June 29, 2018

Random Photo Friday

Hello, my friends and Happy June 29th, also referred to as Steve and my wedding anniversary! Yep, twenty seven years ago today two very young people promised to love, honor, and cherish each other for the rest of their lives. Twenty seven years, four children here on Earth, one little soul in Heaven, one cat, two dogs, one apartment, four houses and countless wonderful memories later, we are still as much in love as we were that scorching hot June day. : )

Now, a look back at the past week or so here in our little world...

June 27, 2018

The Very Best Taco Dip. Really.

Sunday afternoon we were honored to have our pastor and friend over for a visit. I was really excited to try out a new taco dip recipe I had found online. I knew I would have to adapt it because refried beans are just not a thing our house! I planned on browning some ground beef and adding some taco seasoning mix instead. Which would have been great, except I didn't have any taco seasoning mix.

June 25, 2018

What I Wore Saturday Night

Last Saturday night we went to a super fun surprise 60th birthday party for Steve's brother Mark. His wife and children planned and hosted it at their home, and it was perfect. And his brother was totally surprised! Anyway, because I was all dressed and sort of put together, I thought I would ask Steve to take a few pictures for a fashion post. If there is one thing I feel super comfortable about, it is posting about fashion. (Insert sarcastic look here.)

This outfit is so comfortable, and perfect for a warm summer evening outside.
And the sandals? The most comfy ever.

The blouse is very breathable and light, and the shorts have stretch!
But they don't get baggie.
If you know what I mean. : )

Blouse: Grand & Greene from T. J. Maxx
Size: Large 

Shorts: Nautica from T. J. Maxx
Size 12

Sandals: taos from The Walking Company

Bag: Dooney & Bourke

Sunglasses: Vogue from Sears

There you are.
A fashion post from a woman whose entire wardrobe is 75% loungewear and pajamas.

Thanks for hanging in there, my friends!

June 22, 2018

Random Photo Friday

Happy summer, my friends! Officially, that is! I hope you are enjoying these long, lazy days in whatever way you choose! Here is how we spent some of our time this past week...

We went on early morning walks...

June 20, 2018

Trust, Faith, And Perseverance

When Madison returned to Denmark in May, she left her beautiful little orchid behind. She asked Flynn to please take care of it for her. Although Flynn had never cared for a plant before...perhaps because Mommy has no ability to keep one alive...she agreed in a heartbeat. And so Madison left her very special orchid in her little sister's hands.

Madison placed her trust in Flynn to care for and nurture her little flower. As for Flynn, she continued to demonstrate an admirable amount of faith and perseverance. She had faith that even though she had no idea how to care for the little plant, she could do her very best by following the directions Madison gave her. And Flynn most certainly demonstrated perseverance as she waited for some sign that her faith and hard work would come to fruition. She continued to water and watch and wait until one day, a tiny bud appeared. Then finally, the beautiful white flower bloomed. The joy and excitement in her little voice as she told Madison all about it is something I will remember forever.

I could take a lesson from these two young people. What if I tried harder to stop analyzing and worrying and instead, trusted that the God who cares for me will either protect me from my the things I worry about or help me through whatever it is I fear? What if I had more faith and perseverance in my prayer life? I think I would find that I too would be filled with joy. And that the anxious pieces of my soul would be replaced with peace.

June 18, 2018

What We Are Watching This Summer

I know. I know. Summer means more time spent outside. And we do spend evenings outside after dinner. Of course we do. But we also spend time together doing one of our favorite things...snuggling on the couch watching our favorite shows. Our time spent together at the end of the day is a special part of our family routine. We come in from outside, get washed up, put on fresh jammies, and take our places on the couch. Here is what we are watching this summer. Maybe you are watching some of the same?

This is one we watch every year.
It is on Sunday nights on Food Network.

June 16, 2018

My New Favorite Summer Read

We are over-the-moon happy around here!
Head on over to Madison's for the complete story...
You can find her here!

June 15, 2018

Random Photo Friday

The weekend again! Father's Day Weekend at that! Which means Fourth of July is not far behind. Summer is here!!! What have we been up to? So glad you asked!

Summer arrived!
(Well not technically...but you know what I mean!)

June 13, 2018

A Bunch Of Really Random Thoughts

Yep. That's about it. Just some random thoughts today. No reason really. Just because. : )

People who do this really annoy me.
People are busy. Some by necessity. That's one thing.
I am referring to the people who are busy by choice.
You can say no, you know.
In fact...

June 11, 2018

Things I'm Loving Now

Here are just a few things I am all about this second week of June. Maybe they are some of your favorites too?

You may have wondered if I brought my Yankee Candle obsession with me when we moved.
In a word...yep.
And this one smells so good.
I am on a mission to make mango the new avocado.
Avocado is everywhere, right?
Just wait. Mango is next.

June 8, 2018

Random Photo Friday

Happy Friday! I hope your week was relaxing and cozy and bright and warm. Here we sat out on the deck one day, and lit the fireplace inside the next. Keeping us on our toes, right?!

June means afternoon coffee is now iced.

June 4, 2018

Peyton Rose is Eighteen

We have a new adult in our family. Our Peyton Rose turned eighteen last week! Once upon a time she was this precious little baby.

June 1, 2018

Random Photo Friday

Happy Friday! Happy June! I hope your summer is off to a good start, my friends. Here is a look back at our week that was.