labor day adventures

First of all…Happy September!

I am so ready for Fall to come, but this weekend was the perfect end to a pretty perfect Summer.

One thing I appreciate about my family is their spontaneity. My mom called on Friday afternoon and said that her and my dad wanted to visit, but because she had to lead worship on Sunday morning they weren’t able to come until Sunday afternoon. I always love when they visit….even though we only spent about 24 hours together.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures I took this weekend: 

We went to Joe’s Crab Shack for dinner | It was honestly kind of a let down :/ Caleb and I can make better shrimp and crabs for half the cost. 

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My sister and I had a sleepover last night, and spent much needed time together. I miss her, and feel like I’m missing out sometimes. She gets more beautiful every time I see her.

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 This morning my parents came over for toast & eggs, and then we went kayaking down the river.

It was so peaceful, and we were even followed by a trio of ducks.

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Hope you had a happy Labor Day! 🙂 

Did you make any special memories this weekend? 

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:

(most links and pictures found on tumblr)

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?