best of 2022.


BEST ADVENTURE/TRAVEL/TRIP:  our autumn vacation to arkansas.   

BEST KIDDO MILESTONE:  it's not necessarily a milestone, but jackson is doing so well with homeschooling. he is learning to read + write, which are the two main goals for this school year. (jared is also doing well with teaching! i'm so proud of him.)

BEST FAITH GROWER:  letting Jesus heal the broken parts of this year. it was a really good year, but there were some hard times. hard days. hard moments. when i let Jesus in + gave Him the pieces, His grace + healing were a balm to my weary soul. 

•  i blogged every day in may    
•  tiny miracles

BEST TREND YOU TRIED:  WORDLE! i'm not being dramatic when i say this has been one of my favorite things of the whole year. each morning - with a hot mug of coffee in one hand + my phone in the other - i play the daily wordle. this simple daily habit has brought immense happiness to my life. 🟩

BEST BEAUTY PURCHASE:  the inkey list oat cleansing balm     

BEST HABIT YOU CREATED:  in august, i implemented a weeknight practice of no social media. from the time i leave work until 8 am the next morning, i exchange scrolling for quality time with my boys or creating or reading, etc.

•  chicken pot pie   

BEST MAMA MOMENT:  there isn't just one that comes to mind, but a plethora of moments. he asks me each day if i played wordle. he is always singing. he can build lego sets that are recommended well above his age. he is smart + i love watching him learn + grow!  

BEST HOME IMPROVEMENT:  not many home projects this year, but we did learn what plants to keep alive in our home! after months of trial + error, we had to be honest with ourselves about what plants can + can't thrive in our home. 🪴

BEST LITTLE LUXURY YOU'VE ENJOYED:  fancy pajamas. and by fancy, i mean not biker shorts + an old t-shirt. these pjs are the smallest luxury, but it makes going to sleep a lot more enjoyable. 

•  top gun: maverick
•  the valet (hulu)
•  knives out: glass onion (netflix)
•  see how they run
•  black panther: wakonda forever
•  all the hobbit + LOTR movies 

BEST TV SHOW:  rings of power! 🧝🏻‍♀️ followed by season four of stranger things. jackson + i also watched almost every episode of magnolia table + zoe bakes on discovery+

BEST ALBUM OR SONG:  praise Him forever - jervis campbell (any of his songs, really!) 

BEST PODCAST:  this was not a podcast year for me, which is surprising because i have been a podcast girl for several years, but i had a realization about the things i listen to: they affect me, whether i want to admit it or not. true crime podcasts are not in my queue anymore. the only podcasts i still follow are ask dr. e, verity, + coffee + crumbs

BEST NEWSLETTER:  this one is easy: @ashleegadd. i read every word she shares. her art moves me in such a way that i practically hang on to each word she writes. i preordered her new book so dang fast, too! 💻  

BEST FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM:  just like last year: @houseinhabit. her style of journalism is such a breath of fresh air. other favs include: @ashleegadd + @phyliciamasonheimer, + @laurawifler.

BEST DATE:  in mid-december, jared + i had the afternoon to ourselves in tulsa. we ate lunch at the cheesecake factory. now- i have dined there a handful of times, but this particular experience lands in the top five of all my restaurant visits ever. we started out with their best menu item: the avocado egg rolls. jared had the asian lettuce wraps + i had the homemade chicken taquitos. we finished with a slice of white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. we then shopped at the mall + visited my favorite coffee shop in tulsa - laurannae. what a fun day date! 

BEST FAMILY MEMORY:  fishing dates. we ventured out to a local pond. while the boys fish, i read + journal + play a crossword, + soak in the sunshine. 📔🎣📚     

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