16 November 2017

so.much.


  • "if you are focused on what you don't have, you'll never use what you do have and you'll never recognize what you could have."  - carl lentz/relevant podcast
  • finding things we need -and that are really truly useful- at the dollar store
  • fun, delightful, cart-filling productive trip to sam's with emma (not to mention paper towels for dayz.)(and a big pretzel)


  • shea's visit!
  • lots of good walks with previously mentioned lovely lady
  • reading and studying hymns


  • time with nicole
  • the way eli enjoys and connects with molly...so thankful for an amazing adult who loves my children.
  • raven's mad skillz and her ability to beautifully illustrate sermons (i'm especially fond of this particular pastor!)


  • hearing about a friend's year of "wow" and miraculous marriage breakthroughs 
  • worship playlists on youtube
  • waffles in cabinets with the best of friends


  • sweet little solo time at CFA
  • when a friend feels safe enough to overshare (is there such a thing?!)
  • delightful goodies and thoughtfulness in a box from ann-marie




  • an ornament dealer :) 
  • patiently waiting for a coupon paid off
  • chocolate drizzle popcorn (and brownies...and everything.  the possibilities are endless.  watch out world.)


  • running leggings that were gifted to me...we'll see how it goes. 
  • messenger conversation with ashley.  
  • traditions/ceremony/honor


09 November 2017

exulting in the monotony (and the amazing!)

  • a challenge in thankfulness: "am i strong enough to exult in the monotony?" - GK Chesteron
  • having an icemaker again
  • easy returns
  • time in the backyard with my beautiful friend molly


  • being on the same wave length as my sister
  • dancing with emma to "happy dance"
  • "be a co-creator of the world you wish could exist." - liz bohannon 
  • cinnamon roll cake + panda plate + coffee + quiet morning


  • "we are enabled by Jesus to choose God." - nick cash
  • elephant shower curtain
  • having david forrest's book for the cottage
  •  ryan's visit! how he brings life out of our children


  • bacon (and i'm confident in how to make it now!)
  • fantastic steak lunch.
  • grandaddy's brownies and papa's rice krispy treats
  • the table my dad made is just how i hoped it would be!  


  • sorting, organizing, setting up, settling in 
  • days that feel normal
  • doughnuts and giftcards and journals and the plethora of presents!
  • especialy kind and thoughtful birthday words/gestures/gifts from my children and husband


03 November 2017

pondering the loving deeds of the Lord

  • we got to move across the driveway!!
  • .50 corndogs from sonic - and the fabulous friend who brought a whole sack full of them (2 sack fulls, actually)
  • bogo 1/2 off curtains
  • marco polo with shea
  • halloween gathering at yaya's - family + candy + cake pops + costumes = winning combination
  • walking into caroline's room and seeing two sisters enjoying each other 
  • time with cool girl
  • a friend who is a-ok with me taking a nap on her couch
  • unexpected lunch date with nick
  • 2 bedside tables from VRM
  • animal head shenanigans at wal-mart

  • double date (ish) night at CFA
  • the fun toilet scrubber things (who knew scrubbing a toilet could be so enjoyable?!)
  • crave at ccc
  • plantains and cards from the ship delivered via molly baker
  • "thank God for His marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children He loves." - from psalm 107


pictures may come another day...

26 October 2017

another week full of gifts


  • nick's consistent accountability to ROCON
  • the end may really really really be in sight
  • sweet conversation with the "other" diana
  • shaved ice treat
  • the enjoyment of washing dishes in someone else's sink
  • CFA chicken biscuit and sacred conversation
  • shakespeare simply put
  • fantastic slimy time with the walls




  • chalkboard globe from raven
  • "reset" buttons
  • "...we want to live in such a way that the power on the inside is not dependent on the power from the outside." -tony evans
  • hearing about the lives saved through Sound Choices Pregnancy Clinic
  • finding what we were looking for - and a few extras - at Heal the World thrift store
  • free chicken sandwich meal at Zaxby's (and an incredible date to share it with!)
  • middleschoolers
  • treat yo'self/polar pops with nick



  • 7:22 prompt to pray for the wells
  • french pressed coffee + english muffin + apple butter
  • "the goal is to be true to Him" - oswald chambers
  • the enjoyment of washing dishes in someone else's sink
  • CFA chicken biscuit and sacred conversation
  • puns and wit
  • shakespeare simply put
  • caroline's enjoyment of mangoes


20 October 2017

always more gifts.


  • "He sees each tear that falls and He hears me when I call" (or cry/scream in this case)
  • seriously significant and wonderfully amazing turn around for emma as far as school goes
  • time with the phillips - and her thoughtful "krispy kreme cake" making



  • bikes for everyone (due in large part to the maple ridge yard sale)
  • rocks at CCC
  • the Lord's Prayer from the Message

  • worship...focus is where it should be
  • laughing at stupid movies with my favorite person
  • date night at krystal with aforementioned favorite person

  • early morning run with shelley (and getting to go back to bed afterwards!)
  • "let's be part of tomorrow not being like yesterday." - cameron strang, relevant podcast
  • floors are going in!


  • feels like fall
  • nick's ankle isn't broken
  • rails to trails - pretty place to run


  • brownie picnic with incredible kids
  • finding a new sweet spot in the backyard
  • writing back and forth with the littlest cash


  • cash/white kid sleepover...and molly's willingness to host it - making a date night with a sleep-in possible!  
  • soft sweatshirt from solehope
  • dr. keller's excellent dentistry skillz 

12 October 2017

on and on and on

  • meaningful conversations and authentic hearts
  • how hard my husband works to bless and serve us
  • snack time at the river with yaya
  • a fork, a knife and a unique napkin


  • safe and easy trip home from bulgaria (jet lag is so much easier coming west)
  • time to talk with nick
  • quarterly pest control
  • sweet friendships
  • spinning chair negotiations
  • giraffe coffee quote
  • mama suzanne's generosity to get emma a bike
  • emma's bike riding (and her courage to try even in the midst of feeling unsure/unsteady)


  • my home can be settled even if my house is not
  • parkour for eli and caroline
  • my friend that runs a honking good shuttle service...and allows me to crash family dinner
  • AB's "i love you biggie" 

05 October 2017

thankful in Kyustendil

  • Messaging with Nick, Emma and Eli
  • Safe trip to Bulgaria!
  • Finding quiet spots of solitude
  • Making boats with beautiful children 
  • Jeannie’s kindness...and her extreme generosity in gift giving.
  • Peaceful easy going team...and trip
  • October!!
  • Coffee & doughnuts (won’t ever stop being thankful for that!)

  • Good night of sleep
  • Busting out with “have a little talk with Jesus” (amazed that others know that song)
  • Day with Hollie and the girls
  • OCOTOBO running
  • Walking to dinner
  • Found wallet
  • Impromptu childrens’ program
  • Corn in a cup, coke and a nice stroll (picture goes here!)
  • Good questions/conversations
  • “Georgia duners” (Duner = Schwarma)(Schwarma = wrap with chicken and fries....)(Georgia duner = burrito)
  • “You are like Deborah” - word for the little girl in the Roma Village
  • Beauty in the midst of it all