Friday, September 01, 2017


 every summer has a story. this is like a cliffs notes version of ours...

// dance recitals featuring "stand by me" lyrical and "i can make ya" hip hop performances
// mcqueen fans on opening night of cars 4 movie
// falling in love with fayetteville, ar
// mermaid colored hair
// celebrating a 9th birthday, an 80-something birthday, a 90-something birthday!
// fourth of july with friends
// day at the (amazing) dallas aquarium and west end

// stohall matagorda vacay!
// getting to see gran, jonas, connie, b & c, baby charlie rikki, and cousins
// road trips and hotel rooms
// adorable breakfast diner in bastrop, tx
// kayaking on the colorado
// haile's broken pinky finger
// planning Declare Conference

// visiting old stomping grounds in austin
// swimming and sunbathing at barton springs
// watching 1.5 million bats take flight
// kids enamored with texas history
// serenaded by "houseless roxanne"
// exploring caves, stalactites, and stalagmites
// swimming and s'mores and gagaball at lost pines

// superfun week of VBS for Josh
// lots of LEGO building
// LOTS of slime making
// surviving 30 minute daily screen time limits
// neighbor kids comic book club and sidewalk sales
// countless days out by our pool with watermelon and music

it was a wonderful, memorable, family-time-filled summer, indeed! 


"heaven above is softer blue,
earth around is sweeter green,
something lives in every hue
Christless eyes have never seen." 
-George W. Robinson

Saturday, August 12, 2017

IT'S ALL GOOD // things i'm loving lately

MUSIC /// "every day, i'll awaken my praise and pour out a song from my heart: you are good, you are good, you are good, and your mercy is forever." -Kari Jobe, You Are Good. also loving "let the King of my heart be the fire inside my veins, the echo of my days; oh He is my song. you are good, you're good, are good, you're good." -Eleven32 Music, King of My Heart. i'm all about seeing the good these days and i'm discovering that when it all comes right down to it? it's all good. 


KITCHEN /// i splurged on a salad chopper bowl for $10 and it is definitely the cheapest, most loved, most used tool in my kitchen right now. i am AS SEEN ON TV's target customer apparently. plus i love chopped salads, so this was a no-brainer investment. they are available on amazon - just search for salad chopper bowl. also loving "Daily Sunshine," the new Shakeology formula for kiddos, is genius and just in time for me to send my kids back to school with this quick and healthy breakfast shake! order a sample pack for your little ones to try.


PRIMPING /// seriously loving LipSense lipsticks! my collection includes Praline Rose (neutral berry), Apple Cider (every day neutral), Mulled Wine (dark purple/brown), and Kiss for a Cause (hot pink). have you tried it? it really does stay on through eating, drinking, exercise, and mom-ing ;) also loving R+F enhancements mineral peptides SPF 20 in light. this loose powder is light weight yet provides a full coverage and has completely replaced my other foundation makeup. my favorite thing about the powder is that it has SPF but i also love that it doesn't feel heavy nor does it have a scent like some powders tend to have. if you're looking for a new face powder i recommend R+F

POOLSIDE /// hallelujah for a summer spent mostly poolside! this summer i'm loving slathering my family in NO AD sunscreen. we use the spray on our bods and the stick on our faces and yay for no sunburns! also loving peppermint oil (YLEO) when we're out by the pool because it deters pesky mosquitoes and bees! who knew? i just sprinkle a few drops around the area where we're hanging out poolside and buhbye bugs.

loving it lately and it's all good.

how beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of the messenger bringing good news,
breaking the news that all’s well,
    proclaiming good times, announcing salvation,
    telling Zion, “Your God reigns!”
(isaiah 52:7 the message version)

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