Monday, October 20, 2014

Dreaming Out Loud

On one of my most memorable walks with my sister, she asked me what things I'd like to do in my life, that I haven't done yet. Gosh, I love questions like that. I love talking hopes and dreams with people, but unfortunately, it's not usually part of everyday conversations. For the next few miles we talked about flying (her, not me), we talked about family sizes. We talked about biological kids and non-biological. We talked about farm houses, chickens, gardens and careers.

There's something about dreaming out loud that gives our dreams a little boost. Tugs in our hearts are paired with accountability and support and before we know it, those dreams start to become reality.

I'm a firm believer that the things that give us goosebumps are there for a reason. That thing that makes your heart pound and brings little tears to your eyes? Yeah, I think that's a passion that God gave you on purpose. It's not something just to be brushed under the carpet. Pull it out. Tell someone about it. Get someone on your team who helps you believe in yourself.

Tonight when I put Eliza to bed, I told her that she can be anything she wants to be when she grows up. Her biggest obstacle will simply be believing in herself. I want to plant those seeds of belief in her now. I want to hold her tight and tell her daily that she can do anything that she sets her mind to.

The same thing goes for us grownups. If you want to write a book, what are you waiting for? If you want to play the piano, then do it! I've been seeing so many posts lately where it just feels like people are throwing in the towel. They're expecting failure, before they've even started! Why are we giving up so easily or living like we don't have a choice?

So, I thought I'd dream out loud a little, because maybe if I do it, you will too. Or maybe you'll see that you're not the only one who is extremely thankful for your life, but has an ache for something a little different. We can practically burst with gratitude for the present, while planning for what's ahead, yes?

So, what's been going on in my head?
Well, here we go.....
I dream of selling our house within the next year or so and buying land and an old house to restore. I dream of a large garden, a field for our kids to run all day in and old apple trees. I want to go outside and drink coffee with my jammies on and I want to run in the sprinkler in my swim suit, unafraid that my post-baby body might cause the neighbors to wish for summer to be over. I want to paint late into the night with my husband and buy a goat or two, since I've heard that they need other goat friends.

I dream of a house that's comfy, inviting, not perfect, but full of character. I dream of buying a house that others might think is a big, old mess and then working as a family to restore the beauty that it used to have. And if we had to live in an RV for a month or two, well call me crazy, but I'd do it.

The idea of going through everything that we own and downsizing to live more of a minimalist lifestyle is also super appealing to me. I'm not much of a "stuff" person. I've learned that I live life better when my home is filled with less. I think clearer, my kids can find things easier and they actually play better when we have less clutter. With all of my heart, I believe that less is more.
While I'm so thankful for where we're at right now, farmhouse dreams and land fill my head.

What are you dreaming of right now? 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fragrance Lake

Today I'm joining in with the Simple As That blog and sharing the simple things that are making me smile right now. 

Simple things Sunday is about slowing down and capturing life’s everyday details. Taking joy in the simple things is the focus and Sunday is the day we gather together to reflect on our experiences from the week and share our photos with each other.

Tonight my legs are tired and I think I still have this silly perma-grin on my face from our ladies hike this weekend. These ladies hikes are one of my favorite days in the entire month. I just can't say enough good things about these girls. I love them and I love this amazing area in which we live!

A few photos from our adventure out to Fragrance Lake:
Pre-hike selfie.
My dear pregnant friend, Nathalie and my sister-friend. I love these girls and check out the cool trees growing on the rocks!
On the way to Fragrance Lake, there was a short little detour off the trail that took us to this view. Totally worth extra half mile. This was gorgeous!
 More of that view. If I'm correct, I believe that we're looking at the San Juan Islands here.
Signs of fall were sprinkled all over this hike. Orange, red and yellow leaves were everywhere. The kind of leaf covered trails that make you want to shuffle your feet, just so you can hear the sound of the leaves crunching loudly below your boots.

 When we reached the lake, we stopped and had lunch. This is a hike-in only lake and it was so peaceful out there. I definitely want to come back in the summer and maybe go swimming, and trust me, that's saying a lot. Normally the thought of swimming in a lake kind of grosses me out, but not this one. It was so clear and clean looking, I think I'd go for it.
Fragrance Lake.
When I got home from our hike, it was back to normal life. The kids and Daddy had carved pumpkins, a baby was napping, a little princess was spinning around singing "Let it Go!" and a boy was getting ready to go out and mow with Daddy.
Normal life is always sweeter after a little time away, fresh air, exercise and good conversation. Tonight I'm thankful for fun friends and for this beautiful area that we get to explore.

What simple things have you enjoyed this weekend?

Friday, October 17, 2014


Favorite Quote from the Week:
Favorite New Discovery on Instagram: Darling Magazine. Gorgeous photos, great inspiration. Go take a look, your eyes will thank you.
Favorite Learning Videos: 
This morning, the kids were asking me a crazy amount of questions about vowels, so like all good Moms do (haha!) I hit up YouTube. Bam. I found exactly what I needed and then a few more. These learning videos are short, but they're so good and my kids love them. 

Here's the vowel video that we watched during breakfast. As far as what I saw, the rest of their videos are really great as well.

Okay, so since we're talking about vowels...I have to share this video as well. If you have a boy who's into Batman, you'll enjoy this. Otherwise, you might think I've completely lost it.

And lastly, there's this one. The Reading Machine. 
Favorite Read from the Week:  

Favorite Kids Outfit: 
This makes me wish Judah was still young enough to let me pick my clothes. 
Outfit inspiration from Taylor Joelle Designs

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chasing Daylight at the Patch

Tonight we headed to the pumpkin patch, just before sunset. Dinner was in the crock pot, my girls were feeling a bit better from being sick for most of the week and it just seemed like the right thing to do before dinner. The day was so beautiful that I felt like I could just about burst when I stepped outside during naptime. It just feels like there's so much beauty everywhere right now. Even my garden still has things growing in it. I keep on expecting it to all die off and it just continues on. When I was out there today, Matt Redmond's song "10,000 Reasons" came to mind. When I came in, I couldn't help but play it on repeat for the next hour.

"The sun comes up
It's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes"

This pumpkin patch is one of my favorites. It's a family owned little business on the side of the road, with just the right size corn maze, a few wheelbarrows, knives for cutting pumpkins and endless photo opportunities. It's simple and it has that authentic, small town feel that I love.

The kids had a blast running around. They each picked out a pumpkin and I grabbed a few little white pumpkins. Have you seen those? I think they're just about the cutest thing. Next year, I'd love to try and grow them. 

I thought I'd share a few photos from our adventure here and tomorrow I'll be posting my "Favorites Roundup" for the week. There's a lot of good stuff that I'm excited to share. 

Thankful for right now:
1. Walks with the kids.
2. Short and meaningful visits on the front porch with friends.
3. When Paisley calls me "Queen" and asks me to call her "Princess"
4. Songs that come to mind, just when I need them.
5. Kids that laugh loud.
6. That it's okay to be blown away with all the good in the world, while still being aware of the heartache.
7. For friends that share good soup recipes, that include bacon.

Tell me about your day. What was the best part? What are you thankful for right now?


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