Saturday Musings

Last week, I talked to you about how summer was drawing to a close. While I still have one week until I go back to work (officially. I’ve already been there a few days to work on my room), my oldest started first grade on Wednesday.


She loves school, and this year, she not only got the teacher we’d hoped for, but she also has several of her friends in class. I’m so proud of her and I can’t wait to see what all she learns this year. 


This kid though? She keeps us on our toes. She’s sweet, cuddly, strong willed and fierce. She makes our lives more entertaining and she makes us laugh. I can’t help but notice (reluctantly) how fast she’s growing up. 


Our sweet Emorie got saved and baptized this summer as well. 


We went on a week long vacation to Pigeon Forge with my dad’s side of the family. We stayed in this cabin, which had the most lovely views.


We even saw some bears!


Our trip included a three mile horseback ride, lots of shopping, lots of good food, and lots of fun and fellowship. We had a great time and really enjoyed it.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:


Ruta Sepetys is an amazing writer. She also wrote Between Shades of Gray, which is about Lithuanian genocide. It’s a great read as well. This book is set in 1945 and follows the lives of four refugee teens. I highly recommend it. 


I just finished this one. It’s an intimate look at the first years of the Gaines’ marriage and the years leading up to present. These two are genuine and humble, and these qualities shine through their writing as well. I loved it!!

I hope you have an amazing weekend. Here’s what’s in store for you next week:

A monogrammed “Wreath”

How I use my agenda to be more organized 

Wordfull Wednesday 

Trim Healthy Mama cooking day part two

Farmhouse Friday: my favorite farmhouse dining rooms

Saturday Musings

Scripture Sunday 

Have an awesome week!!

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Saturday Musings: a summer recap

What a wonderful, lovely summer it has been. A quick summer, but still a good one. 

At the beginning of summer, Emorie turned six.


Emorie also got to participate in a six week gymnastics class at her dance studio, and went to cheerleading camp for the first time ever.


Both kiddos had a blast at our church July 4 picnic.


This summer, Emorie attended Bible School for the fourth year and Aubrey for the first year. 

Then, our sweet girl attended Kingdom Kids at our church for the first year ever.


Then, we took a family road trip to Pigeon Forge before school started back. 

It’s so hard to believe our girl is headed to first grade this week. She’s had a wonderful summer and she’s grown and changed so much. 


I hope you all have a wonderful school year.

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Saturday Musings 

Our summer is quickly drawing to a close. My oldest is due to start school in two weeks. My own school year will start in about 3 1/2 weeks. As a friend recently said, “Summer should get a speeding ticket!”

This week, my youngest climbed into the rocking chair and “read” some books.


Bed hair, don’t care.

My girls have enjoyed being together this summer.


And I keep getting cute snaps like this.

Check out Little Miss Hollywood!


Life updates:


Our Bible study is now almost three weeks in. If you are looking for a positive, encouraging Bible study that still teaches and convicts you, reach for this one. It’s amazing how Nicki Koziarz uses the Book of Ruth to illustrate perseverance and faith. It’s the perfect Bible study for where I am in life right now.


Trim Healthy Mama & Fitness

I am 100% on plan now with THM after loosely following it for 18 months. I feel better than ever and have lost almost 15 pounds, and 14 inches. I sleep better and my hair and skin are healthier as well. Plus, I still eat many of the things I’ve always enjoyed, just with modified ingredients. I’m also exercising 30 minutes a day. We eat at home more as well, which has definitely been a game changer. 

House

We are working now to get organized for the new school year. We have organized dressers, closets, the pantry, work spaces… we are working hard to simplify our lives before school starts. We are not currently working on any other projects. 

Weekend Reading:


Dear Lillie: Laundry Room Makeover


20 Ingenious Brick Ideas for Your Home
Have a great weekend!!

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Saturday Reading 

I’m going to depart from my usual Saturday reading to update you all a bit about my life and what we are up to.

Family


Our sweet girl had her recital last Saturday and she was amazing! She also truly enjoyed herself.


Then, we went swimming for the first time this year.
My parents had the girls spend one night with them and then they went fishing.

Journey back to health 


If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’m currently in an exercise program and doing Trim Healthy Mama. It doesn’t really have anything to do with trying to lose weight, but more so trying to be healthier. I’m feeling better than I have in awhile, but I still have a long way to go.

