reading: Bella Grace magazine, art books by Dina Wakley, Radiant Faces by Jane Davenport, and needing to re-read any book by Shauna Niequest or Anne Lammott.
playing: chase, hide and go seek, and a huge variety of Anna Ruth's made up games
watching: Parenthood, which aired the finale last night. I'm am honestly so sad about this. :( Watching Shark Tank too.
trying: to be patient with the girls as they are both so strong-willed and independent and confident and full of life. Trying to be kinder to myself, nurture my friendships more…and "shake it off" when it comes to criticism or negativity.
cooking: non-processed, super simple meals. I've decided to no longer beat myself up over our lack of gourmet meals. We eat healthy and we're fed well. The end.
eating: my Greek yogurt parfait blogged here, and black pepper Triscuits…I mean other stuff too. But these are my current favorites by far. Add in some goat cheese with the Triscuits and I'm a happy camper.
drinking: lukewarm coffee. This is evidently the year of the dentist. I'll let you guess how much fun that is. (and yes, I know…thankful to have the money and means to go)
calling: my twin, Jana
texting: my neighbor friend, my new church group community, my playgroup friends, my Grandma and Papaw
pinning: artsy ideas, spring decorating ideas, outdoor things...
crafting: hmm….lately it's mostly been lots of art and planning activities for my girls! But I have a few things up my sleeve in preparation for my three Rosy Retreats! And some rainbow decorating for spring...
doing: my best to arise early enough to have coffee and Jesus before the girls wake.
going: camping this spring! We bought a pop-up camper! And to a Valentine's Day tea party, on my Momma's birthday! Can't wait.
loving: bird-watching, eating Taco Bell in the car (by myself) with the country music blaring, waffles with real maple syrup, watching the sunrise/sunset, talking to the cows, watching a candle burn, going to bed early, my girls' hugs and kisses, going to my Grandma and Papaw's house with the girls, watching my nephew Winston grow up, the warm weather, browsing at Barnes and Noble, watching my girls learn and dance and grow and jump and just BE.
discovering: I am terrible at yarn crafts. I tried pom-poms and finger knitting. Fail. Both projects. There should be a hash-tag for this…. #fingerknittingFAIL
enjoying: having close friends again…it's been a while and boy does it feel good. So good to be known and needed and loved and understood.
thinking: about Anna Ruth going to school in another year and a half. We're doing public school (despite the heaps of criticism I've received, boo)..thinking how much I appreciate her preschool teacher, Miss Betty that works at Wal-Mart, Linda that works at the post-office, the nice library lady who doesn't bat an eye if Betsy throws a fit but welcomes us back instead,
so I suppose mostly thinking how grateful I am for our hometown heroes.
hoping: more than anything, to please God in this season…and to be an excellent wife and mama. In more shallow news, hoping to get some creativity back this spring with my outfits!
listening: to my most random playlist ever. No one else would even begin to understand the order of it. Except for my twin.
celebrating: Anna Ruth going poop in the potty! LOL. Just keeping it real folks. That is absolutely the biggest thing that jumped into my mind.
OH, and getting a much bigger check than I expected in the mail for a magazine thing I did.
thanking: God for new chances by the bucketfuls. Can I get an amen?!
finishing: up my list for Vintage Market Days in April…so that I can start checking things off! Other than that, I don't really ever finish anything. I guess I start canvases and finish them..
but mostly I finish putting the dishes away, folding the clothes, cooking the meals, teaching the girls, cleaning the house…then it starts over. See the word below!
starting: All that finishing stuff I just mentioned!
Starting to feel like a shift has happened in our lives too…
we're in a new season.
I'm not quite sure how we stumbled upon this particular chapter..
but I'm so glad we did.