{Dear Papa} Letters from Brave

Monday, September 26, 2016

Thank you for teaching me the value of chores.

Thank you for showing me that teamwork is better than working alone.

And thank you for sharing with me your love for the outdoors.

{Dear Bravey Train}

Friday, September 16, 2016

You crack open pistachios better than most squirrels.

Never forget to tuck in your bath toys with washrags before bed.

Will potty for shmallows.

And could sleep through a freight train after playing hard at school all day.
I love these things about you.
Love you to the moon and back,

{Gratitude Lately}

Friday, September 09, 2016

Lately I've been thankful for 4 mile hikes at The Gorge with my favorite girl.

For opportunities to grow in patience.

For special delivers from Alaska.

For homemade cronuts left on our front porch.

And for evening walks with my favorite guy that end here.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Thursday, y'all.
What have you been grateful for lately?

{Woodshed Project} Bring On Old Man Winter

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Last fall we installed a wood burning stove and used it almost daily through the winter and early spring.
It ended up saving us over $350 in utilities over the course of 4 months!
One thing we didn't prepare well for, however, was having all of our firewood pre-cut to fit our firebox.
As a result Tim ended up spending many mornings and nights chopping wood in the snow.
This year we were determined to be better prepared!
After three weeks of building, painting, cutting, and stacking lumber with friends we finally
have a wood shed that's ready for Old Man Winter.
Can't wait for our first fire of the season! #smoresme
Happy Septmember, y'all.

{Wind River Range} Wyoming

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Last week I spent 8 days in the Wind River Range backpacking in Wyoming.
This was by far my most favorite back country trip yet!
We hiked 60-70 miles, starting at the Elk Hart Trailhead and ending at Green River Lakes.
My favorite memories included: catching a golden trout, learning more about true friendship, understanding at a greater depth how I can be mastered by food, the importance of being calm when confronted with danger, and the gift of solitude in the midst of God's creation.
Where's the most beautiful place you've ever camped / backpacked?
I'm already working on planning next year's trip!
Hope y'all had a great Labor Day weekend!

{Gratitude Lately}

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lately I've been thankful for morning coffee dates with my wombmate.

For River's reminders to R-E-S-T.

For evening walks home from the park with these two.

And for shortless wonders and their helping hands.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Monday, y'all.
What have you been thankful for lately?

{Hidden Figures Movie Trailer}

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I can't wait to see this movie!
Coming to theaters January 13th, 2017.
Patience, patience, patience young grasshoppers ...

{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dear Mr. Loerke, since you've been gone I've mowed the lawn, ordered 4 ricks of firewood, and crawled into our attic to discover a family of raccoons ate 15 ft of duct work and insulation. But don't worry, I got this! {Insert lots of "I think I can, I think I can's" here}. Dear Bravey Train, to the girl who did a sand angel at her school open house and who continues to call her teacher "Miss. Apron" instead of Miss. April, I adore you. Dear Chilly Mornings, it's finally vest weather. So glad you're back so I can start channeling my inner Hans Solo again. Dear Tim, recently I've discovered one of my idols isn't productivity as much as it is effectiveness. You take away my ability to effectively love and serve others and I feel like I've been cut off at the knees. These are the things I'd tell you probably while brushing our teeth next to each other before getting ready for bed. I miss you.

Happy Tuesday, y'all! Speaking of back to school, who was one of your most influential teachers growing up? I'll never forget Mr. Crawford, my shop class teacher in 7th grade. He helped me discovered my love for all things drill press and sawdust. I'll forever be indebted to that man!

{A Sweet Reunion}

Monday, August 22, 2016

When your dude flies all the way to Jackson Hole and gets to return one of August River's
Batman cars left under the couch, your heart feels a little more full.
Day 4 of Tim being gone has meant stronger morning coffee and
a cookies & cream popsicle from Steel City.
{sorry Whole30}
In the wise words of Bruce Wayne, "Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up again."
Happy Monday, brave ones!

{Happy Saturday!}

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Front porch sessions with Bravey Train are quickly becoming one of my favorite things!
Here's to channeling your inner John Popper this weekend.
Happy Saturday, y'all!
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