Current Book Stack

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You guys. My stack of current reads is getting a little out of control. I already had several on deck and in my “rotation” when I ordered four more from Barnes & Noble the other day. Oops.

And then while I was writing this post I remembered two more and just Amazon Primed them.

I have a problem.

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Anyway, these are the ones I’m currently working through:

Present Over Perfect – Shauna Niequist
I’m just getting started on this one but so far – it’s great. It’s all about her personal quest to pare down her life to what’s really important, and stop falling back on the self-imposed excuse of “I’m so busy.” I’m different in that don’t aspire to busyness (like, AT ALL), but I do have the disease to please, and those are all things she tackles in this book.

Nobody’s Cuter than You – Melanie Shankle
Melanie Shankle is one of my very favorite authors. (If you’re a mom or soon-to-be, you need to read Sparkly Green Earrings. I read it while I was pregnant with Ave and it made me so pumped about motherhood.) But this book of hers is all about friendship and I kid you not, it makes memories from my childhood come flooding in, one after another. I’ve been blessed with truly beautiful friendships (both new and some that have spanned decades) so this is a really sweet reminder for me to cherish those relationships.

Falling Free – Shannan Martin
I’m on the launch team for this book, and I am not exaggerating when I tell you I’ve devoured my copy (an e-book, so not pictured). I won’t lie to you – this is a hard read. It’s confronting and convicting, but in the best ways possible. It’s all about how God turned Shannan’s family upside down and gave her a new perspective on doing life wherever God places you, however He directs you. All about surrender. (Which is my “word” for this season while I’m waiting on baby #2).

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Recently finished books: 

Even if Not, by Kaitlyn E Bouchillon : thumbs up; easy quick read.

Wild and Free, by Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan (thumbs up with a head’s up: it’s a good read with so many applicable truths to women today, it just took me a while to work through and digest.)

Looking for Lovely, by Annie Downs: thumbs up; honest and quirky.

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And here are the books I just got in the mail/ordered today off Amazon (seriously, I have a disease):

Bittersweet – Shauna Niequist

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi, *probably the one I’m most looking forward to.

Giddy Up, Eunice: (Because Women Need Each Other) – Sophie Hudson

You & Me Forever – Francis Chan

Missional Motherhood – Gloria Furman

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So there are my updated lists! Ridiculous, I know.

Oh! One more thing. I’m currently on the lookout for a bible study for a small group. I want to host a study group in my home this fall, but I have to narrow down my choices. Do you have a recommendation? PLEASE tell me if so! And if you know me personally and want to join in on the study (women only), I’d love to have you. 🙂

 

 

weekly links: 37/52

So, I completely missed a week of favorites. It was bound to happen. I feel certain you’ll survive, so we’re just picking up with my favorite reads and such from over the past couple weeks. 


{ the lively show }
I’ll start with this because it’s just so random…but do you guys listen to podcasts? My mom likes to listen to them and has sent a few my way that I’m now hooked on. I’ve started listening to them while driving or doing dishes. I don’t even remember how I found this particular podcast, but it’s an interview with John & Sherry, the insanely successful bloggers behind Young House Love. So interesting hearing why they stepped away from blogging and how their lives have changed. 

{ incourage }
This is my favorite read from the week, hands down. A beautiful illustration of how the Father loves us, even when we are doubtful and unsure. 

{ uptown with elly brown }
How cute is this Mama Bear baseball tee?

{ jess connolly }
She is one of the most inspired women I read on a regular basis – if you aren’t following her on Instagram, you are seriously missing out. This post is a new way to combat envy and discontent.

{ little baby garvin } 
Although this isn’t from the past two weeks, I just happened upon it and am in love with this sweet mermaid-inspired nursery

{ night owl blog }
The kitchen and I are not exactly friends. I manage enough that my family doesn’t go hungry, but I really wish I was one of those people who was good at it and enjoyed it. All that said, this honey BBQ wings recipe sounds like something I can tackle!

Monday is coming! Make it a good one. Let’s not just live for the weekends.

weekly links: 35/52

Hi friends! 

Wow, I am behind this week! I recently added something else to my plate….(assistant to a photographer who I LOVE)…so needless to say, my days are very full right now. If you don’t know me personally or haven’t been reading my blog long, I am mom to 18-month old Aven, and a part-time Registered Sonographer in addition to writing all my words here. 🙂

So on with today’s words!

