01 August 2012

{thankful} what a week

This last week has been crazy, chaotic, super busy, and absolutely beautiful.
Last Thursday morning we left before dawn to head east to an awesome youth conference.
Caravaning with a bunch of teenagers and youth leaders across the open road,
a day full of roller coaster riding, followed by three days of refreshment for my soul
and so much laughing - it was so what I needed.
I was the only coffee drinker on the trip, which is weird, in my opinion.
Weird, people.
It wasn't until two hours into our predawn road trip that I came upon my liquid love at a roadside gas station.
Turns out I'm not that picky. Java 'Tude did the job. All 20 ounces of it.

It was amazing on so many levels. 
My heart has been renewed for my family, for teens, for my church, for Jesus.

I am grateful for three exuberant little boys that were super excited for us to be home.
We bonded over legos the next morning and a big, happy snugglefest.
(Can you handle that face? I can't.)

I also came home to some super fun mail from my pal, Hannah
and an another box of sweet thrifty goodies from my gift exchange partner. 
I love happy mail.
And I love Starbucks Lime Refreshers. Have you tried that goodness?
If you care about finances, don't. I have cut myself off.

I am also thankful for other little joys:
the fact that George, who is 2, now calls Eddie "Ed" like he's 48 years old.
And I am drinking up every moment with my sweet 5 year old who is about to leave me for kindergarten.
I'm grateful for all the love and support we're getting surrounding our soon-to-be baby girl
and for the amazing friendships that have come from this little blog.
Friends for life, I'm sure of it.
I am grateful for Ashley, Esther and Stephanie who all have posts up about my necklaces...
one of them even has a giveaway going on, which you should get in on!

Yes, life is full right now. 
And my heart is feeling very grateful.
Each week I host a link up for you to share what you are thankful for.
It is so easy to get bogged down by daily life, by the things that call for our attention,
by the disappointments and let downs, by responsibilities and the day to day, 
everyday mundane.
There is so much to be thankful for.
Whether it's something small that has warmed your heart,
or something huge that has taken your breath away. 
Chances are there have been a few moments this week that have given you a little hope for good things.
I want to hear about it! Whether you link up a blog post or share in the comment section,
hearing about other people's triumphs - big or small - can shift our perspective.
And taking a little time to reflect on our week and look for the good can remind us
of all the goodness within reach. It does my heart good - I hope the same for you!

a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut

linking up with camiheathersarah and julia


  1. I got such a kick out of the 'Ed' thing too...that George.

  2. Linking up this week - thanks for hosting :)


  3. I love your life :) It's so beautiful & you are so blessed!!!
    What a fun mail day..YAY!
    I'm glad you are so blessed <3

    Thanks for the great linkup!! Happy Thursday! oxox

  4. I don't know how anyone could live without coffee!! Lol. Very cute Lego picture. :)

  5. I have always loved mail from Hannah. What a wonderful lady with a HUGE heart.

  6. I'm so not a coffee snob either when it comes to situations like that. Gotta get that beloved bean where you can. And no I can't handle that face, what a cutie!! "Ed" ha ha ;)

  7. awesome link up! I'm excited to follow along and get to "know" you! Thanks for hosting! xo, viv @ bigkfam.blogspot.com

  8. Great photos!

    I'm the same way about coffee! How can you not love it?! lol

  9. Refreshers- delicious! Whoever invented them was thinking of me :) oh and...ONLY coffee drinker on the trip? I agree, weird! Ha.

  10. sounds like an amazing retreat! and you can't beat coming home to happy mail and your adorable little munchkins!

  11. Sweet post and photos! Love the link up, will have to try for next week! Happy to be your newest follower! Have a blessed day! xo Heather

  12. I always think its strange to be in a room full of non coffee drinkers..and a car?! Gosh..that's when I start stashing energy drinks out of fear no one will take me to Starbucks!

    Sounds like an awesome retreat and weekend :)

    Happy coffee drinking!

  13. I REALLY need to remember to link up to this next week!! Happy mail is the best. LOVE YOU!

  14. Hmm...I think we have lots in common. We are waiting on our adoption placement- mid Sept. this is our first adoption! We work with teenagers (my hubs is a youth pastor) too. So excited for your upcoming arrival! I will be following your journey with the little Peach!