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PINSummer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape…” – Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

There’s just something about a calm summer’s eve and the other night, we got to experience it.  No wind, the beating hot rays from the sun that hadn’t fully set, kids playing the endless outdoor games, easy dinners on the porch, a little bee-keeping, picking away at the garden til 10pm … the perfect summer eve.  Literally, all that we were missing was a summer peach pie or some cool root beer floats and some nearby water for an after dinner swim.  Every part of the night screamed summer. View full post »

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PINIt’s been a while since I posted what books I am currently learning from, challenging my opinions with, gleaning from, and just plain enjoying!  Different seasons bring out different interests … lately I am finding that novels are a little more out of reach.  I don’t mind a good novel when I get into it, but I feel that I don’t know a good novel until one is recommend to me!  So, if you have any fiction suggestions, please send them this way.  But until then, biographies and non-fictions – rock on! View full post »

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We are at that place again … time for a kitchen re-do??  Last year, at this very same time, we were talking about doing a renovation to our then kitchen.  Fast forward to right now, in the new-to-us house, and we are contemplating the same thing.  The kitchen we are currently in is dated with the oak cabinets and ‘wave-like’ backsplash, but more than liveable at this point.  It’s not a for sure, done deal that we will be able to do it soon, but the dreaming about it has me all giddy! View full post »

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At the start of the year, I had written down some (maybe?!) lofty goals/habits of what I wanted to see change and shape in my day to day rhythms.  Then, after all that happened with Elkan, some of those aspirations were shooed off the radar.  This is all part of my journey that I’ll continue to be on … right up until the day we get to see him in heaven again.  Through it all, amongst navigating what grieving looks and heals like, I am learning that I need to give myself grace and time.  Grace and time to accomplish things that, in my mind, ‘should’ already be done.  Grace and time for my heart to heal.  Grace and time to allow myself to just be … exactly how I feel.

That all said, lately, I feel ready to get involved in my goals again while still giving myself those graces and no expectations of time attached (easier said than done!).  I don’t think I have ever fully written an ENTIRE list of ALL of my goals … that would be too insanely long!  BUT, I’ve noticed a common thread in some overall goals and thought it’d be helpful for me to share some of those achievements I want to reach.  Sharing how I will attempt to reign in some of my bad habits and replace them with some better, healthier ones will also give me sense of accountability – to you, my readers!!

My first lofty goal: getting to bed earlier.  It may not be hard for some, but for me, it most definitely is.  Look through the gallery to read some practical ways I hope to execute this process and chime in th comments if you have any tricks to pass along …

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PINYou know those weeks your to-do/project list is teeming over a single page, but you are still hopeful you can accomplish each item listed??  Yea … that is my week with the optimistic perspective that each of those things will get done (fingers crossed!).  Here’s a few of my dock items …

. Birthday week!  Matt’s birthday is midweek, and I am hosting a little birthday get-together for my sister’s birthday on Saturday.  Party vibes, think: white.  Pinterest is not helping me with all the beautiful ideas out there.  Hoping for a beauty day so we can be outside.

. We went to Kayben Farms this weekend, and I saw some sheep.  Along with chickens, goats, a miniature donkey, cows and horses, I’d love some sheep.  Our five acres can’t house all of those cute creatures, BUT a girl can dream of pictures like this, right?!

. Clearing out our saskatoon bushes of long, overgrown grass.  I’ll be using this cute gardening pillow I picked up the other week – so comfortable to kneel on, and yes, pleasing to the eye.  Confession: I actually bought two, one for around the house and one for the greenhouse(!)

. I bought two heads of cabbage this week … my plan is to FINALLY make some of these.  Without the raisins tho!

. We are currently doing a program called ‘Five In A Row” and we are in the middle of the book Make Way for the Ducklings.  Hoping we can find ourselves near some ducks this week as part of our nature study.

. The other weekend, I cleared two big garden beds of weeds, weeds and more weeds.  I would love to have them both full of these … does anyone have a suggestion for what would partner well with them?

. And … laundry!  I have stacks to get through as I’ve been sorting/switching closets.  Clothes too small, clothes to give away/pass on to the next brother, just up to my ear in clothes!  Dreaming about laundry room ideas in the midst of it all 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Whatever optimistic, lofty goals you have this week, I hope you are able to tackle them with some gusto!  Happy week, ya’ll <3


pic pix: dreaming of spring lilacs, Apr.2015, our old back alley

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