Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

IMG_5189We have fallen right into our summer rhythm. Staying up late. Waking up late. (Except, no, just one of us does that. Apparently, five is the age to start sleeping in. Oh, what a glorious age.) Picking blackberries and hydrangeas and trying to keep the dogs from eating my sweet potato vines. The firecracker is usually in the sprinkler by 8:00, wet ringlets plastered beside her cornflower blue eyes by 8:02, and asking for her third “snack” by 8:06. There’s bike riding and scooter riding and weed pulling and baby giggling and late nights on the patio looking up at the patchwork of stars. There are tan lines on the girls’ backs and dirt under our fingernails and wet piles of clothes on the kitchen floor. These are my favorite kind of days.

A few recent favorites for summer…

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: I love Hannah’s writing, and this one might be my favorite of all her books. WWII novels are my thing, and this one has it all–characters you believe and writing you just want to devour.

Nobody’s Cuter than You by Melanie Shankle: Jess gave me this book on our trip to Florida to see Heather. I read it once we got back home, and all I could think about were all our memories from the trip and the friendship those two have given me. So, there was a lot of laughter and maybe a few tears when I finished this one.

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford: We gave Lyd this coloring book and her other one Enchanted Forest for her birthday, and I’m not sure who enjoys them more–her or her daddy and me. These are beautiful and fun to work on together.

Perler Beads: Another birthday favorite, these are taking it back old school style. I have memories of doing these at camp as a kid. You put the little plastic beads on a form and then iron it to melt them together. These make a great rainy day activity! (Tip: Lyd does hers on a cookie sheet with a rim, and that helps the beads not get on the floor.)

SRT Hymns EP: I bought this EP the other day, and I love it. Peach and I like to listen to it when I’m feeding her in the rocker. And I love to listen to it on my short runs as I watch the sun turn the sky into cotton candy colors. Ellie Holcomb’s “Amazing Grace” is my favorite.

Essie Pret-a-surfer nail polish: The only way I can get my girls to sit still and let me trim their nails is the promise of a mani/pedi. Charlotte has been asking for blue, so I grabbed this one at Target the other day. My toes look very summery!

EOS coconut milk lip balm: My girls keep stealing mine, so I feel like I have to hide this one. I love anything that smells like coconut because it reminds me of the beach. I got this from Target too.

Sweet Sweet Sabbath print from Lindsay Letters: A much-needed reminder for me. And it’s pink.

The past year and a half has been one long, run-on lesson about pace and rest and Sabbath. I’m learning more and more each day that those quiet (well, quieter) moments–the ones in the morning while I do my Bible study to the sound of wet squeals in the backyard or in the afternoon when I’m feeding Peach in the rocker or at night when Matt and I sit under the twinkly lights on the patio–are the ones that most feed my soul.

To summer and Sabbath and sitting with our Maker . . .

Things I’m Loving…

Things I’m Loving…

This quote from Jennifer Garner. Tell it, sister…

“I asked around, and apparently I have a baby bump,” the beautiful brunette star continued to DeGeneres. “I’m here to tell you that I do. I do have a baby bump. I am not pregnant, but I have had three kids and there is a bump. From now on ladies, I will have a bump, and it will be my baby bump. Let’s just all settle in and get used to it. It’s not going anywhere! I have a bump, it’s name is Violet, Sam, Sera.”

This new book–The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst. It’s all about making wise decisions in the midst of endless demands. If you’re the highlighting-in-books type, get ready for a lot of neon yellow. So, so good. Also, she just put out a children’s book that I plan to get the kids for Christmas–It Will Be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change.

This Advent calendar, a collaboration between Naptime Diaries and my favorite Lindsay Letters. I might have to buy myself a candle that smells like evergreen–this has me so ready for Christmas.

These lounge pants. I may or may not have sent my bestie a text asking if it was appropriate to wear these outside the house. I mean they do say “lounge pants” not “pajama pants” so that seems like a for sure, “Heck yeah!” in my book. I did wear them when I stole the package off my neighbor’s front porch. (And by stole I mean “rightfully mine” but misplaced by my postman, but let’s not pick at that wound just yet.)

This Pumpkin French Toast recipe. We do breakfast for dinner around here a lot, and this is our fall favorite alongside scrambled eggs. So easy, so yummy!

This quote by Thomas Aquinas because I’ve been struggling a lot with fear related to my kids recently, “If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.”

I wrote this blog last week in the middle of the night. When I reread it in the light of day I realized how vulnerable it was, and I sort of wanted to take it back. But I’m glad it’s there because I needed the reminder tonight that they belong to Someone Else.