Work

I am a teacher and we are anxiously awaiting the end of the school year. More on this later.

House

We currently have a few house projects in the works…nothing too major but nothing too small either. I’m really close to sharing one of them soon.

I hope you have an amazing weekend. Weekend Reading will resume next week in its regular format.

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Weekend Reading 


Happy weekend to you!

Something big happened around here this week: this little sunshine finished her first year of school.

She is now a kindergarten graduate! Her last day of school was yesterday, and in August, she’ll be in first grade.

She has had a great school year.

This little stinker rocked her first ponytail and looked adorable.

It’s rainy here this weekend, so you can find us inside, enjoying some cuddles and watching some movies.

Here’s what I’m reading this weekend:

The Comparison Trap by Sandra Stanley

If you’re looking for a Bible study, I highly suggest that you check out this one. I’ve only just started and already I’ve been so blessed.

BHG: Mothers Day gifts

Simple ways to increase the curb appeal of your home

10 plants that will purify the air in your home

A yard built for parties

Have a wonderful week end.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed your week. Mine had several highlights. For starters, we had a blast celebrating my birthday last week. Thank you all for the sweet messages, too!

I started doing genealogy recently and was able to trace several lines of my family back to the 1700s. I even found the names of some of my ancestors who emigrated from Europe. I even found a few surprises: I’ve always known my maternal grandmother was kin to the McCoys but I never knew my paternal grandmother was kin the the Hatfields. If you’re not familiar with the Hatfield-McCoy saga, I encourage you to check it out. 

On another note, here are my great- great-great grandparents, Abel and Sarah Musick.

I’m finding genealogy to be fascinating but really time consuming. I’ll probably delve deeper into it this summer.

Do any of you do genealogy? I love history, so I’d love to chat about it sometime.

Here’s what I’m reading this weekend:

Stonegable: Brighten up your kitchen with white 

25 things to do outside with your kids this summer

Cute Mother’s Day gifts to make

Make ahead Mother’s Day desserts

Here’s what we’ll be sharing this week:

Tips and tricks for hanging wall art

Our weekly routines for house management 

Wordfull Wednesday quote

A really fun flower pot made from recycled kitchen trash

Farmhouse style lights 

Have a great weekend!!

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Week in Review Wednesday 

Happy Wednesday to you. Last week felt like fall but now we’re seeing temperatures in the eighties again.  North Carolina has some odd weather, to be sure. It may not feel very fall-ish, but it is at least looking like fall.  Our trees they are a changing.

We are actually in the process of tearing out our flower beds in the front and reworking them. We aren’t sure what we want to plant in the beds, but we are actively looking for ideas.

Miss E had the busiest weekend of all of us.  She went to the State Fair on Friday, to a cookout and party on Saturday, had a play date Saturday, and then had church and Christmas play practice on Sunday. Also on Sunday, we celebrated my father in law’s birthday.
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And then this little stinker took a few steps this weekend.

I hope you have a great week!!

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Week in Review Wednesday 

Well, we had big plans for this past weekend.  Big plans.  But then the hurricane came and we decided to stay home and in the dry, warm house. 

Emorie tried on my boots and was photobombed by her sister. 

Look at that tiny little escapee move! Haha

We cooked a big breakfast and enjoyed lots of sweet girl snuggles. 

We listened to the wind howl and the rain fall. We called and checked on our grandparents and we filled gas cans for the generator. 

But mostly, we just enjoyed being all together under one roof.  

Have a wonderful week. 

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Week in review 

We didn’t do a lot this weekend but we did capture some sweet moments.

Emorie wanted to make a blanket fort and Aubrey didn’t understand why she couldn’t play in it,  too.

And this sweetie climbed into our kitchen cabinets. 
Emorie learned her memory versI e and did a little dancing.

I hope you have a wonderful week.  Thanks for reading and supporting me 

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Week in Review 

My sweet family is having an awesome week and I hope yours does,  too.

This tiny girl is getting bigger and more grown up every day.  Her little personality is coming out more and more. 

Even when she’s grumpy she’s still so much fun. 

And our sweet Emorie.  She is loving school and is learning so much. 

And she’s growing soooooo fast!!


We are all doing well and enjoying life. 

Even though the weather is rainy this week, I hope you can find some sunshine.  Thanks for reading. 

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