Monday, March 20, 2017


I hope everyone has a Mandy in their lives.
You know, that friend who is passionate, 
who loves people and Jesus well,
who makes you want to be a better wife, mom, friend.
I'm so thankful for my Mandy.

For the past 5 years, she's been hosting a raffle to bring clean water to Africa.
This year, it's BIG!!
The goal is big (15k) and the raffle prizes are incredible!

Massages, food, wine, essential oils, tons of gift cards, a music camp,
 books, photography, and SO much more.

I mean, the most important thing is that these 4 remote villages in Uganda get clean water,
but when you can help them AND maybe win something, then it's extra fun, right?

Here's the devastating reality:
These mamas are giving their children the only water they have access to--
water from contaminated ponds and streams.
It absolutely blows my mind that in 2017 there are still people without clean water.
My dog drinks clean water.
My GRASS drinks clean water!
Please join us in getting clean water to the people in Western Uganda.

We're donating an Amazon gift card.
I love Amazon Prime almost as much as I love coffee.
If you win, I'll email it over to you right away so you can get shopping!

These are some of my current favorite things I've bought on Amazon:

These leggings.
I've never loved any workout clothing like I love these.
With nearly 700 5-star reviews, I'm clearly not the only one.

My favorite mascara.
Should I ever hear of this being discontinued,
I will stockpile.
I will have an entire closet full of mascara and incandescent light bulbs.
More clothes.
They arrive on my doorstep, I can try them on at home, and then free returns. 
SOOO much easier than shopping with kids.
Can I get an amen?
$30 party dresses.

$9 kimonos

$8 for my favorite winter hats

My favorite journal.
I started Bullet Journaling back in the fall and I love it.
I'm tempted to post the super practical things we typically buy on Amazon,
like yellow jacket traps, chapstick, vitamins, etc., but I figure these
were more fun...and the pictures are prettier. :)

So, will you join me???
Will you please make a donation to the Adventure Project
and help get clean water to those 4 villages?

You're the best!

Go HERE to donate.

Go HERE and put your name in for some amazing prizes!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Fairy garden creating:

Clementine's teen boy moment:

Homeschooling is often messy around here:

This shocked me!
Who knows when she'll be able to write her own 10-letter name, but she almost has Alice's down!


Rainforest class at Phelan Gardens:

They got to make their own little rainforests:

Remember this, Melissa:
All piled on Ben, laughing hysterically.
I love how much fun we have together...doing nothing.

Another trip to the Nature and Science museum.
We got to see our veins:

...and see our own cells with this cool experiment!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

Alice loves holidays.
All holidays.
This list made her giddy and this is likely her personal mission statement:

So, she's been making Valentines since January 5th.

Our friends had us over for a little Valentine's party.
It was the cutest!

We gave the girls each a card and mini heart box of chocolate.
They were over-the-moon excited.
The sweet joys of childhood!

I know the day will come when a tiny box of chocolates will feel lame to them.
One day, they'll likely request a $100+ doll, clothes from a particular store,
a cell phone (Lord, help me.), a fancy birthday party, or a vacation that costs thousands of dollars.
But, for now, I'm so thankful that we've been able to slow it down,
to keep it small, but special,
to expose slowly and intentionally.
Feels like a gift in 2017.

I am cherishing these young years!
(I think I'm feeling especially sentimental after Alice's "I can't wait to be a teenager!"
declaration today. I can definitely wait.)