I’m sharing my favorite reads from last week (week 35/52). There are only four links this week because SEE FIRST PARAGRAPH. 🙂



{ the nester }
SIMPLE party decor, and using what you have to create a fun atmosphere for guests. 

{ mommy’s me time }
I’m not there yet, but I’m feeling for all you mamas sending babies off to school.

{ magnolia homes }
I have loved these old ladder displays for a long time, and I think it’s finally time my husband make me one. 🙂 

{ kate conner }
Finding your “people up close.”


Thanks for hanging with me while I learn how to juggle my time, and for giving me this space to write. I am so grateful. 

weekly links: 34/52

It’s late on Sunday night so I thought I’d play catch up and share my favorite links from this past week (week 34/52). This week we have a little of everything: inspiration, fashion, food, wisdom, and a smart tip that can bless other women! 

Ps., if you find a blog that you want to follow on a regular basis, a great way to keep up with them is with Bloglovin’.

images via links 3, 4, and 5 below.



{ we are that family }
WISDOM of the week: the six words that can change everything at home. 

{ the small things blog }
INSPIRATION of the week: I shared a “beauty” post from Kate last week, but this is more of a “day in the life” from her perspective as a mom of two under two (makes me need a nap just thinking about it). I think this will be reassuring for those of you who find yourselves in that season.

{ see vanessa craft }
RECIPE of the week: I am currently obsessed with raspberries, and chocolate is always a YES in my book, so this recipe for a Chocolate Raspberry Cake is definitely on my To Make list. (which is a short list, by the way.)  Also – – I can appreciate the detailed step-by-step instructions for this recipe! 

{ one little momma }
FASHION of the week: I’ve learned that cardigans, kimonos, and ponchos are staples for my wardrobe. (Also stripes, because Duh.) I love layering, and these kind of pieces make it easy to be comfortable and look cute. Maternity or not – I love almost all of these outfits.

{ redhead baby mama } 
TIP of the week: Lindsey is a friend of mine and she is now a mom of two! If you used a Medela breast pump while nursing, Lindsey tells you how you can pass it on to a mom in need (it’s really simple!)


Hope you’ve had a happy and relaxing weekend, friends! Let’s make this week a good one. 

This picture is brought to you by my mother who complains if a post is missing this face. Here ya go, mom. 🙂


weekly links: 33/52

Here we are with some good reads for week 33/52! (Posting this late because my arms were full with a sick baby for half the week!) This is the third post in a series I’m doing of my favorite finds each week. This is hopefully a way for you to read something you might have missed otherwise, and discover new blogs to follow. If you have a favorite link for this week, please post it in the comments so we can check it out!

{ You can catch up on the past posts in this series here and here. }

images via links 1, 2, and 4 below.


{ kate elizabeth conner }
I think I first discovered Kate Connor on Instagram, and I adore her writing. This post about the messy parts of life has me nodding in agreement and feeling so grateful for people who are willing to be honest.

{ country living }
I think pretty much everyone adores HGTV’s Fixer Upper, and I’m no exception. I’ve even said I wanted to be on the show just so I could tour the Gaines’ farmhouse and hang out with Chip and Joanna! Here is a photo tour of their house and it does not disappoint. My favorite spot? Probably that dreamy master bedroom. 

{ thrive moms }
This ministry has been so affirming to me as a mom, especially this post as I’ve spent hours on end holding my sick baby (and not getting much else done) this week. It couldn’t have come at a better time. 

{ the small things blog }
This is one of my favorite blogs to check in on. Although Kate is well known as a beauty blogger, she shares family updates on her little boys as well. This is her attempt to look “fresh in fifteen,” as she’s now a mom of two, so primp time has diminished greatly. I even tried this myself and was surprised at how much I was able to do in just 15 minutes!

{ coffee + crumbs }
Well if you haven’t already become a fan of this blog, this is my third attempt in three weeks to convert you. 🙂  Read this for a guilt-free perspective from a fellow mom on the hard days.

{ vintage revivals }
And lastly, how cute is this baby announcement? Ps. her DIY blog will rock your socks off. 


Enjoy your Sunday!
xo.