Thursday, June 30, 2011

me elsewhere

Today I'm happy to be guest posting over
at Miss Abby's blog - so I hope you'll 
come read the little wedding story 
I am sharing & say hi! 

Also, I would be remiss if I didn't
wish the most handsome husband in
the world a very happy birthday!
Love you, sweetie!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

simple joy

One of my favorite things to do these days is laundry.  
Our dryer is on the fritz, so several mornings a week
I wash a load of dirty clothes then hang the clean, 
damp things out on a line to dry.  I find great joy in 
carefully hanging them one by one, then clipping 
securely with the smooth wooden clothespins. 

There's something wonderful about starting off
the day with such a routine, quiet task.  It's nice to
be outside in the sunshine, and I love knowing that
doing something so simple is a practical way to
daily love on my handsome husband. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Isn't it comforting that when we need
them most, mercy & grace are readily available?

And how incredible that as children of God
we don't have to grovel.  We ought to go
running boldly to our heavenly Father, 
asking plainly for help when we need it.  

On days when I feel tired 
and overwhelmed, this helps.

Monday, June 27, 2011

current fave

 We got our wedding pictures back a couple
of weeks ago, and while I haven't had time to
properly pay attention to them (make fancy 
albums or any of that fun stuff), I do periodically 
just scroll through them so I can ooh and aah 
over how fabulous our photographer made us look.
 (That's not too vain, right?)

I keep coming back to this image, and just can't seem
to get enough of it.  Maybe it's because I adored my 
shoes so much (which would be legit since they
were so stinkin' fabulous), but I think it probably has
more to do with how much I loved grasping 
my handsome man's hand during our ceremony.  

Being physically connected was probably the 
thing that kept me the most calm during those 
moments when what we were doing felt most solemn 
& serious. And I imagine it will be one of the the 
things that keeps me calm for years to come.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


 If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, 
you might remember me talking about Joel & Janna
the lovely brother-sister duo from Maine.   

I'm very excited to tell you about their new EP, 
Harbors, which they released this week!  
If you have a few minutes, go check out their website
and listen to the product of their hard work.
It's as wonderful as ever!

Friday, June 24, 2011

thank goodness.

If I could, I would sit on our back
porch all day long...  

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

a reminder.

“Come to me, all you who are weary 
and burdened, and I will give you rest.  

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, 
for I am gentle and humble in heart, 
and you will find rest for your souls.  

 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

welcome, summer.

This is exactly how I feel on these
gorgeous summer days.  I want to dash
home, pack up the car & escape with
the handsome man off to the lake
with our canoe.  Bliss!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

oh hello.

 Just seeing what you're up to,
because I'm so nosey.

I'm sorry, I just had to...

Happy weekend, friends!

Friday, June 17, 2011

thank you, julia.

Just another reason to love Julia Child...
as if the food inspiration wasn't enough!


Thursday, June 16, 2011


 Honeymoon = happiness.

Every time I feel like I need a smile, 
I go flip through all of our honeymoon 
photos.  Looking at the ocean views 
and all of our smiley poses makes me
feel instantly relaxed and happy. 

And then I start mentally planning
our next romantic get-away. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

one ring-y ding-y...

 You know things are getting busy at work 
when you call yourself and leave informative 
voice mails for the next day...yikes.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

love that baby

 We've been getting lots of snuggly time with
our little niece lately...and it's wonderful!  

It's been years since I've babysat or 
been close with a young family, and it's 
nice to love on a little one.  There's just 
nothing like that baby smell or soft skin...

...although I do love the ability to snuggle and 
then give her back at the end of the visit!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


 This sweet man woke me up this morning
by reading me his wedding vows.

What a way to wake up :)

Friday, June 3, 2011

double win

 Awesomeness #1 - Today kicks off my cousin's 
wedding weekend, so we're off to celebrate
with them!  Congratulations, guys!

Awesomeness #2 - New Coldplay single!

Happy weekend, friends!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


 We spent a perfectly lazy afternoon
at the coast this past weekend, and spent 
the better part of an hour sitting in front of the
most gorgeous sailboat, just chatting.  (We're talking 
the stuff that dreams are made of, kiddies.)  
Maybe it's because there's a mysterious 
romance to the idea of life on a boat - 
or perhaps it's my undying love of the ocean - 
but either way, there's nothing that says
summer quite like the idea of quiet,
sunny days out on a boat...