September Days

I've been waiting for the heat break that usually greets us a few days into September...and it finally arrived. The nights are much cooler (enough for hoodies! my favorite!) and the mornings have that crisp, new, feel to it.

Our roses are still blooming away, but our last blue hydrangea is still holding on. I am obsessed with how vibrant and blue it is!!

Happy Wednesday!

I Remember

I remember. It was the day I "grew up". The rose colored glasses were replaced with a new understanding of what "evil" meant. 2,996 lost their lives. Over 6,000 wounded. To this day, there are many who still relive that nightmare. Standing at ground zero reminded me of that.

Never forget.


Nine years ago, in the early summer of '08, I moved into my first "little home" (a duplex with weird, extremely rude neighbors). He helped me move. He picked up my dryer & hooked it up, and stopped by when he found out my washer flooded my laundry closet.

For the next two months we started hanging out 'round the clock: taco bell dinners, church activities, bowling, coffee chats & guitar time.

As summer neared it's end, he asked to make it official. I said yes, and the rest is history.

And every year, as the end of summer tangles with the beginning of fall, I feel that crisp newness. It's all the memories coming back. All the sweet stories, the fun times.

I found a stack of  pictures from our dating days, and carefully put them into a little photo album.

"That's my mommy and daddy!" Evie exclaims with each picture. Ella, gets equally excited, yell's "Josh, Josh" at each one. It makes me all sappy silly inside.

This week may not be filled with romantic dates (I've had a stomach bug, Josh is working like crazy, and then all the little things that daily life know ;)), but  goodness is it filled with the wonderful satisfaction that I am with the right one. He is good, kind, handsome and faithful.

I love him so much more now than I did then.


I loved having a extra long weekend with my favorite guy and my girls. We ate tons of food, took long drives around town, had a date night, de-cluttered the house, and visited with family. It was so nice. A comfort for me during such a crazy season of life.

And by crazy I'm referring to toddler life and preschool life. Most days I'm just winging it at everything. ;) :P

As my girls get older, I see things differently. I feel things differently. I realize that they are going to grow up in a tough world. Those things have made home all that much more sweeter for me. It's our safe place. It's our white noise against an ever increasingly noisy world. It's where we laugh, we fight, we cry, and we love. Home is important. I've always known this, but goodness, becoming a parent makes it even more apparent.

Happy, safe, warm, loved. I hope that's what home will mean to them as they grow up and spread their wings.

Happy Homemaker Monday Vol. 31

The weather...
Partly cloudy...The weather is slowly fading into fall. I'm a big fan!

Right now I am...

Blogging :)

About chores that need to be done!

On my TV...
We finally watched the new Beauty & The Beast this week. It was SO GOOD. And the music...stellar!

What I'm Reading... 

I  just finished reading Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. One of the most difficult books that I've read (emotion wise). It's based on the Roman Empire (their lifestyle) and what Christians would have (most likely) faced as they lived out their faith. Not for the faint of heart. 

On the menu for this week...

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Hamburgers & Veggies
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Chicken Caesar Salad
Black Bean Nachos

On my to do list...

Speed clean

One of my simple pleasures...
Sipping hot chocolate with extra whipped cream. Preferably with my blankets and in my rocking chair. ;)

Linking up with Happy Homemaker Monday!

First Day of Preschool

Well, the last few weeks have been busy! I was planning to wait until next month to start Preschool with Evie, but every morning for the last two weeks, she has asked, "Mommy, can I learn my ABC's?"

She was ready, and so excited to start. So we chose today. We took about 100 pictures this morning, worked on flash cards, made a craft, and of course, made a mess. That's what it's all about right?

She loves learning, coloring, crafts, chalk, playing outside, going shopping, dressing up, and playing with her sister. She a mini me in so many ways, but she's has Josh's sneaky smile and sense of humor. ;)

Coffee and A Saturday Night Drive

Last weekend, my kids spent time with grandparents, so Josh and I could have a much needed date night. Except we were SO tired. We decided to pick up coffee and go for a drive.We stopped at a little coffee shop and I ordered an Almond Joy Frozen Coffee. It was delicious! I love dessert coffee every once in a while.

We drove around the countryside for a while, and then headed to the lake! Surprisingly, the lake was fairly empty, so we walked around for a while. It was nice for a chance to talk and dream about the future.

The sunset was breathtaking. This was taken out of a moving vehicle, so yes, grainy! But, I had to take it anyway. Memories. :)