shades on, top back

My dad says the best thing about vacations are how they make you appreciate being home (a ‘go away to miss what you already have’ mentality).  There’s something wonderful about returning to the place you love most, but I’m very much a fan of exploring foreign places, visiting distant friends, and making time for adventure.  What are my…

the happiest

Y’all, my heart is bursting with joy.  It feels so good to tell you that!  I’ve been keeping a secret close to my heart, and I can finally share my good news: we’re pregnant!  Ah!  It makes me smile just to type those words. If I’m completely honest, it’s not just joy working in my…

best of the brides

Love me a celebration, and when the festivities honor a sweetheart of the highest degree, well, break out the champagne, confetti, tiaras and balloons — we’re going all out.  I dubbed this past weekend, ‘best of the brides’ in recognition of the lovely Emily, my friend and PIC (partner-in-crime) since college began in 2006.  Emily…

the sweetest thing

Two unusual things happened this week: 1) I didn’t drink any coffee and 2) I didn’t touch my computer.  Even stranger than that, perhaps, is that neither of those things were intentional.  The culprit?   An extremely busy vacation to Chicago. Chicago is brimming with lovely people that make sleeping in, preparing coffee, and doing otherwise…

fill me up

A food-blogger-friend revealed posts about dinner never garner excitement.  Posts about dessert, however, get people pinning, tweeting, and sharing recipes on Facebook.  The logic, I suppose, is that dessert is fun – a celebration and a treat – and dinner is somewhat more routine. Her observation seems curious though – we eat dinner every single day, and,…

begin again

I’ve had a strong sense of an ending for the past couple days.  The feeling stems from more than summer coming to an end with a flurry of trips (two bachelorette parties and two weddings on the docket), and fall commitments beginning again with vigor (packing weekend meals for Backpack Buddies and mentoring high-risk high…

doors will open

“Please understand,  I know that what I have is more than enough – I know that I am blessed beyond measure.  Still, having a home would make my family very, very happy.  Thank you.” A conversation I had nearly 48-hours ago continues to echo in my heart.  The words “what I have is enough” have…

BFFdom

Good better best, never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best. My second grade teacher hung that poem above the chalkboard, and, for better or worse, it continues to influence my daily life — everything from how I love on my husband to how I interact with my friends.…

scattered love

I fall in love far too often.  Thing is, I get all sorts of excited about books that speak to my heart, patterns that seem made just for me, flavor combinations that  taste oh-so-right, and people that instantly feel like kindred spirits.  All the love is generally a good thing, but it also tends to…

filled with lovely

Unexpected goodness never fails to make me smile.  Is that an obvious statement? Maybe I should be more specific?  I’m talking about being surprised with breakfast-in-bed, stumbling upon a watercolor sunset, having friends plan a cross-country visit, and happening upon a random act of happiness. Do all those things belong in the same category?  Perhaps not…

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