4.24.2015

BITS AND PIECES.

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Exhausted would be the word for the week. It's been a long week and that means that I'm extra grateful for Fridays and the magic that they bring. I know (or at least I hope!) I'm not the only one who wakes up on Friday mornings with a little more pep in her step than any other day of the week.

So here's to Fridays and a little peppiness for the weekend.

...and some links to love, too. 

This photoshoot made me laugh.

And this will make you smile.

Weeds never looked so pretty.

Do you apologize too much as a blogger?

Some interesting thoughts on motivation.

A beautiful truth to print out this weekend.

And yet another beautiful family photoshoot.

Love the cohesion and crisp and clean look of this home.

And a post I needed to read.

Have a splendid weekend, friends.

4.22.2015

5 LOVELIES | VOL.1

Sometimes you need a little fun post to get you out of a blog-writing funk. And sometimes you need to be reminded of all the goodness that's in your life, too. So combine the two and you get a lovely little list of things I'm loving lately.


1. This song. We sang this song in church a few Sundays ago and I cannot get enough of it. The chorus spoke (and continues to speak) to my heart and soul: Holy Spirit, you are welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere. Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for. To be overcome by your presence, Lord. 

2. Spring blooms. Some of you may not understand how I can bear months of rain--but these spring blooms lately are exactly why I love the PNW. You can't get vibrant greenery and cheerful blooms everywhere without a little rain!

3. ThredUp. I honestly cannot get enough of this company lately. I've been trying to build my closet for the past year and getting new-to-me clothes cheap? Perfect for this teacher girl over here. The icing on the cake with this company is that there was a mix-up in my latest package and they ended up giving me a sweater for free because of it. Customer service is key for me so it was so great to receive that offer from them.

4. This dessert yogurt. Yep, you read that right. I'm a huge fan of Tillamook products and when I saw that they came out with dessert yogurt, I knew I had to try it. And my goodness, it is the delicious. Thick, creamy, and it takes yogurt to a whole new level.

5. My local library. The preschoolers and I went on a field trip recently to the public library and I was so impressed by their excitement to host a class full of preschoolers. They not only created a fun music and storytime for us, but gave us a tour of the children's department as well. It was THE best.

What are YOU loving lately?

Post idea from Kenzie at Hello Neverland. 

4.20.2015

NOT MY WILL.

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I've been struggling lately accepting where I'm at. I've found myself unhappy with where I'm at, wondering what will come next and anticipating a new season of life in more ways than one. And so much so that I've been praying and pleading and asking God to please, pretty please, bring me to a new place.

And yet I'm still here. Just the same as where I was before.

And it was that frustration that brought me to realize that I don't always get my way. And yet, I was reacting to that truth with temper tantrums and whining, just the kind of stuff that I hate hearing myself.

I can't speak for you, but I know that I have a hard time remembering that God's plans are filled with PURPOSE. There's a reason why we're trudging through the season we're in, even if we don't always enjoy it.

There's a reason why we've been called to be the employees, the family members, the friends, and the bloggers that we are. We may not always appreciate our jobs or our purpose, but we're there for a very good reason (even if we don't know what it is!).

So maybe this doesn't resonate with you, maybe you don't understand where I'm at. But I pray that if you do, you would cling to the truth that His plans are perfect and that He's got you right where you need to be in this moment.

Instead of praying "get me out of here" my new prayer for this week is that His will be done, NOT mine. 

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