-  i had the day off on monday. i took jackson to school, sipped a latte, + relaxed. after i picked him up, i made lunch + prepped food for the week. it was a delightful day off.

-  i had two meetings at work on tuesday, and it made me feel very bougie.  

-  if you've been following me since the blogging days, you might remember my sock curls. i decided to try it out again. i have never in my life received more compliments on my hair (or anything for that matter, lol) than i did this week. 

-  one of my biggest pet peeves is when people pronounce the work "picture" as "pitcher". for example:  "let me see that pitcher." so cringe. are we at a baseball game? are you thirsty? lol.


-  jackson had a pumpkin hunt at his school this week. he was so excited. jared helped him carve it over the weekend. this time of year is so fun!

-  i made the cutest reel on IG

-  we ventured to downtown ICT on friday night. we ate at district taqueria. if you're local to wichita, you must get their queso. it's so unique! i also had a potato taco that changed my life. we headed to milkfloat afterward for some coffee (iced americano for me!). we then attempted to go to botanica, but half of wichita was there, so we opted for the wild lights at the zoo. it was a really fun evening. (and the weather was perfection.) 




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-  i finished gently + lowly. five stars. all the stars. this will absolutely be a re-read for me.

-  i cannot tell you how many times i start to press "send" on a tweet, only to instead press "delete". i have lots of opinions about lots of things, but does anyone really need to know them? i shared my thoughts on abortion recently in my IG stories, but it's because i only saw one side being presented by christians who kept saying they were "in the middle". but when it comes to other topics, am i adding to the noise or am i presenting another viewpoint for others to consider? it doesn't really seem like anyone wants to listen to opposing thoughts these days. 

-  pro tip: when you bring collagen to work so you can have an adrenal creamsicle in the afternoon, make sure not to put it in a baggie. it will look like you're bringing drugs to work. 

-  the red river rivalry never ceases to stress me out. BOOMER! 

-  when fb + ig went down this week, i was glad. social media sites could use weekly outages if you ask me. (this is another reason i want to bring blogging back like it used to be. blogs never went down back in the day. and it was just more fun, too. it's why i moved my weekly musings posts back to the blog.)  

-  i ordered my 2022 powersheets this week! 

-  this week marked five years since the reverie transformed into luke's diner for the day. this was such a memorable morning, but i can't help but also think of how i had no idea i was pregnant with jackson at the time. 

-  my handwriting is in all caps, but i type in all lowercase.

-  those that scream the loudest are not always the majority.

-  we camped friday night + came home saturday evening. it was short, but we had a lot of fun.

-  i finished declutter like a mother. i found this book very helpful. i am slowly working my way throughout our home to get rid of the excess, and allie provided some insightful tips. i will say that some of the phrases she used made me roll my eyes, but i did like how she presents minimalism as not just having 2 spoons, 5 neutral sweaters, + 1 bowl, but as having purpose in the home. 

-  we went to the zoo on sunday afternoon + the weather was absolutely perfection. 

-  i forgot to mention this is last week's post, but i finally received my new winter coat! i completely understand all the hype around it now. i am going to be nice + warm this winter season. now if i could just find a new pair of booties. 




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-  i really enjoyed this article from phylicia masonheimer about kids sitting through church. while we don't have jackson with us in every service, we let him come with us once a month. we started this earlier in the year + felt it was beneficial for him to learn how to sit in church. 

-  we took a vacation to broken bow lake with my family this week! it was so much fun. my parents ended up having to leave because my dad had some health issues, but we made the best of it + had fun for him. 

-  my brother + i played so many games of pool. it was great bonding time for us. (i also lost a lot, lol.) 

-  outdoorsy vacation > beach vacation

-  "one of the greatest uses of twitter and facebook will be to prove at the last day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time."  [john piper]

-  we finally bought a zoo membership. 

-  this tiktok account is giving me all the homesteading vibes. 

-  i drink an adrenal creamsicle every afternoon. it's so good! 

-  there is a situation in our life right now that has caused uncertainty in our future. in the past, i would have went into a tailspin. but this is a testament to the fruit in my life; to what God has done. He is faithful to provide. even if it all went to crap, i would still have His peace. knowing this made the news hit different. the enemy expected me to crumble, but i just said, "even so, it's all going to be okay." 

-  the sunday scaries are in full force today! 



 


recipes / foodie favs:

-  decaf pumpkin spice frapp
-  cold brew with sweet cream creamer
-  hot tea with local raw honey 


listened to:
-  the relatable podcast with allie b. stuckey
-  prayer in a noisy world - valerie woerner 
 

read:  
i started two books this month, but i'm not quite finished with them yet:

          
watched:
-  air force one (idk what it is about this movie, but i loved it!) 
-  shang-chi at the drive-in 


on the blog:


making me happy:    cozy sweatshirts + shorts  •  creativity   •   pinterest  •  vacay vibes  •  these impress nails  •  journaling prayers  •  cool autumn mornings  •  my new long coat + sandals  •  restful evenings  •  my blog  •  bullet journaling  •  the coming of fall  •  homemade cherry limeades  



  H A P P E N I N G S  


-  my family came up for the weekend to celebrate my birthday. it was so much fun to shop + hang out with them.

