So Monday, this happened.
Meet Jolene, our new puppy!
And yes, she was named for the Dolly Parton song.
She’s a 10 month old boxer mix and we are already so in love with her. Ryan and I met at the Humane Society to look at a dog and we found her! We’re all still getting to know each other, but so far, everything has been about as good as it could be! There was a moment when she started sniffing O.B.’s tank and we had to move him. No eating your brother. She’s a little younger than we thought we would bring home, but we’re okay with that.
We’ve started playing in the yard with her and taking her on walks. And this morning I started training her a tiny bit. She mostly knows sit, we’re learning stay, come, and heel.
Our first family picture!
We’re so excited about this stage of our life!
Last night, several people from our Sunday School class went down to the Atlanta Food Bank and sorted food for a few hours. Our class has done it before, but this was my first time. It was fun, relatively easy, and a great way to hang out and get to know each other more. There’s just something about serving together that bonds you. Plus, they play awesome music and the time passes really quickly. I just heard you don’t want to go on meat night.
1 in every 5 Georgians is food insecure and 1 in every 4 children is. That just stunned me. I just kept thinking how I have never actually been hungry and not been able to get food somehow. And the truth is, I probably never will be.
Less than 20 people working for about 2 hours ended up sorting 9,600 pounds of food equaling over 8,000 meals! I was amazed at that number!
After finishing at the food bank, most of us headed to Tacquiera del Sol for tacos and then Jeni’s for ice cream. I honestly haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. I’m so thankful for such a great group of people to serve the Lord with.
If you are looking for a place to serve with your group, I would highly recommend the Atlanta Food Bank!
I feel like I’m in a rut.
At the beginning of summer, I was waking up early, doing my Bible study, reading a lot, blogging regularly, staying (somewhat) caught up on chores around here. But every since we got back from the beach, I’ve been slacking. Granted, I didn’t get a weekend this week so that somewhat kills my productivity levels. It’s hard to get stuff done at home when I’m not home. But last night, instead of doing a load of laundry or my Bible study, I sat on the sofa and watched Real Housewives of New Jersey and the Bachelorette. So there’s that.
(So excited Josh is still in. Yes, I basically know he “wins.” I thought she handled Chris very well last night by being honest with him and not taking him to the fantasy suite and I also liked that she did the rose ceremony because she acknowledged that the guys have a choice also. And even though she still says ‘like’ all the time, she has slowed down on the Stop and duck lips, so I’ll take it. Although last week, Ryan and I died laughing when she said, “I’m not a city girl. I grew up in the suburbs.” Um….)
Anyway, I’m ready to have my Monday back. Ryan needs clean clothes. I need to do some yard work. And just other general life things.
I’m not complaining though. I’m happy to have work to do and a sweet husband and house to come home to and I’m glad I can just throw laundry in the washing machine and I’m not using one of those wash board things like Ma Ingells. We’ve come a long way, baby.
Just a few things to round out your Friday.
1. The Lou and Grey collection at Loft is AMAZING. I’m loving their light and easy dresses and tops. Sadly, I’m on a shopping freeze for the next few months. But someone should buy this sweater because I love it. Beyond perfect for fall.
2. Ever since we got back from our trip, I have not been sleeping well. I’ve had multiple terrible dreams and have just not been able to wake up in the morning. It stinks.
3. Sarah posted this squash recipe a few weeks ago, and every time I think about it, I start drooling. Oh, it sounds out of this world amazing! Squash and bacon, what’s not to love? Too bad our oven has been broken for the last 2 months. :( When you hit the “bake” button, it simply says, “feature not available.” Well, that’s not helpful at all. And when the guy came to look at it, he said, “Wow. I’ve never seen that before.” Not exactly what you want to hear. Thank goodness for home warranties. Anyway, I’ve been dying to bake all the things and this squash recipe is at the top of the list!
4. I read of Facebook yesterday that my favorite Jen Hatmaker is releasing a new, extended edition of Interrupted. I’m so excited! This will be one of those books that I rush to Barnes and Noble to get the day it comes out. Speaking of books, I’m also going to explore the library in our area. It’s been YEARS since I’ve been to a library, mostly because I just love to own books. However, I’ve set a lofty reading goal for 2015 (yes, I’m already thinking about that) and I think the library will be my new best friend.
