friday || 9.8.17


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


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!