Saturday Musings

So much has happened in the past few weeks that I can scarcely keep it all straight in my mind. I wanted to share some of my current reads with you, but also to talk a little about some things we are currently working on.This is what I’m reading this week:

BHG: Rooms that Say Fall

Country Living: 25 Rustic Paint Colors for Fall

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Happy Saturday from this guy. Things have been rough and stressful this week. My dad is not doing well and we know his time is coming. Thanks to everyone who has found time to send us messages and kind words. We appreciate your prayers and well wishes. 

Despite the difficulties, we have managed to find some smiles.


Speaking of smiles, someone is missing a few teeth…just in time for picture day at school. 


And this kiddo fed her PopPop some apples. 


Here are my girls sharing some mac and cheese at my parents’ house.


And then sleeping in their car seats.

We are spending time with family and enjoying my dad while we have him here still. If things get quiet on the blog in the next few weeks, please don’t worry. 

Here is what I’m reading this week:


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Have a great weekend.

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Happy Saturday! 

This past week, we were headed up to WV to see our family. It was a short trip, but a great one.


Aubrey thoroughly enjoyed her sister’s vocal stylings.


And Emorie got schooled at the School of Rock via her great uncle Michael. We went to my other uncle’s house where we had a cookout. We saw cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles… and we had tons of good things to eat all weekend long!! We had a blast, but like always, the visit wasn’t long enough. 

This weekend, we are helping some friends celebrate their birthdays and we are getting a few things done around the house. I’m also doing a little reading:


Real Simple: Decorate and Organize your bedroom

18 clever items to simplify your life
Have a wonderful weekend!
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I hope your week was as sweet as my girls enjoying these yogurt pops.


Speaking of enjoying, how much did my little girl enjoy this cup of ranch dressing? 


She’s certainly had a blast eating this week. 

My older daughter cheered in our local high school’s first football game of the season last night. She loved every minute of it, too.


And something else happened this week: I went back to work. My classroom is almost finished. 

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I’m back in eighth grade this year and I’m so excited. I’ve missed the “big kids.” I’m also coaching cross country this year, so I’m excited about that. 

Fitness goals

I’m down 15 pounds but I’ve got another five to go. I’ve gone sugar free, gluten free and I’m really feeling a lot better. I’m also still running and doing PiYo each day. I’m also drinking almost a gallon of water a day and I’ve really seen a big difference. 

Here’s what I’m reading this weekend:


Country Living: the untold story behind Rae Dunn’s pottery
Does anyone else love Rae Dunn? OMGoodness, I can’t get enough of that beautiful but simple pottery. 


BHG: Create an outdoor kitchen on a budget
I want an outdoor kitchen and I’m all about trying to save money. 


Lilly Pulitzer’s past is as wild as her patterns
Have a wonderful weekend!

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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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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.


http://www.accountexx.com/cms-chicago/ cms chicago 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:

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Dear Lillie: Laundry Room Makeover


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

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Last weekend my sweet Emorie was in our church’s Bible School Commencement. 

Aubrey attended Bible School for the first time ever. She loved it, especially music time. She showed off her dance moves.


My cute little NCSU cheerleaders on Game Day at VBS. They were reppin’ Mommy’s alma mater!

This week, my hubby and I went to The Vintage Warehouse, which is a once a month sale in a town south of us. We didn’t buy anything but we saw some really cool things. Here’s an antique phone booth:


We will definitely go back to their August sale next month. 

A few updates:


Bible Study

We are gearing up for week two of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit, a Bible study based upon the book of Ruth. I am privileged to be doing this study with a special group of ladies. Some are relatives, some are recent friends, and some are friends from high school and church. I am learning so much about myself and about the Book of Ruth. 

Fitness goals

I am two months into my Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle and loving it! I’ve lost six pounds but nearly 11 inches. I’m also doing a challenge group with Beachbody and doing PiYo. I feel and look better than I have in a long time.


Homefront

We are almost finished with our dining room and entry way products. Can’t wait to show you!

And now, here’s what I’m reading this weekend: 


Country Living: absolutely beautiful quotes about summer

Southern Living: Most Expensive Homes in the South
Have a wonderful weekend!!

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I hope you have had a wonderful week. We have been busy this week with Vacation Bible School, but it has been a great week.


We had planned to cook out and fish with members of our church, but the weather interfered. We did get to eat and fish a little before the storm. How pretty is this view?


And this little cherub was too entertaining:


Here is What I’m reading this weekend:


   Tour an industrial farmhouse in Iceland


Vintage Decor Ideas
Have a wonderful weekend.

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My grandmother’s Christmas cactus
For as long as I can remember, my Nana has had this Christmas cactus, which she got from my great-aunt. I have always admired it. Lately I’ve been reading about the benefits of house plants and how they can purify the air.

Pure breathing air isn’t just good for your pulmonary system; it’s good for your mental health as well. Having indoor plants promotes happiness and a sense of calm.

My grandmother gave me some starts from her Christmas cactus when we went to see her last week. I’m rooting two sections of it: one for my home and one for my classroom this fall. I am also working on growing some other plants indoors as well. More on that later.

We celebrated July 4th last week with a church picnic and some watery fun!


Then, we went to see some fireworks.


We are also doing some other fun things this weekend. Yesterday, we helped decorate for Vacation Bible School. We might not have been a big help, but we had fun.


 We will be meeting up with church friends for a cookout tonight.


Who knows what else we’ll do?

Aubrey thinks this plant stand is a nice seat.

And now for a few updates: 

I painted our living room over spring break and it was a chore! We still need to paint our bedroom, the office, the dining room, kitchen and the playroom. I am hoping to get the playroom and office knocked out this week. We shall see.


I am continuing to be blessed by this wonderful bible study. I am also still looking for active participants who are willing to join me in this study. You will be incredibly blessed!

Health:

I’ve learned that I have arthritis in my back and hip, and that is what’s causing my back to hurt. I went to the doctor and was prescribed physical therapy and medication. I’m trying a few holistic methods as well. 


Trim Healthy Mama:

I was doing so well with THM and was almost 100% on plan, but then i went on vacation and I got off track 🙁  I was feeling cruddy and putting weight on, so I’m trying now to get back on plan. Slowly but surely I am getting there!!

Here’s what I’m reading this week:


Worthing Court: How to Make a Screened in Porch a Relaxing Oasis


Stonegable: Secrets to be a better home decorator

Have a wonderful weekend!

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