5. I can’t believe today is already Friday. But I guess that’s what happens when your first work day is a Wednesday. Not a bad thing at all! Happy weekend, y’all!
Every time we got home from a trip, Daddy used to say that. I didn’t even realize it until I started saying it in my head pulling into the driveway. Ah, the things we do that we don’t even realize.
Ryan and I are finally back from a whirlwind tour of the Southeastern region of the U.S. Okay, not really but kinda. We left on Wednesday and arrived back home last night.
This was a sight for sore eyes.
However, it really made me want to get rid of those orange walls….
Our front yard looks a tad… neglected. And the truth is, I think it was. Ryan cuts the grass regularly, but we moved in during a time that we have to wait to make any big changes. For both the season to change and our bank account to change. As in go up. Obviously.
However, the other night, I did go out and cut the ivy at the base of the dogwoods. I’m hoping that will kill it and we can just pull it down. My poor, beautiful dogwoods.
I’m also dying to cut back these huge bushes in front of the house and add a defined border. And put in new stuff, but for now, I just want to cut them back so they don’t cover half the house. It will feel a lot more open when they are gone. However, I think I have to wait until at least fall to cut them back, otherwise they will get diseases. Although I don’t want them out there anyway, so that might be ok if they just die. I also want to get rid of that big holly bush at the corner of the house.
As for this little bed, I have no idea what I want to do there. I’m not so crazy about those dwarf boxwoods, because I’d rather it be more open. And the half-dead liriope is also gross, but I have to wait to cut that back also. I do know that I want to put pavers or bricks on the walkway. Peat gravel is impossible to walk on with heels. Plus, it looks a little messy.
The one thing we did do that makes me ecstatic is we got an American flag hung. Let me just tell you. I have dreamed of this day for practically my whole life. And it finally came true.
Just in time for the 4th.
Okay gardeners. I need some advise. What should we do to make it look better? Truthfully, I almost care more about what the outside of the house looks like than the inside. A lot more people see the outside, after all.
Now that summer is almost halfway over, I have finally decided on what I want my summer book goal to be. My books are finally unpacked, so I’m able to see everything and I’ve decided I’m going to finish all of my “Currently Reading” books on Goodreads. Ideally, I’d love to read a few more than that, but I will take what I can get.
I’m also successfully reading two books at one time right now and I think I have figured out my secret for that, which is one fiction and one non-fiction. The non-fiction I read in the mornings and during the day and the fiction book I read at night to wind down. So far, it’s working pretty well.
So, here’s my list:
The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot- This one is pure enjoyment, although I have learned a little bit of history while I’m at it. This book is set is the 1200s, which is a time period I am not very familiar with. I’ve enjoyed it so far and have a difficult time putting it down at night.
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning- This is one of those books I’ve been hearing about for years, but never actually picked up and read. Well, I’m sorry I’ve waited so long. I’m about halfway through and I have honestly underlined something on almost every single page. I am loving it.
Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist- I started this right before we moved and then got sucked into Divergent and then it got packed. So now it’s time to dig it out and finish it.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Nora Zeale Hurston- One of those classics I never got around to reading. I had a hard time with the dialect, so I put this one aside. But now is the time to push through and git er done.
The Agony and The Ecstacy by Irving Berlin- This is based on the life of Michelangelo and I’m not sure why I stopped reading. Honestly, I think I was having a difficult time keeping the characters straight with their long, complicated names and just as I started to figure them all out, I put it down. That was dumb.
Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit by Charles Swindoll- We started reading this as a Sunday School book and we missed a few classes and I never finished it. As a SS book, I wouldn’t recommend it just because we all had a hard time discussing it, but I think I will enjoy just reading it.
So that’s my list. Any summer reading goals out there? What should I read next? I started listening to the Books on the Nightstand podcast and now I have added significantly to my Amazon wishlist. Too many books, too little time.