Wednesday, November 13, 2019

A Slow-ish Day

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Happy #15 Emily!

Apple pie, a pumpkin carving contest, bobbing for apples and roasting hot dogs all made for a fun Fallish evening for our birthday girl! She really wanted all the girls to make the felt wool ball garlands so that is what we spent our birthday budget on this year. She liked these fun combinations: Juicy Fresh, Weathered Neutrals and Cotton Candy.

Monday, November 11, 2019


Also could be titled: a post in which I catch up on all the things! Life has been pretty busy lately and it feels like I'm always saying that and always trying to slow things down. To all the mamas who told me life would get faster paced and I chose not to believe them - I sincerely apologize and understand the truth and wisdom of your ways now!

Seriously, I thought we were busy when we had three children in three years, but oh no - that was not as busy as what I feel now that they are all either teens or almost a teen and babysitting, dancing, seeing friends, going to youth group, etc. And, oh yes, we have to eat and school and do laundry and clean the house.

It's just been one of those seasons and actually it isn't over but I'm just choosing to sit down and do a little catching up.

My brain is all over the place {see above} so this will probably be a post that matches the status of my inner brain right now. Hold on...the ride might get a little bumpy!

Things to share: Emily got her braces off, Samuel got his upper braces on, I went to Atlanta for a few days for a CC training and stayed up way too late but also enjoyed connecting with friends I don't get to see very often!

I recently read Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling and the Mystery of Making by Andrew Peterson and ohmygoodness - it was so so good. I've really enjoyed camping out in this phrase adorn the dark especially as considering how our creativity does bring light to the darkness around us in light of who Christ is in us. Anyway, great read - I highly recommend if you like this topic as I do.

In fact, one Sunday evening while the kids were watching something in the other room, I camped out at the dining room table and just processed and wrote about this phrase and idea of adorning the dark, I just love the visual picture of those words.

I may have more to share on this at some point as I look back at my journal and continue thinking about it - but for now, I just wanted you to know about this book.

Speaking of great books, another new-to-me book I'm really enjoying is Every Moment Holy by Douglas McKelvey. This is a lovely book that looks like an heirloom filled with liturgies and prayers for many everyday occasions such as the first fire of the season, hosting a purposeful gathering, a liturgy for the student and scholar and even for the doing of laundry. It is very refreshing to consider the holy work of these ordinary moments and I've enjoyed sharing several of the entries with friends at moments where they were walking through the same situations.

Oh, and back to Andrew Peterson - this is my new favorite song right now: Is He Worthy?

Next - I've been trying since last Christmas to figure out how to watch Hallmark Christmas movies without a cable provider. I've looked into every option mentioned and so far am still looking. We tried the Hallmark Now channel on Amazon {thank you free 7 day trial} and watched the entire season of When Hope Calls on Emily's birthday - it was so fun! I don't feel it is worth paying for but it was great for my favorite price of free and such a fun treat to do on Emily's birthday.

We are still working our way through season 6 of When Calls the Heart, I'm sort of piecing together free media credits {from choosing slower shipping on Amazon} and what is available at the library. But it is something we are enjoying!

Next random thing - we are looking forward to being home this year for the holidays. I'm excited to be at home and use our Christmas things and put up a tree for the first time in several years, I can't remember exactly!

Meanwhile, my girls really want to make fudge this year and I've tried {and failed} at least twice. Please send your tried and true fudge recipes and/or any tips! We are at sea level if that makes any difference and it is humid here - could that be making a difference? I hear people say fudge is so easy and that you can't mess it up. Well, I guess you can! Ha!

I'll probably think of ten things as soon as I close this post, but I think that is probably enough rambling for now - what miscy things are on your mind/plate these days? What are you enjoying?

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Cozy Issue

I've mentioned Bella Grace magazine here before and their Cozy Issue is the best of the year! This is the second volume because it was so popular last year. Even more exciting for me is that this issue features an article and photos that I submitted about cozying up your camp site! The Cozy Issue releases tomorrow {November 1st} and can be found online or at Barnes & Noble. Let me know if you check it out.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Slow Day

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Family Photo Shoot

After a successful trade last year, a sweet friend and I decided to swap taking each other's family photos again this Fall! I'm holding onto the family photo for our Christmas cards but here are some other photos from this session!

Emily had just gotten her braces off {I mean we had like 8 minutes at home between braces and photos!} before these photos so it was fun to capture her smile!

Have I told you about my friend Amanda's jewelry? I love the diffuser bracelets and necklace I have of hers - the wood beads are a fun texture to add to outfits - this is not a sponsored post, just me sharing about it with you!