-  we went to the drive-in on a friday night to watch shang-chi (excellent movie!). we stopped by milkfloat on our way there + i got an iced decaf americano + a cupcake. it was a quintessential summer night. 

-   jackson started pre-k this month! he is loving school + i am grateful. 

-  fall is here. the temps are starting to cool down + it makes me so happy!

-  we went to the maize parade in our neighborhood + then walked over to the fall festival. it was so fun! i had a lovely massage + then the most decadent dutch oven blueberry cobbler.

-  jackson + i started taking evening walks again now that the weather is cooling down. 

-  our friends had covid and needed someone to watch their new puppy while they recovered. we agreed + he was such a tiny thing. 

-  the boys + my family took a trip to broken bow for the week. it was so fun. we stayed in a beautiful cabin + explored + ate delicious food. the best vacation!





  R E A L I Z A T I O N S  


-  i can work outside the home + also be a homemaker.  

-  making a daily habit of listing what i am grateful for is a good way to keep my mind grounded. 

-  motherhood is not my highest calling. i said what i said. [and while i'm at it -- can we stop using the term "full-time mom"? i get what's being said, but it's degrading to moms who work outside the home. we are not part-time moms.

-  our home can be both beautiful + functional. it is my goal for the next few months to make this a reality.

-  i have resolved that every time i go to pick up a shirt at a store, half of it could be missing. 

-  i am really bad at pool.

-  it's not "us vs. them". reject that mentality. lead with love.

 

 
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-  this week’s MVP = the weather. cool mornings + beautiful afternoons. it’s magical. 

-  i did something this week that i've never done before: i accidentally locked my keys in my car. i went the whole day oblivious to the fact that my keys were not in my purse. as i was leaving work, i could not find my keys + immediately knew what i had done. thankfully - just last weekend - i had absentmindedly thrown my remote start clicker in my purse, so all was well in the end. 

-  i bought these hanging prisms for the windows in our home. little rainbows fill the room + it makes me happy.

-  this tiktok page is such a vibe. take me there! 

-  i had a random idea for my blog's instagram page. i have thousands of photos on my phone + most of them are of flowers. i'm going to share all my floral photos in the feed. 

-  we had our first autumnal fire in the backyard. it was glorious! 

-  i am almost finished with gentle + lowly. not to sound dramatic, but this book has changed me. every christian should read this. 




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-  sometimes when i write, i want the atmosphere to feel cozy, even when it's 90º outside. so i put my headphones in + play a thunderstorm playlist on spotify. it is soothing + relaxing.

-  jackson calls stuffed animals his "lovies" and it kills me with cuteness.

-  i really had to ask for patience from the Holy Spirit while on the phone with a member this week. she was not a nice person. she was so rude to my coworkers as well, going as far to say she's going to "write a letter". [yeah, she was a peach, lol.] while i kept my cool with her, i also made sure to let my coworkers know they are valued. i do not have many interactions with members, but those in customer service are my heroes! 

-  this post by erin is so, so beautiful + insightful.

-  motherhood is not my highest calling. i said what i said. [and while i'm at it -- can we stop using the term "full-time mom"? i get what's being said, but it's degrading to moms who work outside the home. we are not part-time moms.]

-  have you ever used a bidet? we have one in jared’s bathroom + will be adding another to my toilet soon. this is what we have + it’s a little luxury for your bum.

-  why WHYYYYYY am i wishing for snow?! i think it's the mosquitos. they're driving me to insanity.

-  we went to the parade in our neighborhood + then walked over to the fall festival. it was so fun! i got a glorious massage + the most delectable dutch oven blueberry cobbler that i will dream about for weeks. what a fun saturday morning!

-  i have been wearing these faux nose rings for over a year + love them. 




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-  we had monday off, and i spent most of the day cleaning. it was a good day.

-  i randomly bought these hair ties + they work perfectly for holding a top knot in place.

-  i have a small goal for these final months of the year: make our home beautiful + functional. it can be both.

-  i'm trying to soak up these last days of summer while also dreaming of bonfires + cozy clothes.

-  i need 2 things before it gets cold: new boots + a new jacket. i ordered this jacket, but still looking for boots.

-  remember when we used to post our monthly goals on our blogs back in the day? maybe i'll bring that back. 

-  we took jackson to the drive-in on friday night. shang-chi was awesome. jackson fell asleep, of course, but we still had a lot of fun! we stopped by milkfloat on our way to the movies + enjoyed a sweet treat. i had an iced decaf americano + a cookie butter cupcake. jared had one of their homemade poptarts. it was a delightful evening. 

-  if you didn't know, i have a FB page for the blog. i share all the new blog posts there.

-  do i need an air fryer, y'all? 

-  jackson + i have started our evening walks again. he is so curious about everything + asks questions about the most random of things. it's a good reminder to stop + savor the little things. we notice more that way.  



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