The Fawn

Yesterday Caleb and I walked a new trail at the John J. Audubon Center, and while we saw a few beautiful birds and flowers, we saw a fawn that made the hike worth it. I had spotted a few deer, but couldn’t get close enough to take a good picture. Then this fawn came, and almost walked right up to us. It was such a surreal moment, and definitely one that I will remember for a long time.
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As a Flower

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I am as a flower fading fast,
trying to blossom while I last.
I am as a wave tossed and lost in the sea,
but still God makes notice of me.
He listens to my every need
and takes heed of every plea.
Who am I but a girl who’s searching and poor?
Still He lifts me up and makes me more.
Though sometimes I feel low and next to nothing,
in Him, I become something.
I am as a flower fading fast,
and I will serve Him while I last.”

(I’ve been trying to find who wrote this beautiful poem, but to no avail. Please let me know if you know who wrote this.)

The Bethadilly Challenge: May 1 – 10

May 1: fruit {a v o c a d o}

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May 2: seasonal {flowers and spring}

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May 3: i bought this {i haven’t made any purchases lately besides gas, groceries, and a few restaurant meals. we’ve been going on a lot of walks lately, and have put Caleb’s binoculars and my camera to good use}

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May 4: sweet {sweet, sweet flowers}

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May 5: little {shoes that make my feet feel little}

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May 6: five {five different pictures of flowers}

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May 7: my walls {the walls of this old greenhouse are amazing}

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May 8: thank gosh it’s friday {and I GRADUATED. I have been waiting for this day for a long, long time}




May 9: colorful {this tulip in my parents’ backyard}


May 10: makes me happy {spending Mother’s Day with my mom makes me happy}


lovely things: weekend edition

This weekend we stayed home.

After a summer of going, going, going…it was nice to relax at home without weddings and long car rides.

Here are a few things that I found lovely:

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1. I woke up this morning & was so thankful for our apartment.

We live close to school / both of our jobs, and I always feel safe in our apartment complex.

I love that even though we’re renting, and planning on leaving Phoenixville in the near future, we have still made it a home.

A beautiful, cozy, love-filled home.


APARTMENT2*Please note the water stain from falling asleep with wet shower hair*



2. Milo.

He gives me so much joy, and I like to talk to him over breakfast. He really is the sweetest.

Milo not only likes to eat Life cereal, but also enjoys:

– sweet tea

– ice cream

– crunchy leaves


He fell asleep with his little paw on my foot.

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3. I’ve been working out at the YMCA pretty regularly, and needed new music to keep me motivated. Every song on this playlist is gold.

4. Pomplamoose.


5. Flowers.

I wish my flowers had really bloomed, but there’s always next summer.


6. Riptide // Vance Joy

7. Caleb and I “babysit” for a single dad that has a 17 year old son. We basically hang out with the kid, and watch the game show network; it’s a really sweet deal. Last night we made dinner, watched t.v., and had ice cream.

I’m thankful for random babysitting jobs, and seemingly spontaneous provision.

God definitely always knows what we need, even before we do.

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8. This dog. It almost makes me want to buy a puppy.

9. Finally, babies.

I go through moments when I don’t ever want children (mostly because I’m scared, and the thought of motherhood gives me anxiety), and moments when my baby fever is at an all time high.

This weekend I really just wanted to hold a baby.

I wanted to smell that clean baby smell, and wrap a little bean in a soft Ikea blanket.

Am I super weird for wanting that?

Because I am not pregnant (and will hopefully stay that way), I settled for adorable pictures of babies on tumblr. Here are two of my favorites:

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Photo Credit: Love & Squalor

Basically everything Lindsey Ocker does is beautiful.

I really am a sucker for good photography (if I could choose any other profession besides teaching, it would most likely be photography).

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Katie Purnell is wonderful as well.

What are some things that made your weekend lovely?

Easters & Family & Flowers

This past week was filled with family – first my parents came to visit, and then my in-laws made the long trek to Pennsylvania from Florida.

As much as I love being independent and married, it is always so nice to see my parents (both sets) and to be taken care of just a little bit.

Both sets of parents are such blessings, and after everyone left, Caleb and I felt like they had taken a part of our hearts with them.

We may have shed a few tears. (Shh. It’s a secret. Don’t tell Caleb I told you.)

I had originally written a post about my feelings on Easter and Social Media holiday hype, but decided against posting it. Maybe I felt it was too judgmental?

I’m not really sure.

But here is my favorite Easter related photo & quote:


 “Do you not realize I have had diarrhea since Easters?”

Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures when my parents came to visit, but I will just assure you that fun was had.

We went to the Reading Terminal Market, and even visited the U.S. Mint! Coins are totally “in” right now.

We also consumed cannolis and other delicious Italian pastries, and it was overall a fantastic visit.

My dad was finally able to see our apartment (which I am very proud of, by the way. Tours are every weekday from 6 p.m. – midnight, but only if you bring us cookies), and it was really nice to spend time with my parents and not-so-little sister, listen to records, make jokes, and bond. Sadly, we eventually had to part ways, but Caleb’s parents arrived on Wednesday night. On Thursday, we went to a baseball game and froze:

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I was freezing, but hey, my hair looked really great.

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Phillies v. Braves.

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Classic Rocky.

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My TOMS & Rocky’s feet.

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A goat that I met in Lancaster. We had a great chat while he ate 25 cent food from my hand, and tried to bite my fingers.

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We visited Gettysburg National Military Park and I met Abe’s bobble head, and learned all about the war.

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The Valley Park Road trail.

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We planted tomatoes, peppers, watercress, chives, and some other herbs. This is my new favorite yellow pot with white & violet flowers planted inside.

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Finally, we explored Valley Forge National Park.

Today after classes I came home to find these beautiful flowers on our doorstep with a ‘Happy Easter’ note from our next-door neighbor:


To say that today has been a great day is an understatement – I received a perfect score on my evaluation for my latest field experience lesson, and after having coffee & a doughnut in chapel, I was in a great mood. These flowers were just the icing on the cake. It’s funny how something as small as a flower could bring me joy, and I wonder how many people out there need something just as small to make their day seem worthwhile.

I constantly catch myself thinking about me. What do I need? What do I want?

But what does my neighbor need? What does that one crotchety old lady at Goodwill need?

What will make them see that they are significant and worth giving flowers to?

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter!