Tuesday, August 29, 2017

We're back at it!

And just like that, they're back in school.
This year I have a sophomore, 7th grader and a 4th grader.

I have one in high school, middle school and elementary... which means that potentially I could have 3 different Christmas or spring concerts.  Yes, you read that right!  :0

Every year, I pray for them to have the best year yet, and I'm praying for that again this year!  I can't wait to see how much they learn and grow!  I'm thinking by next school year, Jesse might be taller than Gracie... time will tell.

In the mean time, I'm back to packing lunches, helping with homework, meal prepping, jersey washing, soccer and volleyball watching, birthday planning, Fall decorating and counting down the days until our next summer break!

PS. I really appreciated all the advice and encouragement on my last post...  Thank you!  You guys are the best!  :)


Friday, August 25, 2017

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday Friends!

I know I've been a bit silent again... I'm working on it.  I promise!  As life changes so are my thoughts on this little blog.  I'm trying to figure out whether to keep this blog up and running or whether I should start up a whole new one.  With my kids getting older, I'm thinking more and more about changing from a family/lifestyle blog over to a more intentional blog... but I just can't decide what to do yet.  So if you have any thoughts or ideas for me, help a girl out!  What is it that you like to read when you stop by?

Okay, so on a lighter note, I thought I'd share a few of my favorites today to kick off the weekend.


This bag... isn't it cute!  I currently have it in my wish list, in case Dan and the kids need a birthday present idea for me... in October.  ;)  It's already been sold out once since I found it, so I'm hoping Dan decides to shop early this year.  :)


I had been eying a dress for Gracie, that I'd seen on Pinterest.  Well long story short, my sister told me I could find it on Amazon for $9.99!  I ended up ordering her one in this color as well as one in navy.  And... I may have ordered one for myself as well.  Is that weird that I like the same clothes I order my 15 year old?  I don't want to dress like I'm 15 and I don't want her dressing like she's 34, but this seems neutral enough, right?!



Speaking of Gracie...  she got her drivers license 2 weeks ago.

She's been driving herself into volleyball practice everyday.  I'm slowly starting to get used to it, but boy is it weird!


I went and picked fresh blueberries recently and I'm loving them.  I kept some fresh for us to eat, and then froze the rest for smoothies, muffins, pancakes, etc.  I swear sometimes it's the simple things in life that I love the most.  I mean, when can you get blueberries this fresh?!


 We watched the solar eclipse, and had so much fun.  It didn't get dark here, but it really cooled off and got almost "dusk" like.  I think my kids enjoyed it more than they thought they would.


Last week my Mom, my Aunt, my sister and I all visited some family in Idaho.  We looked through some old family photos, and then we went out and met his draft horses.  He has 5 of these beauties, and man are they big.  I'm 5'10 and my head looks like it's right at his back.  If it wouldn't have been raining, we would have went on a carriage ride... but nope, the one time it rains all summer.  ;)


I found this on Pinterest and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way...

Okay, that's it for today.
I've linked up with Andrea, Erika & Narci.

Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Egypt's Sister

Angela Hunt is an exceptional writer who once again has written an incredible story.  This particular novel of Cleopatra, was so well written that I honestly can't even begin to tell you how impressed I am.  This book wasn't just whipped up overnight... Angela Hunt clearly did her homework and knew what she was writing about.

The main character in this book isn't Cleopatra herself, but her childhood friend Chava.  Through Chava's eyes, we see what life is like for royalty, commoners and slaves.  The only thing I wish this book had, was a bit more closure.  I love closure, and yes, I could imagine how it would have all played out, but I would have preferred to have read it.  I would have rated this book a 5 star had there been just a chapter or two more.

All that being said, I would highly recommend reading Egypt's Sister if you love historical fiction, or if you are interested in what life might have been like back in Cleopatra's day and age.  It takes a couple chapters to get into it, but once you do, I just know you'd love it!

* I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publisher, in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

What have you been reading this summer?

Enjoy your day!