Saturday Musings 


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

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This week, we went to my grandparents’ house in southern West Virginia for a few days. It was a blast, and it gave us a much needed break. Plus, anytime we get to spend time with family is a bonus.

We went swimming at a pool where I used to swim as a kid…and so did my mama. Then, we went to my happy place: Pipestem State Park. I spent tons of time here as a kid, and you can do just anything there. You can camp, rent cabins or stay in the lodges, fish, hike, play golf, swim…the list goes on. You can’t beat the views.

You can ride a tram down to the bottom of the canyon and stay in a lodge there, or just wade in the river like I used to do.

We enjoyed the view, and then we played on the playground.

My budding gymnast. Her shirt says, “If you can read this, please turn me over.”

Aubrey loves a swing. She could do this all day long.

Then we went to go play putt putt. I don’t think we’ll ever be professional golfers, but we had a great time.

A good time was definitely had by all.

Before I share my weekend reading list, I wanted to give you a few updates.

Bible Study: 

I recently finished “The Comparison Trap” by Sandra Stanley and now I’ve started “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nicki Koziarz. I’m only two days into this bible study and I’m already so blessed by it. I am currently doing this independently, so if you’re interested, I’d love to partner up and we can work on it together. Just email me!

On the homefront 

We are still working to complete our entry and our dining room. Currently, we lack only a nice rug and light fixture to finish our foyer, as well as a nice area rug for our dining room. We are also working on some plans for our backyard. I cannot wait to share them with you!!

An ETSY shop? 

I’m planning to open an online shop soon, and I’m currently finalizing what will be available for sale in my store. I’m pricing a wholesale list of farmhouse products with natural or organic ingredients. There will be some candies, but it will mostly include gifts and handmade soaps for sure.

Dreams

I recently read “The Magnolia Story” by Chip and Joanna Gaines and was surprised to see that Joanna, whom we all see as an entrepreneur, was at one time scared to open any of the various businesses she designed and planned out. Chip gave her the courage to do it. I toss around lots of ideas in my head of things I’d like to do, but I’m pretty terrible at actually making them happen. I overthink them and get way too scared to make it a reality. I am working toward making one of those dreams a reality, but I’m not far enough into it yet to talk about it. When I am in a place where I can give you more details, I will.

And now, on to what I’m reading this weekend:

Country Living: 2017 Lake House of the Year

Southern Living: Make your house feel like a home

BHG: Cheap chic cabinets

 

Have a wonderful weekend. We’ll see you tomorrow for Scripture Sunday.

 

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I hope you are doing well and having a wonderful weekend. We have had a wonderful week and now we’re just having a low key weekend with family.

Last week, we had a birthday. Our oldest turned six.


We let Emorie choose what she wanted to do (within reason). She chose to go to the trampoline park


To Chick-fil-A 


And to BuildABear


Then, we had dinner at her favorite restaurant in our town. She had a blast!

This week, she had cheer camp:

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​Aubrey is loving having Mama at home for summer:



                          Home:

On the home front, we are working to finish our entry way and dining room! We also have some bigger projects in mind but I can’t talk about them yet. 

 Here is what I’m reading this weekend: 


Country Living: Trends You’ll See Everywhere This Fall

The Nine Dollar Polish Queen Elizabeth Always Wears
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Don’t mind Aubrey’s serious face. In fact, she’s not mad or serious at all. She just doesn’t like to smile when I take her picture.

This week, it finally happened. The day I’ve been waiting for: the last day of school. This year has been challenging in more ways than one, but we survived.

We have lots of plans for this summer. We have a few small renovations we’ll be doing, a few vacations planned, and a whole lot of sweet girl cuddles. I love having summers off with them!


Just look at all that sass!

Here’s what I’m reading this weekend.


HGTV: Junked Up Style


Southern Living: How to Grow Hydrangeas in Containers

Southern Living: One Florida Town You’ve Never Seen But You’ll Love It
Happy reading, and happy weekend!

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Last weekend, we went to my grandparents’ house to visit and spend some time with my family.

Highlights of the trip were eating dinner with my aunts and uncles, and my daddy getting this huge, delicious rack of ribs.


My great aunt and great uncle came to visit. I don’t remember how long it’s been since I last saw them.


Then, on Sunday, we all went to church with my grandparents. My mom, my aunt and my uncles grew up in this church, and my parents were married 34 years ago in this church.


Before I tell you what I’m reading and enjoying, let me give you some tiny updates.

Family 

Doctors have told my dad there are no other treatment options and his cancer has advanced. We appreciate your prayers, cards and messages so much. He is feeling very tired and worn out.

My girls are doing well. We are counting down ththe days until I’m out of school.

Work

In a little over two weeks, school will be out. We have lots of exciting things planned for this summer and I’m so excited.

House

We have a few projects we’re working on. The most significant are refreshes of our living room and master bedrooms. We’ve just recently completed some outdoor projects.

Faith

I have been participating in The Comparison Trap, which is a Bible study written by Sandra Stanley. I have one week left of it and I’ll be sad when it’s over. I’ve been so blessed.


Thanks for sticking with me. Here is what I’m reading this weekend.


BHG: Banish Nasty Kitchen Odors for Good

Southern Living: Turn Your Outdoor Spaces to A Haven

Southern Living: This Florida Beach Is A Paradise, But You’ve Never Heard Of It

Country Living: Inside a Mississippi Farmhouse that Fits a Family of Six
Have a great weekend!!



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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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I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day. I had a great holiday with these two sweeties.


My oldest wrote me this sweet message on the sidewalk. It says, “love is good because my mom is there for me. Have a happy Mother’s Day. ”

She is the sweetest! Plus, she’s now a kindergarten grad.


I need a pause button. Time is flying far too fast.

Here is what I’m reading this weekend:

                     Country Living
I’ve always been a fan of the blog Vintage Revivals by Mandi Gubler, and I was excited to see that Country Living featured “the nugget!”


Heat Tolerant Container Gardens for  Sweltering Summers

HGTV: 16 cottage living ideas 

Have a wonderful weekend! 
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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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