hopeful beginnings

The early bird gets the worm, and the sleepy-girl-who-wakes-up-early-on-Saturday gets the donut.  Do the expressions seem about equal?  Truth be told, I wake up early for all sorts of things:  sunrises, lattes, walks around the lake, quiet hours with a good book, and/or time with my husband before the work day begins. A new donut shop…

falling into place

The open window fills the house with the pit-pat-pit-pat of rain. As for me? I’m curled up in bed, listening to the deluge, and trying to finish the not one, but two novels being discussed at book club next week. Want specifics? The Junior League is reading The Painted Girls, and my favorite girls are reading…

freedom & fireflies

We rolled down a dirt road and stopped to buy sunflowers, pick apples, and share a piece of pie.  If our Saturday sounds a little country, then we did it right.  We spent Friday night at a Billy Currington concert on Lake Wayzata, and as we swayed to tunes about sweet tea and fireflies, I…

good company

I got seven kinds of excited when I realized the leaves will soon dazzle with colors of gold, copper, and orange.  The air will get crisp, the bonfires will crackle, and everyone everywhere will eat pumpkin pie while watching the Packers win their way to the Super Bowl.  Tis’ the time for football, color drives, baking pies,…

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…

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