men's final this Sunday we are going to have strawberries and cream and I simply can't wait.

3. Before our friend Anna's wedding I went shopping for a dress for the bridesmaids luncheon and I found this Cap Sleeve Shirtdress at Gap. It has thin blue and white stripes, it is so deliciously comfortable, and it looks lovely with sandals, heels, or flats. It's quickly become a staple and I would like to wear it to that little cottage on the east coast.

The blue hydrangeas that are most often gracing our table. I found out we can plant hydrangeas here and I cannot tell you how eager I am to make our backyard landscaping changes next year and plant those beauties!!

My mint julep candle that sniffs so pretty.

4. These Blue and White Striped Napkins from Jones Design Company. Stripes and blue and white -- I'm happy.

Larabar double chocolate brownie bites. A perfect snack.

Sticking black spots on our white t-shirts to go get free chick-fil-a on cow appreciation day earlier this week. AK thought it was the most fun and we shall never pass up free CFA.

5. Also from Jones Design Company, this brass planter. It is in their summer sale right now! Unfortunately, the medium size, which I pictured here, is sold out, but there is a small and a large size that are still left! It's a great contrasting piece to the wood of a table and the softness of some pretty blooms. Here's the small and here's the large.

Sweet time catching up with friends throughout the past week. Happy playtime for the Little Bit and refreshing conversation for the Mama.

Grateful for a good week in all the bits and pieces of it. I hope your week has been a lovely summer one, too!

Happy Weekending, darlings!

friday || 2.24.17

Isn't it so nice when Friday arrives, in all its glorious end of the week-ness? It's like turning the best page in a book every single week. 

My sweetest guy came home from work yesterday and said, "how about I take tomorrow off?" I wanted to cry. With the past few weeks being what they have, this thought made the load instantly feel a whole lot lighter.

Thankful: that my husband has a job where he is able to do this. for how he helps us fight for that margin and take care of our little tribe. and for how wonderful it was to wake up this morning and know he just got to be around. PRAISE. Lots of happiness happening over here.

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

Bought this little chambray skirt for AK from JCrew Factory earlier this month. The pockets and the bow!? I love dressing her. 

Made these Radish and Egg Salad Sandwiches from A Couple Cooks for dinner last night. Delish. Are you all egg salad fans?

Ellie Holcomb's Red Sea Road Album. I know I've mentioned it before, but I'm sharing it again because it is on repeat in our home every single day.

We are celebrating our favorite Canadian tonight -- our lil' sis' boyfriend -- and AK and I made this blueberry pie for his happy birthday dessert. It's all It was all I could do to not eat it for breakfast.

This holding pattern necklace from Madewell. It goes with everything.

My sister texted me the other day: "This came in the mail around noon.....I'm almost 1/2 done. You might need to add it to your list" along with a picture of the book My Heart by Julie Manning. I think I'm going to have to break my no more new books rule for this gem.

I want about 10 of these Indigo Fouta Towels from Jones Design Company.

My new Inspired Room book. Lovely content and it looks so pretty on a table.

These Instagram Friendly Photo Books from Artifact Uprising. What a sweet gift these would make.

How much my Little loves Lauren Daigle's song Trust in You.

These performance cotton capris from Gap. I'm needing a bit more in the workout gear department. Where do you all like to shop for such things?

No Bake Energy Bites. A favorite afternoon snack. 

And simply the fact that it is the weekend. Oh happy day!

Happiest Friday to you all!