Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Slow Day

Hope When it Hurts
The Wingfeather Sequel
Boyfriend Cookies from I Heart Naptime - one of my favorite and most used cookbooks
Re-watching British Baking Show
Anniversary dinner complete with rainbow!

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Slow Day

Breakfast Casserole
Scooping granola into jars {side note: Rachel saw this on my list the day before and I didn't get it done before the end of the day when I had a meeting, while I was gone to my meeting she mixed it together and was finishing it up when I got home! LOVE!}
Reading: The Warden and The Wolf King and the Daily Bible
Spring pops up in our backyard.
Baking sugar cookies for Valentine's Day: the girls have been itching to use piping bags - they did so well! That piping is theirs not mine!!!
A beautiful sky at sunset!
Everyone but Daddy stayed up late and played Life! We giggled and had such a fun time together it was worth every minute of staying up late. I think I got this game for my 13th birthday and I still remember my Mom staying up late that night to play it with me - sweet memory!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

15 Years!

My favorite pictures of us! Celebrating fifteen years together today - and so grateful for God's provision and blessing on our home and family.

At the jewelers suggestion when we bought our wedding bands, David gets a diamond set into his band every fifth anniversary - he just got his third and we both got our rings cleaned so they are dazzling and beautiful!

After high school trying to figure out what to do with myself - the main thing I wanted was to be a wife and a mom. I think of that every now and then and feel grateful that God has allowed me to live out that dream and I am so thankful.

God's goodness has been evident in these fifteen years to us and I know He will not stop now!

Monday, February 18, 2019

A Good Day

Typically I write my blog for the week over the weekend and this has just been hard lately as I have felt that I don't have much worth sharing. After feeling that way again this weekend I realized that I had had a very good day and even though it was just ordinary and simple, it was a good combination of restful and productive. It also dawned on me that these are the things everyday life are made up of - not magazine worthy dinners every day with DIY projects filling every moment. Just simple, homey real life.

So, I want to tell you about my good day on Saturday! First of all, I stayed home all day - it was just lovely and as I was chatting with the girls we admitted that going out can be fun and so can staying in. Staying home makes it feel like my time multiplies whereas going places really sucks down time. Not that I never want to go anywhere - it is just a fact!

The morning started off with several friends coming over who are going to help me plan an event coming up in August. It was the perfect combo of things I love - ideas, vision, brainstorming, God's Word and sharing a meal. The girls had a friend over as well during this time and so it was a lovely time of friendship for them too!

I sipped on Orange Ginger Mint tea and tried a new recipe subbing currants for the cranberries in these muffins: delish!

My next goal for the day was to get our taxes done and I did! Such a great feeling! It is not a very fun task, but I am very thankful to not have it hanging over me and to have that job completed.

David and I also worked on constructing some armor out of posterboard, duct tape and plastic wrap for a history presentation Samuel has coming up in a few weeks. His character is a surprise until the night of the event so I won't show a photo yet but I will say - it turned out pretty great!

The girls pulled out the watercolors and did a little creating and beauty making of their own! And then we made microwave heat bags for each of them as we've been sharing one for years and frequently more than one of us want to use it at the same time. I don't know why the obvious solution of making more didn't occur to me until recently but either way, we have now remedied the situation! Rachel fashioned hers into a pineapple! And Emily's is using leftover material from our dining room curtains - these were free to make using only supplies we had on hand - my favorite!

The girls and I are especially enjoying re-watching British Baking Show, currently season 4 from the library! We now want to bake Yorkshire pudding, try laminated dough and all sort of other fancy treats and goodies. It is always so fun and inspiring to watch!

Dinner was easy and the girls and I worked together which made it all the more fun. We made Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes and Oven Fries.

Ordinary, homey, simple and yet comforting and relaxing. Such a good day - tell me about some simple ordinary pleasure you've experienced lately!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Slow Day

Reading: Hope When it Hurts: Biblical reflections to help you grasp God's purpose in your suffering

Baking: Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Enjoying: a beautiful spring-like day and picnic!

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