It was just her and I around here yesterday. We ran a few errands – the bank for lollipops, the library for books, a thrift store for shoes, and of course you got to top that all off with some coffee. I think I caught a glimpse of the many Mommy + Me outings we'll go on in the coming years. We both had a lot of fun together, but last night when her brother finally came home she could hardly leave him alone, she missed him so much. It sure was quiet around here yesterday, unlike today, but I learned something new about myself: I really don't mind the noise.
Sweet Summertime. . 📸: our family photographer @lydiaesh_
Utterly refreshing. That's my brief review of the @gracelaced book. . I've grappled the past two and a half years with things of faith. I know that I know that I know that God's Word is Truth, and that no matter what, He is who he says he is, always sovereign, always good. . I know this, and I believe. But my life has been stained by unexpected deaths of ones I've held dear, it's been filled with broken families and marriages and friends enduring Chemo treatments + grieving babies they never had a chance to hold and prayers of longing and hope that seemingly have been ignored, or answered with a no. . I do believe. Lord, help my unbelief. . Unlike most devotional books, this one isn't filled with personal stories or motivational, Christianese feel-good quotes, that make this life seem easy if you would only follow Christ. It points to the Gospel, season after season. And for me, it's been cultivating a stronger desire to really dig deep and study the Word, not just skim over it, but truly learn more about my Creator's heart. . Friend, you don't have to be blooming to be growing. What comfort I find in that. . I was given an advanced copy of this book, but it's available for preorder now, and is still 1/2 price on Amazon. The link is in my profile if you're interested. (There's some fun preorder incentives too, I believe.) #gracelacedbook #youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing
When I need a bit of an attitude adjustment, sometimes the best thing I can start to do is say thank you. Gratitude has a way of changing attitude like nothing else does. . I'm choosing to share three things today that feel like little (but major) blessings in my life... . I'm thankful for friendship, and today in particular, my friendship with @erin._walker, who I met through Instagram and now absolutely love spending time with in person. She's such a joy! . I'm thankful for almond butter + coconut milk. (It's the little things, I'm telling ya!) . And for my husband, who is such an amazing dad. Our kids adore him, and rightly so. This week and last, I've felt so incapable at parenting, but he brings wisdom to those discipline and character cultivating struggles, giving me a better perspective of our long term goals. We aren't striving to have perfectly obedient kids, but rather we are raising future adults, who, our prayer is, will love Jesus and love people. They'll learn that best through our example. . What are you grateful for? I'd love if you'd join in and share a few things!
This mailbox that's stuffed to the brim is items I sold Saturday through this morning. I sort of feel like a work from home mom, but let's just be real, this was too easy to consider it that. . If you've been following along for any length of time, perhaps by now you know I tend to milk things for all they're worth. Remember ThredUp? 🤓I've run out of referral credits there, and my days with them seem to (mostly) be over. . But now, yup, I have another thing I'm focused on... and because I DO love my experience with it so far, and because THEY DO have a referral program where (let's just be honest) we BOTH can win if you sign up through my code, I've got another company you'll probably keep hearing about. POSHMARK. . Over the past two weeks I've listed a bunch of things hanging in my closet but no longer being worn. . Poshmark is an online platform where you can buy and sell used clothes. You choose your price, and Poshmark makes it easy for you to reach thousands of people with your listing. If the item sells, Poshmark makes a 20% cut. If it doesn't sell, no one is charged. They make shipping super easy to with prepaid labels, it's so hassle free. Anyhow, over the past two weeks I've made $150 (after Poshmark received their cut) on things I'm no longer loving! That's $150 I can reinvest into clothes if I want or $150 I can spend/save elsewhere. . Since I thrift about 75% of my wardrobe, I'm actually able to MAKE money on the items after I'm through wearing them and ready to pass them on. How fun is that?! . So... if you want to clean out your closets and make some money too, or if you just want to have an easy place to shop, download the @poshmark app and use the referral code JAKSE to get $5 credit off your first purchase (I'll get $5 for referring you too, thank you! 🤓) . Happy Monday! #poshmark #poshmarkseller
Mom, do you think we could go bye-bye this year? . He doesn't understand my deep love of being home. But I guess to please him, perhaps we could go away one more time this year. (He meant tomorrow... but was gracious enough to give me time to prepare.) 🤓 . Also, weekend, where did you go?! 📸: @lydiaesh_
This Is Us. 📸: @lydiaesh_
We're savoring the last bits of summer and of @sweetpeachcompany.
I thought our week was going to be fairly laid back. I thought we would spend most of it adventuring together, the kids and I, at the lake or wherever. I thought wrong. It ended up full, and today, with not much planned and everyone at home, we're recouping a bit. (Yes, mowing yard and washing windows and folding laundry counts toward that slow I've been longing for. 🤓) . Tonight it's a hot cup of coffee (hello fall-like weather) and my newest issue of The Magnolia Journal, while curled up on the couch beside this one and my two other favorites. Gosh, I love this life.